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Gateway Indy Lights: Brabham snatches win with late pass

From his seventh pole of the growing season, Linus Lundqvist of HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing hit leading in the beginning, but teammate Benjamin Pedersen was struggling to carry off Andretti Autosport duo Matthew Brabham and Christian Rasmussen, and he previously to stop his second spot to Brabham on Lap 2.

Rasmussen kissed the wall but kept it straight, but spent two laps side-by-side with Danial Frost (HMD), banging wheels sometimes, before establishing himself in third.

With 10 of the 75 laps completed, Lundqvist was 0.75sec before Brabham who had exactly the same margin over Pedersen, but five laps later Lundqvists advantage was right down to half of a second.

Approaching half distance little had changed, except Pedersen was now 1.5 behind Brabham, and Rasmussen was closing on him. On Lap 40, Rasmussen made the maneuver around the exterior through Turns 1 and 2 to claim a podium position.

With 25 laps to go, Lundqvist, Brabham and Rasmussen were approaching lapped traffic, but on Lap 52 Rasmussen got high exiting Turn 2, and smacked the wall along with his right-rear wheel. Somehow he kept the impact gentle enough he could limp his car to pitlane and the race could stay green. This is very good news for Hunter McElrea and Sting Ray Robb who have been in a position to demote Jacob Abel to seventh.

The battle for the lead didnt appear to alter through traffic, Brabham remaining slightly below half of a second behind, but once in climate for the ultimate 10 laps, Brabham started tinkering with different lines and closing his deficit to 25 % second with five to go. On Lap 72, he rocketed off Turn 2 apex and drafted past across the inside right down to Turn 3 and snatched the lead.

Lundqvist tried to hold on but Brabham eked out his margin to 0.925sec by enough time he passed the checkered flag for his first win since St. Petersburg. It avenged his defeat in Iowa when Lundqvist squeezed him in to the wall.

Pedersen was 11sec down by the finish, but 1.3sec before Frost, with McElrea eight seconds further back but just before Robb.

P

Name

Laps

Diff

Led

ST

Team

Points

1

MatthewBrabham

75

4

3

AndrettiAutosport

372

2

LinusLundqvist

75

0.926

71

1

HMDMotorsportswithDaleCoyneRacing

480

3

BenjaminPedersen

75

11.6153

2

GlobalRacingGroupwithHMD

331

4

DanialFrost

75

12.9299

7

HMDMotorsportswithDaleCoyneRacing

310

5

HunterMcElrea

75

21.0565

5

AndrettiAutosport

371

6

StingRayRobb

75

21.6109

6

AndrettiAutosport

361

7

JacobAbel

75

28.8474

9

AbelMotorsports

261

8

JamesRoe

74

1LAPS

10

HMDMotorsportswithDaleCoyneRacing

219

9

ErnieFrancisJr.

74

1LAPS

12

ForceIndy

239

10

KyffinSimpson

74

1LAPS

11

HMDMotorsports

254

11

ChristianBogle

64

11LAPS

8

HMDMotorsportswithDaleCoyneRacing

237

12

ChristianRasmussen

52

Contact

4

AndrettiAutosport

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