iRacing World Championships Preview: Week of 28th September

Justin Melillo

This week, three different iRacing World Championships will compete on consecutive nights from Tuesday to Thursday. The disciplines range from NASCAR ovals to Rallycross to open-wheel road races.

Tuesday night belongs to the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series and their 17th race of the season at Talladega Superspeedway. On Wednesday, the iRX World Championship presented by Yokohama will race their second race of 2021 at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s long course. Finally, the iRacing esports schedule concludes on Thursday at Autódromo José Carlos Pace in the third race of the Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship season.

While the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is nearing its end for the 2021 season, both the iRacing Rallycross World Championship Series presented by Yokohama and the Force Dynamics Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship have just begun. Here’s a preview for each series, starting with Tuesday night’s eNASCAR event.

eNCCiS: Wild Card Talladega concludes the Round of 10

Brandon Kettelle won at Talladega Superspeedway in 2020.

The penultimate race of the 2021 season takes the top oval talent to Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday. Only one chance remains for eight drivers to lock in one of two remaining seats at the championship table. Bobby Zalenski and Keegan Leahy can go into Dega knowing their title chances are secure having won at Darlington and Bristol, respectively.

Mitchell deJong and Logan Clampitt have those final two spots entering. Matt Bussa, Graham A. Bowlin, Vicente Salas, Jimmy Mullis and Bob Bryant can all point their way in or win their place into the title match. Michael Conti can only advance forward if he wins.

For deJong, a finish of seventh or better, no matter what anyone else does, will lock his place in the championship battle. Everyone else controls their own destiny with a win. Clampitt holds the final spot on points if there is no new winner. He’ll need a sixth place finish or better to clinch on points in that instance.

There have been five previous eNCCiS races at Talladega since the series began in 2010. Brad Davies took the first win at the track from the pole position that season. Only Davies and Nick Ottinger, winner in 2019, will be looking for their second victory at the track. 38 other drivers in the field will be looking for their first Talladega victory.

The action starts at 8:30 p.m. ET with the iRacing Countdown to Green. After the pre-race show, the racing starts just after 9:00 p.m. ET. Everything can be viewed over at eNASCAR’s website or on the iRacing social channels.

iRXWC: SET Esports looks to double up at Atlanta

Tommi Hallman passes teammate Ollikainen for Daytona victory
Last week’s results at Daytona had SET Esports finishing 1-2.

Last week, the SET Esports teammates of Tommi Hallman and Jonne Ollikainen swept the first event at Daytona Int’l Speedway’s Long Rallycross course. Ollikainen won the pole with Hallman starting second, then both drivers won their respective heat races. In the main event, Hallman made a last lap move to get around Ollikainen for the overall win.

Now headed to Atlanta, are the SET Esports duo the drivers to beat? Last season, the pair combined for four victories in nine races, both collecting two each. This will be the fourth visit to the Atlanta Rallycross venue where the drivers finished third and fourth in the main last season.

Jon Robertson, third place finisher at Daytona, will be looking to defend his victory from one year ago. He and Yohann Harth, the defending series champion, finished Top 2 last season. Harth and Robertson are teammates at Subaru Motorsports USA this year and were paired up at Team Yokohama in 2020.

The broadcast, once again, will be available with multiple options for different languages. The main feed in English will go off on the iRacing FacebookTwitch, and YouTube pages. The Finnish feed can be viewed on Finnish Sim Racing Association (FISRA) A French version will be on BenjxMotors while a Norwegian cast can be found on the Norwegian SimRacing Channel.

Tune in at 4:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. BST to catch the action.

FDDiWCS: Interlagos up next for Dallara IR-01 drivers

iRacing Dallara GP: Michele Costantini defeats Harth on final lap at Spa
Michele Costantini took his first win of the season last week at Spa-Francorchamps.

Through two events in 2021, Maarten van Loozenoord currently leads the overall standings as the series heads to Autódromo José Carlos Pace on Thursday night. With Watkins Glen and Spa-Francorchamps in the rear-view, two tracks with a lot of on-throttle time, now the series challengers will face a track that is shorter and more technical in Interlagos.

The first two events kept the top drivers close together with the Dallara IR-01 car in use. While each track is technical in its own right, a shorter 4.309-kilometer or 2.677-mile Interlagos course that has 15 corners squeezed in might break up the action a little more this time out.

Last week at Spa, Michele Costantini was able to score the victory. While the 2021 Dallara iRacing Grand Prix Championship Qualifier champ was able to score a fourth place at the upcoming venue during the Qualifier Series, the driver to look out for is Peter Berryman.

Berryman collected the pole position, the win and the fastest lap during the Qualifying round earlier this year. Currently third in the standings, Berryman can close the gap on van Loozenoord and Harth, the two drivers ahead of him.

The event goes live on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. BST. The event will be broadcasted on the iRacing social channels

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