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RESULTS: Thursday Night F1 League: Round 12 @ Belgian GP

Friday, August 22, 2014
The infamous 4.352 miles circuit would prove challenging for all of the championship competitors. Would Scott Daniel’s domination of the season continue? Or would someone rise to the challenge of beating the ever consistent championship leader?

Qualify:


The field showed they were keen to rattle Scott Daniels as the qualifying session was hotly contended. Matt De Groot proved he was up for the challenge by placing his car in second with a sublime final flying hot lap. He was closely followed by Matt Sofi, Peter Hughes, and Adam Gill. Chris Nesci and Vince Tramonte filled out the grid. 

Race:


The light’s illumination demised and the screech of rubber, paired with the engine’s screams, birthed as the drivers gassed it off the start, modulating the throttle to get the best launch. Peter Hughes had a good initial launch but in the second phase of his launch he spun and the rest of the field took evasive action. Adam Gill got off the line well but ran wide at turn one and exited behind Matt Sofi and Chris Nesci. Matt De Groot jumped Scott Daniels at the start and emerged onto Kemmel Straight in first place. Somehow, Matt Sofi and Chris Nesci navigated Eau Rouge in close proximity and were locked side-by-side heading towards Les Combes. Matt Sofi was brave under brakes and made the move stick! Matt De Groot, who was leading for the first time, had to deal with the pressure of Scott Daniels’ clinical driving! Pushing hard on the first lap, Matt De Groot lost the rear but managed to regather with some fine adjustments; however, Scott Daniels made contact with him as his oversteering adventure concluded. This allowed Matt Sofi to cruise into second whilst Scott Daniels was back to third. Heading into the Chicane, Matt De Groot lost the rear under brakes and spun. At this stage, Matt Sofi had the lead, and Scott Daniels was pursuing intelligently whilst awaiting a mistake. Adam Gill and Peter Hughes enjoyed a great battle until lap eight when Adam Gill spun and Peter Hughes worked his way up to second.


As the race continued it proved to be a war of attrition punctuated by brief stints stranded on the high ripple strips. There were four DNFs with Matt De Groot and Matt Sofi losing their front wings whilst Chris Nesci and Vince Tramonte suffered suspension failure. Scott Daniels continued his domination by executing each lap and pit stop precisely. Peter Hughes had a splendid race and came second whilst Adam Gill finished third.  


By Scott McDonald



Race Results:

 

Finish Start Diff +/- Driver Laps Race time Fastest lap Qual. time
1 1 - Scott Daniels 32 60:27.707 1:49.447 1:50.071
2 4 +2 Peter Hughes 31 +1 lap 1:51.811 1:51.614
3 5 +2 Adam Gill 24 DNF 1:52.460 1:51.882
4 6 +2 Chris Nesci 21 Suspension 1:57.441 1:59.127
5 7 +2 Vince Tramonte 16 Suspension 2:04.089 2:06.157
6 3 -3 Matthew Sofi 13 DNF 1:51.724 1:51.403
7 2 -5 Matt DeGroot 10 DNF 1:52.981 1:51.261

Championship Table:

 

      2014 F1 League
Drivers Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Race 13 Race 14 Race 15 Race 16 Race 17 Race 18 Race 19   Total Points Current Place
Scott Daniels 13 12 15 17 20 17 20 20 0 20 17 20               191 1st
Matthew Sofi 0 0 13 11 0 13 17 15 0 13 0 11               93 2nd
Matt De Groot  0 10 12 0 0 12 0 17 0 17 13 10               91 3rd
Jason Brooks 0 20 17 20 17 9 0 0 0 0 0 0               83 4th
Scott McDonald 20 17 20 12 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0               77 5th
Adam Gill 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 15 15 15 15               73 6th
Duran Nikora 17 13 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0               59 7th
Chris Nesci 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 0 10 0 13               47 8th
Evan Golbach 15 15 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0               40 9th
Peter Hughes 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 17               39 10th
Hayden Parker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 9 12 0               31 11th
Jesse Dunn 0 0 0 15 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0               30 12th
Alex Augustyniak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 12 0 0               25 13th
Brad Aiken 0 0 0 13 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0               24 14th
Iain Salteri 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0               20 15th
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0               20 16th
Murray Conallin 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0               19 17th
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0               17 18th
Allen Marks 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0               15 19th
Stef Versluis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 0               13 20th
Iain McIntosh 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0               12 21st
Paul Loprieno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0               12 22nd
Vince Tramonte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12               12 23rd
Joseph Bartolotta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0               11 24th
Nick Lowther 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0               11 25th
David Lord  0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0               11 26th
Christopher Romeo 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0               10 27th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0               9 28th
Andy Lardner 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0               9 29th

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