Jose Blanco Takes First Win of the Season in Opening Sebring Round
In Round 13, Blanco started on pole for the first time this season after clocking a time of 2:13.641 around the famously bumpy 3.74-mile Sebring circuit. DEForce Racing standout Kiko Porto started off pole in second. Car lead point on Row 2 shared by Guilherme Peixoto while Arthur Leist and DC Autosport with Cape Motorsports’ newest driver Reece Gold lined up in Row 3. As soon as the light sequence switched to black, Blanco was hot off the line but his pace quickly came to a halt. The No. 99 gmaxcorp / XYZ Talents car of Peixoto stalled on the line during the F1-style standing start, requiring safety crew support. Car got the jump on the restart, overtaking Blanco exiting Turn 1. The two Crosslink/Kiwi teammates diced for position, but in the end Blanco slid into the inside of Car on Turn 3 to take the win and the fastest lap of the session. Car settled for second, finishing just half a second behind Blanco, and Porto finished in third, his seventh podium of the season. Christian Brooks and Leist completed the top-five. After recovering from a mid-race spin, Gold finished sixth, the highest of any of the six series newcomers, with Chandler Horton in seventh and Dylan Tavella in eighth. James Goughary Jr. returned to the Primus Racing lineup for the first time this season to take ninth in his season debut, and Christian Bogle rounded out the top-10. Finishing just outside of points, Aiden Yoder and Zoey Edenholm weaved through traffic to make up seven positions each, the most of anyone in the field.
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