Altus eSports driver Beau Albert has claimed a surprise victory in Week 6, Season 3 of the Just Send It iRacing Series at Virginia International Raceway, after several of the main contenders made unforced errors in the second half of the race.
Albert started the 40-minute race, which featured BMW’s M8 GTE car, from ninth on the grid and was forced into an early pit stop after being caught in a collision on the opening lap.
The routine Safety Car was deployed around the half-way mark, Albert emerging in eighth position once the rest of the field had completed their pit stops.
At the restart, race leader Oscar Piastri ran wide on cold tyres at Turn 1, elevating Cooper Webster to the lead.
Webster looked set to take a comfortable victory until he too made a mistake at Turn 1, emerging just behind Anton De Pasquale.
De Pasquale spun out of contention before Webster made a second mistake at Turn 1, handing the lead to Albert who had capitalised on mistakes from several other drivers to move up to third with a handful of laps remaining.
A shocked but elated Albert thus scored the race win ahead of Webster and Cody Burcher.
“It’s only typical, if I’m going to win a race, I Steven Bradbury it!” Albert said.
“Coming into the Rollercoaster on lap one, someone has come in about 200 metres too late on the brakes, and I’ve been sent flying off the course.
“The Safety Car played into my hands and I made my way through the field that way.
“I moved up a few spots, was trying to hunt down Anton and then eventually everyone else just came back to me, instead of me going to them.
“The Just Send It Series is fantastic – it’s one of my favourite series, the car/track combinations are always well thought-out and they’re a lot of fun.”