MRP GP Week 1 Round-Up

MRP GP Week 1 Round-Up

The first "official" week of Modern Racing Prints GP competition is officially in the books, with drivers in action across three competitions last week. It wasn't a perfect start to the season, but drivers were able to score solid points across all three competitions in action.

We'll start with the highlights - it was a great week for Austin Knight in the Ricmotech World Challenge TCR Class, where he drove to a 4th place finish at Fuji and maintained his hold on 3rd place in the class championship after 2 rounds. We'll see Austin return to action for Round 3 at Mosport on Monday, October 10th on Apex Racing TV.

In his Apex Racing League ARA Super Series debut, Matt Breuer almost made some magic happen in the B Final. With just two laps to go in the session, he'd snuck his way into the final transfer position, but contact with Phillip Russell of oNiD Go for the Gap Racing through Parabolica appeared to cause some damage to the rear of the car and left him with the difficult task of trying to stay out in 4th long enough to make the transfer.

Ultimately while he could survive one chicane, two proved one too many, and Breuer lost control on the final lap to lose out on his spot in the A Final. He'll head into this weekend's ARL action at Fuji sitting 4th place overall in the AM class and hoping for a bit more luck to make his way into the A Final.

In iGPFun action, it was only Evan Way who was able to secure a solid opening day result - he was able to convert a 16th place qualifying performance into a preliminary 13th place finish. It wasn't the top 10 result he was looking to start the season with, but on a track like Monza, provides a solid early points cushion to build from across this season. 

Richard Van Veen and Breuer were not as lucky, however, with both being claimed in the accidents at the start of the race. Van Veen went on to fight his way from 55th into the points, scoring a 41st place finish, while Breuer recorded his first DNF in over a season after later making contact with Leonard O Cheri in Turn 1.

The team will be looking for improved fortunes this week at Fuji, hoping to find the same success Knight experienced as Formula 3 visits the circuit. This week also marks the start of Precision Racing League Formula 3 series action, where Breuer will be competing in the AM class. Here's your weekly team schedule:

  • Thursday (9/22/22) 9:30PM ET: Precision Racing League Formula 3 Series @ Fuji (broadcast on Racespot)
  • Saturday (9/24/22) 3:00PM ET: ARA F3 Super Series @ Fuji (broadcast on Apex Racing TV)
  • Sunday (9/25/22) 4:30PM ET: iGPFun Japanese Grand Prix @ Fuji (broadcast on Apex Racing TV)
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