Wheels Touch in Sebring Finale
The F4 U.S. drivers delivered a spectacular weekend finale, with some of the tightest racing and closest finishes that the championship has ever witnessed. Storming from a fourth-place start, Brooks completed calculated passes in non-traditional areas to take the point before the first lap. In close pursuit, Car stuck to the Jay Howard Driver Development rookie’s gearbox waiting for the perfect passing opportunity. Side-by-side, wheels locked together, Car edged out Brooks for first on Lap 3. Car never relinquished the lead, stamping the victory with more than a four-second lead and the 2019 championship in hand. Brewing in Car’s mirrors was a dog-fight to the finish line. Racing around turns, speeding down the straights, the podium order was a photo finish as the trio of Porto, Blanco and Peixoto crossed the line three-wide. Porto was awarded with second. Blanco seized third while nursing a broken front wing. Peixoto missed the podium by three one thousandths of a second. Second through sixth-place were separated by less than half a second. Following a mechanical issue in Race 2, Leist put together great recovery run, gaining 21 positions in the season’s penultimate finale.
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