October 20th, 2021 by Chris Leone
Five races into the inaugural Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship, the battle for the top of the points table comes down to a faceoff of wins versus consistency. That battle continues into the second half of the season beginning with Thursday’s Round 6 at the Hockenheimring; the race can be seen live starting at 3PM ET/19:00 GMT at iRacing.com/live and across iRacing’s full slate of social media channels.
So far, it’s consistency winning the war, with Apex Racing Team’s Peter Berryman atop the standings with 99 points off the back of a win and finishes in the points in all five races. His teammate, Yohann Harth, sits third with 87 points thanks to top-five finishes in each race, although the French driver is still chasing his first checkered flag of the season as he balances dual pro series between this and iRacing Rallycross.
But the old motorsport adage is that winning cures all ills, and for R8G Esports’ Maarten van Loozenoord, back-to-back victories in the last two rounds at Monza and Silverstone, plus a win in the Watkins Glen opener, have undone the damage of missing out on points in Interlagos. He’s now back up to second in the standings with 90 points, putting him well within striking distance of the championship lead with a quality finish at Hockenheim.
Thursday marks Hockenheim’s debut as the host of a pro-level iRacing event, after its release as part of 2021 Season 2. In the real world, it spent parts of five decades as the host of the German Grand Prix, most recently in July 2019. The 2.842-mile layout debuted in 2002 as a dramatic reconfiguration, more than a mile and a half shorter than the layout that hosted events in the 1980s and 90s. The current layout has provided its own fair share of thrilling moments, including a dramatic race two years ago that saw changing weather conditions affect the final running order.
Following this week’s race at the Hockenheimring, the Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship will continue next Thursday at Road America, the second of three American venues on the calendar. For more information on Force Dynamics, visit www.ForceDynamics.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iRacing.com.