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Ordonez, Hindman leave Lime Rock victorious

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm Skip Barber

Sebastian Ordonez (right) is greeted by fellow competitor Shelby Blackstock after winning Round 11 of the Skip Barber National Championship at Lime Rock Park. It was Ordonez' first-career SBN win.
(Photo: Kelly Brouillet/Skip Barber Racing)

A normal driver would be quite concerned after missing a qualifying session.

Not Sebastian Ordonez.

The talented 16-year-old had previously been unable to convert a pole position (he has three to date in 2011) into a race win. So, why not start from the opposite end of the spectrum?

On Friday — starting from the back of the field after missing qualifying due to shifter kart testing at New Castle Motorsports Park — Ordonez won. Who needs qualifying?

Ordonez drove from the back of the pack to finish first, earning his firs-career Skip Barber National victory in Round 11 at Lime Rock Park. It was a break-through win after notching three podium finishes in 2011; runner-up at both Sebring and Virginia International Raceway and a third-place result at Road Atlanta.

During Friday’s race, Ordonez was aggressive, especially on the opening laps. He had no choice. By the end of the first lap, he picked up three spots. As the laps ticked away, he moved into second place trailing championship leader Scott Anderson. It appeared Ordonez’ charge to the front was over as Anderson had built a decent lead. Until Lap 18, that is.

Anderson spun on his eighteenth circuit around the course, gifting the lead to Ordonez. That was all the help he needed, crossing the stripe 0.156 seconds ahead of Brandon Newey and 0.986 seconds ahead of Trent Hindman. Shelby Blackstock was fourth and Anderson recovered to finish fifth.

Round 12 belonged to Hindman. After claiming his fourth pole position of the season, the New Jersey native led the entire race picking up his second National victory of the year. In the waning laps, Anderson closed a multi-second gap down to just 0.547 seconds, but that was as close as he would get in the allotted time frame. Newey rounded out the podium with Blackstock fourth and Ordonez rounding out the fast-five.

Full results after the jump:

Skip Barber National
Lime Rock Park
Round 11 Results (starting position in parenthesis)

1. (8) Sebastian Ordonez
2. (2) Brandon Newey (+0.156)
3. (3) Trent Hindman (0.986)
4. (6) Shelby Blackstock (1.073)
5. (1) Scott Anderson(2.307)
6. (5) Danilo Estrela (5.243)
7. (4) Franco Aragones (5.364)
8. (9) Michael Johnson (36.160)
9. (7) Brian Cook (1 Lap)

Skip Barber National
Lime Rock Park
Round 12 Results

1. (1) Trent Hindman
2. (4) Scott Anderson (+0.547 seconds)
3. (2) Brandon Newey (5.628)
4. (3) Shelby Blackstock (5.646)
5. (6) Sebastian Ordonez (6.125)
6. (7) Danilo Estrela (14.709)
7. (5) Franco Aragones (14.748)
8. (8) Tristan Nunez (13 Laps)
9. (9) Peter Ludwig (22 Laps)

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  1. MRZ on August 16, 2011 7:07 am

    Congrats only 9 cars?

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