A day at Goodwood, by Ashley Finch
Romance in France
F4H Gashi in the Viper GTS-R during Friday practise
F4H Carrera at Tora GT
F4H & GT One will collaborate again at VM 2hrs of Silverstone GP
New Team's Livery for Simracersonline HTCC
Photo taken by F4H Carrera. VM September Calendar Competition Winner
F4H Motorsport wins VM Spec Season 3
F4H Motorsport wins VM Spec Season 2
F4H Motorsport wins TORA 24 Heures du Mans
“We’re far from having too much horsepower…my definition of too much horsepower is when all four wheels are spinning in every gear.”
- Mark Donohue
Another week, another review and this week, like the last, is a bumper edition with championships concluding and others beginning. This week we have info on no less than 5 championships, so strap yourselves in!
This week sees two reasons for Jason to be cheerful, arguably one more important than the other! This last weekend, Jason and family welcomed a little boy into the world. On behalf of all at F4H I'd like to congratulate Jason on his safe arrival and on a personal note, welcome him to the land of parenthood! In last week's review, I shamefully missed out on his endeavours over in the VM Time Attack Series on Forza Motorsport 5, where he managed a fantastic 4th place overall, despite many a technical gremlin plaguing the series based on Tuesdays.
Well done Jason, now get some rest!
XPLR Viper Cup
Over at Xbox Pro League Racing, the Viper Cup reached it's penultimate round where competitors juked it out on the man made Yas Island, home of the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit. In a first race of relatively little drama, Rosso took home first place from second on the grid after Pole Sitter Minimum Wages stalled on the grid. More on Mr Wages later. Chrisupra took 3rd place whilst Gashi took a string 5th. Team trialist Trash (try saying that with a mouthful) enjoyed a great run in race one after a qualifying blighted by connection issues left him nailed to the back of the grid. He shrugged that off and stormed through the field to finish 6th behind Gashi.
Race Two saw a huge accident enforce a restart, which didn't serve as a warning to many people as cars spun across the track at turn one and turn two regardless, one of which being Trash, who had made a good start only to be turned around causing both Rosso and Chrisupra to take evasive action to avoid. If they thought that was their troubles over, they were wrong. Chris was buffeted from car to car at the following chicane and was lucky to escape unscathed. On the run down towards sector three past the support pits, that man Wages got it all wrong, spearing Rosso out of contention and also ramming Chrisupra in the aftermath. You can see the crash HERE.
You can also ride on board from the start of the race with Rosso HERE.
From then, the race settled down. Chris struggled on with damage to take 5th and narrow the gap to Rosso in the standings to a measly 8 points going into the final round at Road Atlanta. Trash finished between the pair in 7th after recovering from his early trip backwards, with a battle worn Gashi 10th.
A big thanks to Chris, who ran a rear bumper vinyl to commemorate my late uncle who sadly passed away last week aged 53.
VM V8 Supercar Series
It's a foregone conclusion of sorts over in the series featuring the Aussie V8 beasts as TPR's Zermatt won yet another round to further cement his position atop the drivers standings. A victory at Sebring means that's now 6 on the spin for the Englishman who has seen a return to prominence with the arrival of Forza 5. Our men Krux, Gashi and c0dak stride on however, sitting in 6th, 12th and 26th in the standings respectively, amounting to an excellent second position in the Teams Championship with 2 rounds to go.
VM Spec 7
It's still early days in the VM Spec Racing Series 7 but the signs are encouraging as that man Insanity sits atop the standings after two rounds. Is there anything he can't do? To add the cherry to the icing on the F4H cake, Krux sits second after a dominant performance by the pair saw them secure a one-two at Sebring.
Sebring 12 Hours 2014 and TORA GT Season 11
Early qualifying form suggests F4H teams could once again prosper in the TORA Endurance format race, with Diablo putting our GT entry onto a provisional 3rd on the grid. Information on the prototype entry to follow.
With TORA being the subject it seems apt to mention the recent announcement of the GT series, which will take place on Forza 5. To register your interest in competing head over to the TORA site at www.theonlineracingassociation.com!
That's all from us in another stellar week in the life of F4H. Be sure to catch us next week for the conclusion of the Viper Cup as well as a round up of all of our other series!
Week in Review: F4H Scoop VM Classics Titles!
Hello and welcome to our first Week in Review and what a way to kick our new series of articles off! The Virtual Motorsports Classics Series #7 saw double success for F4H this week, with Tyler 'Diablo' Jones scooping a hard fought drivers title and F4H Team FedEx (the aforementioned Tyler accompanied by team mates Bret 'Whippy' and Dan 'Facepalmer') winning the Teams Championship to round off a fantastic double.
The week also saw races in the XPLR Viper Cup and another VM series, this time featuring the mighty Aussie V8's and preparations for the upcoming Sebring 12 hours at TORA picked up pace. So sit back, relax and we'll take you through what we've been up to this week!
Success at Suzuka saw not one but two F4H champions crowned in truly astonishing style, with Tyler emerging from a monumental battle with CQR's 'Haburi' and team mate Whippy to take the drivers crown. Leading the standings going into the final round, Whippy ultimately finished in a fantastic 3rd position, sealing the Team Championship along with Facepalmer (6th) in truly dominant style. Perhaps more impressively F4H scored a double of doubles. Success in Series 7 saw Diablo take his second drivers title in the Classics format, with Whippy adding Series 7 gold to his Series 6 Teams championship. A quick look at the stats shows that as a team, we at F4H have now won 4 Classics Team Championships a truly remarkable feat.
I'm sure I speak for everyone here at F4H in congratulating Tyler, Bret and Dan on their success this season.
Tyler leads Haburi to take the Crown
1st F4H Diablo - 1356pts
2nd CQR Haburi - 1355pts
3rd F4H Whippy - 1353pts
6th F4H Facepalmer - 1283pts
1st F4H Team FedEx - 3078pts
2nd dbUK Jack Daniel's - 2843pts
3rd NNR Kamikaze - 2662pts
XPLR Viper Cup
The XPLR Viper Cup saw us head to the Ardennes Forest, home of one of motorsport's truly iconic racing circuits, Spa Francorchamps. Going into the race, F4H drivers dominated the standings, with no less than 5 drivers occupying top 10 positions in the battle for the championship. Initial pace suggested Spa may see Nathan 'Rosso' Tague attack team mate Chris 'Chrisupra' McGrath atop the standings but qualifying set the tone for what would be a difficult weekend to call, with Chrisupra pipping Rosso to pole by 1 hundredth of a second. Jason 'Insanity' Iverson completed an F4H top 3 with Gashi 'Gashi X' Sorenson rounding off a strong qualification for the F4H contingent.
Race One saw status quo amongst the top 3, each F4H man punching and counter-punching to no avail, all the time building a lead to the chasing pack. The performance of race one saw Gashi rise from a qualification position of 9th to finish 6th. Whilst the faster qualifiers faltered around him, Gashi showed attrition and great race pace to pick his way through the field, building on his impressive performance at Road America.
Things start to get interesting for Chris (Orange car) into Eau rouge
It was race two where things truly came alight, with two enforced restarts doing nothing to help the nerves of each driver on the grid. It was a case of 3rd time unlucky for championship leader Chrisupra, crashing in an incident into Eau Rouge on the opening lap which also involved race one stalwart Gashi. Damage to both cars consigned both drivers to positions 9th and 13th respectively. At the sharp end of the field, both Rosso and Insanity had managed to avoid the first lap melee and were methodically picking their way through the field, the pace of the Viper meticulously tuned and prepared by Chris showing as others struggled. It was these struggles that ultimately cost Rosso and Insanity a deserved 1-2, with slower drivers compromising both drivers who had to use every ounce of skill and pace to grind out a well earned 2nd and 3rd place finish.
Ride on board with Round winner 'Rosso' for the first two laps of Race 2 HERE
Post-Spa, the championship has a different complexion, with Rosso leading at the halfway point from Chrisupra by the narrow margin of ten points and consistent performer Insanity a meagre 2 points further back. Hard charger Gashi continues to impress in 8th position, a paltry 10 points behind the top 5 whilst team trialist SpeedEffect didn't participate at Spa and so drops down the pecking order to 13th.
As It Stands
1st F4H Rosso - 392pts
2nd F4H Chrispura - 382pts
3rd F4H Insanity - 380pts
8th F4H Gashi X - 342pts
Virtual Motorsport V8 Series 1
In the V8 Series over at Virtual Motorsports, the ominous march of Zermatt continued, with the TPR driver winning yet another race in clinical fashion. The Englishman has yet to drop a point in the series and you'd be a fool to bet against him winning the title come April. Kyle 'Krux Camacho sits pretty in 7th place in the championship whilst Gashi proves that he's not just a one trick pony, currently occupying 13th. In the team standings, the aforementioned pairing along with Cody 'c0dak' Ritz, (In the guise of F4H Motorsport) occupy 2nd position.
TORA Sebring 12 Hours
Finally, the Sebring 12 Hours at TORA will see many an F4H member bid a fond farewell to their Xbox 360's and Forza Motorsport 4. Despite it's flaws, Forza 4 was arguably our most successful game to date, with some truly memorable wins accompanied by some sobering moments that made the desire for success even greater. It's a period in our history that we can look back on with a great sense of pride and accomplishment and a victory at Sebring would be a great way to sign off. Qualification starts this week and I'd like to wish all at F4H that are participating a huge good luck.
That's all for a bumper first week in review, we hope you enjoyed it! Catch us again early next week for more news on the XPLR Viper Cup, V8 Series 1 and qualification news from Sebring!
As many of you know, I had the opportunity to study in Europe for this semester. For the past ten weeks, I've been living in Saint Petersburg, Russia, studying conversational Russian and also taking classes on the scientific and chronological histories of the city. It has been quite the culture shock, going from a rural town in New England of about 4,500 people to a city of 4.5 million. I have seen many glorious pieces of Russian art, architecture, and ingenuity, and yes, the women are just as beautiful as they're advertised to be. I'm going to share some photos that highlight my trip so far.