Van Der Geest locks down class championship with win in Circuit of the Americas Multiclass

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Circuit of the Americas Multiclass
31 Dec 2016

31 Dec 2016 — John Van Der Geest clinched the ES_P2 class championship with a first-place finish after leading 28 laps in the Circuit of the Americas Multiclass in Round 8 of the Farewell Race2Play EnduRacers Endurance Series [SemiPro].

Van Der Geest wrestled the advantage back and forth with Benedict Burlington in a lengthy and determined battle for the race lead from the middle stages, running within car lengths of each other over a range of 24 laps. Van Der Geest spent the majority pursuing Burlington after catching him on the first lap. Van Der Geest cleared Burlington for the second time and into first place when Burlington retired on lap 24, and controlled it the final 22 laps to the conclusion.

The ES_P2 class championship was clinched this final round by Van Der Geest with his winning run. Van Der Geest took the win in three of his seven starts, leading 218 of 413 laps total.

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 John van der Geest at 08:00 AM on Sun Jan 01 EST

Yeah, the internet thing. I was sorry to see Benedict and Toni go out. We were running very close together and I was thinking during the race it would come down to pitstop strategie. I was feeling very confident about my situation as I am always running boost 1 in all circumstances. I was pretty sure that Toni was aswell, but I had my doubts about Benedict. I felt he was boosting and would have to come in early. So my biggest worry was Toni, not Benedict. But I could be wrong. Benedict might just as well have been super fast on boost 1. I guess we'll never know because they both were out because of the internet stutter :).

Famous last words:
Thank you all for a hell of a ride through the years, may it be long or short. I have had many succeses here and many defeats (the defeats ultimately made me faster haha) but nothing lasts for ever!! So thank you all for comming together to do the races we all loved. And thank you for supporting the countless GEAR series I've done. I was my pleasure!

Sim racing online promotion:
It's 1 january 2017 and Race2Play has ended. Where should we go now with our competitive nature? For anyone loving the multiclass racing like me, you should know that SimRacingOnline (SRO) has setup a rFactor2 Endurace series with the Enduracers mod. It starts on january 8 and you can sign up here:

Register first, and then you're good to go.

SRO is pretty new on the block, but already has the same potential as Raceconnect. The admins have worked very hard to make it a proffesional site and it has a very good ranking system as well as a outstanding interface. This can grow into a big thing.

Hope to see you there.

John van der Geest

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