Tough start for Munro at St Petersburg

Kiwi TRS driver James Munro has had a tough opening two rounds on the streets of St Petersburg as the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda got underway over the weekend in Florida. In race one, it was all about surviving turn one and the restarts and Munro and team mate Jordan Cane both crashed going down into the sharp right-hand corner.

“We had good pace today,” commented Munro. “I made an error in race one at the start and misjudged the grip offline and finished at the back after pitting to replace a tyre.”

Munro then started the second race in fourth but suffered contact in turn five about 10 minutes into the race.

“Race two was quite unfortunate, I held onto P4 at the start and was looking good to challenge for a podium but unfortunately got spun around early on. I got a puncture and went a lap down unfortunately so there was not much I could do from there!”

The Wisconsin-based Pabst Racing team won both USF2000 rounds when Australia’s Jordan Lloyd and China’s Yufeng Luo claimed a victory and a second-place finish apiece in today’s double-header.

Munro’s team-mates Robert Megennis and Jordan Cane shared the third-place trophies for Team Pelfrey.

“It’s been a tough day but the car is looking quick,” said Munro. “The next round is at Barber Motorsports Park, I’m really looking forward to it especially since I already know the track.”

The team heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alalabama for rounds three and four of the season, April 22-24.

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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