Round Five of the GRAND-AM iRacing.com Online Sports Car Series brought the virtual Riley MkXX Daytona Prototypes and Ford Mustang FR500S together at the Homestead-Miami Speedway for a mixed class battle on the Road Course B configuration. Open to members of the iRacing.com Motorsport Simulation service, the two tier Championship is fought across a 12 week season, on millimetre-perfect renditions of tracks from the real-life GRAND-AM Rolex Series.
Claiming 190 points, the top score of Division One, Norbi Kiss secured a pair of pole-to-flag outright victories to place the European sim racer firmly in the top five of the season standings. The 181 points that Matthijs Ottenhoff collected for a race victory in his sole outing of the week were enough to best Andras Kiraly by two-points in Round Five, which saw the Daytona Prototype online-racer maintain his overall fourth position in the championship. Although Kenneth O’Keefe scored a relatively low 157 points at the virtual-Homestead, it was enough to keep him at the top of the overall Prototype leader-board, just 10 marks ahead of Elias Varis.
In Division Two, a podium second place finish for Tyson Cierpial earned the Antipodean 149 points, ousting Josh Berry from the top of the week’s highest scorers chart. Finishing the week a mere two points behind Berry, fellow-American Rygh Galloway continues to head the fight for the divisional championship with a 30 mark advantage over Martin Dube. This pair scored exactly the same points for the week, reflecting how tight the battles are across all divisions. Although Martin B Mcfarlane laid claim to the top score on Division Three in the GRAND-AM iRacing.com Online Sports Car Series Prototype Class, the Australian is effectively a week behind the top divisional drivers, having only scored three rounds of results. As the season reaches its twilight, Mcfarlane will be looking to challenge the likes of current front runners Kevin Vekemans, John Cousland and Christian Koch who are separated by a mere eight points at the head of the divisional standings.
Ed DeVoe’s 105 points for a top five finish from Homestead sees the New York based sim-racer earn the plaudits as the best scoring driver of the week in Division Four, a result that also moves him up to third in the championship, 60 marks from the leader, Sergey Soldatov and 27 back from second-placed Pete Thickett. In Division Five, Ian Bundell and Bob Howard share the honour of claiming the week’s top score of 98, although it did little to dent the advantage of divisional leader Massimiliano Biekar, who commands a divisional lead of 48.
From Division Six through to 10 Jory Holbrook (Six), Thomas Althaus (Seven), Bruce Perry (Eight), Chris Moerike (Nine) and Trevor Hill (10), all hold healthy leads of twenty-plus points, in their respective GRAND-AM iRacing.com Online Sports Car Series divisional fights, as the championship heads to Watkins Glen for its next round.
Ford Mustang FR500S
As the digital Ford Mustang FR500S’ sail off into the Miami sunset, Dennis Grebe continues to maintain his stranglehold on the overall and Division One lead of the GRAND-AM iRacing.com Online Sports Car Series. The American secured the second highest score ever recorded in iRacing history a few weeks ago, propelling him to a massive 265 point lead by the the time Round Five was completed. Despite the huge margin, Scott Michaels continues to chisel away at the gap, although the Englishman could only take four-points from Grebe at Homestead after securing the top score of the week.
After scoring 176 points for Round Five of the championship, 71 more than anyone else in Division Two, Stuart Wood now carries a 166 mark lead over Andreas Wagner, who is 44 clear of Tim Claessens in the divisional standings. In Division Three, Alexandre Fornieles continues to head the standings following a top five finish in his only race of the week Although the Frenchman’s 106 points was the second highest of the week, it was Billy Smith II claiming top honours adding a class victory to his name at the virtual-Homestead. By claiming 99 points for a top five finish, Marc Bechmann now heads the Division Four standings ahead of David Sanders by a slender eight points, but the pair were both bested during Round Five by David Osborne, who marked his series début with a class victory.
After securing a pole-to-flag class win and the top Division Five haul at the Miami ‘roval,’ Tom Czarny dominates the divisional championship with a 125 point margin over Scandinavian Raimo Piiksi, who is 31 clear off Thomas Gombeer in third. In Division Six, Paul Bujnowski carries a 30 point lead over Ryan Deady as the series heads out to Watkins Glen for Round Six. Dustin Peterson (Seven), Evgeny M. Garanin (Eight), and Michael Hogg (Nine) all maintain large leads in their respective divisional standings, whilst Russ Allison becomes the new leader of Division Ten, with 14 points in his pocket.