Mueller finishes with pass on final lap for win in Birmingham Superpix Multiclass

Image by Kahel Grahf
First Round: DNF Series main event.

Hartikainen dominates lead from start to finish

Image by Tobias Mueller
early in the race, passed by carl
Birmingham Superpix Multiclass
ROUND 1
02 Oct 2016
RACING HOST
John van der Geest
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02 Oct 2016 — One last pass on the final lap put Tobias Mueller in first place in the WEP1 class at the finish line in the Birmingham Superpix Multiclass in the opening round of the THE DNF SERIES.

Mueller took the fight back and forth with John Van Der Geest in a long and persistent battle for the race lead starting midway through, running within car lengths of each other over a range of 60 laps. Mueller spent the majority pursuing Van Der Geest after catching him on the fourth lap, coming from as many as three spots back. Driving the Audi R18 E-TRON, Mueller launched a prolonged challenge at Van Der Geest in the middle stages, staying within car lengths behind him and keeping pace over a continuous run of 28 laps. Mueller got around Van Der Geest for the second time and into first place on his final lap.

In the 40 career runs taken by Mueller in the Audi R18 E-TRON, he has led 356 laps in all and taken the win 11 times. Mueller has taken the car to Birmingham Superprix two times, and this was the first win there. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 0.514 seconds off his previous best lap time.

Ville Hartikainen led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish in the WEP2 class.

Fahn Thomas led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish in the WEGTE class.

Hartikainen drove nearly all of 56 laps total leading Marco Matias after being caught by him on the first lap. Hartikainen controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to win.

Thomas ran nearly all of eight laps total leading Johnny Gutierrez after being engaged by him on the first lap. Thomas controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to win.

THE DNF SERIES moves on to Round 2 in a week at Dundrod 1950. The series has 18 drivers competing for points in the multiclass championships.

John Van Der Geest controlled the lead in the WEP1 class most of all, leading 57 of 67 laps but ultimately settling for second place.

Mark Carty drove to a fifth-place finish in the WEGTE class in his 2100th career run on the rFactor sim.

Van Der Geest took the fight back and forth with Tobias Mueller in a lengthy and determined battle for the race lead from the middle stages, running within car lengths of each other over a span of 60 laps. Van Der Geest spent the majority leading Mueller after being caught by him on the fourth lap. Driving the Porsche 919 Hybrid, Van Der Geest fended off an extended challenge by Mueller in the middle stages, staying just car lengths ahead of him over an unbroken run of 28 laps. In the end Van Der Geest lost the spot on lap 67 and settled into second the lap running to the conclusion.

Mike Erickson drove to a third-place finish in the WEP2 class in his 800th career run on the rFactor sim.

Carty mixed it up with Johnny Gutierrez in a long and tense battle for third from the beginning, running within an apex of each other over a range of 30 laps. Driving the BMW Z4 GTE, Carty drove equal parts leading Gutierrez after challenging and passing him on the fourth lap. Carty fended off a prolonged attack by Gutierrez in the beginning, staying just a straightaway ahead of him over a solid run of 15 laps. Ultimately Carty lost the spot on lap 19 and settled into fourth the 14 laps before retiring early due to accident trouble.

Erickson ran nearly all of 41 laps total leading Kahel Grahf after engaging and passing him on lap 11, coming from as many as three positions back. Erickson got around Grahf and into third place on lap 11, and kept it the remaining 51 laps to the checkered flag.

Ricardo Senior made his 10th start in the Ferrari 458 GTE and captured sixth place in the WEGTE class.

Marco Matias took second place in the WEP2 class.

Johnny Gutierrez captured second place in the WEGTE class.

Driving the Acura ARX 03, Matias drove the majority of 10 laps total pursuing Kahel Grahf after catching him on the first lap. Matias passed Grahf and into second place on lap 10, and kept it the remaining 53 laps to the finish.

Driving the Ferrari 458 GTE, Gutierrez swapped leads with Tony Carl Christensen in a lengthy and determined fight for second from the beginning, running within a turn of each other over a stretch of 46 laps. Gutierrez drove the majority pursuing Carl Christensen after being caught and passed by him on the fourth lap. Gutierrez launched an extended attack at Carl Christensen in the middle stages, staying within a turn behind him and gaining ground over a solid run of 37 laps. Gutierrez got around Carl Christensen and into second place on lap 57, and defended it against pressure by Carl Christensen the remaining four laps to the checkered flag.

In the 10 career runs taken by Senior in the Ferrari 458 GTE, he has led one laps in all and finished as high as second once.

Tony Carl Christensen took third place in the WEGTE class.

Carl Christensen mixed it up with Johnny Gutierrez in a lengthy and determined battle for second from the beginning, running within car lengths of each other over a stretch of 46 laps. Carl Christensen ran the majority leading Gutierrez after challenging and passing him on the fourth lap. Driving the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Carl Christensen fended off a prolonged attack by Gutierrez midway through, staying just a turn ahead of him over a solid run of 37 laps. In the end Carl Christensen lost the spot on lap 57 and settled into third the few laps running to the finish.

Carl Middleton took third place in the WEP1 class.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
WEP1 1 Tobias Mueller ACD-Racing 67 1:30:07.906
WEP1 2 John van der Geest G.E.A.R. 67 1:30:08.930
WEP1 3 Carl Middleton Speedworks 67 1:31:17.890
WEP1 4 Ken Jagger Bad Voices Racing 66 1:30:37.498
WEP2 1 Ville Hartikainen 64 1:30:42.515
WEP2 2 Marco Matias 63 1:31:15.167
WEP2 3 Mike Erickson Bad Voices Racing 62 1:30:52.061
WEP2 4 Kahel Grahf 62 1:31:01.328
WEGTE 1 Fahn Thomas G.E.A.R. 61 1:31:34.449
WEGTE 2 Johnny Gutierrez CanAm Racing 60 1:30:41.508
WEGTE 3 Tony Carl Christensen Atlantic Motorsport International 60 1:30:43.669
WEP2 5 Porfirio Dias Santos Oceanika Motorsport 59 1:30:48.443
WEGTE 4 Barrett Erickson Bad Voices Racing 58 1:30:53.252
WEGTE 5 Mark Carty CanAm Racing 32 Accident
WEP1 5 Fernando Carabette Moonshine Runners 29 DNF
WEP2 6 Juan M Bento Moonshine Academy 14 DNF
WEGTE 6 Ricardo Senior 0 DNF
WEGTE 7 Gilles Lalonde 0 DNF
Image by Tobias Mueller
3 wide through the traffic
Image by Tobias Mueller
start grid from the back
POSTRACE

INT
–2 L
FIN
4
Q
2
REP
+7
CLASS
WEP2
CAR
Acura ARX 03
Posted by Kahel Grahf at 09:01 PM on Sun Oct 02 CEST

Being sleepdeprived... I was planning to chill out and save fuel at least for the first half of the race.
Fair to say it didn't go as planned... my screen went total black: 2 times for some huge 10s each.
I tried to escape the first black screen but it didn't registered...the second one I think was off course anyway; hope I didn't mess up anybody's car...If so, feel free to curse me ;(...

Anyway...

INT
–1 L
FIN
4
Q
2
REP
+6
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Posted by Ken Jagger at 12:36 AM on Mon Oct 03 CEST

I made a big mistake after Qual in not resetting my race setup, so started the race with only 25L of fuel in the tank and S/Soft tyres. This gave me a big advantage in the early laps, allowing me to challenge John and briefly take the lead only to lock up going into the final chicane and dropping back to 4th.

As the tyres held up for my enforced, short first stint, I didn't change them at my early stop in the hope of being able to recover some time back.

Without the additional stop and the need to change tyres, it would have been interesting to see how things would have worked out, but under the circumstances I can't complain about 4th place.

INT
–50 L
FIN
6
Q
4
REP
+4
CLASS
WEP2
CAR
Acura ARX 03
Posted by Juan M Bento at 02:06 AM on Mon Oct 03 CEST

i was the inaugural crash on dnf series LOL

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
1
REP
+7
CLASS
WEP2
CAR
Acura ARX 03
Posted by Ville Hartikainen at 09:50 AM on Mon Oct 03 CEST

Liked the event a lot. Managed to complete the race with only a few subtle touches to the walls and the pace was okey. Seemed to be quite a fight for the win at least in P1. Traffic worked well. Waiting for the next round!

PS. Laptimes (excluding pit laps) from top 2 from each class.

INT
–1.024
FIN
2
Q
1
REP
+6
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Posted by John van der Geest at 08:32 PM on Mon Oct 03 CEST

Review of race nr. 1
(thanks for the lapchard Ville)

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
3
REP
+6
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Audi R18 E-TRON
Posted by Tobias Mueller at 08:48 PM on Mon Oct 03 CEST

Nice review. Poor Mark ;-)

INT
–29 L
FIN
5
Q
4
REP
+7
CLASS
WEGTE
CAR
BMW Z4 GTE
Posted by Mark Carty at 05:53 PM on Tue Oct 04 CEST

Good stuff John,love the commentary, think I spit up my coffee a couple times there..lol
Car should be out of the body shop by next race..

INT
–1 L
FIN
4
Q
2
REP
+6
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Posted by Ken Jagger at 06:26 PM on Tue Oct 04 CEST

Great report John and especially love the Banzai segment!

INT
–1.024
FIN
2
Q
1
REP
+6
CLASS
WEP1
CAR
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Posted by John van der Geest at 09:04 PM on Tue Oct 04 CEST

I can tell from the screenshots of Tobias that there is a skinpack in use. Where can I find that?

INT
–61 L
FIN
7
Q
6
REP
+3
CLASS
WEGTE
CAR
Corvette C7-R
Posted by Gilles Lalonde at 10:42 PM on Tue Oct 04 CEST

Hey! I can see my name in the clip... in the pits... darn!

From the Warmup, I waited for the Race button to become enabled, I didn't find that it was taking longer than usual, when it came up, I clicked it and I appeared in the pit stall with everyone moving away for the formation lap, I drove on the pit lane, the second I got on the track, it reverted to the Monitor page and that was it.

Anyone as any clue how to start from the pitlane?

@Ricardo, since you also have zero laps too, what happened to you?


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