Since iRacing announced they would not be including the Watkins Glen 6 Hours in this years special events calendar because of it being to close to a new build, the community have been looking for an alternative. There was talk about lots of races, but only one race went ahead. So this Saturday the 6 Hours Of Watkins Glen sponsored by SIMMSA and Craigs Set Up Shop will take place. The race will start at 13:00 GMT on Saturday the 20th of June, top split will be broadcasted on Racespot TV from start to finish with live stewarding and a pace car.
With three different car classes the race is set to be an exiting one. Especially because the organisers have decide to include a safety car to spice up strategies and live stewarding, making the race more realistic than the official iRacing race would have been.
The fastest class will be the DP (Daytona Prototype), with just one car in the class the teams will be counting on a quick set-up and some quick drivers to win the race. Pure Racing Team will have a DP entered under the name of Pure Driving School after its launch at the start of the season. The car will have Fabrice Cornelis, fresh from his move to PRT from Vendaval Simracing, and Jonas Wallmeier driving. The SIMSPORTNews DP car will be driven by Luis Emerton and John Keefe, both DP lovers back when it was getting regular close and competitive racing. Team Vikings will be the only team to have a two car programme in the class, with the Midgard car being driven by Kim Salvesen and Carl Fredrik Hersoug and the Sleipner car being driven by Tor Anders Berven and Hans Gunnar Hansen.
The GTLM (Grand Touring LeMans) field will be the most competitive class throughout the race with the largest amount of entries across the two splits of 58 cars. The newly released Porsche RSR was not added to the list of possible cars to drive within the class to keep a mixture between the Ferrari and the Ford. Even with the GTE balance of power being so close, the Ferrari is clearly the most popular car to drive, because of it’s nimble short wheel base that will give an advantage around the tight and twisty Watkins Glen circuit. Team Bushfink Racing have a total of six GTE Ferraris registered with the likes of Eerõ Nomm, Scott Brazier and Corey J Ott as the stars in their lineup. Other top names on the service that will be taking part in the GTLM class are Dekota Fripp and Juan E Lopez, both driving for Vendaval. Torque freak Racing will have two Fords and one Ferrari GTE in their line up for the race.
The GTD (Grand Touring Daytona) class will be the slowest class in the race, but with the variety of cars to choose from the racing should be close and clean. With 32 teams registered across the two splits, the Mercedes AMG GT3 is the most popular car by far, with only seven Ferrari 488 GT3 and just two Audi R8’s registered. SIMSPORTNews Race Team have one GT3 car, the number 116 Ferrari 488 GT3, driven by Jacob Tofts and David Roffe. David Roffe said, “We are going for the win in our class, but this is also a shake down for the team ahead of the Spa 24 hours at the end of next month. We feel like we have a great baseline to work off of, which should put us in good stead for the Watkins race, and Spa,” during the team practice session yesterday. SRT eSport have three Mercedes GT3 cars running with Kenny Roosens being the stand out driver. Team Bushfink Racing also have two Mercedes cars entered as well as their GTLM lineup.
With the lights going out in less than to days time, teams will be making their final preparations before the race by doing long run practice and seeing how many stints the tyres will be able to last.
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