MID-OHIO INDY LIGHTS
Max's Race Report
Max Chilton, fresh from his Iowa win, moved up one place at the start of race 1 from 6th on the grid and was up to fourth after Harvey and Pigot pitted. Chilton closed on third placed man Shelby Blackstock and passed the American at the restart after a full course yellow for the stranded car of Ethan Ringel. Now running in third, Chilton was about to make up another place as Felix Serralles pulled off track with an apparent mechanical problem, and duly took second behind leader RC Enerson.
Max crossed the line to take p2 with no pressure from behind. Speaking about his race, the Carlin man said,
“It was a fun race. I really enjoy this track, it’s quite like a British circuit in many ways; you can’t afford to go off and there’s lots of undulations, it’s a bit like Oulton park. We’ve struggled a bit with the set-up this weekend but the track seems to have changed a little this afternoon and the car came to me. it was one of those races where everything goes to plan, the car felt good and i made a couple of good overtaking manoeuvres. It was an enjoyable race.”
In race 2 Max took another second place finish in the second Indy lights race of the weekend after starting from 5th.
At the green flag it was Max’s teammate Ed Jones who had the upper hand, the Carlin man stealing through into the lead ahead of Harvey while Chilton maintained fifth. At the front it remained close lap after lap between jones and Harvey, some close racing resulted in light contact that both drivers survived early on, until heavier contact just over half way through the race that saw jones serving a drive through penalty and Harvey in the pits for a new front wing.
Max meanwhile was keeping clear of any incidents and quietly making his way through the field to his second podium of the weekend. Running in second place, Chilton at times looked as though he could challenge race leader Sean Rayhall, with a determined effort in the final laps to close the gap.
This made it 3 podiums from the last three races for the British driver.
“We’re doing well at the moment both on ovals and off. Although we struggled at the start of the weekend the team gave me a car to do the job in the races. Race two was very similar to race one; I tried to play it smart, made a couple of overtaking moves and had some good luck as well. It’s nice to leave a weekend that we thought at first was going to be difficult with two second places.”Back