The last two weeks of the Skip Barber 2k World Cup have been a display of domination by Mikko Nassi. Nassi has taken pole and dominated on his way to two straight wins. This week the championship moved to Homestead road course A and saw the return of former series champion Vinicius Rocha. Homestead road course A offered a different challenge from the last couple of weeks with very difficult transitions from the infield to oval sections.

Qualifying:

As usual in this championship, qualifying is critical. The field is so closely matched that small errors can push a racer way down the field and limit their chances to move forward. Nassi set the pace on the first lap with a 1:35.244, he was followed by Vinicius Rocha and Jim Parisis. Nassi then ran into trouble on his second lap and didn’t record a time. However his first lap was fast enough to secure pole position. Philippe Leybaert came through with an excellent second lap to qualify second and Rocha fell down to third. Behind them Ricardo Faria started fourth, Arjan de Vreede, Brian Doell, Jim Parisis, John Keaveney, Ludwig Ghidi and Mickael Lamoureux rounded out the top ten.

Mikko Nassi starts from pole position.

Mikko Nassi starts from pole position.

Race:

At the start, Nassi got away cleanly and lead easily through the first corners. Behind him Rocha got a great start and passed Leybaert in T1. There was very little movement in the top of the field for the first few laps. The top 14 remained single file and nose to tail through the first four laps. This changed on lap five when Ghidi and Parisis made contact in Turn Eight. This cost both sim racers multiple positions but they were able to continue. At the conclusion of the lap, Leybaert got a great exit to the final corner and passed Rocha and entered Turn Two side-by-side with Nassi for the lead. He was able to complete the pass after Turn Four with Nassi falling in line behind. This left the top ten as Leybaert, Nassi, Faria, Rocha, de Vreede, Doell, Keaveney, Lamoureux, Tom Ward and Rob Read.

Phillip Leybaert passes Mikko Nassi, while Ricardo Faria and Vinicius Rocha battle behind.

Phillip Leybaert passes Mikko Nassi, while Ricardo Faria and Vinicius Rocha battle behind.

Heading into the pit stops the top of the field remained in line and pretty stable but some gaps had opened in the back of the top ten. On lap 13 Leybaert pitted from the lead with Faria following him in. Leybaert had a clean stop, but Faria was penalized and fell down the field. On lap 15 Nassi, de Vreede and Doell pitted. Rocha was the only racer from the lead group to not have pitted. Nassi and Doell had excellent stops and joined in front of Leybaert. De Vreede slotted in right behind Leybaert. Rocha pitted on the next lap and came out just behind Nassi but most importantly they were clear of the group of Leybaert, Doell and de Vreede. Behind the top five, Read and Ward were running together and then the rest of the top fourteen were in a larger group.

Rob Read and Tom Ward crash on the final lap.

Rob Read and Tom Ward crash on the final lap.

In the final laps of the race, Rocha passed Nassi and led for a number of laps before finally having to pit for additional fuel and falling back in the field. This left Nassi alone at the front to run an unchallenged last couple of laps to take his third straight win. Behind him the group of Leybaert, de Vreede and Doell remained together with Leybaert coming home in second followed closely by de Vreede and Doell. The group of Read and Ward raced hard in the final laps and swapped positions multiple time, before they came together on the final lap ending both of their days. The group behind them remained together with Dekota Fripp moving up a number of places but then running out of fuel in the final sector. This let Ghidi get away to finish in fifth place. He was followed by Daniel Schwonek, Keaveney, Faria, Paul Malokas and Mickael Lamoureux finished in tenth. Fripp fell to 11th and Rocha came home in 12th.

Daniel Schwonek, Dekota Fripp, John Keaveney, Ricardo Faria and Paul Malokas fight through the final sector.

Daniel Schwonek, Dekota Fripp, John Keaveney, Ricardo Faria and Paul Malokas fight through the final sector.

With his third straight win Nassi has taken a commanding lead in the championship. Kenneth O’Keefe, who missed this race, remains in second position but is now 37 points behind. Leybaert has closed in on O’keefe and is only a couple of points behind him in third position. De Vreede and Malokas round out the top five. The sim racing championship now moves on to Spa for Round Five.

Mikko Nassi crosses the line for his third straight win.

Mikko Nassi crosses the line for his third straight win.

Race Results:

Pos Name Delta Pts
1 Mikko Nässi 56
2 Philippe Leybaert -2.306 49
3 Arjan de Vreede -2.523 43
4 Brian Doell -2.716 39
5 Ludwig Ghidi -19.768 28
6 Daniel Schwonek -20.444 34
7 John Keaveney -21.146 32
8 Ricardo Faria -21.332 32
9 Paul Malokas -21.644 28
10 Mickael Lamoureux -22.278 24
11 Dekota Fripp -22.898 24
12 Vinicius Rocha -26.627 25
13 Francesco Maggi2 -32.239 20
14 David Stefanini -33.103 19
15 Fahim Antoniades -33.679 18
16 Jone Kaijanen -34.977 11
17 Karthik Pai -39.614 16
18 Will Fisher -39.68 15
19 Frank Winter -39.89 14
20 Neal Kemp -44.877 13
21 Brooks Lyrette -48.919 12
22 Simon Schulze -51.493 11
23 Adam Blocker -51.85 10
24 Mike McCormick -57.294 9
25 Greg Seitz -00:01:05.88 8
26 Collin van Raam -00:01:17.42 1
27 Tuan Tran -00:01:22.08 2
28 Rob Adams -00:01:23.43 5
29 Enzo Canta -00:01:29.81 4
30 Tom Ward -1 L 0
31 Rob Read -1 L 2
32 Gavin Marsden -1 L 0
33 Russell Clark -1 L 0
34 Clarke Williams -6 L 0
35 Markus Maier -17 L 0
36 Jim I. Parisis -17 L 0

Championship Standings:

Pos Name Points-1
1 Mikko Nässi 168
2 Kenneth OKeefe 131
3 Philippe Leybaert 129
4 Arjan de Vreede 124
5 Paul Malokas 92
6 Daniel Schwonek 88
7 Brian Doell 84
8 Mickael Lamoureux 76
9 Ricardo Faria 71
10 Eero Tuominen 71
11 Ludwig Ghidi 70
12 Jim I. Parisis 63
13 Gavin Marsden 59
14 Aurelien Bonnet 57
15 Martin Ascher 56
16 Dekota Fripp 54
17 Francesco Maggi2 54
18 David Stefanini 52
19 Will Fisher 51
20 Clarke Williams 50
21 Lionel Gamet 49
22 Greg Seitz 45
23 Frank Winter 42
24 Emmanuel Menendez 42
25 Rob Read 38
26 John Keaveney 32
27 Adam Blocker 31
28 Aleksi Kallio 30
29 Mayur Reddy 28
30 Nemanja Djurdjevic 28
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