NES S4 R3 Review
CoRe With Solid Points!
The third round of the NEO Endurance Series in its fourth season was taking place at Twin Ring Motegi for another six hours race. CoRe SimRacing Prototype with Maxime Pauly and Sebastian Job in its line-up alongside CoRe SimRacing GTE Orange including Ricardo Castro Ledo and Janne Kiuru behind the wheel could secure a great result in this night configuration event by finishing P4 and in P5.
As a tight qualifying session was expected in both classes, Ricardo and Sebastian secured a solid 3rd position on the grid in the GTE and Prototype field. With these promising results, the start procedure was carried out safely despite Sebastian was pushed out into the gravel in turn two. The fast recover from that incident let Sebastian immediately defend his position, as well as Ricardo who sticked with his third position in class right behind the leaders. Sebastian showed a great double stint maintaining the gap to the front cars of PRT and Thrustmaster Mivano. Ricardo did the same and gave the car over to Janne – but Maxime, who actually put on a good pace chasing down Mivano in front got caught in a tough incident with a lapped GTE car which ruined their Prototype car. An earlier pitstop had to be done to get the damage fixed – Janne meanwhile was going in 4th position after Vendaval and one of the Coanda GTE cars got involved in an incident.
Maxime continued the race on P6 in class after the needed pitstop. On the other hand, Janne kept on maintaining his consistency and settled around 4th position behind the two Coanda GTE’s as well as PRT. The field was spread out pretty much after the clock hit the half mark and so were opportunities still there to turn things around. Saving fuel as much as possible, Janne came out of his first stint pitstop and kept himself within a good Top-5 position. But it was time to let Sebastian and Ricardo get their hands on it for the last stints though – in the last laps before the finish flag Ricardo was not able to catch Coanda’s driver Bouteloup in front and had to be happy with P4 missing the podium. Sebastian was able to bring the Prototype entry home on 5th position in class despite the circumstances in the opening hours.
“It was a decent race for us, but to be fair it could have been better. Not what we were expecting.” – Janne had to admit after the race. Maxime had to say : “It was a tough long race, the only thing we could expect was just others to have issues and profit from them.” As this was the last race of 2017, the NEO schedule continues with the next round in 2018 which will take place at the Nürburgring for another six hours race. The RaceSpotTV broadcast of this six hours endurance race can be found here.