VRSGTiRWC 2018 R7 Review

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CoRe Black Ends Up P7 At Suzuka!

The penultimate round of the Virtual Racing School GT iRacing World Championship Series took place at the Suzuka circuit – Ricardo Castro Ledo and Pashalis Gergis, the primary driver line-up in the CoRe Black Audi R8, were on the important hunt for valueable points. Maxime Pauly and Janne Kiuru, who were driving the CoRe Silver entry, were finally in luck to keep it out of trouble and finished the 4h race in P20.

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The qualifying run was once again an outrageous spectacle in terms of laptimes – the first four to five cars on the grid were just split by less than one tenth. Ricardo, who was not that satisfied with his hotlap performance though, brought the CoRe Black Audi on a promising 10th position on the grid. The CoRe Silver car with Janne behind the wheel started from P28. The green flag flew and both CoRe teams tried to keep the cars clean. Ricardo was able to stick with his position for his first stint – but after the curb at the exit of one of the Degner made his car float, Ricardo was close to lose control. Nevertheless, he was able to save the car’s line by braking straight and safely and kept it from the tyre wall. A position was lost – but more importantly, the car was still intact. Janne continued on safe stinting with a clean car after he gave over to Maxime for the ending drive. They had a tough time to close the gaps but were able to finish the race safely in 20th position. After Ricardo tried to gain few positions, Pashalis was in the car to bring it home, too. The CoRe Black entry ended up in a solid 7th position.

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Pace was great, so bad I can’t nail a qualify lap. Such a shame that we lost so much time in the first stint trying to overtake other cars. I ended up losing my calm and I did a big mistake that could cost us the race but fortunately we only lost some seconds.” – Ricardo admitted after the race. Pashalis had to say : “P7 for us today, tough race especially early in the race – however Ricardo drove great and in the end I had to just bring the car home. Feels like a Top 5 was doable without a small exit we had but that’s how it goes sometimes.” The CoRe Black entry is now in 6th position in the overall standings before the last race of the season. The final round of the series will take place at Silverstone. The broadcast of this race can be found here.

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