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Koykka, Newey earn F1600 wins, La Rocca sweeps F2000 at VIR

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm F1600 Series, F2000 Championship

Matias Koykka leads the F1600 Formula F Championship field during the season opening race at Virginia International Raceway. (photo: Dennis Valet)

Finland’s Matias Koykka was first to put his name in the 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series title hunt with a win in the season-opening race at Virginia International Raceway. Koykka topped a heated four-car battle in the closing laps, besting 20 other drivers after starting from pole position.

Colin Thompson finished runner-up, trailing by 0.517 seconds at the line with Brandon Newey, Garett Grist, and Jeremy Grenier completing the top five.

Sean Maisey (7th) and John Nesbitt (12th) both improved seven positions.

In Round 2, Koykka, 17, appeared to be on his way to his second victory before contact with Grist ended his day. Newey went on to win by 0.042 seconds after a tight battle with teammate Grist. Thompson rounded out the top three with an impressive drive after dropping to 11th during the race.

In F2000 Championship Series competition, Robert La Rocca was in a class by himself earning two poles, two fast laps and two race wins aboard the No. 10 HP-Tech machine, besting a field of 33.

In the opening race, veteran Fabio Orsolon finished runner-up with Niki Coello completing the podium. Coello — who looks set to finally complete a full season — finished runner-up in the weekend’s second race with Wyatt Gooden completing the top three after contact knocked him out of the Round 1.

Nathan Morcom was the hard charger in the opening race driving from 31st to 15th, while Jeff McCusker maneuvered his way from 32nd to 19th in Round 2.

The F2000 Championship Series drivers return to action on May 10-12 at Road Atlanta, while the F1600 competitors are off until May 25-26 when they travel to Lime Rock Park.

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  1. Mark on April 19, 2012 4:50 pm

    Sad that La Rocca got a huge points penalty after what seems like a stellar weekend. F2000 has a history of penalizing the points leaders.

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