Mateo, Adams Split Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Victories at Watkins Glen

Mateo, Adams Split Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Victories at Watkins Glen

The chase to earn a full-season ride in the Skip Barber Formula Race Series continued on iRacing on Sunday, as the Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series staged its third of six race events at the iconic Watkins Glen International. When the checkered flags fell on the double feature event, two new winners—Nicolas Mateo and Matt Adams—found themselves standing atop their respective race podiums.

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.

Similar to Deagen Fairclough’s triumph in last week’s second feature from VIRginia International Raceway, Mateo led only one lap on the way to taking his victory: the last one. He held off Fairclough and three-time race winner Mikkel Gade to do it, as all three drivers were separated by less than a second. Gade, Michael Janney, and polesitter Matt Bussa led a lap each in the nine-lap race, but it was Adams who led the most with five before falling back to seventh on the final lap.

But similar to Fairclough’s own charge through the field at VIR, Adams fought his way from seventh to first in the second race. Mateo would still lead a race-high six laps, with Gade briefly nipping him for the point, but Adams would make his own winning move with two laps to go. The second race wound up even more closely packed, with Elvis Rankin, Gade, and Janney all within .616 seconds of Adams—closer than Fairclough had been to Mateo in the previous feature.

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series feature one results at Watkins Glen International were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 15 18 Nicolas Mateo 9 1 1:46.037 35
2 19 7 Deagen Fairclough 9 -0.765 0 1:45.789 32
3 2 3 Mikkel Gade 9 -0.930 1 1:46.044 30
4 3 5 Michael Janney 9 -1.184 1 1:46.309 28
5 6 11 Ross Banfield 9 -6.970 0 1:45.821 26
6 9 6 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 9 -9.733 0 1:46.429 25
7 4 15 Matt M Adams 9 -10.536 5 1:45.974 24
8 10 13 Jeffrey Decker 9 -21.962 0 1:48.121 23
9 14 9 Michael Romanidis 9 -32.799 0 1:45.645 22
10 11 8 Patrick Woods-Toth 9 -1:08.693 0 1:46.181 21
11 5 2 Elvis Rankin 9 -1:11.360 0 1:46.739 20
12 12 19 Theodore Burns 7 0.000 0 1:46.000 19
13 18 1 Will Redford 6 0.000 0 1:46.216 18
14 1 10 Matt Bussa 6 0.000 1 1:46.591 17
15 17 14 Lyden Lee 6 0.000 0 1:45.788 16
16 20 12 Matthew Zeis 6 0.000 0 1:46.374 15
17 7 16 Jordan Johnson5 4 0.000 0 1:47.487 14
18 16 17 Jon Boetefuer 3 0.000 0 13
19 8 20 Simon De Mori 3 0.000 0 12
20 13 4 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 2 0.000 0 11

 

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series feature two results at Watkins Glen International were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 7 15 Matt M Adams 9 0.000 2 1:45.477 35
2 11 2 Elvis Rankin 9 -0.222 0 1:45.556 32
3 3 3 Mikkel Gade 9 -0.428 1 1:45.325 30
4 4 5 Michael Janney 9 -0.616 0 1:45.600 28
5 15 14 Lyden Lee 9 -4.842 0 1:45.857 26
6 1 18 Nicolas Mateo 9 -5.829 6 1:45.830 25
7 9 9 Michael Romanidis 9 -6.248 0 1:45.852 24
8 6 6 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 9 -6.535 0 1:45.400 23
9 12 19 Theodore Burns 9 -6.726 0 1:45.543 22
10 18 17 Jon Boetefuer 9 -7.329 0 1:45.483 21
11 19 20 Simon De Mori 9 -8.106 0 1:45.905 20
12 20 4 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 9 -8.618 0 1:45.668 19
13 14 10 Matt Bussa 9 -8.857 0 1:45.511 18
14 16 12 Matthew Zeis 9 -8.968 0 1:46.009 17
15 17 16 Jordan Johnson5 9 -12.032 0 1:45.607 16
16 8 13 Jeffrey Decker 9 -12.811 0 1:45.843 15
17 10 8 Patrick Woods-Toth 9 -14.732 0 14
18 5 11 Ross Banfield 9 -39.026 0 1:48.777 13
19 2 7 Deagen Fairclough 3 -6 L 0 12
20 13 1 Will Redford 1 -8 L 0 11

 

The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series season continues next week with a visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 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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