Scott & Webster earn PI 500 Podium!
James Scott & Cooper Webster have finished 3rd in a memorable opening round of the V8 SCOPS Premier Series Enduro Cup, in what was a nailbiter on a heavy fuel saving strategy to end the race. A late safety car caused calamity amongst the field with drivers having to choose quickly between saving fuel for 36 laps or sending it and taking a splash and dash. The decision to fuel save was superb having made the wrong call just last regular round at VIR, the team bounced back to take a fantastic 3rd place finish close behind 2nd place at the flag. Cooper had earlier qualified the ASTRO racer in 7th place.
Also finishing in 5th place were surprise packets Zachary Hanlin & Simon Feigl. They had a poor qualifying after Simon only managed 32nd on the grid, however an excellent double stint from Zac to push through the field, handed the car to Simon to bring to complete the race. After the two safety car periods, Simon too would opt for the fuel saving strategy which played into his endurance racing experience, able to keep a very strong pace to those normally quicker whilst still able to hit the target fuel number, ultimately finishing in 5th place. 32nd to 5th was beyond the pair's wildest ambitions, so a fantastic result in the TrueForce Mustang.
Rounding it out with all cars in the top 10, were Sam Blacklock & Simone Maria Marcenò in the Logitech G Commodore. Sam qualified in 13th place and got off to an excellent start, and running just a bit behind the lead group for the first stint. Simone would make his return to V8 SCOPS with an excellent double stint, at times being the fastest car on circuit which was great for the Italian, before handing off to Sam for the finish. Sam was then caught out in a safety car error which would cause the pair to lose valuable track position, however all was not lost as they moved up just behind Simon before they were bumped off the circuit by another car. A gritty late comeback saw the pair finish the race in 9th place, coughing across the line.
3rd, 5th and 9th for our three pairs after Round 1 - very solid effort from everyone in the team and we're excited to get back out there for the next race at Imola on 23rd August where Brady Meyers will make his return.