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VCO Sebring 12: URANO eSports wins overall standings, Verstappen falls victim to Netcode early on

The second stage of the VCO Grand Slam in 2023 was last weekend’s Sebring 12 Hour event on the iRacing platform.

Held during the top split of the third time slot during the event weekend and presented by VCO, the main show on March 25th featured many of the best sim racing teams and drivers from across the service competing in one of three classes around the Rough and Bumpy Races drove Sebring International Racecourse.

GTP: URANO ESPORTS WINS OVERALL

iRacing 12h Sebring powered by VCO, VCO Grand Slam, #1, URANO eSports, BMW M Hybrid V8

After 12 hours of respect for the bumps, URANO eSports took the highest honor of the day, winning both the overall ranking and the GTP class, in which the new BMW M Hybrid V8 racing machine is used.

Driving in #1 was shared between Dominik Hofmann (did 237 laps, led 172 laps) and Daniel Alves Lourenco (did 170 laps, led 130 laps).

The #1 URANO team beat the BMW M Team Redline #20 duo Chris Lulham and Diogo C. Pinto after the 12-hour endurance event by just over 40 seconds. Another URANO eSports participant, the #192 URANO eSports HEINEKINGMEDIA team with Vlad Khimichev and Jonas Wallmeier, took third place in the class and overall.

LMP2: APEX RACING TEAM GOES TWO FOR TWO

#199 Apex Racing Team LMP2 SebringiRacing 12h Sebring powered by VCO, VCO Grand Slam, #199, Apex Racing Team 199, Dallara P217

Michele Costantini and Elvis Rankin, driving the Apex Racing Team #199 Dallara P217, were the LMP2 class winners and finished 11th overall just 16 laps behind the GTP class winners. Apex Racing Team’s No. 199 is also a winner at Daytona and is the only team to have won both VCO events so far in 2022.

They completed a whole extra lap ahead of the other two podium finishers in LMP2, the #5 Coffin Dancers start driven by Atte Kauppinen and Lassi Juurinen who finished second and the #198 Apex Racing Team driven by Gordie Mutch and Stanley Deslandes, third place finisher.

GT3: VERSTAPPEN NETCODED, TEAM REDLINE WINS WITH ANOTHER CAR

In the GT3 class, two-time Formula One World Champion Max Verstappen competed in the Redline #101 Ferrari team alongside fellow IndyCar champion Alex Palou. The two were an impressive duo, leading early on in the show.

Apparently this happened to Max Verstappen at yesterday’s iracing Sebring 12 hour race, 6 minute repair and they decided not to proceed.

Couldn’t find the video of him uninstalling iracing then explaining how crappy it was with rf2…🤔 #simracing pic.twitter.com/E6WNMgPaEk

— MrGit (@_mrgit) March 26, 2023

However, not even 90 minutes later, Verstappen suffered damage when a faster prototype drove by and made netcode contact. The contact was enough to force Verstappen to pit with a meatball flag and retire early.

This opened the field to allow their Team Redline teammates in the #70 Ferrari, Gianni Vecchio and Ole Steinbraten, to win the GT3 class against the #4 Arnage Competition Ferrari, driven by Nicolás Rubilar and David Toth, who Second and third place were #42 Mercedes-AMG GT3 from Altus Esports Green, a trio consisting of Dino Lombardi, Matteo Ugolotti and Simone Maria Marcenò.

iRacing 12h Sebring powered by VCO, VCO Grand Slam, #70, Team Redline 70, Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO

SEBRING STATISTICS

The combined field strength was over 8000 for all three classes. RaceSpotTV was on call for the event. There were 29 lead changes over the course of the 12-hour, pre-warning-free event.

Warning flags are disabled at iRacing official road races. Team Redline’s #75 Tom Burns and Josh Thompson started from pole for the overall race but fell back to finish seventh, two laps behind the winners.

The next race in the VCO Grand Slam is the Watkins Glen 6hr over the weekend of June 16-18. It’s not the next iRacing Special Event – that will be the Road America 500 in mid-April. In fact, there will be three more special events before the next event presented by VCO.

Photo credit: VCO Esports

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