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“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines”

One of many famous quotes by the late Enzo Ferrari, the first race of the SSRI GT3 season takes place at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, better known as Imola. It is one of the few major international circuits to run in an anti-clockwise direction. The circuit is named after Ferrari’s late founder Enzo and his son Dino Ferrari.

The first race of the SSRI GT3 series takes place at the famous Italian circuit, loved by many, hated by few. A lap around Imola is 4.909 km, and the average GT3 car roughly 1:41.xxx, however on the practice server we saw time of 1:40.xxx being driven. So our expectations for the qualifying where high. And the drivers didn’t fail to deliver, check out Robbie Stapleford’s 1:40.227 pole position lap:

This year we had an overwhelming interest in this years GT3 season, therefore we are running 2 tiers. All drivers have completed the so called “Pre season test”, where they have driven 12 laps, the outlap, 10 laps at race pace and the inlap. From this the average laptime was taken to determine which class the drivers should be placed in. Seeing it’s more fun driving against equally talented drivers then to be lapped (multiple times) by an “Alien”. For those not familiar with the term, Alien’s are drivers that have out of this world pace and are extremely fast and consistent around the track. Below you find the entry lists for this years season.

We aim to organise a livestream for both Tiers, unfortunately due to some technical difficulties with the broadcasting systems of one of our volunteers this week we are only livestreaming the Tier 1 race. The full replay can be found below:

Results GT3 Pro Class

1st Place – Robbie Stapleford – BMW M4 GT3 – BMW G2 E-sports
2nd Place – Charlie Crossland – BMW M4 GT3 – BMW G2 E-sports
3rd Place – Dean Riley – BMW M4 GT3 – Simsport Racing International

* All results are pending stewards review.

Results GT3 Semi-Pro Class

1st Place – John Beton – Lexus RC-F GT3 – Beton Racing
2nd Place – Aaron van Dreunen – BMW M4 GT3 – CBSR
3rd Place – Peter Vanyr – Audi R8 LMS Evo

* All results are pending stewards review.

Results GT3 Silver Class

1st Place – Dennis Werkman – Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo – MODE11 Racing
2nd Place – Nelson Abrunhosa – AMR V8 Vantage
3rd Place – Danny van der Veen – McLaren 720S GT3

* All results are pending stewards review.

Results GT3 Amateur Class

1st Place – Milan Douma – BMW M4 GT3
2nd Place – Dion van der Does – McLaren 720S GT3
3rd Place – Nicolai Schröder – McLaren 720S GT3 – Last but not least

* All results are pending stewards review.

Congratulations to the podium finishers in all classes, the 2nd race of the season will be held at Oulton Park in the UK on the 15th of February. Until that time we’ll leave you with some snapshots taken by our house photographers.

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Bas van Melis

Bas van Melis

Admin at Simsport Racing International and passionate sim racer. I have been sim racing for over 10 years and have worked in sales and marketing roles in various branches including motorsports for over 15 years. SSRI's mission is to create a destination for competitive racing online. SSRI - The Place To Race

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