AFM Round One Results
Photos courtesy of Oxymoron Photography, as taken by James Carson and Max Klein
The weekend was a bit tricky what with the weather at Buttonwillow Raceway Park going from perfect, to sandstorm, and ultimately enough rain fell to cancel qualifying for the Formula classes and postpone Saturday's races to Sunday morning.
With 17 races to put on, Race Control made the decision to shorten most races from six laps to five, with Formula Pacific being reduced to 10 laps from the scheduled 12. While there may have been fewer laps, there was no shortage of action once the track went green on Sunday.
In the Formula 40 Heavyweight race, originally scheduled as race three on Saturday for example, Eric "GoGo" Gulbransen got off to a large lead over the entire field on his KTM 1290 Superduke R, but thanks to setting the fastest lap of the race on his Kawasaki ZX-10R, Tyler Wolters reeled him in. When the checkered came out, Wolters lost the race to the line by just 0.034 seconds giving Gulbransen the win from pole position.
In the Premier Formula Pacific class sponsored by Oculus Financial Group, Ezra Beaubier grabbed the holeshot on his BMW S1000RR and stretched out a two second lead over the rest of the field. Due to the weather canceling qualifying Bryce Prince started the race at the back of the grid, but he quickly made his way through the pack and worked his way up to fourth at the end of the first lap. With three laps left Prince made a move for the lead and stayed there to grab the victory leaving Beaubier to settle for second place. In the battle for third, Brenden Ketelsen's Kawasaki ZX6R lost the horsepower battle to the Kawasaki ZX10 piloted by Andrew Lee who broke away for a lonely third place finish.
Full race results can be found after the photo slideshow below.
Saturday Race One (Run on Sunday)
Saturday Race Two (Run on Sunday)
Saturday Race Three (Run on Sunday)
Saturday Race Four (Run on Sunday)
Sunday Race 1
Sunday Race Two
Sunday Race 3
Sunday Race Four
Sunday Race Five
Sunday Race Six
Sunday Race Seven
Sunday Race Eight
Sunday Race Nine
Sunday Race 10
Sunday Race 11
Sunday Race 12
Sunday Race 13