Daryl Brady of Sim Racing PH and Daniele Vidimari of Team RSI have taken victory in the opening two rounds of the RF2 Asia 2018 Radicals Australia Series at Oran Park. In two action packed races that saw many tight and aggressive battles, Brady scored an impressive first and second to take the early lead in the championship.
Winner – Daryl Brady (Sim Racing PH) 18 laps 20:48.845
Fastest Lap – Daryl Brady (Sim Racing PH) 1:04.951
Pole Position – Arkadiusz Otreba (Viper Virtual Racing) 1:04.439
Arkadiusz Otreba of Viper Virtual Racing put together an absolutely stunning lap for pole position, two tenths of a second clear of Daryl Brady and ANBU Racing’s Alexis Clapano. However, confusion at the start allowed Brady to seize the lead. Otreba described the opening lap into the first corner as “scary,” but hung on to Brady’s tail. However, the twisty and treacherous Oran Park circuit provided few overtaking opportunities and the Viper Virtual Racing driver had to contend with a charging Daniele Vidiamari. Brady described the race as a “fantastic win” and winning the opening race of the season as a “good boost.” Vidimari took the final podium spot and noted after the race that he was suffering from overheating and tyre wear. He dropped back a little and effectively had to settle for third given the relentless paces of Brady and Otreba out front.
In fourth place Edmund Wong of Hong Kong Sim Racing battled from a poor start. Having qualified in sixth, Wong was in eighth at one point before carving his way through the field. A fierce battle with Dirty Gweilo Racing’s Chris Shire ensued between laps 7 and 13 with the two trading paintwork on several occasions. Wong took a chance and threw his car up the inside of Shire on lap 13 and simple drive away to the end of the race. Shire was happy with fifth position given his poor qualification in ninth. Having had a great start he moved to fifth position chasing Tri-Continental’s Mark Robinson in the opening laps. Robinson made a mistake on lap 5 and Shire went aggressive into the final corner, overtaking on the following straight. Robinson fought back, but ended losing a further positions to Edmund Wong. Further battles with Merapi Motorsports Mada Andhika and Viper Virtual Racing’s Dawid Lukaszuk saw him finish in seventh, with Lukaszuk finishing in sixth and inheriting the pole for race 2.
Further down the order Alexis Clapano had a miserable race after falling from third to ninth. Andrew Burrows drove well to finish in tenth having not set a qualifying time. Tri-Continental’s Chris Payne and Back Racing’s Jason Back battled at the rear of the field to finish in eleventh and twelfth. HengOn Sam unfortunately had issues with his wheel and blew his engine on lap 10. After impressing everyone with his pace in free practice, RF2 Asia newcomer Bontank Smith had technical issues just before the race and so did not start.
Winner – Daniele Vidimari (Team RSI) 18 laps 20:54.706
Fastest Lap – Daniele Vidimari (Team RSI) 1:05.114
Race two saw Dawid Lukaszuk on pole having benefited from the reversed top six grid from race 1. However, a poor start saw him lose several places. Team RSI’s Daniele Vidiamari had an utterly electric start to blast into the lead by the first corner despite starting in fourth position. Vidimari remained largely unchallenged from that point until his victory, although stated after the race that he pushed in the latter stages of race to ensure a gap remained to Daryl Brady in second. Arkadiusz Otreba rounded out the final podium position behind Brady and Vidmari having fought hard with Edmund Wong and Chris Shire. All of the top three expressed how good the championship was going to get and enjoyed the battles through the field.
Hong Kong Sim Racing’s Edmund Wong repeated his Race 1 finish to cross the line in fourth, having once again battled with Dirty Gweilo Racing’s Chris Shire. Wong chased the British Hong Kong-based driver for six laps before lining up an inch perfect pass up the inside of turn one on lap six. Shire was then passed by Otreba and Brady and could do nothing in response to their pace.
Further back Mark Robinson went one better than Race 1 and finished in sixth with an ambitious pass on Andrew Burrows on lap 15. Mada Andhika had a troubled start and dropped to eleventh. However the Merapi Motorsport driver set to work and worked his way through the field to finish in eighth. Dawid Lukaszuk was ninth having had a bad start from pole position, but climbed his way back into the points.
Chris Payne finished just outside the points and two laps down, although ahead of ANBU Racing’s Alexis Clapano in one of the worst results he has picked up in an RF2 Asia series this year. Clapano visited the pits 5 times for penalties and will consider this a race to forget. Jason Back unfortunately tangled with a wall on lap 3 and lost, not being able to remove his car and had to retire.
Both Race 1 and 2 were full of competitive action and showed just how tight this highly anticipated series is going to be over the coming three races.
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Round 2 of the RF2 Asia 2018 Radicals Fixed-Setup Australia Championship at Mallala Motor Sport Park will start at 10:00 UTC+0 on 14th October 2018.
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