Nick Tandy wins for Porsche at virtual Road America
Brit racer Nick Tandy put in an inspired performance at the wheel of his virtual No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR to win the latest round of the digital IMSA racing series.
Tandy crossed the finish line at the virtual Road America track on Thursday with a lead of 2.845 seconds. He kept out of trouble in the tight and, at times, turbulent 90-minute race to notch up the maiden victory for Porsche on the iRacing online racing simulation platform.
In the lead-up to the race, Tandy had garnered valuable tips from Aussie Joshua Rogers – the reigning champion of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.
Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven, from Turkey, didn't fare as well. After putting in a strong performance he was running second behind his Porsche colleague when, 19 minutes before the end, his No. 913 Porsche 911 RSR was badly damaged after making contact with a backmarker. Güven, who underlined his great skill as a sim racer by turning the fastest race lap by a convincing margin, was unable to continue.
Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven
One of the most impressive performances came from the American Shinya Michimi. The seasoned online driver from Ohio finished fourth in the Porsche 911 RSR entered by Meyer Shank Racing.
The reigning IMSA champions Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) crossed the finish line in positions 21 and 24. Meanwhile, Canada’s Robert Wickens celebrated a strong debut at the wheel of the virtual Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Pfaff Motorsports. The former DTM driver, who is fighting his way back into racing after a serious IndyCar accident, finished in 27th place.
“That was great fun! If you’re competitive and win, that always puts you in a good mood, of course. I’ll go to bed tonight feeling very happy," said Tandy afterwards. "I got a bit nervous during the last laps because I had a few glitches with my computer. The screen kept going blank, but it all turned out ok in the end. A huge thank you to Joshua Rogers. Our reigning champion of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup gave me a lot of very helpful tips over the past few days. It paid off.”