23 Nov Justin Noble – 2015 Season Review
In 2014, Justin first started racing in the formula vee class in the SCCA. He quickly rose up through the ranks and by the end of his first season, had started to collect podium finishes and many top 5’s. These results helped him secure the rookie of the year award and 2nd place in 2 championships.
2015 marked a new year for Justin. An improved car, better knowledge and more experience. The first race of the year was at Summit Point Raceway where he collected his first career win, and set the tone for the rest of the season.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway played host to the second race of the year, where Justin scored 2 wins, a 2nd and a 3rd. Afterwards saying “It’s good that we kept our momentum from the last round, now we need to keep pushing and improve for New Jersey to keep up this success.”
At the next round at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, Justin was set for another good weekend but after winning race 1 and starting from pole position, he suffered an engine failure in race 2, preventing him from winning, but still managed a p3 finish. Afterwards he said that “… it’s a shame we couldn’t have done better. But this stuff happens in racing, it’s just part of the game.”
The 4th round was hosted at Thompson speedway, where Justin put in a dominant performance, winning all 4 races of the weekend and growing his championship lead on the rest of the field. Watkins Glen International was host to round 5 of the year. Justin said that “It’s great to be able to race at such a historic place like Watkins Glen. This is where the likes Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi all have raced before, so it’s great to be able to partake in some of that history.” Again, he put in a great drive, securing 2 wins in 2 races and doing so by a margin of over 20 seconds.
The pack returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 6th round of the year. After getting off to a good start by qualifying on pole position, in race 1, Justin was fighting through the field and ran wide on the exit of turn 2, making contact with the wall. This incident ended his weekend and took him out of the next 2 rounds, diminishing his championship lead to just 5 points.
His return was made at Palmer Motorsports Park on Palmer, MA. After a car spun in front and collected him, he was only able to put up a time good enough for p5 for the first race. Justin worked his way up through the field to get into p1 before being passed on the last lap to get a p2 finish. In the 2nd race of the weekend, Justin started in p2 and, in changeable wet conditions, he put in a stunning recovery drive to work back through the field for a win after a first lap spin dropped him down the order. After learning from his mistakes in the first 2 races, Justin got the win in race 3 by a good margin.
The final round if the season was hosted by Thompson Speedway. Justin had his hands full this weekend with a hard charging field hungry for the number 1 spot in the championship. In all 3 races there was a battle the whole way, with race 3 ending up with a 0.042 second margin between Justin and p2. Justin stated afterwards “…I’m relieved that it’s over. It was close all the way to the end, and to win all 3 races this weekend was great. I’m really thankful that I could win the championship, and in the fashion that I did, just made the title that much more rewarding.”
The total results for this season were 4 championships, 14 race wins, two 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place finishes with 1 DNF.
This season represented a huge amount of growth and development for Justin, with the reward at the end of the year being a test in the new BRDC F4 car at Donington Park, where Justin was the quickest rookie of the day.