2017 Spring Season Review

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With iRacing’s introduction of an actual Porsche, Club Scandinavia League ran a poll and decided to leave the trusty, old GT3 class for the new and exciting Porsche! This proved to seriously reshuffle the cards, giving many drivers new challenges, while others rose to the top and demonstrated new talents. With its rear engine and vastly different weight distribution from what the league was used to, both driving and setups kind of had to be re-learnt. The good thing was that the car handled surprisingly well on the edge, causing less self-spins and accidents than previous seasons may have seen.

Norway’s Sindre Setsaas took the most commanding victory in the league’s history! He missed one of the seven races, but won the remaining six. All of them from pole position, while claiming fastest lap. First he won Sebring, then Bathurst, then Montreal. In his absence, team mate Victor Dravegard, of Sweden, won at Brands Hatch. Then Sindre was back to claim victories at Nürburgring Nordschleife, Road America and Imola. This of course gave Sindre the overall victory.

Yet, fairly close in points, came Norway’s Anbjørn Lønning. Only top 10 finishes, most of them on or near the podium, earned him 2nd place overall. Anbjørn was one of the surprises of the season, excellent progress! And behind him followed yet another driver on the upswing, Joachim Ljunggren of Sweden – in some circles better known as Jackeen Landgreen. While reaching podium only once, he was usually to be found in the mix of front runners. Consistency was key this season, securing him the overall podium.

Sweden’s Patrik Nyborg often followed close behind Ljunggren and took fourth. His best result had also been 4th, meaning his end result was also thanks to consistency. Norway’s Tor Anders Berven followed in 5th, having had a mediocre start of the season, but found speed and finished a very good second half of the season with 2nd place in the last race.

Behind these, there were many drivers that had nice podium visits, and isolated good results. There seems to be a lot of new talent in the make!

The points score for each race was as follows: 50-45-42-40-38-36-34-32-30-28-27-26-25 down to 1 point for 37th. Seven races, no drop weeks. Standing starts, a race length of 45 minutes and a 40% fuel tank capacity forced a pit stop. This gave the option of running a first stint roughly the length of official Porsche races, and then a bonus final stint with more slippery tires – unless, of course, drivers opted to change them.

A total of 55 drivers entered the season. Most crowded race was Bathurst with 32 drivers, while all other races saw at least 20 drivers on track.

Thanks to all that participated!

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Track selection followed iRacing’s official Porsche series. Results (access requires iRacing membership):

Sebring
Bathurst
Montreal
Brands Hatch (Indy)
Nürburgring Nordschleife
Road America
Imola

Previous seasons:
(2017 Winter Season not reported)
2016 Autumn Season Review
(informal Formula Summer season 3)
2016 Season 2 Review
2016 Season 1 Review
2015 Season 4 Review
(summer break season 3)
2015 Season 2 Review
2015 Season 1 Review