Wattman clinches series championship with win in Le Mans '70 S5000 LE

Nunez charges through field from back of grid

Ferrari 512 S Coda Lunga LE
Le Mans '70 S5000 LE
ROUND 3
31 Dec 2016
RACING HOST
Luke Maney
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31 Dec 2016 — Simon Wattman secured the series championship with a first-place finish after leading four laps in the Le Mans '70 S5000 LE in Round 3 of the One Last Hurrah series.

Wattman swapped leads multiple rounds with Ronny Farias in a close battle for second from the middle stages, running within an apex of each other over a stretch of nine laps and changing positions four times. Wattman ran nearly equal parts leading Farias after being engaged by him on the third lap. After losing the spot on lap 8, Wattman got around Farias for the second time and into first place on lap 15, and held it the remaining few laps to the conclusion.

The series championship was clinched this final round by Wattman with his winning run. Wattman took the victory in two of his three starts, leading 11 of 55 laps total.

From the seventh spot on the starting grid, Marcos Nunez worked through the field of nine to claim second place at the finish.

Nunez wrestled the advantage back and forth with Ronny Farias in a long and tense battle for the race lead from the middle stages, running within a scrape of each other over a span of 14 laps and changing positions six times. Driving the Lola T70 Mk.3B LE, Nunez spent nearly equal parts leading Farias after being caught by him on the fifth lap. After losing the spot on lap 15, Nunez cleared Farias for the third time and into second place on lap 16, and controlled it the remaining couple laps to the checkered flag.

Nunez finished the series second in the standings. Nunez made three starts and led 25 of his 55 laps while taking the win once.

Ronny Farias held the lead for five laps in a run to third place.

Driving the Ford GT40 Mk1 LE, Farias swapped leads multiple rounds with Marcos Nunez in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for the race lead from the middle stages, running within a car length of each other over a span of 14 laps and changing positions six times. Farias drove nearly equal parts leading Nunez after engaging and passing him on lap 6, coming from as many as five positions back. In the end Farias lost the spot on lap 16 and settled into third the few laps running to the checkered flag.

Farias finished the series sixth in the standings. He made one start and led five of his 18 laps raced while finishing as high as third.

Luke Maney logged two laps at the front in a fourth-place run.

One Last Hurrah series finished its season after three rounds spanning two weeks. A total of 20 drivers competed for points in the championship.

Simon Wattman captured the championship in a tight campaign over Marcos Nunez, separated by just a couple grid spots in the end. Wattman led 11 laps and took two victories in three races. Marcos Nunez and Luke Maney finished within a race of the title. Matt Geddes and Alejo Perales rounded out the Top 5.

Maney mixed it up with Josh Crane in a persistent fight for fourth from the early stages, passing each other twice over a stretch of seven laps. Maney spent nearly equal parts leading Crane after being caught by him on the second lap. After losing the spot on lap 4, Maney got around Crane and into fourth place on lap 9, and held it the remaining nine laps to the finish.

Maney finished the series third in the standings. Maney made three starts and led 10 of his 55 laps while finishing as high as second.

Josh Crane held the lead for a lap in a run to sixth place.

Crane mixed it up with Luke Maney in a determined battle for fourth starting early on, passing each other twice over a stretch of seven laps. Driving the Ford GT40 Mk1 LE, Crane drove nearly equal parts leading Maney after challenging and passing him on the fourth lap, coming from as many as four positions back. In the end Crane lost the spot on lap 9 and settled into sixth the nine laps running to the checkered flag.

Crane finished the series 12th in the standings. He made one start and led one of his 17 laps raced while finishing as high as sixth.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Simon Wattman 18 1:02:06.499
2 Marcos Nunez 18 1:02:16.078
3 Ronny Farias 18 1:02:16.718
4 Luke Maney No More Chicanes 18 1:02:58.455
5 Ken Jagger 18 1:04:37.729
6 Josh Crane 17 1:03:10.906
7 Gilles Lalonde 15 1:04:52.156
8 Bruno Chacon 8 Suspension
9 Matt Geddes Moonshine Runners 7 DNF
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