Mid-Ohio Indy Lights: Enerson wins, title rivals Harvey/Pigot clash

RC Enerson converted pole position into the first Indy Lights win of his career with a commanding drive at Mid-Ohio on Saturday

Mid-Ohio Indy Lights: Enerson wins, title rivals Harvey/Pigot clash

Enerson led the pack away at the start, and his main threat was taken care of on the first lap when Schmidt team-mate Jack Harvey and his title rival Spencer Pigot clipped each other while disputing Turn 8, putting both out of contention for the win.

He kept his cool during the only restart, which followed a brief spell under yellows when Ethan Ringel's car stopped at the Carousel, and coasted away over the latter phase of the race to cross the line 2.4 seconds clear of Max Chilton.

Chilton's climb to second was a story in itself: he started from sixth and picked his way up to third, and then capitalised when Felix Serralles' car cut out to gain another position.

The Carlin driver was quicker than Enerson over the last few laps, but didn't have time to get within striking range.

Shelby Blackstock carried his early weekend form into the race to complete the podium ahead of Kyle Kaiser, while Sean Rayhall, who returns to the grid this weekend for the first time since May, did a superb job to climb from 12th to fifth.

Further back, Pigot recovered from his opening lap dramas to cross the line in eighth, while Harvey managed to salvage the fastest lap bonus as he finished five laps down in 11th after suspension repairs.

Fellow title contender Ed Jones was a lapped ninth following a brush with Scott Anderson that prompted a pitstop.

RESULTS - 30 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 R.C. Enerson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 38m50.1689s
2 Max Chilton Carlin 2.4010s
3 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 9.9138s
4 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 10.7591s
5 Sean Rayhall 8Star Motorsports 11.2983s
6 Juan Piedrahita Belardi Auto Racing 14.9631s
7 Scott Anderson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 15.2125s
8 Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing 15.7723s
9 Ed Jones Carlin 1 Lap
10 Felix Serralles Belardi Auto Racing 3 Laps
11 Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 5 Laps
12 Ethan Ringel Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mechanical

RACE TWO GRID:

(Set by race one fastest laps)

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m11.5804s -
2 Ed Jones Carlin 1m12.1405s 0.5601s
3 Felix Serralles Belardi Auto Racing 1m12.5101s 0.9297s
4 Sean Rayhall 8Star Motorsports 1m12.5506s 0.9702s
5 Max Chilton Carlin 1m12.5925s 1.0121s
6 R.C. Enerson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m12.8835s 1.3031s
7 Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing 1m13.0073s 1.4269s
8 Scott Anderson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m13.0301s 1.4497s
9 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 1m13.4645s 1.8841s
10 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 1m13.4650s 1.8846s
11 Juan Piedrahita Belardi Auto Racing 1m13.5688s 1.9884s
12 Ethan Ringel Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m13.6386s 2.0582s

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