Having skipped the last race at Oulton Park, UK, I was back on the virtual racetrack again last week as I continued my iRacing F3 Championship Series at Road America, USA. I have to say, I didn’t get as much practice in during the week as I would have liked as I was distracted with other things. It didn’t help that this was also a new track for me.
Anyway, I managed to get myself up to a reasonable speed by the weekend, which is when I like to race. I’d hoped to get my times down under 2 minutes, but I didn’t quite make it as my lap times steadied to just a shade over the 2 minute mark.
I’m gaining a little more confidence in my racecraft these days (and Road America is also quite a wide circuit) so I decided to put in a qualifying time once again which put me 9th on the starting grid.
My race got off to a decent start, though my keenness to avoid incidents cost me 2 or 3 places after the first couple of corners. As I expected though, cars soon started to spin off or collide ahead of me and I found myself in 4th place at one point. Unfortunately, I was caught by a couple of faster drivers who must have started towards the back of the field, but I managed to hold on from there and finished in 6th place. I was really quite happy with this, given my lack of practice.
Even better, the result pushed my rating back over the 1200 mark and bumped me up to 40th in the Division 6 Championship.
I’ll be skipping the Week 10 race at Sebring, but will be back for the race at Belle Isle the week after.