23 May 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 14
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Spa
Daniel Neice took the final checkered flag of the season tonight with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Circuit de Spa ahead of Billy Smith and Robert Tinsey in the Prototype Class. David Williams beat Young Park and Christopher Paiz to the line in the GT Pro Class and Robert Kast finished ahead of Sheldon Rosenbaum and Dale Green in the GT AM Class. Smith won the Prototype season championship with Ross Booth and Ryan Robertson winning the GT Pro and GT AM Class season championships respectively.
Robert Tinsey started the evening off on the pole in the Prototype Class with a fast lap of 2:01.392 and David Williams was on the pole for the GT drivers with a 2:15.978. The 28-car field took the green with all eyes on Billy Smith and Carter Kundinger who were directly competing against each other for the season championship. Daniel Neice quickly took the lead away from Tinsey going around the first lap with Smith moving up to 4th directly behind Kundinger.
Tinsey retook the lead on the following lap and built a gap of around 0.6 with Kundinger and Smith close behind Neice running single file. Williams had a strong lead over Washeleski and Schmidt by over 3 seconds 10 minutes into the race. Neice again cleared into the lead ahead of Tinsey as Lou Carbonneau tried to challenge Smith for 4th, but Carbonneau eventually conceded and fell back in line behind Smith. Smith was guarding 4th place aggressively as a 4th place finish or better would win him the championship over Kundinger in the end.
Carbonneau tried several more time to take away 4th place from Smith. Able to clear for the position, Carbonneau made effective use of lap traffic to block Smith who fell back to 5th. Kundinger was forced to leave the racing line to avoid an incident within the GT field and that allowed Carbonneau to close the gap between them and take 3rd place away. Kundinger struggled to collect himself back up as Smith also got around him while Kundinger continued to fall short of his previous pace.
Kundinger regained his composure and caught back up to Smith 20 minutes into the evening and cleared back in 4th with 10 laps completed. Williams extended his gap ahead of the GT3 field by over 6 seconds demonstrating the dominate pace in the early stages. Smith was able to match pace with Kundinger but seemed content to play it safe and follow Kundinger for the time being letting the time count down. Neice was showing one of the strongest performances seen from him since the beginning of the season with the gap between himself and the rest of the Prototype drivers was over 5 seconds.
As the first round of pit cycles had begun, Kundinger and Smith stayed out putting Smith in the lead ahead of Kundinger. Neice was able to take 2nd when all drivers finished with the first pit stop of the night. Smith was running in the lead after taking a short pit stop to create distance between himself and Kundinger. Tinsey moved up to 3rd place and Kundinger was holding onto 4th with Leif Peterson rounding out the top 5 going into the second half of the 90-minute event.
With 40 minutes remaining, Williams was leading the GT3 Class by almost 12 seconds as he consistently outpaced the rest of the field. Kundinger was aggressively pushing through traffic trying to close the 5 second gap to Tinsey in 3rd place while Smith extended his lead to over 3.5 seconds ahead of Neice. Peterson stayed close to Kundinger and went side by side through several corners battling over 4th. The battle stretched out over a few laps with lap traffic assisting either driver at different times while they swapped positions back and forth.
Peterson won the position when Kundinger choose to take his final pit stop early. Smith went down pit road on the following lap giving the lead to Neice temporarily. Smith came out of pit road ahead of Kundinger while the majority of the Prototype drivers had yet to stop for fuel. Neice stayed out for several laps longer than his competitors stretching the gap as far as he could. Neice rejoined the race over 3 seconds ahead of Smith on track and held onto the lead going into the final 20 minutes.
As the season came to a close, Smith seemed to finish out the night choosing the championship over risking to try for the win and crossed the line in 2nd place behind Neice. Kundinger finished in 4th place behind Tinsey. Billy Smith officially took the season championship in the Prototype Class ahead of Carter Kundinger and Robert Tinsey. Ross Booth won the championship in the GT Pro Class ahead of Paul Gibson and Ryan Washeleski and Ryan Robertson to the championship in the GT AM Class with a landslide over Trent Brown and Franco Margarella.
09 May 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 13
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Nürburgring
Jeffrey Ooms took his 5th win of the season tonight in the Prototype Class with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at the Nürburgring ahead of Cameron Bidwell and Daniel Neice. Paul Gibson beat Young Park and Ross Booth across the line in the GT Pro Class with Ryan Robertson taking the checkered flag ahead of Franco Margarella and Luke Schmidt in the GT AM Class. Ross Booth and Ryan Robertson became the unofficial season champions in their respective GT Classes while the points race in the Prototype Class is the closest it has been in a long time.
Jeffrey Ooms secured the pole in qualifying with a fast lap clocked at 1:41.206 and took the Prototype Class to the green flag with Paul Gibson leading the GT3 Class drivers soon thereafter. Ooms pulled away to a strong lead ahead of Billy Smith and Cameron Bidwell. Gibson also had a strong start pulling away from Young Park as the entire field had a clean beginning to the 60-minute event. Bidwell, Smith, and Kundinger battled 3 wide over 2nd place in the Prototype Class going into the 2nd lap with Bidwell ending up with the position over Smith and Kundinger in 4th.
The early battles allowed Ooms to build up a gap of over 4 seconds in the first few minutes as Kundinger continued to challenge Smith for 3rd place. Ryan Robertson had a strong lead ahead of Franco Margarella from the front of the GT AM Class as Park struggled to close the gap to Gibson leading in the GT Pro Class ahead of them. The majority of the drivers settled in single file to let the laps count down in the early stages of the race. Robert Tinsey has caught up to Kundinger in 4th and started pressuring for the position with 10 minutes completed.
10 Minutes into the night, technical issues took Smith off the track from 2nd place. Tinsey was involved in a large incident on lap 8 ending his night early as well being forced to pit for significant repair. Soon afterwards, Kundinger also went off track after losing control of his LMP2 falling far back in the running order. Bidwell inherited 2nd place with Daniel Neice running in 3rd as the Nürburgring was proving to be too much for some drivers. Smith had rejoined the race from several laps down from the leader trying to salvage what points he could from the night.
Luc Carbonneau caught Neice 25 minutes in and started challenging for 3rd place staying close on his bumper. Neice became the latest Prototype driver to have bad luck when he found himself caught up in an incident and was knocked back to 4th after Carbonneau misjudged a corner with Leif Peterson moving up to claim 3rd. Neice was able to recover and climbed back up to 3rd place as the drivers passed the halfway point in the race. Ooms continued to lead with a commanding 22 second lead over Bidwell who had over an 11 second lead over Neice. Carbonneau and Peterson stayed close behind Neice going into the 20th lap.
Approaching 20 minutes remaining, the final drivers completed their pit cycles with Ooms in a stronger lead over Bidwell than he had before his stop. Kundinger had managed to get back up to 5th place running around 2 seconds behind Peterson. Ross Booth took the lead in the GT3 Class as Robertson was looking to take the lead back from Bradley Salmon in the GT AM Class which he did on lap 25. Going into the final 10 minutes, Kundinger closed the gap to Peterson down to 1.2 seconds.
Peterson closed up on Neice running within 0.6 with Kundinger still close behind waiting to take advantage with 5 minutes remaining in the night. Ooms was still running in the lead and extended his gap to almost 40 seconds over Bidwell going into the final lap. Peterson, Kundinger, and Carbonneau were all running close behind each other contesting over 4th place as all three closed up on Neice in 3rd. Ooms crossed the line claiming his 5th win with Bidwell, Neice, Peterson, and Kundinger chasing each other across the line in the Prototype Class.
Billy Smith holds onto the lead in the point standings with 226 points. Carter Kundinger closed the gap to the lead to only 9 points going into the final round. Robert Tinsey follows close behind in 3rd place with 197 points. Ross Booth has a commanding lead with 417 points in the GT Pro Class as the unofficial season champion for the class. Paul Gibson holds onto 2nd place with 340 points and Ryan Washeleski following behind by 18 points in 3rd. Ryan Robertson is the unofficial season champion in the GT AM Class with 324 points ahead of Trent Brown who has 184 points and Franco Margarella 14 points behind him.
Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, is dominating in the team point standings sitting in the lead with 305 points and almost 70 points ahead of Satellite Racing Apollo in 2nd place. The Autobahn Sportscar Challenge now heads over to Circuit de Spa for the final round of the season on May 23rd with all of the intense action broadcast live at 9:05PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
25 Apr 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 12
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Imola
Jeffrey Ooms absolutely dominated the field in the Prototype Class tonight claiming his 4th win of the season with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Imola ahead of Carter Kundinger and Robert Tinsey. Johan Shirazi took the checkered flag for the GT Pro Class ahead of Young Park and Christopher Paiz while Ryan Robertson took his 7th win of the season beating out Robert Kast and Luke Schmidt in the GT AM Class as well as outpacing the GT field as a whole. “Should be a good fight for these last two rounds”, Kundinger remarked in regard to closing in on Billy Smith for the points championship, “It’ll be interesting, I might have to put a little bit more practice into those [final] two rounds if I really want to try to secure this championship.”
Jeffrey Ooms had the fast lap in the Prototype Class during qualifying with a lap at 1:31.190. Ryan Robertson in the GT AM Class was leading the entire 21-car GT field in lap times with a scored time of 1:42.114. Paul Gibson with the GT Pro Class was behind Robertson’s time by 0.026 when qualifying came to a close. As the drivers took to the track to begin the 60-minute feature event, a lower car count than previous events was noticeable with many prominent names not appearing as the 31 car field took the green flag.
The Prototype drivers were quick to single file out behind Ooms off the start with a similar start as the GT3 drivers moments later stacked behind Robertson. Robert Tinsey and Carter Kundinger battled over 3rd place as a large gap of over 4 seconds formed between the top 4 and the rest of the Prototype field going into the 4th lap. Ooms pulled away to a strong lead running 1.8 seconds ahead of Austin Young up front. The GT3 field was mixed together between the GT Pro and GT AM drivers benefiting Robertson the most as several Pro drivers were between himself and Luke Schmidt in 2nd place in the GT AM Class.
Trouble for Young ended his evening early as Tinsey and Kundinger continued to battle now for 2nd place over 10 seconds behind Ooms 15 minutes into the event. Billy Smith, the Prototype Class points leader going into the evening, started toward the rear of the field but was slowly advancing through the field reeling in Leif Peterson in 5th place. Small incidents shuffled the GT3 field with Gibson and Robertson holding the lead in their respective classes, each with sizable gaps ahead of their nearest competitors.
After battling through the first half of the race, Kundinger was able to overtake Tinsey on lap 17 for 2nd place. Ooms, Gibson, and Robertson continued to lead across the classes as the field approached the pit cycle going into the second half. Ooms had a massive gap of more than 24 seconds over Kundinger and Tinsey going into the final 20 minutes of the event and Smith continued to pressure Peterson now for 4th place further back in the Prototype field. Gibson had a 6 second gap over Johan Shirazi in the GT Pro Class and Robertson had stretched his lead to over 18 seconds over Robert Kast in the GT AM Class.
In the final 10-minute stretch, Gibson was forced to end his race early because of technical issues after a strong performance all night giving the GT Pro lead over to Shirazi with Young Park close behind. Kundinger and Tinsey started to develop a 10 second gap between them in 2nd and 3rd in the Prototype Class as Ooms further stretched out his lead by over 30 seconds. Smith was able to take 4th place away from Peterson and was running 3 seconds behind Tinsey with little time left to attempt to reel him in.
The final few laps proved to be not enough for Smith to make up substantial ground on Tinsey ahead in 3rd. Ooms crossed the line almost 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field in the Prototype Class. Shirazi held the lead in the GT Pro class with Park close behind pressuring while Robertson took the GT3 overall win tonight as well as the unofficial points championship in the GT AM Class. “I put in a lot of practice for this track and I’m glad to see it paid off.”, Robertson commented after the race.
Billy Smith holds onto the points lead with 218 points with Carter Kundinger slowly closing the gap following behind by 17 points now. Ross Booth further stretches out the gap in the GT Pro class leading over Ryan Washeleski by 64 points with a total of 386 points. Ryan Robertson with 285 points has become the unofficial points winner in the GT AM Class with a dominate 118-point lead over Trent Brown going into the final two rounds of the season. Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, continues to lead in the team points standings with 289 points. The Autobahn Sportscar Challenge now heads out to Nürburgring for the next round on May 9th with all of the action broadcast live at 9:05PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
11 Apr 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 11
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Le Mans
Carter Kundinger with Satellite Racing Apollo took the checkered flag tonight in the Prototype Class with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge 90-minute event at Le Mans ahead of Robert Tinsey and Luc Carbonneau. Ross Booth beat Ryan Robertson and Ryan Washeleski to the line in the GT Pro Class as Ryan Robertson took the win in the GT AM Class ahead of David Parry and Dale Green. “That was a really fun and stressful race”, Kundinger told us tonight after his win, “Really it was just traffic kind of that was really what decided who was in front and who was behind.”
Jeffrey Ooms led the field to the green starting off the evening at Le Mans for the Prototype Class drivers with Ross Booth leading the GT drivers. The field had a very clean start as the drivers in all classes single filed out quickly and settled in for the 90-minute event. Carter Kundinger and Joshua Wolf battled early over 3rd place with Kundinger able to hold onto the position, but the battling allowed Ooms to pull away ahead of the field. Nathan Jue, who was running in 2nd behind Ooms, pulled off the track and ended his own evening in the first 5 minutes of the race.
Several smaller incidents and close calls through the first 30 minutes shuffled the running order around, but Ooms continued to lead in the Prototypes ahead of Kundinger and Robert Tinsey. Booth and Robertson each started building gaps ahead of the rest of their respective classes in the GT Pro and GT AM. Ooms pulled into the pits on lap 9 and stayed in for an extended amount of time at over 1:10 repairing damage picked up while negotiating through GT3 traffic and dropping him far back in the running order and giving the lead to Kundinger with Tinsey staying close behind waiting for an opportunity to challenge for the lead.
As they approached the halfway point in the race, Robertson had over a 46 second lead over the rest of the GT AM Class with Dylan Parry and Matthew Gosch battling hard over 2nd place. Ross Booth led the GT Pro Class with a gap of over 16 seconds ahead of Washeleski. Tinsey took the Prototype lead away from Kundinger, but as Tinsey and Kundinger continued to battle over the lead Wolf and Lou Carbonneau were able to close up the gap to the leaders while battling amongst themselves over 3rd place.
Going into the final 30 minutes, Kundinger was able to retake the lead from Tinsey and Wolf lost 3rd place to Carbonneau, but all four drivers stayed within reach to take advantage of a potential mistake from their competitors. Both GT Pro and GT AM fields had become very spread out with multiple seconds between most drivers as Booth and Robertson continued to lead from far ahead. Ooms found himself back inside of the top 10 as the drivers completed their second pit cycle of the event.
Ooms continued his hard charge through the Prototype field with 20 minutes remaining from 7th place. Kundinger and Tinsey continued their fierce battle over the lead as the time counted down going into the final 5 laps. Tinsey slid wide going around a corner with 12 minutes remaining costing him any chance at taking the win from Kundinger and putting him under immediate pressure from Carbonneau and Wolf. Carbonneau overtook for 2nd quickly while Tinsey was trying to recover. With nearly a 7 second lead, Kundinger was able to relax and just maintain his pace to the finish. Carbonneau, Tinsey, and Wolf chased each other stacked close together single file.
Tinsey took 2nd place back from Carbonneau with 2 laps to go and Ooms climbed his way back into 5th and closed the gap to Wolf up to within 2.5 seconds. Seemingly in response to Ooms gaining, Carbonneau was aggressively pushing with Tinsey instead of attempting for an overtake and built up a gap ahead of Wolf around the final lap. Going through the final corners, Tinsey and Carbonneau fought hard over 2nd place with Tinsey able to hold the position in the end. Kundinger crossed the line 7 seconds ahead of Tinsey, Carbonneau, Wolf, and Ooms all tightly stacked together rounding out the top 5 finishers in the Prototypes.
Billy Smith continues to lead in the points standings in the Prototype Class with a total of 200 points and 21 points ahead of Carter Kundinger in 2nd. Ross Booth has a dominating lead in the GT3 Pro Class at 354 points. Ryan Washeleski sits in 2nd place 42 points behind. Ryan Robertson again goes unchallenged in the GT AM Class points standings with 243 points and a 77-point lead over Trent Brown in 2nd. Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, leads in the team standings with 258 points. The Autobahn Sportscar Challenge now heads over to Imola for the next round on April 25th with all of the fast-paced action broadcast live at 9:05PM EDT only on the Virtual Grip Network!
28 MAR 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 10
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Hungaroring
Billy Smith II claimed his fourth win for the season tonight in the Prototype Class with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Hungaroring ahead of Robert Tinsey and Paul Darling. Paul Gibson led the GT Pro Class across the finish line ahead of Ryan Washeleski and Ross Booth with Ryan Robertson taking his fifth win of the season in the GT AM Class ahead of Ian Lake and Liam Rudzitis. “It’s going to start taking the pressure off and going to allow me to take less risks.”, Smith tells us as he further builds on his points lead, “Having this little bit of an advantage I can kind of relax and not have to push it so hard and just enjoy it.”
Robert Tinsey started the evening off on the pole in the Prototype Class with a recorded fast lap of 1:32.959 over 0.19 faster than Billy Smith in 2nd place and Paul Gibson led the GT drivers to the green with a fast lap of 1:42.169. The field had a fairly clean start between the classes as Tinsey had a strong launch off the start pulling away from Smith very quickly to over one second in the first few corners.
Smith struggled getting through traffic 20 minutes into the race with the gap between himself and Tinsey in the lead stretching out to over 4 seconds as Paul Darling pressured him from behind. Ian Lake had caught up to Ryan Robertson leading the GT AM Class and battled side by side, but Robertson was able to regain the lead after a few tense corners. Gibson maintained around a two second gap over Washeleski in the GT Pro Class with 14 laps completed. Ross Booth stayed within reach of Washeleski throughout in 3rd place with Mo Islam following close behind him.
Tinsey choose to pit very early going in 25 minutes into the 60-minute event giving the lead over to Smith who was still under pressure from Darling. Robertson in the GT AM Class missed a corner allowing Lake to close the gap and take the lead away as Robertson rejoined the track in 2nd place. Pit cycles began shuffling the running orders in the Prototype Class halfway through the race placing Tinsey back up into 4th place still over 30 seconds behind Smith who had yet to pit. Darling used lap traffic to get the lead away from Smith just before Darling choose to take his pit stop at the 38-minute mark as Smith again stayed out on track.
Tinsey had advanced up to 2nd place 32 seconds behind Smith as they approached 40 minutes into the race. Smith choose this moment to take his pit stop and came back out onto the track and into turn one just ahead of Tinsey now separated by 0.6 as Smith got back up to a racing pace and secured the lead with Darling back in 3rd place several seconds behind. Gibson had built a lead of over 3.5 seconds over Washeleski in the GT Pro Class with 15 minutes remaining. Robertson took the lead back in the GT AM Class, but Lake stayed close behind keeping the pressure up.
In the final moments of the event Tinsey struggled negotiating through the GT3 traffic and in the end seemed to concede the attempt to catch Smith for the lead with his pace slowing around the final lap. Gibson had over a 6 second lead ahead of Washeleski in the GT Pro Class and Robertson managed to pull away from Lake by over 1.5 seconds as they crossed the finish line in the GT AM Class.
Tonight’s win put Billy Smith at 184 points total so far in the season, 31 points ahead of Carter Kundinger in 2nd place and 38 points ahead of Robert Tinsey in 3rd, giving Smith some breathing room going forward. Ross Booth continues to lead in GT Pro Class with 312 points, 19 points ahead of Paul Gibson. Ryan Robertson has a strong lead in the GT AM Class at 205 points and 54 points between himself and Trent Brown in 2nd place. Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, leads in the team standings at 226 points. The drivers now head over to Le Mans for a 90-minute event on April 11th with all of the action broadcast live at 9:05PM EDT only on the Virtual Grip Network!
14 MAR 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 9
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Twin Ring Motegi
Billy Smith II took his second win in a row and third win of the season tonight in the Prototype Class with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Twin Ring Motegi ahead of Robert Tinsey and Joshua Wolf. Ryan Washeleski took his first win of the season in the GT Pro Class ahead of Ross Booth and Bradlee Haley with Ryan Robertson leading the GT AM Class across the line for the fourth time this season ahead of Trent Brown and Robert Kast. Smith talked with us about the final moments of the event when he took the lead away from Jeffrey Ooms, “[Ooms] kept having a bunch of bad luck with traffic it seemed like. I was able to negotiate a little bit better it seemed and keep him within shouting distance, and it seemed like he had a little bit of unfortunate luck with one of the GT cars and got some damage there and it played into my hands.”
Jeffrey Ooms led the field to the green in the Prototype class to start off the night’s action and quickly built up a strong lead over the opening laps ahead of Billy Smith and Robert Tinsey. Bradlee Haley held the lead over Ross Booth in the GT Pro Class with Ryan Robertson leading the GT AM Class. The field quickly settled into a groove over the first 10 minutes of the 60-minute event around the tight corners of Twin Ring Motegi with most drivers choosing patience over aggression through the first half.
As the Prototypes spread out with several seconds between each driver up front, the GT Pro drivers stayed tightly stacked together in the battle for the lead with Bradlee Haley ahead of Ross Booth, Collin Weatherholt, and Ryan Washeleski keeping the pressure high for Haley to not make any mistakes. Ryan Robertson was able to run away with the GT AM Class lead over 5 seconds ahead of Robert Kast in 2nd place. Many drivers were trying a strategy change this round as pit stops began a minute before the 30-minute mark in the race, where previously drivers would save fuel to run longer before stopping, to potentially advance positions as others stop later on.
Going into the second half, Smith was able to stay closer to Ooms and gain on him closing the gap to within 2 seconds on occasion showing a very strong pace as Tinsey ran 8 seconds behind him. Ooms, Smith and Tinsey all chose to pit at the 35-minute mark giving the lead to Daniel Neice and Carter Kundinger who stayed out for another lap before going in themselves. Washeleski jumped to 2nd place in the GT Pro Class as Haley came out of the pits just quickly enough to retain the lead with Washeleski putting pressure on him and taking the lead away soon thereafter with Ross Booth going 3 wide and securing 2nd with Haley dropping back to 3rd with 18 minutes to go.
As the drivers entered the final 10 minutes of the race, Smith stayed within reach of Ooms running about 2 seconds behind. Tinsey held onto 3rd running 16 seconds behind Smith, but 14 seconds ahead of Joshua Wolf in 4th place. Ryan Robertson continued to hold a commanding lead in the GT AM Class running over 5 seconds ahead of Robert Kast in 2nd place. Washeleski, Booth, Haley, and Weatherholt all ran single file close together pressuring for the GT Pro Class lead. Ooms fell off the pace with suspension damage causing him to go wide through a corner giving Smith the opportunity to take away the lead with only 8 minutes remaining. Tinsey and Wolf each moved up a position, 2nd and 3rd respectively, when Ooms was forced off track as his LMP2 became more and more undrivable.
In the final laps Washeleski was able to break away with the GT Pro Class lead as Booth and Haley fell back and Robertson maintained an almost 6 second lead over Brown in the GT AM Class running conservatively. Smith in the Prototype Class was able to run away with the lead crossing the line with more than a 20 second lead over Tinsey. “If we continue like this then we’ll be in good shape here in a few weeks.”, Smith commented regarding his chances at the season championship.
Billy Smith further extends his lead in the point standings with 175 points, now 22 points ahead of Carter Kundinger in the Prototype Class. Ross Booth holds onto the lead in the GT Pro Class at 314 points with Bradlee Haley, 35 points behind, taking 2nd place away from Paul Gibson. Ryan Robertson pulled ahead in the lead after tonight’s win now at 172 points. Trent Brown moved up to 2nd place ahead of Kevin O’Keefe and trails 25 points behind Robertson. Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, still leads in the team point standings by 23 points with a total of 194.3 points. The ASC now moves to Hungaroring for the next round on March 28th and you can catch all of the action live at 9:05PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!
28 Feb 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 8
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Suzuka Circuit
Billy Smith II took his second win of the season tonight with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Suzuka Circuit ahead of Robert Tinsey and Cameron Bidwell in the Prototype class. Ross Booth was able to take his fourth win of the season in the GT Pro class beating Bradlee Haley and Christopher Paiz to the line. Bradley Salmon claimed his first win this season sputtering across the line as he ran out of fuel ahead of Kevin Santana and Franco Margarella.
After a two week break for the drivers as they moved away from the North American circuits, Jeffrey Ooms came back strong taking the pole ahead of Robert Tinsey with a fast lap of 1:44.372. Ooms was the driver to watch going into the night after winning the last three rounds going into the race in 7th overall in the point standings which was surprising considering that he joined the league several rounds into the season and quickly began closing the gap between himself and Carter Kundinger in the lead.
Bradley Haley took the pole in the very competitive GT Pro class with his fast lap of 1:57.839. Haylee has two wins behind him so far this season with his last win coming from Road America. The GT AM class was led out by Ryan Robertson, who has shown a strong performance through the season with three wins, with a lap time of 1:58.338. The last win Robertson claimed was in the previous round at Watkins Glen.
After a very clean start, Ooms wasted no time putting distance between himself and Tinsey by over 1.5 seconds in the first lap. David Williams took the worst end of a battle defending against Carter Kundinger for 4th place in the second lap going off track. Within the first 10 minutes, Ooms had built up a lead of over 3.5 seconds over Tinsey showing his intention for a repeat performance from previous rounds where he would take a wide lead early on before settling into a groove for the second half.
Washeleski took the lead away from Haley in the GT Pro class in the early stages of the race, but Haley stayed close behind in 2nd place getting back into the line of drivers moving single file through the curves without incident. Robertson had some tough luck when contact sent him spinning off track during the first ten minutes of the event dropping back to the rear of the field and gave the GT AM class lead over to Ian Lake.
Kundinger made contact sending himself off track in the 8th lap recovering back in 10th place behind Patrick McDaniel. That allowed Cameron Bidwell to move up into 4th who was still 3 seconds off Billy Smith II in 3rd place. Unfortunate for the current points leader as Kundinger struggled to regain lost ground as the drivers passed the halfway mark in the event.
Haley was able to retake the GT Pro class lead when Washeleski made a costly mistake sending him back to 12th in class. Robertson made a hard charge back toward the front after recovering from his earlier incident getting back into 3rd on the 10th lap and Ian Lake, who was in the lead, ran wide sending himself off into the grass and handed the lead over to Franco Margarella. This put Lake on the defensive with Robertson close behind.
Going into the second half of the race drivers began making their mandatory fuel stop. Haley and Ross Booth were battling hard over the GT Pro class lead for several laps choosing to stay out longer while other drivers were rejoining the track. Ooms took much longer coming back out of the pits compared to other drivers and rejoined the field in 9th place and started his hard charge back to the front with over 20 seconds to make up to catch Smith in the lead.
Kundinger and Ooms battled back and forth over 5th place in the Prototype class with 20 minutes remaining in the race as each driver tried to use lap traffic to their advantage for several laps, but Ooms was able to overtake in the end. Further back on the track, Booth took the GT Pro class lead away from Haley after an intense battle that ended when contact was made by a Prototype driver trying to overtake both GT drivers sending Haley off the track. Haley was able to recover quickly and held onto 2nd place.
Bidwell started putting pressure on Tinsey for 2nd place in the Prototype class as the drivers entered the final 10 minutes of the race with Smith still holding the lead. Ooms managed to hold 5th but was still over 20 seconds behind the lead battle without enough time remaining to make up the time and contest for the lead himself. Tinsey was able to use traffic to get around and held Bidwell at bay as they crossed the line on the final lap.
Smith took the points lead in the Prototype class away from Kundinger with his win tonight with 150 points. Ooms had a rough night, but still moved up to 5th in the overall points standings now 51 points behind the lead. Booth holds onto the GT Pro class points lead with 275 points with Paul Gibson trailing by 24 points. Robertson held onto the points lead after struggling early on tonight with 143 points ahead of Kevin O’Keefe by only 1 point. In the team standings Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsley, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, holds the lead with a total of 164 points. The drivers now prepare to move on to the next round at Twin Ring Motegi in two weeks broadcast at 9PM EST only on the Virtual Grip Network.
07 Feb 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 7
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Watkins Glen
Jeffrey Ooms has absolutely dominated for the third straight week in a row in the Prototype Class with the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge at Watkins Glen ahead of Carter Kundinger and Billy Smith II. Ooms crossed the finish line over 10 seconds ahead of Kundinger and at this point the other drivers don’t seem to have a response for his driving abilities. Ross Booth won the GT Pro Class ahead of Ryan Washeleski and Paul Gibson while Ryan Robertson took home the win for the GT AM Class beating out Kevin O’Keefe and Franco Margarella.
“It was mostly a survival race. The past couple of races have not been super good for me.”, Robertson, tonight’s GT AM winner shared with us, “This race was just trying to get the car home clean, not really fighting the [GT Pro] guys, like if I had the speed on them fine, but using them as a drafting partner.” Tonight’s winner in the GT Pro Class, Ross Booth, puts in a lot of work on and off the track. “I’m pretty confident going into each race. A lot of prep behind the scenes and just trying to put my best foot forward every single week.” Whatever he’s doing, you can’t deny the results.
Kundinger holds the lead in the points standings in the Prototype Class with a total of 134 points ahead of Smith trailing by only 5 points going into the next round. Ooms, who has only raced in the last three rounds, has already climbed up to 7th in the points with 81 and could potentially be in contention for the championship if his current winning streak continues through the rest of the season. Ross leads in the GT Pro Class with 237 points overall ahead of Paul Gibson and Bradlee Haley, who are tied for 2nd place with 218 points each. Robertson took the points lead away from O’Keefe tonight with his win, now leading by 3 points.
31 Jan 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 6
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Detroit’s Belle Isle
Jeffrey Ooms has led every lap and took the win for the Prototype class in the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Street Circuit for the second week in a row ahead of Carter Kundinger and Billy Smith II. Joining the season with his win at Road America and now winning at Detroit, Ooms is proving to be the driver to beat this season. Ross Booth won for the GT Pro class ahead of Albert Jones and Paul Gibson while Trent Brown claimed the victory in the GT AM class beating out Franco Margarella and Bradley Salmon.
“I know [Ooms] is a fast driver, I mean he’s a 6K [iRating] driver and he definitely shows it.”, Kundinger, the current points leader in the Prototype class, commented after finishing in 2nd place tonight and is content with consistent podium finishes for now, “Second’s an awesome result especially at Detroit. I knew it was going to be pretty chaotic with all the traffic and the bumps which are pretty grueling.”
Kundinger continues to lead in the Prototype point standings, now with 112 points, ahead of Billy Smith II and Dan Neice after finishing in 2nd place tonight. Ross Booth, Bradlee Haley, and Paul Gibson further extend the gap between themselves and the rest of the GT Pro class standings. Kevin O’Keefe holds onto the lead in the GT AM class followed closely by Ryan Robertson and Trent Brown. Satellite Racing, consisting of Robert Tinsey, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson, holds the lead in the team point standings for a second week.
17 Jan 2022
Autobahn Sportscar Challenge | Season 11 | Round 5
LMP2/GT3 Multiclass Event | Road America
Jeffrey Ooms absolutely dominated the field in the Autobahn Sportscar Challenge 90 minute event at Road America ahead of David Shutt and Billy Smith II. Ooms started on the pole and was consistently quicker around the track lap after lap stretching his gap ahead of Shutt to almost 40 seconds by the end of the event. Bradlee Haley took home the win in the GT Pro class ahead of Ross Booth and Paul Gibson while Ryan Robertson beat out Kevin O’Keefe and Luke Schmidt in the GT AM class.
A surprising upset was caused by some confusion on the start that lead to a large incident with the Prototypes early into the first lap. Smith, who finished in 3rd place tonight, was coming from the back of the field and shared with us his reaction, “Coming around turn one, on the team chat they were kind of like, “Hey, just stop” basically, so I was already completely off throttle before I went around turn one and in all that chaos I was lucky to come through unscathed.”
After an unfortunate start for Daniel Neice, ultimately ending his evening early, the point standings have now shifted with Neice giving up the points lead in the Prototypes to Kundinger leading with 89 points. Smith moves up to 2nd with 88 points and Neice now holds onto 3rd place with 83 points. Booth holds the lead in the GT Pro point standings followed closely by Haley and Gibson, all three drivers separated by only 8 points. O’Keefe maintains his lead in the GT AM standings at 97 points. Robertson moved into 2nd place after tonight’s win trailing the lead by 5 points and Trent Brown moves back to 3rd place with 72 points. The Satellite Racing team consisting of Robert Tinsley, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson took the lead in the team point standings with 99.7 points overtaking Blue Chew Americas – Black, who slipped back to 5th place overall.