iRacing Mustang Challenge - Season 3 - Race 2 - Mid Ohio (with video)

iRacing Mustang Challenge - Season 3 - Race 2 - Mid Ohio (with video)

Mike Wille
Jared Jewell (off)
Todd Honczarenko (off)

Crew Chief
Joe Pisciotta Jr.
Season 3 - Race 2 - Mid-Ohio

Revolution Race Group, Stangnet & Late Model Restoration FR500 Mustang was power only by Mike Wille this week at Mid-Ohio. Jared Jewell did the spotting for his teammate at this very technical road course.

Wille qualified 3rd for the "Strength of Field" race Sunday afternoon, as Vladimir Ozeretskovsky started on pole and Liam Hackwith sharing the front row in second.

When the green flag waved Mike quickly latched to the bumper of second place driver Hackwith and by turn 4 Wille made is move past setting his sights for leader Vladimir. As the laps counted down of this 20 lap shootout Vladimir put 3 seconds of distance between Wille. Vladimir would run a World Record lap halfway through extending his lead even further over Wille. His spotter Jewell "Let's hit your marks and click off fast consistent laps" and that's exactly what Wille did.

With 5 laps to go the leaders caught slower traffic driving Pontiac Solstice and VW Jetta's. Wille erased a 2.5 second lead and was in a few car lengths of taking the lead when a Solstice jumped in front of him slowing down his momentum.

Vladimir would take the win and the Championship point lead with Wille finishing second and also tied for second in the standings with last weeks winner Brian Strodtbeck.

Here is the race video.

iRacing InRacing News Article for Race 2:

World Records Fall Again in Week 2 of New GT Cup
by Jeff Jacobs on August 12th, 2014

Favorable weather conditions and strong participation produced new qualifying and race lap world records for the VW Jetta TDI and Ford Mustang FR500S at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in week two of the Grand Touring Cup. Marco Luca Abbate repeated the feat from week one at Charlotte by taking the top Jetta qualifying time with a 1:35.269, but he only beat runner-up Nicholas Sladeczek by 0.017sec. Torsten Boltjes claimed the new record Jetta race lap with a 1:35.807. In the Mustangs, it was Brian Strodtbeck turning in a 1:33.459 to set a new world record qualifying lap. While perhaps disappointed that Strodtbeck out qualified him by just 0.003sec, Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy went on to claim the world record race lap of 1:33.488.

On his way to setting a new world record race lap at Mid-Ohio, season-points-leader Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy (#1) leads a pack of Mustangs into Turn 1 at the drop of the green flag.
Despite not setting any new world records, Pontiac Solstice drivers competed in strong numbers for the second-straight week with 196 sim-racers running at least one of the 68 official races that produced 38 different winners at Mid-Ohio. The top points earner in week two was Sladeczek at 190. However, in the overall season standings, Sladeczek’s two-week total of 303 points leaves him 20 points behind leader Andrey Loginov (323). Loginov seems to be making an early claim to a second GTC Solstice Championship after he last won the series in Season 2 of 2013. Defending Champion Brad Wootton sits fifth overall despite a perfect four wins in four races entered this season and will need to find some higher SOF races to defend his title.

William Morrison (#7) rides the curbing looking to reel in Kenny Murray (#10) exiting Turn 2 at Mid-Ohio.
Mustang sim-racers continued to show up in large numbers with Mid-Ohio being a favorite to stretch the legs of the V8 powered pony car. By the end of the week, 258 drivers competed in 68 official races producing 43 different winners. Continuing his run at the top of the points standing, Ozeretskovskiy won the big Sunday SOF race to claim 218 points, making his season total 428 and keeping him in the leader position. Strodtbeck and Mike Wille sit tied for second overall with 368 points each.

Jetta driver Thomas Lundquist (#15) works the inside line to pass – at least briefly – Jeffrey MacGregor (#14) as David Hampson (#12) chases through Turn 2 at Mid-Ohio.
One Jetta sim-racer made all others look like slackers by comparison – Torsten Boltjes competed in an astonishing 40 official races and took 28 wins in the process. While Boltjes was rewarded with the new world record race lap cited above, the top points for the week went to Marco Luca Abbate (180 points) which were enough to put him atop the season standings with 333 points. Sladeczek, who also sits second in the Solstice overall standings, tails Abbate by only 12 points.

Typical of the close racing throughout the field in all the races at Mid-Ohio, Blake Reynolds (#6) has a mirror full of Coleman Reif (#11) with less than five minutes left in the race.
Week 3 moves the series east to the vineyards of upstate New York and the driving thrill that is Watkins Glen International. The long “Boot” configuration should produce lap times a full minute longer than the first two tracks of the season, allowing for more distance between the three classes of cars and likely less inter-class racing. Sim-racers who are ordinarily fast but have struggled to deal with lapped (or lapping) traffic should have a chance to revive their chase for the points championship. All drivers will find a track map, lap guide, videos, setup tips and other helpful information in the Series Forum.
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