For the first time Vortex simRacing entered a Indycar Verizon race with 7 (!) cars in a 26 car field at Pocono.
It was a long and difficult season in the Indycar Ovals Open Series, but Marco Brasil completed a great season with some impressive stats: 11 pole positions, finishing with 7 wins and 22 races in the top 5 at a total of 25 starts. After the last race Marco lead the championship by 25pts in front of Paul Jennings and finally archived his dream by winning the Indycar Oval Open Series title.
The field was very balanced between the top drivers throughout the season: Joe Branch, Brandon Trost , Joe Flanagan , Vinicius Gotardelo , Paul Jennings , Bradley Walters , Rob Unglenicks and Marco were always very close on the championship table. Due to a lot of late starts of the races (late afternoon), the temperatures were also low respectively, which led to great race action between the top drivers.
“I am very happy ! I have to first thank Charles Berger for believing in me since the first day I arrived in the team. He taught me a lot and also calmed my Brasilian temperament during the races. I came a long way to win this title: 4th position in 2014, 5th in 2015 even due to my connection problems which led to various disconnections.”, tells us a very happy Marco.
Yesterday we saw the 3rd Round of the Verizon Indycar Series on iRacing.
Vortex Simracing put 5 cars on the grid. Georg (P5), TM (P7), Thomas (P8), Robert (P9) and Timo (P17) all qualified for the top-split, which had a total of 26 drivers on track.
Classic Indycar Series visited Laguna Seca last Sunday for Round 5 of the 2016 season. Vortex Simracing entered 2 cars for this race: #1 Robert Grosser and #33 Timo Isoniemi.
After a strong Qualifying, Timo started from the outside of Row 1, while Robert was right behind on the outside of Row 2. The race was scheduled for 87 laps, so both Vortex drivers decided to go for a 2-stop strategy.
Timo and Robert had a strong start and were holding P2 and P3 in the early stage of the race. Robert lost a spot to Lucas Laville, who went off track at the start. Short prior the first stop, Lucas also closed the gap to Timo and made the pass. So Vortex was down to P3 & P4. After the first sequence of pistops, Timo had a big moment when he lost the rear on cold tyres. The following car (Karsten Brodowy) saw Timo spinning to the right, so decided to pass on the left. But unfortunatelly Timo’s car then regained grip and moved to the left. A collision was not avoidable. On his way back to the pits, Timo got rear-ended by another driver, which ended his race in a promising position.
Robert kept P3 during most of the race. Only the pit-sequence changed that for a while. Late in the race, leader Mark Ussher spun, so Robert was able to make it to P2. A late full course caution in lap 68 closed the gap to leader Laville. So the race was very open at that stage. Lucas was pulling a gap after restart, while Mark Ussher was keeping the pressure up. Finally Ussher made the pass, heavily inspired by the 1996 “The Pass” into the Corkscrew corner.
So the Final result was Laville in P1, who was able to manage the gap over Ussher. Robert finished a solid P3, losing valuable points in the overall standings to leader Laville.
Vortex driver Denis Garese had to sit out this round, but is still 4th in the overall standings.
Our partner Joel Real Timing was giving away a free pro-license key for his Software App to the driver who gained the most positions. Thanks to JRT for the great support!
Next round will be held on July 10th at Road America. This race will be broadcasted by Racespot TV, starting at 17:00 GMT!