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Bussa, Gade Split Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Victories at Laguna Seca

Bussa, Gade Split Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Victories at Laguna Seca

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series veteran Matt Bussa took the first checkered flag at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and three-time series winner Mikkel Gade returned to the top step of the podium for his fourth, as the Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series kicked off the second half of its 2022 season on Sunday afternoon.

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.

Bussa posted the top qualifying lap prior to the first race and never looked back from there, scoring his first win of the season even as Gade set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap while pressuring him. For the Illinois native, the win was the biggest payoff from running all four events so far; while he also qualified fastest last week at Watkins Glen, his best finish thus far had been a fifth place run in the second feature at VIRginia International Raceway.

That meant that Bussa would retain the top spot for the second race, where he would lead the first two laps before the pressure from Gade and Elvis Rankin proved to be too much. Gade set up what would turn out to be the winning pass by running on the outside of the Andretti Hairpin, establishing the inside line for the subsequent corner and leading the final nine laps of the race from there. Unfortunately for Bussa, he would get caught up in an incident with multiple other cars a few laps later and take a DNF, opening up the final podium spot for Nicolas Mateo.

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series feature one results at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 1 13 Matt Bussa 11 0.000 11 1:45.477 35
2 4 2 Mikkel Gade 11 -0.159 0 1:45.556 32
3 3 1 Elvis Rankin 11 -1.184 0 1:45.325 30
4 6 10 Nicolas Mateo 11 -5.999 0 1:45.600 28
5 2 5 Michael Janney 11 -6.303 0 1:45.857 26
6 5 12 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 11 -6.495 0 1:45.830 25
7 8 9 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 11 -6.991 0 1:45.852 24
8 18 3 Deagen Fairclough 11 -9.528 0 1:45.400 23
9 12 4 Jordan Johnson5 11 -11.718 0 1:45.543 22
10 13 20 Luca Becker 11 -13.072 0 1:45.483 21
11 14 19 Simon De Mori 11 -13.848 0 1:45.905 20
12 17 8 Jack G Harrison 11 -16.685 0 1:45.668 19
13 9 6 Matthew Zeis 11 -17.054 0 1:45.511 18
14 11 7 Jon Boetefuer 11 -21.471 0 1:46.009 17
15 7 11 Ross Banfield 11 -21.997 0 1:45.607 16
16 10 14 Tyler S Campbell 11 -27.306 0 1:45.843 15
17 16 16 Lyden Lee 11 -28.220 0 14
18 19 18 Julien Bachmann2 7 -4 L 0 1:48.777 13
19 15 15 Michael Romanidis 1 -10 L 0 12

 

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series feature two results at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 2 2 Mikkel Gade 11 0.000 9 1:21.469 35
2 3 1 Elvis Rankin 11 -0.343 0 1:21.342 32
3 4 10 Nicolas Mateo 11 -4.976 0 1:21.748 30
4 7 9 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 11 -7.717 0 1:21.790 28
5 10 20 Luca Becker 11 -9.247 0 1:21.790 26
6 9 4 Jordan Johnson5 11 -10.035 0 1:21.748 25
7 14 7 Jon Boetefuer 11 -13.986 0 1:22.044 24
8 13 6 Matthew Zeis 11 -15.526 0 1:21.929 23
9 6 12 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 11 -15.754 0 1:21.811 22
10 19 15 Michael Romanidis 11 -19.043 0 1:21.966 21
11 17 16 Lyden Lee 11 -22.688 0 1:21.844 20
12 5 5 Michael Janney 11 -23.354 0 1:22.009 19
13 15 11 Ross Banfield 11 -23.791 0 1:22.050 18
14 18 18 Julien Bachmann2 11 -28.856 0 1:22.070 17
15 11 19 Simon De Mori 11 -58.271 0 1:21.957 16
16 16 14 Tyler S Campbell 9 -2 L 0 1:21.757 15
17 1 13 Matt Bussa 7 -4 L 2 1:21.657 14
18 8 3 Deagen Fairclough 6 -5 L 0 1:21.812 13
19 12 8 Jack G Harrison 6 -5 L 0 1:21.913 12

 

The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series season continues next week with a visit to Road America, 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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