Bounce back from an off day last time out at Silverstone was the target for Formula SimRacing World Championship leader Jernej Simončič when the seventh round of the 2020 season visited the Nürburgring Gp circuit.
The Slovenian secured pole position ahead of championship rival Petar Brljak while Michi Hoyer lined up in third place.
A great start from Jernej saw him staying in the lead after the first couple of corners and at the end of lap one, Dawid Mroczek had climbed up to fifth after starting from P6. Robin Pansar started from P11 after a season-best qualifying session from his side. The Swedish driver has shown great and steady progress during the season which is very promising for the remaining three rounds.
Jernej and Brljak were battling hard for the majority of the race. On lap 15, Petar pitted while Jernej stayed out for one more lap. That resulted in Brljak taking the lead when Jernej had made his first pitstop. He quickly caught back up to his championship rival.
Michi Hoyer and Dawid Mroczek were hunting down Muhammed Patel in 3rd place, which they did at the halfway point of the race with Dawid taking over the last podium spot with the german right behind.
At the front, Jernej was all over Brljak who went in for his second pitstop one lap earlier that Jernej once again. This time, the Slovenian was immediately putting the pressure on. Many laps with overtaking attempts ended at lap 45 out of 60, where Jernej dived down the inside into turn one and took the lead, which he held onto and crossed the finish line to take his fourth win of the season. Michi Hoyer overtook Dawid Mroczek during the second round of pitstops to take 3rd place closely followed by the pole.
Robin Pansar converted his season-best qualifying performance to a finishing position in P8.
A great race for the team and another win for Jernej, who had to really fight for it.
Here’s what the race winner had to say after the win:
“It was one of the most mentally and physically exhausting races. Edge and Brljak had the ultimate race pace, but I was just quick enough to be able to pull off a good strategy, even when unintentionally losing the position to them in both pit stops. It’s an important result as now with 3 races to go, I now have over 1 win worth of lead in the standings.”
Round 8 of the Formula SimRacing World Championship 2020 takes place in three weeks time at Zandvoort.
Rewatch round 7 right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvLV9vl-eUk