deJong Extends Win Streak to Nine in iRacing #DIRTNight Competition
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Radicals Online may have coined the ultimate hashtag for Red Bull Global Rallycross action on iRacing #DIRTNight: #howdowestopMitchell?
Once again, 2014 GRC Lites champion and real-world Supercar star Mitchell deJong was the eventual winner on RaceSpot TV’s weekly feature. Even as Steliyan Chepilevski nipped him for the pole by .016 seconds and Nathan Lyon kept the pressure on until the finish, deJong kept his streak of nine #DIRTNight wins alive with another triumph on the short layout at Daytona International Speedway.
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Chepilevski and deJong won the first two heats, with Lyon, who beat deJong head-to-head in the heats the last time the series ran the short Daytona layout, on the outside of the front row. Chepilevski and deJong were wheel-to-wheel until the jump, where dramatic mid-air contact sent Chepilevski sideways and into the dirt.
After cutting back into the field, Chepilevski made contact with multiple cars, including Lyon, disabling his vehicle and sending him into the tire barriers; meanwhile, the bottleneck in the pack caused a second accident that spun Connor Parise around. In the chaos, Chepilevski and Fabian Menetrey found themselves unable to continue, while a majority of the rest of the field finished well behind the podium of deJong, Lyon, and Sindre Setsaas. Consolation winner Logan Clampitt and Parise rounded out the top five.
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Full results from Friday night’s event are as follows:
- Mitchell deJong, 10 laps (Heat 2 winner)
- Nathan Lyon, -1.232 seconds
- Sindre Setsaas, -5.559
- Logan Clampitt, -20.800 (Consolation winner)
- Connor Parise, -22.040
- Jake Hewlett, -22.537
- Bobby Zalenski, -28.096
- Michael Guest, -32.409
- Fabian Menetrey, DNF
- Steliyan Chepilevski, DNF (Heat 1 winner)
- Pablo Araujo Castro, eliminated in Consolation
Next Friday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross iRacing show on RaceSpot TV will see the series return to Phoenix International Raceway. Stay tuned to RedBullGRC.com and on social media @GRCseries for further updates!
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