What a start to the new Racing Edge SimRacing Series!
Canadian professional race car driver and GT3 champion Daniel Morad hosted an exciting opening round of our new esports championship.
Two thrilling races across two categories – the Audi R8 GT3 and Audi RS3 TCR – saw 47 competitors battle it out for prize money, podium places and online bragging rights at Circuit of the Americas.
You can watch the entire feed of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series first round in the YouTube video. This includes the practice session, qualifying and 30-minute race session.
Some incredibly tight racing throughout both fields produced compelling viewing across all sections of the grid. Some were caught out amid the scorching hot conditions – suffering spins, big contact and the dreaded slow-down penalties!
The fascinating first round of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series was hosted on the iRacing platform. With a blistering hot circuit beneath, tire management was crucial.
However, Michael Cooper from New York stole the show in the GT3 class. Cooper led from start-to-finish to claim an impressive race victory and $125 USD cash prize. Julio Romagnuolo held on for second place scooping $95. Alex Ellis jumped up from fifth to clinch the final podium spot and $80 prize.
Morad finished just off the podium in fourth while Tae Kim, who qualified second in the GT3 class, was fifth. Fourth-place qualifier Nick Rowland spun after contact at the first corner but battled back with an impressive drive to finish eighth overall in the Racing Edge SimRacing Series opener.
Racing Edge SimRacing Series off to exciting start
In the TCR class, pole sitter Marc Alguero stormed to victory after relinquishing the lead in the early stages. Alguero takes the $70 USD first prize but Alex Rourera stated his claim for drive of the day. He clinched second place after starting at the back of the grid to earn $55 in prize money. Kristopher Bailey taking the last spot on the podium and $30 prize money.
The TCR class provided some of the best racing from the Racing Edge SimRacing Series opening round. Mac Clark initially stole the lead from Alguero but his early pace would prove costly as tire wear began to take its toll.
There was huge contact between Baily and Clark at the last corner with eight minutes’ remaining. Clark spun into the barriers on the home straight, effectively ending any chances of a podium finish.
Make sure you relive all the action on YouTube!
The Racing Edge SimRacing Series features six races held on a weekly basis every Tuesday, starting at 4pm EST (1pm PST). Each event consists of practice, qualifying and a race session.
For more information on our SimRacing Series or to register for the second round at Spa-Francorchamps, please visit the Racing Edge Sim Racing page.
New to SimRacing? Check out our basic guide of what you need to know!