iRacing Off-Road: Keaton Swane, Jarrett Liebert claim opening races of 2023 at Wild West

Justin Melillo
iRacing’s Off-Road Championship returns for 2023. In the first and second races of the new season, Keaton Swane and Jarrett Liebert were winners at Wild West.

The return of iRacing‘s Off-Road Championship Series featuring the Lucas Oil Pro 4 Off-Road Trucks returned on Wednesday night (28th June) with many familiar faces and some new, fast ones joining the roster this time around.

One of those new faces, Joel Blewitt, came out swinging with the first pole of the 2023 season at Wild West Motorsports Park. The pole was no fluke, as he led the most laps in the opening round, but it was last season’s points runner-up Keaton Swane who stole the victory from Blewitt’s grasp.

The two traded the lead multiple times, with Blewitt leading at the white flag. Swane would not be denied as in the only right-handed corner of the track, he moved Blewitt aside and drove away.

After the Top 8 finishers inverted, as it was last season, another rookie in Jarrett Liebert found his way to the pole alongside returning competitor Crystal King. Swane managed to work his way back up to third, but was stopped by Connor Barry, the defending champion, who held on for second spot.

Meanwhile, Liebert managed to drive away for his first career win, leading all 16 laps in the second race. Swane leads the points through two races, just ahead of Barry by six points. Josh Edmundson separates the Top 2 from the two highest rookies on the night in third, with Blewitt fourth and Liebert in fifth.

The Wednesday night series also sees the return of its All-Star show, which for the first half of the season, places top esports drivers and sim racing influencers in the less-powerful Pro 2 Lite Off-Road Truck at the same venues as the World Championship drivers.

The All-Star is split into two categories this season (thankfully) which lets the good-at-everything crowd compete for their own title and the ones there mainly for a good time also have something to fight for. Zachary Drapkin and Leo Moura (a.k.a. Omega Sim Racing) were the two winners on the night.

Wild West Race #1 – Top 10 Results:

122Keaton Swane16 LAPS65054
2127Joel Blewitt [R]+0.651 sec104853
361Connor Barry+2.631 sec04646
434Josh Edmundson+3.754 sec04447
5520Tyson Miller+4.253 sec04243
6415Nicholas Dachelet+5.375 sec04042
7819Crystal King+6.426 sec03838
81225Jarrett Liebert [R]+8.239 sec03636
91329Justin Kaye [R]+9.529 sec03434
10722Trenton Briley+10.948 sec03232

Wild West Race #2 – Top 10 Results:

1125Jarrett Liebert [R]16 LAPS165086
261Connor Barry+3.257 sec04894
382Keaton Swane+3.694 sec046100
454Josh Edmundson+4.863 sec04491
5219Crystal King+6.535 sec04280
6420Tyson Miller+7.690 sec04083
7727Joel Blewitt [R]+7.914 sec03891
81214Quentin Dall’olmo+10.257 sec03664
9175Killian Dall’olmo+13.399 sec03452
10929Justin Kaye [R]+13.686 sec03266

2023 iRacing Off-Road Championship Series Standings:

12Keaton Swane100LEADER122
21Connor Barry94-6022
34Josh Edmundson91-9022
327Joel Blewitt [R]91-9012
525Jarrett Liebert [R]86-14012
620Tyson Miller83-17012
719Crystal King80-20012
829Justin Kaye [R]66-34002
914Quentin Dall’olmo64-36000
1022Trenton Briley54-46001
1015Nicholas Dachelet54-46001

2023 iRacing Off-Road Championship Series Schedule

128-JuneWild West Motorsports Park16 | 16
25-JulyCrandon International Raceway10 | 10
312-JulyBark River International Raceway11 | 11
419-JulyWild Horse Pass Motorsports Park16 | 16
All-Star26-JulyCrandon International Raceway – SHORTTBA
52-AugustWild West Motorsports Park16 | 16
69-AugustBark River International Raceway11 | 11
716-AugustWild Horse Pass Motorsports Park16 | 16
823-AugustCrandon International Raceway10 | 10
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