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CoRe Wins NES 5 Season Opener In GT!
The fifth season of the NEO Endurance Series is here – CoRe SimRacing, who profited from a series invite due their results in the previous season, registered a Ford GT in the GTE class. CoRe’s finnish duo, Kimmo Suominen and Janne Kiuru, took chance and put their effort in – with success. After six hours of tough multiclass racing next to HPDs and LMP1 machines at the Sebring International Raceway, the CoRe guys brought home the victory in GTE with an amazing run through the field after they qualified in a moderate 12th position in class.
Kimmo, who was starting the race in the midfields of the GTE class, immediately attacked positions ahead – he was able to reach P7 after the first lap as he used a lot of outside lines through Sebring’s first two sectors. With promising pace against leaders such as Triton Racing and SimRC, Kimmo overtook Mivano and Odox Racing to set himself onto 3rd position behind them. Marius Golombeck, who was spotting the whole race distance for the Finns, made sure to nail the perfect timing for pitstops. As a result of that, CoRe did profit from smaller errors in front and made up time – but also got caught up in crucial traffic incidents. Nevertheless with Janne’s flawless driving afterwards, the CoRe GTE car was in the lead. Kimmo took over for the last two stints and found his pace. Triton Racing and SimRC were still lurking behind in their Porsche RSRs, but could not catch up with him. After 6h of intense racing, CoRe SimRacing won the NES5 season opener at Sebring.
It was a fantastic delight for Kimmo and Janne. The whole team behind them enjoyed watching the race, too. “We thought that we have no chance in this track with the Ford, but it turned out that we did an awesome job with our race setup. Thanks to Kimmo for a really good race start and for keeping the pace up the whole race without any mistakes. And thanks to Marius for helping with strategy. So happy for my first win in the NEO Endurance Series!” – celebrated Janne after the race. The RaceSpotTV broadcast of the race can be found here.