This weekend the Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series (GES) took place in Motegi, Japan. 4 hours of multi class racing with a lot of battles up to the end.
For the prototype team SimRC.de Emerald Dustin Hickmann and Maximilian Schieder turned the wheel. In the middle of the week we had a short discussion with Dustin and the team decided to sign him up as an additional driver. With a lap time of 1:43:579 Dustin put the Corvette C7 on place 5 after the qualification, just 0,008 sec ahead of Torque Freak Racing Sunset and 0,2 sec behind Legends Racing.
At the start Dustin had a better reaction than Adam Parle from Legends Racing and he turned into turn 1 on position 4. From this point on Thrustmaster Mivano and Simracing for Holland had a very impressive pace and the cars behind weren’t able to follow. In the first hour of the race little groups were built, who had to manage to go through a lot of lapped groups of GT3´s and GTC´s. Dustin managed to save fuel for two laps and pitted as last car of the prototype class, but during compared to the other teams we stood 6 seconds longer in the pit and came back to the track on P6. Due to the fact, that the prototype teams weren’t able to run for 60 minutes or longer with a full tank, the strategy games started. Thrustmaster Mivano and Radicals Online decided to go early to the pit. Mivano was also the first team with a driver change, Carlo Labati jumped into the car from Simone Maria Marceno. We decided to go as long as possible every time to have an advantage in the last stint. We made good experience in Road America with this strategy before. From now on the groups were splitted, but it was still an interesting battle against each other without seeing the other cars on the track.
After 93 laps Maximilian jumped into the SimRC.de Emerald prototype on P4, 14 seconds behind Torque Freak Racing Sunset. In this time Radicals Online driver Marco Mogren drove nice laps through the traffic and increased the pressure to SimRC.de Emerald and Torque Freak Racing. With 1 hour left on the clock we have expected a battle with both teams for the podium. Pedro van Baelen (Torque Freak Racing) had an unindented contact with a lapped GT3 and the car was damaged. They were forced to solve an early pit stop with small repairs on the car, but their top speed was gone. SimRC.de took the chance to come back to the track after the last splash and dash pit stop, with 26 minutes on the clock, on P3. The gap to Torque Freak Racing was round about 6 seconds and we knew that the only team who can catch us were Radicals Online from this point on. Marco Morgen could close the gap from 14 seconds to 6 seconds but Max crossed the finish line on P3. It was the second podium finish in this season.
Preliminary season standings:
- Simracing for Holland (48 points)
- SimRC.de Emerald (42 points)
- Thrustmaster Mivano (41 points)
- Backmarker Racing (40 points)