The thunder was heard loud and clear last night at Daytona as the Hypercars and GTEs of the Virtual Modern Sports Car Championship took to the track for the first of twelve rounds of action in rFactor 2.
Weather conditions were almost perfect and provided a stunning backdrop for the landmark victory of veteran CMS driver George Angelidis, who scored his maiden win at CMS with a commanding performance in the LMH PRO class in his Ferrari FXX-K Hypercar. Coming against a a strong field that included 2nd place finisher Brian Hall and 3rd place finisher Norm Graf, in a quick post-race interview, Angelidis admitted it was a very satisfying and emotional win.
Newcomer Josè Florez in the LMH AM class made short work of the field in claiming the win with his McLaren Senna GTR, finishing a very strong 3rd overall in the race and only 1 minute behind Angelidis. The demands of the Daytona road course proved too much for many of that class, with only Tom Aiken finishing the race behind him of the 6 that started in class. Ross Smith picked up 3rd from the pits, having had to retire from a suspected brake failure after 61 laps.
Pre-season favourite Ahmed Abdalla claimed both pole for the GTE PRO class and the class win in a strong start to the season in his Ford GT GTE. Behind him, it was a a see-saw battle until the completion of the final pit stops when Don Fryman was able to confirm that he would not be letting go of his 2nd place position and Jon Uyan able to work an offset pit strategy to leapfrog ahead of Jerry Chen to claim the final podium in class
As with LMH AM, many GTE AM drivers struggled with the demands of the road/oval course layout however not the class winner, the obviously well-prepared Frank Radosti piloting a Corvette C8.R GTE. Dan Minges picked up 2nd place while Stuart Barges finished 3rd, the last runner of the starting field of 6.
Next race in the championship will be Twin Ring Motegi, 18 February.
CMS offers a variety of racing throughout the week across a number of racing sims. The NARS chapter races Thursday nights (North American timezones) feature concurrent championships with PRO and AM driver classes plus live broadcast on YouTube.