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PCA Sim Racing: Series 5, Event 5 recap: Circuit of the Americas

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Above: Sport Class racing at Circuit of the Americas.

Article by Matthew Mitchell

Live from iRacing's virtual Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, PCA Sim Racing took to the Formula 1 track for the fifth race of Series 5. This course is a very technical track that tested our sim racers’ skills. Our Series 4 champion Michael Polasek gave us another great tour of the track in a Porsche 7198 Cayman GT4.

Challenge Class sponsored by Hagerty


Above: Challenge Class winner Daniel Ruble.

The Challenge Class started with a big incident going into Turn 1, with the top five drivers from qualifying getting away cleanly. Several groups of racers were battling closely throughout the grid during the race. Daniel Ruble was able to lead from the green flag until the checkered flag. Eon Simon posed a threat to Ruble the entire race, finishing just a couple seconds off the leader in the second position. Chris Ciborowski was able to clinch the third position.

Sport Class sponsored by Leland West


Above: Sport Class winner Jensen Benet.

The Sport Class got off to a clean start to the race with Jensen Benet leading the field. Extremely close racing in the top ten of the field made for a very exciting broadcast from our Podium announcers. Several cars went two- and three-wide in the first few laps of the race. Benet was able to lead the entire race and walked away with the win. Earl Artz, Jr. claimed the second position with Gregory Samson close behind in third.

Club Class sponsored by Michelin


Above: Club Class winner Sean Benet.

The Club Class had the Porsches going three-wide into Turn 1, yet it was a clean start by most of the field. Adam Golightly got away in the first position but was challenged by Rafael Amorim and Sean Benet in the first lap. Amorim was able to make the pass into first and then had to defend against Golightly — they were racing side-by-side for a few laps. Golightly retook first, with Benet in second, after race control issued orange-zone stop-and-go penalties that worked in his favor. After the mandatory pitstop, Benet was able to secure the lead and finish in the first position. Stephen Chen drove an outstanding race finishing in second with Sahib Khalsa coming in third.

Pro Class sponsored by Porsche


Above: Pro Class winner Christopher Paiz.

The Pro Class saw the drivers going four-wide into turn one with a couple cars bouncing off of each other. A dramatic first lap left Christopher Paiz leading the pack with the top three separated by less than a second for several laps. Leif Peterson was able to make a pass on Paiz, but his lead didn't last too long. Paiz took back the lead and ended up holding Peterson off until the checkered flag. Peterson came in second with Joshua Vieira finishing in third. Dewey Kang finished in 11th position but was able to run the race without any incident points — the only PCA Sim Racer in all four classes who did so at Circuit of the Americas.

As always we'd like to thank our sponsors Hagerty, LelandWest, Michelin, and Porsche for helping us put on this excellent series for our Porsche Club of America Sim Racers. Also have to mention Z1 Dashboard for supporting us on the data side and VRS providing a baseline setup for our racers to use. Join us Friday evenings at 7 PM Eastern at PCASimRacing.com to experience the competitive driving from our Sim Racers and the excellent announcing by our Podium crew. Our next race is at Circuit of the Americas. Visit PCASimRacing.com for direct links to the next event's YouTube streams.

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