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Lionheart Retro Series iRacing Long Beach Report

Lionheart Retro Series iRacing Long Beach Report

The Lionheart Retro Series in iRacing rolled into Long Beach recently, how did the street circuit favour the drivers in a race of attrition?

Round 12 of the Lionheart Retro Series in iRacing visited the streets of Long Beach for the SimRace247 Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Written by Darren B of Simrace247.com

Top 5 on the grid

  1. #26 Campbell
  2. #99 Sirois
  3. #23 Valiokas
  4. #8 Taylor
  5. #20 Fowler

Let’s get this classic race underway, 28 cars are lined up behind the safety car and are ready to race for 64 laps. Green flag, let’s go. The cars race down to T1, a tricky section as the cars try to avoid contact. The fountain section is always worth keeping an eye on, Herrick spins around and cars collect each other in the incident including O’Brien, Campbell leads.  Taylor starts to apply pressure and heads up to P3 in the early stages. Long Beach is such a tough circuit, but also very rewarding once you get into the groove.

For now, its a snaking train as they settle into the rhythm and try not make to many risks early on, when you make a mistake at Long Beach, it hits you hard and with heavy consequences. Rasimas is upping the pace in P5 and is looking to get passed Sirois, meanwhile, Forsythe has an incident coming out of the hairpin coming onto the start/finish straight as he lights up the tires. Rasimas gets the move done on Sirois, Campbell remains out front with Valiokas 2. 5 seconds behind.

Lap 10 top 10

  1. Campbell
  2. Valiokas
  3. Taylor
  4. Rasimas
  5. Sirois
  6. Fowler
  7. Hearn
  8. Wood
  9. Daniels
  10. Frazier

 

Former IndyCar racing car driver Richie Hearn is in the top 10 and giving a good account of himself in the virtual racing world also, he is closing in on Fowler who is a tenacious racer. Campbell is really stretching out his lead out front, it is now up to 4 seconds, Taylor is almost on the tail of Valiokas, and the move will be coming. Fowler and Hearn are catching Sirois in P5, Taylor shows the nose of his car to the inside in T1 to Valiokas, just a test move as he sits back in behind again. Rasimas in P4 is starting to close in on Taylor and Valiokas, he is quietly catching and just keeping an eye on what’s going on up ahead, Rodriguez enters the pits at the end of lap 16.

Lap 18 and Valiokas goes defensive into T1, Taylor is right there and goes to the outside, a risky move as that wall gets closer by the second, Taylor backs out. Hearn has dropped to 11th after getting in the tow on the back straight and has a lock up, there was a lapped car on the inside which he looks to not get tangled up with, fight for another day Richie rather than bin it all, smart move.

Lap 20 top 10

  1. Campbell
  2. Valiokas
  3. Taylor
  4. Rasimas
  5. Sirois
  6. Fowler
  7. Wood
  8. Daniels
  9. Frazier
  10. Guyon

Taylor looks a bit sketchy coming out of the hairpin, he loses some ground but remains in the fight, Rasimas has now entered the P2 fight. Hearn is starting his recovery and has worked his way up to P10. Roberts has spun himself around at T5, we stay green. Taylor goes for that move into T1 on lap 23, he has been setting this up for some time, he dives up the inside of Valiokas, they tag tires,Valiokas skims the wall, Taylor up to P2 and Rasimas is right there ready to pounce, it’s on. Rasimas is in the tow on the start/finish straight, he goes for the move on Valiokas and gets hung out into the wall, Valiokas starts dropping down the leaderboard, he has a technical issue.

Meanwhile, Hearn continues the comeback, he is now up to P7 and looking fast as he has Wood in P6 in his sights, Sirois pits at the end of lap 26. Taylor has damage and comes into the pits at the end of lap 27, Wood and Frazier also come in. Race leader Campbell comes into the pits at the end of lap 28, so far so good, Rasimas follows. Hearn, Hardin and Guyon also pit in and the race in pitlane continues. Hearn has a great stop and exits in P6.

Lap 30 top 10

  1. Campbell
  2. Taylor
  3. Rasimas
  4. Fowler
  5. Sirois
  6. Hearn
  7. Frazier
  8. Daniels
  9. Guyon
  10. Wood

 

With 19 cars left in the race, Long Beach is slowly living up to its name as one of the toughest circuits on the calendar. It demands stamina and patience to race this track, those walls show no mercy. Campbell is still out front and has an 11 second lead over Taylor, Rasimas seems comfortable sitting behind Taylor, for now. Hardin spins up his car exiting the hairpin and rotates, he rejoins, the green flag remains. Daniels sends a great move on Frazier and moves up to P7 with Hearn 4 seconds up the road.

Lap 45 top 10

  1. Campbell
  2. Taylor
  3. Rasimas
  4. Fowler
  5. Sirois
  6. Hearn
  7. Daniels
  8. Frazier
  9. Guyon
  10. Wood

Daniels drops into the pits for the final stop, we now have 19 laps to go, Campbell is commanding the race at ease, Fowler pits in. Rasimas continues to stick with Taylor, Taylor pits in and Rasimas is behind Daniels who will be a lapped car in the waiting, Taylor exits behind Guyon in P5, Rasimas passes Daniels, crucial highlights of the race. Taylor gets past Guyon with 14 to go as the end is drawing closer. Rasimas works his way through lapped cars at ideal points on the circuit, he lost some time, but we will see. Team Simrace247 driver Nunez spins out at T8 and rejoins, we remain green, Sirois pits in with 11 to go.

10 laps remain in the race, the car of Sirois looks all bent up, he has had an impact somewhere but still circulating, Campbell pits in, Rasimas pits in, Hearn, Wood and Guyon pits in. Rasimas retains p2. Back to Sirois, he had contact with fowler at T9, 8 laps to go. Richie Hearn has made an outstanding recovery, he is in P5 with Fowler 4 seconds ahead and Guyon 12 seconds behind.  I cannot believe it, Hearn is dropping down the leaderboard, has he been struck by technical issues again. With the last few laps remaining Campbell just needs to bring it home, he leads Rasimas by 13 seconds who is 3 seconds ahead of Taylor in P3

Victory in the SimRace247 Grand Prix of Long Beach

With a commanding performance and a rhythm of his own, Sean Campbell has won the SimRace247 Grand Prix of Long Beach. Speaking in HyperX victory lane ” I just hit my marks and didn’t do anything super outlandish”. He never looked like he was under any threat from the drivers and put on a dominating performance, congratulations.

ROUND 12 – SimRace247 Grand Prix of Long Beach Presented by GSI

Finish

Team

Driver

Start

Laps

Interval

Laps Led

Inc

Pts

Bonuses/Penalties

1#26-RSR By ButtKicker
 Sean D Campbell
16464063
(+1) Start on overall pole
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 Incidents
2#68-GRAAFix LC Motorsports
 Mike Rasimas
664-15.1680056
(+1) 0 Incidents
3#8-Mad Werx Motorsports
 Matt Taylor
464-18.6220450
4#20-Mad Werx Motorsports
 Chris Fowler
564-50.9570447
5#08-Raven Lavoie Motorsports
 Alex Guyon
1364-1:02.5250046
(+1) 0 Incidents
6#88-Raven Motorsports Silver
 Adam Frazier
1164-1:06.0140044
(+1) 0 Incidents
7#10-RSR By ButtKicker
 David R. Rodriguez
2464-1:10.4410042
(+1) 0 Incidents
8#28-4D Sim Racing
 Luke Daniels
864-1:15.8170040
(+1) 0 Incidents
9#04-JD eSports
 Gabriel Wood
9-1-1L0038
(+1) 0 Incidents
10#43-Independent
 Danny Roberts
16-1-1L0635

 

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