19 Dec 2016 — Ville Hartikainen held the lead for two laps in a run to first place in the Manfeild - Long BMW E21 in Round 3 of the Swift Sport BMW E21 Sayonara series.
Hartikainen traded positions with Tommaso Pinter in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for the race lead starting midway through, running within an apex of each other over a range of 16 laps. Hartikainen ran equal parts leading Pinter after being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 7, Hartikainen passed Pinter and into first place on lap 15, and controlled it the remaining lap to the conclusion.
Hartikainen moves up to the lead of the standings, now tied in points with second's Tommaso Pinter following Pinter's second-place finish. Hartikainen has three starts and led 44 of his 75 laps while taking the win twice.
Mike Dos Santos captured sixth place on the last lap and held it to the finish line to cap off an advance of 15 positions from the start.
Tommaso Pinter raced at the front of the field most of all drivers, leading eight of 16 laps but ultimately settling for second place.
Dos Santos wrestled the advantage back and forth with Joaquim Figueira in a long and tense fight for sixth from the early stages, running within a car length of each other over a stretch of 15 laps. Dos Santos ran the majority leading Figueira after catching and passing him on the fourth lap, coming from as many as 14 positions back. After losing the spot on lap 13, Dos Santos got around Figueira for the second time and into sixth place on his final lap.
Dos Santos remains in fourth in the standings, seven points behind Matias Perales. Dos Santos has three starts and led five of his 75 laps while finishing as high as fourth.
Pinter swapped leads with Ville Hartikainen in a long and tense fight for the race lead starting midway through, running within a scrape of each other over a span of 16 laps. Pinter drove equal parts leading Hartikainen after engaging and passing him on lap 7. Pinter fended off an extended challenge by Hartikainen midway through, staying just a turn ahead of him over a continuous run of eight laps. Ultimately Pinter lost the spot on lap 15 and settled into second the couple laps running to the checkered flag.
Pinter drops to second in the standings, now tied in points with first's Ville Hartikainen following Hartikainen's first-place finish. Pinter has three starts and led eight of his 75 laps while finishing as high as second.
Javier Manzanares held the lead for six laps in a run to third place.
Swift Sport BMW E21 Sayonara series moves on to its fourth and final round in a few days at Eastern Creek. The series has 34 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Ville Hartikainen leads the championship in a tight campaign over Tommaso Pinter, separated by just a single grid spot. The title continues to be challenged by Matias Perales, Mike Dos Santos, Javier Manzanares, Joaquim Figueira, and Carmen Montero as well. The Top 5 places are an open field for nine drivers in the running with one race remaining.
Manzanares drove nearly equal parts of 10 laps total leading Marcos Nunez after engaging and passing him on lap 13. Manzanares got around Nunez and into third place on lap 13, and defended it against pressure by Nunez the remaining four laps to the checkered flag.
Manzanares moves up to fifth in the standings, one point behind Mike Dos Santos. Manzanares has three starts and led six of his 75 laps while finishing as high as third.
Daniel Blanco passed through more than half the field from 22nd on the starting grid to 10th place at the finish line.
Mark Carty made his 80th start in the BMW 320i and captured seventh place.
After starting 22nd, Blanco gained his way to ninth and then dropped to 16th in the middle stages. Blanco drove nearly equal parts of seven laps total leading Carmen Montero after engaging and passing her on lap 14, coming from as many as 16 places back. Blanco passed Montero and into 10th place on lap 14, and defended it against pressure by Montero the remaining three laps to the checkered flag.
Blanco is 18th in the standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as 10th.
Carty drove all of five laps total pursuing Mike Dos Santos after catching him on the first lap, coming from as many as six spots back. Ultimately Carty settled into seventh the lap running to the conclusion.
Carty remains in eighth in the standings, now tied in points with seventh's Carmen Montero following Montero's 11th-place finish. Carty has two starts and finished as high as fourth.
Marcos Nunez captured fourth place.
In the 80 career runs taken by Carty in the BMW 320i, he has led 27 laps in all and taken the win three times.
Nunez drove nearly equal parts of 10 laps total leading Javier Manzanares after being caught by him on lap 7. Nunez fended off an extended attack by Manzanares midway through, staying just car lengths ahead of him over a continuous run of six laps. Ultimately Nunez lost the spot on lap 13 and settled into fourth the few laps running to the conclusion.
Nunez moves up to ninth in the standings, two points behind Mark Carty. Nunez has two starts and finished as high as fourth.