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The Top Split – Episode #002 – Philippe Leybaert

In the second episode of The Top Split I take a look at the iRacing season that was for 2016 Season 4.  I took a look at the upcoming Australasian Superskips and Australian Formula 1 Championships.  Two new Hosted Leagues offering great racing opportunities for primarily ANZ club members, but, open to all looking for some great on track action.

In the main part of the episode I had the fantastic opportunity to spend some time talking to Philippe Leybaert, who is not only the community coordinator for the Skip Barber Official Series on the iRacing site and organiser of the Skip Barber 2K Cup, but, also a top flight driver himself.  It was great to speak with Philippe about some of the great work that he puts into the community as well as learn a little more about him.

One of the things that Philippe and I spoke about was increasing your awareness on track when looking to improve your driving and results.  I mentioned a series of videos called ‘Surviving Rookies’.  It’s a three part series by Scott Hanley.  Somewhat dated in terms of the cars on screen, you can tell they are from a few years ago at least.  But, certainly the content covered is still relevant today and well worth your time invested in taking a look.  I’ve linked the three videos below.

Surviving Rookies Part 1

Surviving Rookies Part 2

Surviving Rookies Part 3

Thanks for tuning in.  I hope you enjoy the show and I’ll see you in the new year for more Top Split action!


Australian Formula 1 Championship Preseason Race

Last night saw the first preseason race of the inaugural Australian Formula 1 Championship season at the famous Monza circuit.  A massive field of 40 cars turned out for the opportunity to stretch the legs of the premier category of road racing on the iRacing service.  Top honours went to pro licence holder Kazuki Oomishima, whilst the drive of the night belonging to the other pro license holder, Australia’s own, Riley Preston who came from second last on the grid to finish second.  Aaron Lee, rounded out the podium positions after qualifying second behind Oomishima.  Lee, charged to the front of the field off the start line only to be passed by Oomishima and the hard charging Preston as he struggled to maintain his top pace on wearing tyres.

The challenges of setup and the resulting tyre degradation were a common story on the night with many of the drivers tackling the highly technical MP4-30 setup for the first time.  Some opted for to pit for fresh rubber, whilst others tried to go the distance.  Both strategies had merit and saw for plenty of action throughout the field as some drivers struggled for grip and pace on ageing tyres whilst trying to hold off their competitors with grip to burn as they came back through the field.

As someone who was on the grid, I can say that this championship will represent a great opportunity for the ANZ community to get a taste of what can be a daunting category in a friendly and welcoming environment.  Setups and advice were free flowing and the organisers are making the series very accessible for new drivers. So if you are interested, make sure you check out the League Page on iRacing.

You can check out the full results from last night’s race here – Preseason Race 1 Results; also make sure you check out the full race coverage below, courtesy of the broadcast team over at RRtv.