Round 2 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series provided another thrilling race at Spa!
Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi made his first appearance of the series. Once again 47 drivers competed across two categories – Audi R8 GT3 and Audi RS3 TCR – for cash prizes and online pride.
You can watch the entire stream of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series second round at Spa in the YouTube video above. This includes practice, qualifying and the 30-minute race session.
Belgium’s iconic racetrack and its fast, sweeping curves through the Ardennes Forest played host to a race packed with drama. A challenging circuit adored by racers throughout the world, the second race of our esports championship saw big crashes and momentous battles across both categories.
The intriguing second round of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series took place on the iRacing platform. Conditions at Spa’s 7km Grand Prix circuit – featuring 19 glorious turns including the world-famous Eau Rouge and Raidillon – were overcast. It was much cooler than the stifling hot track temperatures experienced during last week’s opening race at COTA.
Williams F1 driver Latifi raced alongside fellow Canadian professional race drivers Daniel Morad and Ethan Simioni in the GT3 category.
It was a dominant showing from Simioni, who qualified second on the grid before outlasting pole-sitter Alex Rourera to clinch an incredible victory and $125 top prize. Rourera had to settle for second and picked up $95 in prize money after a tremendous run. Tae Kim improved on his fifth-place showing at COTA to scoop third place and $80 for his efforts.
Racing Edge SimRacing Series: Simioni shines at Spa
Alex Rourera said after the Racing Edge SimRacing Series Second Round: “It was a very, very good level. I was happy with pole position. The race was scary but a lot of fun. It was very difficult!”
Latifi and Morad finished 8th and 9th respectively after both suffering issues in qualifying. Hopefully Latifi impressed fellow F1 driver Alex Albon (Red Bull), who tuned in on Twitch to watch the race!
In the TCR class, pole-sitter Kristopher Baily and Sidney Nye played out an exciting battle. Only a couple of tenths of a second separated them going in the final stages.
However, traffic in the shape of Latifi’s GT3 car ended Nye’s chances of victory as Baily held on to take the $70 top prize. Baily finished third on the podium at COTA last week and will be buoyed by an excellent victory. Nye earned $55 in second while Jake Exton rounded off the top three to pick up $30.
Kristopher Baily said after the race: “I’d like to thank Racing Edge, Daniel Morad and Global SimRacing Channel for putting on the event. It was a lot of fun and good clean racing.”
Sidney Nye said after the Racing Edge SimRacing Series Round 2 race: “I was just trying to keep the pressure on Kris. I didn’t want to throw it in and dive-bomb at the last second. I was very happy to come home with another second place.
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Nye continued: “Thinking back, I probably should have made a move sooner. But I learned a lot from the first race at COTA where the tires really just fall off quickly if you push too hard. So I was trying to save the tires and hit my marks. I still had a lot of fun and it was a good race in the end.”
Registration for Round 3 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series at Silverstone next week has now opened. The race takes place on Tuesday May 5th, 2020 at 4pm EST (1pm PST).
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 third round at Silverstone, please visit the Racing Edge Sim Racing Page.