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Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing GP Van Loozenoord Wins Suzuka

van Loozenoord Wins Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing GP Suzuka

The Force Dynamics Dallara GP Championship in iRacing continues with its great racing. Maarten van Loozenoord sets it up for a championship finale by winning at Suzuka.

Maarten van Loozenoord has put himself in a great position in the Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing GP Championship, setting it up perfectly at Suzuka with a win, and ready for a battle royale finale showdown at Hungaroring.

For the sixth time in nine races, it was R8G Esports’ Maarten van Loozenoord standing atop the Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship podium with a victory at Suzuka International Racing Course on Thursday.

The championship will come down to van Loozenoord and Apex Racing Team driver Peter Berryman next week at the Hungaroring, where the duo will attempt to settle the score on just a two-point difference between them in the standings—and a win by either will tip the scales in their favor.

Their two teams have been combative with one another all season, whether in battles on pure pace or through on-track contact. The past two weeks, it’s been the latter; after van Loozenoord and Yohann Harth took damage while battling for second at the Red Bull Ring, it was Valentin Mandernach and Ben Fuller’s turn to get into it in Suzuka.

Mandernach and R8G would get the better of it this time around, recovering to finish seventh, while Fuller would fall into a tie for fourth in points with teammate Michele Costantini, who finished fifth after starting from the pole and posting the fastest lap.

The result that may have had the biggest championship implications, though, didn’t involve either team. Coming in, if Berryman had finished second in both races, it would’ve required van Loozenoord to win and sweep both fastest laps to wrest the title away.

But TQ Engineering’s Matteo Ugolotti slotted into second ahead of Berryman, who passed teammate Harth in the closing moments to earn third place. The extra couple of points make next week’s race a winner take all affair.

Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship results from Suzuka were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1269Maarten van Loozenoord40381:27.65925
2398Matteo Ugolotti40-2.37201:27.72721
3950Peter Berryman40-6.21101:27.80818
41990Yohann Harth40-7.12001:27.72215
5166Michele Costantini40-7.25221:27.61113
6711Przemyslaw Marek Lemanek40-10.83001:27.69110
7646Valentin Mandernach40-11.03701:27.6909
858David Toth40-11.27001:27.8018
9157Gio Cortese40-33.71401:28.6057
101686James J Pinsker40-33.89901:28.5176
11112Florian Lebigre240-34.07601:28.2765
121428Sam Kuitert40-36.27301:28.2854
13455Ben Fuller340-56.92601:27.7953
141732Jorge Marquinez40-1:17.54501:29.0902
15135Omar Baha40-1:19.79501:28.9151
161877Cédric BYLL40-1:22.93801:29.0860
172025José I. Soria15-25 L01:29.2420
1889Tamas Simon7-33 L01:27.9620
19126Jarl Teien2-38 L00
20109Andreas J Henkel1-39 L00
212121Alejandro del Campo1-39 L00

 

Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship points through nine rounds are as follows:

  1. Peter Berryman, 172
  2. Maarten van Loozenoord, 170
  3. Yohann Harth, 145
  4. Michele Costantini, 103
  5. Ben Fuller, 103
  6. David Toth, 79
  7. Matteo Ugolotti, 78
  8. Tamas Simon, 69
  9. Valentin Mandernach, 57
  10. Florian Lebigre, 54

Images via Justin Melillo

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