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FSR R6: Brljak takes victory at Silverstone

Petar Brljak took his second win of the season after a late charge, in an intense race at Silverstone.

The first half of the 2020 Formula SimRacing world championship season has been strong dominated by Burst Esport and especially Jernej Simoncic. With 4 wins in the first 5 race, with Jernej taking three of them himself after Michi Hoyer won the season opener in Malaysia. Round 6 took place at the Silverstone Circuit which delivered tons of action. Tom Satherley secured his maiden pole position ahead of the two Burst Esport cars in Michi Hoyer and Dawid Mroczek. Championship leader Jernej Simoncic was all the way down in 11th. The New Zealand pole sitter had a great start and held on to the lead, with the two Burst cars close behind and the 2017 world champion Muhammed Patel, who was returning to the series in 4th place. Things went pretty calm until Michi Hoyer send it down the inside of Tom Satherley into Stowe corner on lap 10, to take the lead of the race. meanwhile, Petar Brljak was sitting in a solid P5 and going a bit under the radar, but that changed later on. Championship leader Jernej Simoncic struggled in qualifying and struggled as well getting through the field. He didn’t seem to have the pace he usually has, and he reacted with going on an alternated strategy compared to the competitors around him by going onto a second set of medium compound tires. Now he was charging through the field and just two laps after his pit stop, he could see the red HM Engineering car of Jeroen Kweekel. Those two collided at Indianapolis and Estoril. Coming into Brooklands corner, there was contact which sent them both off the track. Both of them was able to continue. At the front, Petar Brljak pitted to fit on the soft tires for a late charge to get his second win of the season, but first, he had to pass Bracsok, Mroczek, Hoyer and Petal who have had a brilliant race in his return to the series so far. The tires advantage was obviously huge, and after just 3 laps, he was back into a podium position with the two Burst Esport SimPlexity cars ahead. Muhammed Patel felt back to P4 after what looked like a race incident with Michi Hoyer in a fight for the lead. The Croatian Edge Esports driver passed Mroczek with two and a half lap to go and was now hunting down Michi Hoyer and one lap later, he overtook the german around the outside of Stowe corner and crossed the line to take his second race win of the 2020 season. Michi Hoyer finished in 2nd while Muhammed Patel secured the last step on the podium with a brilliant move in the last couple of corners on Dawid Mroczek. Despite a bad day at the office for Jernej Simoncic, he stays at the top of the standings, but the gap to Brljak is down to 22 points with four rounds to go.

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