- AMERICAS FINAL
- Chile's Fabián Portilla (FT_Mcqueen91) Grabs a Dramatic Victory in Race 1!
- Nations Cup: Americas Final
Brazil's Igor Fraga (IOF_RACING17) and Chile's Nicolás Rubilar (FT_NicoR), driving a C7 and a Ford GT, respectively, started on the front row. Rubilar (FT_NicoR) got the best of his start and led the pack through the first corner.
Rubilar (FT_NicoR), the top driver of the team known as "Flatout Threat" (FT), has continually been a dominant presence in the online series, but Fraga (IOF_RACING17), and the C7 of the USA's Andrew McCabe, were intent on giving him all he could handle.
Then, out of nowhere, an unexpected driver started contesting for the lead. It was Chile's Fabián Portilla (FT_Mcqueen91), in a Cobra, who had advanced through the repechage. Portilla is Rubilar's teammate at Flatout Threat, but the latter is the higher ranked of the two drivers in the online rankings.
On the 6th lap, Portilla (FT_Mcqueen91) moved to the inside of Rubilar (FT_NicoR) and pushed him out of the way to take the lead, a move that would result in a one-second time penalty.
Fraga (IOF_RACING17) and Rubilar (FT_NicoR) had changed tires on the 5th lap, but Portilla (FT_Mcqueen91) milked his soft-compound tires for all they were worth, managing to get nine laps out of them. He had enough of a cushion retain the lead after coming out of the pits. The spectators in the Las Vegas arena were stunned by this masterful display of tire management. Fraga and Rubilar did all they could to catch the Chilean, but it was Portilla who crossed the finish line first.