Mikkel Gade Dominates Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Opener at Lime Rock

Mikkel Gade Dominates Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Opener at Lime Rock

Former iRacing Daytona 24 top split winner Mikkel Gade took his first step towards winning a fully funded seat in the Skip Barber Formula Race Series on Sunday, grabbing the checkered flag in the Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series curtain-raiser from Lime Rock Park. Gade led every lap across two 17-lap race sessions, scoring the maximum 70 points and putting himself in a prime early position to secure the full-season drive in the real world.

Gade was joined by Elvis Rankin, Nicolas Mateo, and Harley Haughton in second through fourth in each race, running in that order in the first event and in reverse order in the second. Mateo would post the fastest lap times in each race, becoming the only driver to crack the 54-second mark in the second race. 2021 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoff driver Matt Bussa, fresh off a near-victory in that series’ most recent event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scored finishes of eighth and sixth across the two events.

The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series is a six-week chase for the world’s fastest sim racers to earn their way into real-world race seats, featuring $500,000 worth of prizes on the line. Drivers looking to compete can register at skipbarber.com/iracing-series/ before taking part in a Time Attack that runs Monday through Wednesday of each race week. The fastest 20 drivers from each Time Attack, who can differ from week to week, receive training from Skip Barber Racing School coaches before taking on a double-feature event on Sunday afternoon. The top three point scorers at the end of the season earn spots in the Skip Barber Formula Race Series, with a full season for the champion, half a season for the runner up, and a single race appearance for third place.

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series race one results from Lime Rock Park were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 1 1 Mikkel Gade 17 17 54.384 35
2 3 5 Elvis Rankin 17 -1.825 0 54.287 32
3 2 10 Nicolas Mateo 17 -2.428 0 54.244 30
4 4 6 Harley Haughton 17 -2.526 0 54.271 28
5 7 14 Deagen Fairclough 17 -7.993 0 54.343 26
6 9 15 Suellio Almeida 17 -12.997 0 54.368 25
7 5 4 Salva Talens 17 -13.020 0 54.331 24
8 8 12 Matt Bussa 17 -13.333 0 54.564 23
9 15 9 Isaac Clark 17 -13.530 0 54.526 22
10 12 3 Muhammad Ibrahim 17 -14.896 0 54.382 21
11 11 20 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 17 -15.458 0 54.543 20
12 13 19 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 17 -18.419 0 54.605 19
13 16 11 Matthew Zeis 17 -19.047 0 54.415 18
14 20 13 Michael Janney 17 -20.429 0 54.589 17
15 10 7 Leo Ovtcharov 17 -24.755 0 54.366 16
16 17 8 Sean Ryan9 17 -41.099 0 54.593 15
17 14 17 Jack G Harrison 12 0.000 0 54.676 14
18 6 2 Will Redford 11 0.000 0 54.492 13
19 19 16 Michael Romanidis 11 0.000 0 54.680 12
20 18 18 Benjamin Barateau 8 0.000 0 54.641 11

 

Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series race two results from Lime Rock Park were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 1 1 Mikkel Gade 17 17 54.194 35
2 4 6 Harley Haughton 17 -0.227 0 54.041 32
3 3 10 Nicolas Mateo 17 -0.981 0 53.943 30
4 2 5 Elvis Rankin 17 -4.483 0 54.182 28
5 5 14 Deagen Fairclough 17 -8.635 0 54.205 26
6 8 12 Matt Bussa 17 -11.453 0 54.491 25
7 14 13 Michael Janney 17 -11.704 0 54.257 24
8 9 9 Isaac Clark 17 -14.396 0 54.525 23
9 17 17 Jack G Harrison 17 -16.021 0 54.404 22
10 11 20 Felipe Cabrera Loyola 17 -16.334 0 54.340 21
11 18 2 Will Redford 17 -18.560 0 54.434 20
12 12 19 Pierfrancesco Patricolo 17 -25.534 0 54.337 19
13 13 11 Matthew Zeis 17 -29.617 0 54.393 18
14 20 18 Benjamin Barateau 17 -49.689 0 54.595 17
15 19 16 Michael Romanidis 15 -2 L 0 54.590 16
16 15 7 Leo Ovtcharov 11 -6 L 0 54.806 15
17 16 8 Sean Ryan9 11 -6 L 0 54.979 14
18 10 3 Muhammad Ibrahim 6 -11 L 0 54.600 13
19 6 15 Suellio Almeida 4 -13 L 0 54.744 12
20 7 4 Salva Talens 1 -16 L 0 11

 

The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series season continues with a visit to VIRginia International Raceway, 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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