Iowa IndyLights: Ex-F1 racer Max Chilton takes first victory

Ex-F1 racer Max Chilton converted pole position into his first career Indy Lights win after leading a Carlin 1-2 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday evening

Iowa IndyLights: Ex-F1 racer Max Chilton takes first victory

The Briton led away from the start, and aside from a short position change with team-mate Ed Jones while working through traffic at mid-distance, he remained at the front all the way to the end.

Chilton dedicates Iowa pole to Jules Bianchi

"It was a simply perfect," said Chilton. "Credit to the team; they gave me the car to do it.

"We had a hairy 10 laps in the middle where I got held up by traffic and got a bit frustrated as I'm not used to being slowed down by backmarkers, but later on I got back into clear air and was able to get away.

"I'm dedicating this to Jules [Bianchi, former F1 team-mate]. He'd have driven the perfect race, as always."

RC Enerson jumped from sixth to third early on, and briefly managed to close to within attack range of the two Carlins.

His surge faded over the closing laps, which allowed Jones to get away, but he still had enough in hand to keep Kyle Kaiser at bay.

Championship leader Jack Harvey dropped two places from his starting position of third to fifth, although he still managed to add some extra padding to his points advantage by virtue of main rival Spencer Pigot being stuck down in eighth.

The race was interrupted by one caution period just after the halfway mark when Ethan Ringel's car lost power and needed to be towed out of Turn 1.

RACE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Max Chilton Carlin 100 36m50.1191s
2 Ed Jones Carlin 100 6.1172s
3 R.C. Enerson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 100 11.0474s
4 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 100 13.3329s
5 Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 100 13.8678s
6 Scott Anderson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 100 19.4760s
7 Juan Piedrahita Belardi Auto Racing 99 1 Lap
8 Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing 99 1 Lap
9 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 99 1 Lap
10 Felix Serralles Belardi Auto Racing 94 6 Laps
11 Ethan Ringel Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 63 Mechanical

DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jack Harvey 278
2 Spencer Pigot 260
3 Ed Jones 258
4 R.C. Enerson 214
5 Felix Serralles 176
6 Max Chilton 173
7 Kyle Kaiser 172
8 Juan Piedrahita 171
9 Scott Anderson 171
10 Ethan Ringel 154
11 Shelby Blackstock 151
12 Sean Rayhall 96
13 Matthew Brabham 35
14 Scott Hargrove 34
15 Nelson Piquet Jr. 28


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