26 May 2016 — Rasa Djordjevic led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish for his 30th career victory in the Goodwood Abarth500 in Round 5 of the Trofeo Abarth Europe Season 2 series.
Carlos Reina picked his way through more than half the field to ultimately hold off Mark Carty by just 0.142 seconds at the finish line for fourth place.
Djordjevic spent all of 14 laps total leading Simon Swarbrick after being caught by him on the first lap. Djordjevic controlled the race lead every lap from start to victory.
Djordjevic moves up to fifth in the standings, four points behind Mark Carty. Djordjevic has three starts and led 34 of his 49 laps while taking the win twice.
The notable victory for Djordjevic came on his ninth outing in the Abarth 500.
Reina spent all of four laps total leading Mark Carty after being engaged by him on the first lap. After starting 11th, Reina took fourth position on the first lap and controlled it every lap to the finish, holding off Carty by the tight margin at the line.
Reina moves up to sixth in the standings, six points behind Rasa Djordjevic. Reina has three starts and led three of his 49 laps while finishing as high as second.
Making his 10th start in the Abarth 500, Porfirio Dias Santos drove to a sixth-place finish.
Dias Santos traded positions with Mark Carty in a long and tense fight for fifth from the middle stages, running within a bumper of each other over a stretch of 13 laps. Dias Santos spent nearly equal parts leading Carty after catching and passing him on lap 7, coming from as many as three spots back. Ultimately Dias Santos lost the spot on lap 12 and settled into sixth the few laps running to the finish.
Dias Santos moves up to the lead of the standings, 13 points ahead of Hugo Ramos. Dias Santos has five starts and led 14 of his 78 laps while taking the victory once.
In the 10 career runs taken by Dias Santos in the Abarth 500, he has led 14 laps in all and taken the win once.
Trofeo Abarth Europe Season 2 series moves on to its sixth and final round in a week at Anderstorp. The series has 22 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Porfirio Dias Santos leads the championship. The title continues to be challenged by Hugo Ramos, Jose Branco, Mark Carty, and Rasa Djordjevic. The Top 5 places are an open field for 11 drivers in the running with one race remaining.
Mark Carty took fifth place.
Fernando Silva captured third place.
Carty mixed it up with Porfirio Dias Santos in a long and tense battle for fifth from the middle stages, running within a car length of each other over a range of 13 laps. Carty spent nearly equal parts leading Dias Santos after being engaged by him on the second lap. Carty fended off an extended attack by Dias Santos early in the running, staying just an apex ahead of him over a solid run of five laps. After losing the spot on lap 7, Carty got around Dias Santos and into fifth place on lap 12, and held it the remaining couple laps to the finish.
Carty remains in fourth in the standings, cutting the gap to third’s Jose Branco to 13 points. Carty has four starts and finished as high as fourth.
Silva ran nearly all of 14 laps total leading Carlos Reina after challenging and passing him on the third lap. Silva cleared Reina and into third place on lap 3, and defended it against pressure by Reina the remaining 12 laps to the conclusion.
Silva moves up to seventh in the standings, four points behind Carlos Reina. Silva has three starts and finished as high as third.
Simon Swarbrick won second place.
Swarbrick spent all of 13 laps total leading Fernando Silva after being engaged by him on the first lap. Swarbrick fended off an extended attack by Silva in the middle stages, staying just car lengths ahead of him over a solid run of 11 laps. After starting fifth, Swarbrick took second position on the first lap and controlled it every lap to the finish.
Swarbrick is 16th in the standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as second.