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F Almeida locks down series championship with win in California CWTS

Image by Jim Barisoff
The winner of the race and the Points Championship, Luis!

A Martin races through field from back of grid

Image by Luis F Almeida
a warp send Chad to Tom! I was the target lol
California CWTS
ROUND 8
08 Feb 2012
RACING HOST
Tom Moseley
PREVIOUS
Image by Jim Barisoff
Oh crap!

08 Feb 2012 — Luis F Almeida secured the series championship with a first-place finish after leading 41 laps in the California CWTS in Round 8 of the VHR CWTS series.

F Almeida spent the majority of 16 laps total pursuing Chuck Schacht after engaging him on lap 41. F Almeida launched a prolonged challenge at Schacht in the middle stages, staying within a straightaway behind him and gaining ground over a solid run of 15 laps. F Almeida got around Schacht and into first place on lap 56, and held it the remaining 24 laps to the checkered flag.

The series championship was clinched this final round by F Almeida with his winning run. F Almeida took the victory in three of his eight starts, leading 133 of 590 laps total.

From the 15th spot on the starting grid, Joseph A Martin worked through the field of 15 to claim second place at the finish.

After starting 15th, A Martin gained his way to first and then dropped to seventh midway through. A Martin traded positions back and forth with Eric A Harlan in a lengthy and determined fight for third from the beginning, passing each other four times over a range of 16 laps. Driving the CTS Toyota, A Martin spent nearly equal parts leading A Harlan after originally being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 41, A Martin cleared A Harlan for the second time and into second place on lap 57, and controlled it the remaining 23 laps to the checkered flag.

A Martin finished the series second in the standings. A Martin made eight starts and led 87 of his 589 laps while taking the victory three times.

Eric A Harlan led the pack for 12 laps in a run to third place.

Driving the CTS Dodge, A Harlan took the fight back and forth with Romar Arns in a lengthy and determined battle for fourth from the early stages, passing each other 13 times over a range of 59 laps. A Harlan ran nearly equal parts leading Arns after engaging and passing him on lap 15, coming from as many as four places back. A Harlan fended off a prolonged attack by Arns early in the running, staying just a scuff ahead of him over a solid run of six laps. After losing the spot on lap 57, A Harlan passed Arns for the seventh time and into third place on lap 75, and defended it against pressure by Arns another three laps toward the checkered flag.

A Harlan finished the series sixth in the standings. A Harlan made seven starts and led 56 of his 506 laps while finishing as high as third.

VHR CWTS series finished its season after eight rounds spanning two months. A total of 37 drivers competed for points in the championship.

Luis F Almeida won the championship in a tight campaign over Joseph A Martin, separated by just a few finishing positions in the end. F Almeida led 133 laps and took three wins in eight races. Chad Dunbar, Tom Moseley, and Jim Barisoff rounded out the Top 5.

Romar Arns held the lead for three laps in a run to fifth place.

After starting first, Arns dropped to ninth late in the action. Driving the CTS Chevrolet, Arns swapped leads multiple rounds with Ronnie Martin Jr in a long and tense battle for second late in the action, running within a car length of each other over a span of 24 laps. Arns spent the majority leading Martin Jr after being caught by him on lap 27. Ultimately Arns lost the spot on lap 78 and settled into fifth the few laps running to the finish.

Arns finished the series 13th in the standings. He made four starts and led five of his 246 laps raced while taking the win once.

Ronnie Martin Jr took fourth place.

After starting seventh, Martin Jr gained his way to second and then dropped to ninth late in the action. Driving the CTS Ford, Martin Jr wrestled the advantage back and forth with Romar Arns in a lengthy and unrelenting battle for third late in the action, running within an apex of each other over a stretch of 24 laps. Martin Jr ran the majority pursuing Arns after targeting him on lap 27, coming from as many as 11 positions back. Martin Jr launched a prolonged challenge at Arns in the middle stages, staying within a straightaway behind him and keeping pace over a solid run of 11 laps. Martin Jr got around Arns for the second time and into fourth place on lap 78, and defended it against pressure by Arns the remaining three laps to the finish.

Martin Jr finished the series 10th in the standings. Martin Jr made five starts and led two of his 399 laps while finishing as high as fourth.

Anthony James made his 60th start in the CTS Ford and captured ninth place.

Marcio Caetano logged 13 laps at the front in a seventh-place run.

RESULTS
1 Luis F Almeida Escuderia Sul-Brasil 80 55:41.985
2 Joseph A Martin 80 55:50.410
3 Eric A Harlan DBFMotorsports.com 80 55:58.862
4 Ronnie Martin Jr 80 56:01.100
5 Romar Arns 80 56:04.208
6 Chuck Schacht Scorpion Racing Team 80 56:06.177
7 Marcio Caetano 80 56:27.594
8 Tom Malanga 79 55:44.745
9 Anthony James 79 55:49.766
10 Tom Moseley DBFMotorsports.com 79 55:59.145
11 Scott Stenger Scorpion Racing Team 78 55:47.550
12 Ron Coles DBFMotorsports.com 78 55:50.335
13 Jim Barisoff DBFMotorsports.com 76 56:13.664
14 Erin Bienduga Sr 51 DNF
15 Chad Dunbar 30 DNF
Image by Luis F Almeida
oh no!
Image by Jim Barisoff
Joseph holding his breath.
POSTRACE

INT
–50 L
FIN
15
Q
9
REP
 
CLASS
CWTS
CAR
CTS Chevrolet
Posted by Chad Dunbar at 01:23 PM on Wed Feb 08 BRST

Well, that certainly wasn't how I planned to end the season.

First, I lost the front end of the truck coming up off turn two and got into Jim (sorry about that). I slid back a number of positions and eventually settled in behind Joseph with the intent of just drafting with him in hopes of getting him up to the front pack so he'd have a shot at racing for the title.

Just as we caught them my tires dropped off pretty bad. I had no practice for the race this week, so I was probably overdriving it a bit.

I stopped a couple of laps early, as I was just dropping farther and farther back. I came out on new tires right behind the lead pack, and started picking my way through.

Just after passing Luis and unlapping myself, as I was going down the front stretch rFactor suddenly minimized to the desktop. It's nothing I haven't seen before, it's just extremely rare. Probably a background process deciding to take priority. I have yet to figure out which, since I close off all the nonessential stuff before I race.

Anyway, by the time I managed to click rFactor on the taskbar and get it back up, I'd already lost control of the truck and made contact with Tom (sorry again). Thankfully I don't think I collected anyone else before hitting ESC and just bailing out.

Congrats to Luis on the title and to Joseph for making it a battle to the finish.

INT
–4 L
FIN
13
Q
6
REP
 
CLASS
CWTS
CAR
CTS Dodge
Posted by Jim Barisoff at 07:05 PM on Wed Feb 08 BRST

Congrats to Luis, Joseph & Eric.
And to Luis for the Points Championship, way to hang in there all season. :)
And to Team DBF for the Team Championship. :)

I figured that the turn 2 exit might cause some trouble and sure enough, that's where Chad slid up, putting me in the wall. I was a little upset by that, but I got a screen-freeze later on which gave me more damage, so I guess it was just not my night. ;)

Seems that Chad was out to get Team DBF last night. LOL

INT
–8.424
FIN
2
Q
15
REP
 
CLASS
CWTS
CAR
CTS Toyota
Posted by Joseph A Martin at 08:13 PM on Wed Feb 08 BRST

Thanks Chad for the help. I was proud how our little pack survived and caught the leaders. ha

INT
–2 L
FIN
11
Q
14
REP
 
CLASS
CWTS
CAR
CTS Ford
Posted by Scott Stenger at 09:22 PM on Wed Feb 08 BRST

Grats to Luis on your championship.

Also to Joseph for second and my teammate Chad for third.

Was trying to give you room late at the end Joseph as not to effect the championship outcome, but had to go after Ron who was on the same lap and figured I had better tires.

Had fun and really enjoy racing with you guys this season!

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
3
REP
 
CLASS
CWTS
CAR
CTS Chevrolet
Posted by Luis F Almeida at 10:49 PM on Wed Feb 08 BRST

everything worked fine for me last night better than I expected.

I was going to 2 pits when I realized I could make the race with only one if I save my fuel ... Joseph starting the race in 15th place and I thought it would be easier, but I was wrong!! Joseph came from behind to 2nd place quickly!!! without yellow flags it was very impressive. at this point I saw how I was wrong, it would not be easy!!

after my pit I found myself alone on the track, Joseph had problems with Marcio and I had a gap of 4 seconds, but he could get close because he was not alone. but in the first lap after my pit I see Marcio come out the pits and he helped me to open a gap of 10 seconds to Joseph and took me to the end to celebrate!

Obrigado Marcio!

This was a great season, point by point with Joseph and that was really fun! last night it was not who was the fastest, but who was the luckiest! LOL

Congratulations Joseph! but I was the luckiest! :P

Also, congratulations to DBF Motorsports on the team championship!


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