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Alberico dominates second race after Tan and Buret clash

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Andersen Promotions

Photo: Andersen Promotions

Pro Mazda championship leader Neil Alberico added his third win of the season in the second race of the Barber Motorsports Park round.

Starting in fourth, Alberico was up to second early on and, after inheriting the lead, would prove unstoppable, surviving two restarts along the way to the checkered flag.

Race one winner Weiron Tan kept the lead from pole on the opening lap, but not before forcing off Timothe Buret at the start-finish line, with the Frenchman ending up down in P12.

When the full-course yellow came out for pitlane entry cones knocked onto the track, Tan was swiftly penalised and sent to the back of the grid.

Alberico, who passed Santiago Urrutia at the start, was into first and comfortably led the short first green flag period, which was over when Expert class driver Jay Horak went off.

The race restarted again at halfway point and saw Alberico storm off into the distance. He quickly built up a solid lead over Urrutia and eventually was four seconds in the clear.

Within the pack, Buret was up to eighth, passing teammate Jose Gutierrez. Tan was shortly on the Mexican’s rear wing and soon ended up hitting Gutierrez out of the race.

The subsequent safety car ended the race, with Alberico taking the win ahead of Urrutia and last year’s race winner Garrett Grist, who claimed his first podium of the 2015 regular season.

Grist’s teammate Will Owen took fourth, while reigning USF2000 champion Florian Latorre passed Dalton Kellett to claim fifth.

Patricio O’Ward finished seventh ahead of Buret, Kyle Connery and Daniel Burkett.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Neil Alberico Cape Motorsports w/WTR 17 laps in 30:22.174
2 Santiago Urrutia Team Pelfrey 1.913
3 Garett Grist Juncos Racing 2.397
4 Will Owen Juncos Racing 2.881
5 Florian Latorre Cape Motorsports w/WTR 3.594
6 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport 3.889
7 Pato O’Ward Team Pelfrey 4.791
8 Timothe Buret Juncos Racing 5.999
9 Kyle Connery JDC MotorSports 6.500
10 Daniel Burkett Cape Motorsports w/WTR 6.867
11 Alessandro Latif World Speed Motorsports 7.514
12 Parker Nicklin JDC MotorSports 7.989
13 Weiron Tan Andretti Autosport 8.336
14 Bobby Eberle World Speed Motorsports 8.979
15 Raoul Owens JDC MotorSports +1 lap
16 Jose Gutierrez Juncos Racing +4 laps
17 Jay Horak M1 Racing +11 laps