Dominance Burns at the Red Bull Ring

After Jrocks became the first double winner last time out in France, the dev league headed to Austria with the result once again set to be unpredictable. From the get go, qualifying provided a challenge for the drivers as wet conditions fell upon the circuit. The only option was the full wet tyres, and set-ups had to be considered for the race, which would be dry for the most part.

Drivers began setting times, easing into the conditions and making sure they didn’t spin off into the barriers. As the times tumbled, it was Joshua Burns who emerged with the fastest time of a 1:14.402, with Joshu lining up alongside in P2.

The wet conditions stayed for the start of the race, however it had eased off and the intermediate tyre emerged as the optimum compound. Off the line, Joshua Burns held his lead into Turn 1 while Lolerz, who started from fourth, attacked to two Ferraris of Joshu and Jrocks. Joshu slipped behind before re-overtaking both Lolerz and his teammate into Turn 3.

Kosmicow then got involved and ran wide into Turn 4, pushing Joshu off line and allowing Lolerz and Jrocks to take P2 and P3 respectively. After all the close battling, Joshua Burns stretched his lead out to two seconds on the first lap. Dylan Krol and Tunbridge peeled into the pit lane at the end of the first lap.

Joshu found himself behind Pimpmauser as the second lap got underway. At Turn 3, Joshu attacked the new McLaren driver by diving up the inside. They remained side by side down the straight before contact was made, sending Joshu into the wall and out of the race. The Ferrari appealed the crash, and Pimpmasuer was handed a qualifying ban for Great Britain and a 10 second time penalty.

Ufo became the second driver to retire on lap 4. One lap later there was contact between Bogotac and jetamo, with the former spinning around at Turn 1. Tunbridge was the first car to fit the soft compound to his car on lap 5, however it was too early and he struggled to get around the circuit.

Pimpmauser and Faz narrowly avoided a slow moving Lolerz in the final sector, who dropped down into P5. A number of drivers came into the pits on lap 8 for dry tyres, with Jrocks switching to the softs and Feggz fitting the super softs. On the next lap, the remainder of the field decided to pit for dry tyres, with leader Joshua Burns pitting for softs.

Jrocks had to return to the pit lane one lap later to fit a new front wing. A five-way battle between Jakub, Pimpmauser, Lolerz, Illumi and Mario then ensued, with the drivers trading positions many times over the course of the battle. Faz, who was on the ultra soft tyre, caught up and found his way into P3 but he was sure to pit again.

Feggz overtook Mario on lap 19 and set his sights on Jakub, getting past him on lap 20 for P4. On lap 23, Feggz and Mario pitted for another set of super soft tyres to take them to the end, releasing Jakub into fourth place.

Jakub decided to bin his soft tyres and fit a set of ultra softs to take him to the end. The trio of Feggz, Mario and Jakub began to chase down Faz in fifth place, with the top four running on old soft tyres with 10 laps to go. Jakub got past Mario, while Feggz pulled clear and overtook Faz on lap 29.

One lap later, Lolerz pitted for fresh ultra soft tyres, promoting DaPain into P3 and Feggz into P4. Lolerz dropped down to P8, but would have a huge pace advantage on his fresh tyres. In five corners, Lolerz managed to make up three spots to get himself into fifth place. Feggz promoted himself onto the podium by getting past DaPain, while Faz attacked Lolerz who was targeting a return to the podium after pitting.

On lap 34, DaPain was defenceless against Lolerz, who moved into P4. Moments later, disaster struck for Pimpmauser after he sustained a puncture while riding comfortably in second place. He was forced to pit, bringing Feggz into second and Lolerz back onto the podium.

On the final lap, Lolerz managed to pass Feggz for second place, but as they crossed the line, Lolerz dropped back to P5 due to a series of penalties he collected during the race. DaPain was promoted to third, but a stewards verdict reversed a time penalty he received during the race which dropped Feggz into P3 and bumped DaPain into P2.

But the star of the show was undoubtedly Joshua Burns who cruised to the finish and was all but unchallenged throughout the 36 laps. He took his first win of the season, dominating proceedings at the Red Bull Ring.

Next time out it’s the British Grand Prix, the home race for many in the field. After 8 different winners in 9 races, who knows who will come out on top.

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