October 1st, 2021 by Chris Leone
It was a day to remember for Peter Berryman on Thursday, as the Apex Racing Team driver scored the first iRacing pro-level victory of his sim racing career in the Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship round from Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Brazil. Berryman led 21 of 51 laps on the fast but challenging Interlagos circuit, including the final 10, and now holds the points lead on a tiebreaker with fellow Apex racer Yohann Harth.
R8G Esports’ Maarten van Loozenoord, winner of the opening round at Watkins Glen, was the top qualifier, but Berryman and Spa winner Michele Costantini would find their way past on Lap 2 and spend most of the race in those positions aside from pit stops. Things were less pleasant for van Loozenoord, who took contact from behind and suffered a speeding penalty in the pits. He would fight his way back to 16th place at race’s end, finishing out of the points as a result.
Instead, the largest challenge to the Apex trio of Berryman, Costantini, and Harth would be Matteo Ugolotti, who gambled in the late stages of the race by taking medium tires in hopes of grabbing the lead. The aggressive call saw him climb as high as second, but at race’s end, he would settle into 10th place, the same position where he started.
While Tamas Simon, Valentin Mandernach, and Przemyslaw Marek Lemanek would each spend a handful of laps up front, Berryman would regain the top spot on Lap 42, his teammates in tow. While last-lap passes defined the first two race finishes of the year, it wasn’t meant to be this time around, as Berryman would score the checkered flag by .387 seconds. Costantini would hang on for second as Harth attempted a move on the frontstretch across the finish line.
Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship results from Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace were as follows:
|5||7||11||Przemyslaw Marek Lemanek||51||-10.378||9||1:08.716||12|
|14||17||86||James J Pinsker||51||-38.374||0||1:09.561||2|
|15||14||9||Andreas J Henkel||51||-41.781||0||1:09.261||1|
|16||1||69||Maarten van Loozenoord||51||-45.850||1||1:08.609||0|
|17||18||25||José I. Soria||51||-52.605||0||1:09.105||0|
|20||22||21||Alejandro del Campo||50||-1 L||0||1:09.543||0|
|21||23||5||Omar Baha||50||-1 L||0||1:10.041||0|
|22||13||43||Brian Lockwood||45||-6 L||0||1:08.819||0|
|23||20||16||Peter Zuba||22||-29 L||0||1:09.668||0|
|24||12||94||Kane Halliburton||15||-36 L||0||1:09.388||0|
|25||19||23||Marcos Núñez||13||-38 L||0||1:10.191||0|
|26||24||77||Cédric BYLL||1||-50 L||0||0|
Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship points through three rounds are as follows:
- Peter Berryman, 57
- Yohann Harth, 57
- Michele Costantini, 47
- Maarten van Loozenoord, 40
- Ben Fuller, 34
- Valentin Mandernach, 30
- Tamas Simon, 22
- Sam Kuitert, 20
- David Toth, 20
- Marcus Jensen, 17
The Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship season continues next Wednesday at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Coverage begins at 3PM ET/19:00 GMT on iRacing.com/live and across iRacing social media channels. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iRacing.com.