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Mikko Heininen has reignited his championship challenge as he won the Canadian Grand Prix for the second season in a row. The Peugeot driver led from pole and maintained a healthy lead ahead of second placed Will Spargrove. As Heininen drove away, many drivers in the field struggled with the final chicane.

Mikko Heininen made the perfect start and easily started to pull away from Will Spargrove. Meanwhile things got even better for Peugeot as Ivan Pruett moved into third. At the end of the first lap Jean Alaniz was out of shape going towards the chicane; the Frenchman spun his Vagabond into the path of Petro Vitali and James Malva. By the end of lap five, Heininen had built a five second lead over Spargrove; as Pruett was looking strong. However disaster struck as Ivan Pruett dived into the pits and retired from the race; from a suspected gearbox failure.

Championship leader Gus Addison was struggling, spinning multiple times at the final chicane. Niklas Shultz was struggling ever more, as the German flipped his car into retirement. Kurtis Villareal and Jeffery Crowe also spun their cars at the very same spot. Home hero Jewel Barclay was running strongly in fifth place, however lost his suspension and dived into the gravel; ending the Nakley drivers race. Nicky Espinosa was also running well in tenth place for Adepto; however the Spaniard suffered from a brakes failure and experienced a nasty shunt into the wall.

Will Spargrove was beggining to catch Heininen, however back markers ensured the Fast Orange driver he could not make the most of an opportunity. Despite leading the championship, Gus Addison was desperate to move into sixth place. The Australian dived down the inside of Kyle Aroni, however spun; falling down to eighth.

Mikko Heininen crossed the finish line to take his third win of the season and move into fourth place in the championship. Will Spargrove finished 2nd, while Luigi Vitalio completed the podium. Luiz Santos managed 4th, Daniel Bruner 5th, and Kyle Aroni 6th. Mika Salonen finished ahead of Gus Addison in 7th, as Mike Nadaruk and Rico Rendon completed the top ten.

Gus Addison's forgettable race now means his championship lead has shrunken to 28 points. Luiz Santos remains in 2nd, ahead of Daniel Bruner, Mikko Heininen, and Luigi Vitalio. With only three rounds to go the three prior drivers will have to take risks to further shrink Addison's lead.

Race Results

Pole: Mikko Heininen
Fastest Lap: Ivan Pruett

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

Driver Reaction

Mikko Heininen (1st)
Peugeot
"I really enjoyed driving the car today, it was one of the moments where our car is truly great. Unfortunately it hasn't been the case all season and now the championship is serious. I'm about thirty points behind in the championship and there are sixty points still up for grabs. I urge the team to make the car work as it did today for the remaining three races. The championship is by no means over and we can still win this".

Will Spargrove (2nd)
Fast Orange-Holden
"I couldn't match Mikko today, every time I caught him he posted a blinder. I think Gus struggled today, but I am happy to once again show the team my improvement. The car was great and I thank the team".

Luigi Vitalio (3rd)
Lamborghini
"I think I achieved the best I could today as the car was particularly slow on the straights. As Mikko stated the championship is not over and I can win it. I said a while ago I will win the championship, though for that to happen the last races need to go in my favor and the team should be supporting me".




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