Monza can’t stop Smidl
Smidl (Predator) made it eleven out of eleven in Monza despite a crazy race for the rest of the pack. Stefanko (Republic of Gamers) drove from last to second whilst Dolezal’s stand in, Liscak (SECCO+), took the final podium position.
It was business as usual for Smidl who stuck his Predator onto pole by almost three tenths of a second. Sykora and Stefanko were separated by a mere hundredth of a second while Liscak set a time fit for fourth. Chlebec starts fifth as Blazek and Kostialik line up on the fourth row of the grid. Smidl’s teammate Polesny is down in eighth as Honzik and Prochazka round out the top ten. Lukas and Zoubek fill out the back row of the grid.
The penultimate round of the Mercedes-Benz Virtual GP 2018 championship sees the group arrive at the Temple of Speed: Monza, which is just north of Milan in Italy. Built in the early 20s, Monza was just the third purpose-built race track after Brooklands (United Kingdom) and Indianapolis (United States) making it one of the oldest race tracks in the world.
As the five red lights went out Sykora – with a good start – drew alongside Smidl. However, with Stefanko around the outside of turn one, the two came together and Sykora tapped the rear of the ROG pilot sending Stefanko to the back of the pack.
This allowed Chlebec to go around the outside of Sykora through Curva Grande and up to second position into the Della Roggia chicane. Then Liscak threw his SECCO+ up the inside of Sykora at the first of the Lesmos and moved into third place.
With a good run out of the final corner, Liscak tucked into the slipstream of Chlebec and the two had a somewhat drag race on the run up to the first corner. However the two touched at the breaking point forcing Chlebec onto the kerb, and whilst trying to get back onto the track Chlebec held up Liscak allowing Blazek to get passed the two of them.
Aside from Smidl who had a healthy seven second lead, the rest of the pack were all within a second of one another.
Amidst the chaos, Polesnsy found himself in the wall and ultimately without a front wing.
Despite the messy initial laps, Liscak found himself in second place having overtaken Blazek at the first corner.
After all the pitstops had taken effect, Stefanko moved his way past Liscak on the exit of Curva Grande for second place. Stefanko on new supersoft tyres, Liscak on new soft tyres.
Behind them however, Blazek and Chlebec had been swapping positions during numerous corners. But, going around the outside of the first Lesmos, Chlebec slotted into fifth position.
But at the chequered flag it was Smidl who won eleven from eleven. With an immaculate recovery drive, Stefanko ended up in second with Liscak in third. Honzik finished in fourth ahead of Chlebec and Kositalik. Blazek was seventh whilst Sykora crossed the line in eighth. Zoubek and Prochazka sneak the final points after Polesny ran out of fuel on the pit straight. Lukas in twelfth completes the order.