iWCGPS Round 8 Montreal
For the 8th round of the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series our drivers were heading to the beautiful city of Montreal to race on the famous Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, located on the Île de Montréal. After qualifying ended it was set to be a great day for our team after a rather disappointing showing at VIR two weeks ago. It was Martin Krönke scoring pole position for our team right infront of his Coanda Simsport teammate Hugo Luis. Our next driver was Mitchell in P6, followed by Rocco in P9. André and Martti just qualified outside the top 10 in P11 and P12 respectively.
At exactly 14:10 GMT the lights went green and the chase through the tight streets of Montreal started. Off the line all our drivers got away cleanly. Martin could defend first place in his Foracer sponsored car from Hugo and Mitchell was already up into P5. A bit further behind Rocco, André and Martti also could slightly move up the order, eventhough Martti then had to pit at the end of lap 1 to serve a drive through penalty, which he got from a incident two weeks ago at Virginia International raceway.
The walls of the circuit quickly started to show how unforgiving they are as shortly after the start Apex Racing UK driver Sebastian Job and Team Redlines Uusi-Jaakkola made contact with the “Wall of Champions”, ending their races.
At front it was still Martin ahead of Hugo. Mitchell who moved up into P4 already was right behind last years champion Greger Huttu and yet before the first pit stops was able to make a move on him, making it 1-2-3 for Coanda Simsport. Rocco by then moved up in P7 already and André was not following far back in P9. Martti, after his drive through, was making up his way through the field again.
Everything was set to be a great result for Coanda Simsport until the events took a slight dramatic turn. On lap 51 of 70 Mitchell, who by then got into P2 ahead of Hugo during pitstops, crashed into the wall exiting turn 4. All it took was one tiny mistake making the car bottom out over the curbs sending him straight to the wall. Unfortunately this meant only four of our cars would eventuall finish inside the top 10.
In the end it was Martin Krönke taking an impressive win, his first in 2015, ahead of teammate Hugo Luis. Rocco Barone finished in P6 infront of André Böttcher in P7. Martti Pietilä could recover to P18 after his drive through on lap 1.
The next race will be held at Silverstone, the home of british motor racing, on June 20th. It will be the last race before iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series will take a summerbreak.