Jim Beaver eSports’ Bobby Sandt Jr. capped off Saturday’s iRacing All-Stars by dominating a field of 18 of the world’s best sim racers in the final race of the day at Wild West Motorsports Park. Sandt stole the pole from Mitchell deJong in the final moments of qualifying, then watched as carnage behind him left him unchallenged for a perfect 10-lap victory in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 truck.
“I knew it was going to be tough with such talented drivers competing in today’s event,” said Sandt. “In the Pro 4 I got a clean start and some mayhem took place behind me. I was looking forward to an awesome battle, but I’ll take the W. I can’t wait to do this again next year!”
Sandt was one of 30 drivers to compete in the unique four-car, four-track event, which put 2019 iRacing World Champions and drivers who qualified for two or more World Championship series in unfamiliar racing surfaces and disciplines. Sandt, who finished fifth in the iRacing USAC World Championship and was a frequent front-runner in the Thrustmaster iRacing Rallycross World Championship, showed his diversity by opening up the event with a seventh place finish in the Dirt Street Stock at Lernerville Speedway, followed by a fifth place run in the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Though a wreck in the NASCAR Xfinity Series portion of the event from Charlotte Motor Speedway knocked him down the standings, Sandt entered the short course finale as one of the favorites to watch. A multiple-time world record lap holder in iRacing’s LOORRS vehicles, Sandt’s top qualifying time was more than a tenth of a second faster than second place.
Sandt launched cleanly in front of the pack and began to pull away already after the first turn, while a massive pile-up in the second corner only served to help his efforts. The gap only grew larger as the race wore on, with his lead growing to nearly nine seconds by the time the checkered flag fell. Sandt ended iRacing All-Stars tied for fourth in the event championship standings with 99 points and three top-10 runs.
The win wraps up a strong debut season for Jim Beaver eSports in 2019, which debuted in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series and later acquired Reignition Esport to boast one of the most diverse driver rosters in all of motorsport-themed esports. Jim Beaver eSports drivers compete up front in various iRacing World Championships and leagues; drivers Dave Bodio and Keith Jeffery have spent most of the current EastWest Promotions Modified Tour season first and second in points, while Sandt’s spotter Bobby Rafferty celebrated two wins in two days after taking the checkered flag in Friday’s Bootleg Racing League round from The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
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