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Ransom takes notable victory, clinches title leading most laps in Shortest Day of Nelson

Sproule captures narrow finish

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Shortest Day of Nelson
ROUND 4
12 Dec 2011
RACING HOST
Doug Dezan
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12 Dec 2011 — Kevin Ransom captured his 10th career win after 230 events, leading all drivers with 20 laps at the front to clinch the series championship in the Shortest Day of Nelson in Round 4 of the Season #2: IGN Auto Racing Career Series.

Ransom spent nearly equal parts of 15 laps total leading Jan Sproule after engaging and passing him on lap 7. Ransom passed Sproule and into first place on lap 7, and defended it against pressure by Sproule another nine laps toward the conclusion.

The series championship was clinched this round by Ransom with his winning run. Ransom took the win in four of his four starts, leading 68 of 75 laps total.

The noteworthy victory for Ransom came on his 11th outing in the Pontiac GTO.

Jan Sproule held off Rich Baker at the finish line by the whisker-thin margin of 0.058 seconds to take fourth place.

Sproule swapped leads multiple rounds with Rich Baker in a lengthy and determined fight for fourth in the late stages, passing each other three times over a range of 11 laps. Driving the Porsche 996 GT3, Sproule drove the majority pursuing Baker after targeting him on lap 16. Sproule launched an extended attack at Baker late in the action, staying within a straightaway behind him and gaining ground over an unbroken run of six laps. Sproule cleared Baker for the second time and into fourth place on lap 25, and held it the remaining lap to the harrowing finish.

Sproule moves up to third in the standings, 90 points behind Neil Larson. Sproule has four starts and finished as high as third.

In the 800 career starts taken by Sproule, he has driven the Porsche 996 GT3 33 times. This was the first time he matched the car against the circuit at Nelson Ledges. Sproule has raced at Nelson Ledges five times in all with five different cars, his favorite being the Panoz GT2.

Neil Larson held the lead for six laps in a run to third place.

Season #2: IGN Auto Racing Career Series moves on to its fifth and final round in a month at Laguna Seca - GP. The series has 20 drivers competing for points in the championship.

First place in the series is owned by Kevin Ransom, but the remaining places in the Top 5 are an open battleground for 13 drivers in the running. Neil Larson, Jan Sproule, Newton Prado, Rich Baker, Cory Linton, Matthew Overton, Doug Dezan, Jim Eagan, and Terry Pringle are all within one race of the current podium.

Driving the Volvo S60-R, Larson spent the majority of 21 laps total pursuing Newton Prado after being caught and passed by him on lap 7. Larson launched an extended attack at Prado midway through, staying within a couple turns behind him and gaining ground over a continuous run of 20 laps. In the end Larson settled into third the 11 laps running to the finish.

Larson remains in second in the standings, increasing the lead over rival Jan Sproule to 90 points. Larson has four starts and led seven of his 60 laps while finishing as high as second.

Rich Baker won fifth place.

Baker traded positions back and forth with Jan Sproule in a lengthy and determined battle for fourth late in the action, passing each other three times over a span of 11 laps. Baker spent the majority leading Sproule after being caught by him on lap 16. In the end Baker lost the spot on lap 25 and settled into fifth the couple laps running to the conclusion, missing Sproule ahead by just 0.058 seconds at the line.

Baker remains in fifth in the standings, increasing the lead over rival Cory Linton to 35 points. Baker has four starts and finished as high as fifth.

Newton Prado captured second place.

Prado ran the majority of 11 laps total pursuing Jan Sproule after targeting him on lap 6, coming from as many as three places back. Prado passed Sproule and into second place on lap 16, and held it the remaining 10 laps to the finish.

Prado moves up to fourth in the standings, 10 points behind Jan Sproule. Prado has three starts and finished as high as second.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Kevin Ransom Team Kamikaze 26 30:09.396
2 Newton Prado Brazil Power Team II 26 30:24.375
3 Neil Larson Team Kamikaze 26 30:26.069
4 Jan Sproule Squadra Cani da Corsa 26 30:55.918
5 Rich Baker iPro Race TCSC 26 30:55.976
6 Joe Cronk Team WFO Racing 26 31:08.849
7 Jim Eagan Team Kamikaze 26 31:10.307
8 Matthew Overton iPro Race TCSC 25 30:32.680
9 Scott Stenger 25 31:18.264
10 Rodrigo Ratan Racebrasil.com.br - Access 2 23 30:31.903
11 Doug Dezan Spinster Motorsports 22 31:05.331
POSTRACE

INT
–1 L
FIN
8
Q
6
REP
 
CLASS
NAGT
CAR
Volvo S60-R
Posted by Matthew Overton at 03:47 AM on Mon Dec 12 WET

Congrats to Kevin (again......!), Newton and Neil on a consistent race pace - tough luck to Jan who snagged the pole but had a couple of bad laps and so missed the podium.

Typical race for me, but slid to the back from the front half of the pack this time instead of starting at the back! An 'off' at lap 3 and then lap 13 were my major mistakes and then just tried too hard to catch up. Once there, didn't know what to do and just slid of the track again, sheesh.

Still, like the S60 much better than the Porsche - thank you SO MUCH Jan, for reminding me that it's not the car, but me :[

Still, for my second race at NL, not too unhappy as this was a MUCH better result! See you at the final race - Laguna Seca!

INT
–46.521
FIN
4
Q
1
REP
 
CLASS
NAGT
CAR
Porsche 996 GT3
Posted by Jan Sproule at 05:52 AM on Mon Dec 12 WET

Congrats Kevin, ugly or not, you got it home to the end, job well done! Grats also to Newton and Neil, great drives.

I tried the Volvo and found it hard on the front tires after 4-5 laps,leaving me with doubts to whether or not they would last the 30 min. How guys manage them in the 50 min races is a mystery to me, but kudos to them and to Neil and Newton!

Unlike some, I rather enjoy the porker in the NAGT mod, I still can't come to grips with the Vette , but that one's a long way's off, GTO,Stang,Aston, enjoy them alot and look forward to their un-locking.

So, that said, Ol' porky was the car of choice. Ran with full fuel and the car was great. For Q,I went with the sticker tires and low fuel, and was happy with the extra grip enabling me to get one in the mid min 7's.

After getting a decent start, Neil was hard on it, and got the better of me for t1 ,with Kevin in hot tail snappy pursuit. I stayed with Neil for the better part, but didn't want to risk a sloppy pass early on. Some how I was hoping to get a chance to get the front end into a corner before Neil but it was not to be. I sure hope I didn't cause Neil to spin, and I was pretty sure he had a bobble and then had that snap response, and there was no were for me to go... Sorry buddy,I was having a blast chasing you down.

Kevin was right there and was gone,I recovered quicker than Neil would, and felt like shit, but knew it was a racing incident and was ok with taking off after Kevin. I managed to get on with it, but my luck was to be tried again, and as Matthew pointed out I had a few bad laps after that...

Great group as usual, thanks Doug, always look forward to this series, to bad Cory missed this one as it was a blast, see you all @ Laguna !

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
3
REP
 
CLASS
NAGT
CAR
Pontiac GTO
Posted by Kevin Ransom at 06:48 AM on Mon Dec 12 WET

Congrats to the podium Newton and Neil. Didn't know what happened on the server but the car seemed slower online. Made a few adjustments to the setup and it was comfortable but I still wasn't happy with stability.

Qualified third with low 1:08s again offline I qualed @ low 1:07s. Missed the start and lost two positions to Mike and Newton. After trading paint with Newton and Mike I proceeded to hunt down Jan and Neil. A few laps and I caught up to Jan who was battling with Neil for first position. I decided to ease off and watch and see who would make a mistake. Turns out Neil got off on Turn 4 his rear wheel caught on the grass which caused his volvo to snap left talking Jan with him as he was too close to react. It wasn't long until Jan was right on my tail. This lasted a few laps until we caught up to a back marker. Unfortunately, I didn't plan to negotiate turn 4 properly and rear ended him which knocked him into the grass myself and Jan. Got back on the track expecting Jan to be out in front but apparently he didn't recover as fast as I thought. After that I was by myself for the rest of the race.

Posted by Matthew McMahon at 01:03 PM on Mon Dec 12 WET

Apologies for pulling out of last nights race, I was feeling unwell.

INT
–16.673
FIN
3
Q
2
REP
 
CLASS
NAGT
CAR
Volvo S60-R
Posted by Neil Larson at 01:40 PM on Mon Dec 12 WET

Well, it could've been worse, I suppose. I could've ruined everyone else's race as well. Jan, that was all me bud, sorry about that. I decided that visibility was overrated so I thought I'd drive with my head up my ass for a while. You're right about the tires and I knew I'd have to back off a bit. I was fully prepared to give up the spot to wait for yours to go away and see how things developed, but I got in my own way....AGAIN! Oh well.

Congrats to Kevin ( can we just permanently post that in post race or something? ) on a fine drive. And to Newton for just getting it done. With Kevin's and Jim's help we're in a strong position for the Championships, but we'll see. So, it's off to Laguna, my home for a couple of years a long time ago, till then....

INT
–4 L
FIN
11
Q
10
REP
 
CLASS
NAGT
CAR
Porsche 996 GT3
Posted by Doug Dezan at 11:34 AM on Tue Dec 20 WET

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Series Champion; Kevin Ransom (Clinches Season #2 Championship)
Podium; (Winner)Kevin Ransom (Second)Newton Prado (Third) Neil Larson
Hotlap; Jan Sproule (01:08.219)
Best Postition Performance Finish: Rich Baker

Congrats Guys. Nice Racing :)


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