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After a difficult and unlucky first part of the season, Mikko Heininen has won the Spanish Grand Prix. However this was not without his own luck as Daniel Bruner, Will Spargrove, and Jewel Barclay all suffered mechanical problems while leading. Ivan Pruett finished 2nd, while Mike Nadaruk finished in 3rd.

Daniel Bruner started on pole and made a clean getaway, while Mika Salonen stalled off the line. Bruner managed to keep Will Spargtove at bay, who was a head of Jewel Barclay. Meanwhile Lamborghini teamates Luigi Vitalio and Luiz Santos were having a fierce battle for fourth place, while Gus Addison who was in 6th was stuggling to keep the Peugeot drivers behind him. The race had begun to settle down and no rain was in sight, however soon the race would be turned on it's head.

Race leader Daniel Bruner suffered from a gearbox problem which would end his race. While the Nakley driver fell down the field, Will Spargrove took the race lead. However two laps later smoke appeared out of the Fast Orange, giving Spargrove no choice to stop on the track. Santos, Vitalio, and Addison all hit Spargrove's car, knocking their front wings off. The Lamborghini pair came into the pits to change their front wings, however Addison was forced to retire from the race due to suspension damage. After all the mayhem Jewel Barclay led the race and looked to be on route to take his first ever win. Unfortuently Barclay suffered from the same problem his teamate Bruner did, and later pitted to retire from the race. Mikko Heininen and Ivan Pruett who started the race from 7th and 8th were now leading.

Mikko Heininen stayed ahead of his teamate to take his first win of the season, ending his draught of good luck. Mike Nadaruk finished the race in a surprising 3rd, with Kyle Aroni and Petro Vitali behind him. Luiz Santos made his way back up into 6th, ahead of Niklas Shultz, Jean Alaniz, and James Malva. Stuart Watts claimed his first point of the season in 10th.

Race Results

01        Mikko Heininen                                    Peugeot
02        Ivan Pruett                                         Peugeot
03        Mike Nadaruk                                      BMW   
04        Kyle Aroni                                            Subaru
05        Petro Vitali                                           Holden
06        Luiz Santos                                          Lamborghini
07        Niklas Shultz                                         BMW   
08        Jean Alaniz                                           Vagabond-Peugeot
09        James Malva                                         Holden
10        Stuart Watts                                         Adepto-Ford
11        Kurtis Villareal                                        Vagabond-Peugeot
12        Rico Rendon                                         Koenigsegg-Lamborghini
13        Alva Askew                                            Koenigsegg-Lamborghini
14        Fabiano Donatelo                                   Rock Wallaby-Lamborghini
15        Alvaro Magellen                                      Rock Wallaby-Lamborghini
16        Cristiano de Costa                                  Vehi Cross-Subaru
17        Saurabh Shah                                        Vehi Cross-Subaru
18        Nicky Espinosa                                       Adepto-Ford
DNF      Jewel Barclay                                          Nakley-Peugeot                                Gearbox
DNF      Luigi Vitalio                                              Lamborghini                                     Brakes
DNF      Will Spargrove                                        Fast Orange-Holden                          Engine
DNF      Gus Addison                                           Fast Orange-Holden                          Suspension
DNF      Daniel Bruner                                          Nakley-Peugeot                                Gearbox
DNF      Mika Salonen                                           Subaru                                             Clutch

Driver Reaction

Mikko Heininen (1st)
Peugeot
"This result is great for the team and well deserved. We have had our fair share of bad luck, so today we saw other drivers stop on track. For sure we are surprised we mangaed to be up here, but we took the the oppurtunity that came. So a great result for us and I look forward to Portugal".

Ivan Pruett (2nd)
Peugeot
"I'm happy with my race and well done to Mikko. I would have liked to have won as I was very close to him at some stages, but he deserves it. This win 1-2 finished means a lot for this team as we have struggled so far. I think we just need to keep developing as we are not that far away from the championship".

Mike Nadaruk (3rd)
BMW
"Fantastic to be up on the podium, I was in eight at one stage and then I was win third. It looked to be a crash between the two Fast Orange drivers but I am not sure. I dedicate the podium to the team as they have worked so hard over the week".




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