Skip Barber 2k World Cup: Laybaert Edges Malokas at Interlagos

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Laybaert kept Malokas at bay out of the run to the checkered flag.

The Skip Barber 2k World Cup was back in action at Interlagos for the fourth race of the season. Coming off a doubleheader at Road America, Paul Malokas had taken a slight lead in the championship, with Enzo Canta following closely behind. However, championship contenders Canta and Vinicius Rocha would have to start the race from pit lane due to penalties from the previous race. This would shake up the championship standing and set the stage for a dramatic race.

Qualifying:

Interlagos is a track that enables very close and competitive sim racing, so qualifying towards the front is important. Arjan de Vreede set the pace early on lap one, but would be topped by both Rocha and Benny Simonsen. The second lap saw Malokas jump to the top of the leaderboard with a 1:50.211. Rocha was a very close second just 0.004 behind Malokas. De Vreede, Fahim Antoniades and Brian Doell rounded out the top five. However, with Rocha starting from the pits, Simonsen would move up and start in fifth position.

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Malokas captured pole position from Racha, De Vreede, Fahim Antoniades and Brian Doell.

Race:

With four sim racers having been eliminated, the 55 car field took to the grid. The race got off to a clean start with Malokas taking the lead through the first lap. De Vreede took the lead down the front straight to start the second lap. They opened a small gap from the second pack of Simonsen, Doell, Antoniades, Philippe Laybaert, Francois Boulianne and Rodrigo Duran. Simonsen closed down the gap to the two leaders and then overtook Malokas to move into second. Behind them a gap was opening between the top five and the rest of the field.

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Malokas and de Vreede lead the 55 car field through the first sector on the opening lap.

The top five then stayed in line with only small changes while they widened the gap leading into the pit window. Laybaert started the pit stops by pulling out of the front group on lap 10. He had a clean stop and came out into a gap in the field. De Vreede and Simonsen were next to pit on lap 13. Doell and Malokas stayed out for an extra lap after extending the pit window. De Vreede and Simonsen came out together, but had lost two seconds to Laybaert. Malokas led Doell out of the pits and came out one second behind Laybeart, with Doell coming out at the front of the  de Vreede and Simonsen group. Malokas closed the gap to Laybaert over the next lap to set up a race between the two leaders and the second pack, just 1.6 seconds behind.

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Simonsen and de Vreede enter the pits, while Malokas and Doell stay out an extra lap.

Over the next few laps, Laybaert and Malokas extended their lead to three seconds over the second pack, as de Vreede and Simonsen struggled to work together to close the gap. Laybaert was doing very consistent laps with Malokas sitting in his slipstream. Behind the two lead packs, Duran, Boulianne, Tuan Tran, Antoniades, Greg Seitz and Johnny Guindi were fighting for the final places in the top ten.

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Guindi and Seitz battle for position in the final laps.

Going into the last lap, Laybaert and Malokas maintained their lead of three seconds over the group of de Vreede, Simonsen and Doell. Malokas was glued to the back of Laybaert through the infield sectors and was well positioned going into the final corner. Both Laybaert and Malokas went wide on the exit of the corner, with Laybaert getting slightly loose after touching the grass. This gave Malokas a good run down the straight. Malokas then looked to the inside before switching lanes in an attempt to complete the pass on the outside. This gave Laybaert enough to hold on to the lead and take the win at the line. De Vreede and Doell battled each other in the final corner to allow Simonsen to take third. De Vreede and Doell followed him home in a very close fourth and fifth place. Duran and Boulianne each finished by themselves in sixth and seventh place. Seitz, Guindi and Tran battled to the line with Seitz taking the battle for eighth. Guindi held on to ninth and Tran rounded out the top ten.

With his second place finish, Malokas extends his lead in the championship to 27 points over Laybaert who moved up several places with the win. De Vreede also moved up to a close third place, with Canta dropping down to fourth place. The championship now moves on to New Hampshire on February 19th. This race will feature a first for the 2k Cup, an Oval-Road doubleheader.

Full Results:

Pos Name Delta Pts
1 Philippe Leybaert 52
2 Paul Malokas -0.169 53
3 Benny Simonsen -3.295 46
4 Arjan de Vreede -3.387 49
5 Brian Doell -3.434 42
6 Rodrigo Durán -8.517 39
7 Francois Boulianne -11.067 37
8 Greg Seitz -13.927 35
9 Johnny Guindi -14.042 33
10 Tuan Tran -16.188 31
11 Mark Turner4 -16.531 30
12 Fahim Antoniades -18.806 31
13 Valerio Pianezza -19.614 28
14 Hector Balaguer -25.366 27
15 Karthik Pai -28.467 26
16 Chris Malcolm -28.479 25
17 Neal Kemp -29.332 24
18 Adam Rylance -31.911 23
19 Collin van Raam -35.356 22
20 Russell Clark -41.511 21
21 Enzo Canta -41.908 20
22 Szabolcs Feher -49.671 19
23 Christian Cabangca -52.516 18
24 Adam Blocker -58.19 17
25 Chris McGowen -58.226 16
26 Casey J Seymour -58.272 15
27 Hector PereiraB -58.334 14
28 Spyros Derekis -58.495 13
29 Luke Whitten2 -58.66 12
30 Jacob Abel -00:01:02.68 11
31 Barry Arends -00:01:08.03 10
32 Justin Tipton -00:01:13.20 9
33 Tobias Nätterlund -00:01:20.44 8
34 Raymond Walpot2 -00:01:24.82 7
35 Aleksi Kallio -00:01:41.87 6
36 Kane Lasky2 -1 L 5
37 Andrew Carroll2 -1 L 4
38 Phil Kirby -1 L 3
39 Rob Adams -1 L 2
40 David Kalb -1 L 1
41 Seymour Harding -1 L 0
42 Ari Härö -1 L 0
43 Bastiaan Huisman -3 L 0
44 Matt Dafoe -4 L 0
45 Mick Watson -5 L 0
46 Vinicius Rocha -5 L 4
47 Dennis Johansen -7 L 0
48 Stephen Stoyles -8 L 0
49 Andrew Procario -15 L 0
50 Michiel C.D.J. Koorn -16 L 0
51 John Ehlers -16 L 0
52 Tom Ward -21 L 0
53 Jon Sully -21 L 0
54 Ronan Griffin -21 L 0
55 Mike McCormick -22 L 0

 

Championship Standings:

 

Pos Name Points-1
1 Paul Malokas 155
2 Philippe Leybaert 128
3 Arjan de Vreede 117
4 Enzo Canta 116
5 Fahim Antoniades 114
6 Greg Seitz 107
7 Rodrigo Durán 107
8 Kane Lasky2 101
9 Karthik Pai 93
10 Luke Whitten2 89
11 Benny Simonsen 88
12 Brian Doell 88
13 Mark Turner4 78
14 Johnny Guindi 76
15 Valerio Pianezza 73
16 Tom Ward 72
17 Hector Balaguer 72
18 Neal Kemp 71
19 Francois Boulianne 70
20 Bastiaan Huisman 66
21 Christian Cabangca 65
22 Hector PereiraB 64
23 Christopher Crome 62
24 Seymour Harding 57
25 Collin van Raam 57
26 Tuan Tran 56
27 Chris McGowen 56
28 Aleksi Kallio 55
29 Szabolcs Feher 54
30 Casey J Seymour 52

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