After a three-round absence, Greg Pickett returned to the
Trans Am Series presented by
Pirelli West Coast Championship
as the series stopped at Portland
International Raceway in Oregon.
In afternoon qualifying, Pickett
needed only four laps to record a
F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda Round 1
winner Benjamin Pedersen made
his return to the series at VIRginia
International Raceway on July
26-28 for Rounds 9, 10, and 11
of the series, and he immediately
served notice he would be the
one to beat, nabbing the pole with
a fast time no one could match.
Pedersen went on to dominate
the opening two rounds of the
Andy Scriven Memorial Race
weekend, wheeling his No. 24
DirtFish Rally Global Racing
Group Ligier to a pair of nearly
uncontested victories. “Two for
two already this weekend,” said
TRANS AM WEST VISITS THE ROSE CITY
F3 AMERICAS TACKLES VIR
Pedersen, who was fresh off
a win and multiple podiums in
the BRDC F3 Championship.
Mathias Soler-Obel claimed
his first two professional racing
podiums with a pair of second-place finishes on both Saturday
and Sunday mornings. Season
championship leader Dakota
Dickerson finished third in Round
9, while Quinlan Lall fought to
represent Momentum Motorsports
on the podium, overtaking in the
first race on Sunday to finish third.
Round 11 on Sunday
saw Soler-Obel drive from a
pole-position start to take the
checkered flag for his maiden F3
BACK FOR MORE
Pedersen returned to the
F3 Americas series to
claim two wins at VIR.
When the green flag waved,
Pickett found himself engaged
in a race-long challenge with
Michelle Nagai, who out-jumped
second qualifier Simon Gregg
at the start and stuck to the
rear wing of Pickett’s Mustang
through the first six laps before
ever-so-slowly slipping back.
Nagai kept Pickett honest, and
she finished a strong second, a
virtuoso performance in only her
fourth Trans Am start. Gregg,
meanwhile, held on for third.
For Pickett, the victory
marked his 22nd in Trans Am
history. “Oh, I love coming to PIR
— this is three wins in a row up
here,” Pickett said after the race.”
In TA2, McAllister led every
lap from the pole, but that fact
belies the fierce jockeying for
position behind. Second at the
finish was Matthew Butson,
who got the best of Anthony
Honeywell as Honeywell went
into tire conservation mode.
Meanwhile, Beau Borders was
the lone survivor in the GT
class, as Eagleton retired with a
failed alternator on lap 42.
pole-winning time, while in TA2,
hometown hero Brad McAllister
scored his pole time on lap
two. GT-class competitor Roger
Eagleton arrived on Saturday
morning, missing both of Friday’s
test sessions, but still had enough
in the tank to grab the pole.
Americas victory. “It feels really
good to win my first race,” Soler-Obel said, soaked head to toe in
water after his VRD crew drenched
him in post-race celebrations.
Greg Pickett (MAIN) scored yet
another TA win in Trans Am’s West
Coast series, while Brad McAllister
(BELOW) landed TA2 honors.
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