As the iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series enters the twilight stage of Season Three, teams and drivers from all over the world had the difficult task of navigating the slippery surface and sloping elevation changes at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last week.
Affectionately known as Mosport, the popular track didn’t bring about the participation numbers we saw during the previous week at Monza. Still, the teams and drivers who have worked hard to make their names known throughout this category arrived ready to race for the three-hour online endurance event.
No stranger to the weekly podiums, Sven Deml of Kappastorm flexed his virtual muscles once again at Mosport with a dominating win over the rest of his competitors in the top Strength of Field (SoF 3153). Despite not taking the pole, Deml did manage to get a front row starting position in P2. As the race wore on, however, Deml persevered while only accruing three incident points over the course of the three-hour race.
Lap after lap, Deml made gains even after he took the lead of the race early on. Going on to lead 127 of the 142 laps around Mosport, Deml utterly destroyed the competition as he crossed the finish line to win the SoF race and also set the fastest lap with a blistering 1:14.909. With the win, Deml receives 198 championship points and currently sits in ninth on the leaderboard.
The only other car to finish on the lead lap was driven by both David Barraclough and Lars Moldenhauer of Torque Freak Racing who brought home a distant second place by well over a minute.
Torque Freak Racing
Don’t let their faraway second place finish to Deml fool you. The guys at Torque Freak Racing made a stellar run at Mosport. After starting the online race in fourth, Barraclough and Moldenhauer fought their way through the field to take over second and did so cleanly. Given the slippery track conditions and the sheer number of drivers who dropped out of the race due to incidents, this feat should not be overlooked. Collectively, the two only accrued one incident point for the entire three-hour race.
Although Moldenhauer had a clean run, the brunt of the driving duties fell to Barraclough who completed 101 laps and whose fastest lap was a 1:15.164. The duo claimed 191 championship points for their efforts and continue to be a threat for the top spot week-by-week.
Always a force to be reckoned with, the many faces of Glacier Racing have one thing in common: they’re all ridiculously fast. Such was the case with Kimmo Suominen who raced in a lower SoF race (SoF 2978) but managed to grab the win from pole position. Setting the fastest lap of the race with a 1:15.481, Suominen put the entire field at least one lap down on his way to victory and claimed 188 championship points in the process.
With their arsenal of top-tier drivers, Glacier Racing will undoubtedly make their presence known in the upcoming Blancpain GT Series.
Twin Ring Motegi
With only two events remaining in Season 3, the iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series crosses the Pacific and heads to the land of the rising sun. For three hours, teams and drivers will navigate the high-speed straights and tricky corners of Twin Ring Motegi. Additionally, they will do so under the stars for what will be the first and only night race this season.
Looking forward, the top contenders for the championship are ready to put the finishing touches on their hard work throughout Season 3. With only two rounds remaining, Miika Haapanen of Finland currently holds the top spot with 1201 points followed by Ari Härö (1178), Reto Hartmann (1172), David Barraclough (1152) and Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy (1113).
Be sure to check back with iRacingNews for the results of the iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series from Twin Ring Motegi.