17 Oct 2016 — Sanio Alfa logged seven laps at the front in a first-place run in the Bathurst - Mt Panorama FIA GT3 in Round 8 of the FKR FIA GT3 West Coast Summer Series.
Alfa drove the majority of 22 laps total pursuing Joao Beato after catching him on the first lap. Driving the Mercedes SLS FIAGT3, Alfa launched an extended attack at Beato in the beginning, staying within a turn behind him and keeping pace over a solid run of 21 laps. Alfa got around Beato and into first place on lap 22, and kept it the remaining half-dozen laps to the conclusion.
Alfa remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Rob Milliken to 59 points. Alfa has seven starts and led 173 of his 241 laps while taking the win a half-dozen times.
Starting from back in the field, Barrett Erickson picked off 10 positions to finish in seventh place.
Erickson mixed it up with Rob Milliken in a lengthy and determined fight for seventh starting midway through, running within car lengths of each other over a stretch of 13 laps. Driving the Mercedes SLS Blancpain, Erickson drove the majority leading Milliken after challenging and passing him on lap 16, coming from as many as nine spots back. Erickson fended off an extended challenge by Milliken midway through, staying just a couple turns ahead of him over a continuous run of 10 laps. Ultimately Erickson lost the spot on lap 26 and settled into seventh through attrition the lap running to the checkered flag.
Erickson moves up to 10th in the standings, eight points behind Francesco Catalano. Erickson has four starts and finished as high as second.
One last pass on the final lap put Rob Milliken in sixth place at the finish line.
FKR FIA GT3 West Coast Summer Series moves on to Round 9 in a week at Sebring Int'l - 12 Hour. The series has 48 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Joao Beato raced at the front of the field most of all drivers, leading 21 of 28 laps but ultimately settling for third place.
Sanio Alfa leads the championship. The title continues to be challenged by Rob Milliken, Nick Phillips, and Xavier Eugeni. The Top 5 places are an open battleground for 11 drivers in the running with two races remaining.
Milliken traded positions with Porfirio Dias Santos in a brief and pressing fight for seventh starting midway through, running within a scrape of each other for four laps and two position changes. Milliken spent equal parts leading Dias Santos after being caught by him on lap 15. After losing the spot on lap 16, Milliken got around Dias Santos and into sixth place on his final lap.
Milliken remains in second in the standings, 59 points behind Sanio Alfa. Milliken has eight starts and finished as high as third.
Beato ran the majority of eight laps total pursuing Nick Phillips after being caught and passed by him on lap 23. Beato launched a prolonged challenge at Phillips late in the action, staying within a sector behind him and gaining ground over a solid run of six laps. In the end Beato settled into third the half-dozen laps running to the finish.
Beato is 24th in the standings for the series. He has one start and led 21 of his 28 laps raced while finishing as high as third.
Nick Phillips won second place.
Andrea Brunini took fifth place.
Phillips drove the majority of eight laps total leading Joao Beato after challenging and passing him on lap 23, coming from as many as five spots back. Phillips got around Beato and into second place on lap 23, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the checkered flag.
Phillips remains in third in the standings, cutting the gap to second's Rob Milliken to 10 points. Phillips has eight starts and finished as high as second.
Driving the Mercedes SLS FIAGT3, Brunini mixed it up with Porfirio Dias Santos in a relentless battle for fourth in the late stages, passing each other twice over a stretch of five laps. Brunini drove the majority leading Dias Santos after being engaged by him on lap 22. After losing the spot on lap 23, Brunini got around Dias Santos and into fifth place on lap 24, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the finish.
Brunini is 17th in the standings for the series. He has two starts and led four of his 60 laps raced while finishing as high as fifth.