24 Apr 2012 — Jan Sproule held off Glyn Jones at the finish line by the razor-thin margin of 0.069 seconds to take second place in the Riverside rFBMW in Round 2 of the rFormula BMW [Euro] series.
Driving the Formula BMW, Sproule took the fight back and forth with Frans Visser in a long and persistent fight for fourth from the middle stages, running within a turn of each other over a span of 19 laps. Sproule spent nearly equal parts leading Visser after originally being caught by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 24, Sproule passed Visser for the second time and into second place on lap 28, and held it the remaining lap to the rousing finish with Jones.
Sproule moves up to third in the standings, six points behind Frans Visser. Sproule has two starts and led one of his 51 laps while finishing as high as second.
In the 20 career runs taken by Sproule in the Formula BMW, he has led seven laps in all and finished as high as second twice.
Mike Dos Santos led all drivers most for 27 of 29 laps on a run for first place.
Dos Santos traded positions with Jan Sproule in a persistent battle for the race lead late in the action, passing each other twice over a span of nine laps. Dos Santos drove the majority leading Sproule after being engaged by him on lap 7. After losing the spot on lap 21, Dos Santos passed Sproule and into first place on lap 23, and held it the remaining half-dozen laps to the finish.
Dos Santos moves up to the lead of the standings, 10 points ahead of Frans Visser. Dos Santos has two starts and led 32 of his 51 laps while taking the victory once.
Glyn Jones won third place.
After starting seventh, Jones gained his way to second and then dropped to ninth midway through. Jones traded positions multiple rounds with Frans Visser in a long and tense battle for fourth from the early stages, running within an apex of each other over a span of 17 laps. Driving the Formula BMW, Jones ran nearly equal parts leading Visser after catching and passing him on lap 6, coming from as many as three places back. After losing the spot on lap 16, Jones got around Visser for the second time and into third place on lap 24, and defended it against pressure by Visser the remaining six laps to the finish.
Jones moves up to fifth in the standings, now tied in points with sixth's Nikita Shaposhnik. Jones has two starts and finished as high as third.
Juan Aul led the pack for a lap in a run to fifth place.
rFormula BMW [Euro] series moves on to Round 3 in two weeks at Detroit - Belle Isle. The series has 42 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Aul spent the majority of 11 laps total leading Frans Visser after being targeted by him on lap 11. Driving the Formula BMW, Aul fended off an extended challenge by Visser in the middle stages, staying just a scrape ahead of him over a continuous run of seven laps. In the end Aul lost the spot on lap 23 and settled into fifth the seven laps running to the checkered flag.
Aul moves up to seventh in the standings, three points behind Nikita Shaposhnik. Aul has two starts and led one of his 51 laps while finishing as high as fifth.
Frans Visser won fourth place.
Visser traded positions back and forth with Jan Sproule in a long and persistent fight for fifth from the middle stages, running within a turn of each other over a range of 19 laps. Driving the Formula BMW, Visser spent nearly equal parts leading Sproule after challenging and passing him on lap 11. Visser fended off a prolonged attack by Sproule in the middle stages, staying just a turn ahead of him over an unbroken run of eight laps. Ultimately Visser lost the spot on lap 28 and settled into fourth through attrition the couple laps running to the checkered flag.
Visser moves up to second in the standings, 10 points behind Mike Dos Santos. Visser has two starts and finished as high as fourth.