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PS Racing’s Maxx Ebenal takes 2nd in AFR R7, with Guillaume Cunnington winning Masters Class
By: PS Racing
Maxx Ebenal of Canada and Guillaume Cunnington of France brought victory to PS Racing in Sunday’s AFR Round 7, with Ebenal leading most of the race and Cunnington putting on a great performance from start to finish to dominate the Master’s Class.
Despite morning showers, conditions were dry and hot for the 3:30pm race, which was full of drama and excitement with two safety car periods during the almost half hour long event.
In one of the first few laps, with Ebenal in the lead and Cunnington up to P5 overall, far ahead in the Master’s Class, melee struck when a car went off into the grass in the high speed Turn T14 then spun back onto the track, causing several cars to be heavily damaged in the ensuing mayhem.
After the single-file race restart, Ebenal held onto the lead for most of the remainder of the race, until eventually getting passed by Kimi Chin which gave opportunity for Shigetomo Shimono to pass as well when Ebenal had to go off line. Shimono, who finished 2nd overall in 2013 AFR, showed his experience by passing Chin with just a few laps to go. The safety car was then deployed just after the passes, after an incident with FRD Team’s Samson Chan. With the race then finishing under a full course yellow, Ebenal had little chance to attempt a repass.
Guillaume Cunnington drove a strong race from start to finish, picking up multiple positions to get as high as 5th overall, and easily taking the Master’s Class win, his 5th of the season. Needless to say, Cunnington is far ahead in the Master’s Class driver’s standings, while with Ebenal’s strong 2nd place finish, the Canadian driver still retains a strong points lead in the AFR’s highest International Category.
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