Jul 30, 2017

RES - Round 2 is upon us (Shanghai)

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Edited: Jul 30, 2017

 

Today is Race day for round 2 of the RaceRoom Endurance Series.

 

 

Round 2 see's our competitors visit the track of Shanghai in China. This circuit will offer a variety of challenges, from the very long right hander (Turn 1), all the way to the fast flowing section of corners in sector 2. This will not be an easy track to master, nevermind dealing with constant traffic, and battles throughout the field.

 

Let's see who has what it takes to come out on top here at shanghai, this is going to be a close one! :)

 

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