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A season in the iRacing World Championship isn’t complete without a visit to the classic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the Belgian Ardennes.
With the track being a favourite for many drivers, those same drivers are often eager to get a good start of the race which has proven to cause issues on occasion during previous instalments of this race.
This weekend it was no different as La Source once again proved to be a bottleneck on the first lap.
Our Radicals drivers qualified a bit far down the grid but were line astern on the left side of the grid with Kazuki leading the 4-car train in 16th, followed by Yuta in 18th, Mogar in 20th and Paul in 22nd.
With the pile-up blocking the inside of T1 the drivers stayed out of trouble and seemed to stay clear of the flying cars by steering wide around the blockage using the run-off area. With the exception of Paul though whose path was blocked by the car of Coanda’s Mitchell DeJong, but after coming to a full stop he was able to continue his way as well without any damage.
With a severe part of the competition of the 29 car grid involved the guys managed to gain a lot of positions on the opening lap. Yuta excelled gaining 11 positions as he finished the first lap in 7th position.
Kazuki was in 12th, Mogar in 14th and despite the hold up Paul was in 19th position.
During the opening laps most guys managed to gain some positions although was Mogar overtaken by a few fast guys who were held up at the start.
On lap 8 it was Kazuki who momentarily lost control out of T8 and scraped the barrier and sustained some damage to his car. He managed to continue his race but lost 8 positions as he dropped from 10th back to the 18th position.
Mogar’s race ended early on lap 15. Tomo Meglic overtook the 23 car of Mogar on the Kemmel straight, but when he turned right for Les Combes the Slovenian driver lost control of his car and spun leaving Mogar nowhere to go and both cars retired shortly after due to extensive damage.
The pitstops didn’t change much to the positions for Yuta and Paul, but Kazuki’s stop took a bit longer as the crew had to replace his damaged front wing which cost him one position.
His second stint was cut short on lap 35 as he lost control in Eau Rouge sending his car off in a spin.
As Yuta stopped on lap 21 slightly later than his direct competition he fell outside of DRS range and drove most of his stint on his own. He did lose a position to Greger Huttu who was on a great recovery drive following his T1 incident.
Being able to hook up with Greger Yuta did a great job managing to close in on Patrick Holzmann and Peter Berryman who were struggling with their pace in the closing laps of the race. Despite being all over Berryman in the final lap the Britt defended well and Yuta finished in a neat 8th position.
Paul was in 13th position after his stop and on lap 37 he overtook Diogo Oliviera and soon after caught up with Antoine Higelin and Michael Dinkel.
It seemed that despite it being really close nothing would change in the positions for 10th, but Paul did manage to overtake Michael Dinkel on the outside of the Busstop chicane in the final lap bringing his car home in 11th position.
Mixed success for the Radicals today with Mogar and Kazuki not making it to the finish, but Yuta and Paul brought some good results for the Radicals Online Steelseries team.
In two weeks we will be back with round 14 of the championship in the country of the rising sun, Japan.
Expect Kazuki and Yuta bringing their best driving for their home race at the Suzuka circuit.