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Monthly Update – July

161017-25VRS GT iRacing World Championship
After a fairly eventful June we move into July with the 6th round of the VRS GT iRacing World Championship at the Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps. The #72 with Maximilian Benecke and Ivo Howeller would still go into the week as championship leaders even after the weak result at Road Atlanta. The #71 of Jonas Wallmeier and Patrick Heinrich were also looking to bounce back from last race, while the #73 of Denis Grabovsky and Patrick Wolf were looking to redeem themselves after having a lot of bad luck throughout the season and the #84 of Marc Elkemann and Daniel Schuech were looking to surprise again.

The Qualifying would already give a good indication about the race as the top5 were covered by just 0.08 seconds. Maximilian Benecke would put the #72 on P3 with Jonas Wallmeier placing the #71 on P8 and Denis Grabovsky in the #73 on P11 with Marc Elkemann in the #84 on P22.

The race would turn out a thriller as the strategy would play a huge part of it. The #72 would be stuck behind the Coanda Simsport car in 2nd for a while before finally being able to overtake and chase the leading FA Racing G2 Audi. Meanwhile the #71 and #73 were holding their positions while the #84 was looking to make some places, unfortunately they got turned around in Les Combes in lap 20 and had to get all the progress they made back.

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In the remaining hours not much would change, the #72 was still chasing the lead car while the #71 and #73 were consistantly lapping and for the most part keeping out of trouble, unfortunately the Audi was very twitchy through Blanchimont which caught out Denis Grabovsky in the #73 and caused him to spin. The #84 was also consistantly working its way through the field again after contact in the earlier stages.

The last hour would then provide a thrilling finish, The #72 with Maximilian Benecke took the lead in the pitstops as tires were left out in the pitstop opposed to the FA Racing G2 car which took tires in its last stop and was then around 14 seconds back with 45 minutes remaining. Fortunately for us Frederik Rasmussen in the FA Racing G2 car was pushing hard, too hard. He ended up spinning in Blanchimont which would ultimately cost him too much time to be able to catch back up to the #72

It was then Maximilian Benecke and Ivo Howeller who took the win at Spa over FA Racing G2 in 2nd and TTL Esports in 3rd. The #71 ended up finishing in 8th with the #84 in 11th and the #73 in 24th.

The #72 would extend its championship lead with 2 rounds remaining. Next up in the championship is Suzuka but not before the 24 hours of Spa later in the month!

161017-2524h Spa
After having already raced on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the VRS GT iRacing World Championship next up was the 24 hour classic at Spa. We would sent 2 Audi R8 LMS into the event, the #71 driven by Jonas Wallmeier, Marc Elkemann, Maximilian Benecke and Patrick Christoph Moser who will be trialing with the team and the #73 piloted by Sebastian Schmalenbach, Ivo Howeller, Gianni Vecchio and Fabrice Cornelis.

The Qualifying already showed big promise as Maximilian Benecke scored 2nd place for the #71 while Gianni Vecchio secured us P3 on the grid in the #73.

The race start was already really exciting as Jonas Wallmeier held no prisoners and overtook the polesitter of Alvaro Ramiro right away to put the #71 in the lead with Gianni Vecchio in the #73 following shortly after to make it a PRT 1-2 after lap 1. The first hour then would go down with Jonas Wallmeier extending his lead over Gianni Vecchio in 2nd place who was keeping a steady gap to P3.

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After the 6 hour mark the #71 would still lead now with Maximilian Benecke behind the wheel who extended the lead even further to the #73 now with Sebastian Schmalenbach driving who was getting slowly caught by the chasing TRITON Racing R8.

With the 12 hour mark passing by it would still be the #71 R8 LMS leading now infront of TRITON Racing who had jumped the #73 of Fabrice Cornelis.

18 hours gone and the #71 was still leading now with Patrick Christoph Moser making his debut in PRT colors behind the wheel. Unfortunately after having had a hardware failure with Ivo Howeller behind the wheel, the #73 crew had decided to retire the car.

At the chequered flag it would then be the #71 taking the win by over a lap over TRITON Racing in 2nd and CoRe Simracing in 3rd. It would be the 3rd straight special event win for Jonas Wallmeier, who will now only need a win at the 24 hours of Le Mans in August to secure the full set!