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Gade, Fairclough Win Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Rounds at VIR

Gade, Fairclough Win Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Rounds at VIR

Mikkel Gade and Deagen Fairclough took the checkered flags in the Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series double feature at VIRginia International Raceway on Sunday. Gade kicked off the day by winning his third race in a row in the unique series featuring the iRacing Formula iR-04, and was looking to score his fourth before a final-lap kerfuffle that broke Fairclough’s way.

The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series closely mirrors the real-world Skip Barber Formula Race Series in vehicle formula and racing circuits, with the added caveat that the top performers in the virtual series earn racing opportunities in the real one. Each week, a new slate of 20 drivers qualifies their way into the next race round, receiving coaching from Skip Barber Racing School instructors before taking to the track for a pair of 15-minute timed races. The champion at the end of the six-week series earns a full-season ride in the Skip Barber Formula Race Series, and more than $500,000 worth of prizes is on the line overall.

Gade dominated the opening event at Lime Rock Park by leading every lap of both features, but was the beneficiary of a tangle between polesitter Fairclough, Harley Haughton, and Salva Talens in Sunday’s first race. As that trio got tangled up, he managed to avoid the drama and slip away to another victory, holding off Elvis Rankin by .207 seconds at the end to complete the hat trick.

Drivers would retain their finishing spots from the first feature for the start of the second, but Fairclough wouldn’t be denied a return to the front. Despite starting 15th, he’d make his way into the top 10 in the first lap, and would pick off other competitors one by one before shadowing Gade and Rankin in their battle for the lead on the final lap. As those two made contact, Fairclough would duck through the grass and avoid making contact with the retaining wall. That lead trio’s gap on the rest of the field was so large that Fairclough’s margin of victory was more than two seconds over Patrick Woods-Toth.

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series feature one results at VIRginia International Raceway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 2 3 Mikkel Gade 9 8 1:48.508 35
2 5 2 Elvis Rankin 9 -0.207 0 1:48.381 32
3 17 9 Nicolas Mateo 9 -3.657 0 1:48.125 30
4 7 1 Will Redford 9 -3.934 0 1:48.354 28
5 6 6 Michael Janney 9 -4.033 0 1:48.304 26
6 9 8 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 9 -4.347 0 1:48.360 25
7 8 16 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 9 -4.806 0 1:47.967 24
8 19 7 Patrick Woods-Toth 9 -5.081 0 1:48.149 23
9 13 18 Matt Bussa 9 -6.102 0 1:48.429 22
10 10 19 Ross Banfield 9 -12.489 0 1:48.971 21
11 18 12 Lyden Lee 9 -15.750 0 1:48.709 20
12 20 13 Matt M Adams 9 -15.815 0 1:48.533 19
13 3 5 Harley Haughton 9 -16.128 0 1:48.789 18
14 15 20 Theodore Burns 9 -18.961 0 1:49.006 17
15 1 4 Deagen Fairclough 9 -38.263 1 1:48.568 16
16 12 10 Matthew Zeis 6 0.000 0 1:51.159 15
17 11 11 Caleb Patrie 4 0.000 0 1:48.985 14
18 4 14 Salva Talens 2 0.000 0 13
19 14 17 Simon De Mori 0 0.000 0 12
20 16 15 Michael Romanidis 0 0.000 0 11

 

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series feature two results at VIRginia International Raceway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 15 4 Deagen Fairclough 9 1 1:49.468 35
2 8 7 Patrick Woods-Toth 9 -2.030 0 1:49.695 32
3 11 12 Lyden Lee 9 -2.151 0 1:49.708 30
4 10 19 Ross Banfield 9 -2.497 0 1:49.747 28
5 9 18 Matt Bussa 9 -2.789 0 1:49.779 26
6 2 2 Elvis Rankin 9 -3.366 0 1:49.844 25
7 17 11 Caleb Patrie 9 -6.720 0 1:50.215 24
8 5 6 Michael Janney 9 -7.781 0 1:50.334 23
9 6 8 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 9 -7.856 0 1:50.342 22
10 7 16 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 9 -8.326 0 1:50.395 21
11 12 13 Matt M Adams 9 -13.318 0 1:50.949 20
12 20 15 Michael Romanidis 9 -13.456 0 1:50.963 19
13 14 20 Theodore Burns 9 -18.257 0 1:51.497 18
14 16 10 Matthew Zeis 9 -18.879 0 1:51.566 17
15 1 3 Mikkel Gade 8 -1 L 8 1:49.252 16
16 13 5 Harley Haughton 8 -1 L 0 1:50.445 15
17 19 17 Simon De Mori 6 -3 L 0 1:50.817 14
18 3 9 Nicolas Mateo 5 -4 L 0 1:49.746 13
19 18 14 Salva Talens 4 -5 L 0 1:51.497 12
20 4 1 Will Redford 2 -7 L 0 1:53.335 11

 

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series points through two events are as follows:

  1. Mikkel Gade, 121
  2. Elvis Rankin, 117
  3. Deagen Fairclough, 103
  4. Nicolas Mateo, 103
  5. Matt Bussa, 96
  6. Harley Haughton, 93
  7. Michael Janney, 90
  8. Felipe Cabrera Loyola, 88
  9. Pierfrancesco Patricolo, 83
  10. Will Redford, 72

The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series season continues with a visit to Watkins Glen International, with Time Attack qualifying open now and the race airing on Sunday at 3PM ET. For more information on the Skip Barber Racing School, visit www.skipbarber.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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