Joshua Rogers, Ricardo Castro Ledo and Martin Krönke clinch the VRS GT iRacing World Championship at Sebring as the duo get their fifth win this season from five races.
The #81 VRS Coanda Simsport BMW M8 GTE held off a charge from teammates, Mack Bakkum and Mitchel DeJong in the #8 BMW to seal the race win and championship win a round early.
Rogers made his break from the leading pack almost as soon as the race started, but was helped by DeJong having to overtake Sebastian Job for second on lap two. However, DeJong wasn’t able to catch Rogers as he was able to consistently lap around a tenth a lap quicker than his rival.
Team Redline had their best start of the season, with second place, just 0.045 off of Rogers with Huttu qualifying the car. They weren’t in second for long after Rogers caught him out at the start, as a result, Huttu went down to fourth and stayed there until Job got a slow down coming out of Le Mans corner, giving Huttu third towards the end of the first hour.
Red Bull Racing Esports and Team Redline were left in their own battle for the last step on the podium whilst the two Coanda cars lead and had their own battle. After driver and tyre changes for all of the top four teams at the halfway mark, the leaders were the only exception in the final stop, with Castro Ledo getting out to make way for Rogers to finish and resist the charge from Mack Bakkum behind.
Frederik Rasmussen was able to make his way past Christian Szymczak in the Team Redline 911 RSR with three minutes of the race left after a small mistake from Szymczak. None the less, Redline were still able to get their best result of the season so far.
Maximilian Benecke and Maximilian Wenig both had a strong race in the Ford GTE that was still struggling with a Balance-of-Performance that hasn’t gone their way this season. The Pure Racing Team Red car finished sixth after starting in P15 with a lap that Benecke described as “perfect.”
Although the VRS Coanda Simsport #81 team have sealed the world championship with a race to spare, second and third are still up for grabs with Red Bull Racing Esports and VRS Coanda Simsport #8 being the main contenders. Teams will also be looking to seal their place in the championship next year by finishing in the top twenty in the points standings to avoid the high-intensity qualifying stages during the winter.