A unique race unfolded to start out the second ISDC Grand National Series season, where Trevor Brownlee took victory after the 75 lap affair. Despite sheet metal getting bent up early for Brownlee, he was able to position his car perfectly, even coming back from a lap down, a tall feat at Daytona, to cross the line less than a tenth of a second ahead of Caeton Bomersbach and Cody Wenzen. An early accident caused damage to many cars in the field allowing Wenzen to have a pretty steady night at the front of the field but it was Brownlee who swept through to victory in the late stages, leading only seven laps on the night. Adam Hill finished fourth and Will Roberts rounded out the top 5. The race was slowed three times for nine laps. The Big One took place on lap nine and collected a dozen cars. Looking forward Brownlee is sure to be a contender in the plate races, on the back of his victory in the 300 and his second in his duel, but now that the series turns back to the unrestricted tracks, it is yet to be seen who will be the force this season. Next week the series heads to the deserts of Nevada, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As always all the action will be on RSR Network.
Three races over two nights were on tap for the International Sim Drivers Club to start out the league's third season. The non-traditional Sunday night affair featured the Gatorade Duels from Daytona, which set the starting grid for the Grand National Series premier event, the Daytona 300.
In Duel 1 Cody Wenzen took an early lead before an electrical fault dropped him to the tail of the field. He rebounded to fourth. Stephen Laarkamp then lead much of the event but right at the end Dylan Lee and Trevor Brownlee made a pass around the outside, propelling them to first and second. By virtue of his single car speed, Cody Wenzen will still start first in the 300, but Dylan Lee will start right behind him.
In Duel 2 Tim Silliman lead early before two yellows slowed the field. The crew took too long at one point on pit road and it cost him as he was unable to get back to the draft. Johne Martin was able to play it calm and cool and took the lead mid race and never relinquished it, holding off a last lap charge from Will Roberts and Caeton Bomersbach. By virtue of his single car speed, Silliman will also maintain his front row starting spot for the Daytona 300, with Johne Martin starting right behind him in fourth.
Monday night saw the Formula World Series back in action for the first invitation only event, The Challenge, also known as the Chevron for the unique branding of the event, took place on a hot slick Phoenix International Raceway. With the sun belting down, the drivers strapped in for an all out sprint race. The race, which was only 40 laps, was dominated by Danny Roberts, who took home victory by almost ten seconds. Caeton Bomersbach got his second second place finish in two nights, while Tim Silliman rounded out the podium.
The Grand National Series is back in action on Thursday night for the 2nd ISDC Daytona 300, which will be live on RSR Network. The Formula World Series officially starts off it's season next Monday night with the Purex Dial Indy 200 which will be carried live on American Sim Network. As always stay tuned to intlsimdriversclub.com for all the latest news and notes regarding the ISDC.
Below is the entry list for the Chevron Challenge on April 24th:
Stephen Laarkamp- Twice Champion, Seven times Polesitter, Eight Times Winner
Danny Roberts- Four Times Polesitter, Three Times Winner
Kenyon Payne- Three Times Polesitter, Three Times Winner
Alex Boffoli- Twice Polesitter, Four Times Winner
Chris Gutierrez- Twice Polesitter, Twice Winner
Tanner J. Watkins- Four Times Polesitter
Bradley Walters- ABC Supply Indy 175 Polesitter, Three Times Winner
Jonathan Goke- Twice Polesitter, King Taco 300 Winner
Eric Steinmetz- Twice Race Winner
Tim Silliman- Purex Indy 200 Polesitter
Caeton Bomersbach- Firestone Firehawk 300 Winner
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