Round 4 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series saw our most dramatic race yet!
Professional race car drivers such as GT3 champion Daniel Morad and Williams F1 star Nicholas Latifi took on the Road America circuit in this week’s edition.
For the fourth week running, drivers competed across two categories – Audi R8 GT3 and Audi RS3 TCR – for cash prizes and online bragging rights! The Racing Edge SimRacing Series is hosted on the iRacing platform. Both classes run on fixed set-ups.
You can watch the entire stream from Round 4 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series in the YouTube video above. The stream includes practise, qualifying and race sessions.
This week’s race took place at the famous Road America, which carries the infamous nickname “America’s National Park of speed.”
This famous track features a rich history of events from Can-Am, IndyCar and NASCAR. It is very fast, with only 14 turns over four miles of asphalt. The track is quick, wide and builds momentum only to break it with tight turns. With big elevation changes and blind corners, there were plenty of chances to overtake!
Turns such as the world-famous Carousel and The Kink provided high speed and high drama – as well as high wear on tires! Road America proved to be the perfect host for Round 4 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series.
In dry conditions, the action came thick and fast in Wisconsin with many drivers not posting qualifying times. That meant red-hot racing from the moment the green flag was waved, with plenty trying to make up positions from the off.
The 30-minute race saw a huge number of incidents, particularly in the final moments as drivers pushed for podium positions. Intense traffic between the two classes also proved problematic for many but gave viewers an awesome spectacle of rough racing! This was the Racing Edge SimRacing Series at its best!
Racing Edge SimRacing Series: Koch rules supreme in GT3
The GT3 class saw a magnificent performance from pole to flag by race winner Kenton Koch. The IMSA star drove flawlessly to pick up the $125 top prize. Koch’s traffic management was second to none. Carlos Cantu and Ethan Simioni enjoyed a tremendous battle for second and third, with Cantu pipping his rival to the $95 second prize. Simioni picks up $80 for his efforts.
Latifi finished ninth, while Morad came across the line in 15th after an incident-fueled race.
Winner Koch said: “It is cool to win a few dollars! I felt the pressure a bit. I didn’t get the cleanest of starts and made a couple of mistakes, so I just put my head down. From there, it was about not making mistakes and making clean laps. And getting through traffic – there were a lot of TCR cars out there!”
Second-place finisher Carlos Cantu could not fault Koch’s performance: “He was fast! I couldn’t catch him. I was hoping traffic would make it easier, but it made it harder. It wasn’t until the end there that I got back within a second and a half of him. It was like a minefield. But it was good.”
Racing Edge SimRacing Series: Rough racing in TCR class
The TCR class was gripping, with plenty bunching up and racing hard for those podium places. Pro racer and pole sitter Curtis Fox held off a late challenge from Jacob Exton to claim the $70 first prize. However, victory came in slightly controversial circumstances after Fox’s team-mate got caught in the battle in the closing stages. Exton makes $50 for finishing second, while Stefan Jeffrey picks up $30 in the final podium spot.
Racing Edge SimRacing Series Round 4 TCR winner Fox said: “It was a lot of fun. I went from the start and tried to conserve tires. It’s always interesting when the GT3s come through and you’re watching your relative gap to those behind shrink. It’s a lot of fun doing multi-class racing like this. The battle with Jake [Exton] was good, really fair.”
Exton wasn’t exactly pleased with the ending: “In the whole it was a fantastic race. It’s always going to be tough on that track with that amount of traffic. Had some great battles at the end once I caught up to Curtis. Unfortunately one of his team-mates on fresher tires decided to play Eddie Irvine. He’s lucky it’s not real life – otherwise I’d be like Senna and give him a crack on the nose! The way Curtis drove today deserves a lot of credit. It was really tough to hang with him.”
Register for Round 5 now!
Registration for Round 5 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series at Catalunya next week has now opened. The race takes place on Tuesday May 19th, 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 fifth round at Catalunya, please visit the Racing Edge SimRacing Page.