For the first time in Lionheart history, the drivers didn’t have to travel any virtual miles to get to their next race. Lionheart IndyCar Series stays in Japan for its second race at Twin Ring Motegi. This time the series will run its inaugural event on the Grand Prix circuit. For the Racecentre Grand Prix of Motegi. Racecentre is the title sponsor of the event. Racecentre operates Australia’s Most Advanced Racing Simulation Centres, with 2 active stores in Sydney and the Gold Coast. For more information please visit https://www.racecentre.com
2 weeks ago, on the Motegi oval, it was Jason Galvin who emerged victorious after a late caution brought the field together. Galvin managed to hold off the Adrenaline duo of Chris Stofer and Joe Branch, who finished just behind the No Name driver. Delivering a nice solid top 5 result were the Synergy duo of Brandon Limkemann and Jorge Anzaldo. Surprisingly, Galvin’s win is No Name’s first win of 2018. There was chaos behind them on the way to the checkered flag, as Brian Yaczik, Bart Workman, Pierre Daigle, Tyler Graaf, and others were all caught up in an incident in the chaos off of turn 4 on the final lap.
Andrew Kinsella leads the championship through 6 rounds with 284 points. The Adrenaline driver has and impressive 3 wins this season. He has come off his rookie season with an amazing start to his 2018 campaign. A win at Motegi Grand Prix would continue his bid for the 2018 title, however the Canadian has just a handful of top 5’s on road courses in his Lionheart career. The Canadian also made an uncharacteristic mistake at the Motegi oval, where a speeding penalty cost him a lap, and resulted in a 26th place finish. Kinsella, however, made up for that in a non-Lionheart event this past weekend, where he finished 2nd to Josh Chin in the iRacing Indy 500 top split.
After a securing his first win of 2018 at Motegi, and his second win at the track, Jason Galvin looks towards the challenge of the Grand Prix Circuit. The win propelled him past Brian Yaczik in the standings and now sits P2 overall with 269 points, 15 back from Kinsella. Galvin will need a strong showing on the road course if he hopes to keep within striking distance of Kinsella.
Rookie Stephen Laarkamp is sitting as the leader in the Cleanest Driver Award standings. Laarkamp has been absolutely perfect so far with 0 incidents across 5 completed races. If the Gap SRT driver continues this run he surely will be in contention for the title.
Stofer was the biggest mover after finishing on the podium during the Motegi Oval event, jumping +11 spots in the standings currently sitting in P24. Stofer certainly hasn’t had the opening to the first quarter of the season that he had hoped for. The points between his current position and P10 is just 40. There certainly are opportunities for continued movement through the standings.
Dan Geren leads all drivers with a total of 16 bonus points. The Synergy Motorsports driver has an impressive 5 poles this season and once again lead the most laps on the oval. None of these have developed into a win or even a top 10 finish. Dan currently sits in 16th overall and this looks to be the slowest start to a season ever for the veteran driver.
No change in the team standings as Adrenaline continues to dominate the season with solid runs from its 5-car program. Synergy and No name continue their battle for P2 and are separated by just -20 points. Synergy Motorsports drivers Jorge Anzaldo and Brandon Limkemann are both coming off solid runs at the Motegi Oval event both finished in the top 5. Anzaldo is looking for a clean race on the road circuit and wants to erase the recent memory of the lap 1 DNF at Watkins Glen.
The Lionheart series will have a fairly long break after the pair of races end in Japan. Both the Retro and IndyCar series will each have roughly close to a month break. While the action will take a pause, the drivers will be busy building setups and the admin team will be working on a few special projects.
The Racecentre Grand Prix of Motegi can be seen on Wednesday May 23rd at 10:35pm Eastern, only on GSRC and iRacing Live.