For the second round of the Champion Motorsports Virtual World Sportscar Championship 1971, the 29 drivers and their teams enjoyed a great racing event at Daytona Beach with 2.4 hours of thrilling action.
THE story of the event belongs to Yassin Marzoug of n00n Racing who led from flag to flag in his Lola T70 Mk.3B in the demanding PURIST class. Lacking only the fastest lap from the race to claim the prized ‘triple crown’, with his teammate Ross Smith, they were instead to finish 1st/2nd in their class and 1st/3rd overall, placing their stamp conclusively on the race.
The top finishing Ferrari in the race, a 512M driven by George Angelidis of Scuderia Cavalli, crossed the line a lap down to the leader and snaring 3rd/5th in class and overall respectively. Team Futur and Rookie Monsters, two PURIST teams highly touted at the start of the season, continue to struggle in getting both their cars into the points, something that will need to be addressed quickly for any hope of a championship podium by season end.
Another standout was Wooter de Bruijn, driving the Porsche 917K as an independent entry in the PRO class, finishing a minute ahead of the Porsche driven by Jon Uyan for the CMS Pro team and 2nd/4th overall respectively in the race. Third in class was secured by Marouane el Idrissi, driving a Ferrari for the promising Gasoline Aftershave Bros team, finishing 7th overall.
While CMS Pro has taken the lead in the team championship in the PRO category, a tight battle is shaping up for all the teams as the Lolas of Team Storm Rider Racing, driven by Jason Whited and Joe Miller finished a strong 4th and 5th in class to stay close to the leaders.
The top AM finisher was Wayne Hutchinson driving his Lady of Sorrows Lola T70 Mk.3B to a very respectable 12th overall. The AM class also provided one of the more intense battles, with eventual 2nd place finisher Tom Aiken, in a Porsche independent entry and Leone Gennari in a JL Corsa Ferrari racing closely until mid-distance. The 3rd in class for Gennari was a career-high and the first podium for JL Corsa, motivation for the races to come!
The next race will be the 1.2 Hrs of Sebring on 6 March.
The VWSC Chapter of Champions Motor Sports hosts rFactor 2 multiclass racing on select Saturdays throughout the year, for both historic (1971) and modern (2021) sportscars. Learn more about our racing at https://cmsracing.com/saturday/