Winner – Andika Rama Maulana (GT-Sim.ID YLAB) 28 Laps 50:50.048
Fastest Lap – Andika Rama Maulana (GT-Sim.ID YLAB) 1:44.894
Pole Position –Arwin Taruna (Vorteks Simsport Asia) 1:42.942
Andhika Rama Maulana has made an immediate impact in his inaugural World SimSports Asia GT3 Chamionship race by winning by just half a second! TheGT-Sim.ID YLAB driver initially qualified behind series leader Arwin Taruna, but chased him hard at the start of the race. For three laps the Vorteks Simsport Asia driver was under pressure until Maulana made his move. From that point onwards the two battled hard, but with Maulana just coming ahead to take the chequred flag. Rounding out the podium places was an inspired drive from HME-Amsterdam’s Benjamin Linstruiser who was challenged race long by the charging Niranjan Kumar and Fickry Segeir. Unfortunately for Segeir, contact with a backmarker on the final lap of the race forced him wide at the chicane where he picked up a penalty. Upon investigation the race stewards decided to restore his original position.
The race was notable for battles throughout the field, with several groups of drivers jostling hard for position in packs of 3 or 4 cars. The quality of the racing was outstanding by all drivers, but it was clear that the leading packs were in a class of their own. Migual San Mateo of LMP-ANBU hailed Hong Kong Sim Racing’s Edmund Wong after the race for the quality of the battle they had with Denis Pimenov of Benzino. Wong went aggressive with his tyre strategy by running a single set of softs through the race. This paid off for him as he finished seventh. World SimSports driver Chris Shire was fighting hard with Dmitri Buksha for a number of laps before the Porsche driver unfortunately spun. Maciej Bekas regretted his strategy after the race stating a long pit stop destroyed his chances.
Unfortunately Ieuan Meredith’s non entry in the race has meant that the championship swung away from him. Arwin Taruna, despite being denied a hat-trick of wins in the opening three rounds of the championship, has extended his lead to 18 points from team mate Niranjan Kumar. Qualifying master Fickry Segeir will still be looking to turn the lighting pace he shows on a single lap into a place on the top step of the podium, as he sits on 61 points to Taruna’s 90. The team championship has been dominated by Vorteks Simsport Asia, with the team on 167 compared to the chasing HME-Amsterdam’s tally of 109 and LMP-ANBU on 72.
Full results and standings can be found through the menu bar above. The top 20 points-paying positions are:
Round 4 of the World SimSports GT3 Asia Championship Powered by NRT Game servers at Suzuka will start at 10:00 UTC+0 on 2 February 2019.
Entries for the series are still possible. If you are not registered and wish to take part we would love to accommodate you! See the links in the title bar for details, or click here for series sign up!
Vorteks Simsport Asia and series leader Arwin Taruna was also kind enough to share an overlay of the top three qualifying laps for the race which you can watch here;
You can rewatch all the race action here;
Thanks to Dave Plummer for the outrageously great images, Simon Marshall and Pol Faustino for acting as driver stewards and Arwin Taruna for the Qualifying video overlay!