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Sproule takes exhilarating finish in Riverside rFBMW

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Dos Santos runs most laps at front for win

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Riverside rFBMW
ROUND 2
24 Apr 2012
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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.

RESULTS
1 Mike Dos Santos Racebrasil.com.br 29 40:32.126
2 Jan Sproule Squadra Cani da Corsa 29 40:46.905
3 Glyn Jones TMS Raceworks 29 40:46.974
4 Frans Visser UK-NL Racing 29 40:48.764
5 Juan Aul Phoenix Racing 29 40:51.878
6 Caner Basol UK-NL Racing 29 40:57.551
7 Andre Cozza Pro Drivers 29 41:07.410
8 Nick Phillips 29 41:08.490
9 Richard Gibbons United Racers Motorsports 29 41:32.329
10 Karsten Rudorf Norfolk Enchance 29 41:36.293
11 Harry-Lee Wills 29 41:43.907
12 Madalin Ilinca 29 41:51.254
13 Daniel Spinola Racebrasil.com.br 28 DNF
14 Cory Linton Flying Krobar Racing 28 40:41.381
15 Carlos Ortiz 28 40:45.428
16 Roberto Remedio 28 41:06.757
17 Kev Higgins Driven By Passion 28 41:36.992
18 Michael Virt Phoenix Racing 26 41:26.867
26 Clive Morrison 18 DNF
19 Tyson Walters Norfolk Enchance 16 DNF
20 Diego Lebed 10 DNF
21 Erkan Bagbasi 8 DNF
22 Melih Cakmakli 6 DNF
23 Tony Watts 2 DNF
24 Meric Sensoy F1 TEAM TURKEY 1 DNF
25 Fabio Cabral 1 DNF
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POSTRACE

INT
–1 L
FIN
17
Q
6
REP
 
CLASS
FBMW
CAR
Formula BMW
Posted by Kev Higgins at 04:35 PM on Tue Apr 24 BRT

Supprised myself at qualifying in the top ten in sixth place for this race, my first time out in the Formula BMW. The race however for me was a distaster, it was a case of two steps forward, four thousand backwards, but I finished at least. Looks like a lot of people didnt from the list who left the server.

Sorry to Nick I think it was who was lapping me around the final corner, I intended to stay out high out of the way but rFactor froze on me and so I couldn't do anything but hope I wasn't in the way. So sorry if that affected anyone, first time that's happened in rFactor to me in a while.

Congrats to all and see you next time.

INT
–1 L
FIN
16
Q
10
REP
 
CLASS
FBMW
CAR
Formula BMW
Posted by Roberto Remedio at 05:51 PM on Tue Apr 24 BRT

Well, I could just copy and paste Kev Higgins report here as I feel the same about the race.

I was surprised being 10th at qualy but it was the only good moment at all.

Bad start and I was dropping to 15th or 16th when I spun at that bumpy jump and was back 23th. Some positions were gained back and I spin again at 2nd lap, then again at 3rd.

I was back too far from everyone and over careful not to spin again, so I just sit there and try to finish without any other trouble.

After the pitstop things got a little better as I was a bit more confident, but nothing happened at all.

Luckly I didn't crash or punt anybody.

The FBMW car is very fun to drive and I hope I won't screw my race on the early laps next time.

INT
–36.363
FIN
8
Q
5
REP
+1
CLASS
FBMW
CAR
Formula BMW
Posted by Nick Phillips at 05:57 PM on Tue Apr 24 BRT

Not that I am aware of Kev, not a problem.

Quallied well and battled away until Lap 3 when Juan turned me, thanks for the apology though.

Unfortunately with a fast car that put me well down the field and feel a podium could have been on offer on another night.

Not sure what has happened to the quality of the tracks here though, that cut through was quite ridiculous in these cars and caught way too many people out to be justifiable.

Posted by Race2Play Staff at 06:27 PM on Tue Apr 24 BRT

The Riverside track was approved for use at Race2Play in 2008. We have had no reports of any issues since that time.

INT
–36.363
FIN
8
Q
5
REP
+1
CLASS
FBMW
CAR
Formula BMW
Posted by Nick Phillips at 06:39 PM on Tue Apr 24 BRT

That is because that layout has never been used before LOL

INT
–19.752
FIN
5
Q
8
REP
 
CLASS
FBMW
CAR
Formula BMW
Posted by Juan Aul at 06:58 PM on Tue Apr 24 BRT

Congrats to podium.
It was fun until i touch Nick and make him spun , with all cars close, sorry again Nick :( .


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