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GASTON IRAZU AND PABLO BENITES WIN FORMULA FARA IN HOMESTEAD

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This past weekend, Formula FARA held its highly anticipated second round, showing significant growth from the first round as entry numbers crested 15 with 16 drivers in competition. Following the success of its inaugural race, which coincided with the Yacademy Winter Series earlier this winter, Formula FARA’s emergence as a fully independent championship was met with incredible success.

Born in 2024, Formula FARA attracted a total of six racing teams bringing 16 drivers to the famed Homestead Miami Speedway. Competitors from various states across the USA, Mexico, and South America raced in the most southern part of the Sunshine State as Formula FARA’s program continues to gain momentum.

The event kicked off last Thursday, with a full day of practice. Drivers and their teams were treated to a total of eight, 20-minute test sessions providing ample opportunity for fine-tuning car setups and refreshing drivers who had not been on the track for several months. Friday was dedicated to further training, with four additional sessions of 30 minutes each providing for unparalleled track time and experience. Saturday saw a pair of practice sessions in the morning followed by the qualifying session, where drivers had 20 minutes to set the best lap time and the final grid for the first wheel-to-wheel race of the weekend.

Gaston Irazu and his team, Scuderia Buell, secured the pole position with a time of 1:30:084. Gaston, who had previously won all races in the February edition, faced stiff competition from the second qualifier as Teddy Musella (1:30:417), and Maite Caceres (1:30:525) showed their speed. With seven drivers qualifying less than one-second from one another, the stage was set for some great racing action.

Grid positions for the races were decided as follows:

  • Qualifying results set the grid for the first race.
  • Full inverted grid from the results of qualifying decided the grid for race two.

Sunday morning saw the two races take place, with the first race following the results of the qualifying for the starting grid.  After two pace laps behind the safety car, the green flag flew as competitors bounded down into turn one. Gaston Irazu maintained his lead throughout the race, with Maite Caceres, Pablo Benites, and Beckham Jacir battling for positions behind him. In the end, Gaston secured another victory, followed by Beckham Jacir in second place and Maite Caceres joining him on the podium in P3. Pablo Benites and Cash Felber finished fourth and fifth respectively, as they started the second event of the season in the top-five.

The second race took place in the afternoon, with the starting grid determined by the results of the qualifying but in total reverse, providing a new challenge for the drivers. Pablo Benites emerged victorious, with Gaston Irazu in second place after starting deep in the field with Cash Felber in third. Maite Caceres and Jack Pollack narrowly missed the podium but rounded out the top-five.

A new podium ceremony concluded four days of intense racing for the Formula FARA drivers, with each eager to compete again in May 2024 at Sebring.

Currently, Uruguayan driver Gaston Irazu leads the championship standings with 36 points, followed closely by Pablo Benites, Maité Cacenes, Beckham Jacir, and Teddy Musella.

Organizers are hopeful for an even larger and more competitive starting grid for the next event in Sebring on the weekend of May 25-26. Registration is now open, and participants are encouraged to sign up without delay.

For more information about Formula FARA and to register for the Sebring event, visit the official website at www.formulafara.com.

More news is coming soon, but for additional inquiries and opportunities, please reach out to FF@FARAUSA.com. Also, follow FARA Racing and Yacademy Drive on social media at @fara_Racing and @yacademydrive.

Photo Credit: Yacademy

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