deJong Wins Again in iRacing #DIRTNight Action from Indianapolis
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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Mitchell deJong won Red Bull Global Rallycross iRacing action on #DIRTNight this Friday night.
Now eight for eight on RaceSpot TV streams, deJong’s latest triumph came at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, a track where his real-life 2017 weekend ended with him calling the final from the broadcast booth after mechanical issues. Sindre Setsaas, who finished third at this track just over a month ago, returned to the podium in second place, while deJong’s Coanda Simsport teammate Jake Hewlett rounded out the podium in third.
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Most interesting was Friday night’s consolation race, in which six #DIRTNight regulars battled for only two transfer spots to the main event. In the end, it was fellow Coanda driver Rens Broekman and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross engineer Graham Quinn who moved on, while veterans Yohann Harth, Bobby Zalenski, Nathan Lyon, and Fabian Menetrey missed out.
In the start of the main event, deJong, Setsaas, and Connor Parise charged three-wide down the frontstretch, but only deJong jumped into the Joker Lap immediately. The move paid off, as deJong held onto the lead while contact behind him turned Quinn around before the jump. While Setsaas remained close early on, deJong eventually extended the lead to over four seconds at the finish.
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Full results from Friday night’s event are as follows:
- Mitchell deJong, 10 laps (Heat 1 winner)
- Sindre Setsaas, -4.304 seconds (Heat 2 winner)
- Jake Hewlett, -10.603
- Steliyan Chepilevski, -10.941
- Pablo Araujo Castro, -12.371
- Graham A. Bowlin, -26.143
- Connor Parise, -30.259
- Graham Quinn, -38.126
- Mike McKinney, DNF
- Rens Broekman, DNF (Consolation winner)
- Yohann Harth, eliminated in Consolation
- Bobby Zalenski, eliminated in Consolation
- Nathan Lyon, eliminated in Consolation
- Fabian Menetrey, eliminated in Consolation
Next Friday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross iRacing show on RaceSpot TV will see the series return to Daytona International Speedway on the short layout used in real-life action in 2016. Stay tuned to RedBullGRC.com and on social media @GRCseries for further updates!