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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!