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2016 TIMEX IRONMAN GT WEC Race Results Thread

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  1. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2
    Round #1

    Watkins Glen
    50 laps
    March 20th 14:00
    Weather-Dry, Overcast
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    1. GT3 Pro Matthew Spurrell, McLaren -50 laps
    2. GT3 Am Nic Hurtado, BMW Z4
    3. GT3 Pro Tom Senchak, Corvette C7R
    4. GT3 Pro Joe White, Cadillac, ATS-V.R
    5. GT3 Pro Sean Flemming, McLaren
    6. GT3 Pro Chris Bowman, Bentley Continental
    7. GT3 Am Tim Brook, BMW Z4
    8. GT3 Pro Nic Worsfold, Bentley Continental
    9. GTE Am Lucas Gortman, Corvette C7R -+ 1 Laps
    10.GT3 Am Chris Cavana, Mercedes SLS -+ 1 Laps
    11.GTE Am Brian Batiato, Corvette C7R -+1 Laps
    12.GT3 Pro Michael Watts, Mercedes SLS -+2 Laps
    13.GT3 Pro Ben Wells, Aston Martin V12 -DNF (engine)
    14.GT3 Pro Railer Cantrell, Cadillac ATS-V.R -DNF (handling)
    15.GT3 Pro Eric Cline, Bentley Continental -DNF (crash)
    16.GT3 Pro Robert Waddell, Cadillac ATS-V.R -DNF (crash)

    Season two brings new changes and challenges to the Series. The schedule was expanded and a Virtual Safety Car system added. With a full field and fast drivers for the Season opener, Watkins Glen's quiet Amish countryside was awakened by the roar of engines and sound of tires crying out for attention. Anticipation levels were high, and expectations equally high. Last minute drama and back room deals being made by Manufacturers to get drivers into their cars. Two new Cars were added to the Series roster with the Cadillac and Corvette being available to the Drivers this Season.
    Qualifying was fast and furious with Matthew Spurrell taking the pole by .051 seconds over Nic Worsfold with a 1:41.743. From Ben Wells in 3rd back to 13th were only separated by 1.5 seconds.
    The start of the race went well for the front runners while the First corner reached out and bit some drivers spreading the field out a bit until the first caution created by and incident in turn 8. After pitting and closing the field up the green flag dropped again for a couple of laps. With all the drivers now closed up, a second caution was inevitable, and so was the incident coming out of the bus stop. Several cars were allowed to pit and close back up as the field took the green again, only to have Nic Worsfold slip at the start and spin on cold tires. That would all but ruin his race, dropping him back to the rear until pit stops allowed him to recover to finish 8th. Scheduled pitstops began around lap 25 and numerous strategies were enacted to gain an advantage on a track that was eating tires losing grip as the race progressed. Eventually things would sort out as Spurrell maintained the top position as the Race ran into Dusk. With 40 laps to go, 3rd place, Michael Watts crashed hard into the barrier on the exit of the Bus-stop. As he limped his car around there was some confusion and mystery as to why a caution wasn't called, but the race went on at a furious pace. The last ten laps saw a lot of cars struggle for grip as the Sun had fully gone down by now and late race spins shook up the final run down. Spurrell was able to hold onto the win, driving a near perfect race. Nic Hurtado moved up to 2nd in the final laps to catch his first Podium and move himself out of Amateur status. Tom Senchak rallied his C7R to a 3rd place finish in the first outing of the new car. Senchak, runner up in the Championship last season dominated many of the races last year, was not happy with his finish. A bit disappointed with the new car he hopes to achieve a better result in the next Round as the series moves to Donington for the UK Grand Prix. Honerable mention goes to, Joe White, driving the new Cadillac fought his way from the back of the pack to finish 4th, just missing the Podium.
     
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  2. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2
    Round #2

    Donington GP
    60 laps
    April 17th 14:00
    Weather- Overcast, Light Rain
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    1. GT3 Pro Tom Senchak "Toma" McLaren #59 -60 laps
    2. GT3 Pro Matthew Spurrell "Haveblue" McLaren #60
    3. GT3 Pro Michael Watts "Mike" Mercedes #18
    4. GT3 Pro Ben Wells "Zarf" Aston Martin #99
    5. GT3 Pro Cordell Walker "Beetes" Corvette #4
    6. GT3 Pro Nic Worsfold "Toast" Bentley #85
    7. GT3 Pro Sean Flemming "Globe" McLaren #60
    8. GTE Am Abe Wozniak "Eaglethrust" Corvette #64 -+1 laps
    9. GT3 Am Brian Batiato "Spiff" Aston Martin #46 -+1 laps
    10.GT3 Am Tim Brook "Timmo" BMW #20 DNF (Accident)
    11.GT3 Pro Eric Cline "Nasty" Cadillac #48 DNF (Accident)
    12.GT3 Pro Chris Chavanna "Doc" Mercedes #80 DNF (Accident)

    The Series 2nd stop on the schedule would bring the roaring GT3 class to the UK. As the season settles in the roster of drivers was changing as much as the new venue. However, financing and schedule conflicts couldn't keep the field of 12 of the worlds best drivers from showing up for a shootout.
    Ben Wells, the 16 yr old phenom was the hometown favorite. And he was Masterful in obtaining the pole from perennial speedster Matthew Spurrell, beating him by just .148 seconds in qualifying with a 1:25.737. 2nd through 6th were only separated by hundredths of seconds, for one of the closest qualifying sessions ever, putting Nic Worsfold in 3rd Tom Senchak 4th, Michael Watts 5th, and Cordell Walker 6th.
    The race started off well with Well leading at his home track, but Spurrell quickly applying pressure. Nic Worsfold, made his mistake early dropping back to 5th as he came to grips with his fuel load. He later settled in and ran a good pace throughout the race, but wouldn't be a factor for the win. Wells, under pressure from the start also made his mistake in the chicane allowing several cars to get by him. He would end up fighting with Worsfold for most of the race, but still placing an impressive 4th place for the young driver. Chris Chavanna, the second Dyno-Might Motorsports entry struggled with pace in his car early and found himself in the barrier a short time into the race. His damage would force him to retire early. Other retirees included Eric Cline in his one-off deal with Cadillac for BDC Racing. Struggling with ill-handling Cline, found the barrier as well ending his day. Tim Brook, showed promise in his BMW Z4, having good pace and chasing down Brian Batiato when his car spun into the barrier off turn 8. The damage was too bad to recover from, Brook, visibly disappointed, walked back to the pits refusing medical assessment. The McLarens of Spurrell and Senchak dominated the day with Spurrell leading the most laps and grabbing the fastest lap of the race. It wasn't until the Rain came the Spurrell gave up lead after pitting twice handing the race to Senchak. It was a 1-2 finish for 888 Race Engineering and the second of the series. Watts, who managed a steady pace during the race recovered from his 12th place finish in Round 1 with a Podium finish despite struggling in the wet with the car near the end of the race. Cordell Walker, an experienced journeyman racer, brought a Corvette home in 5th place with the first showing of EagleThrust Racing. Worsfold, brought his Bentley home in 6th after some good battles with several drivers all day. Sean Flemming, who switched to rain tires too early still managed to bring his McLaren home in 7th ahead of Abe Wozniak, and Brian Batiato.
     
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  3. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2,
    Round #3
    Circuit De Spa Francorchamps, BE

    Laps 41
    April 17th, 2016 13:00
    Weather: Overcast, Rain.​
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    1. GT3 Pro Matthew Spurrell, McLaren #60 -41 laps
    2. GT3 Pro Tom Senchak, McLaren #2
    3. GT3 Pro Chris Chavana, Mercedes AMG #29 -+1Laps
    4. GT3 Pro Sean Flemming, McLaren #60 -+1Laps
    5. GT3 Pro Michael Watts, Mercedes AMG #28 -+1Laps
    6. GT3 Pro Chris Bowman Bentley Continental #84 -+1Laps
    7. GT3 Am Abe Wozniak, Corvette C7R #64 -+2 laps
    8. GT3 Pro Ben Wells, Aston Martin #99 -+18 laps
    9. GT3 Pro Nic Worsfold, Bentley Continental #85 DNF (Accident)
    10.GT3 Am Ben Kennel, Aston Martin #55 DNF (Handling)
    11.GT3 Pro Eric Cline, Mercedes AMG #15 DNF (Accident)

    With the Series in Belgium, there were more on the teams plate than waffles. Spa Francochamps is a tough and challenging track, with Eau Rouge being one of the toughest corner's in motorpsorts. And Spa did not disappoint in that aspect as Eau Rouge ate several cars during the course of the race. Also this was the 2nd race to experience rain which didn't help things.
    As usual Matthew Spurrell was fast and set a blistering pace in Qualifying and in the Race. Qualifying saw a lot of sub 2:20 laps with Spurrell taking the pole, Tom Senchak taking second, with Ben Wells in third, Nic Worsfold in Forth, with Sean Flemming, rounding out the top 5.
    The race started well through Eau Rouge with Tom Senchak making an initial charge at Spurrell, early hoping to clear his car as they worked into sector 2, until Ben Wells spun while trying to get to the outside of Senchak. Wells spin collected Chavana, and a caution ensued. Both Wells and Chavana pitted for damage and re-joined the field. Back under green the field went several more laps before Eric Cline's car found the wall hard exiting Eau Rouge. Able to pull of the track and retire the race remained green, until Nic Worsfold's Bentley found the same fate a few laps later losing a wheel and bringing out the 2nd Caution. Limping to the pits Worsfold got some help from his teammate Chris Bowman, who also had his share of struggles. Making it to the pits and repairing the damage Worsfold was never really ever to recover and retired early. Bowman on the other hand, ended up recovering to finish 6th in his Bentley. Ben Kennell's first race in the series didn't end well as pit problems lead to handling issues forcing him to retire early as well.
    As for the rest of the field it was a challenging race especially when the rain set in midway in the race. As teams began to pit Ben Wells found issues in the pits that would keep him in there for most of the race. With his clutch going out he wasn't able to rejoin the race until the very end. While the other teams struggled to find grip in the rain, the McLarens would show to dominate the pace. Sean Flemming was having a briliant race in his McLaren until damage forced him to drop back and give the position to Chavana's. This was the debut of the Mercedes AMG in the series, and it was able to snag a podium. Watts' Mercedes wasn't as fortunate finishing in 5th a lap down from leader and Race Winner Matthew Spurrell. Spurrell ran a perfect race with hardly any slips. His McLaren was dialed in and on rails for most of the race and even the rain his pace was several seconds ahead of runner-up Tom Senchak in a similarly prepared McLaren sporting a new sponsor. Abe Wozniak brought home his C7R in 7th for some valuable AM points, and the lead in the GT-Am standings. All in all it was a tough day for many teams, and one many would like to forget beside Spurrell, who's performance was spot on for the whole weekend. Spurrell, now with a commanding lead in the points looks forward to more domination at Hockenheim in two weeks time, as the rest of the teams look to rebound from their poor performance.
     
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  4. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2,
    Round #4
    Hockenheimring, DE

    Laps 50
    May 1st, 2016 13:00
    Weather: Dry Clear
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    1. GT3 Pro Matthew Spurrell, McLaren #60, -50 Laps
    2. GT3 Pro Søren Christensen, Bentley #7,
    3. GT3 Pro Ben Wells,Aston Martin Vantage #55,
    4. GT3 Pro Tom Senchak, McLaren #2,
    5. GT3 Pro Sean Fleming, McLaren #60,
    6. GT3 Pro Nic Worsfold, Bentley #85,
    7. GT3 Pro Michael Watts, Mercedes AMG #28,
    8. GT3 Pro Eric Cline, Mercedes AMG #15,
    9. GT3 Pro Chris Chavana, Mercedes AMG #29,
    10.GT3 Pro Chris Bowman, RUF #72,
    11.GT3 Pro Joe White, BMW Z4 #53,
    12.GTE Am Abe Wozniak, Corvette C7R #64,
    13.GT3 Pro Railer Cantrell, Cadillac ATS-V #19, -+3 Laps
    14.GTE Am Chris Jones, Corvette #3, -DNF (Accident)

    Round 4 begins in the heart of Deutschland. As the series arrives in Germany for a stint at the much acclaimed Hockenheimring, the field was ready to rumble. New faces like Soren Christensen from Denmark set the pace early setting a new record in qualifying and taking the pole quite easily. Matthew Spurrell, who has a commanding lead in the Championship standings looked to extend that lead this weekend, struggled to match his time in Qualifying that he got in practice. His setup would prove to be more useful in the race. Christensen broke up the McLaren domination at the front and looked like it would a great battle.
    The start of the race went fairly well as everyone tried to find their pace. Christensen and Tom Senchak set the pace early until a spin by Michael Watts, collected Chris Chavana brought out the first caution. This closed the field up and brought back some more close racing until green flag pit stops started around lap 25. The field would then strung out as strategies started to play out and the racing got pretty competitive as the faster cars tried to move back through the field. The cream rose to the top as Spurrell found himself leading late in the race with a fairly large gap between him and Eric Cline in second. That's when another late caution came out from Chris Jones hitting the wall hard, badly damaging his suspension. He took his battered Chevrolet Corvette to the pits to get repaired and ended up pulling behind the wall as the damage was too much. This bunched up the field one final time and really lended to some great racing. Spurrell, who had worked really hard to build his gap was concerned that the field had drawn up on him. But when the Green Dropped the racing that ensued behind would allow him to get a clean get-away and build enough of a gap that eventual 2nd place finisher, Christensen didn't catch him in the closing laps as he was closing in for the kill. Young phenom, Ben Wells, finally grabbed his first podium in his Aston Martin. The young driver (Wells) has been fast all season but hadn't had the results to show for it, and appears he's finally living up to the hype. Senchak placed just outside of the podium as he had some issues earlier in the race that prevented him from dominating in his usual fashion. A great showing for Sean Flemming placed him in the top 5 with another consistent run, even as his tires and car faded near the end. A late race bobble by the Mercedes would give Nic Worsfold 6th place finish as he fought hard all day, still coming to grips with the setup on his team's newly acquired RUF contract. Watts, who had an up and down day would finish 7th, rebounding early from a spin and contact with Chavana earlier in the race. Cline would end up in 8th place after running 2nd for a decent portion of the race. Chavana's late slip, would ruin his day and leave him in 9th place after having a strong showing for most of the day. Chris Bowman, also in a Daredevil Racing Prepared RUF would round out the top 10. Joe White, Abe Wozniak, and Railer Cantrell would finish 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively.
    Next week is the Series Showcase 24 hr of Le Mans, as the Series moves to France and the track will be host to a double points event. Many drivers would like to put this week behind them and hope for a better week at Le Mans.
     
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  5. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2,
    Round #5
    Circuit de 2.4 Heurs du Mans, FR

    Laps 36
    May 7th, 2016 13:00
    Weather: Dry, Partly Cloudy
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    1. GT3 Pro Chris Chavana, Mercedes AMG #29, -36 laps
    2. GT3 Pro Tom Senchak, McLaren #2,
    3. GT3 Pro Sean Fleming, McLaren #60,
    4. GT3 Pro Alex Hinton, RUF #3,
    5. GT3 Pro Michael Watts, Mercedes AMG #28,
    6. GT3 Pro Nic Worsfold, RUF
    #21,
    7. GTLM Am Abe Wozniak, Corvette C7R #64, -+1 laps
    8. GT3 Pro Chris Bowman, RUF #72, -+1 laps
    9. GT3 Pro Railer Cantrell, Cadillac ATS-V #19, -+4 laps
    10.GT3-Am Brian Batiato, Mercedes AMG #20, -+6 laps
    11.GT3 Pro Matthew Spurrell, McLaren #60, -DNF (Engine)
    12.GT3 Pro Søren Christensen, Bentley #7, -DNF (Retired)
    13.GTLM Am Chris Jones, Corvette #3, -DNF (Suspension)
    14.GT3 Pro Eric Cline, Mercedes AMG #15, -DNF (Accident)

    The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is often called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". As the Series makes their 5th stop on schedule McLaren has a huge points lead. But with 10 races still to go the Mercedes are trying to make their presence known. In a Provisional qualifying session it was the newest Danish driver Soren Christensen, who set the pace in his Bentley with a brilliant lap of 3:52.718. Matthew Spurrell, who's been dominating the Series was able to get within one tenth of his time but ultimately settled for outside pole. In fact the top 7 drivers beat the qualifying record in Season 1.
    With the front row set, Chris Chavana (3rd), Tom Senchak (4th),and Nic Worsfold rounded out the top 5.​
    At the start of the race, radio issues plagued Christensen and he didn't get a good start when Green was called, and it allowed Spurrell and Chavana to jump ahead. The race start went fairly smoothly until contact forced Sean Flemming, to change his strategy and pit early with damage. Flemming, who recently left the successful McLaren team to run for Aston Martin in place of Ben Wells, who was locked out of the race due to contract implications. Spurrell was setting the pace early until around lap 7 making a mistake and handing the lead to Chavana. The first to retire was , Eric Cline, who was having a decent race making his way to 8th place and closing in on Michael Watts when he made heavy contact with the wall, damaging his car beyond repair. Christensen, frustrated by his poor start, was trying to get around Chavana when he incurred aero damage and pitted for repairs early. Then while making his way through the field spun again while going over the kurbs in the Corvette section. He felt something wasn't right with the handling of the car and retired to the pits midway through the race. Chris Jones suffered a similar fate incurring damage and brought the car to the pits only to find it was repairable forcing him to retire early. As the race progressed into the Night, the top half of the field kept pushing on and stringing together some very hot laps stretching their gaps. But before sunrise Spurrell's McLaren, suddenly lost power and forced him to retire with engine issues. At this point the race came down to Senchak and Chavana.
    As the Sun came up and the race strategies played out, Senchak was the only major challenge to Chavana as the laps counted down, but a late spin left him out of contention for the win as Chavana was dealing with a fuel mileage issue on his end. Flemming had a great showing in his new Aston Martin bringing home a podium in 3rd. Alex Hinton, back from a schedule conflict that forced him to miss the first 4 races was able to bring home a 4th place finish. Watts and Nic Worsfold battled hard in the final laps of the race with Worsfold coming up short on fuel in the end and giving Watts another top 5 and Worslfold finished 6th. Abe Wozniak was able to finish in the 7th position giving a good consistent run in his Corvette. Chris Bowman, couldn't share the success of the other RUF's from Daredevil Racing, finishing 8th place a lap down, but overall had a very uneventful race. Railer Cantrell, who won the pole for Season 1's race here struggled to find his pace in the Cadillac, but managed to pull out a 9th place finish several laps down. Brian Batiato brought his Dyno-might Motorsports prepared AMG in 10th place after the stewards sat him after lap 30 for cutting the track too many times. Spurrell, Christensen, Jones, and Cline all finished 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th respectively.
    Many teams are glad to be heading to shorter Monza race, as Le Mans was a true test of focus, and endurance not only for Man but Machine.
     
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  6. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2,
    Round #6

    Autodroma Nazionale Monza GP, IT
    Laps 50
    May 22th, 2016 13:00
    Weather: Dry, Partly Cloudy/Clear
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    1. GT3-Pro Tom Senchak / 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #2
    2. GT3-Pro Alex Hinton / Audi Motorsports, Audi #91
    3.GT3-Pro Søren Christensen / Høj Hastiged Racing, Bentley #88
    4. GT3-Pro Nic Worsfold / Daredevil Racing, RUF #21
    5.GT3-Pro Sean Fleming / Destiny Motorsports, Aston Martin V12 #108
    6. GT3-ProChris Chavana / Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #29
    7.GT3-Pro Aiden Browe / Daredevil Racing, RUF #3
    8. GT3-Pro Michael Watts / Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #28
    9.GT3-Am Christopher Hunt / Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS Ultra #24
    10. GT3-Pro Ben Wells / Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #47
    11. GT3-ProChris Bowman / Daredevil Racing, RUF #72
    12. GT3-Pro Railer Cantrell / Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #4
    13.GT3-Am Jarrett Lee / Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #5
    14.GTLM-Am Chris Jones / CJ Racing, Corvette C7R #3
    15.GT3-Pro Matthew Spurrell / 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #60

    Round 6 has the tour racing into Italy. With another full field line up on tap, and the half way mark nearly upon the tour, the GT3 pilots were looking for speed this week. Monza is the home for speed and the soon the track was echoing from sound of well tuned engines roaring down the straights. Qualifying was fast with Søren Christensen taking the pole in record breaking fashion with a 1:44.3 nearly 5 tenths ahead of second place qualifier Tom Senchak. Ben Wells, showed good speed in qualifying with a 3rd place (1:44.890) on the grid followed by Matthew Spurrell (1:44.891)and Alex Hinton (1:44.977) rounding out the top five.
    The start of the race was a bit of a mess with two cars contacting each other on the pace lap, causing Spurrell, and Chris Chavana to start from the pits. But after the green flag dropped Spurrell didn't waste any time driving to the front, only to have problems mid-way through the race suffering from an engine failure. This left Senchak and Christensen to fight for the lead for most of the day. Damage to Christensen's car gave the race to Senchak to took control of the lead and never relinquished it. Hinton was fast all day, now in an Audi, but wasn't really much of a challenge for the win, however he did keep Senchak honest not finishing far behind. The race was only slowed by one caution when Mike Watts, and Aiden Browe make contact in Ascari at the half-way point of the race. Both were able to recover and finish although it was not a good day for Mercedes in general as all the Dyno-might Motorsports cars finished in the back half of the field with Chavana finishing the highest of the Mercedes. Disappointed in his finish coming off a win at Le Mans, Chavana wasn't able to overcome late damage and placed 6th in his AMG. It was a tough race for Wells, as well, who had speed early but ultimately finished 10th behind teammate Chris Hunt, who also suffered late race damage but limped home in 9th.
    The fastest lap was run by Christensen and lended him the bonus points to go with his 3rd place finish. Nic Worsfold brought his RUF home in 4th after a hard fought race between him and Sean Flemming who finished 5th. Aiden Browe, after making early contact with Watts, finished 7th and Watts 8th respectively. Chris Bowman, Railer Cantrell, finshed a lap down in 11th and 12th respectively. Jarrett Lee, in his first showing netted a 13th place, finishing ahead of Chris Jones who had suffered from a bad accident with the barriers and pit problems puttting him multiple laps down. And Spurrell took another hit in the points in dropping a second race finishing 15th. With half the season down round 7 in Brno proves to be setting up a heck of a race, and I'm sure Spurrell will be gunning for his teammate Senchak when the group heads to the Czech Republic.
     
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  7. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2
    Round #7

    Brno Circuit, Czech Republic
    46 laps
    June 5th 13:00
    Weather-Dry, Overcast
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    1. GT3-Pro Søren Christensen, Høj Hastiged Racing, Bentley #88
    2. GT3-Pro Aiden Browe, Daredevil Racing, RUF #3
    3. GT3-Pro Matthew Spurrell, 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #60
    4. GT3-Pro Nic Worsfold, Daredevil Racing, RUF #21
    5. GT3-Pro Tom Senchak, 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #2
    6. GT3-Pro Alex Hinton, Audi Motorsports, Audi #5
    7. GT3-Pro Sean Fleming, Destiny Motorsports, Aston Martin V12 #108
    8. GT3-Pro Michael Watts, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #28
    9. GT3-Am Jarrett Lee, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #5
    10.GT3-Pro Railer Cantrell, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #4
    11.GT3-Pro Chris Bowman, Daredevil Racing, RUF #72
    12.GT3-Pro Chris Chavana, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #29

    The Series arrived in the Czech Republic. As most of the the world's attention is usually focused on the city of Prague, only a few hundred miles to the east is a little gem known as Brno. A history of racing on the public roads Brno, now has a proper Circuit and it draws in some good racing. The GT3 cars really ripped up the circuit as it is known for ripping up tires.
    As usual in Qualifying it came down to a shoot out between newcomer Søren Christensen, and Matthew Spurrell, with Spurrell winning the pole by nearly half a second. Rounding out the top five was Tom Senchak, Aiden Browe, and Nic Worsfold. In fact Spurrell looked unstoppable dominating Practice sessions and qualifying only to have an ignition issue at the start of the race. As Spurrell headed for the pits Christensen took the lead and never really looked back. The high tire wear and difficulty of setting up for the negative camber corners took its toll on some of the competitors while others thrived.
    Browe, a new face to the series, ran a brilliant race finishing second at a very difficult track and redeeming himself after his forgettable performance at Monza. Worsfold, also had a great race at Brno pushing his RUF to the limits of the track without fault to finish in the top three only to be caught in the waning laps by Spurrell. Spurrell, who came from dead last after his troubles was a man on a mission picking off cars one by one as the day wore on. Senchak started the race well but was ultimately unimpressive in his performance at Brno settling for 5th place and maintaining his huge points lead. Alex Hinton, usually very fast on race day struggled with the car all day but was able in the end to maintain his starting position with a 6th place finish. Sean Flemming, really had a poor qualifying session, but enjoyed a very consistant and productive drive picking up 4 position in the race and finishing 7th maintaining his 3rd place standing in the Championship. Michael Watts on the other hand struggled with his car all day spinning off the track on 4 occasions and only could manage 8th as his mediocre run in the Mercedes AMG continues.
    Jarrett Lee, another newcomer to the league was able to maintain his qualifying position with decent showing and finished an impressive 9th place in the Amateur class. Railer Cantrell, another driver struggling to squeeze performance out of the new Mercedes managed to maintain his starting position as well and brought home a 10th place. 11th Place was claimed by Chris Bowman who did manage to pick up a position from qualifying, but continues to struggle with his RUF to maintain the pace of his Teammate Worsfold. In a somewhat small field finishing 12th was Chris Chavana, with engine problems putting him out of the race early. The Naturally Aspirated engines where already down on HP, but Chavana had found decent pace putting him ahead of his other teammates in the Mercedes only to have the engine fail.
    In the end Christensen ran a brilliant race and after several close challenges gets his first win in the Series after showing great pace in all the races. Everything came together for this one and Christensen will be looking forward to rising up the Championship standings in his Bentley. Tune in for the next race in the series back in the States at the beautiful Road America Circuit.
     
  8. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2
    Round #8

    Road America, United States
    41 Laps
    June 19th 14:00
    Weather, Dry Light Cloud.​
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    1. GT3-Pro Matthew Spurrell, 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #60
    2. GT3-Pro Søren Christensen, Høj Hastiged Racing, Bentley #88
    3. GT3-Pro Tom Senchak, 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #2
    4. GT3-Pro Alex Hinton, Audi Motorsports, Audi #05
    5. GT3-Pro Nic Worsfold, Daredevil Racing, RUF #21
    6. GT3-Pro Chris Chavana, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #29
    7. GT3-Pro Sean Fleming, Destiny Motorsports, Aston Martin V12 #108
    8. GT3-Pro Michael Watts, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #9
    9. GT3-Am Robert De Niro, RB Motorsports McLaren #60
    10.GT3-Am Mark Bean, mBean Motorsports, Bentley #08
    11.GT3-Pro Ben Wells, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #47
    12.GT3-Am Christopher Hunt, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS Ultra #24
    13.GT3-Pro Chris Bowman, Daredevil Racing, RUF #72

    Round 8 of the World Endurance Challenge brings us back to the States for one of the most well know road courses in North America. Steeped in History the Road America Circuit has been hosting races for all major series since its inception. It always provides great racing and is a true show of speed and power. Only miles from Elkhart Lake this race always draws a crowd to Wisconsin and a good size field. 14 Drivers were entered and 13 ran this race. Right off the bat, Railer Cantrell had issues getting his Mercedes ready and through Tech Inspection before the Race putting him out of this one.
    Qualifying saw Søren Christensen, putting his Bentley out in front with a blazing lap and earning him the pole bonus. But at the start of the race it was Matthew Spurrell who took the lead early and led the field through the first few turns before leaving them in his dust. In the early laps there were a few challenges for position while the tires were fresh. Ben Wells, who qualified well, had an early spin in the carousel and wasn't really able to rebound and settled in for long day. Tom Senchak drove a good consistent race but wasn't able to take advantage of the speed of the McLaren to get by Christensen who be the only car to challenge the leader. Spurrell just drove a brilliant race and didn't make any mistakes, even with Christensen driving some very fast laps in the race, his car would go away from him after the tires started giving up. Alex Hinton had a good drive in his Audi and able to take advantage of a good start to finish in 4th place. Nic Worsfold, who's dominating the Support Series for WEC was only able to muster a 5th place, but was happy with his over-all pace at the track. There was a amazing race between Chris Chavana and Sean Flemming with them trading positions multiple times during the race. Chavana would finish 6th ahead of Flemming who was unhappy with unforced errors made in the race. Michael Watts, who qualified 11th, made up a few spots during the race. Watts, at one time was in front of Flemming before pitting only to settle for 8th place which has become a consistent finishing position for the driver. Robert De Niro and Mark Bean fought hard in the last half of the race to finish 9th and 10th respectively in their debut for the World Endurance Challenge. De Niro had good pace but had a few off's in the race and wasn't able to close in on Watts for 8th.
    Wells, usually fast at every track, never really made an impact on the race after his lap 2 spin, relegating him to 11th place two laps down. Chris Hunt and Chris Bowman fought it out near the back of the back, 12th and 13th respectively, after stuggling with handling issues early in the race. Hunt showed speed early qualifying 9th despite being fairly new to the series and lacking the seat time of some of the more experience drivers. Next race will be set in the Far East as the drivers will attempt to tackle Sakitto's challenging course based in Japan.
     
  9. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2
    Round #9

    Sakitto Grand Prix, Japan
    50 laps
    July 17th, 14:00
    Weather, Dry-Heavy Clouds
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    1. GT3-Pro Tom Senchak ,888 Race Engineering, McLaren #2
    2. GT3-Pro Søren Christensen, Høj Hastiged Racing, Bentley #88
    3. GT3-Pro Michael Watts, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #9
    4. GT3-Pro Aiden Browe, Staffs Uni Racing, RUF #3
    5. GT3-Pro Alex Hinton, Audi Motorsports, Audi #5
    6. GT3-Pro Chris Chavana, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #29 +1 lap
    7. GT3-Am Brian Batiato, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #20 +1 lap
    8. GT3-Pro Chris Bowman, Daredevil Racing, RUF #72 +2 laps
    9. GT3-Pro Railer Cantrell, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #4 +3 laps
    10.GT3-Pro Ben Wells, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #47 DNF (engine)
    11.GT3-Am Paul Webster, Spider-Webb Racing, Aston Martin #46 DNF (electrical)
    12.
    GT3-Pro Sean Fleming, Destiny Motorsports, Aston Martin V12 #108 DNF ( steering box)

    Round 9 in the World Endurance Series brought us to Sakitto's beautiful and flowing Grand Prix Circuit. The rumbles of the GT3 cars were very much different than the familiar whine of the F1 cars. But truly this is a great circuit for just about any class to race on. Sakitto offers a technical bit and high speed bit to fit just about any well rounded driver.
    This was the first race since Donington, that Michael Watts ( last season's race winner) showed any competitive speed in his Mercedes. Still he wasn't fast enough for Søren Christensen who had pole position, and Tom Senchak who would share the front row. Another good showing in qualifying by Alex Hinton and Aiden Browe would round out the top 5.
    As the race started, Senchak's McLaren stumbled a bit and he was eaten up by the pack allowing Watts, Hinton and Browe to get by immediately. They were chasing a very fast Christensen who was setting a very torrid pace until he had a mistake in turn 9 causing him to slam the wall and creating and extra stop to repair damage. This gave the lead to Watts until pit-stops started to take place midway in the race. Christensen had made his way back up to the lead, but still needed to pit. And after a very impressive run recovered from his early crash to finish second. Senchak was able to close the gap on Watts and exit the pits with a 8.5 second delta and would open up that gap as the race wore on. Even with a slight fuel miscalculation he was able to grab his 3rd win of the season. A mistake by Watts' fading Mercedes, yielded 2nd to a hard-charging Christensen, but was able to hold on for a podium. Browe showed good consistent pace through-out the race to challenging for the lead and 2nd place, to finish a very strong 4th. Hinton, who is always fast wasn't satisfied with his Audi's handling all day, but enjoyed a 5th place finish despite very little seat time in the car. Chris Chavana, struggled with the handling of his car all day when something broke in the suspension created a bad vibration for much of the race. Still Chavana, was able to finish 6th and gain some valuable points. Brian Batiato, running a limited schedule this season was able to finish behind teammate Chavana, in 7th place with a fairly strong showing. Chris Bowman, and Railer Cantrell were the last of the cars running at the end finishing 8th and 9th respectively. Both drivers dealt with a myriad of handling issues. Ben Wells, lost an engine just past the half way point. Newcomer, Paul Webster had electrical issues that would cause him to park Aston for the rest for the day. And Sean Flemming lost out of some very valuable points when he had a suspension part break at the start of the race. He was able to make 3 laps, but the car was ultimately undrivable. In the end
    Senchak drove a great race and had a great pit strategy, after the pit stops he assumed control of the race and never looked back.
    Next week the series moves to Zhuhai International Circuit and the boys will battle it out to see who comes out on top in China.



     
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  10. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2
    Round #10

    Zhuhai, China
    60 laps
    July 24th, 14:00
    Weather, Dry-Clear/Hazy​
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    1. GT3-Pro Chris Chavana, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #29
    2. GT3-Pro Alex Hinton, Audi Motorsports, Audi #5
    3. GT3-Pro Nic Worsfold, Daredevil Racing, RUF #21
    4. GT3-ProTom Senchak, 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #2
    5. GT3-Am Paul Webster, Full Tilt Motorsport, Aston Martin V12 Vantage #46
    6. GT3-ProMichael Watts, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #9
    7. GT3-Pro Sean Fleming, Destiny Motorsports, Aston Martin V12 #108
    8. GT3-Pro Dallas Pataska, Pataska Racing McLaren #1
    9. GT3-Am George Grundon, G and D Motorsports, RUF #86
    10.GT3-Pro Ben Wells, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #47
    11.GT3-Am Jarrett Lee, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #74
    12.GT3-Am Mark Bean, mBean Motorsports, Bentley #08
    13. GT3-Pro Aiden Browe, Staffs Uni Racing, RUF #3
    14. GT3-Am Christopher Hunt, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS Ultra #24

    Back to action in China the Series comes back to Zhuhai, which put on a spectacular race last season. Ready for the Challenge but not the Haze of industrial fog that clouded the track all weekend. The racing was superb last season with many close battles all over the track. Last Season's winner Michael Watts still searching for a victory this year, but going up against must stiffer competition.
    In Qualifying we saw Nic Worsfold leading the way in his RUF with a hot lap of 1:31.092 setting the GT3 record for the track. Tom Senchak was a half second back filling out the front row. Ben Wells, usually fast in Qualifying clicked off a 31.6 followed by Alex Hinton and Sean Flemming rounding out the top 5.
    The race started without incident and lent to some good racing. It was a sprint from start to finish as the field had issues all day with grip except Chris Chavana, who quietly made his way up into contention for the race. With Worsfold, and Hinton looking good in the front battling for the lead, it looked like Worsfold would bring home his first victory of the season since his switch to the RUF. But Chavana had other plans and tracked down Worsfold from 15 seconds back. As the sun set on Zhuhai so did Worsfold's chances of a win. Hinton fell back to 3rd and Worsfold was still able to salvage a 2nd place, but Chavana's pace just couldn't be slowed as he lapped all but 5 cars for the win after starting in 6th place. A brilliant drive for a Chavana despite battling a cold and having limited seat time. Senchak managed to come in 4th, but held onto a very healthy points lead. Newcomer Paul Webster drove an excellent race picking up 2 positions from 7th to finish in 5th. Watts, qualified a very disappointing 9th place, but picked up 3 positions to finish a pedestrian 6th place. Flemming, struggled for grip all day fighting the car and ultimately finishing 7th. Dallas Pataska, started 10th and managed to put his car in position for a 8th place finish. George Grundon, qualified 11th and picked up a couple positions on his way to finishing 9th in his RUF.
    Wells, who again showed great speed in Qualifying had issues mid race spinning several times and ultimately would settle for 10th. Jarrett Lee started shotgun on the field but fought up to 11th place in his Audi. Mark Bean, had the only Bentley in the field since Logistic and scheduling issues kept Søren Christensen from fielding his car. Bean would have a tough day dealing with handling issues and finish 12th.
    Aiden Browe, suffered issues as well with his car getting damage early then having pitting issues forced him to retire early. Chris Hunt started the race, but had steering/suspension issues right off the bat and wasn't able to overcome them, leaving him to finish 14th. Stay tuned for the next race in beautiful New Zealand as the Series heads south of the Equator.
     
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  11. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Season 2
    Round #11

    Mike Pero Motorsports Park
    Raupuna, New Zealand
    70 laps
    Aug 7th, 12:00
    Weather, Dry-Clear
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    1. GT3-Pro Matthew Spurrell, 888 Race Engineering, McLaren #60
    2. GT3-Pro Nic Worsfold, Daredevil Racing, RUF #21
    3. GT3-Pro Søren Christensen, Høj Hastiged Racing, Bentley #88
    4. GT3-Pro Alex Hinton, Audi Motorsports, Audi #5
    5. GT3-Pro Chris Chavana, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #29
    6. GT3-Pro Sean Fleming, Destiny Motorsports, Aston Martin V12 #108
    7. GT3-Am Brian Batiato, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #20 DNF Engine
    8. GT3-Pro Michael Watts, Dyno-Might Motorsports, Mercedes AMG #9 DNF Engine
    9. GT3-Am Jarrett Lee, Audi Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS #74 DNF DQ
    10.GT3-Am Mark Bean, mBean Motorsports, Bentley #08 DNF Handling

    Coming soon...
     
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