After a gripping finish last time out at New Hampshire, the Lionheart Retro Series roars back into action this week for the Minus 273 Grand Prix of Barber. Minus 273 are the makers of some of the finest karting gloves. If you want to look as good as you drive, you are going to want a pair of Minus 273 gloves when you hit the track.
Last time out at New Hampshire, it was a new year, but a familiar result. 2 years in a row, a driver not named Dustin Wardlow lead the most laps, and, for a second year in a row, Dustin Wardlow took the lead in the waning moments of the race to steal a win. This year it was Marc Cohn who fell victim to Wardlow’s New Hampshire wizardry. Cohn, won the pole, lead the most laps, and had the fastest lap of the race, but ultimately had to settle for 2nd place. Big Joe Hassert finished 3rd, while Aaron Morgan and Scott Holmes has season high finishes in 4th and 5th respectively. With points leader Ryan Otis finishing 2 laps down in 19th and Sage Karam missing the race for real life driving duties, Dustin Wardlow improves to 2nd place in the championship exactly 100 points behind Ryan Otis, With Karam, Cohn and Travis Jegerlehner all within shouting distance of the Candyman.
Now the league travels to Barber. A twisty, undulating road course near Birmingham Alabama, the Barber Motosports Park presents a tough challenge for the L79 drivers. With many of the corner exits off camber, the already difficult Cosworth power curve will present an even greater challenge for these drivers. A light tough and great car control could be what wins the day here.
So far, the 2 cars to beat are Ryan Otis and Sage Karam on the road courses. They have dominated so far, but with Karam’s status for this week’s race uncertain with his continuing IndyCar commitments, Otis is the prohibitive favourite going into the race.
If there is one driver who could potentially challenge Otis, it is Dave Oisin Walsh. Walsh was leading at the last road course at Imola before making a mistake and ceding the lead to Otis.
George Sandman is another driver never to be counted out. While the oval tracks haven’t exactly been kind to Sandman so far this year, the road courses are where he can really stretch his legs and put up a good fight.
On the rookie side of thinfs, 2 drivers making a run up the standings are Dean “Mardi-Gras” Moll and Paul Jenkins. Both have been quietly consistent over the last several races, and that consistency has been rewarded in the standings.
In the team standings, there are no changes as Raven Motorsports Black continues to lead over NLR Sim Racing by 155 points.
Tune in on Thursday, July 25th at 10:35pm eastern for the Minus 273 Grand Prix of Barber, only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC.