Shields strong in New Jersey
Cameron Shields has continued his solid run of form in the USF2000 Championship after a solid weekend saw him move up to seventh outright in the standings.
Heading into the penultimate round at New Jersey Motorsports Park having secured his first podium for the year last month, Shields again found himself again in the spotlight over the weekend with a well-deserved runner-up finish.
The Queenslander started the weekend off well, finishing the round’s opening race where he started in sixth place, but more importantly, beating all the drivers around him on the standings in the process.
For race two, Shields put in a lightning fast qualifying session to start on the front row and the 19-year-old held firm throughout the 20-lap race to earn the second-place finish and some valuable points to his growing tally.
Starting P3 in the third race, it was an unfortunate end to the weekend for Shields as he was unable to hold onto his position as the teenager ended up crossing the line in sixth.
Despite the missed opportunity in the final race, Shields still came away with a solid haul of points ahead of the season finale later this month with only eight points separating him and American Josh Green in sixth outright.
The USF2000 Championship’s final round for 2020 will consist of two races around the Streets of St. Petersburg on 23-25 October.
Mansell continues fight for Rookie Cup
Christian Mansell also enjoyed a solid outing over the weekend, with the teenager keeping his healthy lead in the British Formula 4 Championship’s Rookie Cup.
Like Shields, Mansell’s results saw him also move up the outright standings as he finished the weekend in eighth place and 14 points behind the next driver in Roman Bilinski.
Taking place at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire, the weekend’s round was the first and only for the year where just two races were run and Mansell managed to finish both races within the points.
Starting Saturday’s race in P9, Mansell began the race well and had good momentum early but unfortunately lost some of it and as a result dropped back down to P10 where he finished the race.
The 15-year-old had a much better outing in the round’s second race as he qualified in P8 and had a similar start to the previous race, only this time, he continued his good run and finished in sixth place, as well as grabbing the Rookie Cup win.
As a result of his class win, Mansell remains as a firm favourite to take out the Rookie Cup with a solid 42 points between him and the second placed Frederick Lubin.
The British Formula 4 Championship returns later this month at Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit on 24-25 October.