August 10, 2011

Knapp & Goncalves win 2011 ROAR Asphalt nationals


The 2011 ROAR Asphalt Nationals was held at one of the finest asphalt tracks in the US, Jackson RC in Jackson, NJ. In 12th scale, it was Andrew Knapp’s first time ever on asphalt with a 12th scale. With a little help from teammate and fellow podium finisher, Joel Johnson, Andrew figured it out in a hurry as he won the first three rounds of qualifying, securing himself the TQ spot. Andrew consistently set the fastest lap in every round of qualifying as well. In the triple A mains, Andrew took the wins in A1 and A2, and even lapped the entire field in A2. Mike Haynes places second over all with Joel Johnson completing the podium and Billy Spence finishing fourth.

In the first round of Worlds GT qualifying, EJ Evans from TOP USA took the honors followed by Rui Goncalves in a close second. In the second round, Rui Goncalves took the TQ spot evening the 2 up in the qual-points battle. EJ ended up TQ’ing rounds 3 and 4, and Rui would put in 2 more solid runs to put him second on the grid for the main event. The A-main was short lived for the TQ driver as he had some problems on lap 1 which sent Rui into the lead where he ran for the remainder of the race. With the TQ out of the way, no one else had enough to challenge Rui as he drove away in dominant fashion in search of his first National Title. Ashton Brinson ended up secong, with Alexander Valdes in third and Bruce Carbone in fourth position.


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