Arden Motorsport’s Roman Bilinski says preserving his tyres was the key to his thrilling late-race battle with Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan, with the two crossing the line in the opening race a mere two tenths of a second apart.
The two battled it out for the final podium spot in the opening stages, with O’Sullivan going on to establish an initial two-second lead.
An unlucky spin for Luke Browning at Coppice then promoted the pair into second and third respectively, with Bilinski bringing the gap down lap-on-lap to apply the pressure to O’Sullivan.
Time proved against the British-Polish racer, however, and he duly crossed the line third to open his iRacing Trophy campaign with a podium finish.
“It was a tough but exciting race,” said Bilinski.
“The first few laps I was racing with Zak and he did a good job to get past at the start. In the mid-part of the race, I was trying to get into a rhythm of driving quick and consistent laps, but it was tough with traffic coming every other corner.
“By this time, Zak had a gap of two seconds and I had kept my tyres in good shape for the last part of the race, allowing me to push hard until the line, gaining a few tenths every lap. At the closing stages, I could tell it was going to be a close finish for second with Zak, myself and Luke separated by just a second; in the end I grabbed third.”
Bilinski also paid tribute to FPZERO Simulators for providing him with a setup to practise and hone his skills on as he waits to return to action in the real-world championship.
“Thank you to FPZERO Simulators for providing me with the best on the market simulator out there, allowing me to improve on real racing situations and my personal driving,” added Bilinski.
“I’ll be looking forward to when we can be in the real car next with Arden Motorsport.
“This has been a great opportunity to race against fellow British F4 drivers, thanks to the organisers for putting this championship together.”
The next event in the British F4 iRacing Trophy is scheduled to take place on Monday, 4th May, with the action set to start at 19:30.
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