After the heartbreaking loss of Sepang racing USGP was back underway at the Shanghai circuit Sunday night.
Practice was dominated by Brawn GP's Sam Steffy with a time around the challenging Chinese circuit at a 1:35.041, Lynch Radinsky was the second closest to that time throughout the two hour session at 1:35.356 (+.314)
Other Practice times:
John Ruth: 1:38.125
Jeff Johnston: 1:38.242
Dae Bennett: 1:38.998
Gen. Shifflett: 1:39.529
Kurt "Mack": 1:39.740
John Denman: (No Time)
Things heated up in qualifying when the time dropped to 1:34.914 (Pole Sam Steffy) And Red Bull Racing's pole streak ended with Brawn's excellent lap time. The second closest once more was Lynch Radinsky at 1:34.975 but also with 5 extra laps on track (9)
Dae Bennett grabbed third right before the end of qualy giving J. Ruth fourth with a 1:37.125
Jeff Johnston: 1:37.358
John Denman: 1:37.827
Kurt "Mack": 1:38.968
and Gen. Shifflett at a 1:41.770
The race started out hazardous, three cars spun on the start and two DNF's on the first lap not including some three wide action on turn 3 into the bend between a Williams, Red Bull and the poleman's Brawn GP
|3- Wide out of turn 3 and into the bend|
Soon things calmed down and some overtakes were made, after so many spins on lap one Pitstop strategy became key for most drivers while Brawn GP practically ran away with the top step of the podium averaging 2 extra seconds per lap.
Things looked very promising for Brawn GP until the engine of Sam Steffy's number 23 blew giving Red Bull a 1-2 and Kurt Macdonald his first career podium.
P1 John Ruth: 27 Laps 46:28.716
P2 John Denman: 27 Laps 46:31.257 (+2.541)
P3 Kurt MacDonald: 27 Laps 47:04.331 (+35.615)
P4 Niki Johnston: 27 Laps 47:19.413 (+50.697)
P5 Soappatrol: 26 Laps (+1)
P6 General Shifflett: 26 Laps (+1)
P7 Sam Steffy: DNF (Engine) 26 Laps
P8 Jeff Johnston: DNF (Engine) 12 Laps
P9 Dae Bennett: DNF (Accident) 1 Lap
P10 Lynch Radinsky: DNF (Accident) 1 Lap
Congrats to JR winning at China! On the second to last lap leader Sam Steffy barfed an engine. Results are now posted and points are up to date. Once JR posts the video it will be linked on the results page.
Three weeks and no F1, whats a simracer to do?
This week we'll have the IMSA GT P1 cars at Long Beach running. Its a week off from the open wheel cars. The usual format of Sunday night race held on April 24 (Easter).
April 25th the server will be reset for the USGP F1 2011 series with Round 5; Istanbul Park, racingMay 7th.
Istanbul also caps off the Spring segment of the mini-season points series. Anything can happen and the top 6 still have the opportunity to claim the Spring Championship.
Points - http://www.rfactor-league.com/USGP/F1_2011/Points/Points.htm
CYA on the server!
Hope to see some more people on for IMSA GT on Easter Sunday, Rfactor-league.com has the IMSA GT downloads if you need them.
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