Sadly the season debut for Axle Motorsports ended at the top of Radillion in the very opening laps to the race. What would have been a relatively quick rejoin to the session for a trip back to the pits and a rebuild of the car, ended with a press of the dreaded race-ending “ESC” escape button. Maybe out of habit, or maybe the team wasn’t prepared for racing in a series where you technically can not crash out of a race? Anyway, it happened and that lead to the #64 of VRS Satellite Racing taking the DPi victory.
After effectively two rounds, the DPi championship is also lead by the two entries from VRS Satellite Racing with the former GT3 world champion team of Viadukten on third. There are technically five teams entered in the DPi class, but so far, only four of them as fielded cars in a race.
The overall winners of Spa-Francorchamps from Deuces Motorsport Club now find themselves locked in hand-to-hand melee combat with MUGEN Simracing for the second step on the season podium. With Varga SimRacing choosing to race elsewhere for the weekend, the gap is reduced to 27 points. And with Le Mans being a double points event this means #117 Varga can not finish lower than 4th in the Le Mans event if the #15 Deuces take pole position and wins at Le Mans. Given the competition level at Le Mans, that will likely mean the championship is in danger if Varga suffers any kind of technical issues during the October race where a single disconnect or rejoin will cost you at least 7 minutes of track time on your competitors. 7 minutes at Le Mans roughly equates to 1.2 seconds lost per lap during the entire race.
It would be easy to conclude dominance by the Musto GD-Esports team when looking at the standings. But that has never been the case on track. At Spa-Francorchamps, the #51 from WOSR was the faster car on pace and only incidents kept the team from taking overall victory. The Porsche is the faster car when it comes to top speed, which will hand the theoretical advantage to WOSR at Le Mans. The gap stands at 32 points to DIS SR Lab who will be racing a Porsche at Le Mans as well.
Unison Racing drove their #717 Aston Martin to yet another victory to extend their championship lead to 20 points. And #404 Glam Racing climbed yet another step on the podium to finish second. This technically re-inserts the Glam Racing team into the fight for the second podium step, as a win in the championship would require three other teams to either not score points at Le Mans or all finish significantly behind Glam Racing. And contrary to what logic would dictate after the incredible misfortunes that struck the MUGEN SimRacing McLaren during the weekend, the team is still only 20 points behind Unison. If MUGEN win at Le Mans and Unison ends up 4th or less the championship will go to the #41 team.