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.