Round eight of the iRacing Road Pro Series was held at the well known and famous, Imola, a track that has seen many great battles and hosted the sad weekend in 1994 which saw the tragic death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger. But on Saturday the 13th of January it was hosting a series which has so many young guns and drivers of the future, trying to prove their worth and get the coveted pro license for the 2018 World Championship Series.
The grid saw its usual suspect on pole, Frederik Rasmussen had Joshua K Rogers just behind him in second, Rogers was racing his last round in the series this weekend, meaning he needed a strong result to get his pro license. From then on the grid had the same suspects in the usual positions, apart from the two Radicals Online drivers, Josh Thompson and Adam Tierney, who were racing in Cranfield University in Bedford with a fully developed simulator.
As the lights went out it was David Williams that got the best start from the third row on the grid, they were nearly four wide going into turn one, but managed to get it sorted until turn two when Rogers was spun around and sent to the back of the grid. Onto lap two, and Rasmussen had to try to get the move completed for the lead as soon as possible, he got a run and put Williams under pressure around the outside into the first turn, but Williams ran wide, skipped across the turn one chicane gravel trap and then lost the position to Rasmussen and Tommy Ostgaard. On lap three it happened all again for Sebastian Job, coming into Piratella, he locked up the rear brakes and spun the car around, dropping further down the order.
As the race went on, the first lap spinner, Joshua K Rogers was quickly working his way through the field passing drivers every lap. Then on lap 16 in he Villeneuve chicane, the new comer Agustin Canapino got onto the grass and half span the car, he then rejoined unsafely, driving onto the track directly in front of Jorge Montañés, who had nowhere to go.
The first driver in the pit was Job, attempting the under cut after his previous incidents. Then followed by Eneric Andre and Alex Simpson on lap 26. Then the leader Fredde Rasmussen came in on lap 28. Then a lap later Josh Rogers made a mistake out of the final turn, spinning towards the inside barrier and damaging his front and rear wing, just before coming in for a slow ten second long pitstop to repair the damage.
The race then went on as normal, apart from Job having an epic scrap for seventh place with Löhner, Preston and Partington.
AS the cars entered the final lap, were witnessed another sensational performance from the Danish superstar that goes by the name of Ferderik Rasmussen, who is yet to make a mistake in RPS this season.