The Stories of Sebring. Episode 1

Cascardo wins at Sebring in front of Charlie Bebb (CSR) and Thomas Renders (Den Kaap Bronze). Only 10 seconds separated P3 from P7 after 90 Minutes.

WTEC 2021. Wheelspin at the start of the race made Cascardo fall back to P4 at the end of Lap 1, But the Italian managed to get in front of the pack on Lap 7 again. Once there, he kept his Radical at the top until the end of the race – 30 seconds clear of Bebb (Cambrian Sim Racing) in P2.

Bebb himself also had to fight his way back to the podium. A great start made him go from P5 to P1 at Lap 1, but a loss of control made him lose the top position on Lap4. Fighting to get to the top again and showing his race craft in the battle for P2 against Joost Simkens (Den Kaap Bronze) on Laps 12 and 13.

Thomas Renders made it to P3 on his debut in the championship. As everyone on the podium, he did not manage to finish Lap 1 ahead of his starting position (P2), but crossed the line in P13. Gaining a position in basically each lap, got the dutchman back to P2 on Lap 16. In the end Renders lost time at his second pit stop, and crossed the finishing line 8 seconds behind Bebb.

P4 was taken by Joost Simkens, who lost the podium just four laps before the end to his teammate Renders. Starting from P8, Simkens was the only driver who managed to stay at the front of the field throghout the race.

Then came Nathan Brumby (Gulf), whose P5 can be seen as mitigation in a tough race. The winner of the season opener made it to P2 at the start, but faced similar problems as Cascardo in the last race, and had to watch the whole field pass by as his Radical was pointing in the wrong direction. Losing control an additional three times meant a race to catch up, like Cascardo had shown at Mosport, wasn’t going to happen.

Nihad Gluscic’s P6 meant that Team Marlboro definitely would make more points than Gulf and assume the lead in the championship. Gluscic managed to keep himself out of trouble throughout the race, and piloted his Radical with just 1 incident to the finish line. There was just one more driver matching this achievement – his teammate and winner Daniele Cascardo.

Greame Brown (Red Bull), started P12 and made it to P7 in the end. Finishing just one second behind Gluscic he took the last spot in the tight field from P3 to P7, that was separated by only 10 seconds. And this is despite losing 10 seconds due to his one and only off-track on lap 24.

To be continued.

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