This weekend, our Logitech G Championship car simulator series travelled to Sonoma Raceway in California, USA to race IndyCar for the first time. The real IndyCar Series was racing at Sonoma itself this weekend, bringing America's flagship open-wheel racing championship to one of the country's most undulating road courses.
With sharp climbs and steep drops, Sonoma may be a short circuit, but it is incredibly challenging. Several of the corners have big elevation changes, creating blind apexes and challenging exits which crest over hills, causing the car to slide unpredictably.
The Logitech G Series is our open-setup competition, so the teams and drivers are able to tune their cars to adapt them to Sonoma's unique challenges. With so much elevation change, and some very fast corners in the second half of the lap, getting your suspension and wing levels adjusted correctly is crucial at this circuit.
Read on to find out which teams and drivers shone in the California sun.
Please note that SMS is continuing to investigate allegations that a very small number of teams may have gained an unfair advantage by sharing their game accounts with their teammates. We are taking this very seriously and we are working closely with Steam and the console companies in this investigation. Any teams found to have used "account sharing" will be penalised appropriately once this investigation has concluded. In the meantime, rounds and results will continue as normal.
In the Console Division, SDL's Rotax made it three wins out of three events since we returned from our summer break, with yet another stellar performance. For the second race in a row, Team Shark's Atho followed him home in second. His teammate, Yinato took the final step on the podium.
The remaining members of Shark and SDL put in solid drives once again, keeping the battle tight at the top of the standings. However, it was SDL which outscored Team Shark overall this week, extending its small lead in the team standings to 33 points, with just two rounds to go.
The Unity Elite Racing Team improved its form a little this time out too, scoring 32 points to keep it in a solid-looking third place in the team standings and see off the threat from PSFRacing and eSPORTS+CARS for the time being. The other points scoring teams on Console this time out were PSFRacing, BAM Racing 2, SRT Racing Team Elite and Unity Elite Raceway.
The following drivers were eliminated from the console results:
- PSFRacing_SpideR: Ghost time did not match leaderboard time.
- TSR-Joker1: 3 wheels off track on the inside of Turn 11.
Over on the PC, it was another great display from the SDL team, with a double podium shared by winning driver, Masa, and Mangator in second place. SDL's stranglehold on the PC Division of the Logitech G Series continues, but Claytonssv of Coyote Online Racing is continuing his great recent form as well. He took his second successive third place podium finish at Sonoma.
It was a slightly disappointing round for FinPro though. The privateer driver is still running second overall in the PC drivers standings, but he could only manage fourth place this time out, and Masa is closing in on points, now just three behind. Besides Masa, there were seven other privateer drivers in points scoring positions on PC this time out, proving that it is definitely possible to hold your own in this Series even without the support of a major team.
Elsewhere in the PC Division, it was a great week for CQR Club, which took one of its biggest points hauls of the season so far, scoring 50 in total with TacticaL and Tightlines going well for the team. This was enough to move CQR back into third in the team standings, just three points ahead of Coyote Online Racing.
The following drivers were eliminated from the PC results:
- Croug: 3 wheels off track at Turn 7.
- CQR Magictap: 3 wheels off track at the exit of turn 10.
To see the full results of this round and the season so far, please visit the Series page.