The Formula Renault 2k World Cup kicked-off with at Phillip Island, with a huge and deep field. There were 115 qualifiers with the top 50 making the top split. The top 50 were separated by only 0.68 seconds. The rest of the qualifiers were split into two lower splits. The second split was separated by only 0.38 seconds. The top 83 racers were within one second of the pole time. Freek Schothorst took pole position with a time of 1:26.408. Wyatt Gooden and Cam Stark qualified second and third, 0.116 and 0.142 behind Schothorst. Schothorst’s time was well clear of the rest of the field.

Freek Schothorst leads the field through the first corner.

Freek Schothorst leads the field through the first corner on the opening lap of his wire-to-wire win.

Phillip Island usually provides great racing with some very challenging sections and a couple of longer straights. The race started with the most of the top ten getting away cleanly, although Arjan de Vreede jumped the start from seventh place and had to pit at the end of lap one. Gooden and Stark immediately started to battle opening a gap up to Schothorst. Behind the leaders there was a huge accident that slowed the entire back of the field and ended the day of multiple racers.

A huge crash in the midfield early in the first lap.

A huge crash in the midfield early in the first lap eliminated several competitors.

By the end of third lap, Schothorst was first with a gap of almost two seconds back to Gooden and Stark battling for second and third. Then there was a small gap back to a group of Simon Povey, Riley Preston, Maarten van Loozenoord and Philippe Leybaert. These groups battled among themselves over the next few laps. The midfield was also having a great race. There was a group of racers from positions 13 through 25 who were all running together and constantly battling within the group.

Leybaert fell off of his group and back into the group battling for the final positions in the top 10. At the front, Schothorst continued to slowly inch away from Gooden and Stark. Behind them were van Loozenoord and Preston with Povey running alone behind them. They were followed by the group of Leybaert, Klaus Ellenbrand, Lionel Gamet and Vinicius Rocha.

Tuan Tran leads Tony Repussard, Stefan Sietweger and Hugo Preto

Tuan Tran leads Tony Repussard, Stefan Sietweger and Hugo Preto.

Heading into the pit window, the only change in the to ten was Rocha spinning and falling down the order. He was replaced in tenth by Sai Andra. Schothorst, Gooden and Stark all pitted on lap 17. Schothorst and Gooden had clean stops, but Stark lost a couple of seconds and fell off of Gooden’s tail. The rest of the top ten were in similar positions to where they entered.

This setup the run to the finish and Schothorst continued to run clean laps and held his lead at around three seconds. He easily came home with the wire-to-wire win. The battle between Gooden and Stark was settled in the pits as Stark was never able to get back up to Gooden, thus they finished in second and third well clear of a lonely Preston in fourth. Then there was a great battle in the closing laps by van Loozenoord and Povey for fifth and sixth. They traded positions multiple times but van Loozenord appeared to run out of fuel in the final corner, letting Povey capture fifth without a race to the line. The final places in the top ten were taken by Leybaert, Ellenbrand, Gamet and Justin Brunner, who had gotten past Sai Andra in the closing laps.

Javier J Martinez and Lars Jacobsen battle for position.

Javier J Martinez and Lars Jacobsen battle for position.

In the second split, Lukas Jestadt just held off Marc Elkermann to take the win. Rob Read finished seven seconds behind to take the final podium position. In the third split, Antonio Santos Jr. took the win in a good battle over David Soranzo. Jason Marechal took the final podium position.

With the dominating win and pole position, Schothorst takes the series lead at 99 points. Gooden is second with 87 points and Stark is in third with 81. The sim racing championship moves on to Road Atlanta on April 17th at 20:00 GMT. The race can be seen on iRacingLive. Replays and stats can be found on http://fr.2kworldcup.com/

Race Results (Top Split)

Pos Name Delta Pts
1 Freek Schothorst 99
2 Wyatt Gooden -03.634 87
3 Cam Stark -06.311 81
4 Riley Preston -10.160 71
5 Simon Povey -12.627 70
6 Maarten van Loozenoord -13.688 63
7 Philippe Leybaert -18.542 58
8 Klaus Ellenbrand -18.855 56
9 Lionel Gamet -20.422 54
10 Justin Brunner -22.122 52
11 Sai Andra -23.248 50
12 Oscar Mangan -23.507 48
13 Mark Jarvis -24.326 50
14 Joel Guez -27.942 44
15 David Jarvis -28.807 42
16 Lukas Gotsch -31.182 40
17 Nick Thissen -33.370 38
18 Arjan de Vreede -35.907 38
19 Thibault Soubeyrand -40.577 34
20 Kevin Vaughn -41.303 32
21 Samuel Clark -41.411 30
22 Michael Mittner -41.830 29
23 Kristian Takacs -42.137 28
24 Balazs Remenyik -44.362 23
25 Thomas Torp -45.076 26
26 Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy -45.126 25
27 Ricardo Ferreira -45.528 24
28 Thomas Schmidt -47.064 23
29 Marc Perez -55.621 22
30 Harley Lewis -56.052 21
31 Richard Kiely -56.898 20
32 Lars Jacobsen -1:00.980 13
33 Javier Soto -1:03.675 18
34 Stefan Seitweger -1:05.618 17
35 Xabier Sanchez -1:05.646 16
36 Brian Lockwood -1:06.458 9
37 David Gimeno Bou -1:09.229 14
38 Tony Repussard -1:13.482 13
39 Hugo Preto -1:13.739 12
40 Scott McIntyre -1:25.761 3
41 Greg Seitz -1 L 6
42 Nicholas Johnston -2 L 9
43 Vinicius Rocha -9 L 0
44 Tuan Tran -13 L 0
45 Javier J Martinez -20 L 0
46 Simon Hulbert -26 L 0
47 Matthew Daniels -26 L 0

 

Championship Standings:

Pos Name Points
1 Freek Schothorst 99
2 Wyatt Gooden 87
3 Cam Stark 81
4 Riley Preston 71
5 Simon Povey 70
6 Maarten van Loozenoord 63
7 Philippe Leybaert 58
8 Klaus Ellenbrand 56
9 Lionel Gamet 54
10 Justin Brunner 52
11 Sai Andra 50
12 Mark Jarvis 50
13 Oscar Mangan 48
14 Joel Guez 44
15 David Jarvis 42
16 Lukas Gotsch 40
17 Nick Thissen 38
18 Arjan de Vreede 38
19 Thibault Soubeyrand 34
20 Kevin Vaughn 32
21 Samuel Clark 30
22 Michael Mittner 29
23 Kristian Takacs 28
24 Thomas Torp 26
25 Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy 25
26 Ricardo Ferreira 24
27 Thomas Schmidt 23
28 Balazs Remenyik 23
29 Marc Perez 22
30 Harley Lewis 21
31 Lukas Jestädt 20
32 Richard Kiely 20
33 Javier Soto 18
34 Stefan Seitweger 17
35 Marc Elkemann 16
36 Xabier Sanchez 16
37 Rob Read 14
38 David Gimeno Bou 14
39 Tony Repussard 13
40 Lars Jacobsen 13
41 Gregory Tanson 12
42 Hugo Preto 12
43 Gabor Mecs 11
44 Julien Grünastel 10
45 Francisco Esteve 9
46 Brian Lockwood 9
47 Nicholas Johnston 9
48 René Osterkamp 8
49 Dominic Brennan 7
50 Greg Seitz 6
51 Mickael Lamoureux 6
52 Antonio Santos Jr 5
53 Manu Rey O´Largo 5
54 Stephan Chantal 4
55 David Soranzo 4
56 Jason Marechal 3
57 Scott McIntyre 3
58 Maik Paluch 3
59 Paul Malokas 2
60 Bruno Domiter 2
61 Jason Jodarski 1
62 Rafal Drzaszcz 1
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