Whatever goals Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing had for the opening week of the USF2000 Winterfest, it’s likely the team achieved them.
And then some.
The squad opened the week with all three of its drivers topping the time charts in the first official practice and concluded the tripleheader with a perfect hat trick — all three team drivers filled all three podium spots in the opening three rounds of the 2012 USF2000 Winterfest at Sebring International Raceway.
Trent Hindman topped the opening practice. Spencer Pigot earned pole position in the first qualifying session and won the first two races. Then, Matthew Brabham won the third race. All three drivers showed great promise with impressive drives in adverse conditions against a field chock full of up-and-coming talent.
The opening round featured an intense battle between Pigot and Brabham. Meanwhile, Hindman was in a battle with Neil Alberico and Thomas McGregor. The fight was short-lived, however, as Alberico and McGregor suffered contact in Turn 10 on the white flag lap. At the checkered, it was Pigot, Brabham, Hindman, Scott Anderson, and Shelby Blackstock rounding out the top five.
Blackstock’s drive stood out among the field as the 21-year-old racer advanced from 14th to fifth in 10 laps.
Hindman set the fast lap in the opening race and started from pole in Round 2. Pigot advanced to the point early and Brabham moved to second. With four laps remaining Pigot was under heavy pressure, but managed to hold the lead for his second-straight victory, edging Brabham by 0.079 seconds at the stripe. Hindman rounded out the top three. Two Canadians completed the top five with McGregor and Matthew Di Leo finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
The third race saw Brabham (who started from pole) and Pigot swap positions early. Pigot looked to be on his way to a third victory, but couldn’t hold off Brabham who worked his way to the front for his first win, besting Pigot by 2.502 seconds. Hindman earned his third-consecutive podium. Di Leo was fourth with Blackstock earning his second top-five finish of the weekend.
Pigot emerged with a four-point lead over Brabham (84 points) after three rounds. Hindman is third (68), Di Leo fourth (51) and Blackstock fifth (48). The drivers return to action this weekend, Feb. 11-12, for the final three rounds of the Winterfest championship at Palm Beach International Raceway.
USF2000 Winterfest Results (Sebring International Raceway)