R.Ledo Wins BSS 2018 S1
Ricardo Is BSS 2018 S1 Champion!
The first Blancpain Sprint Series season of 2018 within the iRacing service provided exciting weeks. The calender, as it was including several tracks matching the Blancpain Endurance Series schedule, was the main focus of Ricardo to get into the Sprint Series. A lot of setup work and pace practice, mostly for the Blancpain GT World Championship Series, made him end up on top of the ranking after 12 race weeks.
In week 1, Road Atlanta, Ricardo was doing four races but only won one. The race pace was satisfying despite the qualifying performance comparing to the McLaren MP4-GT3’s was bad. After he won his first race there in a SOF of 5532, Ricardo carried promising 321 points away. In week 4 which was Spa, Ricardo did two races with the BMW, but also there the Mercedes AMG machines seemed stronger. Nevertheless Ricardo was able to compete in the highest road SOF of 6553. Massive 365 points were rewarded for this race, but only 335 counted for him as he did two more races in the AMG. After that success, Ricardo kept on racing the Sprint Series in preparation for BGT. In week seven’s Watkins Glen, Ricardo won three out of four races and scored 260 points in a 4309 SOF. He noticed that he had 916 points in three weeks and was relatively close to the leaders who had around 5 weeks counted already. With that being reason enough to continue, Ricardo won two out of three races in Interlagos in week 8 while Oran Park was skipped by him. In week 10 at Road America, Ricardo was part of CoRe’s BOP tests for BGT and won two out of three attempts where he tried out the BMW and the Audi R8. In the ending phase of that season, the last two races at Oulton Park and Bathurst were mastered by him again – and so the BSS championship was won.
Impressive stats once again by a CoRe SimRacing driver : 1950 points overall with 7 out of actually 8 counted weeks. Overall 25 starts with matching 25 top 5’s, including 18 pole positions, 17 wins and 366 laps led out of 572. A glorious victory for Ricardo – despite competing against drivers with multiple weeks more than him in the standings. “Racing this season was a great preparation for BGT. I got to race in three different cars throughout the calender and with the experience from the races the car choice for the world championship made it quite easy for us. Thanks for the team for the support!” – said Ricardo after the season. Congratulations to your BSS victory, Ricardo!