22 Feb 2007 — Wyatt Gooden led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish in the F3-P Essington GP Feature in Round 5 of the Formula 3 (West) series.
Gooden drove all of 18 laps total leading Pat Dotson after originally being caught by him on the first lap. Gooden controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to victory.
Gooden moves up to third in the standings, four points behind Tommy Regan. Gooden has two starts and led 42 of his 42 laps while taking the victory twice.
Formula 3 (West) series moves on to Round 6 later this day at Essington. The series has 43 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Starting back in the field, Mitch Simon made up 12 positions to ultimately capture eighth place on the final lap.
Simon drove the majority of 12 laps total pursuing Jay Freels after engaging him on lap 8, coming from as many as five spots back. Simon launched an extended attack at Freels midway through, staying within a sector behind him and gaining ground over a continuous run of 11 laps. Simon got around Freels and into eighth place on his final lap.
Simon remains in sixth in the standings, now tied in points with seventh's Johnny McCalister. Simon has five starts and led three of his 84 laps while finishing as high as fourth.
Pat Dotson captured second place.
Gary Miller won fifth place.
Dotson ran the majority of three laps total pursuing Richard Hylands after originally catching him on the second lap. Dotson got around Hylands and into second place on lap 4, and controlled it the remaining 16 laps to the finish.
Dotson remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Tommy Regan to eight points. Dotson has four starts and led 28 of his 73 laps while taking the victory twice.
Tom Depke took third place.
Miller wrestled the advantage back and forth with Kevin Lockridge in a close fight for eighth starting early on, running within an apex of each other over a range of seven laps and changing positions three times. Miller drove nearly equal parts leading Lockridge after originally catching and passing him on the fourth lap. After losing the spot on lap 6, Miller cleared Lockridge for the second time and into fifth place on lap 7, and controlled it the remaining 13 laps to the checkered flag.
Miller moves up to eighth in the standings, three points behind Johnny McCalister. Miller has five starts and finished as high as fifth.