SRS Week 3/6 Recap
The first SRS season of 2021 is in the turning point! This season we have a mix of fast, exciting, slow and really, really, really slow cars (yes, i’m talking about the Panda).
ALFA ROMEO 33T12 – Le Mans Classic (Weekly)
The weekly championship began with the fast Alfa Romeo 33T12, at the classic Le Mans circuit. Initially the race was supposed to be on the modern layout, but Henrique ordered the French workers to remake the old track.
But let’s talk about the race. Michal Ringes took his first win in this championship, gaining two places on his compatriots Michal Janak and Petr Liska. The leader is still Giuseppe Iaria, with 13 points more than Ringes.
Behind, lots of incidents. People jumping off the track, or smashing at 250+ km/h into some trees. This happened to Gaetano Santonicola, his race was definitely over. No surprise, the old Le Mans track, despite the long straights, it’s a really challenging track.
SEAT CUPRA TCR – VIR Full (Weekly)
A chaotic race at the VIR, with plenty of crashes, and a “big one” on the first corner. Like the other two rounds, we had the same two drivers on the top (this time, David Broomhead won, with an incident point, so he gained only one point on Luke Bouwmeester).
In 3rd place, Ramiro Dominguez. The championship battle between Broomhead and Bouwmeester seems to be really exciting, with only a point separating the two. Follows Vicente Da Silva, Pasha “zerobandiwidth” Paterson. And Omer? Well, he ended in P12 (after some crashes earlier in the race) in a photofinish with Emiliano Videla and Rob Russo.
MINI AUSTIN COOPER S – Okayama Piper (Weekly)
The 3rd round of the Classic Mini, at Okayama Piper, was a championship-changing race. The race was won by the Brazilian Matheus Nolli, who seems to be the king of slow cars, followed by Michal Janak and Matteo Venuti, who did a really bad start (like every single time), losing almost two places on David Iglesias and Simon Speth, one of his main rivals.
Petr Liska made a mistake on the first corner, ending in the Sea of Japan. He managed to finish 5th, losing the leadership of the championship. The top 3 is really close, with Matheus, Matteo and Petr separated by just 4 points.
MASERATI MC12 GT1 – Nurburgring GP (Weekly)
After some crazy races, we had something more relaxed. Race n° 3 of the Maserati MC12 GT1, at the Nurburgring GP circuit. Alex Nelson won the race with a clean 102, 2nd Austin Ogonoski, with an overtake on the penultimate lap on the driver who finished 3rd, Eduardo Sa.
This is another close championship, with the leader, Austin, just 4 points ahead of Alex. 3rd, like in the race, there’s Eduardo Sa, who is 37 points behind Alex, after a retirement in Laguna Seca.
FIAT PANDA – Modena Fast (Weekly)
I’ll use a word to describe this race. INSANE. 5 or more drivers fighting for the win, cars side by side for some laps in a row, and so on. The 3rd round of the Panda championship at Modena Fast was one of the most intense races on SRS in a while.
Again, Matheus Nolli won the race, followed by Robert Duplantier and Martin Smith, who came up on top after a fight on the last few laps with Matteo Venuti. Then, 5th, Michal Janak.
The standings smile at Nolli, the “king of slow cars” (I’ll call him in this way forever), who has 12 points more than Duplantier. 3rd Smith, 4th and 5th are Penttinen and Janak, with the same amount of points, 251, just 7 points more than the Italian Barrichello (myself), who had a catastrophic race at Monza.
ORECA FLM09 – Monza (Weekly)
Fast car at Monza, what can happen? For many, it was a surprise that the race was 1-hour long.
Obviously, you may know what happened at the start. Crashes, pile-up of cars and so on.
Mostafa Moradi managed to win the race, with 3 incidents, followed by Eduardo Lima. 3rd, Simon Speth, who returns on the top of the standings after a disappointing race at Spa-Francorchamps, where he lost the leadership from Anthony Yau. The previous leader managed to get only 59 points in the Italian circuit. Wayne Francis gets the 2nd place, without any podiums, 4th is Duplantier and 5th Mark Puc, followed by James Tumilty. The last two drivers had a strange moment, you can see it down there.
PRAGA R1 – Sebring (Weekly)
The current mod used for Sebring on SRS is not very good, and some drivers don’t like this version. Ryan Skywalker 100% agrees with this, after his absurd crash in the middle of the race.
Luis Henrique Caetano won the race in his first time in the Praga R1, with a stunning 45 seconds gap from James Leeder. In 3rd place, Rick Longano.
After this race, the leader is… Leeder! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). Rick Longano is following, just 3 points behind James. Ryan Skywalker, despite his absurd crash, managed to get 84 points, losing 14 points from the leader. Luckily for him, the championship remains open, since the gap separating the top 3 is just 10 points. Then, in 4th place, John Krahne, and 5th Sean Seebran.
FERRARI F2004 – Hockenheimring GP (Weekend)
Madness in the German track, as expected.
The first of the three races saw Mostafa Moradi on top, leading on Garo Sarafian and a surprising Lopez Barbero, after a spin for Luca Clementi on the last corner of the final lap. The second race was way worse, nobody who ended the race got zero incident points. Moradi won again, 2nd Simon Speth and 3rd Daniel Gamblin. Instead, in the final race of the week, Ryan Skywalker managed to win after a fight in the last few laps with the dominator of the Hockenheim week. 3rd, again, Gamblin.
The standings after the three races see the Sunday winner leading, with just 3 points on Simon Speth. Behind him, a 25 points gap from Garo Sarafian, pretty big, isn’t it? 4th Filippo di Maggio, and 5th Lucas Biberacher.
CATERHAM ACADEMY– Donington National (Daily)
After a week in Japan, the Caterham returns to the UK, in the short layout of Donington. A great combination of car/track. Simon Merritt won 5 races in home terrain, followed by Victor Garcia de Vega, 3rd Michel Macrobio, who got 2 victories.
SKODA OCTAVIA CUP – Tor Poznan (Daily)
It was a great week for the 4Fun team, who managed to put two of their drivers on top (Gianluca and Matteo on 2nd and 3rd place). Gianluca won 2 races out of 5, while Matteo did his classic “one-shot, one-win” on Monday. Andrea Giusto is still leading the championship. Should we rename this championship “Skoda Italian Cup”? I think so.
TATUUS FA01 – SILVERSTONE GP (Daily)
After a crazy week at the Red Bull Ring, we had a more relaxed one (at least, in the races I saw, there were not so many crashes). Simon Speth is leading the championship, with just a win more than Matti Saastamoinen, followed by Ryan Thomas, with 4 wins. The man with more wins is Riley Gallardo (15 wins, 16 2nd places, 2 3rd), but he had more than 40 races. Amazing!
GT3 EURO – Kyalami (1-Hour)
For the 3rd week of this championship, our loved GT3 cars went to South Africa. In an European championship. Great! The drivers who won this week were Simon Speth (x3), Hugo Hekkenberg (x3), Martin Kraajenbrink and Ethan Dean. Right now, Speth is leading on Hekkenberg, thanks to his larger number of 2nd places, and with “just” three wins, Dean are tied on top, 4th, Kraajenbrink and 5th Matteo Venuti, who got a 2nd place on Monday.
GT3 ASIA – Mugello (1-Hour)
Meanwhile, at Mugello, we had 4 different winners: Erwin Kaczynski, who got 4 wins, Lucas Biberacher, Simon Speth and Eric Leidwanger (1 win each). Simon is leading the series, with 7 points more than Ricardo. 3rd, just 1 point behind the Brazilian, there is John Gibson.
GT3 AMERICA – VIR Full (1-Hour)
Another (2) races in Virginia this week! The two races were won by Austin Ogonoski and Vicente Da Silva, who finished 3rd in the Friday race. The championship see the 8th driver with the highest rating, Ogonoski, on the top, with 6 points more than Ethan Dean, who got only 89 points. 3rd, John Cannon.