Formula SimRacing - Organized by the International SimRacing Club
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2017 Season
Round 1 | March 5 Australia
Round 2 | March 19 Bahrain
Round 3 | April 2 Spain
Round 4 | April 9 Turkey
Round 5 | April 23 Canada
Round 6 | May 7 Austria
Round 7 | May 21 Great Britain
Round 8 | June 4 Germany
Round 9 | June 18 France
Round 10 | August 20 Belgium
Round 11 | September 10 Hungary
Round 12 | September 24 Italy
Round 13 | October 8 Singapore
Round 14 | October 15 Japan
Round 15 | November 5 United States
Round 16 | November 19 Brazil

The 2016 Formula Simracing Pro season started in Melbourne with twenty four drivers on the track giving their best to take home the win.

The 2016 Formula Simracing Pro season started in Melbourne with twenty four drivers on the track giving their best to take home the win.

 

 

The first round of qualifying would finish with Antochowski on pole with a 1:27.086 followed by Maguire, Schmidt, Benefield and Cook. The top ten would do the second round of qualifying finishing with Antochowski on pole, de Jong, Cook, Schmidt, Benefield, Giro, Nel, Moura, van Delft and Maguire rounding up the top ten.

In the first lap of the race Antochowski pulled away from second place De Jong, Cook in third was gaining distance from fourth Schmidt but losing time to the leading duo ahead who would keep an interesting battle with a very leveled pace until the first pit stop.

 

 

Behind them there was a close battle for sixth place between Nel, Giro and Maguire that would pass Giro to seventh. The first pit stops took place around lap ten with the leaders stopping a couple of laps later but, leader put on a second set of softs to try and gain some distance from de Jong but despite being on mediums was able to keep up.

 

 

On lap sixteen de Jong would be able to overtake Antochowski, that was slightly slowed down by a car exiting the pits, with a skillfull move. Giro and Benefield would overtake Nel on the battle for sixth place on lap twenty.

 

 

After pitting for the second time De Jong would slightly increase his lead to Antochowski with Cook about twenty seconds behind in third and twenty seconds ahead from fourth place.

Giro would try to do a very long stint on mediums after stopping on lap fifteen but with ten laps to go he was spun around by a backmarker seriously compromising his strategy. Benefield and Schmidt fighting with each other lost time and would only really catch Giro with two laps to go, Benefield would make the pass to fourth but Schmidt would have to settle for sixth while de Jong would cross the line to win the race just three seconds ahead of Antochowski.

The top ten of the opening race of the Pro calendar in Melbourne would be completed by Nel, Gomes, Zaharov and Sanchez.

 


 

 

 

 

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