Nathan MorcomIt might sound weird, but Nathan Morcom is approaching rounds 11 and 12 of the F2000 Championship Series at Lime Rock Park next weekend as if they were rounds one and two!

With no realistic chance of overhauling the series leaders in the four remaining rounds, Morcom, who is third in the rookie standings and sixth overall, will be going all-out for race wins rather than driving conservatively to rack up points.

“Actually it will be easier than if the championship was at stake, because I won’t have to decide if every overtaking move could cost me points if it doesn’t stick.

“Whenever there’s an opportunity, I’ll just go for it!”

The 2.4km (1.5-mile) Connecticut circuit will mark his return to the American ‘development’ openwheeler series following an 11-week break.

A decision was made after Mid-Ohio in early-July to skip Mosport later in the month to allow Morcom’s Primus Racing team to address issues behind his lacklustre results since he won the opening round at Virginia International Raceway in April.

Morcom isn’t blaming Primus boss Jon Baytos, though.

“To be fair to Jon, in the first half of this year he had commitments to some long-term projects, one of which was re-establishing Primus Racing as a team in its own right instead of hiring other teams’ equipment and personnel.

“To do that he had to find and then fit out a workshop, which took a lot of time and energy that normally would have gone into the racing side.

“I know that Jon has been extremely disappointed that the car preparation this year hasn’t been up to the high standard that he sets for himself and everyone in his team.

“The car problems we’ve had have been frustrating because they’ve prevented Jon from doing what he’s famous for, which is setting up race-winning cars.

“This series is so competitive, and the race weekend timetables are usually so tight, that a small problem in testing or practice can make the difference between starting from the front row and midfield.

“I’ve been close enough to the pace often enough during the season to know that we only need our full quota of track time to be serious contenders.”

Photo by Dennis Valet