ILRF1 Season 4 – Round 13 – Belgian GP Race Reports

RACE REPORT

Tier: ILR1 (PS4)

Event: Belgium GP (Round 13 of 21)
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Location: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Layout: 7.004km (4.352 miles)
Weather: Wet > Dry

Pole Position: Gonanen_87 (Ferrari) – 1.41.056

Podium Finishers

1st – VSR Blizzzard (McLaren)

2nd – Gonanen_87 (Ferrari)

3rd – VRTCliffy (Mercedes)

Fastest Lap: Matt32575 – 1.43.547

In qualifying, it was Gonanen_87 who took pole position for Ferrari with championship leader VSR_Blizzzard in second only 0.024 off of pole while team-mate ne-yo1993 started third.

The race turned out to be a wet race with everyone forced to start on the intermediate tires resetting the strategy. As the race got underway both Gonanen_87 and VSR Blizzzard made were quick off the line and ran side by side into turn one. VSR Blizzzard took the lead on the run down to Eau Rouge and ran very close all the way the kemmel straight. Meanwhile, CSR_Leon crashed at Raidillon ending his race early. Further down the field it was a mostly clean opening corner.

The battle for fourth caused a train behind VRTCliffy all the way to about tenth with cars attempting moves and swapping positions. VSR_Francis and Bugatti030629 fought along the kemmel straight while AzR_Lormans was the second car to retire on lap two. Kallek_rist and Likkle_Blocks went side by side in sector two in the battle for seventh.  The McLaren of ne-yo1993  was putting pressure on pole sitter Gonanen_87 for second.

The long train of cars from about eighth down to the back of the field gave us some close racing although the hazardous conditions made it difficult to overtake. ItsMe12321 tried a move though along the kemmel straight on Kallek_rist and then thought he had made the move stick after the Sauber misjudged the breaking point but somehow Kallek_rist held on. VSR_Lambo then joined the battle, and they went three wide into turn ten before TTG_Po in the Renault also attempted a move into pouhon. The result of this crazy battle was that ItsMe12321 fell out of the points into eleventh.

VRTCliffy began to close in on ne-yo1993 for the final podium position while Kallek_rist continued to hold off a whole host of cars behind. LMC_HamiltonF1 became the latest car to retire on lap four. TTG_Po made a late move into the bus stop chicane on VSR_Lambo and made it stick picking up eighth. VRTCliffy managed to pass ne-yo1993 into turn one before the McLaren then lost another position to VSR_Francis into turn seven on lap five. ItsMe12321 reclaimed  ninth after VSR_Lambo ran wide into pouhon while Jume_x began to make progress having started down the order. As conditions began to improve many of the drivers down the field decided it was time to change to the dry tires uncertain whether it was the correct call. The two Haas cars even double stacked in the pit lane proving how eager they were to move away from the worn intermediates. VSR_Lambo had a major moment on his way out of the pits suggesting the track was still too damp for the slick tires and this was confirmed when he retired shortly afterwards. It was also proving difficult for Kallek_rist who opted to switch with him struggling to keep the car on the road at times.

At the front VRTCliffy was closing in on Gonanen_87 while Jume_94 was catching ItsMe12321 but then crashed unusually on the exit of the first corner. The leaders pit at the end of lap eight with them switching to the dry compounds with Gonanen_87 opting for the softs while others such as race leader VSR Blizzzard opted for the medium compound. Gonanen_87 made good use of the faster soft tires to close the gap to VSR_Blizzzard. Gonanen_87 then made the move into turn seven taking the lead of the race but would have to make the soft compound tire last till the end. VSR_Francis managed to pass VRTCliffy to take P3 at the same time. VRTCliffy attempted to retake third a lap later with a move on VSR_Francis on the outside of turn seven when the two cars touched resulting in VSR_Francis running wide.

VSR_Blizzzard began to get into a rhythm and closed up onto the back of Gonanen_87 again but Gonanen_87 held off the initial challenge getting a good run out of raidillon making it difficult for VSR_Blizzzard to get close enough to make the overtake into turn seven. Gonanen_87’s soft tires were beginning to get worn in the closing stages. CCBrain was the latest car to retire on lap eighteen. Ne-yo1993 managed to overtake the Ferrari of Likkle_Blocks while VSR_Blizzzard picked up a three-second time penalty for infringing track limits but was cancelled out by an earlier penalty for Gonanen_87. 

In the final few laps VSR_Blizzzard finally managed to overtake the Ferrari of Gonanen_87 but Gonanen_87 was still very close behind the McLaren driver.  Likkle_blocks fought back against ne-yo1993 with the two catching up to VSR_Francis for a triple threat battle for fourth on the final lap. Gonanen_87 made a final attack on VSR_Blizzzard into turn seven but the McLaren defended and held off the challenge from the fast Ferrari.

In the end then it was championship leader VSR_Blizzzard who took the victory after a hard fought battle with Gonanen_87 who finished in second while VRTCliffy finished in third position.       

Be sure to check out the full race highlights below with commentators GingerAndy and Gaming Alimonda.

Round 14 of the ILR1 Championship is the Italian GP from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 20h of January 2019 at 5.30pm UK time. Be sure to tune in on the ILR Youtube Channel to catch all the live action                                                   

RACE REPORT

Tier: ILR1 (Xbox One)

Event: Belgium GP (Round 13 of 21)
Date: Friday, January 11, 2019
Location: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Layout: 7.004km (4.352 miles)
Weather: Dry (Sunny)

Pole Position: Veloce Surprize (Williams) – 1.40.596

Podium Finishers

1st – VSR Simon (McLaren)

2nd – CRG Evo (McLaren)

3rd – OMG Its Jo (Ferrari)

Fastest Lap: TRL_Martin – 1.43.417

In qualifying, it was championship leader Veloce Surprize who took pole position with  OMG Its Jo picking up second while VSR Simon started third in the McLaren.

As the race got underway it was Veloce Surprize who retained the lead off the line before OMG Its Jo made and overtake on the run down to eau rouge. CRG Evo moved up ahead of his team-mate VSR Simon. It was a mostly clean opening lap with some contact further down the field. Veloce Surprize and OMG Its Jo continued battling through the opening lap with the championship leader retaking the lead in sector two. Veloce Limitless and VSR Moorso had a battle for P6. SnazzyEvening44 collided with the wall through stavelot resulting in a DNF.

CRG Evo began closing in on the Ferrari of OMG Its Jo in the battle for second in the opening laps before finally making the move on lap 5 along the kemmel straight while CRL Rosberg was leading a train from fourth down to about 8th position. VSR Simon retook fourth from CRL Rosberg. A lap later CRL Rosberg was under more pressure from VSR Moorso and Veloce Limitless.

The leader Veloce Surprize decided to pit on lap six switching to the medium tires while OMG Its Jo also pit. CRG Evo pitted a lap later and emerged from the pits right on the tail of the Williams of Veloce Surprize. The leaders began to make their way back through the field after emerging from the pits behind those on the alternate strategy with Veloce Surprize making a pass on Jorc94 into the bus stop chicane. Those who had to yet to pit had a good battle with langman17 and CRL Rosberg scrapping for the lead for a time. TRL_Martin also got involved making a pass on langman17.

CRL Rosberg was the man on the move passing VSR Moorso for seventh on lap thirteen. Net leader Veloce Surprize began to make his way back toward the top of the time sheet while further down Meloni88 and Jorc94 had a tremendous battle for fourteenth with the two going side by side in sector one. The Red Bull of Veloce Limitless had to pit again after damaging his front wing. Langman17 and TRL_Martin were running close through sector three with the Ferrari holding off the charge of the Red Bull.

Veloce Surprize managed to maintain the gap back to CRG Evo at around two seconds while OMG Its Jo was holding off the other McLaren of VSR Simon. CRL Rosberg and VSR Moorso battled again for fifth with the two swapping positions throughout lap sixteen and seventeen. TRL_Martin and Langman17 who were both running on the faster super soft tire having started on the medium began to close in on CRL Rosberg and VSR Moorso.

Back at the front VSR Simon was getting very close to the Ferrari of OMG Its Jo before making the move down the kemmel straight to take P3. TRL_Martin managed to pass both CRL Hamilton and VSR Moorso in the closing laps in what was a close battle while VSR Simon began to close in on his team-mate CRG Evo and made the move for second on the penultimate lap. CRL Rosberg, Langman17 and VSR Moorso all battled into the final corner before they collided resulting in VSR Moorso crashing just metres from the line.

The battling continued into the final lap and had a controversial end with Veloce Surprize picking  up a penalty on track on the final lap dropping him down to fourth and VSR Simon being confirmed as winner following the race after some deliberation with CRG Evo picking up second and OMG Its Jo picking up third 

Round 14 of the ILR1 Championship is the Italian GP from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 18h of January 2019 at 7.30pm UK time. Be sure to tune in on the ILR Twitch Channel to catch all the live action     

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RACE REPORT

Tier: ILR2 (PS4)

 

Event: Belgium GP (Round 13 of 21)
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Location: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Layout: 7.004km (4.352 miles)
Weather: Dry (Sunny)

Pole Position: LMC_Will (Mercedes) – 1.41.666

Podium Finishers

1st – LMC_Will (Mercedes)

2nd –  Dutch-trickizzZ (Williams)

3rd – ILR_Shadow (McLaren)

Fastest Lap: zR_MeRcEDes – 1.44.486

In qualifying, it was LMC_Will who took pole position for Mercedes with the McLaren of ILR_Shadow in second and OnyxMer starting from third on the grid. The top six cars were all on the super-soft tires while the rest of the field was split between those on the softs and those on the mediums compound tire.  

As the race got underway LMC_Wil had a good getaway off the line retaining the lead while OnyxMer managed to get ahead of ILR_Shadow to take second before attempting a move on LMC_Will into turn seven. It was a clean start for most in the opening few corners with no major drama or incidents. Bananastime had a good start up to twelfth from the back of the grid before spinning through pouhon undoing his good work while MrCosta96 and dutch-trickizzZ went side by side through pouhon as well with the Red Bull driver having to concede.

The Sauber of Tau_s78 was battling with championship leader Abiodun20041224 when CSR_Olly and dutch-trickizzZ joined the battling and managed to overtake the Sauber driver pushing him down to seventh. Further down the order Wizelig was battling with Silent Assassin and CorzzzzaF1 for tenth. Tau_S78 and MrCosta96 then made contact on the exit of the bus stop chicane resulting in Tau_S78 spinning sending the Austrian down the order. OnyxMer became the first to retire after crashing out at the top of raidillon.

A large train developed from about eight down to fourteenth with cars swapping positions and going side by side all round the circuit. The two Williams of CSR_Olly and dutch-trickizzZ were battling for third before Abiodun20041224 and zR_MeRcEDes caught up to this battle and capitalised when CSR_Olly ran wide through pouhon but the Williams driver battled to hold onto the position. The four cars were running incredibly close in two by two formation through sector three with Wizelig closing in. The two Williams of CSR_Olly and dutch-trickizzZ held of those behind all the while at the front ILR_Shadow caught up to leader LMC_Will taking the lead for after a move into turn seven.

There was more close battling for sixth between the Ferrari of CorzzzzaF1,  zR_MeRcEDes and the two Toro Rosso’s of Wizelig and Abiodun20041224 again running in two by two formation out of turn seven. LMC_Georgexx13 joined the scrap for sixth when  zR_MeRcEDes and the Sauber made contact which sent the Red Bull spinning into the barrier while MrCosta96 who had to take avoiding action ended up out of the race after colliding with the barrier. The two Renault’s were battling hard down the field with several cars while the leaders out front made their pit stops. ILR_Shadow stopped for medium compound tires while net leader LMC_Will also opted for the mediums. The net leaders emerged behind the battle for sixth between the two Renaults and the Ferrari, and they managed not to lose too much time as a result.

LMC_Will managed to build a gap ahead of ILR_Shadow amongst the traffic. Those who started on the medium tires took the lead of the race for a time while Wizelig began battling immediately after his pit stop going for a move on CSR_Olly into turn seven touching the grass on the inside in the process and then in the next corner losing control of the car and hitting the barrier, retiring from the race. The battle for ninth was heating up with the two Renaults of Maladictis and TimVegGaming888 holding off the Mercedes of Silent Assassin. However, TimVegGaming888 ended up in the barrier after contact with the Mercedes along the kemmel straight which allowed the following Ferrari through ahead of the Renault.

CorzzzzaF1 and LMC_Georgexx13 finally pitted on lap twelve which handed the lead back of LMC_Will who had built a gap to ILR_Shadow behind. The race stabilised after the final stops with most of the cars evenly spread out managing tires. zR_MeRcEDes began closing in on the final points positions attempting to fight back after his earlier accident while Silent Assassin was holding off the challenge of the Ferrari behind. zR_MeRcEDes managed to pass both cars into the bus stop chicane but on the following lap lost the car at the top of raidillon colliding with the wall.

In the closing stages Dutch-trickizzZ caught ILR_Shadow in the battle for second and passed the McLaren driver along the kemmel straight making use of some slightly newer tires. Tau_s78 retired from the race while LMC_Will continued to dominate and maintain the gap back to second. Championship leader Abiodun20041224 was running in fifth and was put under pressure from CorzzzzaF1 in the final few laps but will just have been happy that both his closest title rivals were scoring no championship points.

In the end then it was LMC_Will who took a dominant victory having taken pole position with Dutch-trickizzZ picking up second with a great drive and ILR_Shadow finishing third still hunting for that elusive first ILR victory

Be sure to check out the full race highlights below with commentators Soupcooler and OwenWyatt13

 

Round 14 of the ILR2 Championship is the Italian GP from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 20h of January 2019 at 7.00pm UK time. Be sure to tune in on the ILR Youtube Channel to catch all the live action                                       

RACE REPORT

Tier: ILR2 (Xbox One)

Event: Belgium GP (Round 13 of 21)
Date: Friday, January 11, 2019
Location: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Layout: 7.004km (4.352 miles)
Weather: Dry (Overcast)

Pole Position: thebaconyum007 (Toro Rosso) – 1.41.387

Podium Finishers

1st – thebaconyum007 (Toro Rosso)

2nd –  VSR Kushmania (Sauber)

3rd – SHZ OverkillZ (Force India)

Fastest Lap: thebaconyum007 – 1.44.704

In qualifying, it was thebaconyum007 who took pole position for Toro Rosso with Antivebeacon picking up second while SHZ OverkillZ started third in the Force India.

As the race got underway both thebaconyum007 and antivebeacon got good starts off the line which  menat they were side by side in the run down into turn one. They continued battling up the hill through eau rouge and along the kemmel straight with thebaconyum007 just about managing to hold onto first position. Further, back VSR Kushmania was putting pressure on SHZ Overkillz for third while AOR Pelzeri, Midzy15 and ChrisMaccaJones were all close behind as well. JamieOC2004 was the first car to retire from the race on the opening lap. The end of the opening lap saw some more drama with AOR Pelzeri spinning in the bus stop chicane with ChrisMaccaJones.

Antivebeacon ended up dropping down to sixth from second on the opening lap while Flying Roszeey became the latest car to retire from the race. ChrisMaccaJones made a mov on SHZ OverkillZ on lap three along the kemmel straight to move up to third. A lap later SHZ OverkillZ was back in front of the Ferrari making a similar move into turn seven. Thebaconyum007 maintained the gap back to VSR Kushmania before pitting on lap five along with VSR Kushmania and antivebeacon who were among those to start the race on the super-soft tires. This handed the race lead to SHZ OverkillZ for a time. SHZ OverkillZ and ChrisMaccaJones then pit at the end of lap six and they both emerged behind thebaconyum007 and VSR Kushmania.

F1 Maestro26 had a spin through the tricky pouhon corner just moments before Mr Nakeddanish made a similar mistake in the Renault. F1 Maestro26 and WOR BLAZER GUNZ had a battle down the kemmel straight while the Ferrari of ChrisMaccaJones and the Mercedes of Le Revolution battled with antivebeacon running very close behind. Antivebeacon had a moment on the run through Raidillon which allowed ChrisMaccaJones to build a gap.

The race was stable at this point with most of the drivers getting into a rhythm. Midzy15 was closing in on antivebeacon before battling with mightydylan3224 while out front the baconyum007 had around a five-second gap ahead of VSR Kushmania. Mightydylan3224 then moved on to challenge antivebeacon for fifth making the move along the kemmel straight with MIdzy15 taking advantage of a double tow and DRS to also pass the Mercedes of antivebeacon.

Thebaconyum007 made a second pit stop having earlier opted for the soft tire rather than the mediums which handed the lead to VSR Kushmania. As he emerged from the pits he immediately had a terrific battle with Midzy15 and team-mate mightydylan3224 through sector one making a double overtake into turn seven. On lap seventeen Thebaconyum007 then made a pass on ChrisMaccaJones for third and then quickly passed SHZOverkillZ to take back second. He had to close down a seven-second gap to VSR Kushmania in the remaining four laps.

In the closing stages the race was somewhat stable with only a few remaining battles one of which was a good battle for sixth between championship leader Midzy15 and antivebeacon with the two going side by side through sector two. Midzy15 completed the move along the kemmel straight on the lap twenty. Meanwhile thebaconyum007 was making good progress in attempting to regain the lead closing the gap down very quickly being within a second of the Sauber driver on the final lap. He then closed up closer in the final two sectors before managing to make a move for the lead into the final corner in what was an incredible finish. 

In the end then it was thebaconyum007 who took the victory with VSR Kushmania just missing out on the win, picking up second while SHZ_OverkillZ finished in third for Force India.       

 

Round 14 of the ILR2 Championship is the Italian GP from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 18h of January 2019 at 7.30pm UK time. Be sure to tune in on the ILR Youtube Channel to catch all the live action                                                  

 

                                                                                                                     

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