Week in Review 26/03/2014
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A day at Goodwood, by Ashley Finch
Romance in France
F4H Carrera at Tora GT
New Team's Livery for Simracersonline HTCC
Photo taken by F4H Carrera. VM September Calendar Competition Winner
F4H & GT One will collaborate again at VM 2hrs of Silverstone GP
F4H Motorsport wins VM Spec Season 3
“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
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
Hello Gentlemen, this is my first time doing something like this and quite looking forward to making this a weekly theme to bring you guys news about what the few of us who are either to stubborn or too poor to battle with you guys on Forza 5. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that iRacing presents a whole new challenge to racing for some of us. Coupled with getting use to racing in-car cockpit and using a wheel for the first time with force feed back it can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating. A say this cause most of us are use to be at the top of the time charts and helping bring home podiums and championships to the team through our previous careers on Forza. The competition is stiff, and it takes a lot more concentration to keep the car pointing in the right direction. It’s all new to us and some of us our adapting faster then others. I’m the one who currently has the most time and by a huge margin, yet Tyler, Dion, and Nathan all are just about the same speed or most times even faster then me when they have the opportunity to turn laps and race. I can’t wait for the day where we all can race and practice together on a normal basis because the competition between all of us is fierce, yet friendly at the same time and we look to help each other out as much as possible. Now there is one guy on our iRacing roster who has put in the most work even though he hasen’t really had the opportunity to race all that much.
Ford GT designed by F4H Lightning (Anthony Mahone) - A replica of the Forza 4 Ford GT for the endurance events
Anthony has been a great teammate going way farther then any of us have on iRacing when it comes to helping out. He’s transformed in just a few short months from a good painter to a great painter. Some of the stuff he has produced is just lights out amazing and if you seen his thread of his progress you’ll definitely be able to see how much he has grown as a painter. At this time, he is stuck on the road I know more then he’d like and is missing out on actually getting to race with us, but things may be changing soon and he might be home more often. He just completed his rig, and if you haven’t seen it you guys should check out the thread created documenting his progress from start to finish. He has a real nice rig built up and looks way more comfortable then the one I have. Anthony’s potential I feel is unlimited when seeing the work he’s produced and it’s scary to think how great of a racer he will become. His attention to detail on his paint liveries has me thinking how committed he will be to becoming a great racer on both ovals and road courses. He is constantly scoping out leagues to join and also finding useful apps to help with tuning and even how to judge telemetry on driving seeing where we can pick up time. That’s one thing that Forza falls short to iRacing in that iRacing has so much support from different software that the potential is limitless. It is a true racing sim, and Anthony does a lot of research into a lot things. He is constantly updating us on new stuff and content from iRacing. There is not much more I can say about Anthony. He’s a great teammate, but more so a great friend. I had trouble with downloading paints at first and he called and walked me through step by step. It took about 30 minutes but he was patient with me the whole time. I know he’s planning on getting an Xbox One to join you guys in the coming months and all I can say is that you guys will be blown away by his commitment and up beat attitude. He’s goes the extra mile and helps motivate us when some of us might be a little low on confidence. It shows myself and Nathan as the iRacing leaders in the team thread, but really I feel Anthony is our leader and it sounds right in saying that he is cause he deserves it.
The Charger! - Anthony Mahone
I’m going to be writing these from now on and hopefully update you guys from the iRacing side of things every week or 2 weeks. Like to keep you guys informed and let you guys know when we start bringing home championships to add to our huge virtual trophy case. Hope you guys enjoyed and I’ll be focused on becoming a better writer.
Dario – F4H Bullet
Since the last update some series have come to a close and others have started up. This is the rundown on what has been going down here at F4H.
The first series to be completed was the VM Spec Series which featured the 2000 Ford SVT Cobra R built by our very own F4H Krux. This series was ran over 8 weeks at a variety of tracks such as Laguna Seca, Sebring Full, and Catalunya National just to name a few. F4H Insanity finished first overall and in privateers racking up an impressive 7 wins while F4H Krux finished a very much respectable second in both overall and privateers with 1 victory to his credit. A clean sweep of overall wins for the series for, to the best of my knowledge, a first for F4H racing at Virtual Motorsports.
Credits to Wheelwash Racing Media - visit their full VM Spec S7 album!
Next up was the Stockhatch Series. This series had you choosing from a set list of front wheeled hatchbacks such as the 2013 Fiat Abarth Punto Supersport, the 2011 Citroen DS3 Racing, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, and the 2011 Kia cee’d. F4H put a team together running the Kia cee’d with F4H Ghost, F4H Krux, and F4H Whippy. The team being named F4H Kia Pro Cee’d brought home 1st in the Teams Championship. But wait there’s more….F4H Ghost and F4H Krux battled it out the entire season and finished 1 point apart in the overall championship with F4H Ghost bringing home the Overall Championship and Krux finishing in a very respectable 2nd.
Picture by RSR Hellbringer
This series was ran at TheOnlineRacingAssociation.com (TORA) and is ran by F4H Motorsport. Its was a Multi-Class series with the Audi R18 E-Tron Quatro in the LMP class and the BMW M3 GT2 for the GT class. In the Prototypes we had F4H Chrisupra finishing 2nd Overall and F4H Trash in 3rd. F4H Micko and F4H Rosso also ran in LMP finishing 4th and 7th. These 4 drivers also made up the LMP team Red Sonja which brought home yet another Teams Championship. Nicely done guys.
In GT we saw four more members running in the series. F4H Eclipse, F4H Facepalmer, and F4H Krux ran as a team under the name Blue Sonja and pulled off the GT Team Championship. Individual credits go out to F4H Krux who has another impressive overall finish of 2nd. F4H Facepalmer came home 3rd overall while Eclipse, running a partial schedule, came home 11th overall. Also running a partial schedule was F4H Ghost who finished 9th overall and 4th in Privateers.
I just want to give shout out to the other Champions in this series who haven’t been mentioned above.
LMP Overall: I Rickytan I
LMP Privateer: I RickyTan I
GT Overall: Cardsrule96
GT Privateer: Cap10MorgueN
Over this 8 week series the participants must use each of the 4 different GT cars twice. The challenge being in which track you use each car. This series is 2 weeks in and currently has F4H Chrisupra in a 2 way tie for 1st overall. Chrisupra is also teamed up with F4H Micko and cardsrule96 as F4H Racing and holds down 1st in that category while in second in the Team Championship is F4H Motorsport which consists of F4H Facepalmer, F4H Ghost, and F4H Insanity. F4H Krux is also running as a privateer and currently is in 2nd place only a few points behind the leader. Good luck everyone in the remaining 6 weeks of the series.
By: F4H Insanity (Jason Iverson)