September 23rd, 2021 by Chris Leone
After an exciting debut last week at Watkins Glen, the Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship heads to one of racing’s most iconic venues at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for round two on Thursday. 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.
To longtime open-wheel racing fans, Spa needs no introduction. Its Eau Rouge-Raidillon corner combination is perhaps the most famous corner in the world, as it features a major elevation change and quick left-right combination that must nonetheless be taken flat out to maintain momentum for the next straightaway. But if any car is up for that challenge, it’s the Dallara iR-01, a lightweight and high-speed grand prix challenger developed by Dallara and iRacing in tandem for use in this series.
The starting lineup and finishing order from the season opener both have R8G Esports’ Maarten van Loozenoord on top, but the truth is that it was anything but a cakewalk for the Watkins Glen winner. While he led a majority of laps with 26 of 46 spent up front, he needed to make a pair of passes on Apex Racing Team’s Yohann Harth and Peter Berryman in the last two laps to actually claim the victory.
All three will be likely contenders for the win again today, but don’t count out some of the other big names who were left wanting in Watkins Glen. Team Redline’s Marcus Jensen led the second-most laps in the opener with 11, but only finished sixth thanks to a pit strategy that didn’t quite work out. Meanwhile, Ben Fuller qualified second, but after a jump start relegated him to the edge of the top 10 at race’s end, he’ll be looking to make good on that speed.
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