iRPS – Round 3 Review

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iRPS – Round 3 Review

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This past Saturday, the iRacing Pro Series returned for it’s 3rd round of the 2017/18 season. The infamous circuit, which held the first F1 Grand Prix in 1950. Since then, it’s seen a number of remodels, but is still just as fast and challenging to conquer. Three Radicals would be taking to the grid, regulars Josh Thompson and Alex Sadler with series newcomer Adam Tierney doing this race for some experience. Although it was not the strongest qualifying from the three, after the start, it would show that just finishing the race would bear fruits.

At 2:05pm UTC, then lights went out with Josh Rogers (TTL Esports) and Frederik Rasmussen (CoRe SimRacing) making a clean getaway. However, a contact between Sebastian Job (CoRe) and Riley Preston (ERT) would result in a massive pileup not even before they’d reached the first corner. At least 6 cars would retire from this, including Adam who didn’t even complete a lap. Josh would sustain front wing damage, although Alex got away relatively cleanly.

Alex Sadler:

“It has been a difficult few weeks for me, probably the hardest in my “sim-racing career” so far, so I was not going into Round 3 with the greatest hope of a good result. My pace however was very good and heading into qualifying I knew I had a chance to get a good result. Qualifying though was the same as the previous rounds and I was extremely disappointed with P19 as I knew I had been on for at least a top 10. The race was hectic and after a massive rear end smash I was worried I wouldn’t even make the flag, but the pace remained in the car and I was able to get a really satisfying top 10 result. Hopefully more to come and thanks to everyone at Radicals for making this possible.”

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Josh Thompson:

“Qualfying was awful, placing me down in P29 on the grid, but this was a blessing as I just managed to sneak through the start pile up coming out the other side in around 14th but with heavy aero damage to the front wing and side pod. Even with this damage I managed to hang on to 11th but was forced to do an early stop which left me having to manage tire wear through the last part of the race. Though, I still managed to come home in the end in P10 which is great championship points especially after last week. Congrats to Alex finishing P8, but unfortunate for Adam being taken out at the start.”

A solid finish for the two Pro License contenders, taking a large points haul that will surely be beneficial as the season heads onwards. You can watch the race coverage from RaceSpot TV, and tune in next week at 1:30pm UTC to watch Round 4, where the championship heads to the Land of The Rising Sun, Japan for 53 laps of the epic Suzuka International Circuit.

 

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