Full Report to follow Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport rookie Spike Kohlbecker survived a heated race-long battle with points leader Hunter Yeany, claiming his maiden Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda victory in Race 3 at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday morning.
Kohlbecker was promoted to pole-position after Jose Blanco received a technical infraction in Race 2 that sent him starting from pit lane. After a car stalled on the line, the F1-style standing start was aborted and the field was forced to make its first rolling start of the season.
Kohlbecker held off Yeany through two restarts, and during a last-lap shootout, Yeany tried several moves on Kohlbecker, but they didn't stick as Kohlbecker crossed the stripe 0.041-seconds ahead of the Velocity Racing Development rookie.
Starting from fifth, Jay Howard Driver Development rookie Sam Paley added another podium finish to his weekend, classifying third.
Using the multiple restarts to his advantage, Blanco (Crosslink/Kiwi), finished just outside of points-paying position in 11th, passing a total of 15 cars along the way.
Nicholas Rivers (Group-A Racing), Nico Christodoulou (DEForce Racing), Dylan Tavella (Crosslink/Kiwi), Bijoy Garg (JHDD), Josh Sarchet (DC Autosport), Varun Choksey (Crosslink/Kiwi) and Gil Molina (Jensen Global Advisors) rounded out the top-10.
F4 U.S. wraps up its Barber weekend with Race 4 at 1:30pm CT. Watch live at https://fanracing.live