Winner – Arwin Taruna (Vorteks Simsport Asia) 25 Laps 50:19.599
Fastest Lap – Arwin Taruna (Vorteks Simsport Asia) 1:57.455
Pole Position –Fickry Segeir (Vorteks Simsport Asia) 1:56.237
Arwin Taruna has won in Bahrain at the second round of the World SimSports GT3 Asia Championship Powered by NRT Game servers. Despite another weekend’s blistering pole lap of 1:56.237, Fickry Segeir could not hold off the charging Vorteks Simsport driver and was taken on lap 3 and lost several positions when he spun on lap 16. Taruna held on until the end of the race ahead of SimRacing247’s Ieuan Meredith who had climbed the field from fourth in qualifying. There was action in the latter stages of the race where Taruna’s Vorteks Simsport Asia team mate, Niranjan Kumar, missed his braking point and slammed into the back of Benjamin Linstruiser. Despite apologising after the race, Kumar did not cede the position back to the HME-Amsterdam driver and the stewards have applied a retrospective 10s penalty to his time. This saw Segeir move up to take the final podium position.
Further back in the field there were some great battles as drivers battled with high rates of tyre wear. Meredith’s SimRacing247 team mate Sam Prince was happy with his race commenting that he made gains at the beginning but made a mistake by overshooting his pit box and losing some time. Miguel San Mateo of LMP-ANBU tried an undercut which he admitted did not work and had to settle for ninth. There were some further penalties applied post-race, including the demotion of Bontank Smith three places for jumping the start and not giving places back before T2.
The Championship standings reflect how close the field is, with some rivalries beginning to form. Taruna leads by 11 points, but is chased by Kumar and Meredith who are both on 50. In fourth, Fickry Segeir will be looking to start converting his blistering pole positions into race wins if he is to catch up with the top three.
Full results and standings can be found through the menu bar above. The top 20 points-paying positions are:
Round 3 of the World SimSports GT3 Asia Championship Powered by NRT Gameservers at Watkins Glen will start at 10:00 UTC+0 on 26 January 2019.
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