Updated: Oct 7, 2021
Satellite Racing once again is competing in the International Virtual Racing Association (IVRA) sportscar championship, and after 1000 km of multiclass racing broadcast on Racespot, the GT3 Pro/Am car of Dallas Pataska, Ryan Washeleski, and Ryan Robertson finished second, and the LMP2 of Sai Andra and Adam Crane finished fourth, serving as the opening shots in the six round endurance calendar against some of the top teams in sim racing.
The event started on the right foot for both cars as Ryan Washeleski qualified the Mercedes AMG GT3 entry second in class only four thousandths off pole with a 1:52.791, while Sai Andra put the Dallara LMP2 on pole running a 1:40.133, edging out the Puresims LMP2 by less than three hundredths of a second.
Both cars started their championship campaigns off by earning top 4 positions in their respective classes, fighting through issues and incidents on track across an event which saw four full-course yellows.
"It was a difficult race, but I'm proud of our battle," said Adam Crane, co-driver of the LMP2 car. "We made a small mistake entering a closed pit, then had a couple bad incidents with another LMP2 and lapping a GT3 car which gave us some damage we carried through the rest of the race. But the car had speed and Sai and I both kept at it, and luckily we were able to bring home a P4. Not the optimum place the car could have had considering Sai worked some magic and put it on pole, but considering the issues, I think we have to be satisfied with the result. Definitely looking forward to the future rounds and making the most of the car pace we demonstrated. Still another 5000km of racing left to go!"
Ryan Robertson, one of the AM drivers of the GT3 entry said, "Overall, the race was an interesting one, lots of people feeling each other out on track which lead to some questionable moments with other cars, but outside of that the race went pretty well from our side. The ruleset that IVRA runs on helped to filter things down to getting it as close to the real thing and was enjoyable to race in and look forward to the next one.
"Getting P2 in class was a great result considering the weird start that the GT3 class had and us getting punted into a wall. Ryan Wash set us up really well with qualifying and getting us back up in the positions after the mixed start and Dallas finishing it off by setting the pace with a scuffed car coming in only fifteen or so seconds off of the lead, showing that we should have the pace to do really well in the next rounds. I think the first round has settled a lot of nerves and will hopefully lend itself to a cleaner second round. Based on the race pace that we showed, I am really hopeful to see us back on the podium at the Red Bull Ring"
Round 2 of the IVRA Endurance Series is October 16, 2021 at the Red Bull Ring.