With the second half of the season underway the Lionheart Retro Series presented by the DMLC Racing Channel returns to the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan for the SimXperience 175. The event will kick off the first of five straight oval races. This stretch will undoubtedly throw a lot of things into the air with regards to the championship fight as the high-speed ovals and their unpredictability can open the door for just about anyone to claim victory.
Through the first nine rounds six of those were road course races with Karam winning 4 and points leader and defending series champion Ryan Otis winning 2. Both drivers are always favored to win on the road courses, however they will be tested over the next several rounds and it will be interesting to see if Otis will remain in the points lead by Round 15 when the series returns to road racing.
Otis currently sits 73 points in front of Karam after his most recent win at the HyperX Grand Prix of Sonoma. Karam who was unavailable to attend leaving the door open for Otis to capitalize had good reason to miss the event. The real-world NTT IndyCar Series driver was getting engaged to his longtime girlfriend Abby.
Last year at Motegi Karam had an unfortunate incident where he hit the wall out of Turn 4 in the opening laps of the race giving him a 31st place finish. Otis finished in fourth place to round out the top 5. A total of eight cautions flew last season for a total of 32 laps, the most in series history. The Twin Ring due to its uneven shape is flat out through Turn 1 and 2 but narrows down through Turn 3 and 4. This however is what makes Motegi so exciting. Drivers scream down the back stretch at close to 190 mph before having to decelerate quickly and find the exact moment to get back on the power. Too early the car will push towards the wall or into a competitor, too late and a great deal of momentum can be lost along with several positions. Hit the apex and the throttle at the right moment and it results in fast lap times and addition speed to overtake down the front stretch into Turn 1.
The cars and stars of the Lionheart Retro Series presented by the DMLC Racing Channel return to action this Thursday, August 6 2020 Live on the iRacing eSports Network. Race coverage will begin at 9:35 PM CST courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMBghHb90t4&feature=emb_title
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