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MANUFACTURER SERIES
Citroën's Brooks Wins Again!
2020 Series Manufacturer Series - Stage 2(North America)
07/05/2020

The second stage of the 2020 Manufacturer Series got underway on July 4, with Citroën's Andrew Brooks (PX7-Deafsun), who won Stage 1, getting off to a less than desirable start. He failed to add any points to his total until Round 16, and even then his score of 399 was eclipsed by other drivers who'd earned 400 or more. This left him looking nervously over his shoulder as the stage drew to a close.

One of his main rivals, Subaru's Daniel Solis (PX7-Lamb), fared better in Round 16, scoring 468 points to keep the pressure on Brooks and a shot at the title.

Top 16 Superstars - Round 20

The final race of Stage 2 took place on the Nürburgring's 24h layout, with the contestants driving Gr. 3 cars.

Pole position was claimed by Porsche's Robert Heck (VQS_Robert), with Toyota's Armen Aghakhan (TRC_Stagger) joining him on the front row of the grid. The overall series leader, Brooks, was back in fifth.

The race featured a rolling start, and there was trouble right away. Network difficulties meant that the start of the race was delayed for all drivers from 7th place downwards. This meant that drivers who'd performed poorly in qualifying and were forced to start at the back part of the grid, including Solis and BMW's Randall Haywood (TX3_Originals), giving them virtually no chance of catching the race leaders.

The first big moment of the race occurred on the Döttinger Höhe straight, when Aghakhan overtook Heck for the lead. The race leaders went into the pits on the 2nd lap, and maintained their positions when they returned to the track. It was a tight race , with only 0.7 seconds separating 1st and 4th place.
Heck gave it everything he had on his final run through the Döttinger Höhe straight, trying to get past Aghakhan, but to no avail. Aghakhan ruthlessly defended his position and crossed the finish line first.

Despite finishing in 5th in this final round, Brooks had done enough in the first stage to remain in 1st place overall, and thus bringing home the championship for Citroën in Stage 2.

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 Total
1 Citroën PX7-Deafsun S S 313 333 421 323 335 345 422 358 285 430 344 - 376 - 390 399 - - 331 396 2068
2 Subaru PX7-Lamb S S 341 340 405 298 357 - 438 336 298 - 330 336 - 332 363 468 - - - 309 2031
3 Toyota TRC_Stagger S S 327 105 314 333 329 340 406 315 312 399 316 - 314 298 374 294 - 319 361 465 2005
4 Hyundai PX7-Windfire S S 113 291 297 311 300 312 279 329 345 383 290 294 188 347 244 416 311 350 362 431 1942
5 Dodge R8G_LLOYDZELITE S S - - - - - - - - - - 332 368 - 362 318 451 - 387 - - 1900
6 Porsche VQS_Robert S S 357 310 297 - 349 - 211 343 360 272 - - - - - 0 - - 311 448 1857
7 Volkswagen TX3_Cooper S S 256 296 328 296 272 331 304 - 341 367 357 337 345 - 350 364 325 277 316 413 1851
8 Porsche roadbeef S S 343 319 204 305 315 310 309 343 300 288 342 375 - - - 381 - 354 257 379 1832
9 Lamborghini DSRT_mata-boy A+ S - - - - - - - - - 415 342 0 301 323 378 - - 370 - - 1828
10 BMW TX3_Originals S S 328 291 343 235 214 - 373 328 356 351 357 353 289 337 358 311 - 338 - 0 1797

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