RISKY SURPRISES FOR LEADER ANDREWS AT PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh, PA – Australian Scott Andrews, the current US F1600 Championship Series points leader, has faught hard to secure his impeccable championship run in his Exclusive Autosport Spectrum, at the brand new 2.7 mile Pittsburgh International Race Complex track.
Andrews and the Exclusive Autosport team worked on finding speed in his Honda powered Spectrum throughout practice on Thursday and Friday, managing a best of 6th place in a very competitive F1600 field.
Always one to chase the best possible performance, the Australian driver said “being that there’s 6 practice sessions before qualifying I thought it would be a good opportunity to test some new things on the car we haven’t tried yet. There’s definitely some potential there but given then nature of this track - one side is smooth as silk and the other part is bumpier than some street tracks - it was difficult to find a compromise”
Andrews qualified in 8th place, forcing him to start on the outside of the 4th row for Race 13.
Again showing his innate skill for learning new tracks quickly, Andrews drove his way to the front of Race 1, narrowly missing out on victory by a mere margin of 0.06s, setting the fastest lap on the way - his first fast lap of the year.
“We’ve done a lot of changes to the car, and definitely went in a different direction after qualifying. I think we’ve found where the car wants to be but we still haven’t quite nailed it yet. I’m not afraid to admit that we’ve been a little behind the 8 ball this weekend, but this is just a huge testament to the Exclusive Autosport team. We never gave up and narrowly missed out on bringing home a race win!”
The Exclusive Autosport squad found more challenges during Sunday’s races 14 & 15 of the series. After starting from pole position in Race 14, Scott lead the majority of the race only to be shuffled back to 4th place on the penultimate lap. Unfortunately Andrews ran out of laps to get his Spectrum Honda back on the podium finishing in 4th - the first four cars covered by only 0.3 of a second as they crossed the line 3 wide for 2nd place.
“It’s obviously disappointing to have lead nearly the whole race and not even finish on the podium but I am proud of the team and how hard they’ve worked to get me back up here in contention for race wins. It’s the nature of Formula 1600 racing and anything can happen which is obviously exciting for the spectators and drivers too.. especially when it goes your way!”
Race 15 was Andrews’ first DNF of the season. Scott had his left rear suspension damaged after being driven into on the entry of turn 3 on the first lap, seeing the #94 Exclusive Autosport car to do an unscheduled pit stop. Unfortunately the damage was too much to continue and Andrews was forced to retire.
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The Formula 1600 Championship Series heads to New Jersey for round 6 of the championship August 28-30.