Alton, Va. - The F1600 Formula F Championship Series concluded the first tripleheader of the 2017 season at VIRgina International Raceway as Jonathan Kotyk claimed his first win, marking Team Pelfrey’s first F1600 win at the 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course. The team concluded the weekend collecting four podium finishes in total.
In the first round of the championship, Trinity Karting Group’s graduate, David Osborne, and teammates Matthew Cowley and Kotyk positioned themselves in second, third, and sixth positions respectively on the starting grid. As the cars rolled to the track, Cowley found himself starting at the back of the field due to some confusion getting to pre-grid. When the green flag waved for the 14-lap race, Kotyk executed an impressive opening lap which ultimately allowed him to lead 10 of the 14-laps on the way to well-deserved victory in the No. 81 Gap Guard/Team Pelfrey entry. Cowley finished in fifth as Osborne came home to finish sixth on debut.
The second round of the championship saw Englishman Cowley start third as race one winner, Kotyk, followed in fourth. The yellow No. 82 Mygale/Honda piloted by Osborne rounded out the top-10 as the field of 19 charged toward Turn-1 on the opening lap commencing the 14-lap contest. The trio showed impressive pace as they shuffled through the field with all three #pelfreypower cars positioned in the top five heading into the final lap. However, as the checkered flag waved Osborne and Kotyk were involved in an incident with lapped traffic at the final corner, ending their races in sixth and ninth respectively. Cowley was able to hang on during the last corner carnage to earn a hard fought second position.
The final round of the season opener concluded Sunday as pole-sitter David Osborne led the field with teammate Cowley in sixth and Kotyk in eighth. As the number of laps quickly diminished, the trio were all battling in a four car breakaway with the No. 96 piloted by Zach Holden. While Kotyk and Cowley secured a second and third-place finish, Osborne was involved in an unfortunate wheel-to-wheel incident on the final lap resulting in an eighth-place finish.
Team Pelfrey F1600 will return to action on May 12-13 at Ohio-Mid Sports Car Course. Stay tuned for team updates @TeamPelfrey on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or visit www.pelfreypower.com
Matthew Cowley, Cardio Wall/Team Pelfrey No. 80: “I had a fantastic weekend for my first race meeting in the U.S. and thank you to all of Team Pelfrey for providing the great car, support and success over the weekend.”
Jonathan Kotyk, Gap Guard/Team Pelfrey No. 81: “Overall, it was an exceptional debut for me as well as Gap Guard and Team Pelfrey. I didn’t have any expectations coming into the weekend since this was my first car event but we were able to come away with a win and a second-place finish. This put us into a solid position for the championship and a great way to start the season. I can’t thank the team enough for all the guidance for a providing a fast car every session. I am looking forward to the rest of the year.”
David Osborne, Team Pelfrey No. 82: “I had a great weekend learning to work with the team and learn the track. We found pace early and were always in the hunt for the win, but unfortunately two incidents in the last two races kept me off the podium. I am looking to keep the momentum rolling into the next event.”