Road America played host to a very challenging and difficult last round of the iRacing World Sports Car Series that saw Paul Ibrink claim the overall championship with Robert Tinsey taking second place honors only 22 points behind the championship leader. The battle for the championship was tight between Ilbrink, Tinsey and third place finisher Gabor Mecs right from the start of the season. Following the top three, came Ashley Owen in fourth while Bekir Karaca not only finished fifth overall but won the title in Division 2.
At the Road America weekend, Sunday’s 6:45 GMT Strength of Field race saw a great battle for the lead between team mates Hugo Preto and Jacob Groth who both started in the top five. Contact between the two in Turn One caused a big crash with two more prototype drivers, Cem Bolukbasi and Craig Baxter from Mercurial Motorsports, involved in the accident. Although Preto and Groth both retired from the race after the crash, Bolukbasi and Baxter managed to finish the race despite the damage incurred on the opening lap.
After action-packed 25 lap of sim racing, Atilla Szabo completed a great drive from eighth place to earn a well-deserved win with Jan W Roestenkar and Karl-Johan Hagelin completing the podium finishers. We also saw Bekir Karaca gain five places on his starting position, going from 10th to fifth and Darren Leslie come from 21st on the grid into the top 10, taking a ninth place in this last race of the season.
Riley Daytona Prototype
After six weeks of close racing, Jari Lohtari captured the overall championship in the Riley DP class ahead of Mika Lirkki and Samule de la Fuente in the overall championship. Jason Marechal from France won the Division 2 championship and, after a tight battle for the lead, Eric Bruntjen took the Division 3 championship. The last round of the season saw championship winner Lohtari win at Road America over Lirkki and Marcus Neugebauer.
Congratulations to Chris Hughson for winning the WSCS title in Ford GT – and to Kevin C Ford and Mike Theunissen for second and third in the championship, respectively.
Given the relatively few sim racers competing in the Ford GT, unfortunately, only two drivers competed in the last race of the season that saw Kurt Gross win the race and Jonathan Nield DNF. With the updates in the new build, we’re expecting more drivers to buy and drive the Ford GT in 2015 Season 1.
RUF RT12R CSpec
Another season ended this week in the RUF CSpec class with Mike Dam winning the title from Simon Trendell and Miitro Kemppainen. A competitive season finale at Road America saw Leonardo Corti capture the win with Maycol Uribe Romero finishing runner-up and Krister de Ridder completing the podium in third place.
It was a clean but tight race from start to finish for the RUF category. Being the slowest but one of the most challenging cars in the series, everyone managed to finish the race after some hard times on track. Being the slowest of four categories has its challenges; you have to be careful with the other drivers who are much faster than you when you’re getting lapped. Congratulations to all the RUF drivers for finishing the race.
Season 4 of 2014 has come to an end. Congratulations and big thanks to all of the drivers from all of the categories who have participated in these races. 2015 S1 will start next week after a one week break so the drivers can relax and get ready for a new season of sim racing.