Round 5 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series saw more epic racing!
Catalunya played host to the penultimate round of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series. Professional race car drivers such as GT3 champion Daniel Morad and Formula 1 star Nicholas Latifi were tested around the famous Barcelona circuit.
For the fifth successive week, 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 for Round 5 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series in the YouTube video above. The stream includes practise, qualifying and race sessions.
Following an action-packed race at Road America last week, Barcelona’s famous Catalunya track provided more thrilling drama for the fifth round of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series.
The drivers had to negotiate 13 corners on the high-speed Historic layout, in perfect conditions – if a little hot!
In a 30-minute race, conditions provided plenty of incidents and overtakes as traffic and tire-wear caused problems for both classes.
Morad claims first Racing Edge SimRacing win
In the GT3 class, pole sitter Daniel Morad raced brilliantly to snatch his first victory of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series. Morad expertly held off the challenge of his good friend Juliano Romagnuolo to clinch the $125 top prize.
Romagnuolo, who qualified fourth, held on to earn $95 for his efforts. Last week’s winner at Road America, Kenton Koch, scooped up the $80 third prize. Carlos Cantu and Alex Rourera followed in fourth and fifth after an epic battle.
It was a superb race as traffic bunched the leaders up in the final stages. Less than a second separated the front three with two laps to go but Morad held firm to collect his first victory.
Reflecting on his first Racing Edge SimRacing Series win, Daniel Morad said: “At Barcelona it’s always a tight race. Overtaking is difficult even if you do have the multi-class racing. It makes it tricky. You also have to factor in the TCR class are front-wheel drive cars. So the lines they are taking are much different to the GT3 class cars, with rear-wheel drive.”
Morad added: “Juliano is the GOAT at the end of the day – he gave me a good run for my money. I slipped up just a little bit with a couple of laps left to go. Thankfully, I gathered it up, was able to hold on and put some really good laps at the end. Jules is one of my best friends – we practise quite a bit together.”
Juliano Romagnuolo said afterwards: “We like to keep it close but fair. I kind of settled into a groove. I was letting Dan punch a hole into the traffic which was letting me pick which direction to send it. It was a great show for everyone and great fun.”
Jeffrey dominates TCR Class in Barcelona
In the TCR Class, Stefan Jeffrey put in an incredible drive from pole to flag to earn a dominant victory. Jeffrey wins $70 for his performance. He saw off the challenge from James JJRoss, who finished second to collect $50. Kristopher Baily crossed the line in third to pick up $30.
The TCR cars are front-wheel drive, which caused a lot of tire wear issues on this famously fast circuit.
After his latest Racing Edge SimRacing Series win, Jeffrey said: “At the beginning, James definitely had me on my toes. I was just trying to conserve tires. These cars are destructive on tires. I was trying to get through the first half of the race and preparing myself for a battle at the end. But I’m pretty sure he got caught up with the GT3s in the middle of the race, which gave me some breathing space. It was fairly tough. I think because of the long, high speed corners it really takes a toll on the tires.”
Register for Round 6 now!
Registration for the final round of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series at Suzuka next week has now opened. The race takes place on Tuesday May 26th, 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 race session.
For more information on our SimRacing Series or to register for Round 6 at Suzuka, please visit the Racing Edge SimRacing page.