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Angus Claasen – My week in iRacing

This week I headed to Detroit’s concrete lined streets at the Belle Isle circuit aboard the Porsche 911 Cup car. A notoriously tricky track and car combination on iRacing, I knew I’d be in for an
exciting time. The track lived up to the hype and provided some of the most intense, action-packed racing I’ve ever experienced.

To qualify well here takes skill but to race well takes a whole new level of concentration. I was lucky enough to qualify in the top 4 for all my 5 starts. I experienced good success in the first 3 races keeping a clean set of heels and bringing the car home in 4th, 3rd, and 2nd.

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst in my final two races. I was caught up in the leader’s mistakes in the first race before being bitten hard by one of the many brutal curves around Belle Isle.  Overall I only gained 23 iRating for the week but gained a whole lot of experience and many heart-stopping moments along the way.

To top off my week of road racing I took to Laguna Seca aboard a Pro-Lite Truck to take part in the inaugural Kart Sport NZ event. I won my heat before beating the likes of Brendon Hartley and Kevin Van Der Drift in the 20 lap main event. Since then I have received two offers to test drive go-karts.

Finally, I began this new week with a trip to the wild west to race the ARCA series at the Cathedral of Speed, Indianapolis. Unfortunately, we are not on the oval course, we are tackling the tight and twisty bike course. Both times I have qualified poorly but have raced from 9th to 4th and 7th to 4th. This caps of an exciting week where many positive things have happened in my world of sim racing, including joining simRACE247.

For the upcoming week, I turn my attention not only to the ARCA series but also the next Kart Sport NZ event on Saturday and my practice for the Nurburgring 24 hour race due to take place in
a couple of weekends time. For now, this is all but stay tuned to simRACE247 to get all your sim racing news from not only me but the rest of the team.

Sam Tomlinson

Sam Tomlinson

Driver & Team Manager Writer and columnist on grandprix247.comView Author posts