Perales takes pulse-pounding finish in Daytona International '70 S5000 LE

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Nunez commands lead most laps for win

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Daytona International '70 S5000 LE
ROUND 2
24 Dec 2016
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24 Dec 2016 — Alejo Perales raced past the checkered flag a narrow 0.192 seconds ahead of Simon Wattman to take second place in the Daytona International '70 S5000 LE in Round 2 of the One Last Hurrah series.

Perales ran all of five laps total pursuing Ruslan Nurgaliev after engaging him on the third lap, coming from as many as four positions back. Perales got around Nurgaliev and into second place when Nurgaliev retired on lap 7, and kept it the final 14 laps to the conclusion.

Perales moves up to fourth in the standings, now tied in points with fifth's Matt Geddes following Geddes's fourth-place finish. Perales has two starts and finished as high as second.

Marcos Nunez commanded the top spot most of all, leading 19 of 21 laps on a run to first place.

Nunez ran nearly equal parts of seven laps total leading Ruslan Nurgaliev after catching and passing him on the third lap. Nunez cleared Nurgaliev and into first place on lap 3, and defended it against pressure by Nurgaliev another four laps toward the finish.

Nunez moves up to the lead of the standings, one point ahead of Simon Wattman. Nunez has two starts and led 19 of his 37 laps while taking the win once.

One Last Hurrah series moves on to its third and final round in a week at Le Mans '70. The series has 16 drivers competing for points in the championship.

Marcos Nunez leads the championship in a tight campaign over Simon Wattman, separated by just a single grid spot. The title continues to be challenged by Luke Maney, Alejo Perales, Matt Geddes, Scott Ring, and Andrie Ambadar as well. The Top 5 places are an open ring for 16 drivers in the running with one race remaining.

Simon Wattman took third place.

Wattman ran all of 21 laps total pursuing Alejo Perales after catching him on the first lap. Driving the Ford GT40 Mk1 LE, Wattman launched an extended challenge at Perales in the beginning, staying within a scuff behind him and keeping pace over an unbroken run of 21 laps. Ultimately Wattman settled into third the 15 laps running to the finish, missing Perales ahead by just 0.192 seconds at the line.

Wattman drops to second in the standings, one point behind Marcos Nunez. Wattman has two starts and led seven of his 37 laps while taking the win once.

Matt Geddes captured fourth place.

Driving the Ferrari 512 S Coda Corta LE, Geddes traded positions multiple rounds with Mark Carty in a long and tense fight for fourth late in the action, running within a bumper of each other over a range of 14 laps and changing positions four times. Geddes drove the majority leading Carty after being engaged by him on lap 6. Geddes fended off a prolonged challenge by Carty in the middle stages, staying just an apex ahead of him over a solid run of eight laps. After losing the spot on lap 16, Geddes cleared Carty for the second time and into fourth place on lap 17, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the finish.

Geddes moves up to fifth in the standings, now tied in points with fourth's Alejo Perales following Perales's second-place finish. Geddes has two starts and led one of his 23 laps while finishing as high as fourth.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Marcos Nunez 21 35:08.462
2 alejo perales 21 35:47.462
3 Simon Wattman 21 35:47.654
4 Matt Geddes Moonshine Runners 21 35:57.396
5 Luke Maney No More Chicanes 21 36:00.394
6 Gilles Lalonde 21 36:45.779
7 Santiago Castro 20 35:42.539
8 Everett Dumont Atlantic Motorsport Academy 20 36:21.936
9 Mark Carty CanAm Racing 18 Engine
10 Joao Botelho de Sousa Atlantic Motorsport Academy 8 Engine
11 Ruslan Nurgaliev 6 Engine
Image by Luke Maney
Ahh the dreaded turn 1
Image by Luke Maney
Matt at Daytona
POSTRACE

INT
–48.934
FIN
4
Q
8
REP
+3
CLASS
S5000 LE
CAR
Ferrari 512 S Coda Corta LE
Posted by Matt Geddes at 04:00 PM on Sat Dec 24 EST

Great screenshots of Luke, that was a really fun race, I really like the day night transition, although I think tire where should be set to five times , And maybe fuel should be set higher as well, but either way great fun and looking forward to Le Mans!

INT
–1:37.317
FIN
6
Q
11
REP
+2
CLASS
S5000 LE
CAR
Lola T70 Mk.3B LE
Posted by Gilles Lalonde at 06:31 PM on Sat Dec 24 EST

LoL, Mark blew is engine... again!
;-)

INT
–51.931
FIN
5
Q
3
REP
+2
CLASS
S5000 LE
CAR
Lola T70 Mk.3B LE
Posted by Luke Maney at 08:01 PM on Sat Dec 24 EST

Yeah fun race, and mine was extra special (I got a present on lap 1).


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