The tragic weekend of 1994 would bring major changes to Imola. Changes that would bring in an extra three chicanes to slow cars down and reduce the risk of fatal incidents. That version of Imola is what we have on iRacing today and even though the track has three chicanes to slow cars down, it is still one of the most technical race tracks in in the world and in sim. With fast down-hill braking zones or off-camber corner exits Imola has it all and the World Championship drivers would be put to the ultimate test 62 times over.
Peter Berryman would put his Apex Racing UK Car on pole position for round eight, Joshua K Rogers would get his Burst eSports car up to second place, an all season best for the new team, with his teammate Marcus Jensen in third behind. Martin Krönke would only manage fourth place for the start, his American teammate, Mitchell DeJong was behind with the underrated Jamie Fluke in another Apex car, starting from sixth.
Berryman kept his lead going on to lap two, but the first two Coanda cars of Krönke and DeJong had past both of the Burst eSports cars.
Ricardo Orozco would have a great race in his U1-Positive SimRacing number 68 car. He would end up getting the teams first top ten in the series after a move around the outside of João Vaz on lap six for position eleven at the time.
Vaz kept on moving backwards when Michael Partington got past him in the same place as Orozco six laps later. With Orozco catching Hegelin in ninth place.
Joshua K Rogers came in to pits on lap 27 after contact with Jamie Fluke. Rogers came out behind Tommy Ostgaard who was on the two stop strategy.
The leader, Peter Berryman came in on lap 29, leaving him 31 laps to do on this set of tyres if he wishes to do a one stop race, which is what he did. The two Coanda cars of Krönke and DeJong would be attempting the over-cut. Krönke was the first in of the two on lap 31. Berryman was able to build the gap to just over four seconds because of the new tyre advantage by the time Martin was out of the pits. But Krönke would have newer tyres at the end. DeJong was in a lap later, the top two jumped him, and DeJong had undone all the hard work that he had done before the end of the stint to get up to Krönke, but again he would have better tyres at the end of the race to make a move easier.
With ten laps left Martin Krönke and Mitchell DeJong had caught the Apex Racing UK car of Peter Berryman. Krönke went for a move on lap 55 at turn one, but Berryman forced him wide and off of the racing track. Krönke would have to serve a slow down penalty, putting him behind his teammate.
A lap later Mitchell went for a similar move, but this time down the inside. Originally he didn’t make the move stick, but Berryman went into turn one to quickly and did the same as Krönke. Putting the number 24 car of Mitchell DeJong in the lead of round eight. Krönke was able to get past Berryman as well as they ran down towards turn four.
Mitchell DeJong would hold it together to win round out with Martin Krönke three seconds back in second. But Peter Berryman, who lead 80% of the race, who had one slight lapse of concentration for less than a second would finish third. The pole sitter, Joshua K Rogers would come home seventh.