King & Dario Reach the Summit
November 19th, 2013 by JaimeB
Week 2 of iRacing.com’s newly renamed iRacing Production Car Challenge series headed to West Virginia’s Summit Point Raceway for one of four meetings with its Jefferson Reverse configuration in 2013 Season 4. This 1.1 mile, seven turn, twenty lap shootout style online races provide sim-drivers with two drag racing style straights which most use to overtake under braking.
Season 3’s overall Pontiac Solstice champion is back in the iPCC to defend his title so this week he stepped-up and made a statement while in Mazda several regulars continue to shuffle around the standings aiming for the top spot.
Inside the numbers – Week 2 – Summit Point Jefferson Reverse
250: The number of drivers who started a race in the Mazda.
199: The number of drivers who started a race in the Solstice.
75: The number of Rookies who started a race in the Mazda.
55: The number of Rookies who started a race in the Solstice.
12: The number of Rookies who won a race in the Mazda.
10: The number of Rookies who won a race in the Solstice.
1: The number of drivers to post 0 INC in four starts (see Mazda).
Reigning Solstice champion Lewis King (Mid-South) had a solid Week 1 in Japan winning all four of his starts but neither race provided a large payout, putting him outside the top five overall. However, at Summit Point King qualified eighth with a lap of 57.325s, he won both races from the pole and earned128 points — tops this week — which moves him up five spots into the overall lead in the Solstice standings. Last week: P6 / This Week: P1.
Former iPCC champion Andrey Loginov (Central-Eastern Europe) qualified sixth at 56.989s. He also won two races from the pole and his 103 points is sixth this week at Summit Point. Last week: P3/ This week: P2. A fresh name early in the hunt is Sven di Vries (Michigan) who did not post a qualifying time at Summit but still won his only race starting from the fifth position and his 98 points is eleventh best this week. Last week: P4 / This week: P3. In Time Trial, Season 2 Solstice champion Christoph Schon (DE-AT-CH) posted the fastest lap average of 56.817s while Michael McCullough’s (UK&I) 56.958s was second best and Andrey Loginov’s 56.961s rounds-out the top three respectively.
Notables- Phillip Bachmann (DE-AT-CH) won four of five races and 107 points is fourth best this week while Roman Belogorodov (Central-Eastern Europe) won five of 10 races.
For a second consecutive week Joao Dario (Iberia) continues to lead in the Roadster and this week even though he didn’t score a lot of points he still clings to the top spot. Dario qualified third at 56.527s, won two of three starts and his 96 points is fourteenth best at Summit. Last week: P1 / This week: P1. Yoeri Flossie (Benelux) qualified fifth with a 56.626s lap and won three of four starts. His 130 points is second best, which moved him up five spots this week, but most impressive of all, he was the only driver to post 0 INC. Last week: P7 / This week: P2.
Paul Knight (UK&I) claims this week’s “Ironman” award by winning 11 of 13 starts, including the highest SOF race of the week with 165 points, but his average of 128 points is only third best at Summit. Last week: P6 / This week: P3.
Time Trial saw Yoeri Flossie post the fastest lap average with a 56.859s with Casper Hansen (Scandinavia) in second place at 57.149s and rookie Chris Senekal (International) rounding out the top three with a 57.189s average.
Notables- Jonathan Keer (UK&I) won four of nine races and posted 105 points, good for fifth this week. Rookie Maciej Szczepaniak (Central-Eastern Europe) started ten races winning two for thirteenth at Summit Point.
Next week the series heads south to NASCAR territory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina for the always popular draft racing. Check the iRacing News next week for the next update on the 2013 Season 4 iRacing Production Car Challenge.