Though Daniel Schon won the highest rated race of the week, Alvaro Marcos had the last laugh when it came to the NVIDIA Cup point standings in the opening week of competition in 2011 Season 3a. The NVIDIA Cup Series headed to Lime Rock Park this week for Round One of the four week mini-season and it was an August 7th online race in which Schon took the checkered flag.
Schon topped the race which tipped the scales with a 2888 sof rating and featured a dozen cars. Schon led all 20 laps en route to the victory over Marcos, Javier Bonmati, Jonathan Keer and Dale Farmer. While Schon scored 181 points for the victory, he went on to start a total of 20 races on the week, winning in 16 of those and finishing all but one of those races in top five. His point total brought him down in third for the week with 146 markers. Meanwhile, Marcos took home 164 points for his second place effort on August 7th, which was the only race of the week for the Iberian sim racer.
Veteran pilot Jan Coomans brought back second place for the week in the NVIDIA Cup. Coomans took control of a 2449 sof race on August 8th, winning the event by over three seconds over Schon, Tony Galliani, Mark Chorley and Junior Yearwood. Coomans led all 20 laps of the race from the pole and scored 153 points for the victory.
Ignor Krstinic tallied up 141 markers for the week and completed the first seven days of competition in fourth place overall out of the nearly 3,000 sim racers who took to the Lime Rock circuit in their Mazda MX-5s. Krstinic saw three green flags on the week and took a big win on August 4th in a 2634 sof race. The race featured two lead changes and saw the eventual winner lead just seven laps en route to the checkered flag over Don Deric Bautro, Mustafa Cavus, Chorley and Reuben Bonnici. Cavas paced the field for the most laps in the race, crossing the line in first 12 times. The race was worth 165 big points for Krstinic but, after being factored into his second highest point total, he ended the week with the fourth highest point total of 141.
Marcelo A Neiva rounded-out the top five for the week with 135 points on the board. Neiva obtained those points during a start on Sunday as he ran away and hid from a 2168 sof, 12 car field. Chorley finished over six seconds back in second followed by Tony Galliani, Cavus and Nicolau Papalexiou. The race, which Neiva led wire-to-wire, was the only start of the week for the Brazil Club driver.
Schon and Nicholas Vandal came home holding 16 checkered flags a piece while Ficza Ferenc tipped the scales as the driver with the most starts over seven days with 60. Coomans was the fastest driver in qualifying for the Lime Rock round with a lap of 58.537 seconds around the popular course. Schon, Jason Stock, Neiva and Kresmer completed the top five in qualifying. Vandal was the best when it came to the Time Trial competition on Week One, edging out 857 others in the single car action around the Connecticut speedplant. Joshua Muggleton, Silvio Kreig, Luke Graham and Oswald Thomas also had top five runs in the Time Trials.
Next up for the nVidia Cup drivers is Round Two at the Okayama Short Course. Will anyone have anything for a determined Marcos this season and can someone stop the hard charge of Schon over the next three weeks? Find out here at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!