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Pigot sweeps, Brabham and Furuseth claim titles at VIR

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm U.S. F2000 National Championship

Spencer Pigot did all he could to secure the 2012 USF2000 Championship, but in the end his teammate Matthew Brabham’s 41-point advantage heading into the final race weekend at Virginia International Raceway proved too much.

When the season’s final checkered flag waved, Brabham’s advantage was just seven points but it was enough to secure the 2012 USF2000 National Championship title. Brabham and Pigot combined to win 12 of the 14 races this season for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Pigot won the battle for race wins (8), but Brabham (4 wins) had a bit more consistency. Both drivers finished the season with 11 podiums.

“Spencer [Pigot] was really quick all year,” Brabham said in a release. “We pushed each other so much and I think we were in a class of our own the whole season and I am sure that he and I will be racing together the whole way up. It was definitely a good rivalry. I learned a lot and we pushed each other and learned more probably with pushing each other.”

Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing also won the USF2000 Championship class with Norwegian driver Henrik Furuseth behind the wheel. The title came down to the final race with RC Enerson and Furuseth separated by just three points heading into the final event.

Enerson, 15, saw his titles hopes vanish when a collision with a championship-class car ended his season. Furuseth drove to his seventh victory of the year and second of the weekend.

“I had another great race today,” Furuseth said. “RC [Enerson] had a really good start and passed me but he was involved in an incident on the first lap unfortunately. That wasn’t the way I wanted the championship battle to end, but that is how racing is and things like that happen.”

It would be great to see Enerson and Furuseth graduate to the championship class in 2013 and continue their open-wheel climb.

The USF2000 National Championship boasted exceptionally large and talented fields throughout the 14-race season. Here’s a quick glance at the 2012 award winners.

The award-winning drivers (from left to right): Spencer Pigot, Scott Anderson, Trent Hindman, Matthew Di Leo, Henrik Furuseth and Matthew Brabham.

 

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