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MANUFACTURER SERIES
Mercedes-Benz's Latkovski (Nik_Makozi) Holds on to Top Spot to Take the Series!
2020 Series Manufacturer Series - Stage 3 (Oceania)
09/08/2020

The third stage of the 2020 Manufacturer Series got underway on 25 April.

Mercedes-Benz's Latkovski (Nik_Makozi) had shown imperious form heading into the stage, leading the standings with a huge lead over his closest rival. Despite suffering a rare defeat to Audi's Jones (emreeree) in Round 28, Latkovski continued to pick up points throughout the stage, tightening his grip on top spot.

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The final race of the 2020 series featured Gr. 3 cars, and took place on the Tokyo Expressway.
Pole position was taken by Nissan's Mahindajit (VLX_GTR), with the Porsche maestro Simmons (MINT_Matt) behind him in second.

The overall leader Latkovski was way back in ninth place, with his nearest rival, Ford's Wilk (Adam_2167), starting in eighth.

Having started in pole, Mahindajit got off to a poor start, taking a wide line on the third curve and allowing Simmons to overtake on the inside and move into the lead. A nose-to-tail battle between the top two then ensued.

On the eighth lap, Mazda's Wong, who had started in fifth place, caught up with the leading pack. Things would soon get even better for him, as he managed to overtake Mahindajit on the approach to turn 11 and move into second place.

Mahindajit got his revenge on the 10th lap, getting on the inside of Wong on the second turn. Soon afterwards, on the 11th lap, he would make use of Simmons's slipstream to overtake him and reclaim top spot. Simmons was also overtaken by Wong, dropping down to third place as a result.

In the second half of the race, Latkovski suddenly picked up the pace, and quickly moved up to fourth position. This ensured that a fierce battle for third place would break out on the final lap between Latkovski, Simmons, and BMW's McDonald (Keeden231). The Tokyo Expressway is a narrow, twisty track, and something had to give. McDonald managed to take Latkovski's line, forcing the latter onto the outside and into the wall. This manoeuvre allowed Simmons to break free, giving him an easy run to the finish line and third place on the podium.

Mahindajit's victory was a hugely impressive pole-to-win for the relatively inexperienced driver, fending off a number of different challengers en-route.

Latkovski finished the race in fifth place, but his earlier performances were enough to ensure that he ended the series on top of the pile, with a 197 point lead over McDonald in second place. As the 2020 series drew to a close, no one could question that Latkovski was a rightful winner.


Rank Driver DR SR Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Rd. 11 Rd. 12 Rd. 13 Rd. 14 Rd. 15 Rd. 16 Rd. 17 Rd. 18 Rd. 19 Rd. 20 Rd. 21 Rd. 22 Rd. 23 Rd. 24 Rd. 25 Rd. 26 Rd. 27 Rd. 28 Rd. 29 Rd. 30 Total
1 Mercedes-Benz Nik_Makozi S S 338 346 398 327 330 319 421 290 344 417 339 0 251 323 258 401 205 349 - 408 - 257 309 418 277 - 348 403 247 359 3225
2 BMW Keeden231 S S 324 272 383 242 310 - 374 274 329 371 311 - 265 309 287 372 246 273 - 393 295 - 221 387 275 - 232 373 331 375 3028
3 Ford Adam_2167 S S 313 288 413 299 206 235 359 332 314 387 282 332 237 337 286 386 273 334 302 378 241 283 265 372 261 305 275 388 262 328 3020
4 Audi emreeree S S 204 303 368 266 338 - 312 - 286 203 296 291 321 154 - 313 314 305 257 0 - 339 338 341 330 332 - 419 - 251 2805
5 Porsche MINT_Matt S S 326 274 256 341 324 - 281 318 288 356 113 306 - 295 322 - 287 298 247 310 255 - 235 402 333 277 261 234 317 390 2794
6 Toyota sidawg2 S S 299 216 337 313 303 331 390 277 215 341 - - 260 - 295 - 301 247 264 363 309 225 229 310 264 - 333 265 220 344 2752
7 Lamborghini MetalGear9493 A+ S 285 332 292 - - - 405 286 301 402 325 293 335 260 299 342 267 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2741
8 Nissan VLX_GTR S S - 317 322 - 226 270 251 286 258 325 277 242 271 266 309 298 - 261 226 348 268 267 242 203 165 - 304 296 - 421 2644
9 Alfa Romeo AE_McEwen S S - 284 231 331 317 292 266 304 - - 113 0 - - 298 357 - 319 62 303 322 - 0 356 0 291 0 - 207 313 2619
10 Volkswagen JonoStan96 S S 258 260 352 170 248 - 189 238 209 279 289 268 192 225 274 269 328 159 323 333 94 325 279 280 316 221 284 342 253 220 2608

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