Argenis Riera managed to get a second victory before finishing the 2018 season. The Venezuelan also obtained another Pole Position and started alongside Antenor Junior after Ezequiel Montero had to serve a 10-grid spot penalty from Brazil.
The start of the race was nowhere near what we saw just a week ago in Brazil with all 16 cars going through smoothly through the first couple of turns. From there on it was Riera who pulled away but the battle for third place in the Teams Championship was on. Acosta was close behind Riera and Haynie just ahead of Magasrevy. This would last for almost the entire race when on lap 40 things started going downhill for Williams when a brake problem was reported on car number 57 belonging to Richard Haynie. He dropped from 4th to 8th in a few laps with Magasrevy overtaking him but still, the gap wasn't enough to pass Williams in the championship. It was on lap 44 when Haynie fell down to 10th and Magasrevy was just 1 point shy from getting that crucial place for Force India. Antenor Junior was just ahead of Janos Magasrevy with 3 laps to go but on lap 54 the Brazilian made a small mistake at the exit of turn 11 and the Force India driver capitalized, at that point, Force India moved ahead of Williams for 3rd in the Championship by a single point.
The race ended with Riera on top by 13 seconds over Acosta and Georgiev in 3rd 56 seconds behind the leader.
This wrapped up what was a dominating year by Ezequiel Montero with 13 wins, 12 Pole Positions, 17 podium finishes, and 707 laps lead. Certainly, a feat that will be very tough to beat in the future.
The average grid size increased by 0.1 from 2017 which is a positive change. We also saw fierce competition in the midfield and, for a short period, at the top with Montero, Mackey, and Angelone all fighting for wins at the beginning of the season.
We also saw new faces that stuck around and showed great performance, such as Ivan Georgiev, Benny Fascelli, Roberto Scime, Jeff Oppenheim, Adam Freitas, Theodoros Eziroglou, Daniel Sara, and lastly, Antenor Junior.
The next Winter Series is shaping up to be another great one with numerous fast drivers, for now, here's the list of those that were able to make it in the top 14 and secure a seat for 2019:
- Ezequiel Montero
- Cory Mackey
- Otto Acosta
- Richard Haynie
- Sean Higgins
- Jacobo Cardozo
- Richard Walcott
- Darren Fisher
- Ivan Georgiev
- Dave Carney
- Argenis Riera
- Benny Fascelli
- Roberto Scime
- Alejandro Sanabria
This was surely a long year that started back in January with the 2018 Winter Series, some drivers haven't stopped racing since then, for now, it is time to take a well-deserved break from the cockpit.
See you again next year when we do it all over again, for our 5th consecutive season, so long everyone!