iRacing SA Masters: Report Race 4 Indycar @MId-Ohio


South Africa based league featuring many of the country’s veteran racing drivers doing battle in the virtual world of iRacing.

Weekly race events on Wednesday evenings with practice the day before. Using a variety of cars and tracks on iRacing the league is for drivers over-40 and on an invitational basis.

The focus is on sportsmanship and doing in sim racing what you would do in real racing by showing respect, etiquette and racing knowledge to create a platform for fair and safe virtual racing.

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Report Race 4 Indycar @Mid-Ohio: Fourie Unstoppable

Multiple South African motor racing champion Johan Fourie powered to a commanding victory in Round 4 of the iRacing SA Masters league at virtual Mid-Ohio.

For week four, Mike Verrier and the organising crew opted for the (Legacy) IndyCar Dallara of 2009 vintage on the twisty rollercoaster-like race track. From the outset, during practice sessions, Fourie was always going to be the man to beat and was intent on getting back to his winning ways after Michael Stephen’s Zandy invasion a week earlier.

And indeed that’s how it panned out Fourie in sparkling form popped the fastest lap in qualifying, his 1:08.131 was six tenths faster than Sandro Biccari who impressed to claim a front-row start.

Notably, the next ten best lap times were within a second of P2 on the grid – it was very close in that mid-pack.

From the go, Fourie was off into the distance with an inspired Willem Botha chasing from fourth on the grid. Whoever made the setups for this race got it wrong on the gears as the cars were peaking long before braking on the back straight.

Nevertheless, Botha was on the attack and the tricky Dallara unforgiving and a couple of excursions cost him, while Fourie kept it calm and steady at the front where he remained to the end, leading just about every lap in the process and take a convincing 36 seconds victory.

Botha was second, he will rue the fact that a mistake too many cost him a shot at unsettling Fourie, as on the day he appeared to have the pace to match the winner.

Behind the leading duo, the McCarthy brothers were again solid as rocks, Steven led home Sean for a brotherly third and fourth. Biccari, who was also in the wars, finished fifth ahead of Scois Joubert who also might have benefitted from fewer incidents. Both Biccari and Joubert proved they have podium pace in them.

Starting from 11th on the grid, Paul Velasco was running as high as fifth at one point, with Team SIMRACE247 driver John-Henri riding shotgun as spotter; the combo erred on the side of caution by two stopping, emerging seventh after a last-minute 2.9s splash and dash.

Mike Verrier was eighth, followed by Pieter Joubert in ninth and Francois Joubert rounding out the top ten of the 24 car field.

Special shout out to Cyril Ginsberg, running the famous Nigel Mansell Williams livery of the eighties, the ‘elder statesman’ keeping it clean to bring it home 19th.

Superb full race coverage and commentary by Gary Fleming and Frankie Heunis:

Round 4 Results

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Report Race 3 | GT3 @Zandvoort: Stephen masterclass on debut

He came, he saw, he conquered. That’s was the story of Michael Stephen’s arrival in the iRacing SA Masters league at virtual Zandvoort on Wednesday night.

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When the lights went out Stephen took the lead and never put a foot wrong to claim victory by 21 seconds over Botha, who delivered one of the drives of the day, recovering from a big sideways moment early on to bring it home second.

Ditto Johan who also lost the rear of his Ferrari during his chase of the leader, as a result he dropped down the order only to storm through the field to claim the final podium spot.

Sandro Biccari was fourth after an impressive fuel-saving exercise in the Ferrari, with evergreen Robbie Teengs chasing hard to claim fifth.

Stephen McCarthy was sixth in his Ferrari, with Willem Pienaar next best in the new GT3 Beemer, Francois Joubert in a Ferrari eighth; Mike Verrier ninth in the ancient but solid BMW Z4 and Scois Joubert rounding out the top ten in the Lamborghini.

SIMRACE247’s Paul Velasco, in an Audi, was running in sixth when a splash and dash pitstop went awry, his virtual crew decided to fast-repair the car which cost 30 seconds or so stopped in the pits. He plummeted to finish a disappointing 12th.

No better way to catch up with the action than the full race broadcast with excellent commentary by Gary Fleming and Franky Heunis:

Round 3 Results


Report Race 2 | GTE @Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: No stopping Fourie

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Featuring many of South African top race drivers, including Johan a multiple Champion in various motorsport disciplines, who is turning the series into a one-man show as everyone chases him down.

And a formidable field it is, with very little separating the top ten in terms of lap times.

For the Montreal race, it was a Ferrari 488 GTE track day of sorts with only a scattering of Porsches, Corvettes a Beemer and a Ford.

Fourie, driving a Ferrari, qualified on pole and won the 50 minutes race (one pitstop) with relative ease, only relinquishing the lead during the pitstop window. He also survived a spin on his way to the flag.

Behind him the McCarthys – Sean and Steven – claimed second and third respectively with a solid performance by both, followed by Andre Steenkamp who charged through the field to claim fourth after hunting down Timothy Stanton who had to settle for fifth – making it Ferrari one-to-five.

The first non-Maranello offering was the Corvette of Paul Velasco in sixth, a lap down on the leader ahead of Colin Plit, Francois Joubert and Robbie Teengs next up in a trio of Ferraris – the latter unlucky to have an incident while running a strong third.

Willem Pienaar rounded out the top ten in a Porsche. The next race takes place on Wedensday, 27 January.

Full race broadcast with commentators Gary Fleming and Franky Heunis:

Race 1 Result

Race 2 Qualifying 




Report Race 1 @Watkins Glen: Fourie delivers masterclass

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Johan Fourie dominated the first race of the iRacing Masters League 2021 series driving a virtual Ferrari 488GT3 at Watkins Glen on Wednesday, 13 January, to victory from pole position and leading every lap.

Sean McCarthy made it a double for the virtual Ferrari 488 GT3 with a strong second place. Willem Pienaar chased hard to take the final podium spot in the new BMW M4 GT3 Prototype.

A total of 24 drivers qualified for the race run over 50-minutes with two tyre stops required, with the brave going for a one-stop and nearly making it work, which in turn resulted in a thrilling finish.

But in the end, the night belonged to Fourie who won by 25 seconds after qualifying eight-tenths up on the next best. Setting a challenging benchmark for his rivals and also setting himself up as the man to beat, a role he is familiar with in real racing.

Here is the broadcast by Gary Fleming and his team:

Race 1 Results

Qualifying 1 Results

Race 1: Photo Gallery