Race Time of day:
Drive through at 13x, DSQ at 20x
Round 6 Pre-Race Notes
Welcome to Round 6 at Spa! Most of us know that Spa is a world famous circuit that has hosted a plethora of auto racing events for many years and it is also know that this track has never played any favorites with anyone. From it's legendary original circuit of 14.9 km /9.1 miles in length to the modern day circuit, Spa has been a huge fan favorite for many decades providing exciting race action for every aficionado that has had the privilege of attending or watching an event being hosted here.
Racing at Spa-Francorchamps
The racing at Spa is a fast paced affair. Known as a draft track with its long Kemmel Straight, the notorious Blanchimont curve, Eau Rouge and the ever intimidating bus stop chicane, you need to be on your A game the entire race or you will find yourself caught out of the competition and sitting on the side lines.
As is always the case, lap one is going to be key to a successful race here at Spa. I will mention this again as was mentioned back at Imola during the brief drivers meeting, "GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE TO RACE!!!" Your tires on lap one whether you want to believe it or not are cold and have less grip than 3-4 laps into the race. Going into La Source, up Eau Rouge and through the Les Combes complex is going to take precise skill and more importantly, situational awareness, to be successful in the opening laps. Into Puhon, do not be surprised if you see anyone who is over-ambitious lose it into the off-track area. Seriously guys, take it easy and don't over-drive on the first few laps. Settle into a rhythm and then start to plot your race strategies. It's an hour long race so there is plenty of time to race if you're on pace. This is also a reminder yet again that the entirety of lap 1 is an Orange Zone. If you cause a wreck, you will receive penalty points. It's just that simple.
The pit entrance at Spa is just as you come out of the right-hander of the bus stop chicane (Turn 19). When we reach the pit cycles, make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. If you are pitting, announce it on voice or via text if you have a button mapped for it. If you don't and do not use voice, map a button for text (Pitting In)! It will alert the drivers behind you to be a little more cautious going into and coming out of the last turn chicane.
Likewise coming out of the pit lane, you should be aware of who is out on track, stay to the far right up against the pit wall to avoid anyone who is coming out of La Source. Likewise for the drivers out on track, be mindful of cars exiting the pits. Do not get into them as they exit as they have the right to be there. Find your way around them.
All other racing is fair game. Remember that if you are faster than a competing driver, it is "YOUR" responsibility to find a way around them without contact. And if you are being passed by a faster driver, do not block or pinch in an attempt to stop the pass. Also remember that you are allowed one move either to the inside or outside to defend your position and this cannot be accomplished within the braking zone. Don't be that guy. And another reminder that flashing your lights in an attempt to have someone get out of your way is not allowed. You may only flash your lights "ONCE" to let someone know you are there and attempting a pass, but that's it. Remember that flashing lights is a protestable offense if abused.
We are nearing the end of another season and for the most part from an Organizers perspective, it has been a good season. One of the best so far in terms of competition and community building. The next season will be here before you know it and we should start seeing some information to that regard posted in the forums soon.
Let's get out there and give them a good show. Remember that this series is broadcast on the GSRC channel. Invite your friends and family to watch live and cheer on their favorite driver. That is all.
Cristian & Kenny