K-Rex Frederick enjoyed a strong and competitive debut in the F1600 Championship this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) with three top 10 finishes in as many races.
Due to strict SCCA regulations, Frederick was unable to compete in the championship until his 14th birthday, missing the first six races. As his birthday fell on Saturday 4th June, he was also unable to participate in the SCCA practice sessions on Friday at VIR.
Starting from twelfth K-Rex and the yellow car number 80 pushed hard in Race One. K-Rex ran as high as 3rd place on the track before settling for 6th place at the chequered flag in a strong 1st showing.
In Race Two K-Rex started from 5th position on the grid which provided an opportunity to attack the lead pack from the get go. Attack he did, and for a period of the race, the debutant was in the lead. But racing was close and experienced rivals passed him with K-Rex bringing home his second top ten finish in 7th place.
The final race of the weekend proved to be eventful as once again Frederick’s mixed it with the front runners, sitting in third position for several laps. On the last lap, a bold move from deep didn’t quite pay off and resulted in a spin, however K-Rex recovered and still brought the car home in 10th place.
Speaking at the end of the race weekend, K-Rex said:
“It was great to participate in my first race of the SCCA pro series in F1600. It was challenging to qualify and race well on a track that I wasn’t allowed to practice on, but turning 14 on race day allowed me to finally get in on the action. Altogether I fought for top five positions often and led in a race. I’ll build on this experience and work it forward going into Mid-Ohio.”
The next race weekend for the F1600 Championship takes place from 1-3 July and will be held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.