CoRe’s 2018 12H Sebring
CoRe Finishes 2nd in GT3!
Despite being overshadowed by numerous disconnects, timeouts and server drops, the 2018 iRacing 12 Hours of Sebring were yet again another success for the CoRe SimRacing team. Ricardo Castro Ledo along side Santeri Kallunki, Janne Kiuru and Pashalis Gergis were able to cross the line with a podium position in the GT3 class. After 12 hours of multiclass racing, the CoRe Audi R8 GT3 came home in 2nd.
Ricardo set an outstanding qualifying lap into the sheets the friday before which made their Audi R8 GT3 machine start from the second position, just thousands of seconds behind the pole sitter Esta Racing and Pure Racing Team behind. The start went off pretty well despite a lot of lagging was going on. It did not take long until a lot of teams got disconnects and flew off the server. As the race was under green already, the CoRe guys started to follow Pure Racing Team’s Audi in front after a couple of laps were completed and continued running safely down the straights and esses of Sebring. After a successful double stint from Ricardo, Santeri took over (with a broken headset). Santeri was able to keep the position throughout his stinting and made the gap bigger and bigger to the teams behind. Janne, who was driving afterwards, did the same despite some smaller incidents have happend. Sitting on the 2nd position and chasing down PRT in front, a podium position seemed safe. Even if the guys strived to take the win to match their victory from last year, catching PRT was pretty unrealistic because another pit strategy. Ricardo brought the last laps to an end and CoRe SimRacing finished 2nd with another secured podium result.
The CoRe squad was pretty happy with the outcome of this 12 hours race despite a lot of time was lost due a bug in the driver swap. Janne had to admit : “It was good race and I think we had good pace – just not enough for PRT this time.” Ricardo had to agree : “We had enough pace but with all those circumstances which happened we only ended up 27 seconds off with one more pit stop.” The next iRacing World Tour event CoRe will probably compete in will be the 24h of Nürburgring. The first three hours of the RaceSpot broadcast can be found here.