The International Sim Drivers Club is proud to enter it's second season with the Formula World Series. Alongside that the ISDC is proud to announce the formation of our second championship, the ISDC GT Championship. Both will kick off at the bookends of Halloween Weekend, Friday, October 28th for the GT Championship and Monday, October 31st for the Formula World Series.
The Formula World Series wrapped up their Inaugural Season on September 5th, with Stephen Laarkamp taking the title, while Alex Boffoli took his 4th win on the season. In total six drivers took victory over the twelve races, while fifty-eight made at least one start. Stephen Laarkamp wrapped up the title while the tour was in Japan for Round 11 following two victories and three podiums on the schedule's road courses, as well as a string of poor finishes late in the season for second place Chris Gutierrez. Danny Roberts rebounded from a did not start at Auto Club to finish third on the season.
For season two the schedule gets a rework, with fifteen rounds now dotting the schedule, with trips to five different nations. Six road and street events now dot the schedule, from the sunny seaside of Long Beach's Street Circuit, to the rolling hills of Zolder, Belgium, the picturesq ocean view of Phillip Island, Australia, and the rising skyline of Montreal, Canada.
Also new on the schedule for season two are Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, historically two of the three legs of the American Open Wheel Triple Crown. With the 2nd running of the ISDC Indianapolis 500, as well as the inaugural running of the Schaefer Indy 500 and the ISDC Michigan 500, the Triple Crown will be reborn in the International Sim Drivers Club. Additionally new ovals have made their way onto the schedule. Kansas Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile, Pocono International Raceway, and Homestead Miami Speedway will make their first Formula World Series appearances.
A number of rule changes have been made for the Formula World Series second season. The ISDC Indianapolis 500 will now hold a separate Qualifying session, the week prior to the event. Road Courses will include Full Course caution periods. Most importantly, start times have been moved back by fifteen minutes for Season Two.
But the big news that has been hinted at in the last few weeks is finally ready to be unveiled. The International Sim Drivers Club will be holding our first Sports Car Championship. The vintage and rightly named, ISDC GT Championship. Returning to an era of sheer unadulterated power, speed and fury, the year 1989 will live again. Nine rounds will dot the schedule for the inaugural season. The series will pay tribute to some of the most storied sports car events in the United States, with trips to Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Laguna Seca. All of the above will hold mixed class endurance events, the rest will hearken to a different aspect of the Camel GT era. The remaining five rounds will hold separate races on the same night, for both the GTO and GTP Classes. GTO will hold their race at nine o'clock, while GTP will hold their's immediately after. The Administration of the International Sim Drivers Club has not yet issued a completed rulebook for the GT Class, but has begun accepting entries.
Season two is looking to be promising for the ISDC. More announcements will be made as we get closer to the season openers.
Alex Boffoli collected his fourth victory on the season in a long, attrition filled race under the Texas sun. Boffoli broke the tie for first on the win list with the victory tonight. Phil Clark came home a career high second, and Ryan Kish finished third. The race ended under yellow after a Lap 164 spin. Rory Collins brought home the privateer #76 home in fourth and Johne Martin finished 5th. Stephen Taylor lead 93 laps on the night before contact sent him into the wall and out of the show. Stephen Laarkamp had already clinched the title and was unaffected when he was involved in a Lap 28 incident. Chris Gutierrez held second on the season, while Danny Roberts was third. Stephen Taylor and Caeton Bomersbach swapped spots, with Taylor jumping to fourth. The Formula World Series enters it's offseason. The tour comes back in anger October 31st with the Honda Grand Prix of Sebring and the new Road Course format. Preseason testing is expected to kick off in the next few weeks, and the seasonal Town Hall is expected in mid-October. Be sure to stay tuned right here for all your news and information.
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