Kaique Piropo proved he is a force in the NVIDIA Cup once again this week as he took the overall victory in Week Three of the popular division at Lime Rock Park. The Brazilian sim racer took home 155 points and one win but ironically, both came in different starts for the week!
Piropo’s 155 point total came in a second place run to Renaud Jouanny on Sunday’s 2745 sof race. Jouanny led the final 17 laps en route to the win and finished a half second ahead of Piropo. Nicholas Vandal, polesitter Antonie Higelin and Ian Davidson completed the top five in the event. Jouanny went on to start eight additional races, piloting his Mazda MX-5 to victory lane three times in those other starts.
Second for the week was Luke Graham. He gained 143 points by topping a 2282 sof race on Tuesday. Graham led flag-to-flag and finished ahead of Daniel Lucas by over nine second. Benjamin Lucas, Scott McLaughlin2 and Leon Gerbich made-up the balance of the top five in the race.
Tom Sullivan2 found himself with 141 points at the completion of Week Three, good enough to land the New England driver in third overall for the week. Sullivan2 took control of the race late in the first half, leading 12 of the 20 laps in the 2257 sof event. Finishing second was Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge II winner Kenny Humpe, with James R Kutia, Dustin Smith and Peppino Armidi also racing into the top five.
Point chasers found themselves in fourth and fifth places respectively for the week with Daniel Schon and Jan Coomans coming home with 140 and 138 points respectively. Other notables in the Top 25 for the week include Jason Stock (seventh, 133 points), Mustafa Cavus (tenth, 133 points) and Humpe (fifteenth, 128 points). Kenneth Maciver scored the most wins this week with 15 while a special inRacingNews Shout-Out goes to Robert Mason2 who gridded for the most races of the week: 73 (an average of over ten starts a day)! Ficz Ferenc completed the most laps for the week (933) out of the nearly 2,500 drivers to race over the seven day span.
When it comes to the standings, Coomans has a slim eight point advantage over Schon as they enter the final week of competition in 2011 Season 3. Cavus and Graham find themselves deadlocked at 396 points each, just 24 back of Coomans. Stock will have a chance to get another NVIDIA Cup title in Week Four, but he will have to gain 33 points on the leader in order to do it.
The final week of the NVIDIA Cup takes the drivers to Okayama International Circuit to determine a champion. Who will rise to the top and who will become the first champion of 2011 Season Three? Find out who will take the Round Four victory and who will be crowed a champion next week here at inRacingNews.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!