“Great racing at Barber Motorsports Park”
In the third event of the 2021 season, Formula Race Promotions (FRP), competitors traveled to the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama this past weekend. With five classes in action, drivers in the F1000, F1600, F2000, Atlantic, and Eastern Pro 4 Challenge would take to the 2.38-mile natural terrain road course in the search for race wins, podium results, and valuable points towards the end of the year championship battle.
“It was great being part of the Historics race weekend,” explained Bob Wright. “While our schedule was spaced out, it did provide for a relaxing race event and allowed us to visit both everybody in the paddock and the spectacular bike museum. Barber is one of the premier facilities in North America, and we are happy to have the opportunity to compete at such a great venue.”
Wright continued, “As for the racing, it was in typical FRP fashion as usual. Close finishes and wheel-to-wheel racing. We continue to build some of the best driving experiences on track and look forward to the rest of the 2021 season and having new drivers join the FRP.”
F2000 / Eastern Pro 4 Challenge
After one practice on Thursday evening and another on Friday morning, qualifying for the first F2000 and F4 races of the weekend would take place on Friday afternoon. Trent Walko and his Global Racing Team program took the top honors by a scant .079 over multi-time series champion Brandon Dixon. Walko and Dixon were the class of the field in qualifying securing the front row and turning their quickest lap more than seventh tenths faster than the next fastest challenger. Reece Everard was the best of the rest in third while Austin Hill and Robert Wright rounded out the top-five. In the Eastern Pro 4 Challenge category it was Turn 3 Motorsports Christian Weir who scored the pole position just ahead of Alliance Racing’s Hayden Bowlsbey while Robert Pink was the quickest competitor in the F2C class.
Dixon would rise to the occasion when wheel-to-wheel racing commenced scoring another win in his quest for the F2000 Championship Series title while Walko dropped one position to finish second as Robert Wright gained two spots to join Dixon and Walko on the podium after Everard had a mechanical issue. Dexter Czuba had a consistent race to earn a solid fourth place result ahead of F2C winner and sixth on track John Taphorn. In the Eastern Pro 4 Challenge side of the program, it was Weir who crossed the line fifth overall to take the class win as Bowlsbey was classified in the eleventh position overall but second in class after a first lap mishap together with Hill and McDonald.
Race two of the weekend would be led to the green by Walko as he once again was on the pole position while Dixon slotted into second. Never putting a wheel wrong and scoring his second podium result of the weekend, Walko went on to score the win ahead of race one winner Dixon. Reece Everard was able to stand on the podium in third as Czuba earned his second fourth-place result in as many races. Austin Hill was able to hold on to the final position in the top-five just ahead of Christian Weir, who took his second Eastern Pro 4 Challenge win of the weekend.
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