23 Oct 2016 — Sanio Alfa started on the pole and led every lap on the way to a commanding victory and clinch the series championship in the Sebring Int'l - 12 Hour FIA GT3 in Round 9 of the FKR FIA GT3 West Coast Summer Series.
Alfa spent all of nine laps total leading Fahn Thomas after being engaged by him on the first lap. Alfa controlled the race lead every lap from start to victory.
The series championship was clinched this round by Alfa with his winning run. Alfa took the win in seven of his eight starts, leading 203 of 302 laps total.
Starting from back in the field, Fahn Thomas picked off 18 positions to finish in second place.
Driving the Mercedes SLS VLN, Thomas spent nearly equal parts of 18 laps total leading Paul Anstey after engaging and passing him on lap 23, coming from as many as 16 spots back. Thomas got around Anstey and into second place on lap 23, and defended it against pressure by Anstey the remaining eight laps to the finish.
Thomas moves up to fourth in the standings, 30 points behind Nick Phillips. Thomas has six starts and led 17 of his 194 laps while taking the win once.
Barrett Erickson got past Xavier Eugeni on the final lap and held it by the whisker-thin margin of 0.366 seconds at the finish line to take 11th place.
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 its 10th and final round in a week at Malaysia - Full. The series has 54 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Erickson mixed it up with Xavier Eugeni in a persistent battle for 11th in the closing stages, passing each other twice over a range of seven laps. Driving the Mercedes SLS Blancpain, Erickson drove nearly all leading Eugeni after being engaged by him on lap 24. Erickson fended off a prolonged attack by Eugeni in the late stages, staying just a straightaway ahead of him over a solid run of five laps. After losing the spot on lap 29, Erickson passed Eugeni and into 11th place by the narrow margin at the checkered flag.
Erickson moves up to eighth in the standings, 14 points behind Mark Craggs. Erickson has five starts and finished as high as second.
First place in the series is owned by Sanio Alfa, but the remaining places in the Top 5 are an open battleground for six drivers in the running. Rob Milliken, Nick Phillips, Fahn Thomas, and Xavier Eugeni are all within one race of the current podium.
Milliken traded positions with Nick Phillips in a prolonged battle for sixth starting midway through, wrangling over a range of 19 laps. Milliken drove nearly equal parts leading Phillips after being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 13, Milliken passed Phillips and into sixth place on his final lap.
Milliken remains in second in the standings, increasing the lead over rival Nick Phillips to 11 points. Milliken has nine starts and finished as high as third.
Paul Anstey won third place.
Making his 10th start in the Mercedes SLS Blancpain, Xavier Eugeni drove to a 12th-place finish.
Anstey drove nearly equal parts of 18 laps total leading Fahn Thomas after being caught by him on lap 13. In the end Anstey settled into third the eight laps running to the checkered flag.
Anstey is 18th in the standings for the series. He has two starts and led two of his 61 laps raced while finishing as high as second.
Andrea Brunini won fourth place.
Eugeni swapped leads with Barrett Erickson in a persistent fight for 11th nearing the finale, running within a couple turns of each other over a range of seven laps and changing positions two times. Eugeni spent the majority pursuing Erickson after targeting him on lap 24, coming from as many as four places back. Driving the Mercedes SLS Blancpain, Eugeni launched an extended attack at Erickson in the late stages, staying within a straightaway behind him and gaining ground over a continuous run of five laps. In the end Eugeni settled into 12th the lap running to the conclusion, missing Erickson ahead by just 0.366 seconds at the line.
Eugeni drops to fifth in the standings, five points behind Fahn Thomas. Eugeni has eight starts and finished as high as fourth.
In the 10 career runs taken by Eugeni in the Mercedes SLS Blancpain, he has finished as high as fourth twice. Eugeni has taken the car to Sebring Int'l - 12 Hour two times. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 3.963 seconds off his previous best lap time.
Brunini drove nearly equal parts of 15 laps total leading Daniel Medeiros after challenging and passing him on lap 21, coming from as many as three positions back. Brunini cleared Medeiros and into fourth place on lap 21, and controlled it the remaining nine laps to the checkered flag.
Brunini is 15th in the standings for the series. He has three starts and led four of his 90 laps raced while finishing as high as fourth.
Daniel Medeiros won fifth place.
After starting second, Medeiros dropped to 10th in the beginning. Medeiros wrestled the advantage back and forth with Nick Phillips in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for fifth starting midway through, running within a scrape of each other over a range of 19 laps and changing positions five times. Medeiros drove nearly equal parts leading Phillips after catching and passing him on lap 8, coming from as many as four places back. After losing the spot on lap 25, Medeiros cleared Phillips for the third time and into fifth place on lap 28, and controlled it the remaining couple laps to the checkered flag.
Medeiros is 29th in the standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as fifth.
One last pass on the final lap put Porfirio Dias Santos in 15th place at the finish line.