The 2011 Season 3b champion of the NVIDIA Cup Jan Coomans picked-up right where he left off this, as he picked-up the overall win in Week One of Season 3c at Lime Rock Park. Coomans, who scored the convincing victory in the title chase over Mikko Nassi, exited Lime Rock in Round One of the current season with 174 points – 24 more than any other of the 1,893 sim racers who saw the green lights in Connecticut.
Four starts were on the menu for Coomans, who was victorious in all four events. His biggest win was his final of the week on Thursday when he roared his Mazda-MX5 to victory in a 2956 sof race. Coomans started from the pole position and led all 20 laps en route to victory over Max Dell’Orco, Stijn Werrebrouck, Ander Estefania and Andrew Emmett. For the win, Coomans scored 184 points while second place Dell’Orco took home 165 championship points, which was key in his first week as he finished second overall with 150 points. In fact, the only blemish on his five start record this week was the second place to Coomans, the other four starts resulted in wins in the tough NVIDIA Cup field!
Third place on the week belonged to Daniel Schon. The Class B road racer recorded three wins in four starts with his biggest coming on Sunday. Schon schooled his nearest competitors by 14 seconds in the 2417 sof race as he left from the pole position and led all 20 laps en route to the win. Finishing second was Jan Niesiolowski, edging-out Jonathan Keer for the position. Glen Hoffman and Franco Basaglia rounded-out the top five. At the completion of the week, Schon was awarded with 146 points.
Iberia Club driver Alexandre del Rio was fourth overall for the week after a win on September 27th solidified his spot in the top five with 143 points. The race tipped the scales at 2294 sof and featured one lead change after del Rio took the lead away from pole sitter and eventual second place finished Mark Chorley on Lap Three. Keer finished third in the race, eight seconds behind the two leaders who finished within a second of each other, while Cornil Damien and Kevin Sammut completed the top five.
NVIDIA Cup veteran Marcelo A Neiva was fifth for the week after his only start on Monday produced a win. The race, which was rated at 2201 sof, saw Neiva lead wire-to-wire from the pole en route to a 21 second margin of victory of Fernando Frohlich. Frohlich had his hands completely full as Jan Salat, David Danskin and Rob D Harris were not too far behind the Brazillian. In fact, second through ninth was only separated by 14 seconds at the end of the 20 lap affair! Neiva scored 138 points for the victory.
Nilza Pereira Chaplin entered the most races for the week with 60 while Juseok Jeon completed the week with the most wins, scoring an impressive 15 victories over the seven day span! Coomans was the quickest in qualifying with a 58.490 second lap around Lime Rock with Dell’Orco, Schon, Massi and Edward Sevadjian also putting in top five laps among 884 qualifiers. Nassi took home top Time Trial honors over Laszlo Mocsan, Jean Marc Laine, Jeon and Jack Stoner.
Next up for the NVIDIA Cup is Okayama Short Course. Can Coomans continue his stride towards back-to-back NVIDIA Cup titles or will another road star put the field on watch? Find out here, next week at inRacingNews!
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!