Featured iRacing Gallant Gunar granted glory as Evo Sonic struggles

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    After another fantastic race in the AOR Formula Renault 2.0 Championship, Carbon Racing Blue's Gunar Nijenhuis took an astounding win around Phillip Island, leading home a one-two finish with teammate David Jarvis.

    As the season headed down under for the second round of the championship, all eyes were firmly set on the French Canadian, simply for the fact of being a two time winner around this circuit. LM Rennsport were looking for a bounce back after a torrid time at Spa and Aperture were looking for some joy after what was a decent race last time out.

    "The Godfather" Kerry Knowlden wasn't present for the race, meaning that the grid would be more interesting without the season one Pro Mazda champion. Despite this, qualifying was fascinating with the plethora of names all in the mix. The top twenty were split by just 1.3 seconds, but one man shone brighter than the rest, being the championship leader, Christian Koch, blitzing his qualifying with a 1.24.343, two tenths faster than his teammate Jean-Francois Godin, leading to an all Evo Sonic lockout of the front row. The ever impressive David Jarvis qualified on row two, alongside LM Racing's Patrick Kessler, who really unlocked the car to get his best ever qualifying result. Gunar Nijenhuis would line up on row three alongside Phil Reid, who bounced back from a poor qualifying last time out. Row four was locked out by Evo MR's Rene Osterkamp and LM Rennsport's Michael Mittner.

    The start was fantastic for Gunar Nijenhuis, jumping up the field from fifth to second by the time they reached Honda, however not everyone would finish the first lap unscathed. Laurens De Rijk would be tapped by Lars Jacobsen down at turn one, which sent him on a bumpy road down the field on the grass, also both Tye MacLeod's and Vittorio Saltalamacchia's races would end in dramatic style at the end of the Southern Loop, with Tye precariously rejoining off the banking, sending Vittorio spiralling over into the outside barrier. Up front though, Jean-Francois Godin would run wide at Siberia, taking to the gravel and falling from second to twentieth. By this time, Carbon Racing Blue had jumped from third and fifth to first and second.


    More drama would follow on lap two with Patrick Kessler losing the car at the Southern Loop, giving Lee N robinson nowhere to go and damage to boot. Kessler would drop back to where Godin was attempting to charge back through the field, leading to a sensational moment almost eerily similar to Ryan Hunter-Reay in Indycar, making the move with two wheels on the grass, three wide twice down the front straight.

    Midfield drama then ensued with Luke White getting collected on top of Lukey Heights with debutant Stephen Asch, Asch would continue but the damage was done for the North Atlantic driver. The field soon calmed down but mistakes were rife throughout the field. At one stage there was an eleven car train sat on the run up to Lukey Heights, taking the phrase of "Trulli Train" to a whole new level.

    By this time, Gunar Nijenhuis had pulled out a small gap over his teammate, and a much more significant one over Phil Reid and Christan Koch, who were scrapping hard over third with Michael Mittner waiting patiently behind. Lukey Heights would claim another victim however as Koch lost the back end, collecting Phil Reid but not leaving too much damage. Koch would pit that lap to cut his losses. The leaders would come in without any dramas, handing the lead to Aperture's Phil Reid with Mittner in tow. Both would come in at the same time but in the end Reid would change his front wing, costing him precious time in the stops.

    There would be more dramas for Koch however with fifteen to go, as he collected Manuel Heuer on the inside, causing him to spin in the middle of turn eleven and subsequently collect Laurens De Rijk. His rejoin was scary too, as another driver in Erkka Lindstrom* (*citation needed) would collect the back of the Dutchman, ending his race on the spot.

    By this time Jean-Francois Godin would be chasing like a mad man possessed. Setting purple lap time after purple lap time, he would soon close a four second gap down to just one point three with a lap to go however it wouldn't be enough to close down fourth place Phil Reid. Gunar extended his lead in the end to over seven seconds to cruise home to his first win of the season, followed home by David Jarvis for a wonderful one-two. Michael Mittner kickstarted his season with a podium also.

    With this all put into consideration, David Jarvis (58) is now eleven points clear of Jean-Francois Godin (47) with two podiums and similarities to the debut of the triple Pro Mazda champion Justin Brunner. Reid (42) catapults up to third with both Koch, Mittner and Gunar Nijenhuis (33) waiting in the wings. The constructors championship looks similar with Carbon Racing Blue (91) also eleven points clear of Evo Sonic (80) but waiting behind is Aperture Motorsports (64) and LM Rennsport (60) to collect points on their rivals when mistakes come to light.

    Round three of the AOR FR2.0 Championship heads to Mosport for the next round but recent news on Evo Sonic reportedly not showing up will breath a sigh of relief up and down the paddock.

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    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
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