Over the course of three race weekends, F1600 entrants have put together some of the best racing in the south. Each driver has had their fair share of glory and misfortune, which has scrambled the "points standings" in the following weekends. Currently leading the series in points is John Robinson, John Schimentti and Jim Morgan. On weekends with a larger car count we have seen some of the closet nose-to-tail racing ever; wheels crossed, desperate passes, and photo finishes!


All participants have demonstrated good sportsmanship, effort, and competitiveness. Series organizer James Lee said that "this year has really showed what works and what doesn't, we will be making major changes to better the future of the series and the class. Next year we hope to get more drivers to each weekend by choosing better venues and lowering the number of race weekends. We will be working very hard to try and improve race quality while keeping the price low." As of now, the series has three weekends left and we will finish up the year at Sebring Long Course. There will be no contingencies for Sebring Short Course and the upcoming Homestead race. At the end of the year, a set of brand new tires will be given away by random drawing. Later in the year, we will be sending out a survey to see what changes each driver wants.


Thank you to everyone who has come out,

Cheers






Florida continues to provide great racing conditions for the competitors in the "F1600 Southern Series".


Making their series debut is Alan Opel in his "Pit Lane Service" 98' Van Diemen Ford and Hannu Nummenpaa in his "Fast Finn" 2000 Van Diemen Ford. Both Alan and Hannu are highly experienced race mechanics who brought immaculately prepared Van Diemens.

Jonathan Lee would end up winning race 1 as he was followed by John Robinson who suffered from a set of flat-spotted tires. The rest of the field had a "dog fight" for the last podium spot, changing positions multiple times a lap. Jim Morgan saved his cards for the end of the race and would finish in 3rd ahead of Hannu, Bernard, Schimenti, and Roel.

Unfortunately, Alan was forced to retire early as he suffered from a suspension failure.


Race 2 turned out the be a boxing match. The greasy track conditions favored Jonathan who enjoys sliding around the turns. On the other hand, it hurt Robinson who already had to race on a very worn set of tires. We had a pack of five drivers with lap times within .3 of a second! Jim Morgan spun off while battling for 3rd place and would end up finishing 6th, he ended the weekend leading in championship points. Hannu would inherit 3rd place as he remained calm in another action-packed race. He was trailed by Schimenti and Bernard. Alan who was able to fix his car after a suspension failure in race 1, did very well getting up to speed in race 2. Alan's teammate Roel had a successful race, Roel is improving every weekend and beat his race 1 time by three seconds!


The series continues at Sebring Short Course on June 8th, and once again we will be running with the "Southern F2000 Series". It's not too late to challenge for a championship spot, you may drop four races. If you want both competitive racing and a good time we hope to see you there!




The official start of the 2019 "F1600 Southern Series" was kicked off on Saturday, May 4th. Daytona was the place to be as the drivers chased each other around the prestigious 3.56 miles of pavement.


John Robinson II driving his "Cricket Farm Motors/Lee Racing Swift DB6" earned pole position with a time of 2:07.9, followed by Jim Morgan, Rick Bernard and John Schimenti in his new 2014 Spectrum Honda.


As the green flag waved for the first race an ambitious field of contenders battled it out through turn 1 with John Robinson pacing the field. Sixth place qualifier Roel Blok would unfortunately end his race early with suspension damage to his "Van Diemen Ford".

Jim Morgan and Rick Bernard had a race-long fight for second which had them trading positions nearly almost every lap, Morgan would later go on to finish .168 seconds ahead of Rick. Trailing them was John Schimenti in 4th with Anna Schimenti and Dom Seddio dueling it out for a top 5 finish.


Roel Blok and his crew Alan Opel repaired his "Van Diemen" in time for Sunday's race.

Once again John Robinson led the field throughout the first lap, unfortunately, he would pit early with a broken carburetor float. Rick Bernard inherited the lead in his "Bernard & Associates Swift Honda", closely followed by Jim Morgan. For 30 minutes these two fought hard for gold, Morgan made a last-lap move to win the race by .236 seconds. Anna Schimenti in her "Schimenti Construction Swift Ford" had a very consistent race and was able to finish 3rd on the podium.


Series organizer James Lee remarked that "it was a fabulous start to the season with close racing throughout the field, we are looking forward to seeing more drivers for the rest of the season".


The series is heading to PBIR on May 18th, and will be running in conjunction with the "Southern F2000 Series", we hope to see you there!


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