The Skip Barber 2k World Cup visited Road Atlanta this week. The return to the series and win by Mikko Nassi, last week, has the potential to shake up the standings. However, Philippe Leybaert has had an excellent start to the season and is sitting comfortably at the top of the standings.

Standings, results and links to video replays can be found at http://2kworldcup.com/.

Qualifying:

The series is using the short configuration of Road Atlanta and as expected the shorter lap led to a very close qualifying session. Dekota Fripp set the pace on the first lap, however Nassi jumped him on the second and final lap to take pole position. Fripp held on to second position and was followed by Nemanja Djurdjevic, Paul Grillo, Philippe Leybaert, Juha Norolampi, Lionel Gamet, Peter Classon, Barry Morrison and Frank Winter in the top ten.

Mikko Nassi in pole position

Race:

At the start, the field got away cleanly. Nassi was able to hold position and the entire field made it through the first few corners without an incident. For the first few laps the top of the field stayed in formation and the only change was a gap opening between Leybaert in fifth and Norolampi in 6th. At the tail end of the top ten changes were happening. Morrison was struggling and Ricardo Faria was charging through the field from his 17th starting position. After the first seven laps he had moved himself into eighth place. However, the fight to get to this point had opened a gap up to the top racers. The top five remained Nassi, Fripp, Djurdjevic, Grillo and Leybaert. They were still followed by the chasing Norolampi and Gamet and then a small gap to the group containing Faria, Winter, Paul Malokas, Tom Ward, Classon and Morrison.

Mikko Nassi leads the field on lap one.

The pit window at Road Atlanta Short is bigger than normal and leads to some interesting strategy. From the top 10 only Malokas pitted at the earliest opportunity. He was followed by Norolapi a lap later. From the group of the top five. Fripp, who had taken the lead, was the first to pit on lap 20. However he had a slow stop and was chased closely out of the pits by Faria. Lap 21 saw Grillo, Leybaert and Djurdjevic all pit together. Leybaert came out ahead followed by Grillo and Djurdjevic. Nassi has chosen to stay out until the end of lap 22 and was sputtering by the time he made it to his pit stall. All of this action shook up the top of the field. Leybaert was now the leader and was followed closely by Grillo. Then there was a two second gap to a group containing Nassi, Fripp, Faria and Djurdjevic. For the next series of laps these group inched closer together. Leybaert and Grillo swapped places and the group behind stayed in formation behind Nassi. At the end of lap 30 this all changed. Leybaert passed Grillo and Nassi had bridged the gap and was just behind Grillo. After being passed Grillo had a poor run through the first sector of the following lap and ended up side by side with Nassil. They touched wheels in turn three and Grillo was sent tumbling off track. Grillo was able to rejoin in the gap behind the group but was now out of contention. This opened up a gap to Leybaert in the lead and started a battle within the group of Nassi, Fripp, Faria and Djurdjevic. On the start of the next lap Nassi and Fripp came together and crashed, taking Faria with them and slowing Djurdjevic.

Leybaert runs away while the chasers crash.

This ensured that Leybaert had a comfortable gap and could coast to the win. Djurdjevic came home alone in second and was followed by Gamet, Winter and Ward in the top five. Behind them Matt Dafoe, Brian Doell, Karthik Pai, Grillo and Duncan Coppedge rounded out the top ten. Faria, Nassi and Fripp all finished more than a lap down and outside the top 20. Leybaert’s win and poor results from almost everyone challenging him puts him in a dominating position 1/3 of the way through the season. Nassi has put himself in a difficult position with his third week with either no or very low points. The rest of the possible contenders have all put them into difficult positions and will have to have a great rest of the season or see Leybaert struggle to have a chance to challenge for the title.

Philippe Leybaert takes the checkered flag for his second win of the season.

Race Results:

Pos Name Location Delta Pts
1 Philippe Leybaert Texas 51
2 Nemanja Djurdjevic DE-AT-CH -6.632 48
3 Lionel Gamet France -13.342 38
4 Frank Winter DE-AT-CH -20.876 37
5 Tom Ward UK and I -24.69 24
6 Matt Dafoe Canada -26.395 30
7 Brian Doell Canada -26.463 30
8 Karthik Pai Texas -29.01 30
9 Paul F Grillo UK and I -32.895 30
10 Duncan Coppedge Northwest -33.014 18
11 Aurelien Bonnet New York -33.883 18
12 Daniel Schwonek DE-AT-CH -33.983 22
13 Arjan de Vreede Benelux -36.616 20
14 Gavin Marsden UK and I -37.324 11
15 Angelo Cellura Italy -38.706 18
16 Juha Norolampi Finland -39.911 9
17 Barry Morrison UK and I -47.979 16
18 Mickael Lamoureux France -50.521 15
19 Nicolas Landau France -52.401 14
20 Fahim Antoniades UK and I -53.211 9
21 Luis Quintela Iberia -53.702 12
22 Peter Classon Scandinavia -55.974 11
23 Rich Jones UK and I -56.309 10
24 Greg Seitz Northwest -56.543 9
25 Christiaan Tanahatoe Benelux -00:01:21.42 8
26 Rees Gould California -1 L 0
27 Neal Kemp California -1 L 6
28 David Stefanini Italy -1 L 5
29 Tuan Tran Benelux -1 L 0
30 Ricardo Faria Iberia -2 L 0
31 Ryan Devlin New England -2 L 0
32 Dekota Fripp West -3 L 5
33 Mikko Nässi Finland -4 L 6
34 Collin van Raam Benelux -5 L 0
35 Thibault Soubeyrand UK and I -7 L 0
36 Paul Malokas Northwest -8 L 0
37 Daniel Nogueras Carceller Iberia -10 L 0
38 Mike McCormick Texas -14 L 0
39 Edward Cavalier Texas -15 L 0
40 Juan Luis Alfaro Iberia -36 L 0

Championship Standings:

Pos Name Points Points-1
1 Philippe Leybaert 159 151
2 Paul F Grillo 94 94
3 Arjan de Vreede 97 87
4 Brian Doell 85 85
5 Paul Malokas 85 85
6 Frank Winter 80 74
7 Matt Dafoe 73 73
8 Greg Seitz 81 72
9 Yann Laprevotte 69 69
10 Aurelien Bonnet 70 68
11 Ricardo Faria 66 66
12 Lionel Gamet 62 62
13 Karthik Pai 62 62
14 Juha Norolampi 61 61
15 Mikko Nässi 58 58
16 Chris McGowen 58 58
17 Brooks Lyrette 58 58
18 Collin van Raam 56 56
19 Will Fisher 56 56
20 Barry Morrison 69 55
21 Neal Kemp 53 53
22 Nemanja Djurdjevic 48 48
23 Tuan Tran 46 46
24 Clarke Williams 45 45
25 Angelo Cellura 44 44
26 Rob Read 44 44
27 Mickael Lamoureux 43 43
28 Peter Classon 47 42
29 Luis Quintela 41 41
30 Peter Cowan 39 39
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