The GRAND-AM Sports Car Series visited Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit for Week Three of the season.  Located in Towcester, UK, the 3.194 mile (5.14 km), 17 turn circuit saw competitors enjoy the same venue which has hosted many a memorable British Grand Prix.  With a decrease in attendance this week in both cars, the Daytona Prototype class saw 279 sim-racers take to the track in a race session, 137 recording a qualifying lap, and a mere 35 completing a time trial session. In the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 we saw 404 drivers enter a race, 227 place a qualifying lap, and 60 register an official time trial.

The Daytona Prototypes were right at home in the wide-open spaces of Silverstone.

Riley Daytona Prototype

Richard Kis (Central Eastern Europe) rose to the top for the second time this season, scoring 222 points in his only start.  Kis started from the pole position and led flag-to-flag despite the constant pressure from behind by Jose Rozman (Central Eastern Europe).  The final margin of victory was 1.602 seconds.

David Ward (England) took the runner-up position, scoring 204 points.  In the 3426 SOF race, Ward started from the second position, moving past pole-sitter Mirko Salati (Italy) for first position on the second lap.  Ward led the remainder of the race, bringing home the victory with a 17.621 second margin over Marcin Skrzypczal (CEE).  He also completed three other online races throughout the week, scoring two second place finishes and a third.

Riccardo Schiavon (Italy) completed the podium, scoring 197 points.  In the 3346 SOF race, Schiavon started from the second position, moved to the first position on Lap Three and led the remainder of the race to bring home the victory with a 2.284 second margin over pole-sitter and early leader Ermanno I Palumbo.  He also competed in five other races, scoring two more victories, two second positions and a sixth place.

The remainder of the top ten included George Sandman (California), Marcin Skrzypczak (Central Eastern Europe), Eero Nomm (Central Eastern Europe), Ernanno I Palumbo (Italy), Juha Pyy (Finland), TK Yasagac (Scandinavia) and Audrius Valantiejus (Central Eastern Europe).

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

Rens Broekman (Central Eastern Europe) destroyed the competition for the second week in a row, scoring 247 points.  Sunday, in his only race of the week, Broekman started from the pole position and led every lap to complete a flag-to-flag victory by 3.312 seconds over Ief Vangenechten (Benelux).

More than 400 McLaren MP4-12C GT3s took to their virtual home-ground in Northamptonshire.

Norbi Kiss (Central Eastern Europe) brought home the second position, scoring 239 points.  In his only race of the week, Kiss started from the pole position and led every lap to take the win from Vangenechten by 3.854 seconds.

Vangenechten rounded-out the top three, scoring 230 points.  Starting from the third position in Sunday’s 3890 SOF, Vangenechten moved into second on the opening lap and held his position while trying – unsuccessfully — to overhaul Broekman throughout the race.  Vangenechten also competed in six other races throughout the week, scoring four victories, and two more second place finishes.

The remainder of the top ten included Csaba Volyka Jr (Central Eastern Europe), Paul Ilbrink (Benelux), Dirk Reinhard (DE-AT-CH), Luigi Nespolino (Italy), Craig Hunter (Australia/NZ), Audrius Valantiejus (Central Eastern Europe) and Kimmo Suominen (Finland).

The GRAND-AM Sports Car Series now moves on to Circuit Zolder, located in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.  The 2.492 mile (4.011 km), 10 turn circuit will be tight for this multi-class series, with the awkward chicanes promising a lot of action.  Be sure to check back next week for updates on the races from Circuit Zolder.  Also keep your eyes on for updates on other series throughout the service, and many other informational articles of interest of any race fan.

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