Monthly Update – June
Raceunion Porsche Cup World Tour 2017/2018
The last race of the season took place at COTA. Maximilian Benecke was able to assert himself again in qualifying and started from pole position with a time of 02:08.600. Jonas Wallmeier completed the first row with a 2:08.710. Elkemann and Pichler started from P5 and P8.
After the start Benecke and Wallmeier were able to break away from the competition and drove without difficulty or other incidents on P1 and P2 to the finish. Only Alexander Voß could stay close to the duo and came only 6 seconds later to the finish.
It was quite exciting around Elkemann. Koch, Löhner and Elkemann still fought for championship positions in this race, Elkemann and Löhner in a direct duel. From the start Elkemann tried everything possible, so that Löhner comes behind him to the finish in order to secure the fourth championship position. All three fought for every millimeter. Unfortunately, after multiple changes of position Elkemann finished behind Koch and Löhner.
Maximilian Benecke started in 5 out of 6 races and won each of them, that makes him winning the season by a margin of 33 points. Every pole position in this series went to the Pure Racing Team.
We would like to thank RaceUnion and SimRacing Deutschland for the season and looking forward to the next one.
6h Watking Glen by Craig
After finishing the Porsche Cup World Tour in COTA, our drivers travelled over to New York for the iconic 6h of Watkins Glen!
Originally cancelled by iRacing due to server issues, Craig A Williams stepped up to hold a community organized race using the same car combination as iRacing once sanctioned. In total we would field 2 cars, the #7 Corvette DP driven by Fabrice Cornelis and Jonas Wallmeier and the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE piloted by Gianni Vecchio and Maximilian Wenig.
The day would start of great by placing both cars on P1 in their class in Qualifying. The race started of calm with both cars able to maintain their early lead into the race. After the first stint both cars would lead their classes comfortably. At the end of Hour 2 though traffic would strike which resulted in our #71 Ferrari getting an unfortunate penalty which would see them go down the order. In the meantime Fabrice Cornelis had a small moment in the #7 but it would ultimately not matter as they crossed the line in 1st after 6h! The #71 managed to recover to 2nd after their penalty in Hour 2
An overall good result which then saw our drivers move on to the VRS GT iRacing World Championship Series at Road Atlanta!
GT World Championship Series Road Atlanta
After the 6h Watkins Glen, the boys round out their US tour in Georgia for the 5th round of the VRS GT iRacing World Championship at Road Atlanta.
Practice showed us that we would struggle with the track as we had difficulties getting the setup just right. This was apparent in Qualifying with Maximilian Beneckes PRT Red #72 being our best car at P4, with Jonas Wallmeier in the #71 on P21 followed by Daniel Schüch in the #84 on P24 with Denis Grabovskys #73 car qualifying in P33.
The start of the race went really well for our Red car. Benecke was able to gain a position very early. Unfortunately Black and Yellow had some issues in the early stages. Grabovsky had issues in the downhill section of the track, lost the car and crashed into the wall. Sadly the cars damage was too big to continue and Grabovsky had to park the car in the pits. Our Yellow car had an incident in the last chicane resulting in a spin and letting all cars by.
After the first stops the field was completely mixed, because of the different strategies. Some of the other teams did not change the tires, but all of our four cars did. In the end, we knew that our strategie was the way to go. Benecke, Wallmeier and Elkemann were able to gain a lot of time during the second stint. Unfortunately there was another incident for our team. Wallmeier had a netcode touch with a Ferrari which fortunately ended on the grass without any damage and only with a small time loss.
The field would stay close but static, our cars would not move in position a lot with the last pit stops approaching. Opting to not change tires at the last pit stop was a risk but one worth taking for all of our cars. Unfortunately Ivo Howeller who took over from Maximilian had a small mishap in T1 which caused him to spin and lose a bit of ground to the leading group.
In the end our cars would finish in P6, P15 and P19 with the #73 unfortunately being retired after lap 20.
This race tought us a lot and we are really looking forward to the next race in Spa Francorchamps.