Round 6 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series proved to be a ridiculous finale!
After six weeks of excellent racing, Suzuka proved to be a challenging host for the final round of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series. With cash prizes on the line, driver discipline was thrown out of the window in an incident-filled race.
Once again, our 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 throughout a 30-minute sprint race.
You can watch the entire stream for Round 6 of the Racing Edge SimRacing Series in the YouTube video above. The stream includes practice, qualifying and race sessions.
Following an action-packed race at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit last week, the drama continued at Japan’s flagship racetrack for our season finale.
Suzuka proved a tricky test for a field of drivers including GT3 Cup champion Daniel Morad and Formula 1 star Nicholas Latifi. Tackling incredibly quick, sweeping corners such as the infamous S curves and 130R, driver etiquette was sacrificed as numerous competitors were involved in big accidents. Remember – damage was turned on during the Racing Edge SimRacing Series!
Racing on Suzuka’s Grand Prix circuit, our drivers negotiated 17 challenging turns in overcast conditions on a track famous for big drama. This is where Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost famously collided during the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix, after all!
Both classes enjoyed neat starts before the 30-minute race unravelled into a spectacle of spins, bangs and crashes.
Racing Edge SimRacing Series: Va-Va-Varrone!
In the GT3 class, most of the driver skirmishes came in the midfield as things went largely unchanged at the front. Formula 3 driver Nicolas Varrone enjoyed a wonderful performance on his Racing Edge SimRacing debut, completing a pole-to-flag victory to claim the $125 top prize.
Kaden Bihn put in a superb drive to cross the line in second and pick up $95. Bihn was viciously quick through traffic to put the pressure on Varrone in the closing stages. Nick Rowland finished third and scooped up $85 in prize money. Juliano Romagnuolo finished his impressive season on a high in fourth.
Further down the grid, the familiar names of Alex Ellis, Morad, Latifi, Carlos Cantu and Tae Kim were all involved in a heated battle to catch the podium sitters.
130R proved a particularly problematic corner to negotiate with the likes of Kim and Kenton Koch struggling to keep their cars on the track.
After winning on his Racing Edge SimRacing debut, Varrone said: “It was a wonderful race, I really enjoyed it. I was fast. I never race with TCR or other traffic, so I was taking care not to crash or damage the car. That would have cost me a lot. Kaden was so fast in the traffic. Every time I saw traffic in front I was like ‘Oh God, he’s going to catch me!’. I’m really, really happy.”
Thomas Cope-s well with Suzuka challenge
In the TCR class, Thomas Cope drove beautifully to secure an impressive win and $70 in prize money.
Cope profited after pole-sitter Stefan Jeffrey spun out with 25 minutes remaining. Jeffrey recovered to finish seventh in class but was hit by horrendous luck along the way.
Zachary Vanier enjoyed a second-place finish on his Racing Edge SimRacing debut to collect $50. James Llewellyn held off several late challenges from the chasing pack to clinch the final podium place. Llewellyn earns $30 for his efforts.
After his Racing Edge SimRacing success, Cope said: “I saw Stefan behind me – he had a few incidents! I thought we were going to have a good battle, but I was glad to see him finish the race. The TCR car is really hard to drive, being front-wheeled. I’d like to thank my Mum and Dad for watching my stream, and my friends for helping me prepare and practice for this race.”
More to come!
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