The inaugural season of the Geodesic GoPro Championship launched in impressive fashion with competitive racing and strong broadcast numbers for SimSpeedTV on the iRacing eSports Network.
The brand new competition organised by Alpinestars Geodesic Racing and supported by GoPro features 2 classes. GTLM for GTE-spec Porsche, BMW, Ford, and Ferrari machines, and GTD for Mercedes, Audi, and Ferrari cars in GT3 guise. In each category drivers are competing for a 1st prize of a new GoPro Hero 7 Black & action kit, plus trophies for the top 3 in each division, as well as prizes provided by Alpinestars.
Road America played host to the first of Eight exciting 90 minute races, and while Robert L Harris put his Team Tortuga Porsche 911 RSR on pole position in GTLM, his one lap pace did not translate strongly to race pace and allowed the Ferrari 488 GTE of Tyson Meier to claim the win by 32 seconds for Alpinestars Geodesic Racing. This was far from the story of the class though as exciting wheel to wheel battles in GTLM dominated the broadcast time, and after one and a half hours of racing only 6 seconds covered the 5 cars from Andrew Caron in 2nd to Enzo Johanson in 6th. The podium in GTLM was as follows:
1st – Tyson Meier, #92 Ferrari 488 GTE
2nd – Andrew Caron, #6 BMW M8 GTE
3rd – Robert L Harris, #1 Porsche 911 RSR
In GTD Brian Lockwood for Racekraft Engineering already has one hand on the GoPro, Trophy, and T-shirt after setting the fastest lap in class on his way from converting pole position to a race win. While Mercedes AMG GT3 models swept the podium in round 1, dominating on the long straights of Road America, how will they fare against Audi and Ferrari next round on the sweeping corners of Phillip Island? The GTD podium places were thus:
1st – Brian Lockwood, #143 Mercedes AMG GT3
2nd – John Miller III, #111 Mercedes AMG GT3
3rd – Jesper Drlicka, #127 Mercedes AMG GT3
On the media side, SimSpeedTV were delighted to bring coverage on the iRacing eSports Network. The team of Producer Jay Kennedy and Commentators Rhys Gardiner and David Haines covered live qualifying, all 90 minutes of the race, and post race interviews. The Geodesic GoPro Championship was Thursday’s most viewed broadcast on iRacing’s official eSports racing channel.
The broadcast of round 1 is able to be replayed here: https://youtu.be/mO765g03gnk