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Another update

Post by crl on Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:48 am

There are now 5 races left for both the Developmental and Modified Divisions. The Global Cup is now complete, and a champion has been crowned.

The first part of the update will focus on the Developmental Division.

Round 9 took place in Montreal. Canadian Deagan Ross qualified on the pole, only for Petey Jaconson to take off with the lead through the first two turns. Jaconson would lead every single lap, holding off Carl Minor. Minor, meanwhile, had a great points day, with his closest rivals all failing to score points. John Pagen never completed a lap, suffering a broken valve coming to the green flag, while on the opening lap in Turn 3, Miranda Leckliter was involved in a crash that ended badly for Emma McSwegan.

Round 10 took place at Carbondale. Daniel Fischer grabbed the pole, with Minor qualifying on the outside of Row 1. Minor, however, had a flat tire, and had to pit coming to the green flag. A very early caution flag allowed Minor to pit without a losing a lap, and he managed to pass his way back into the points, and eventually the Top 5. Fischer, meanwhile, spent most of the race in the lead until Lap 60. That's when he made a huge mistake, and all hell broke loose, affecting Minor. Leckliter would grab her third win of the season, and close the gap to Minor in the points to 1.

Current Drivers' standings
Current Manufacturers' standings

Now, onto the big division.

In Montreal, Sven Petersen snatched pole, but like in the Developmental Division race, the second place starter, Randy Robinson in this instance, would have the lead out of Turn 2. Behind Robinson was a much more disastrous pileup in Turn 3 than what took place the day before, with TEN cars having to retire. Robinson, meanwhile, would lead all 19 laps en route to his second career CRL Modified Division victory, his first having come in 2009 at Iowa. Liam DeSouza finished third to grow his lead in the overall standings.

In Carbondale, Steven Zonta qualified on the pole, with Robinson again completing the front row. While Zonta would lead the most laps, another driver would capture his second career series win with the first having come in 2009. Old-timer Montana Mosehez, whose first win came at Martinsville, led the final 37 laps at Carbondale for his first win in his comeback CRL season. Meanwhile, on Lap 2, a three-wide battle for 25th led to a wreck that involved almost everyone in the back, but only eliminated two cars.

It was off to Brazil, for the final race of the Global Cup calendar. Summer Whitten, the winner of the Italy race, started on pole. Whitten was second in Global Cup points coming into this race, behind leader Patti O'Fernature. Whitten jumped out to a comfortable lead, until Tina Lee caught up to her. Lee and Whitten swapped the lead numerous times until they were caught by Kenneth Collier, who passed Lee for the lead with 28 laps to go, and never looked back, grabbing his second win of the season (Watkins Glen was the first). DeSouza came from 32nd to finish second, while Chris Winter finished third after starting 28th. Whitten finished sixth, good enough for her to win the inaugural Global Cup championship. Congrats to her and Big Mac Racing on the title. She automatically qualifies for the final race of the season in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in the overall championship, DeSouza has a comfortable lead. The Brazil race, by the way, was caution-free.

Final CRL Global Cup standings
Current overall Drivers' standings
Current overall Manufacturers' standings

The final five venues of the season, for both divisions, in order, are Phoenix, Martinsville, Darlington, Rockingham, and Manhattan.

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