Week in Review 26/03/2014
Week in Review 18/03/2014: Champions!
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 are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
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)
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!