19 Dec 2016 — Alaoui Nassim started on the pole and led every lap on the way to a commanding victory in the Spa BlancPain in the sixth and final round of the Blancpain Sprint Series [USA].
Starting from back in the field, John Smith picked off 13 positions to finish in fifth place.
Carmen Montero passed through more than half the field from 20th on the starting grid to third place at the finish line.
Nassim drove all of 17 laps total leading Mark Carty after being engaged by him on the first lap. Nassim controlled the race lead every lap from start to victory.
Nassim finished the series 12th in the standings. He made one start and led 17 of his 17 laps raced while taking the win once.
Driving the McLaren MP4-12C, Smith wrestled the advantage back and forth with Jason Whited in a lengthy and unrelenting battle for fifth starting midway through, running within an apex of each other over a span of 15 laps and changing positions four times. Smith ran the majority leading Whited after engaging and passing him on lap 6, coming from as many as 10 places back. In the end Smith lost the spot on lap 17 and settled into fifth through attrition the few laps running to the conclusion.
Smith finished the series 17th in the standings. He made one start and finished as high as fifth.
Driving the Ferrari 458, Montero drove the majority of 14 laps total pursuing Ronny Farias after targeting him on the third lap, coming from as many as nine places back. Montero launched a prolonged attack at Farias early in the running, staying within a couple turns behind him and gaining ground over a solid run of 13 laps. Montero passed Farias and into third place on lap 16, and held it the remaining lap to the finish.
Montero finished the series eighth in the standings. Montero made three starts and finished as high as third.
Blancpain Sprint Series [USA] finished its season after six rounds spanning two months. A total of 36 drivers competed for points in the championship.
Fahn Thomas won the championship, leading 137 laps and taking five victories in six races. Jason Whited, Scott Ring, Joao Botelho De Sousa, and Bruno Chacon rounded out the Top 5.
Jason Whited won fourth place.
Mark Carty won second place.
Whited wrestled the advantage back and forth with John Smith in a long and tense fight for fifth starting midway through, running within a car length of each other over a range of 15 laps and changing positions four times. Whited drove the majority pursuing Smith after being caught and passed by him on lap 6. Whited passed Smith for the second time and into fourth place on lap 17.
Whited finished the series second in the standings. Whited made four starts and finished as high as third.
Driving the BMW Z4, Carty drove all of three laps total leading Carmen Montero after being caught by her on the first lap. After starting third, Carty took second position on the first lap and controlled it every lap to the conclusion.
Carty finished the series seventh in the standings. Carty made three starts and finished as high as second.