Ohio, USA - Neo Endurance Series started it’s third season this past weekend – the first round was a 6 hour race at Sebring International Raceway where Torrent Motorsports moved up to the GT class for this season using an Aston Martin DBR9. The driver line up remained unchanged from last season with Kevin and Jordan teaming up again, with a 3rd driver likely to be named closer to the 24 hours of Le Mans season finale round. With an average ‘strength of field’ of over 4700 this season of NES is a very competitive and tough championship.
As with last season qualifying sessions are on a Saturday with the races being on the following Sunday, Kevin qualified the TMo Aston Martin in 3rd position making it our best result from qualifying in our time racing in the NES. The race started and the Core Motorsports car jumped us into 3rd position, Kevin slotted into 4th and went into fuel saving mode. The leading SimRC car drove off into the sunset but the 2nd place SimRC car didn’t seem to have the same pace and was just fast enough to keep the Core car and Kevin behind. Near the end of the first stint the 2nd place SimRC car had contact in turn 1 with a Prototype and had an off, this allowed the Core Motorsports car into P2 but Kevin couldn’t make it through.
After Kevin’s first two stints were complete he had managed to save 4 laps of fuel over the leaders and put the TMo car in a good position strategy wise. Jordan got into the car for his two stints. His pace was not quite as good as Kevin’s but was still good enough to stay in the top 5. Disaster struck near the end of Jordan’s first stint though when a GTS class car missed his braking marker and rear ended Jordan into the turn 6 hairpin, this caused Jordan to go into a spin and make slight contact with the barrier. No damage was done though, all that was lost was valuable time.
Kevin got back into the car with around 2 hours 30 minutes to go for his final stints, he got us back up to 3rd due to putting in some great lap times and also some luck with others suffering engine problems. At the end of Kevin’s stint he was suffering with electronic issues so Jordan had to jump in the car to do a unplanned stint. The electrical issues went away and Jordan held the 3rd place position Kevin had got back. Kevin then jumped back into the car for the final hour to bring the car home in 3rd position.
The RaceSpot TV/iRacing Live broadcast VOD of this race can be found Here . Circuit of the Americas hosts round 2 of the championship on 13th November 2016.
Thank you to Team Chimera for the great screenshots.
Ohio, USA – Neo Endurance Series started it’s third season this past weekend – the first round was a 6 hour race at Sebring International Raceway where Torrent Motorsports moved up to the GT class for this season using an Aston Martin DBR9. The driver line up remained unchanged from last season with Kevin and […]