Podiums across the board at Indy

HM Article
Round 3 of the Formula SimRacing season saw plenty of success for Absolute Motorsport affiliates HM Engineering, who were represented on the podium in all 3 divisions. Here is how each division went for them.

It was celebrations for Matthew Tuson, who after a tough race, which included a spin, finally managed to break his podium curse after 41 starts in the series, to finish in third place. It was also a solid drive for Stoyan Barbukov, who fought his way to finish in fourth from a disappointing twelfth on the grid. Elsewhere, the other two HM Engineering drivers in the field sadly failed to see the checkered flag, with new signing Job van Uitert and Joao Gabriel all failing to see the checkered flag, although the former was still classified and scored a point

ACA Results
HME Invictus Motorsport
3. Matthew Tuson

HM Engineering
4. Stoyan Barbukov
15. Job van Uitert
DNF. Joao Gabriel

The second division has seen most of HM’s success so far and that continued at this race, with HM Engineering locking out the podium, with championship leader Phil Kraus taking the lead after a mistake from Luke Maguire and not looking back, taking a convincing win. Maarten van Loozenoord finished in second with the two stopping Luke Maguire finishing in third. New signing Lorenz Dougherty finished in fifth on debut, with Roman Yakubovich finishing in eighth, Ariff Roslan finishing in ninth. New driver Pedro Delgado took the final point, whilst Jordan Weekes, Jan Woznica and Stephen Michaels all retired, the latter two being involved in a lap 1 incident. HM Engineering have a clear lead in the constructors, holding a 74 point gap over nearest rivals Drillers.

PRO Results
HM Engineering
1. Phil Kraus
2. Maarten van Loozenoord
3. Luke Maguire
5. Lorenz Dougherty
15. Pedro Delgado
DNF. Jordan Weekes
DNF. Jan Woznica
DNF. Stephen Michaels

HME Invictus Motorsport
8. Roman Yakubovich
9. Ariff Roslan

World Championship
The top class saw a fighting drive from two of the team’s drivers, but the feeling of the opportunity for more was there. Jeroen Kweekel qualified on the front row, before dropping behind Jernej Simoncic in the first round of stops. However a decision to switch to mediums looked like it could enable him to fight for the win, and he made a bold attempt to pass Jernej, however unfortunately the pair made contact at the next corner which sent Jeroen into a spin, meaning he’d have to settle for third. Just behind, Kirill Birukov burst back onto the scene after a two race absence, staying out of trouble and making that same inspired choice to switch to the mediums in the final stint, and he finished in a career-best fourth place. Elsewhere, Thomas Wach struggled for pace and was disappointed to finish down in fifteenth, whilst new signing Eros Masciulli was taken out in a lap 1 crash.

WC Results
HM Engineering Red
3. Jeroen Kweekel
DNF. Eros Masciulli

HM Engineering Yellow
4. Kirill Birukov
15. Thomas Wach

The next round of the Formula SimRacing season takes place at Portugal International on the 26th April. All 3 divisions will be livestreamed on the Formula SimRacing YouTube channel.


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