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Souza caps charge with tight finish in Chicago Cup

Image by Luis F Almeida
my first championship points! :)

F Almeida locks down series championship driving COT Chevrolet

Image by Ellery Souza
looking to my spot at start i need valorize the second position at the checkered. :)
Chicago Cup
ROUND 9
17 Sep 2011
RACING HOST
Tom Moseley
PREVIOUS
Image by Tom Moseley

17 Sep 2011 — Ellery Souza raced through much of the grid to squeeze Luis F Almeida out of second place at the finish line by the thin margin of 0.090 seconds in the Chicago Cup in the ninth and final round of the VHR Cup Series.

Luis F Almeida secured the series championship with a third-place finish after leading seven laps.

After starting 12th, Souza gained his way to first and then dropped to seventh in the late stages. Driving the COT Ford, Souza wrestled the advantage back and forth with Luis F Almeida in a lengthy and determined fight for second from the early stages, running within a turn of each other over a stretch of 99 laps. Souza spent equal parts leading F Almeida after challenging and passing him on lap 33, coming from as many as nine spots back. Souza fended off an extended attack by F Almeida in the middle stages, staying just a couple turns ahead of him over an unbroken run of 17 laps. After losing the spot on lap 146, Souza passed F Almeida for the fifth time and into second place on lap 147, and defended it against pressure by F Almeida the remaining four laps to the harrowing finish.

Souza finished the series sixth in the standings. Souza made seven starts and led 99 of his 684 laps while taking the victory twice.

F Almeida swapped leads multiple rounds with Ellery Souza in a long and persistent fight for third from the early stages, running within a couple turns of each other over a span of 99 laps. Driving the COT Chevrolet, F Almeida ran nearly equal parts leading Souza after being engaged by him on lap 9. F Almeida fended off a prolonged challenge by Souza in the late stages, staying just a scrape ahead of him over an unbroken run of 33 laps. In the end F Almeida lost the spot on lap 147 and settled into third through attrition the few laps running to the finish, missing Souza ahead by just 0.090 seconds at the line.

The series championship was clinched this final round by F Almeida with his third-place run. F Almeida took the win in two of his nine starts, leading 273 of 1,145 laps total.

Tom Moseley commanded the top spot most of all, leading 69 of 150 laps on a run to first place.

In the 40 career runs taken by F Almeida in the COT Chevrolet, he has led 488 laps in all and taken the win four times.

Moseley took the fight back and forth with Daniel Blanco in a lengthy and determined fight for second from the beginning, running within a couple turns of each other over a stretch of 51 laps. Moseley spent nearly equal parts leading Blanco after engaging and passing him on lap 9. Driving the COT Chevrolet, Moseley fended off a prolonged challenge by Blanco early in the running, staying just an apex ahead of him over a solid run of five laps. After losing the spot on lap 102, Moseley passed Blanco for the sixth time and into first place on lap 124, and controlled it the remaining 26 laps to the checkered flag.

Moseley finished the series second in the standings. Moseley made nine starts and led 306 of his 1,137 laps while taking the win three times.

In the 120 career runs taken by Moseley in the COT Chevrolet, he has led 2,091 laps in all and taken the win 24 times. Moseley has taken the car to VHR Chicagoland three times, and this was the second win there.

VHR Cup Series finished its season after nine rounds spanning two months. A total of 34 drivers competed for points in the championship.

Luis F Almeida won the championship in a tight campaign over Tom Moseley, separated by just a handful of finishing positions in the end. F Almeida led 273 laps and took two wins in nine races. Tom Moseley, Marcio Caetano, and Jim Barisoff finished within a race of the title. Anton Grebennikov finished out the Top 5.

Jim Barisoff made his 90th start in the COT Chevrolet and captured seventh place.

Anton Grebennikov led the pack for 14 laps in a run to fifth place.

Driving the COT Chevrolet, Barisoff traded positions with Matt Hoffman in a lengthy and determined battle for seventh from the early stages, passing each other twice over a span of 10 laps. Barisoff drove equal parts leading Hoffman after being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 25, Barisoff cleared Hoffman and into seventh place on lap 136, and kept it the remaining dozen laps to the finish.

Barisoff finished the series fourth in the standings. Barisoff made nine starts and led 16 of his 1,132 laps while finishing as high as third.

One last pass on the final lap put Marcio Caetano in eighth place at the finish line.

In the 90 career runs taken by Barisoff in the COT Chevrolet, he has led 299 laps in all and taken the victory once. Barisoff has taken the car to VHR Chicagoland two times.

After starting first, Grebennikov dropped to eighth in the early stages. Grebennikov traded positions back and forth with Ellery Souza in a prolonged battle for sixth starting early on, fighting over a stretch of 34 laps. Driving the COT Dodge, Grebennikov drove the majority pursuing Souza after being caught and passed by him on lap 23. Grebennikov launched an extended attack at Souza in the early stages, staying within a couple turns behind him and keeping pace over an unbroken run of 16 laps. In the end Grebennikov settled into fifth through attrition the 16 laps running to the conclusion, missing Ronnie Martin Jr ahead by just 0.562 seconds at the line.

Grebennikov finished the series fifth in the standings. Grebennikov made eight starts and led 61 of his 915 laps while finishing as high as third.

Daniel Blanco logged 49 laps at the front in a sixth-place run.

Caetano wrestled the advantage back and forth with Matt Hoffman in a long and persistent fight for eighth in the closing stages, passing each other three times over a range of 13 laps. Driving the COT Toyota, Caetano spent the majority leading Hoffman after engaging and passing him on lap 136, coming from as many as eight positions back. Caetano fended off a prolonged challenge by Hoffman in the closing stages, staying just a scuff ahead of him over an unbroken run of eight laps. After losing the spot on lap 144, Caetano passed Hoffman for the second time and into eighth place on his final lap.

Caetano finished the series third in the standings. Caetano made nine starts and led 60 of his 1,075 laps while finishing as high as second.

Ronnie Martin Jr held the lead for three laps in a run to fourth place.

Driving the COT Ford, Blanco traded positions multiple rounds with Anton Grebennikov in a lengthy and determined battle for second from the beginning, running within a couple turns of each other over a range of 46 laps. Blanco drove the majority pursuing Grebennikov after catching him on the first lap. Blanco launched a prolonged challenge at Grebennikov in the closing stages, staying within a couple turns behind him and keeping pace over a solid run of 21 laps. Ultimately Blanco settled into sixth the 16 laps running to the finish.

Blanco finished the series 10th in the standings. Blanco made three starts and led 58 of his 353 laps while finishing as high as sixth.

After starting sixth, Martin Jr gained his way to first and then dropped to seventh in the middle stages. Driving the COT Toyota, Martin Jr swapped leads multiple rounds with Luis F Almeida in a prolonged fight for fourth from the early stages, sparring over a stretch of 38 laps. Martin Jr drove nearly equal parts leading F Almeida after challenging and passing him on lap 28, coming from as many as four positions back. In the end Martin Jr lost the spot on lap 138 and settled into fourth through attrition the 13 laps running to the checkered flag.

Martin Jr finished the series seventh in the standings. Martin Jr made seven starts and led 55 of his 843 laps while finishing as high as fourth.

Matt Hoffman logged a lap at the front in a ninth-place run.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Tom Moseley DBFMotorsports.com 150 1:20:52.203
2 Ellery Souza Escuderia Sul-Brasil 150 1:20:55.913
3 Luis F Almeida Escuderia Sul-Brasil 150 1:20:56.003
4 Ronnie Martin Jr DBFMotorsports.com 150 1:21:07.198
5 Anton Grebennikov Jetstream SimRacing 150 1:21:07.760
6 Daniel Blanco Blanco Motorsports 150 1:21:11.666
7 Jim Barisoff DBFMotorsports.com 148 1:21:02.736
8 Marcio Caetano Escuderia Sul-Brasil 147 1:21:06.706
9 Matt Hoffman 147 1:21:10.636
10 David Nannen Blanco Motorsports 24 DNF
11 Nuno Areias Atlantic Motorsport International 12 DNF
12 Julio Cezar BrSD Team 0 DNF
Image by Tom Moseley
Image by Tom Moseley
POSTRACE

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
4
REP
 
CLASS
Cup
CAR
COT Chevrolet
Posted by Tom Moseley at 11:26 PM on Sat Sep 17 CEST

Wow! Now that's a race.
No cautions in 150 laps. I can't believe we did that. I mean, we had a few people almost lose control but they recovered and kept going. Nice job everyone!

It started out as a shootout racing Anton, Daniel, Jim, and Luis but Anton had a little trouble early on and almost lost control getting down on the apron but kept it straight courtesy of Jim's left side door.

With that almost wreck happening, Daniel and I broke away from the pack. We ran nose to tail, swapping the lead a few times before I decided it was best to follow Daniel and try to stretch out the lead before having to pit.

At lap 42 Daniel decided to pit but I had enough fuel and tires to go a little further, so I pushed it to lap 47 but I could have went a few laps longer if I needed to. After pitting, I realized I had lost a lot of time on track but as the green flag stayed out, I started to run down the leaders.

As everyone started their pit stop again, it started to look like we might go through another round green flag pit stops without the yellow flag coming out so I started planning for pitting a few laps later than my first pit stop so I could try to make it to the end without pitting again. I made it to lap 100 and I still had a few laps worth of gas left, not much tires but enough.

I made my run to the finish not knowing if we would get a late caution or not until I saw those that couldn't make it start pitting again. I started feeling like we would go all the way and then I noticed 2nd and 3rd started catching me. I had more than a 7 second lead when I noticed but they were coming fast. The two were Ellery and Luis. I started getting nervous because it was going to be close by the time we made it to the finish. Fortunately, they ran out of laps. When I took the white flag, I knew I had the win as long as I didn't do something stupid like spin. I didn't and took the checkered flag.

This was a very fun race, allowing everyone to put their setup to the test.

Also, congratulations to Luis on his first championship.

See you all at the next race!

INT
–3.799
FIN
3
Q
3
REP
 
CLASS
Cup
CAR
COT Chevrolet
Posted by Luis F Almeida at 02:57 AM on Sun Sep 18 CEST

this race was awesome! no cautions in 150 laps! different strategies and Tom did a great job, Ellery and I almost able to catch Tom in the last few laps but...

after 6 years and 6 runner-up, (4 Road Course and 2 Nascar) I finally got a championship!

thanks to the guys from Scuderia Sul-Brasil... and of course, R2P and DBF Motorsports for giving us this space for fun and competition.

going for another one now! :)

INT
–2 L
FIN
7
Q
5
REP
 
CLASS
Cup
CAR
COT Chevrolet
Posted by Jim Barisoff at 04:24 AM on Sun Sep 18 CEST

Congrats to Tom, Ellery & Luis for this race.

Congrats to Luis for his long overdue Points Championship and to Escuderia Sul-Brasil for the Team Championship. :)

The race for me started out well, I was keeping up to the lead pack for a change, but when I tried to go under Anton in turn 2 I guess he didn't know I was there or something and we made contact...twice. Sorry Anton.
That slowed me down a bit and when I went to let some drivers go by later on I smacked the outside wall pretty hard. The car steered a bit funny after that, so I had to pit earlier than I wanted to, but it was a good race anyway.

Great job on keeping it green guys!

Posted by Andy Graydon at 04:16 PM on Tue Sep 20 CEST

Nice going guys - no cautions - very cool.

Luis - congrats on the Championship too:)


... GALLERY
Image by Tom Moseley
Victory Slide through the infield.
Image by Luis F Almeida
Ellery and I trying to catch Tom
Image by Tom Moseley
Oops!
Image by Luis F Almeida
is not a good thing to see in front of you LOL
Image by Tom Moseley
Image by Tom Moseley
Image by Tom Moseley
Image by Jim Barisoff
First one side, then the other.
Image by Jim Barisoff
Trying to squeeze through.
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