Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 06:26
Hello again Gentlemen and Ladies which is actually most of the team. I've been real busy working still as a barista for Starbucks, so didn't get a chance to write a review the last few weeks. I have a few things to cover as season 3 for iRacing is halfway finished after this last week of racing. For those of you that don’t know, iRacing has 4 different seasons throughout the year made up of 12 week seasons with a week break between them which is called Week 13 and is more like a fun week. Your best 8 rounds out of the 12 counts towards your point total so you essentially get 4 dropped rounds each season. Now down to some updates as to what has been going on in the iRacing world for F4H.
This past week saw the GT3 series which consist of the BMW Z4 GT3, Ruf RT 12R Track (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) and Mclaren MP4-12C GT3 take to the rollercoaster of a track Virginia International Raceway. VIR as its called for short may not be the most well known track, but don’t let its popularity full you this track is awesome and like I already described a rollercoaster of a race track with both low speed and high speed corners with lots of elevation change. If you aren’t that familiar with this track I highly recommend watching the TUDOR Sports Car Race at this track from a few weeks ago. I only took part in 2 races this week with my best finish being a 3rd place in a high SOF field that netted me 142 championship points. When the week was all finished up that finish put me up into 9th overall in the championship standings for division 3 and 55th overall out of 3300+ racers spread out between the 10 different divisions. Just to give a bit of background to how the different divisions work. You get placed into 1 of 10 divisions which is based off your iRating. The higher your iRating the higher division you will be placed in at the start of the season with division 1 being the top division.The other series on the oval side of racing I’ve been investing a lot of my time in is the iRacing Indy Car series.
I’m currently competing in the fixed series which sees all competitors locked into using the same set-up as this is my first time running these cars and I wanted to get a feel for them before I transition to the open series. This week saw us attacking Homestead Miami Speedway for round 6. For the most part you just keep your foot in it the whole way round unless sitting behind someone which leads to a lot of aero wash and having to lift mid corner. The first race I took part in I won after starting from 4th on the grid, but it was a low SOF (strength of field; calculated by a mixture of iRating and Qualy) race which meant not such a big point haul. My oval iRating has been making huge leaps and gains and the next race I took part in I made into the top split for the first time on an oval series. I qualified 17th, but the shocking part was pole was just .090 ahead of me. Less then 1 tenth covered 1st through 18th. It was a tough race as I pushed to hard at the start and overheated the tires which lead to my car being loose all race. Managed to finish 10th, but was a bit disappointed.
Now to the third race which would not only be my highest point finish of the week but ran into a familiar face for the first time in the Indy car series. Anthony was home for a few days on the weekend and we registered for an Indycar race and ended up in the same split. Anthony had a time good enough to qualify him 3rd and myself 10th. We had a long green flag run which is rare In this series and though that I was able to work myself up to Anthony and we began our assault on the leader. Anthony briefly took the lead and held it for a few laps, but was passed a bit later by the eventual race winner. From then on it was myself and Anthony battling and trying to hold onto our positions of 2nd and 3rd place. I did attempt to pass him but he got a better run out of turn 4 and from there to the end of the race I stayed although with a few laps to go 4th place caught and passed me, but Anthony helped me to get back to 3rd by dropping of the racing line so I could catch his draft and pass back into 3rd before the caution was thrown to end the race under yellow. The feeling of doing battle at over 200+ miles an hour can only be described as terrifying even on a simulator. Anthony would gladly second this as after we talked a bit and he described himself as almost having a heart attack. The concentration and intensity of racing here is by far anything more then I experienced on Forza.
Well its time to wrap up this article up. Also one more race and great result to mention is Anthony taking part in a race at Richmond International Raceway for 200 laps and finishing on the podium in 3rd place. He was a bit disappointed in himself because he self spun 3 times, but recovering back to 3rd after 200 laps is a great result and accomplishment. Well done Anthony, you have a lot of potential for when you can race on a weekly basis. Nathan informed us today he may be back on the iRacing service as soon as next month which is going to be awesome to have him back racing. Tyler just started back at school and unfortunately doesn't have the room to take his set-up although he’s mentioned how he’s extremely busy and wouldn't have much time to practice. Dion is in the same predicament as well as working. I look forward to seeing these guys back and even maybe some more of the team transitioning over.
Dario 'Bullet' Bocanegra