Lalonde takes to rFactor in Circuit of the Americas Multiclass

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Circuit of the Americas Multiclass
31 Dec 2016

31 Dec 2016 — Gilles Lalonde took fifth place in the ES_GT2 class in the Circuit of the Americas Multiclass in Round 8 of the Farewell Race2Play EnduRacers Endurance Series [SemiPro].

Lalonde drove all of 38 laps total pursuing Lukáš Horák after catching him on the first lap, coming from as many as four positions back. Ultimately Lalonde settled into fifth the 15 laps running to the conclusion.

Lalonde finished the series third in the ES_GT2 class standings. Lalonde made six starts and finished as high as fourth.

Farewell Race2Play EnduRacers Endurance Series [SemiPro] finished its season after eight rounds spanning two months. A total of 52 drivers competed for points in the multiclass championships.

Fahn Thomas captured the ES_GT2 class championship, leading 248 laps and taking six wins in seven races. Barrett Erickson, Gilles Lalonde, Tobias Mueller, and Bolas Plata finished out the Top 5.

Alex Freitas won the ES_GT1 class championship, leading 77 laps and taking four wins in seven races. Paul Anstey, Ramon Llupart, Jorge Herrera, and Jason Whited rounded out the Top 5.

John Van Der Geest took the ES_P2 class championship in a tight campaign over Marcos Junior, separated by just a single finishing position in the end. Van Der Geest led 218 laps and took three victories in seven races. Ken Jagger, Mike Erickson, and Andrie Ambadar finished out the Top 5.

ES_P2 1 John van der Geest G.E.A.R. 46 1:31:24.976
ES_P2 2 Mike Erickson Bad Voices Racing 46 1:31:29.797
ES_P2 3 Marcos Junior Ace motorsport 46 1:31:47.040
ES_P2 4 Matteo Tolari 46 1:32:52.946
ES_P2 5 Ken Jagger Bad Voices Racing 46 1:33:08.430
ES_GT1 1 Alex Freitas Oceanika Motorsport 43 1:32:26.223
ES_GT2 1 Alaoui Nassim Atlantic Motorsport Academy 42 1:32:05.817
ES_GT1 2 Matt Geddes 42 1:32:07.275
ES_GT2 2 Barrett Erickson 42 1:32:14.068
ES_GT2 3 Tobias Mueller ACD-Racing 42 1:32:21.562
ES_GT1 3 Paul Anstey SimMadRacers 42 1:32:51.367
ES_GT1 4 Jorge Herrera 42 1:32:56.839
ES_P2 6 Mario Rocha Atlantic Motorsport Oldtimers 42 1:33:21.069
ES_GT2 4 Lukáš Horák 41 1:31:26.835
ES_GT1 5 Matthew Overton 41 1:31:29.449
ES_GT1 6 John Smith 41 1:32:10.591
ES_GT2 5 Gilles Lalonde 40 1:32:58.551
ES_GT1 7 Ramon Llupart 40 1:31:29.692
ES_GT2 6 Mateusz Stasiak 25 DNF
ES_GT1 8 Steve Brown 25 Accident
ES_P2 7 Toni Talvitie Pinnacle Motorsports 23 DNF
ES_P2 8 Benedict Burlington 23 Suspension
ES_P2 9 Ville Hartikainen 17 DNF
ES_GT1 9 Jason Whited Riders on the Storm Racing 17 DNF
ES_GT1 10 Fabrizio Telasio Scuderia Italia Racing 2 DNF
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Posted by Gilles Lalonde at 06:07 PM on Sat Dec 31 EST

Grats to podium and all finishers.

I think everyone suffered the server hiccup, when that happened, I though my Windows had decided to shove off, I lifted a lot and rode it out... surprised I wasn't discoed but when I saw the chat box listing the less fortunate... I felt for you guys.

As for my race, I think I had 3 previous start at COTA... never finished. I had only one mission; to finish. In the standings, Tobias was too close for comfort, so if I finished, I had a good chance of keeping my third position.

So right after the first racing lap, I dropped the Boost and did my best to keep it off the walls. I had a few 4 wheels off but all of them under control. I spun twice, once when passing a limping Jason all the while trying to stay out of the way of a closing P1. The second time, out braking myself at corner one.

So up to the last lap, all my car's corners were still white. Then, on the last lap, I got rear ended by a blue P1/P2 while braking for the first hairpin... Tha H...???

My stop was quick splash and I DID FINISHED! Yé!

I'm going to run the MNRL series at CMS.

Cya all at the races.

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