12 Jan 2012 — One last pass on the final lap put Fernando Cardenas in first place at the finish line in the Enna Pergusa nGTx in the opening round of the Extreme nGT [Euro] series.
Cardenas mixed it up with Andy Bolt in a long and persistent fight for fourth from the early stages, passing each other twice over a stretch of 10 laps. Cardenas spent the majority pursuing Bolt after being engaged and passed by him on lap 7. Cardenas got around Bolt and into second place when Bolt retired on the final lap.
Colin Barker led the pack for three laps in a run to fifth place.
Andy Bolt commanded the lead most of all, leading 18 of 33 laps on a run to fourth place.
Alberto Alvarez captured second place.
Extreme nGT [Euro] series moves on to Round 2 in a month at Singapore. The series has 10 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Barker wrestled the advantage back and forth with Leen De Koning in a lengthy and determined fight for fifth starting early on, passing each other three times over a stretch of 15 laps. Driving the Ferrari 360, Barker ran nearly equal parts leading De Koning after initially challenging and passing him on the fifth lap. After losing the spot on lap 26, Barker passed De Koning for the second time and into fifth place on lap 29, and held it the remaining couple laps to the checkered flag.
Bolt traded positions with Mario Saban in a drawn-out fight for the race lead late in the action, battling over a range of 16 laps. Driving the Porsche RSR, Bolt spent equal parts leading Saban after being engaged by him on lap 7. After losing the spot on lap 23, Bolt cleared Saban and into first place on lap 28, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the finish.
Alvarez took the fight back and forth with Fernando Cardenas in a long and persistent battle for fourth starting midway through, running within a turn of each other over a range of 33 laps. Driving the Porsche RSR, Alvarez ran the majority leading Cardenas after originally being caught by him on the first lap. Alvarez fended off an extended attack by Cardenas in the beginning, staying just car lengths ahead of him over a continuous run of 14 laps. Ultimately Alvarez lost the spot on lap 29 and settled into second through attrition the lap running to the checkered flag.
Michael Virt won third place.
Virt swapped leads with Alberto Alvarez in a lengthy and determined fight for fourth starting midway through, passing each other twice over a range of 10 laps. Virt drove the majority pursuing Alvarez after catching him on lap 14, coming from as many as seven places back. Ultimately Virt settled into third through attrition the lap running to the checkered flag.
Mario Saban logged 11 laps at the front in a seventh-place run.