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RACE PREVIEW: RCGP USA

 Davide Ongaro, the runaway winner in 2019, is just two victories away from completing a perfect season.

The RCGP World Series travels stateside for the last stop on the calendar, as California’s Thunder Alley Raceway hosts the final two rounds of the 2019 season. With big-name debutants, a stunning backdrop and championship honours on the line, the stage is set for a thrilling finale.

Located in the city of Beaumont, Thunder Alley Raceway is one of the most well-known venues on the West Coast, and a complex, three-dimensional layout looks set to challenge the drivers throughout the course of the weekend.

Despite having wrapped up the Drivers’ Championship at the previous round of the series in Asti, Italy, star of the season Davide Ongaro will still be gunning for glory in the USA, as he aims to notch up a further two wins to add to his current tally of six – a feat which would complete a 100% victory record in a year which has seen him prove virtually unstoppable. Pride is not the only thing on the line for the Italian however, as the Teams’ Championship is still open, the fight for which being one of the weekend’s main talking points.

Scuderia Scampi Rosso – CommSportMx hold a 47 point lead in the standings after six rounds, but with an all-star lineup, SWORKz International will be pushing hard to close the gap to the top. Bolstering the charge will be multiple time World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, who replaces Elliott Boots for the final event of the season, partnering season regular Juan Carlos Canas. Moving up to second in the Drivers’ Championship in Italy, Spaniard Canas will be looking to continue his recent form and cement his position with a strong weekend in the USA.

 Juan Carlos Canas sits second in the standings heading into the final two rounds, having been a consistent scorer throughout the season.

Fourteen points adrift in the Drivers’ Championship is David Ronnefalk, the popular Swede dropping to third after suffering from misfortune in Italy, in what has so far been a difficult season for the HB Racing – Performa Racing star. Despite this, outright wins are still the aim, his ambition remaining as high as ever, with eyes firmly fixed on the fight for second in the standings. This is not the only focus for Ronnefalk however, as HB Racing – Performa Racing are currently just 26 points adrift of second in the Team Championship – with series returnee Cole Ogden aiding the team’s push for his home event, a strong weekend could propel them up the order.

From returnees to debutants, the BeachRC Wildcard Team sees an all-new, all-American lineup for the final rounds, with experience partnering youth, as fan favourite Ryan Lutz lines up alongside the young Evan Vail, who received a late call-up for what is undoubtedly the biggest event of his career so far. Despite being newcomers to the series, both drivers could bring themselves into contention during the weekend. Sitting fourth in the Drivers’ Championship heading into RCGP USA is Kyle McBride, the Australian Infinity driver sitting just three points behind Ronnefalk – with consistency on his side, he is in a prime position to capitalise should either Ronnefalk or Canas stumble, and remains a serious contender for a top three position in the championship.

 Fourth in the standings, and just three points behind David Ronnefalk, Kyle McBride could vault himself into a top three position with a strong weekend.

With several new challengers on the grid for the final two rounds, RCGP USA looks set to deliver action as unpredictable as ever – with championship positions also on the line, expect hard-fought, intense racing from start to finish.