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Petri Suvanto extends USF2000 championship lead at Mid-Ohio

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm U.S. F2000 National Championship

Timmy Megenbier navigates the undulating Mid-Ohio circuit en route to his first career podium finish aboard the No. 17 Sick Tea Racing Van Diemen.
(Photo: John R. Hendrick)

Petri Suvanto refuses to put a wheel wrong in his pursuit of the 2011 USF2000 National Championship.

The 18-year-old Finnish driver earned his fourth win of the season Sunday after sweeping both races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, extending his lead in the 2011 Championship Class point standings.

In Round 7 — the first race of the weekend — Suvanto piloted his No. 3 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing Van Diemen to a 6.972 second margin of victory.

Wayne Boyd, of Northern Ireland, finished runner-up with American Spencer Pigot rounding out the podium. Timmy Megenbier finished fourth after starting sixth with Zach Veach rounding out the top-five.

In Round 8, Suvanto repeated Saturday’s flawless performance by driving to a 6.454-second margin of victory; earning his fourth win of the 2011 season. Boyd, again, finished runner-up establishing himself as a clear front-runner.

The real story on Sunday was the performance of privateer Megenbier, who after a great battle with Pigot, finished third earning his first-career podium finish driving for Sick Tea Racing in the No. 17 entry. Megenbier made his way past Pigot on Lap 12 and never looked back despite battling grip on scrubbed tires.

Pigot finished fourth with Canadian Matthew DiLeo rounding out the top-five.

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