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CoRe GTE Wins NEO 6h Interlagos!
The third round of the iRacing NEO Endurance Series in its’ fifth season was taking place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace race track for a six hours race – better known as Interlagos. The circuit is pretty notorious for rough multiclass racing in NES and also this time by it showed that it’s true – Kenny Roosens and Kimmo Suominen, who were racing for CoRe SimRacing in the Ford GTE in this round, were able to take the victory in class. A massive multi-car crash, which happened on the back straight within the first hour of the race, made things tricky.
This race was actually one of the first official league races to feature the new iRacing dynamic day-night function. Starting at afternoon until racing towards the sunset made temperature swap a lot. Especially in qualifying, the dynamic sky and changing track temperature let Kimmo set pole position time in Interlagos. Starting from the first row made it quite safe for CoRe SimRacing in the beginning. Kimmo was able to open up the gap to P2 and he advanced even more until traffic kicked in. After a couple of minutes into the race, a tremendous crash happened on the back straight after the Senna-S corner. A lot of cars who were in lapped traffic were involved. Several teams were collected in a huge chain reaction which resulted in a temporary road block. Incoming cars could hardly avoid an incident – several cars, teams and drivers had to retire. Kimmo and Kenny were luckily not involved in that and could bring home a safe & flawless start-to-finish victory.
It was an awesome drive by Kenny and Kimmo who were strongly supported by Janne – he was responsible for strategy and fuel calculation. The trio was absolutely happy with the outcome. This was the second win for the CoRe SimRacing GTE team – definitely a promising outlook for the rest of the season. The next race on the calendar is a 6h race at Suzuka. The RaceSpotTV broadcast of this race can be found here.