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Ford outlasts all to claim Spanish Grand Prix

Darcy Ford was the ultimate beneficiary of a late mistake from Ryan Gibson, seizing the opportunity to pilot his Ares Racing Ferrari to victory at the Centennial Auto Sport & Tire Spanish Grand Prix at the virtual Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Zach Sullivan battled from 10th on the grid to finish second in his North Border Racing Ferrari, while Daniel Cudmore scored his first podium of the season, bringing his Alpha Flow Honda home in third, followed closely by his teammate, Michael Dimitroff, in fourth.

Rounding out the top ten was Corbin MacAulay (Hurricanes), Mike Marini (True North), Seth McLuckie (True North), Ryan Gibson (I-B-PRO-FUN), Mark Cox (MCRaceLAB), and Cody Cudmore (Silver Hornet); points are awarded to the top ten finishers.

With the win, Ford pulls within one point of Sullivan in the driver’s standings, with Sullivan’s fastest lap bonus point from the Inaugural Grand Prix being the only difference between the two drivers. Meanwhile, North Border Racing saw its lead in the Constructors table shrink to 16 points over second-place Ares Racing, while Alpha Flow jumped into third.

Gibson controlled the majority of the race in his I-B-PRO-FUN Motorsports Toyota, taking the lead on Lap 4 and leading the field through safety car situations on Lap 8 and Lap 18, building up a seven-second lead over the field.

However, on Lap 27, he lost the back end coming out of Turn 2, surrendering the lead to Ford and falling as far as 11th before recovering to finish eighth, picking up the bonus point for the fastest lap in the process.

The evening’s pole-sitter, Corbin MacAulay of Hurricanes eMotorsports, had an eventful evening to come home in fifth. He led the opening three laps of the race, then remained competitive throughout, though he accidentally put wet-weather tyres on during his second pit stop, forcing him to come in again after falling down the field.

After driving through the field to get back up to second, however, he had to pit for a fourth time as his soft tyres didn’t last, incurring a 5-second speeding penalty in the process. He drove through the field once again, nearly securing a podium position before running out of time to catch Daniel Cudmore.

Next up, the drivers will hit the virtual streets of Monte Carlo for the Cracked Device Co. Monaco Grand Prix next Thursday, Sept. 17. The pre-race show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, with qualifying starting 10 minutes later, followed by the race itself.

Here are the final results from the Centennial Auto Sport & Tire Spanish Grand Prix on September 10.

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