Scuderia Leone
Drama as Scuderia Leone GT gets taken out by LMP2
September 30 2017

It was time for the first round of season two of the rFactor 2 SimRacing.Club Virtual Le Mans Series today as a field of GT's and LMP2's were unleashed at the circuit of Indianapolis. After a hectic opening phase, we were on our way to win in the GT class before a LMP2 car crashed into our car.

It was a bit of a hectic start of the race as there appeared to be some confusion among part of the field during the start. Hany Alsabti, who put the #87 Scuderia Leone car on pole, was able to stay out of trouble. But a familiar name for us from previous championships, and a respected rival this season Nico Barclay, in the #56 1Aco Aston Martin, was hit. He dropped back, but after some time he was able to fight his way back a bit. Fellow Dutchman Alexander vd Woude, driving in the #63 SimTech Team Netherlands car, was able to capitalize as he was able to take the lead.

Hany Alsabti was able to close the gap and take the lead back. From then we had a little moment with an LMP2 in the first stint and then a few minutes later a little moment when the #63 SimTech Corvette had a lag moment. But none of these moments damaged the car and we were able to start building a lead. Hany Alsabti drove towards the first hour mark as, right on time, a code 80 appeared. Performing a pitstop during this virtual safety car period can save you a lot of time compared to a pitstop during green. So Hany boxed for some fuel before returning to the track for his second stint. The #66 Green Flashes Ferrari was in second position as they too were able to pit during a code 80 a few minutes later.

The second half of the race began relatively calm for us. There were a quite a lot of code 80's around the track, most noticeably from some LMP2 incidents, but we were moving on, building our lead. At the halfway point Hany Alsabti handed over the driving duties to Kevin Rotting, who made his rFactor 2 comeback this weekend. After working hard this last week to prepare he was right on the pace and as Hany's second stint, the second half of the race was without any battles. But you still have traffic and the faster LMP2's to look out for. So into focus mode he went and the gap to SimTech Team Netherlands, who were back in second position, reached around 2 minutes.

Just over the three hour mark Kevin boxed before his second stint. With a full tank it was just a mather of bringing it home. Then with about 30 minutes to go two LMP2's tried to overtake our car on the banking. They touched each other and one of them crashed into our car. Kevin was able to get the car to the pits but there was too much damage for use to get anywhere near the points. After a perfect effort from our drivers it's a shame to see such a high amount of incidents elsewhere on track, with one incident outside of Kevin's hands becoming the end of our race. But sometimes these things happen and we'll be back next round to fight back!

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Kevin's perspective^

The Virtual Le Mans Series will be back in 4 weeks time on the 28th of October when we'll prepare for the 4 hours of Fuji. Want to see some of the action from today's race? The entire qualifying session and race were broadcast live on the SimRacing.Club Youtube channel: