- MANUFACTURER SERIES
- Excitement at the Top of the Table as Mercedes-Benz (Nik_Makozi) Claim the Title!
- 2019 Manufacturer Series - Stage 2 (Oceania Region)
The second stage of the Manufacturer Series got underway on August 3rd. Jaguar (AE_Kenomos) were top of the pile heading into the stage, with Mercedes-Benz (Nik_Makozi) hot on their heels.
Mercedez-Benz (Nik_Makozi) had been unfortunate to miss out on the first stage title following network trouble in the "Superstars" round which saw the top 16 drivers going head-to-head. This time around they applied themselves to the races with a special determination, managing to score 2,642 points in Round 15.
Jaguar (AE_Kenomos) took part in Round 12 and Round 19, but were unable to add to their points total.
The second stage's final "Superstars" race took place on Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and saw the top 16 drivers taking each other on in Gr. 3 cars.
Mercedez-Benz (Nik_Makozi) started in pole position, while Jaguar (AE_Kenomos) struggled during qualifying and had to start from the back of the grid, in 10th place.
A large-scale accident happened on the very first corner, immediately after the race had started, and Jaguar (AE_Kenomos) took advantage of the confusion to move straight up to fifth place. From that point on, the first five cars, led by Mercedez-Benz (Nik_Makozi), would be embroiled in a fierce tussle.
Most of the leading pack had opted for a one-pit strategy, but both Mercedez-Benz (Nik_Makozi) and Jaguar (AE_Kenomos) had decided not to take any pit stops. The gamble paid off for Mercedez-Benz (Nik_Makozi), as they were able to increase their lead over the rest of the field.
The strategy was also successful for Jaguar (AE_Kenomos), who were able to move up to second position. But on the final chicane of the final lap a momentary lapse in concentration allowed Subaru (CAR_Bass) to overtake, pushing Jaguar (AE_Kenomos) back down into third.
Mercedez-Benz (Nik_Makozi) had led from the start of the race, and had kept up a good pace throughout as they completed a victory that meant they sealed the 2019 Manufacturer Series.
It was a very close call, however. Had Jaguar (AE_Kenomos) not made that one mistake on the very last chicane, the title would have been theirs. Nik_Makozi may be king of Australia for now, following his wonderful results in the World Tour, but there is no doubt that he now has a formidable regional rival. Next season's Manufacturer Series promises to be truly gripping.
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