VRS Coanda Simsport’s Monthly Roundup – April

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After the busy month in March, April was a welcome month with a few less world championship races going on. Despite that, we’ve still had plenty on our calendar to keep us busy.

iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series R3 – Montreal
In qualifying it was a familiar face up front with Martin Krönke taking pole position. Mack qualified P4 with Mitchell right behind in P5. Tommy would be P7 on the grid with Martti not far behind in P8. David qualified P19. The story of the race would be the battle between Martin, Mack and Greger Huttu from Team Redline who would be within roughly 3 seconds of each other for the entire race. After the final round of pitstops Greger was looking to get by Mack as quickly as possible to then attack Martin. When Martin dropped out of the race with 9 laps to go the battle between Mack and Greger would then be for the lead. Mack managed to hold off a storming Greger until the end of the race with some good defensive driving to win his first ever race in the series. Martti finally ended his string of races with bad luck and finished P4. Mitchell, recovering from a lap 1 contact, came home in 5th. Martin finished P17 after reconnecting to the session with David behind in P18. Tommy ended up with a DNF after being taken out in the opening lap.

FISRA – Round 1 & 2
This month the Finnish Simracing Association Championship started. The top 19 in the championship standings will be invited to Finland’s biggest LAN event in Helsinki where the championship will come to a conclusion. In the first round Joni would end up in P9 in the final race. The second race, driven at Road America, went a lot smoother for Joni as he ended less than 0.1 behind the leader in the final race.

iRacing Red Bull Global Rally Cross Pro Series
After the final weeks of racing, the iRacing Red Bull Global Rally Cross Pro Series came to a conclusion on the 20th of April. Mitchell took home the championship with Jake Hewlett finishing right behind him in 2nd position. Jörn would end the championship in P13. This means we will have 3 drivers on the grid for this years Rally Cross World Championship.

VRS GT World Championship R3 – Monza
With the changes to the BOP in the World Championship series, many felt that the Audi would lack some pace compared to the other cars. Despite this Mitchell qualified the #8 car in P4. The #1 car, driven by Markus, would end up P8 being less than half a tenth behind. Jeremy ended up in P19 on the grid while only being .2 off Mitchell, showing how competitive the series is. In the opening stints it would be all about trying to follow the ineX Racing Blue McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to carry him forward in the draft. Once the McLaren started pushing at the end of the stint, Mitchell was unable to follow in the Audi and dropped off a little bit. In the end the Audi seemed to be no match and the #8 with Mitchell and Mack rounded out the podium by finishing behind the Team #33 Mercedes AMG GT3 and ineX Racing Blue in the McLaren MP4-12C GT3. The #1 with Markus and Klaus would come home in P8 and the #18 piloted by Jeremy and Joni came home 24th.

iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series R4 – Road America
Looking to get back to winning ways, Martin set the pace in qualifying with one of his best qualifying laps in series history. Mitchell would qualify behind him in P2 with them being the only drivers to clock a time in the 1:34s. Martti qualified P4, Mack P8, Tommy P12 and David in P20. The start was hectic as Martin dropped back to third while Mitchell and Martti had exceptional launches. Quickly Martin managed to get by Martti and ran off in the distance with Mitchell. Mack got caught up in an incident involving Greger Huttu and Joshua Rodgers in the carousel which damaged his front wing, forcing him to change his wing in the first round of pitstops. Shortly after the first pit cycle Mack and Greger started where they left off in Montreal as they battled for position. After a mistake from Mack in T5, Greger managed to get a run into T6. Overshooting the corner he ran wide into Mack who was unwilling to yield easily. This resulted in a spin for Mack which dropped him down a few positions. On lap 26 Martin made his move on Mitchell and took the lead. Meanwhile Martti had a fairly quiet race in third after Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola spun in the kink. In the end Martin won the race with Mitchell coming home closely behind in P2. Martti would round out the podium, making this our third ever podium lockout. Mack fought back to 8th place with Tommy behind in P10. David would end up as the final car on the lead lap in P20.

About: Mack Bakkum

Appreciative of the colour pink.

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