June 21st, 2017 by David Philips
Martin Kronke isn’t just running away with the 2017 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series: he’s rewriting the sim racing record books in a season that has now seen him win six of six races and vault to a virtually insurmountable lead in his quest to mount a successful defense of his 2016 series title.
The latest evidence of his supremacy came at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit where he loped away to yet another convincing victory, starting from pole, setting fastest lap and taking the checkered flag more than seconds clear of runner-up Graham Carroll with Olli Pahkala rounding-out the podium a further two seconds adrift of the victorious VRS Coanda Simsport McLaren MP4-30.
As if Kronke’s superb performance was not enough, arch rival Greger Huttu was a no-show at Silverstone. Thus fourth place finisher Bon Huis (184) moves into the unenviable position of leading the chase of the fast vanishing Kronke in the points race, with the defending champion now fully 50 points clear of second spot as Huttu (154) slipping to third in the standings.
Underlining VRS Coanda’s dominance is the fact that Kronke’s teammate — Finnish sim racer Martti Pietilla – came home fifth at Silverstone and now occupies fourth in the points, just four markers behind Huttu.
Other noteworthy performers at Silverstone included Mack Bakkum who hauled his way up from twelfth on the grid to finish sixth ahead of Marcus Jensen and Yuta Saito, while Ilkka Haapala also made good progress in race trim, advancing from a lowly 17th on the grid to a useful P9 at the finish, one better than Patrik Holzmann.
Can Kronke do the unthinkable and run the table in 2017? His next chance to add to his perfect season comes on July 8 at Imola. Be sure to catch all the sim racing action on iRacingLive.