Cory Mackey has grabbed his fifth win of the season in style after a brilliant 2-stop strategy put him ahead of the rest by 5 seconds when the chequered flag was waved.
Qualifying gave us a sneak peek of what was going to happen in the race with Argenis Riera claiming another Pole Position and Janos Magasrevy getting in the way of Cory Mackey. The Ferrari driver quickly took the lead of the race with a great start jumping from 3rd to 1st after the Senna S. From then on it was a close stint between Mackey, Magasrevy, Acosta, and Riera. Then the pit stops came and Mackey was the first to come in for a new set of hard tires while Acosta and Riera switched to the mediums. Magasrevy decided to stick with another set of hards but that would ultimately hurt his chances as the performance just wasn't there against the medium compound.
Ivan Georgiev, who needed just a 4th place to claim the championship, had another bad outing when his first pit stop ended in disaster after the Macedonian spun his Ferrari leaving his pit area ultimately breaking off his front wing and having to go another lap with a damaged car. He would end up in 11th just outside the points.
The final stint of the race evolved with Mackey in the lead, then Acosta in second, and Riera in third. This is how the race would end.
With this result, it now means that only 16 points separate Georgiev and Mackey heading into the final round. If Mackey can outscore his teammate by 16 points he would claim the championship due to more victories, if not, we will have a new champion at SRHF1.
Stay tuned for the final race of the year from the Yas Marina Circuit next Thursday!
Here are the entire official results for the SRHF1 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix:
It was yet another eventful race last Thursday when a chaotic last lap from race leader and unofficial winner Argenis Riera ended up involved in several incidents with second place and arch-rival Cory Mackey.
Riera would perform an illegal block on the back straight causing the two cars to touch, then at turn 12, the Mercedes driver hit the brakes too late causing a collision with Mackey. Mackey would respond trying to pass Riera in two attempts but they were both poorly executed causing a collision in both tries. In the end, both drivers received the equivalent of a Drive-Thru Pits penalty or 20 seconds added to their final race time for their final lap antics. This meant that Montero, who unofficially finished the race just 4 seconds behind Riera in third, was handed over the race win after starting from 20th place. The penalty at the front also meant that Magasrevy moved 2 positions finishing in second place.
Riera and Mackey would end up in 3rd and 4th respectively with Georgiev in 5th, still unable to secure the Drivers title. This now means that if Cory Mackey can't outscore Georgiev by 15 points or more in Brazil then the Drivers Championship goes to the Macedonian.
Stay tuned for the second of three back-to-back races next week from the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos, for the SRHF1 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Here are the entire official results for the SRHF1 2019 United States Grand Prix: