Qualifying for this weekend’s finale of the RF2 Asia World Tour is underway at Maastricht. Early runs in the LMP3 have indicated this will be a tough race for several reasons. The track might be easy to learn, but overtaking is going to be tough and participants are going to be challenged by the tight tunnel sections of the course.
The pace has been set by Tri-Continental’s Mark Robinson in the Norma LMP3 who reported that strategy will be hugely important in this race. The raceme has been reduced from the two hours of previous rounds to just a single hour. However, this will be no sprint; tyre and fuel usage will be doubled for the event. Pit stops will almost certainly be necessary. The question now is whether the soft or medium tyre will last the race distance. Certainly drivers with some experience of double tyre wear races may enjoy a small advantage in the race.
The long straights in the race may remind some of Monza, but the street nature of the track promises to give an electric end to the season. In the LMP3 class it seems that Dirty Gweilo Racing may have the championship sewn up, but given the mistakes that he has made in previous races it would appear that nothing is certain. Lukas Lichten, currently in second in the championship, is just 13 points behind with 25 available means that a non-finish for Shire all but guarantees the championship slipping out of his grasp. With Nick Newcombe and Arkadiusz Otreba, the latter fresh from excellent results in the RF2 Asia Radicals last week, both on 25 points, this championship is far from over. It should be noted that Shire has failed to beat either Otreba or Newcombe during the series. Even Mark Robinson in fifth place is mathematically still in the championship hunt. Sunday will be close!
The GTE class is currently equally as close as the LMP3. Series leader Pol Faustino heads the championship by just five points from Pablo Lorenti who was electric in the first two races. Hong Kong Sim Racing’s Edmund Wong, also fresh from great results in the RF2 Asia Radicals race last week, is only nine points behind and on a great run of form at the moment. Lastly, Andres Rivero, the class and overall winner of the first round, is still very much in the championship fight despite having not participated in the last two rounds. The GTE fight will also go down to the final race.
One Championship that will not go down to the wire in the final race of the series is Metalmoro MR1 class. Congratulations to Chris Payne for his championship victory in the plucky pocket rocket! The 100% win rate in the series has given Payne a Senna-like dominance in the class and he has earned his status in the great pantheon of MR1 drivers in sim racing. Congratulations!
We are particularly excited that we may have two new 2018 champions to join the list of winners this year. We think this reflects the breadth of talent across the league where it is clear that different drivers are excelling in different things. With an amazing potential nine contenders for a championship title this weekend, sparks are sure to fly.
The final round of the RF2 Asia World Tour Series at Maastricht will start at 10:00 UTC+0 on 7th October 2018. Current standings for the series can be found here.
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