SKL iRacing Legends Tour: Season 1 Preview
With less than one week remaining before the circuit goes hot at VIR for Free Practice 1 of the opening round, we are finally beginning to get a picture of what the inaugural SKL Legends Tour Season will look like. Entries have surpassed the twenty driver mark for the Round 1 in Virginia, and only a handful of drivers have yet to be picked up by a team. With the current lineup, both the driver and constructor championships should be nothing short of intense.
Many of the long-time competitors in the Sim Karting World Championship have made the migration to the Sim Karting League, including multiple series champions. 2015 SKWC X30 Champion Brenden Baker is entered for all five rounds of the season, leading the charge for the CRG Racing Team, a three-car operation including United States F4 Driver JP Southern and Privateer Road Racing Driver Ian Bushey.
DCT SpeedSport for many seasons in SKWC was a single-driver team, with owner Connor Tebbe at the helm. The group has returned with a maxed out roster for the Legends Tour, with Tebbe signing Xander Clements and WKA Gold Cup Champion David Kalb Jr.
At the moment, the veterans are significantly outnumbered. A large group of new drivers have joined the fray, with experience levels ranging from the Mazda Road to Indy to no real-life racing experience what-so-ever. One team with two new drivers that should be a force to be reckoned with is EarthSpeed, a three-driver team consisting of WorldSpeed Pro Mazda Driver Phillippe Denes and United States F4 Championship Drivers Jacob Abel and Jacob Loomis. All three have shown considerable pace in unofficial testing, and we expect see the team in full force come VIR.
There’s also a great selection of free agents on the market, including the likes of Karting Driver Matt Keyes, Checkered Motorsports PCR Pilot Andrew Bujdoso, BN Racing Driver Dan Roeper, and Mazda Miata Driver Jarrett Voorhies. The season is quickly approaching though, and these drivers may be signed as soon as the end of this week.
Numerous unofficial test sessions have been held, and a couple of drivers have consistently been topping the charts. Baker, Clements, and Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup Driver Gresham Wagner have been quick in nearly every session. However, we still have yet to see a handful of drivers turn a single lap in an open session including Roeper, Retired Shifter Kart Driver Jack Freese, and iRacing Expert Justin Brunner. This leaves quite a bit of our predictions up in the air heading into Round 1 at VIR.
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