The wait is finally over. Mixed class sim-racing made a grand entrance into iRacing.com’s official racing series with the combining of the Riley Mk XX Daytona Prototype and the Radical SR8 to form the iRacing.com Prototype Challenge (iPC). The wildly popular decision was welcomed by almost all members interested in online road racing.

The overall championship will be split into two classes as well. One for the Radical, and one for the Riley. Drivers will be able to compete in both championships if they so choose. Championship points and iRating gain or loss will be class specific as well.

The inaugural iPC season kicked off on the road course at Daytona International Speedway and it was quickly noticed that the Riley would have the advantage, as straight line speed was key. Drivers would quickly have to adapt to the accelerated closing rates with two different vehicle types sharing the track. In the Prototype class, Rob Wilkinson jumped out to the early points lead, earning 167 points in his lone race of Week One which was a victory. Peter Burke also started the season off on the right foot with a win worth 161 points, placing him second in the standings. Joining the two at the top after the first week was Australian driver Jason Madigan with 157 points. On the Radical side, Stephane Schodduyn of Club Benelux scored top points of the week with 168 markers, three more than Adam Haufrect of Texas. Anthony Roselli was third with 156 points as all three of the front runners scored a victory during the opening week.

No substitute for horsepower.  The Rileys -- led by Justin Kirby (16), Mike Kelley (5) and Tim Daniell (6) -- had things their way at Daytona.  The Radicals were a lot closer at VIR.

No substitute for horsepower. The Rileys -- led by Justin Kirby (16), Mike Kelley (5) and Tim Daniell (6) -- had things their way at Daytona. The Radicals were a lot closer at VIR.

Week Two saw the iPC make the trip up the east coast to Virginia International Raceway. The gap between the two cars was not as large as it was at Daytona, with the Radical beating the Riley around most corners and only a couple long speed sections in which the Riley was much faster. With the gap between the cars only about one second, drivers expected better racing than at Daytona. As far as the Riley standings were concerned, the change in venue also led to a change in the front runners. Three new drivers put themselves atop the leader board in Week Two points: Jordi Cabrejas, (158 points) Tapani Limnaluoto, (150) and Luc Van Gossum (149). The class is starting to develop an international flair to it as it seems as though no one country or club is going to dominate.

The scenery at the front of the Radical class also changed with road course ace Martin Macjon earning a very impressive 188 points, 21 more than his closest competitor Enzo Lodi. Frank Winter found himself another ten points back after the second week of racing action.

After the first two weeks the championship battle is still very much up in the air, as no one has put together back-to-back dominating performances in either class. Week Three has the series heading back down to the Sunshine State as the drivers will take on Sebring International Raceway. The bumpy track will test the nerves and skill of even the most experienced drivers in the series. The Riley looks to have the edge in speed, but regardless the racing will be intense yet again.

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the kicker is, if you own the Riley but not the Radical. YOU CANT RACE! in this series
awesome idea iRacing!

Ant Collett
May 20th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

It’s a great series! If you want to run it, buy both cars! Not a big deal, the price of a fast food lunch for Pete’s sake.

After participating and enjoying the interesting mesh between straight line speeds and the different cornering of the two cars, you will want to try the “other car” anyway.

Well worth the price of admission.

Grinch
May 20th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

You know how long it has been since I have eaten fast food? Over 18 months. The cost is not insignificant if I’m not even able to drive the car.

Mike B
May 21st, 2010 at 4:54 am

If its not a big deal then why dont they let us have the other car for nothing? (kinda like a buy one get one free) That way, hundreds of iRacers wouldnt be excluded from the only official Riley series in iRacing.

Ant Collett
May 22nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Clearly this is just a marketing thing and a clever way of selling another car. I’m sure it would be very easy for them to make it possible to race without owning the other car if they wanted to. But no point rambling about it. 🙂

Are there any tracks on the schedule where the Radical gets faster laptimes than the DP?

Gnomie
May 22nd, 2010 at 3:28 pm

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