The iRacing Road Pro Series kicked off it’s 2017/18 season this Saturday at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace, or better known as Interlagos. Two Radicals Online drivers, Alex Sadler and Josh Thompson would be strapping into their McLaren Honda MP4-30’s to tackle seventy-one laps of the 4.309km circuit with conditions being quite mild for Brazil, at 24°C air temperature. The two Britons have been preparing well for the last few weeks eager to perform and take one of the ten World Championship Series licenses up for grabs for the year of 2018.
Qualifying, as per, would be only allowing drivers to clock in two hot laps separately, so it was crucial errors were minimised if not absent from their performances, with the field being very competitive. After each of their runs, Alex would place himself in 14th place overall, while Josh would put his car in 23rd overall. Drivers then had 10 minutes to make race preparations with the green flag being flown at 2:05pm UTC. Alex made his way into the top split, while Josh would end up in Split 2. Hear from them how they perceived the events:
“Really excited to compete in my first ever PRO race. Preparation wasn’t perfect and would have liked to have had more time but I’m sure so would have everyone else! Despite this I was still confident going into the race and knew I could make up for my poor qualifying position in the race. Unfortunately my race pace was poor perhaps down to the pressure and I struggled throughout. It meant I could only manage a disappointing P12 in the race. In a season though there is always one bad race so onto the next one! Thanks to Rob, Paul and the rest of the team for their help throughout the week and congratulations to Josh for his result giving at least some positivity to the team”
“Qualfying was not the best, only placing 21st overall but had a lap in me for around 15th, but I knew I would be stronger in race trim. Sadly just missed out on the main SOF being car number 3 in second spilt which was a shame, but we were P3 on the grid. After a solid start I managed to grab the lead on lap 12 but struggled soon after with tire wear and dropped back to 2nd loosing a lot of time every lap , so made a bold choice of going for the undercut on lap 28, after this the pace was good, making up for time lost and after the stops I retook the lead on 35 and stayed there. But at lap 50 I started to struggle and dropped back to 2nd which I just held on to till the finish. Happy to be 12th overall in the standings though!”
Overall, a good foundation for the two young men who will want to get a solid run of points to kick things off. Be sure to tune in next Saturday at 1:30pm UTC on iRacing Live presented by RaceSpot TV to catch the second round, where the series will head to the tight and twisty Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal, Canada. Until then, you can catch the first round right now by clicking HERE. Be sure to catch the second round of the NEO Endurance Series on Sunday next week! Along with the beginning of the Blancpain Pro Series Qualifiers!
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