A bumpy start of the 2017 WCS campaignMarch 13, 2017
After the disappointing result in the opening round at Interlagos we were hoping to do better for round 2 at Sebring.
But the weekend didn't start well for a lot of drivers, due to qualifying procedure infractions at Interlagos Race Control issued penalties for no less then 15 drivers including Yuta, Daniel and Cem.
This meant they would have to start their Sebring race from pit-lane if they managed to qualify for the event.
This was especially hard to swallow for Daniel and Cem as both would have started from within the top 10 with Daniel qualifying in 7th and Cem in 9th.
A fair chunk of the field starting from the pitlane didn't mean people took it easy on the opening lap though.
With the bunched up field going into T10 Mogar got hit from a car that didn't manage to keep the inside line which sent Mogar off in a spin leaving him vulnerable of people closely following. Unfortunately not all managed to avoid him which did some severe damage to the Brazilian's car.
Kazuki and Paul only just managed to avoid him.
For Yuta it would be a day to forget. After having started from pitlane he suffered hardware issues with malfunctioning pedals which meant he had to retire after not even having completed 2 laps.
He wasn't the only one though as just when Daniel was catching up with the field again he got severely hit from behind which by Michael Dinkel which left his car undriveable and he did't make it past lap 9 in the race.
For Mogar it would be a tough day as he made an early pitstop due to damage and basically tried to finish the race without coming in for new tires again.
With Cem and Paul both picking up front-wing damage during their first stint the pitcrew took some extra time to change them during the scheduled stops.
Later in the second stint Cem would also lose control and what looked to be a safe 18th position ended up with additional position loss as he finished in 21st where Paul would be the last driver to finish on the lead lap in 26th.
Mogar's strategy didn't work out too well either and saw him finish in a disappointing 29th position.
Kazuki was the only driver who had a fairly trouble-free race and finished in 14th.
With the Montreal race being up next we're aiming to pick up the pace and aim to put an end of all the tough luck so far this season.
It will be our first race without Cem driving under the Radicals colours this season as we recently parted ways and the team wishes Cem all the best in the future both in- and outside of simracing.