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  • David Phillips
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    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
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2.4 Hours of Daytona x 800+

by David Phillips on February 2nd, 2011

The 2011 World Tour of iRacing got off to a roaring start on Saturday as more than 800 sim racers took part in the 2.4 Hours of Daytona.  A mixed class event with the Ford Mustang FR500S and the Riley MkXX Daytona Prototype, the field generated 25 splits of prototype competition and 22 splits for the pony cars on the Daytona International Speedway road course.

Central-Eastern Europe’s Norbi Kiss led all qualifiers with a blistering lap of 1:37.855 in his Riley with Aleksi Elomaa (1:37.981) and Fredrik Follestad (1:37.996) next up and the only other drivers to better the 98s mark.  The Mustang side of life saw Jason Lisner (Virginias) top the time charts at 2:03.191 ahead of Austin Cobb (2:03.217) and Scott Michaels (2:03.275).

Only one of those fast six was destined to translate his qualifying speed into victory, as Cobb bested Lisner and Brian Stroudtbeck to take the top-rated Mustang split, while the top strength of field Daytona Prototype win went to Kenneth O’Keefe who beat Elomaa and Blake Townend.

The other Riley winners included Sean Edwards, Marc Johnson, Jake Swanson, Byron v.h. Bolscher, Josh Berry, Leonidas Guziviak, Steve Wright, William DeRivera, Henrik Muller, Darren Walters, Morgan Schooley, Sean Cuthbertson, Thomas Althaus, David Kadlcak, Joshua Gudorf, Gregg Cireddu, AJ Bower, Andrew Hunsinger, Michael Seay, Benjamin Burmeister, Luc Van Gossum, Justin Fuller, Wyatt Foster and Aaron Waddle.

In addition to Cobb, the ranks of Mustang class winners featured Steven Jones, Dennis Grebe, Jay Osborne, Andrew Paterson, Sean Pivek, Mike Kelley, Michael Hornbuckle, Florian Utzt, Kyle Fetterly, Trevor Forster, Alexander Khalkin, Olivier Raunier, Ian Bassi, Marc Heymann, Patxi Canada Suarez, Marc Rieger, Jarrod Heap, Ricky Hardin, David Sanders, Brett Gray, Robbie Johnston.

More than 800 iRacers took part in the 2011 2.4 Hours of Daytona, the opening round of the 2011 World Tour of iRacing.

Riley runners-up were Darryn Lobb, Sebastian Cron, Andy Kirschetorte, Jani Penttinen, Iker Estefania, Daniel Quaroni, Jamie Wilson, Naoya Nagai, John Koscienlniak, Alex Warren, Sebastian Merten, Attila Liebhardt, Eric Tremblay, Ryan Steele, Marc Robillard, Robert Latuga, Todd Hunsaker, David Ellis, Magnus Ahlqvist, Florian Kirchhofer, Stephen Moore, James Fellows, Christian Theriault, Paul Morin.

Second place finishers in Mustang?  That list also includes Rygh Galloway, Charles Cosper, Jasper Groeneweg, James Mynes, Daniel Oriola Juan, David Waters, Simon Gymer, Ryan Cowley, David ter Stal, Jack Dummer, Tom Czarny, Alexandre Fornieles, Edmund Hershberger, Ricky Dalton, Patrick Mundinger, Lance Snyder, Dave Hoffman, David Rattler, Nathan Lyon, Simon Benson and George Mastrokostas.

Joining Townend on a very crowded third step of the DP podium were Joao Cardoso, Ales Nocar, Carlos Passos, Jonathan Auger, Jimmy Helie, Bruce Perry, Remy Lozza, Jeremy Burris, Sergey Soldatov, Chris Hall, Danny Bouwes, John Keefe, Paul Williams, Eric Miller, Gerald April, Olivier Gouzien, Leslie Reynolds, Devin Smrekar, Erik Myers, Matt Bussa, Charlie Buscher, Danny Huegel, Jacob Klein, Colt Christian.

Third place in Mustang?  As well as Strodtbeck the third place finishers in the Mustang class included Luc Voise, Marc Arcidiacono, Juergen Voss, Corey Davis, Verner Blindheim, Dave Gymer, Jorma Stenman, Udo Streit, Greg Cloutier, Ryan Deady, Iain Mabbott, Justin Humberger, Sebastien Molinari, Patxi Canada Suarez, Mats Gustavsson, Sean Siff, John Jacobson, Ross J. MacGregor, Joel Martin, George Di Piero and George Hernandez.

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  1. Samu Snabb
    February 2nd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Someone should post that vid about what did Norbi Kiss pull out of his hat at lap 1 T1.

    You maybe fast, but… :D

  2. Patrick Atherton
    February 2nd, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    It was a great event (s). Epic stuff. Worth the 4am wakeup downunder! Bring on more enduros, iRacing.

  3. Brenton
    February 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Jsut wondering if the video is going to be posted anywhere for us to watch of this event?

  4. Ed DeVoe
    February 3rd, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I had a 3rd spot but made a stupid move & it cost me and another racer.

    I love the Riley DP. I really like the longer events. One of these a month would be fine with me. :)

  5. Danny Bouwes
    February 3rd, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Was a great event and how awesome to see my name listed… :D

    Looking forward to more events like this one.