Nicole Havrda takes double win, title in Formula Pro US Winter Series
With two pole positions, two race wins and two fastest laps at Thunderhill Raceway, Nicole Havrda rounded out the Formula Pro US Winter Series with the title in the F3 class.
Barely a week after the first round at Sonoma, California, Formula Pro US crowned its Winter Series champions at Thunderhill, after a two-event campaign that precedes the Western championships.
Canadian 16-year-old driver Nicole Havrda announced a double program in 2023, which includes races in Formula 3 Regional machinery in both the Formula Pro US and a partial schedule in Formula Regional Americas, for a total of 12 races in JMF Motorsports' Ligier S F3 Regional car.
Havrda, who was part of the W Series selections at Inde Motorsports Ranch in Arizona last year and has since then contested the Indian Racing League – where she scored points in every race and finished twice in the top-five – will be focusing on a F.Regional program in the US and kicked-off her season with highly positive results in the Formula US Pro Winter Series.
In freezing and rainy conditions at Sonoma, Havrda was second in Race 1 and, after scoring a pole position on Sunday ahead of Race 2, she eventually retired due to a spin in the extremely tricky weather conditions.
But at Thunderhill Raceway, Havrda made up for it and would sweep the weekend.
Nicole topped practice and qualifying, earning victory in race 1 ahead of Daniel Quimby and Braydon Arthur – who took the top honors in the F4-class.
In the 10 laps of Race 2, Havrda was again unbeatable both in class and overall, finishing ahead of Geir Ramleth and Daniel Quimby – who won four out of four races in his class.
With two pole positions, two wins and two fastest laps at Thunderhill, Havrda completed the perfect weekend and finished at the top of the Winter Series' standings.
It was also a perfect preparation for the start of the Western championship, which will also start at Thunderhill Raceway Park, on April 14-16.
But before that, Havrda will race again at Thunderhill on the SCCA platform, on March 17-19, in a back-to-back round that precedes the Buttonwillow race meeting. According to her plan, Havrda will make her debut in Formula Regional Americas at New Jersey Motorsports Park on July 28-30.