28 Dec 2016 — Manuel Alves captured his 30th career victory after 111 events, leading all drivers with seven laps at the front in the Goiania Mini.
Alves wrestled the advantage back and forth with Ricardo Gomes in a long and tense fight for the race lead starting midway through, running within a scrape of each other over a range of 16 laps. Alves ran nearly equal parts leading Gomes after challenging and passing him on lap 9. After losing the spot on lap 11, Alves got around Gomes for the second time and into first place on lap 12, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the checkered flag.
The noteworthy victory for Alves came on his second outing in the Mini Cooper.
Ricardo Gomes held the lead for six laps in a run to second place.
Gomes swapped leads multiple rounds with Manuel Alves in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for the race lead starting midway through, running within a scuff of each other over a range of 16 laps. Gomes ran nearly equal parts leading Alves after being caught by him on the first lap. Gomes fended off a prolonged attack by Alves in the beginning, staying just a car length ahead of him over an unbroken run of eight laps. In the end Gomes lost the spot on lap 12 and settled into second the few laps running to the checkered flag.
Matt Geddes logged three laps at the front in a fourth-place run.
Geddes spent nearly equal parts of 13 laps total leading Ed Jones after being caught by him on the fourth lap. Geddes fended off a prolonged challenge by Jones early in the running, staying just a car length ahead of him over a continuous run of six laps. Ultimately Geddes lost the spot on lap 10 and settled into fourth the seven laps running to the finish.
Ed Jones took third place.
Jones ran nearly equal parts of 13 laps total leading Matt Geddes after engaging and passing him on lap 10, coming from as many as three spots back. Jones got around Geddes and into third place on lap 10, and defended it against pressure by Geddes the remaining seven laps to the conclusion.