The summer break has arrived and the PRO drivers are getting ready for the second half of the season. With eight rounds left on the calendar a lot can still happen in the championship.
But first let’s recap what happened in the first eight races of the Formula-Simracing PRO division.
The season started off at the beautiful Melbourne Park in Australia. Drivers had a different challenge to their hands this year with the new V6 Turbo cars. Packing new features like Boost 2.
With last year’s top drivers promoted up to ACE and WC, the field was packed with new fantastic drivers. However, Michal Antochowski, who started on pole position, came out on top and took home the first victory of the 2016 season after Chris de Jong got Disqualified.
The first race set the tone of the following three races. Antochowski and Cook were topping the championship charts. Eventually Antochowski even got promoted mid-season to ACE.
With him dropping out the rest of the drivers had a big challenge in front of them. Luckily there were plenty of drivers that were able to take on that challenge and the fight for the championship was heating up.
It soon became very clear that the field this year was very competitive. Even with Antochowski gone, different drivers showed their strengths to the world of sim racing.
Take Christopher Rabey for example. He started the 2016 season in the newly added AMA category to get used to the Formula-Simracing community. After only three races he got promoted to PRO. In his debut at Canada he finished in second place and he won the next at Silverstone. He even got to drive in WC in Turkey. A true talent as I would say.
And I can’t forget Felipe Giro of course. Felipe has been one of the most consistent drivers of the season so far. Succeeding with different strategies like a one stop at tracks where no one would dare to even try. Even though he hasn’t won any races yet, he is in a solid second place in the driver standings.
At the moment, however, David Cook has been the best of everyone. With three race wins under his belt, he is leading the championship with a gap of 33 points to Felipe Giro.
The first race after the summer break will be the fantastic Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is going to be a lot of action there, seeing the track has a delicate balance between high and low downforce sections. We might even see yet another driver joining in the championship fight, just to spice things up even more.
After Spa we will also visit all-time classics like Monza, Hungary, Suzuka and Interlagos.
With an amazing car, beautiful tracks and many very competitive drivers, we are definitely up for a treat the coming eight races. Let’s see who will be the one topping the sheets at the end of the season.