In a few days, the V8 Supercars will fire up for round 1. Racing-Leagues.com takes its first steps into the world of iRacing.
Round 1 comes from the phenomenal Okayama International Circuit – Full Course, located in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. The circuit also known as TI Circuit Aida should be familiar to long time F1 fans as it hosted the Pacific GP in 1994 and 1995. With 11 turns and at 2.3 miles long it features every type of corner. Its sure to challenge the overpowered and undertyred V8 Supercars.
For the first time, we head into a season with no idea of the performance level of the teams and drivers, it’s a new car, a new platform and a lot of new tracks. Pre-Season testing has shown that the form book has been well and truly ripped up. 5 time V8 Supercars champions SRT and drivers Brett Clarke and Bert Van J have been off the pace throughout. Team DSA has only had one of their drivers on track, Kye Turner. Although Turner did win a pre-season round, it was only after the pole sitter had taken himself out on the starting line.
Two drivers have been up front throughout pre-season, former V8 Supercars champion Dan Stevens and his old sparring partner Dave Kinmond have been there or there abouts. Which brings us to 555 racing, in the one event that both drivers were present, they both were running 1-2, however an issue for team owner Gavin Cocks took the win away.
The real surprise package has been Trevor Dixon, showing good consistent form throughout.
With the SRT juggernaut failing to catch fire in pre-season, there is a very real chance that we could have a new champion. The title looks wide open at this early stage. However, with the lack of all teams testing at the same time, it’s way too early for this writer to make any predictions. New teams and new drivers add to the story.
What we can say is tune in on 4th Feb and see how it plays out. The usual commentary team of Steve O’Connor and Troy Allen will be your hosts, so tighten those belts, grab the wheel and hit the loud pedal.