Kicera and Archer Claim Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Wins at Spa - also video replay

Kicera and Archer Claim Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Wins at Spa - also video replay

07.06.2020: Tyler Kicera takes championship lead after top performance at Circuit de Spa-Francochamps Trans Am Esports SPA Race Replay here

Tyler Kicera takes championship lead after top performance at Circuit de Spa-Francochamps
 


Trans Am Esports SPA Race Replay here





 


The iconic roar of American horsepower was heard deep within Belgium’s Ardem Forest as the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship made its first virtual visit to Circuit de Spa-Francochamps on Saturday.



While it was the maiden visit to the renowned Formula One circuit, the Trans Am esports drivers delivered classic Spa racing with dicey battles, brilliant overtakes in the corners and championship-implicating collisions.



Under massive pressure from Josh Hurley, Tyler Kicera (No. 4 Howe Racing Ent/Carbotech Brakes) drove flawlessly to the finish line for his fourth victory of the season. With the win and a fourth-place finish in Race 2, Kicera secured the championship lead and now holds a six point advantage over Hurley heading into the penultimate event.



Dylan Archer (No. 32 Archer Brothers Racing) claimed his first Trans Am esports win in Race 2 of the doubleheader.



“It was really intense trying to hold Josh (Hurley) off and not make mistakes,” said Kicera. “Josh is so quick here that he reeled me back in and that really kept the pressure on me. But Josh keeps it real clean. I was doing a little mirror driving but at the end of the day. All around it was an excellent weekend for us and I’m looking forward to the final two events.”
The opening round was a tale of two championship contenders, Hurley and Kicera.



Entering the round leading the championship by four points, Hurley (No. 03 Jetco Racing/McAleese & Assoc) confidently shot to the top of the qualifying times early, securing pole position by .242-seconds over Kicera with a fast time of 2:16.675-seconds.



Running side-by-side off the standing start, the pair jostled for position entering the famous Raidillon, Eau Rouge turn sequence. Squeezing to the inside of Hurley, Kicera slipped by to take the lead. Kicera built more than a five second gap over second-place Hurley with five laps left in the nine-lap race. But, Hurley was up for the challenge. Chipping away on Kicera’s gap, Hurley charged to Kicera’s bumper by the final lap.



Hurley found an opening to pass on the Kemmel Straight, but Kicera was quick to defend his lead. Hurley weaved back and forth from behind trying to pressure Kicera into a mistake. Keeping his cool from Hurley’s torrid campaign for the point, Kicera conquered Spa to tie the championship going into the second race.



“The first lap of the race was interesting,” Hurley explained. “I didn’t realize, and neither did Tyler (Kicera) until we did it, that starting on pole actually puts you at a disadvantage, because second place can get a bit of a tow to get ahead. Once he got the lead, there was so much aero-turbulence, especially through Eau Rouge, that the front end of my car almost came a foot off the ground when in tow. All I could do was hang in there and hope Tyler made a mistake, he didn’t.”



Edward Sevadjian (No. 38 Big Machine Vodka/Leadfoot Racing/Duntov Motors) started and finished Race 1 in third for another podium finish.



“I knew I didn’t quite have the speed to beat those guys on merit so I tried to be careful and hang around, hoping an opportunity would present itself to move forward,” explained Sevadjian. “I love this track and hope to have the opportunity to race here someday. Big thanks to Big Machine Vodka, I carry my Big Machine Vodka hand sanitizer to every race, including the virtual ones.”



In the inverted grid, the infamous Spa corners collected several drivers including Hurley and Kicera in Race 2.
Archer started from pole-position after finishing ninth in the first race with Carl Rydquist (No. 46 MyRaceShop.com/Prototype Development Group) sharing the front row. Rydquist got the jump on Archer off the standing start to take the lead before Turn 1. In Rydquist’s tow, Archer managed the gap for six laps before taking a pop at Rydquist.



Hounding Rydquist through the Bus Stop, Archer made a switchback move and the pair barreled down the front straight wheel to wheel. In a classic Spa overtake in Eau Rouge, Archer took the lead, swooping in to claim the checkered for the first time.



“The second race went just as planned after I managed to recover from an early wreck in Race 1 to start on pole for Race 2,” Archer said. “I have to thank Carl (Rydquist ) for racing clean. That was a lot of fun. I got a draft coming out of the back straightaway, and I was able to gain on him.



I noticed I was braking later than him in the Chicane every lap, so I decided to go around. I tried a switchback move, it didn’t work, so I tried it again in the next corner. He got the better run going around the outside but I got another draft through Eau Rouge. I was able to make it stick that time. I was looking forward to this track and it was nice to have some luck here.”



Rydquist tried to retake the lead for a final time on the last lap, but it didn’t stick. Rydquist’s hunt for first turned to him trying to hold position as John Paul Southern Jr. (No. 61 Southern Motorsports/PittRace.com) challenged the Swedish-born driver in the final moments of the race for second. Rydquist defended Southern Jr.’s advances to finish the race in second with Southern Jr. claiming his second podium finish of the season in third.



”Great race today at a very difficult track, had a great time in the MyRaceShop.com Factory Five Racing GT car.,” said Rydquist. “Congrats to (Dylan) Archer, he showed great racecraft and sportsmanship to win it fair and square. Hats off. I am happy to be moving closer to the front and hope to take the final step soon.”



Kicera recovered from a Lap 1 incident to finish fourth while Hurley crossed the line in eighth after a late race collision sent him spinning off track.



“It was a really frustrating race, especially since for the second time I was punted by a guest driver who had no bearing on the championship,” said Hurley. “The championship run for me is probably over at this point.”





Juan Manuel Correa made his virtual return to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Saturday for the first time since his near fatal crash at the legendary Belgium circuit almost one year ago. The FIA Formula 2 driver completed his debut with a stout top-10 finish in Race 2.



The fabled Bridgehamption Race Circuit will stage the penultimate round of the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship continues Saturday, June 13 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.



Race Results: http://gotransam.com/events/Circuit-de-Barcelona-Catalunya/13366
 
Full replays of the race can be found by downloading the Trans Am by Pirelli app for free:
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nagra.ion.transam&hl=en_US
Apple App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/trans-am-by-pirelli-racing/id1494720210






SundayGroupManagement- photos TransAm

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/kicera-archer-transam-esports-wins-spa-video-replay---207541.html

07.06.2020 / MaP

More News

Trans Am By Pirelli Esports Championship Holds Next Round at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
04.06.2020
Trans Am finalizes esports championship schedule, three rounds remain  Before the inaugural season comes to a close, the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship will make a trip to Eur more >>
Driver standings in Trans Am Esports Championship after Riverside
31.05.2020
2020 Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Riverside International RacewayMay 30th, 2020Drivers' Points Standings1  03Josh Hurley more >>
Sevadjian and Kicera Take Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Riverside International Raceway Wins - full replay
31.05.2020
Virtual resurrection for fabled track rich with Trans Am history Watch the full replay more >>
David Donohue Joins Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Lineup at Riverside
30.05.2020
Donohue honors his father as Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship returns to Riverside International Speedway after 30 years Thanks to technology, a piece of motorsport history will more >>
Trans Amís Deep History with Riverside International Raceway
27.05.2020
Trans Am Resurrects Riverside International Speedway for Esports Competition Watch Trans Am at Riverside in 1970- https://youtu.be/DtfyjT1pty4  more >>
Trans Am Resurrects Riverside International Speedway for Esports Competition
26.05.2020
Historical venue used in Round 5 of the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship After taking a week off to observe Memorial Day, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli more >>
Josh Hurley and Ernie Francis Jr. Take Trans Am Esports Wins in Barcelona
17.05.2020
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship makes European debut at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya more >>
Trans Am Esports Barcelona round results
17.05.2020
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports ChampionshipCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya1 03 Josh Hurley Jetco Racing/McAleese & Assoc. 231 2 1 2 30 2 10 4 3 23 1 1 3 30 2 10 7 3 more >>
Juan Manuel Correa Enters Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Round at Barcelona
16.05.2020
Sim racing streamlines road to recovery for Juan Manuel Correra  FIA Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa added his name to the growing list of guest drivers participating in Round 4 of the Trans Am b more >>
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports, Barcelona Driver Lineup and livestream
15.05.2020
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship 2020Barcelona‐Catalunya Grand Prix CircuitSaturday at 3:00 p.m more >>
Trans Am Series Makes European Debut with Esports Championship in Barcelona
15.05.2020
Adrian Fernandez Added to Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship roster After 54 years of North American action, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will take its efforts more >>
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Draws Large Audience During Virtual Daytona International Raceway Event
13.05.2020
150,000 Viewers and counting  More than 150,000 viewers across various platforms watched NTT IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan take his first virtual laps in a Trans Am more >>
Trans Am by PIrelli Esports Championship Provisional Drivers' Points Standings following Daytona
10.05.2020
2020 Trans Am by PIrelli Esports Championship after DaytonaSunday, May 10th  20201 03 Josh Hurley Jetco Racing/McAleese & Assoc. 173 2 1 2 30 2 10 4 3 23 1 1 3 30 2 10 3 19 4 2 27 9 2 2 272 4 Tyler more >>
Kicera and Francis Jr. Deliver in Daytona Trans Am Esports Thriller - full replay
10.05.2020
Tyler Kicera and Ernie Francis Jr. score wins in Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Round 3The Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship drivers delivered a double dose of thrilling more >>
Livestream Trans Am Esports at Daytona tonight
09.05.2020
Livestream 2020 Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Daytona International Speedway   more >>
Trans Am Esports, Daytona Entry List
09.05.2020
2020 Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Driver LineupDaytona International Speedway4 Tyler Kicera, Manheim, Pa. TA25 Robert Accardo, Jr, Livermore, Cali more >>
Tony Kanaan Enters Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship at Daytona International Speedway
09.05.2020
Tony Kanaan, Sebastian Montoya, Devlin DeFrancesco and Lachlan DeFrancesco enter Saturday’s Trans Am Esports eventNTT IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan will more >>
Josh Hurley and Cameron Lawrence Win Big at Trans Am Virtual Road Atlanta - full replay
04.05.2020
Round 2 of the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship ends in a close callFull Replay HEREThe 2020 season mar more >>
Trans Am Esports Championship standings after Road Atlanta
04.05.2020
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Drivers' Points Standings After 2 EventsRoad AtlantaSunday, May 3rd  20201 03 Josh Hurley Jetco Racing/McAleese & more >>
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Road Atlanta entry list
01.05.2020
2020 Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Driver LineupRound 2: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta4 Tyler Kicera, Manheim, Pa. TA2 Howe Racing Ent./Carbotech Brakes more >>
Road Atlanta Next Up for Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship
01.05.2020
West Coast drivers eager to "travel" to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for first time The Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship will make the virtual cross-country trek from more >>
Josh Hurley and Tyler Kicera Claim Victories in Round 1 of Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship
27.04.2020
Two drivers take top honors in opening rounds of Trans Am Esports doubleheader at Laguna SecaWatch Round 1 Replay more >>
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Racing Continues on Sunday at Laguna Seca
24.04.2020
Tyler Kicera to start on pole in the opening esports championship round Round 1 of the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship will reconvene Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern for a double-d more >>
The Trans Am Champions Who Never Were
22.04.2020
Back in 1961, Roger Maris walloped 61 home runs for the New York Yankees, breaking Babe Ruth’s 1927 mark of 60 homers. But since Maris needed seven more games to set his mark, Major League Baseball attached an asterisk t more >>
Boris Said Joins All-Star Lineup for Round 1 of Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship, Entry List
18.04.2020
Trans Am’s first simulation championship debuts Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaIn another history-in-the-making move, 34 Trans Am Series presented by Pirel more >>
With Racing Paused, Trans Am Team Owner Shifts Focus to Making Medical Supplies
16.04.2020
3-Dimensional Services Group steps up to fight COVID-19 COVID-19 has put most Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli drivers, teams, fans and the industry on hold from the pursuit of more >>
Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship Launches Sunday
15.04.2020
New eight-week Simulation Championship with Torque Esports starts at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and will see field inverted during double-header Following an overwhelmingly p more >>
Trans Am Series Partner Prefix on the Frontlines to Fight COVID-19
09.04.2020
Whether it is an extra close reading of a rulebook to find an advantage, or just looking for the fastest way through a corner, racers are notoriously solution-oriented.So it is not too su more >>
Trans AM Championship by Pirelli revised schedule 2020 at a glance
07.04.2020
Revised Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli 2020 Schedule (** event will be streamed on Trans Am App)Feb. 29-Mar. 1      Sebring International Rac more >>
Trans Am Announces Revised 2020 Schedule
07.04.2020
All shared SVRA SpeedTour postponed events rescheduled for fourth quarterFollowing the interruption to its original schedule, the new Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli 2020 amended ca more >>
Trans Am Series Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Cancelled for 2020
07.04.2020
Detroit Grand Prix organizers announced Monday that the 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, originally scheduled for May 29-31 at Belle Isle Park, has been cancelled due to the global COVID-19 Coro more >>
Cameron Lawrence Sweeps Inaugural Trans Am by Pirelli Showdown at Lime Rock Park- replays available
29.03.2020
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli added a new chapter to its 54-year history on Saturday as America’s road racing series took to Lime Rock Park for its inaugural Esports competition with a double-header race on Sat more >>
Ruman Eager to Return to Road Atlanta
24.03.2020
Scene of the First of Her 16 Career Trans Am VictoriesAs the current Trans Am presented by Pirelli series season schedule continues to evolve with the dynamic situation tha more >>
Trans Am West Championship at Thunderhill Postponed
19.03.2020
In effort to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Thunderhill Raceway announced that it will shut down all public access through April 2.  Additionally, the track officials said that it cannot say with any degree of credibility that the track will be open on any given weekend in April.Given this uncertainty, and the updates and closings brought on by the CO more >>
Trans Am Postpones Road Atlanta Round
18.03.2020
Following Georgia’s announcement declaring a state of emergency for public health due to the spread of COVID-19, The Trans Am Racing Company announced today that the SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix event featuring the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on March 28–29 will be postponed. The next event for the national Trans Am Series is curr more >>
Trans Am West Coast Championship Sonoma Opener Postponed
13.03.2020
Trans Am to Race Road Atlanta Without Spectators Following the official decision on Thursday to cancel all gatherings of 250 or more people in California in an effort to sl more >>
Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship Returns to Sonoma for Season Opener
11.03.2020
After a record-breaking 2019 season, the momentum continues for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship as the series launches its fourth season at Sonoma Raceway this weekend (March 13-15).& more >>
Strong Launch for Trans Am by Pirelli Streaming at Sebring
06.03.2020
Trans Am Streams to the World as more than 40 countries watch Sebring action live on Sunday  With the largest in-person crowd on hand for the event in recent mem more >>
Mike Skeen Leads Final Two Laps to Victory in Trans Am TA2® Sebring Season Opener
02.03.2020
Former TA2® champions Cameron Lawrence and Rafa Matos scoop up podium finish Mike Skeen grabbed the lead following a restart with less than two laps remaining at Sebring International Raceway en more >>

Kategorien

2001-2022 automobilsport.com full copyright