Podium Result At Phillip Island!
The third round of the 2019 Sports Car Open Grand Touring Series was held at Phillip Island for a four hours race. Despite the challenging conditions of a narrow race track and the fact of doing multiclass racing there, a lot of teams faced a tough race – but with a lot of action in return. CoRe SimRacing’s drivers such as Markus Blohm, who was racing in the Porsche Cup car alongside Maik Paluch, were able to secure a podium position. Marius Golombeck and Carl Jansson finished the race in 8th after a crash.
Marius qualified the AMG machine for a 5th position of the GT3 grid. Markus, who did the fast lap for the Porsche squad, got 4th. The green flag flew and Marius immediately started to advance few positions. With few minutes into the race a fight against Biela Racing’s and Radical’s teams was started. After the traffic around the track tightened up, Marius tried to overtake a Cup car on the outside of turn one and had contact. A spin did result in a crash into the wall. With damage though Marius went on to continue the race and gave over to Carl.
The start in the Cup class was well for CoRe – Markus was able to held onto his position for a very long time following the leader cars in front. Before he gave over to Maik, he had to give one position back which let the team fall back to 5th. Despite a flawless stint without any issues by Markus, Maik got into a clean car and started his long stint with double tyres. After gaining more time Maik sadly deathspin’d the car in the hairpin and lost over 10 seconds advantage. After a couple of fights and some struggle with old tyres, he gave the car back to Markus who was about to finish the race. With a safe 3rd position in the bag already Markus crossed the line for a well deserved podium spot. Meanwhile Carl had to deal with topspeed problems but was able to bring the car back to pits after his stints. With another swap to Marius both of them finished their unfortunate race in 8th.
The next race of the Sports Car Open GT Series calendar will take place at Donington Park for another four hours endurance race. The broadcast of this race can be found here.