This season, Season 3 2016 in iracing I have decided to run 3 series. 1 oval series, the Super Stock cars since I’m a complete newbie at the oval racing, the Spec Racer Ford series since I was told it would make me a smoother driver, and the Mazda MX-5 series because…..Why not!
My first win in Iracing! It comes at Charlotte motor speedway in the Super Street Oval race cars. I qualified well and was able to keep up with the leaders using the draft. One by one the drivers lost control or had incidents that I was able to avoid which caused me to gain positions. In the end I ran the last 2 laps by myself in first place. I was so nervous that I was going to crash or do something stupid, but that was not the case and I got my first win!
This puts me in 213th position out of 1822 entries for the Rookie Street Stock Series. I still have my rookie oval license so this is the option that I have chosen to pursue in the oval side of things.
The next race I did was the Spec Racer Ford cars at Watkins Glen. This is my first time running the Watkins Glen Track on Iracing and I seem to love it already. Also, the SRF is not too difficult to drive on an actual race course. The last time I ran it, it was on the Charlotte Motor Speedway course with lots of switch backs and tight turns. I had some problems with it then, and also had some issues starting out at Watkins Glen but I eventually figured out how to run the car and was able to string a bunch of good laps together. I managed to finish 6th in this race even though I spun out on the first turn and ended up all the way in the back of the pack. Not too bad for my debut!
At the end of week one I am on the first page for my division! I have 41 points and am in 21st position out of 46 entrants. Of course this is in division 6 which means nothing to me but I’m sure the competition in division 1 is much harder. Overall I am in 279 place out of 445, not as promising. I think I’ll keep looking at my divisional stats!
SRF Divisional Standings
Spec Racer Ford overall standings
The Mazda race was quite eventful! I qualified 6th but kept getting passed through the first couple of laps. People would get a run on me down the straight and I would have to give them room to go into the first turn to keep from wrecking. I lost a lot of positions that way. Eventually I was pushing too hard for my abilities and ended up losing control and ending up in the trees. This required a tow back to the pits which took forever. Then the repairs and the long wait. I ended up 1 full lap down in 12th position. I just kept running laps till the end of the race and ended up finishing 8th. Not too bad for a complete screw up!
After the first week of the Mazda MX-5 cup, I am in 2243 position with 29 points. Hopefully this will go up as the weeks go on. Maybe I won’t be so rushed to get this race in next week. I’m starting to think running 3 series this season may have been a little ambitious…..