1) Normally this is the first race of the season, how does it feel racing it here near the end?
2) Kevin Magnussen started his career at McLaren strong at Albert Park. How do you rate this driver now after a few seasons?
3) F1 2017 season will be starting in a few weeks and organizing has began. What is one aspect that you think PRL can do better in?
Constructive criticism please and no arguements!
This week in Albert Park we saw something we see most weeks, a tire strategy race. Our two championship contenders both decided to qualify on the harder, soft tires, keeping a one stop in play. Melvin Guererro (melg222) once again showed his outstanding qualification pace, by still putting in a pole winning time. Amazingly, only 1 thousandth of a second behind was Nick Delp (nickthequick) on super soft tires, with Edwin Jackon (MysticJoker323) in third on his soft tires. Rounding out the top 3 was Pearce Jackson (El_Majacko) and Ric Migneault (Lance Stroll) both on super soft tires.
At the start of the race, Nick got a good getaway on his softer tires and got alongside Melvin into turn 1. Melvin was able to hold him off having the inside line on the exit of the chicane and due to Nick fighting for the position on the outside, Edwin was able to take advantage of a better exit and pass for second.
Our championship contenders pulled a slight gap on Nick through the first lap, but Edwin was not letting Melvin get away at all, pressuring him the whole time. As they started the second lap, Melvin was maybe watching his mirrors to closely as he ran deep into turn 1, getting into the grass allowing not only Edwin past, but also Nick.
Things would stay that way up front until lap four. With Edwin starting to get a gap, Melvin was able to make the move on Nick regaining 2nd position, with Ric following past Nick into 3rd position. Nick would get that position back a couple laps later though, just before both him and Ric would pull into the pits for soft tires, going for a 2 stop strategy. With them in the pits, Connor Stanek (McSendit) who also started on the soft tires and was trying for the 1 stop moved into 3rd position.
Lap 12 we saw both Edwin and Melvin dive in for their only stop of the day, taking on medium tires. Nick was able to just gain the lead as both cars emerged from the pits, but Edwin wasted no time, getting the position back before the lap was over. Melvin would overtake Nick the following lap setting up a two car battle to the finish with both Nick and Ric, just behind needing to stop once more.
Lap 16 we saw Ric make a move on the outside at turn 3 for third position as the front 2 car continued to drive away in a class of their own. Ric and Nick would exchange the position several more times before the end of the race.
As the lap wound down though we saw the drivers that were able to make the 1 stop strategy work win the day. Edwin was able to build a 3 second gap to Melvin . Connor would take the final step of the podium with a 14 second gap to 4th. Nick held off Ric in what was an exciting battle to watch all race with them finishing 4th and 5th.
With the win, Edwin moves his points lead in the drivers standings to 19. Giving him some comfort heading into the final round at Monaco. As we know anything can happen with the barriers so close, but even with a win from Melvin, Edwin only needs to finish 6th or better to claim his record 3rd championship.
Top 10 Finishing Order:
1st - Edwin Garcia (MysticJoker323) - 6th win of the season and 36th of his PRL Career!
2nd - Melvin Guererro (melg222) - 11th podium of the season
3rd - Connor Stanek (McSendit) - 2nd podium in only 4 starts
4th - Nick Delp (nickthequick) - 15th points finish of season
5th - Ric Migneault (Lance Stroll) - 2nd points finish and career best finish
6th - Pearce Jackson (El_Majacko) - 15th points finish of season
7th - Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda777) - 4th points finish and best career finish
8th - Kevin Garcia (PsyQo_Suii) - 1st points finish and career best finish
9th - Dylan Zimmerman (dszman) - 10 points finish of season
10th - Dayton Cooper (Coopersonic) - 5th points finish of season
Fastest Lap - Aaron Webb (AaronWebb85)
Here is the Broadcast of the race from with commentary from GameofJobes and Hootius!
Tune in for the final race of the season at 9pm next Thursday night! See who will be crowned champion of season 8!