SRS Season 2021.2 Week 5 Recap
Penultimate week of the season, full of drama and unexpected results!
ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TZ – VIR Full (US)
Last lap, Ted Hough, as expected, was leading. He was trying to get a 2.16, since when you are first with a 12 seconds gap, the race could be pretty boring. But then, with some corners to go, the impossible happens. Ted Hough spun. But, despite this, he won the race. But behind, we had some drama too. Robert Duplantier ends in 2nd place, after a long and nice fight between him, Eduardo Cavalcanti and Nick Barknecht, who got 3 incidents. 5th place for Riley Gallardo. The championship lost one of his main protagonist, Alex Nelson, so some drivers gained few places. Ted Hough is always first, with 510 points. 2nd Robert Duplantier, with 471 points. Ted will need just 63 points to win the championship, so he could retire from the 3rd lap onwoards, even if Robert will win the race. 3rd place for Jari Penttinen, 13 points in front of Riley Gallardo. 5th Andrzej Gruszka. Shame for Michal Janak, who was involved in a lap-1 crash, falling down to P7 in the standings. The last race will be held at Tsukuba, a twisty track that should bring out a good race.
FERRARI 599XX EVO – Imola (IT)
We could have had another win for Marc LoGiudice, but Austin Ogonoski made a phenomenal last lap, overtaking Marc on the Variante Alta. 3rd Emiliano Videla, who got his 1st podium in this championship. Right now, Austin has the championship in his hands, with an amazing 52 points gap on Estefano Barrera Rodriguez (8th in the race). 3rd place for Marc, 4 points behind Estefano and 6 in front of Emiliano. 5th place for James Leeder, who seems to be struggling a lot, since his best results are three P7s. The last race will be done at the Mugello!
HONDA S800 RSC – Watkins Glen Short (US)
A crazy race in the fast layout of Watkins Glen, with some three-wide on the opening laps, where Scott Pritchard got his first ever win, after an amazing performance. 2nd place for Alex Nelson, who overtook Robert Duplantier on the last lap. Just 4th David Iglesias, for him the 1st time ever out of the podium in this championship. Despite his race, he is still leading in the standings. 2nd Robert Duplantier, just four points in front of Alex Nelson. 4th Michal Janak, pretty alone with 12 points behind the American, and 17 from Jari Penttinen, 5th. The last race will be at Daytona, with these tiny cars that should be an amazing race!
MASERATI & PORSCHE GT4 – Mosport (CA)
A critical race for the championship, where Riley Gallardo won in a dominant way. 2nd place for Nick Barknecht, just in front of Javier Brandao, who made a nice comeback from P7 at the end of the 1st lap. A podium full of Maserati, with the first Porsche 4th, with the former leader Alex Nelson. Going into the last race, Riley Gallardo is leading by just 2 points on Nelson. 3rd Javier Brandao, with a safe gap from Emiliano Videla (31 points). 5th Vicente da Silva, 20 points behind his GTP teammate. The last round of this great championship will be the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Green Hell, so everything is still possible!
FERRARI 288 GTO – Modena (IT)
Oh. My. God. Those were the reactions of Michal Janak and Matteo Venuti after the 3rd corner in the second lap of the race in the Boringdrome of Modena (the slower version). Robert Duplantier and Giuseppe Iaria crashed, losing about 10 places. An enormous twist for the championship. But the race went on, and Michal Janak won the race, after an amazing performance. 2nd Matteo Venuti, who made some mistakes trying to catch the Czech. Behind, an amazing comeback from Giuseppe Iaria and Robert Duplantier saw them ending 3d and 4th. After this eventful race, Giuseppe Iaria is still leading with 491 points. Then, an incredible fight for the 2nd place between Robert Duplantier, Michal Janak and Matteo Venuti. The three drivers are separated by just 2 points, that is absolutely stunning. 5th place for Andrzej Gruszka, 39 points behind Venuti. The last race will be done at Vallelunga Classic. Let’s see who will grab the 2nd place!
MCLAREN 650S GT3 – Barcellona Moto (ES)
In the 1-hour race, we had the usual domination of David Iglesias and Matteo Venuti once again. Incredible race for the two drivers, which gap at the end of the race was just of 0.283 seconds. After a bad start for Venuti, they started to leave every other driver alone, mantaining an excellent pace. In the last few minutes, the Italian started to close the gap, and on the last laps he was really near to the leader. The last lap was crazy, similar to the MotoGP’s 2009 Catalan GP, where Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo fought until the last corner. Venuti wanted to replicate the move of his favourite driver on the last corner, but it wasn’t possible. Behind them, a 53 seconds gap and there’s Mark Puc. The championship isn’t really open now, with Iglesias 15 points in front of Venuti. Then another immense gap, 84 points to find Michael Post (4th in the race). 4th Michael Martin, who started on the wrong set of tyres, compromising his race. 5th Mark Puc. Last race at Road Atlanta, should be an hard combination of car and track
PORSCHE BATTLE – Riverside Long (US)
David Broomhead wins the Riverside race with the old Porsche! 2nd win in a row for him, heavily decreasing the difference between him and the leader in the championship. P2 for Nick Barknecht, in front of Leeder. The championship, thanks to the last two wins for the Canadian, is more open than ever, with just one point separating him from Leeder. 3rd place for Don Debienne, who might have secured his 3rd place in the championship. 4th Rick Longano, 9 points in front of Sean Seebran. The fight between David Broomhead and James Leeder will end at the Red Bull Ring, in a race that should be exciting.
MINI COOPER JCW CHALLENGE – Donington GP (UK)
5th different winner in the Mini Cooper JCW Championship! This time Tim Masson managed to win the race, after a crash on the 2nd lap, who involved Nick Barknecht and Stuart Gomm. 2nd place for Eduardo Cavalcanti, and after a great comeback, in 3rd place there’s Barknecht. The championship battle is something really strange, with Anthony Dawson (4th in the race) back on the top, thanks to some errors on James Tumilty’s side (11th). They are separated by 8 points. 3rd place for Stefano Macchi, who has just 294 points, 4 more than Tommaso Gatti (they both missed the first race at Cadwell Park). 5th Christopher Godrey
LOTUS 49 – Bridgehampton (US)
Two important races for the championship here in the no-longer existing Bridgehampton circuit. The first day was a game between Claudio Polidori and Matteo Venuti, who gained lots of points on his rival Michal Janak. The two drivers did some mistakes all over the race. 3rd place for Rico Haas, meanwhile Robert Duplantier had a really difficult race, finishing sixth after a bad start. The 2nd race was more normal, with a great win for Robert Duplantier, after a perfect race. 2nd, again, Matteo Venuti. 3rd Berci sugar, almost taking the Italian at the end due to some backmarkers. The championship battle became even more open, with Robert Duplantier on top. 2nd Rico Haas, 5 points in front of Matteo Venuti. Michal Janak, 4th, is just two points behind the 3rd place, losing 14 points from Matteo in the last two races. 5th place for Rob Russo. The next races will be at the old Monza with the oval, and as we saw in the last few races there, the races could be really interesting.
SEAT CUPRA TCR – Okayama GP (JP)
The Cupra went to Japan, and heading into the last week of racing at the Nurburgring GP GT, the fight between David Iglesias and Simon Speth is really open. David has 17 wins, meanwhile Simon 16, with the same amounts of 2nd places. 3rd place for a great Maurice Klerken, who collected 10 wins, 4 last week. Behind him, his teammate Martin Faber with also 510 points (the maximum so far), with 7 wins. 5th place for Gianluca Roncaglia, with 502 points.
TOYOTA GT86 – Hockenheimring Short 1 (DE)
A never-used (as far as I know) layout of the Hockenheimring has been used for last week’s Toyota races! A fun track, with a strange chicane, that provided some good battles among the racers. Like in the last few weeks, Wilfrid Paduano came on top of the standings, with 3 wins in Germany, bringing the total to 18. 2nd Victor Garcia de Vega, with 8 wins. ot far, we have Roman Bisanz with 5 wins but in only 8 races, compared to the eighteen of the Spaniard. 4th place for Daniel Lorente, who only got a 99. 5th Nuno Ferraz, with 4 total wins and 500 points.
FORMULA ARGENTINA – Spa-Francorchamps (BE)
Filippo di Maggio has almost the championship in his hands, being the only driver with the maximum amount of points. 17 total wins for him. 2nd place for Andrea Giusto, who got a 98, like the driver behind him, Erik Zdovc. they respectley have 9 and 4 wins. 4th Ryan Thomas, and behind Paul Smith.
CHEVROLET C7R EURO – Most (CZ)
In Most, the Hekkenberg-Kraaijenbrink duo increased their gap from the other drivers, with the 3rd driver, John Gibson, 41 points behind the leader. Behind him, Andrzej Gruszka wants the podium, winning in every week, ecept for the Nordschleife, where he did a disappointing 55 points race. 5th Martijn van Bommel. This week we had 5 different winners: Hugo Hekkenberg (2), Christian Wolter (1), Martin Kraaijenbrink (1), Kevin Pruscha (1) and Andrzej Gruszka (1). One race didn’t get more than 6 drivers.
CHEVROLET C7R ASIA – Silverstone GP (UK)
It’s monday morning, and when I tried to check the standings of the Asian C7R championship, i couldn’t find it. If it appears again, i’ll update this paragraph.
CHEVROLET C7R AMERICA – Summit Point (US)
Two low-joined races in Summit Point, with just 7 and 6 drivers joining the two races. In the first race, Austin Ogonoski won his 3rd race in this championship, in front of Riley Gallardo and Emiliano Videla, in a race that seemed pretty fun from the position chart. The 2nd race was an easy one for Marc LoGiudice, who was the only one to finish the race. 2nd Saagar Bakshi, who retired after 44 minutes, and 3rd Jacob Fraga, after the 30 minutes mark. The championship, ending at Road Atlanta, should be won by Austin Ogonoski, who has 24 points on Riley Gallardo. 3rd place for Emiliano Videla, 7 points behind P2. 4th and 5th Marc LoGiudice and Saagar Bakshi, with 5 points separating them.
TOP FIVE (Weekly championship)
I introduce you a new graphic, that shows the best five placements of the weekly championships (Alfa, the two Ferrari, Honda, GT4, McLaren, Mini, Corvette America and Lotus, I don’t count the daily championships and the 1-hour Euro and Asia, since you can race up to 5 times there)