- EUROPEAN FINAL
- Germany Claim the Crown! Hizal (TRL_LIGHTNING) Wins All Three Races to Take the European Title!
- Nations Cup: European Final
The final race took place on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - a new track, making its debut appearance here. All drivers drove the same car, the Red Bull X2014 Standard.
Despite the fact that the same conditions applied to all drivers and that they had had time to practise on the circuit, there were significant discrepancies in qualifying times. Several drivers repeatedly span or left the course as they sought to push their cars to the limit.
The first incident of note took place at the very start of the race. Italy's Giorgio Mangano (Giorgio_57), who was second on the grid, got stuck in a rear wheelspin, and fell down to sixth place.
The race's early leader was Germany's Mikail Hizal (TRL_LIGHTNING), the winner of the previous two races and the hot favourite to win the competition. As it turned out, however, he would face stiff competition from Spain's Jorge López (Williams_Coque14).
As a Spaniard, López (Williams_Coque14) is very familiar with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and was no doubt buoyed by the sight of several Spanish flags in the stands.
He was the only driver who'd opted for soft tyres at the start of the race, and performed fantastically on the first lap, jumping up to third position.
Lucas Ordóñez, in the Spanish commentary booth, could barely conceal his excitement.
By the tenth lap, López (Williams_Coque14) was hot on Hizal (TRL_LIGHTNING)'s heels.
On the first corner of lap 11, López (Williams_Coque14) overtook Hizal (TRL_LIGHTNING) to take first place.
At the first pit stop, Hizal (TRL_LIGHTNING) opted for hard tyres while López (Williams_Coque14) chose medium tyres. This strategy appeared to pay off, as López (Williams_Coque14) held the lead for four laps, cheers of adulation for the local hero pouring down from the stands.
Mangano (Giorgio_57) saw his hopes of clinching the title slip away as he made a number of errors, including one where his rear tyre left the track, causing him to enter a spin. He eventually fell down to sixth place. Mangano (Giorgio_57) suffered a number of misfortunes during the European Final, including a mechanical failure in the first race, but he'll have another chance to show what he's capable of in the World Tour.