31 May 2016 — Manuel Alves started on the pole and led every lap on the way to a commanding victory for his first career victory in the Sandown International Polo92 in Round 3 of the VW Polo Trophy Season 3 series.
Alves ran all of 13 laps total leading Ricardo Gomes after being caught by him on the first lap. Alves controlled the race lead every lap from start to victory.
Alves moves up to seventh in the standings, 24 points behind RAMY SBAY. Alves has two starts and led 18 of his 39 laps while taking the win once.
The first victory for Alves came on his second outing in the VW Polo G40 ’92.
Mark Carty made a final pass on the last lap for a sixth-place finish.
Carty swapped leads multiple rounds with Joao Botelho De Sousa in a long and persistent fight for seventh from the early stages, running within a turn of each other over a range of 12 laps and changing positions four times. Carty drove the majority pursuing Botelho De Sousa after being engaged and passed by him on the second lap. Carty launched an extended challenge at Botelho De Sousa in the middle stages, staying within a turn behind him and gaining ground over a continuous run of eight laps. Carty got around Botelho De Sousa for the second time and into sixth place on his final lap.
Carty drops to third in the standings, four points behind Fernando Silva. Carty has three starts and finished as high as fourth.
Ricardo Gomes captured second place.
VW Polo Trophy Season 3 series moves on to Round 4 in a week at Pukekohe. The series has 20 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Gomes spent nearly equal parts of 14 laps total leading Fernando Silva after challenging and passing him on lap 7, coming from as many as four spots back. Gomes passed Silva and into second place on lap 7, and kept it the remaining 11 laps to the conclusion.
Gomes remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Fernando Silva to 48 points. Gomes has three starts and led 24 of his 62 laps while taking the win twice.
Fernando Silva took third place.
Silva mixed it up with RAMY SBAY in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for third from the middle stages, running within an apex of each other over a span of 10 laps. Silva ran equal parts leading SBAY after being engaged by him on lap 6. After losing the spot on lap 9, Silva cleared SBAY and into third place on lap 13, and held it the remaining few laps to the checkered flag.
Silva moves up to second in the standings, 48 points behind Ricardo Gomes. Silva has three starts and finished as high as third.
Joao Botelho De Sousa captured seventh place.
Botelho De Sousa took the fight back and forth with Mark Carty in a long and persistent battle for seventh from the early stages, running within car lengths of each other over a range of 12 laps and changing positions four times. Botelho De Sousa spent the majority leading Carty after catching and passing him on the second lap, coming from as many as three spots back. Botelho De Sousa fended off a prolonged attack by Carty in the middle stages, staying just a turn ahead of him over a solid run of eight laps. In the end Botelho De Sousa lost the spot on lap 18 and settled into seventh through attrition the lap running to the checkered flag, missing Carty ahead by just 0.414 seconds at the line.
Botelho De Sousa moves up to 10th in the standings, 16 points behind Alaoui Nassim. Botelho De Sousa has two starts and finished as high as seventh.