In the Chinese round of the Oppo rookie league, we have a number of storylines - will Kalnins lead Saldana’s Green Monkeys to a championship in their first full season? Can Galeczka bounce back after a disappointing Malaysia? Can any of the seasoned teams still in Rookie throw their hat into the ring?

Pre-race - With Galezcka within 3 points of Kalnins for the overall lead, the points race was tight going into china. At the same time, the older teams were still holding onto developed cars and facilities that the newbie teams lacked. Saab Scania and JPSpecial Racing needed to prove that they didn’t need rain to make their own luck in China. TheTeamWithSauce were out for revenge while Saldana’s Green Monkeys wanted to continue making progress with their oddball strategies.

Qualifying - In a surprising move, Kalnins was almost out of the top 10 for qualifying. An even mix of old and new seemed to alternate grid spots. This set the pace for the race, really.

PosDriverTeamTimeTop kphAverage kph
1.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

D Gałeczka
TheTeamWithSauce1:34.070301.00208.60
2.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

A Meyer
Saab Scania AB GP1:34.627298.29207.38
3.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

F Gott
Failed racing1:34.648299.01207.33
4.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

C Tabárez
Team Punkass Racing1:34.782298.59207.04
5.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

T Ryan
TTGP1:34.967298.67206.63
6.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

V Zaymidoroga
JPSpecial Racing1:35.169296.28206.19
7.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

M Brundle
Alternate Evolutions1:35.171296.89206.19
8.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

S Berlusconi
Derpington Racing1:35.234297.94206.06
9.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

P Kalnins
RSaldanas Green Monkeys1:35.314298.85205.88
10.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

K Wołoszański
Prius Power Plus Racing1:36.041294.40204.32
11.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

H Karlsen
Belling Motorsports1:36.357293.47203.65
12.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

E Jørgensen
Bobololo Racing Team Brazil1:36.617292.48203.11
13.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

Y Heerden
Gotta Go Fast1:36.671291.71202.99

Race - Galezcka wasted no time enforcing the belief that TheTeamWithSauce was the one to beat this season and immediately pulled out a lead. C. Tabarez, from the newcomer Team Punkass Racing, seemed to shock with a 4th place qualifying and a sudden surge to second. But quickly faded away as did his car. On the opposite end, T. Ryan for TTGP shot up from 8th to second over the course of a mere 3 laps. Mediums proving to be the tire for all the top teams, Berlusconi, Gott, Zaymidoroga, Meyer, and Brundle kept jockeying for position.

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For the losers - Kalnins’ gamble on hard compounds was not going to pay off. Not even breaking itno the top 10, he managed to gain some pace around the time of the first pit stops but was losing way to much time per lap compared to the rest of the field. Lessons learned, they vow to do better come Bahrain. Tabarez also found himself falling to the very backof the pack. Even a last stop change to super softs couldn’t let him claw back some dignity as he finished in dead last on shot super softs.

Each round of pit stops seemed to reshuffle the pack. at the front Almost everyone went for a two stop, but two key three-stops defined the finishing order. Amazingly, on the last lap, Berlusconi pitted from 4th to do a final splash n’ dash to finish in 6th. Ryan did the same but had such a gap to 3rd place that he maintained second for the last lap. As the cards fell where they may, the ending order was decided as much by luck as it was by skill. Bad calls and bad luck lead many teams astray. But Galezcka and Ryan showed their expertise and experience respectively. Brundle’s 3rd place finish a nice vindication for the time and money Alternate Evolutions spent in the previous season.

PosDriverTeamLapsGridPitTime / RetiredBest lapTop kphPts

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

D Gałeczka
TheTeamWithSauce2812

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

0h 45:25.726
1:34.829298.6125

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

T Ryan
TTGP2853+ 0:30.4411:35.195311.9118

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

M Brundle
Alternate Evolutions2872+ 0:34.1031:35.962309.5615
4.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

V Zaymidoroga
JPSpecial Racing2862+ 0:45.3511:35.823295.1712
5.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

F Gott
Failed racing2832+ 0:47.6291:36.208294.3510
6.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

S Berlusconi
Derpington Racing2883+ 0:51.3511:35.306307.858
7.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

A Meyer
Saab Scania AB GP2822+ 0:59.3621:34.808301.856
8.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

H Karlsen
Belling Motorsports28112+ 1:14.3021:36.766290.994
9.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

E Jørgensen
Bobololo Racing Team Brazil28122+ 1:26.5821:37.062292.042
10.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

Y Heerden
Gotta Go Fast28132+ 1:32.7821:37.257291.181
11.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

P Kalnins
RSaldanas Green Monkeys2791+1 lap1:36.418309.660
12.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

K Wołoszański
Prius Power Plus Racing27101+1 lap1:41.137281.330
13.

Big trouble in the GP of China - iGPmanager Oppo rookie league #3

C Tabárez
Team Punkass Racing2642+2 laps1:37.485297.950