The IndyCar’s had their fun at Japan the last 2 weeks. Now it is time for the L79 to take to the track in Japan for the HPP Simulation 175. HPP is back for a second season with Lionheart and its first as the title sponsor for the Retro Series. Motegi will be one of two races presented by HPP. HPP Simulation is awarding the Champion of the retro series their custom 3 pedal set with Hydraulic braking system. To check out that pedal set, and all the fantastic offerings HPP has in store, roll on over to http://www.hppsimulation.com/
Adam Blocker was victorious last round at Pocono over Dustin Wardlow by just .010. It was the closest margin of victory in Retro Series history. Blocker continues to lead the standings through the first 5 rounds sitting just 27 points ahead of Dustin Wardlow who moved to P2 in the standings after his podium finish at Pocono. Jake Wright made his first podium appearance of the season, as the defending champ looks to get his season back on track. Michael Goodman and Brian Yaczik rounded out the top 5.
Those looking for a less exciting finish then Pocono, however, maybe should skip this event. Motegi is a track where the L79 can go 3 or even 4 wide, as the smooth 2 mile oval is perfect for close, intense racing, and has the characteristics to surprise viewers with another photo finish. This is the first time that the Retro Series will host an event at Motegi Oval.
Anyone from the top 5 last week, will undoubtedly be a threat once again here at Motegi, as they represent some of the best racers in Lionheart today. Looking beyond those 5, Dan Geren has finally committed to running the Retro Series full time. “Dandy” Dan is always near the top at an oval we run at, and look for him to stick the car up near the front once again. Jason Galvin and Andrew Kinsella both missed the Pocono race and will be looking to make up some lost ground. Finally, rookie Alex Saunders has also demonstrated great speed wherever he goes, although he hasn’t been able to close one out on the ovals quite yet. If you are looking for a dark horse for this race, smart money may be on Saunders.
This week should see the return of David Altman. Altman who competed in last seasons retro series before being deployed has returned and is now ready to start his season. Altman who has shown strength on both ovals and road courses should show pace quickly as he is no stranger to the L79.
Ron Hacker is our biggest mover after Round 5 jumping an impressive +10 spots in the standings. Hacker moved into 23rd position. Hacker has missed 2 races on the season, therefore we will have to see exactly where Hacker lands in the standings once the drop weeks take effect. He has no more races to give with only 2 drop weeks on the season.
Raven Motorsports continues to lead the team championship sitting +49 points ahead of Adrenaline and +73 points on 8 Ball Motorsports who moved into P3 in the standings. The team championship is shaping up to be a fairly close battle this season with 7 teams realistically with a shot at the crown still.
The HPP Simulation 175 from Twin Ring Motegi can be seen Thursday June 7th at 10:35pm Eastern only on GSRC and iRacing Live.