11 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.