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Eclectic MoSport’s Independent Gaming Sponsorship Slots Now Vacant

BSRTC PRO Series, News, Press Releases

12527706_1686760411579581_1950651682_n (1)Along with the conclusion of the iRacing British Sim Racers Touring Car PRO Series’ sixth race night at the Nurburgring Nordschleife on Thursday the 21st of April last week, the tenures of the Potshotpete Twitch Channel and Game Developers Strange Fire as sponsors of reigning Amateur Division Champion John Roberts and Pro Driver Ben Hackeson respectively, also drew to an end.

Although both sponsors had signed up to back the aforementioned vehicles for a period of four weeks ranging from the 27th of March to the 14th of this month, the cancellation of the 14th April race’s live-stream owing to the broadcasters, Apex Racing TV’s prior commitments with the 2016 World Endurance Championship led to their sponsorship being extended by a week.

Pop UpOver the course of these four weeks regardless, both sponsors were seen advertising their respective brand’s gaming ventures through each of the races — the Potshotpete Channel promoted its regular streaming of Video Game content, while developers Strange Fire opted to have their indie RPG Shoppe Keep advertised.

This was done by flying the Channel’s and Shoppe Keep’s flags on the vehicles of Roberts and Hackeson respectively, while the live streams played their corresponding trailers during the 10 minute breaks between the races’ four rounds. Pop-up ads centred on the two will also be seen during the MotorsTV International TV broadcasts of the races over next month.

Since neither will be extending their sponsorships going forward however, the KIA Optima’s of John Roberts and Ben Hackeson, along with that of the team’s Amateur Division driver Andrew Whitehead, are now open to those looking to advertise their independent gaming projects via the event for a period of four weeks. As always, those interested in applying can do so via the Independent Gaming Sponsorship Application page.

 

13047810_1216748415021355_2065370031019469734_oFollowing the rather uneventful race at Donington Park on the 14th of April that was marked only by the two top ten finishes of reserve Pro Driver George Simmons in 6th place during round one and a 9th place finish of full-time, Shoppe Keep sponsored Pro Driver Ben Hackeson during round two respectively, Eclectic Motorsport performed to be the second highest scoring team of the night on its outing at the three rounds of the Nurburgring last week.

Having been victim to a spate of incidents since the start of the Season, the team’s Amateur Division driver Andrew Whitehead enjoyed not only his first night of successful finishes, but also came close to achieving his first top ten finish by placing in 11th place during the second race at the ‘Ring. ‘My first 100% finish rate, so I’m hoping this is a change in fortunes for me personally; Yes, it could have been so much better, but 3 finishes with so few incident points is very encouraging’, he stated in expression of his relief after the final round. With a cumulative of 212 points, Whitehead stood to be the 3rd highest scoring AM Driver of the night.

13047862_1216748411688022_4899291646089295810_oFellow Potshotpete sponsored AM driver John Roberts meanwhile suffered an unfortunate finish in 33rd place on the first round of  the night, after issues with his PC caused him to start an entire four minutes behind the rest of the pack.

Regardless, he’d go on to course through the enormity of accidents that had rippled through the second round to finish in 16th place from his 33rd place start, before finishing the final round  in 10th place to be the highest placed Amateur Division during its course and the 4th highest scoring AM Driver of the entire night behind Whitehead.

Following the dissolution of the Euro Chip Digital team last week, the team’s Reserve Driver Stuart Atkinson joined and competed as Eclectic Motorsport’s Reserve AM Driver to bring forth a trio of mid-rear pack wins at the German track; on account of his ‘Reserve’ status though, any or all points scored by him do not contribute to the team’s overall. Reserve AM Driver James Leggett on the other hand departed the team due to managerial commitments with the iRacing KIA Club Series.

13055068_1216748408354689_2443007276385607074_oAs for the Pro division, while not contributing to the team’s overall standings himself, George Simmons added to his growing list of top 10 finishes this Season by finishing the second round in 5th place overall. Despite one expecting team mate Ben Hackeson to lie within his immediate vicinity as is usual however, a bout of ill-health caused the full-time PRO driver to lag behind his usual form and finish rounds two and three in 24th and 21st place — after being enveloped by an on-track incident that ended his first round early. 

Nevertheless, the sum total of points earned that placed it just under the top of the Teams’ table for the night has only served to reinstate the team’s confidence ahead of their next scheduled race at Barber Motorsports Park on the 28th of this week, after the disappointment of the previous race at Donington had nearly sent them into a near team restructuring and strategy re-evaluation mode. As Simmons states — ‘If we’d have had another race we’d have been top; we did mega at the Nurburgring, it certainly is a turning point for us.’

The iRacing BSRTC PRO Series Touring Car PRO Series is an internationally broadcast, simulation racing championship that is currently witnessing 50 talented iRacing users compete for a $10,000 prize fund over the course of its Tenth Season. Besides being streamed to nearly 2,000 viewers every week on Apex Racing TV every Thursday at 8.15 P.M GMT, the races are also broadcast on MotorsTV International with up to three repeats.

By branding the former ProAm XLDesigns team of Andrew Whitehead, John Roberts, Ben Hackeson, George Simmons and now Stuart Atkinson to Eclectic Motorsport, Higher Eclectic Ground has been offering independent game talent from both within and outside its community the opportunity to advertise their games, YouTube channels, brands and other gaming projects via the event by sponsoring one of the team’s full-time drivers for an inexpensive fee on a monthly basis. Both Potshotpete and Shoppe Keep were the first gaming entities to sign up for the same.

 


iRacing BSRTC PRO Series Broadcast | Nordschleife

Watch the Nurburgring broadcast on Apex Racing TV’s official YT Channel and be sure to catch the Potshotpete & Shoppe Keep advertisements during the inter-round breaks.

Eclectic Motorsport Clinches First BSRTC PRO Series Race Win

BSRTC PRO Series, News, Press Releases

The fourth race night of the iRacing BSRTC PRO Series that transpired on the 7th of March at the oval circuit of Phoenix International Raceway, concluded with Higher Eclectic Ground’s contending ProAm team sweeping its first win of the Series’ ongoing tenth season. After starting the race’s fourth and final round from third position on the starting grid courtesy of a customary pre-round grid reversal, Eclectic Motorsport’s reserve Shoppe Keep sponsored PRO driver George Simmons was quick to take the lead by turn three of his first lap of the circuit.

12916816_1204065576289639_9069497271501902042_oA blisteringly consistent drive therefrom would see him hold off Alfalltech’s Steliyan Chepilevsky with only a tenth of a second gap between the duo for the majority of the race. While this race win in no way influences Eclectic Motorsport’s cumulative Team Standings owing to Simmons’ Reserve status, it does serve to move the driver up five positions to 9th place of the overall Drivers’ standings as team mate and fellow Shoppe Keep sponsored, full-time PRO driver Ben Hackeson stands in 10th.

Although Simmons’ performance was largely powerful throughout the night — moving up from position 18th to 9th in the race’s first round and 9th to 5th  in its second — a side-panel collision with Chepilevsky in 5th place on lap 20 of round three, after the Alfalltech driver attempted to rejoin the track post being shunned aside by an incidental, high-speed contact with Ben Hackeson ahead of him, left Simmons hurtling through the air and into the pits for a premature end to the round.

12946847_1362107153806774_31216938_oFortunately, the Shoppe Keep sponsored vehicle of Ben Hackeson would make up for the team’s woes by finishing the same round in fourth place. Unlike a large portion of the full-time PRO Driver’s track record this Season however, this third round marked his only top-ten finish of the night; being swept away by an out of control Alfalltech car terminated his first round early by lap 9 of 31, while rounds two and four had him finish in places 15th and 19th respectively.

Within the team’s AM(ateur Division) side of the field meanwhile, reigning Potshotpete sponsored AM Drivers’ Champion John Roberts set performance records of his own. Despite a mediocre qualification leaving him slightly disappointed — he had after all qualified third on his last outing on the track during the BSRTC’s Winter Series earlier this year — the driver would ascend to 18th from his 24th place grid start to be the highest placed AM driver within the round.

12983968_1204065582956305_3612382278403768386_oThe absence of any incidents that brought Roberts bonus points through the course of the same round further added to the icing. Not being within the grid positions eligible for a grid reversal had him start the second round from 18th yet again, however this time he was put out of the running by a massive collision involving drivers Kip Stephens of Team Sim Racer Magazine and Paul Smith of CQR Academy on lap two.

Regardless, he’d put on exhibit his usual, disciplined drive by finishing round three in 16th place from 40th to be the third highest placed AM driver that round, before being involved in yet another crash in the fourth — this time from having his front panel come in contact with the rear of Alfalltech’s Yulian Genovski which  resulted in the immediate conclusion of the rounds of both Genovski & Roberts, Euro Chip Digital driver Rob Fagg and Team Automek’s competing AM driver Craig Evans who also happens to be a member of the Higher Eclectic Ground gaming community.

12959310_1362107150473441_705866858_oI’m disappointed that I was clumsily taken out twice by other people’s mistakes. I had the race pace for probably a Top 10 in either race 3 or 4,’  recounted Roberts by the end of the night. The team’s manager & AM contender Andrew Whitehead concurrently ended his night with finishes in 23rd, 21st and 23rd place again over the course of the final three rounds — post incurring a DNF (Did Not Finish) on the opening round of the night from being unable to avoid the ripple caused by a mid-rear pack crash on lap 13.

All in all, as Roberts now moves to 8th place and Whitehead to 12th of the AM Standings, after previously occupying positions 9th and 14th respectively, the team now stands in 8th place of the Team Standings with a deficit of 895 points under Season leaders Alfalltech.

Through it all, indie game developers Strange Fire and their RPG Shoppe Keep made their third appearance this season alongside the Potshotpete channel, both of whom have been sponsoring Ben Hackeson and George Simmons for four weeks since the 27th of March this year. Since Simmons is a reserve driver partaking in only those races that allow for more than three drivers per team on a grid, his car flies the Shoppe Keep banner nevertheless.

Similarly since Whitehead’s sponsoship slot lies vacant, the AM driver is seen flying the Potshotpete colors. Besides their logos & banners being made visible on each of the aforementioned drivers’ cars, both sponsors’ ads also made a return during each of the three inter-round breaks; They will now be seen for the final time during next week’s race at Donington National on the 14th of April this week, unless either decide to renew their sponsorships for another month.

 

12987994_10153887671441117_1982413518_nThe iRacing BSRTC PRO Series Touring Car PRO Series is an internationally broadcast, simulation racing championship that is currently witnessing 50 talented iRacing users compete for a $10,000 prize fund over the course of its Tenth Season. Besides being streamed to nearly 2,000 viewers every week on Apex Racing TV every Thursday at 8.15 P.M GMT, the races are also broadcast on MotorsTV International with up to three repeats.

By branding the former ProAm XLDesigns team of Andrew Whitehead, John Roberts, Ben Hackeson, George Simmons and James Leggett to Eclectic Motorsport, Higher Eclectic Ground has been offering independent game talent from both within and outside its community the opportunity to advertise their games, YouTube channels, brands and other gaming projects via the event by sponsoring one of the team’s full-time drivers for an inexpensive fee on a monthly basis.

While John Roberts is sponsored by Community member Jack Davison of the Potshopete Channel and Ben Hackeson by indie RPG Shoppe Keep developers Strange Fire until the 14th of April this year, those interested in joining them by sponsoring full-time driver Andrew Whitehead of Eclectic Motorsport or even pre-booking sponsorship spots on Hackeson and Roberts —  creatively advertising their gaming projects amid the Series’ widely broadcast races over the course of four weeks in the process — can do so by visiting, learning more and applying for the same via the Independent Gaming Sponsorship Application page.

Watch the Phoenix Oval broadcast on Apex Racing TV’s official YT Channel and be sure to catch the Potshotpete & Shoppe Keep advertisements during the inter-round breaks.

Eclectic Motorsport Moves Up Three Places In Pro Series’ Team Standings

BSRTC PRO Series, News

 

1933391_1199413510088179_1598673538394757347_o (1)The third race of the iRacing British Sim Racers Touring Car (BSRTC) PRO Series at Brands Hatch’s Indy Circuit concluded this Thursday the 31st of March, leaving Eclectic Motorsport to maintain its position of ninth place within the Season’s standings that was attained during the course of the Season’s second race at Watkin’s Glen on the 24th.

After a tumultuous Season opener at Philip Island that brought along with it its fair share of on-track incidents and dropped the team to the bottom of the standings on the 17th of March, encouragement began to arrive when Shoppe Keep sponsored RESERVE PRO driver George Simmons qualified for 10th place on the grid at Watkin’s.

A relatively disciplined course through the first round of the night saw the driver move to 4th place, before reigning PRO Champion and current Sim Racer Magazine Team Driver Sebastian Job and David Baker of Race Hub took over to have Simmons finish in 6th place. Note however, that any points attained by Simmons do not contribute to the team’s standings and only to his own, given his status as a reserve driver for the team.

Simmon’s eventual 15th place finish in the race’s second round served to further add to the Team’s top-10 finishes of the Season (of which this was the second, following Ben Hackeson’s 6th place finish on race one at Philip Island), when he started the third round in 7th place as the result of the customary Grid reversal and went on to bag his first podium of the Season in third place. The team’s full-time Shoppe Keep sponsored PRO driver Benjamin Hackeson on the other hand had his exclusion from qualification — the result of a Penalty served at Philip Island —  working against him, keeping him at the mid-rear of the grid for a large part of the night.

This mid-rear grid stint ended by the final round, when a second place start on account of a Grid reversal led the young sim-racer to his second podium of the Season in third place. The consistently driven, Potshotpete sponsored car of current AM Champion John Roberts meanwhile had managed to reduce his points deficit to 261 — bringing himself up to 11th place on the AM Drivers’ standings as a result — while that of Team Manager Andrew Whitehead’s unfortunately managed to finish only two of the four rounds after being involved in two separate race collisions.

12894480_1346274975389992_1793203443_oThis gradual regaining of the team’s balance was further helped by Ben Hackseon at Brands Hatch Indy on the 31st, when the Shoppe Keep drivers finished in 9th place behind George Simmons in 6th during the first round. Excitingly the duo would go on to maintain their relative positions within the top 10 for the next two rounds, with Hackeson consuming 8th and 9th place while Simmons owned 10th and 5th, before both drivers were taken out by crashes on Race 4.

Nevertheless Hackeson and Simmons’ five top 10 finishes now have them in 12th and 13th place of the overall Drivers’ standings respectively, just as Potshotpete sponsored John Roberts’ four mid-rear pack finishes from the night at Brands brings him up to 9th place of the AM Drivers’ standings. Furthermore, leaving out the incident that ended his race prematurely by the fourth round, Whitehead’s three rounds saw the Series veteran hold his own against the competition by progressively making gains in position within the rear of the pack, where he also finished in good pace. The team will now be seen taking to the oval track of Phoenix on the 7th of this month, at 8.15 P.M GMT.

On the sponsorship front, besides visibly flying their flags on the drivers’ cars, both Potshotpete and Shoppe Keep have been debuting advertisements for themselves during the inter-round breaks at Watkin’s Glen and Brands Hatch Indy. It is worth noting however that the Potshotpete channel broke away from its humble teaser that was displayed during the race at Watkin’s Glen, to make way for a more visually descriptive trailer at Brands Hatch this week. Both sponsors are on track to advertise their respective projects over the next couple of weeks, on account of their corresponding four week sponsorship of John Roberts & Ben Hackeson that ranges from 24th March to 14th April, 2016.

The iRacing BSRTC PRO Series Touring Car PRO Series is an internationally broadcast, simulation racing championship that is currently witnessing 50 talented iRacing users compete for a $10,000 prize fund over the course of its Tenth Season. Besides being streamed to nearly 2,000 viewers every week on Apex Racing TV every Thursday at 8.15 P.M GMT, the races are also broadcast on MotorsTV International with up to three repeats.

12719510_1199413503421513_4565652769753964739_o (1)By branding the former ProAm XLDesigns team of Andrew Whitehead, John Roberts, Ben Hackeson, George Simmons and James Leggett to Eclectic Motorsport, Higher Eclectic Ground has been offering independent game talent from both within and outside its community the opportunity to advertise their games, YouTube channels, brands and other gaming projects via the event by sponsoring one of the team’s full-time drivers for an inexpensive fee on a monthly basis.

While John Roberts is sponsored by Community member Jack Davison of the Potshopete Channel and Ben Hackeson by indie RPG Shoppe Keep developers Strange Fire until the 14th of April this year, those interested in joining them by sponsoring full-time driver Andrew Whitehead of Eclectic Motorsport — and creatively advertising their gaming projects amid the Series’ widely broadcast races over the course of four weeks in the process — can do so by visiting, learning more and applying for the same via the Independent Gaming Sponsorship Application page.

READ: CRITERIA & APPLICATION FOR INDEPENDENT GAMING SPONSORSHIPS

 

Watch the Brands Hatch Indy broadcast on Apex Racing TV’s official YT Channel and be sure to catch the Potshotpete & Shoppe Keep advertisements during the inter-round breaks.

Meet Eclectic Motorsport’s First Independent Gaming Sponsors

BSRTC PRO Series, News, Press Releases

Potshotpete_CarFor each of the four-round races scheduled on the 24th of March, 31st of March, 7th April and 14th April as per the iRacing British Sim Racers Touring Cars (BSRTC) PRO Series’ Calendar for this year, Eclectic Motorsport drivers John Roberts and Benjamin Hackeson are set to be sponsored by The Potshotpete Twitch Gaming Channel and independent game Shoppe Keep.

While the sponsorship aids in compensating for the respective drivers’ race entry fee on the aforementioned dates, both the Channel and Game are granted all the advertising opportunities that arrive with the Eclectic Motorsport sponsorship package for independent gaming talent.

These include spots to flaunt their brand images on the sponsored drivers cars’ roofs, hoods and side panels that iRacing’s broadcast cameras are most prone to cover, a 30 second ad slot during each of the races’ three breaks between rounds to debut trailers within, and an animated pop-up spot for the races’ eventual MotorsTV International broadcasts.

Furthermore, the participation of the team’s reserve drivers George Simmons and James Leggett at Watkins Glen on the 24th, followed by the availability of a sponsorship slot for full-time driver Andrew Whitehead means that each of the sponsors will have their brand images replicated on a second team car as well during the race. This is of course, until Whitehead’s sponsorship slot is occupied by another sponsor looking to advertise their independent gaming projects.

Pop UpJack Davison as is known here, has been one of the Community’s recent additions to its circle of Video Artists bringing it a plethora of live streamed gaming content thrice a week via the Potshotpete Channel. His two week tenure on the Community has already seen the Twitch gamer creatively delve into The Division, The Forest and lend coverage to members TinyAtomGames’ recently released indie 8-bit shooter, Story of a Cube.

Shoppe Keep meanwhile, is the handiwork of non-member developer Arvydas Zermaitis of Strange Fire. Currently available on Steam as an Early Access release, Shoppe Keep continues to garner for itself a considerably positive response — for being a long awaited, RPG shop keeping game that tasks players with selling potions, armour and other apparel to rogues, barbarians, wizards and more in a fantasy themed world of adventurers. Interestingly, the developer has also hinted at potentially sponsoring Hackeson for the entire course of the Season.

The news arrives exactly a week after the BSRTC PRO Series — an iRacing based, simulation Touring Car Championship that comprises of nearly 50 drivers competing for a $10,000 prize fund amid broadcasts on Apex Racing TV, iRacing Live and MotorsTV International — kicked off its 10th Season at Philip Island.

While the action that ensued was typical of Touring Car & BSRTC high speed action, Eclectic Motorsport got off to an unfortunate start as a stream of inevitable incidents and accidents plagued the rounds of Andrew Whitehead, Benjamin Hackeson, John Roberts & George Simmons, causing the team to start the Season at the bottom of the Amateur Division Championship’s Table.

Now as 2015 PRO Series Amateur Division Champion Roberts and Whitehead rest at positions 17 and 16 of the AM Drivers’ table, PRO driver Hackeson — who finished the recently concluded BSRTC Winter Series in 5th place overall — occupies position 25th on the Drivers’ Championship standings. However as is usual with the BSRTC, standings and performance of the team is expected to fluctuate sharply through the course of this nine month season — given the hard-earned talent that continues to reside on board.

By branding the former XLDesigns team of Andrew Whitehead, John Roberts, Ben Hackeson, George Simmons and James Leggett to Eclectic Motorsport, Higher Eclectic Ground has been offering independent game talent from both within and outside its community the opportunity to advertise their games, YouTube channels, brands and other gaming projects via the event by sponsoring one of the team’s full-time drivers for an inexpensive fee on a monthly basis.

While John Roberts and Benjamin Hackeson are sponsored until the 14th of April this year, those interested in joining them by sponsoring full-time driver Andrew Whitehead of Eclectic Motorsport — and creatively advertising their gaming projects amid the Series’ widely broadcast races over the course of four weeks in the process — can do so by visiting, learning more and applying for the same via the Independent Gaming Sponsorship Application page.

 

iRacing BSRTC PRO Series Race 2, Watkins Glen Broadcast | 24th March, 2016

Catch the Potshotpete and Shoppe Keep trailers played during the first race break at 44.47 & 46.16 respectively; The same were played during the breaks at 1:34.17 and 2:18.39 as well. Also hear driver Ben Hackeson thank Shoppe Keep for sponsoring him at 1:54.

Announcing Eclectic Motorsport

BSRTC PRO Series, News, Press Releases

Higher Eclectic Ground is now participating in the tenth season of the iRacing British Sim Racers’ Touring Cars (BSRTC) PRO Series that commences on 17th March, 2016 as Eclectic Motorsport; comprising of current BSRTC PRO Series’ Amateur Division Drivers’ Champion John Roberts, 5th place holder within the recently concluded BSR Winter Series Ben Hackeson, Series veteran Andrew Whitehead and reserve driver George Simmons, the former XLDesigns team will now be seen representing and flying the Higher Eclectic Ground colors in contention for the Series’ Amateur Division Championship.

Given how Roberts and Whitehead were previously Engine Oil Direct teammates last year, confidence within the team stands strong. ‘Bringing Hackeson and Simmons into the mix has really been the icing on the cake; We’ve all raced together in different series before, so we really are hooked up well as a team,’ explains team manager Andrew Whitehead, proud of the ensemble he’s managed to put together. 12349651_1334463236571166_419925480_o

‘There’s a very positive feeling in the garage and we’re pleased to be collaborating with Euro Chip Digital and Engine Oil Direct on setups and driver mentoring. We’re all looking forward to the season ahead.’

The BSRTC of course being a user created, KIA Optima driven Touring Car league that made history last year, when the Ninth Season of its PRO Series became iRacing’s first user-created Touring Car championship to feature a $10,000 prize fund while also being broadcast on Europe’s largest motorsport channel, MotorsTV International.

Besides a Sim Racer Magazine published biography  and weekly race reports provided by Higher Eclectic Ground last year, the Series remains relevant to the independent gaming community here in the fact that its members were given the opportunity to promote their games, blogs and other gaming projects amid the Series’ international gaming and sim-racing audience over the course of its final weeks.

This was done by letting them sponsor drivers during the races, which earned them a spot on those drivers’ cars to advertise their games & related brands, a 30 second ad slot for the same on the races’ iRacing LIVE and YouTube streams, along with animated pop-ups during the races’ MotorsTV International television broadcasts. The inexpensive structure established by the BSRTC & its broadcast partners Apex Racing TV for this purpose, saw nearly 10 of the Community’s members promote their gaming endeavors over the course of the PRO Series’ final five races.

With Eclectic Motorsport, more of the same sponsorship opportunities return albeit with much more structure; independent gaming talent is now encouraged to sponsor a driver for the duration of a month at a time i.e. four races instead of a week. This is to avoid the chaos that stems from multiple sponsors arriving and leaving every race, while also ensuring the advertised games and projects attain maximum exposure.

Furthermore, those promoting their gaming projects will be doing so only via Eclectic Motorsport’s cars, unlike last time where sponsors were allocated random cars/drivers on the grid. Meanwhile, the live-stream ad slots and TV pop-ups that arrived with each sponsorship last year also make a return — all part of a singular sponsorship package.

12842368_1334463209904502_1204293189_o (1)The Tenth Season of the BSRTC PRO Series will run from the 17th of March to the 17th of November this year, featuring more than 40 drivers & 13 teams competing for a $10,000 prize fund, titles of the PRO Drivers’, AM(Amateur) Drivers’, PRO Teams’ and AM Teams’ Championship — over the course of 34 races.

Drivers are allocated to the PRO and AM divisions based solely on skill, following which each attempts to place themselves at the highest point within that division’s Standings over the course of 28 races.

At the end of these races The Showdown begins; wherein only the top 10 drivers from the PRO division, top 5 drivers from the AM division and the top 3 teams from each are allowed to compete for their respective divisions’ titles over the remaining 7 races.

Each race comprises of four, 15-minute rounds, which are broadcast to an audience of nearly 2.000 sim-racing & gaming enthusiasts on iRacing LIVE and ApexRacing TV’s official YouTube channel every Thursday at 8 P.M. GMT; the MotorsTV broadcasts of the race are then televised a week later with two repeats, amid the channel’s audience of nearly 30 million subscribers across 40 countries.

Audience and viewer-base then are expected to be at an all time high this time around, given the Series’ recent procurement of an iRacing title sponsorship, along with the 45 episodes of MotorsTV International screen time that came along with it.

As practice for the Season’s opener at Philip Island progresses in top gear this week, independent game developers & gaming artists from both within and outside the Community are being invited to promote their Games, Blogs, YouTube Channels, crowd-funding campaigns and other Gaming projects via Eclectic Motorsport during the Season’s first month of races that span — the 17th of March, 24th of March, 31st of March and 4th of April, 2016. A complete overview of fees and perks, along with all other necessary information needed to do so is linked to at the bottom of this article.

Meanwhile, efforts on the Community’s plans to reach out to a more mainstream audience by involving Video Game publishers and other companies as full team sponsors & participants, that were announced back in January, are still underway. Regardless, be sure to keep an eye for all the independent gaming talent choosing to make their debut via the PRO Series over the course of its season.

READ: CRITERIA & APPLICATION FOR INDEPENDENT GAMING SPONSORSHIPS

The 2016 BSRTC PRO Series’ Video Game Teams Sponsorship Plan

BSRTC PRO Series, Other

 

2016/03/16 22:59:59
To Season Launch

Team Sponsors Onboard

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1.      Introduction

 

Following the success of its biggest season yet – Season Nine that spanned 35 weeks from 19th March, 2015 to 3rd December 2015, featured 50 Drivers, 11 teams, a $10,000 prize fund and a MotorsTV broadcast – the BSRTC PRO Series is already looking to outdo itself this year.

Having recently received IRacing’s support & sponsorship that brings with it 130 hours worth of Motors TV International broadcasts over Season 10, as announced here, the British Sim Racers are now looking to increase its prize fund in keeping with the increasingly large number of drivers entering their names for the season. It hopes to facilitate this via a more rigid Team Sponsorship structure as opposed to the previous year.

In observance of the response Higher Eclectic Ground has received from its independent video game community over the final month of the season – wherein its members were granted the opportunity to sponsor a driver for a race for a small fee and advertise their games during the races’ livestreams and televisions broadcasts – it proposes to create a stronger sim-racing based platform for independent developers to market and showcase their games over 2016.

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READ: A quick overview of the coverage received by our Community’s Independent Game creators during last season’s race broadcasts.

This platform will have the BSRTC PRO Series’ quality racing at its core while involving established mainstream Video Game entities such as publishers and news outlets as sponsors of racing teams within the Series. The purpose behind this is to attract a larger more varied Video Gaming audience that is not confined to the sim-racing population of IRacing alone.

A larger, varied Video Gaming audience will in turn facilitate the metamorphosis of the BSRTC PRO Series into a widely recognized video gaming event – allowing greater exposure and incentive for the indie game community to debut its creations and avail of exposure like never before.

In accordance with this vision, the BSRTC PRO Series has laid out a format for its 2016 season through the course of this document – detailing sponsorship fees and subsequent splitting of the prize fund.

 

2.      General Season Structure.

 

Season 10 of the BSRTC PRO Series will span 35 weeks from the 17th of March, 2016 to the 8th of December, 2016.

Competing, will be 13 teams of 3 drivers and 2 reserves each. These reserve drivers will be utilized in the absence of either of the primary 3 drivers, in the event of a team race or a race grid that allows for more than 3 drivers per team in general.

Over 40 Drivers have already specified their interest in racing over the next season, by making an initial entry payment of $30. These drivers will now be classified as PRO(Professionals) or AM(Amateurs) by the BSRTC’s administration based on past seasons’ qualification and race performances.

The drivers will now be segregated into 13 teams – each of which can be either a PRO team or an AM team. A PRO team will consist of no AM drivers while an AM team may consist of one PRO driver.

Each of these teams will be competing for their respective shares of a $20,000 prize fund – twice as that of the BSRTC PRO Series’ previous season. Just as last time, this prize fund will be split among the season’s various winners as per a pre-determined structure listed below –


PRO Team Championship Winners.

1st place – $6,000

2nd place – $3,000

3rd place – $1,500

AM Team Championship Winners.

1st place – $3,000

2nd place – $2,00022923874426_c24625e570_h

PRO Drivers’ Championship Winners.

1st place – $2,000

2nd place – $700

3rd place – $300

AM Drivers’ Championship Winner.

1st place – $1, 000

Safest Driver Award.

$500

Total = $20,000

This prize money will be accumulated from –

  • The Drivers’ fees of $8 per race meet.
  • Team Sponsors.

While the event will be commentated and broadcast by ApexRacing TV on YouTube and IRacing Live as the previous season, highlights of the races will also be featured on MotorsTV International over 45 episodes with 2 repeats each that comes with the series’ IRacing title sponsorship.

 

3.      Sponsorship Structure.

 

Sponsorship opportunities have been made flexible to allow for ventures of varying budgets to gain coverage in the best way possible.12510245_1539013593078409_8334005933808583871_n

 

3.1    The BSRTC PRO Series Championship Title Sponsor.

 

The title sponsorship package has been picked up by IRacing themselves, granting them the privilege of having their name associated with Season 10 of the BSRTC PRO Series in all media and communications namely –

  1. TV, Youtube and IRacing broadcasts where their name and logo will be displayed on the race overlay at all times.
  2. Mentions by the commentary team each time the Championship is introduced during the broadcast.
  3. Social media posts that will be made by both the BSRTC and the Higher Eclectic Ground community in relation to the PRO Series’ tenth season.
  4. Subsequent magazine articles in relation to the PRO Series’ 10th season including the Season 9 review that is scheduled to be written for Sim Racer magazine by Higher Eclectic Ground.

 

 

3.2    Full Team Sponsorships – Intended for mainstream video game entities (Established Gaming News websites, Publishers, Gaming Hardware companies).

 

Every team sponsor will be granted the opportunity to sponsor either a PRO/AM team alone or a PRO and AM team together for a full season. Due to the competitive nature of the series, every team is likely to have at least one high profile driver ensuring all sponsors obtain adequate and equal coverage.

Sponsors attain naming as well as vehicle livery rights over their respective teams although the degree to which they can control their teams’ liveries will be dependent on the sponsor packages they opt for. The available packages and their provisions are listed below.


12644733_1559761791014056_2159474836224326746_nThe £500 or $760 package – Sponsor One PRO or One AM Team for a Full Season.
  • To be paid once at the start of the season.
  • Grants sponsors a PRO team or AM team for the full season. The BSRTC’s administration will assign an existing team of 3 full plus 2 reserve drivers to the sponsors unless they wish to sponsor a pre-determined team.
  • Grants sponsors a team livery that will either be designed by the Sponsors themselves as per a template determined by the BSRTC or by the BSRTC itself, as per the Sponsors’ requirements.
  • The liveries of the vehicles however will have to leave space on the roof and sides of the car to allow for Per Race Driver/Team sponsors (Explained in the next section) to advertise their games/products over the course of the season on a driver’s or team’s vehicles.
The £800 or $1,210 package – Sponsor Both a PRO and an AM Team for a Full Season.
  • To be paid once at the start of the season.
  • Grants sponsors both, a PRO team and an AM team for the full
    season
    . The BSRTC’s administration will assign existing teams of 3 full plus 2 reserve drivers to the sponsors unless they wish to sponsor pre-determined teams.
  • Grants sponsors a team livery that will either be designed by the Sponsors themselves as per a template determined by the BSRTC or by the BSRTC itself, as per the Sponsors’ requirements.
  • The liveries of the vehicles however will have to leave space on the roof and sides of the car to allow for Per Race Driver/Team sponsors (Explained in the next section) to advertise their games/products over the course of the season on a driver’s or team’s vehicles.
The £1,000 or $1,520 package – Sponsor One PRO or One AM Team with Full Livery Control for a Full Season.
  • To be paid once at the start of the season.
  • Grants sponsors a PRO team or an AM team for the full season. The BSRTC’s administration will assign an existing team of 3 full plus 2 reserve drivers to the sponsors unless they wish to sponsor a pre-determined team.
  • Grants sponsors a team livery that will either be designed by the Sponsors themselves as per a template determined by the BSRTC or by the BSRTC itself, as per the Sponsors’ requirements.
  • Grants sponsors complete control over the sides and roofs of cars.
The £1,500 or $2,280 package – Sponsor Both a PRO and an AM Team with Full Livery Control for a Full Season.
  • To be paid once at the start of the season.
  • Grants sponsors both, a PRO team and an AM team for the full season. The BSRTC’s administration will assign existing teams of 3 full plus 2 reserve drivers to the sponsors unless they wish to sponsor pre-determined teams.
  • Grants sponsors a team livery that will either be designed by the Sponsors themselves as per a template determined by the BSRTC or by the BSRTC itself, as per the Sponsors’ requirements.
  • Grants sponsors complete control over the sides and roofs of cars.

Note that the BSRTC’s livery template will also specify the amount of space that needs to be left on the sides and roof of a vehicle.

 

 

3.3    Per Race Driver/Team Sponsorships – Intended For Higher Eclectic Ground’s Independent Game Developers & Other Members During The Course Of The Season.

 

The £5 per race package – One Car Roof Spot for One Race:BSRTC-Showdown-Sean

Payable on a per-race meeting basis (one meeting equals three races), this package grants a sponsor a spot on a single driver’s roof for the duration of one race – over which a logo of their game/company can be advertised.

The £12 per race package – Full Team Roof Spot for One Race:

Payable on a per-race basis (one meeting equals three races), this package grants a sponsor a spot on the roofs of each of the vehicles of a team of 3 full time drivers plus 2 reserves for the duration of one race – over which a logo of their game/company can be advertised.

The £10 per race package – One Car Side Panel Spot for One Race:

Payable on a per-race basis (one meeting equals three races), this package grants a sponsor a spot on a single driver’s side panel for the duration of one race – over which a logo of their game/company can be advertised.

The £25 per race package: – Full Team Side Panel Spot for One Race:

Payable on a per-race basis (one meeting equals three races), this package grants a sponsor a spot on the side panels of a team of 3 full time drivers plus 2 reserves for the duration of a race – over which a logo of their game/company can be advertised.

The aim, is to have mainstream Video game establishments sponsor full teams via either of the Full Team packages listed above for an entire season, while Independent game developers & other members from the Higher Eclectic Ground community will advertise their games on car roofs via the Per race driver/team sponsorship packages.

Additionally, the ad slots for independent developers and television pop-ups will return – preserving the sim-racing event’s vision as a platform for video game exposure.

 

4.      Deadline.

 

There is no deadline to announce one’s interest in participating as Racing Team sponsors; Accommodations can be made mid-season as well provided there are sufficient slots available. To do, simply leave us a message via our Contact Form.  The Per Race Driver/Team sponsorships of course, can be availed of at any time during the season.

The BSRTC PRO Series is a long time partner of the Higher Eclectic Ground community, with us even providing the sim-racing community with weekly race reports of the series. To learn more, drop by their Partner’s Page.

Is Sim-Motorsport The Independent Game Community’s Future?

BSRTC PRO Series, News

Thursday night was immense. The BSRTC Pro Series– an IRacing based Touring Car Championship that witnessed 50 drivers and 11 teams compete for a chunk of the $10,000 prize fund concluded with an electric finale that was in many ways, a shocker. Yes, it’s been only two months since I ventured into their eclectic community – and stayed – but even so, its finale was spectacular; made possible by the array of incidents and hubbub that surrounded it, all of which is a topic for its subsequent race report.

As our community’s members watched the race’s proceedings together on the Bulletin – four of Higher Eclectic Ground’s independent game members’ creations took centre stage over the breaks and the few minutes preceding the race. Careful readers and community members will recall that last week witnessed two of our members debut exclusive trailers to their games during the Series’ penultimate race. This of course, being part of our partnership with the BSRTC Pro that sought to provide our members with sponsorship opportunities that highlight their creations.

For a small fee, independent developers have not only been sponsoring drivers on behalf of their Video Game ventures, having their logos imprinted on the Series’ most prominent drivers’ in-sim vehicles as a result, but also availing of a 30 second ad slot during the livestream – that reaches out to nearly 1,000 members on ApexRacing TV’s Youtube channel alone followed by IRacing’s Twitch Channel – and slick, animated pop-ups advertising their ventures on the subsequent MotorsTV UK broadcasts. MotorsTV UK of course, being a counterpart of Europe’s largest motorsport channel – MotorsTV.

 

MotorsTV Sebring Broadcast Segment I Telecast on 4th December- Catch The Insane Decay Of Mind: Sounds Of Silence Pop-Up At 2:27.

 

 

MotorsTV Broadcast Segment II  Telecast on 8th December- Catch The Online Racing Championship Pop-Up At 2:16.

 

MotorsTV Sebring Broadcast Segment III Telecast on 4th December- Catch The Isle Of Bass Pop-Up At 0:29.

 

 

Following members GoManga Interactive and Ash McConnell who debuted teasers to their independent games – Insane Decay Of Mind: Sounds Of Silence and Online Race Championship, respectively – during the Sebring International Raceway livestream, sponsored individual drivers and even had their games advertised on the race’s subsequent television broadcast as seen above, this week’s finale at Daytona Road saw the Online Racing Championship return with three other members of ours in tow.

The first of these were community partners, Isle Of Bass – an independent music label that provides our indie game developers with access to a variety of indie electronic musicians. While the Isle Of Bass had sponsored the New Homes Digital team the week before at Sebring International Raceway, Daytona was the first time the label had managed to put forward a fascinating, feet-tapping new advertisement.

In tow, were Troglobytes Games – sponsors of then BSRTC Pro Series’ leading contender Andreas Katz of Team Euro Chip Digital, who finished the PRO Championship in second place, 26 points behind Season champion and ApexRacing TV’s Sebastian Job. Troglobytes’ 30 second teaser served to invite viewers to its upcoming 2.5D, procedurally generated RPG – Tenebrae: Twilight Of The Gods’ Square Enix Collective Campaign. The campaign, similar to Steam Greenlight has gamers vote for and shape the future of the games they wish to see on the big screen.

Blob Games Studios’ indie Super Mario Smash Bros’ inspired platform fighter on the other hand, sponsored GT Omega’s Steliyan Chepilevsky who finished the PRO Championship in 8th place. A 30 second teaser of the game served to invite viewers to try the game on Steam for themselves.

That of course, makes 7 of our independent game developer members to be featured on IRacing’s biggest Touring Car event – not forgetting AJ Picard’s Eyegames App at the season’s final team race at Donington Park and Mike Blundell’s Mike Pad at Interlagos – over 4 weeks of racing. Since ApexRacing TV and Higher Eclectic Ground were yet to devise the teaser and pop-up structure for our members at the time, EyeGames and Mike’s Pad attained mentions by the commentary team during the live broadcasts in addition to having their logos pasted on vehicles.

Dig The Indie Game Battle image On The Roof.

Dig The Indie Game Battle Logo On The Roof.

With the waters now tested and the PRO Series’ winners having their prize money delivered as we speak, plans for the BSRTC’s next season are underway. Although details will be revealed in due time, the league is looking to mix things up for its next season, hoping to beat this year’s record and outdo itself in establishing its most professional and rewarding season yet. Furthermore, us at Higher Eclectic will be devoting a large portion of the next two months in association with them – to taking the BSRTC’s next season beyond traditional sim-racing borders, towards mainstream gaming.

Our plans at Higher Eclectic include involving several mainstream Video Game entities as full team sponsors during the next season, for the sole purpose of building an active, adrenalined packed platform for independent game developers and artists from within our community and beyond to showcase their work. The per-driver sponsorship structure devised over the last few weeks will continue at its inexpensive rate to stay true to the purpose of things, but in order for these independent members creations to gain even greater attention it is mandatory to involve more establish Game companies as well. A rigid fee structure for the team sponsorships is being devised, payments towards which will go towards a grander, $20,000 prize fund for IRacing’s top drivers participating in the Series next season.

Couple the mainstream gaming viewer base that will subsequently follow with the excitement, action and professionalism of IRacing’s most popular Touring Car event – and you have a platform for independent gamers to shine beyond mere internet communities and forums. And so stay tuned for several more updates over the holidays as we race towards this vision of ours. Till then, do pitch in your ideas and thoughts on potential sponsors, ideas and more; We want to hear from you.

Also Catch The Ads Debuted Our Members During The Season’s Finale Race At Daytona Road At 0:38 and during the breaks at 52:45 and 1:45.28.

A special shout-out to ApexRacing TV, the BSRTC’s commentary and broadcast team for making it all happen.

The Penultimate Corner – Race 4 Of 5 Of The BSRTC Pro Series’ Showdown.

BSRTC PRO Series, Features

‘I have the feeling that if Job wasn’t hurt there (Interlagos) and if I wasn’t fighting for the team championship at the same time, it would not have gone against me.’

Naïve as I was when first introduced to the BSRTC Pro Series back in October, my presumptions were aplenty. Enjoyed as I did the entire series as a whole, my eyes would often be drawn to the duo of Wojceich Swirydovicz and Sebastian Job – in constant duel against each other irrespective of pack position. While Job proved to be the aggressor, a flamboyant maniac on track that would overcome often extraordinary odds to place himself on the podium – Swriydovicz has been the more mature, in consistent battle against his ApexRacing TV rival with a cool that has often dominated. His 700 point lead in the pre-Showdown Drivers’ Standings over the rest of the drivers only cemented my belief that – despite but a lead of 17 points over Job in the Showdown’s PRO Standings – this Championship was already his.

But the BSRTC got their way – the Showdown’s structure of only the top 10 PRO drivers being eligible for a shot at the PRO Champions’ title over the final five weeks, a reset of these drivers’ points, zero quick repairs on vehicles and a limit on incident points had indeed served its purpose of turning the tables. ‘I feel for Woj (Swirydovicz) though – two penalties in a row after leading the whole season has really hurt his championship’, expressed New Homes’ Jamie Rushworth in conversation with me the previous week.

Two separate incidents – one involving himself, New Homes’ Fluke and Job at Interlagos and the other involving New Homes’ Ellis ‘Kip’ Stephens at MoSport last week – had now set the Engine Oil Direct driver three places in the PRO Standings with his chances of a winning the title only turning bleaker; He would be beginning this week’s race from the back of the pack as the result of a penalty incurred in the incident with Stephens.

And so as the drivers spent their customary three hours practicing on Sebring’s International Raceway prior to the official race on Thursday night, I managed to finally catch up with Swirydovicz and pull him aside for a quick tête-à-tête. It was then that he confided how he felt the panel’s decision against him on the Interlagos incident may not have been a fair one. ‘I never asked them who sits on the Stewards’ panel. But I can imagine some of them are part of the Stem Sim and GT Omega teams – reason enough to influence their vote on incidents involving me.’

Sebring Track Layout.

Why would they? It would become very boring with me 120 points in the lead now wouldn’t it?’

The Stewards’ panel consists of 20 drivers from within and external to the series, who function by evaluating all protests filed against drivers and casting a vote against those drivers they deem responsible for the incidents, or none if they believe the incident was circumstance. With votes clearly against him, Swirydovicz had every right to appeal against the panel’s votes, following which the rest of the BSRTC’s drivers would vote on the incident. If the common vote didn’t align with those of the panel, his sentence would be repealed; if they did, it would be doubled.

‘It never worked so far and it probably wouldn’t this time’, he justified when asked why he hadn’t thought to appeal. ‘I would come across as a moaner who thinks he doesn’t make mistakes. So I prefer to accept the verdict because I know I’m not looking at it objectively.’ ‘

The incident with Stephens on the other hand – an unfortunate consequence of something that might have ended in scratched door, but ended his race instead. All I can there is that it’s really hard to race around him – his internet connection is very wonky. He’s blinking out and warping around constantly – It’s really hard to overtake a guy whose position on track is unknown.’

‘Plus he’s just really inconsistent around me. He usually does not fight me when I’m behind – and then sometimes he just fight me for every inch of the track. He’s just harder to predict.’

All that aside did the petty politics that he alluded to, did the drama and hubbub bother him, I asked. ‘”Politics” is just part of the fun. I already got what I wanted out of the series, and that is good, fun racing. Having a shot at winning it, is just a nice bonus.’

I wished him luck and the race was off.

PRO Standings After MoSport.

AM Standings After MoSport.

Round 97 – Two Tonnes Of Inevitability.

The first round of the night would unfortunately have the Engine Oil driver’s recent bout of misfortune carry over. As the green light went off, Steve Richardson’s missed gear change in 25th place caused Steven Burke – who seemed to be taken aback by the New Homes driver’s immobility– to lurch into his rear despite braking abruptly. This enabled Swirydovicz to quickly slide into 26th behind AM Drivers Paul Smith and Scott Malcolm., two places of his starting position,

As Malcolm’s wider entry into Turn One allowed the Engine Oil’s leading PRO contender through with Sutton in hot pursuit, the front of the pack had clenched itself together in pairs in anticipation of Turn 3, causing traffic in the middle to follow suit and form a slow moving cluster that would turn into the norm on one of the track’s slowest corners. As the clustering swamped the rear of the pack inclusive of Smith behind the AM championship’s leading contender John Roberts, the Stem Sim driver was caught unaware as he braked later than the rest – colliding with Roberts as a result and sending him into the track barrier.

‘The pack was always likely to back up going into turn two, with most of the field two wide and jostling for position, I slowed enough. Paul didn’t,for which he apologised after the race’, clarified Roberts.

Naturally, the damage and subsequent repairs would deter Roberts’ completion as Smith concluded in 23rd. Regardless, the incident granted Swirydovicz a position which he would turn to three at the following Hairpin as he moved past Smith and Laser Tools’ – and the BSRTC’s – newest driver, Dylan Robinson to wind up in 20th place behind ApexRacing’s Lee Thompson. Thompson and Swirydovicz would then traverse a large portion of Lap Two alongside each other as Ashley Sutton peeked through the middle before both – Swirydovicz, followed by Sutton – moved past to get behind GT Omega’s Julian Genovski.

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

As Genovksi slowed down for the oncoming Hairpin by Lap Three, Swirydovicz – on Sutton’s inside – tapped into Genovski’s rear-right corner under braking, sending the GT Omega driver into a drift around the bend. Strangely, Genovski wouldn’t countersteer even as Sutton inevitably drove into his side– as if determined on blocking Swirydovicz’s path – making contact with the Engine Oil driver’s front panel as a result. To top it all, as Swirydovicz attempted to wiggle free and continue onwards, Genovski kept his wheel angled to the right – setting Swirydovicz perpendicular to oncoming traffic and significantly damaging both their vehicles as well. Surprisingly Genovski would carry on till the end of race finishing in 19th place. Sutton meanwhile, would go on to finish in 13th.

Swirydovicz’s round on the other hand, had ended.  ‘I thought I braked quite early but Yulian was slower that I predicted’, he reflected, now in 8th place on the PRO Standings as a result of the DNF. ‘However at the time, I had a feeling he didn’t try to recover from the crash – as if wanting to retaliate immediately.’  Coincidentally, the Hairpin had already turned victim to another incident only a few moments prior to the Genovski – Swirydovicz fracas; one involving New Homes’ Kip Stephens and Engine Oil’s Jeroen Keizer for 14th place.

Keizer had suffered an eventful couple of laps prior from his 13th place start – with Russell Laidler being set sideways after the GT Omega driver’s line through turn one had crept into Keizer’s on the first lap; followed by Keizer understeering, nearly making it into the run-off on exit of Turn 15 and conceding a position to Colin Cunniffe as result, before being set sideways himself as he moved into the penultimate corner alongside Jamie Fluke. This had now placed him alongside Stephens; their doors ended up making contact as Keizer prepared his inside line for turn one before Stephens got back by quarter –panelling him at Turn 3.

As Keizer’s inside line reigned superior at the Hairpin yet again, Stephens was struck by Euro Chip’s Steve Hefford who had crept by his inside in the intervening time. Hefford showed no sign of braking – as Stephens was spun into the barrier. Dizzy,  as he circled to get out on track only to return back to the grass as if aware that his circling might cause destruction– Rob Graham, who had just come around the corner, wound up sending Stephens into the barrier again, as his team mate Laura Bond bounced off the Laser Tools’ driver on the way forward. The damage incurred hence, would be too much for the New Homes’ drivers to sustain, causing their races to end prematurely.

Things Get Hairy.

‘That was my bad with Kip – they were going two wide up in front and so I knew he’d be on a wide line. I tried to follow Keizer in, but got on the gas too early which lost me front end grip. It was my fault entirely and went to apologise as soon as the race was over,’ admitted Hefford. Graham meanwhile had continued the race in 29th place behind Jake Blackhall, also a victim during the mishap at the Hairpin incident when Michael Schellbach behind him exited the corner at a much higher speed, spinning the ApexRacing TV driver into the barrier beside Graham and Stephens as a result.

By the final lap however, Whitehead had dropped down ahead of Blackhall from 23rd place as the result of a spin-out that followed the intersection of his and Robert Plumley’s lines through Turn 4; which in turn granted Steven Burke an additional incident point as the Engine Oil driver re-joined the track to have an incoming Burke ram into his side and go off track. By Turn 14, Blackhall was already on Whitehead’s rear – before diving into the Engine Oil Driver’s inside, making contact and drifting in reverse down the bend.

As Graham attempted to soar past a still mobile Blackhall at a 125 miles per hour, the Laser Tools driver inevitably made contact.  ‘”Joke” Blackhall needs to learn to keep his foot on the brake after crashing’, vented Graham later. ‘He got me disqualified 2 corners from the end of race one when he rolled backwards onto the track after getting tangled – and then when I pointed this out after the race he just turned abusive! Can’t beat racing with immature wee boys can you?’

With only Smith, Richardson and Gore of the top 6 AM Championship contenders left on track given Burke’s subsequent disqualification on the final lap on grounds of limit-exceeded incident points, Gore’s 14th place finish ahead of the former two served to bring him to 3rd place on the Standings from 5th – 57 points behind Smith in 2nd.

‘Two laps was longer than I expected to last before being punted into oblivion and out of the Championship. It was like being followed around by two tonnes of inevitability’, pondered Stephens later, nearly sounding like Socrates.  Regardless of what transpired at the back of the pack, ApexRacing’s Sebastian Job who had qualified in pole followed by Stem Sim’s David Baker had carved a niche for themselves on track as the duo meandered on to finish 6 seconds ahead of Jamie Rushworth in 3rd. Often one to steer clear of event and maintain a top 10 finish, Baker had exuded considerable uniformity in pursuing Job over each of the 11 laps – frequently differing from the ApexRacing driver by only a few tenths of a second.

Job Crosses The Line.

‘It was nice for the guys in the commentary box to say I had pace for once rather than “he’s consistent”’, expressed a jubilant Baker. ’I may have only got 5 wins in total and 1 this season; and it’s no secret that consistency is a key part to how I approach my racing but to be up there fighting each week I have to have the pace as well and sometimes I think people forget or overlook that.’

As Aleksandar Smolensky and Daniel Hunt preserved their 4th and 5th places respectively, Palmer’s ousting from 7th place to an eventual 16th place as the result of a slowdown incurred from an off-track on Lap two, had served to place Andreas Katz in 8th place behind PNM drivers Pete Newman and Simon Field in 6th and 7th respectively. Katz – currently competing solely to send his earnings to an Orphanage in Africa – would eventually find his way past Field and Newman over the course of lap four to finish in 6th; while Field enjoyed a comfortable finish one position behind him, Pete Newman would suffer a fatal setback on lap five that would end what had started out as a promising race for the PRO championship’s 10th contender.

Having enjoyed what he deemed one of his two best qualifier sessions of the season to start in 6th place, Newman was gunning on simply completing his race within the top 10 minus incidents – given that it would move him up the PRO Standings with Stephens and Chepilevsky behind him on the grid. Chepilevsky’s moving ahead of him on the 4th lap placed Newman ahead of Rob Fagg and Colin Cunniffe; as Fagg slowed down for the Hairpin, Cunniffe moved by his outside – landing two wheels on the grass under braking as a result and sliding diagonally into the side of Newman who was halfway through the corner.

Of course, the ensuing 20 minute repair would prevent Newman from finishing altogether as Fagg finished in 10th and Cunniffe in 19th. Simultaneously, the incidents involving Stephens, Palmer’s slowdown, Keizer’s understeering and the Newman-Cunniffe crash had served to bring New Homes’ Jamie Fluke into 8th place by the end of the race with Keizer behind him.

Although position 8 was a place held by GT Omega’s Steliyan Chepilevsky for a healthy amount of time, he conceded up to 3 positions by the final lap in an act of what he stated was him giving away the places to the drivers behind him as he didn’t need them. ‘I had had zero incidents throughouts the race – that alone gave me the points I needed.’

Round 98 – That’s The Way It Goes.

By Turn 5 prior to the the Big Bend on Lap one, Ashley Sutton was back in the pits. Beginning in 11th place and moving up two places, as he exited turn 3 alongside Steve Hefford, his line had gradually begun to cut across the Euro Chip driver’s; contact came, inevitably.  The next moment Hefford, with no means of escape, was dragging the Peter Newman driver perpendicular to traffic – leaving Ben Palmer barely enough time to react as he moved to overtake the duo. Hurled into the air and into the barrier, the Stem Sim driver’s, along with Hefford’s, race had prematurely concluded.

‘I’m not sure what Ash (Sutton) was thinking of. I was already on the kerb with no-where to go, I couldn’t go onto the grass or I’d have gone wide with a wall of tyres coming up on the right. To be honest, I don’t see what I could have done differently in the position I was in. Shit happens I suppose,’ stated Hefford in reflection. Ahead, Dan Blake in 3rd place braked relatively early in anticipation of the Hairpin ahead, causing an unprepared Lee Thompson behind him to bump into the Engine Oil driver and send him hard in to the corner’s tyre barrier. Reeling from the impact, Blake’s vehicle near displaced Rob Fagg in 14th place as the Euro Chip driver tackled the apex.

Clustering In Pairs.

As Paul Smith and Yuilan Genovski of Stem Sim and GT Omega now led the pack respectively – the former a second away in the lead – Blake had found himself in 15th place ahead of Steliyan Chepilevsky who too, had set the Engine Oil driver into a dangerous drift under braking on Turn 15. Attempting to take advantage of the duel, Pete Newman attempted to breeze past the duo’s inside on Lap 16 which only proved detrimental: With two wheels on the kerb space proved insufficient, causing Newman to side panel the GT omega driver and end up head first into the barrier adjacent to the Ullman Straight.

‘It’s a shame really considering I’d turned into Ashley Sutton for 3/4th of the lap, moving from 30th to 15th on the grid. But then Dan Blake had an issue mid corner forcing Chepilevsky to change his line from outside to inside – I noticed him too late to do anything and ended up in the wall. ‘, stated Newman after his second bout of misfortune granted him a 23rd place finish that night. While Chepilevsky would go on to finish in 18th place without major incident, Blake would retire to the pits under the pretext of a Black Flag and not return.

Lap two bore witness to the BSRTC’s recurring comedy of errors – for at least the second time since the start of the Showdown, the Laser Tools’ pair of Scott Malcolm and Robert Graham entangled themselves in an incident that began with them taking each other out before sending out a ripple of chaos to those unfortunate enough to be present behind them. Graham’s outside line through turn one cut across Malcom’s inside, leading the latter to ricochet against the barrier back into his teammate. Facing oncoming traffic, Malcolm’s Optima moved in reverse, striking a dodging New Homes’ Steve Richardson by the quarter panel and sending him into a perpendicular drift which he miraculously recovered from.

Engine Oil’s Andrew Whitehead in 28th place had slowed down much before corner entry on seeing white smoke and yet, as he flicked to the right to avoid Malcolm – Laura Bond, whose line of sight failed to include Malcolm, ended up shoving Whitehead aside into the barrier before colliding head on into the Laser Tools driver. And so, two laps of incidents combined with a careful picking of competitively superior inside lines through the course had led Swriydovicz to slide into 19th place from his 30th position start with nemesis Sebastian Job in his wake. As Job moved ahead of him over the course of the third lap, another storm had brewed itself in the lead.

Smith, who had been shoved aside on the final corner of Lap 3 by Genovski behind him under braking, now raced down the main straight adjacent to Cunniffe in second place. Schellbach was in hot pursuit and as Cunniffe’s slipstream drew him closer there came contact; sending Cunniffe fishtailing into Smith’s side and into the barrier. ‘I had a good start from pole and held the lead for the first couple of laps, but then Julian did his usual trick of hitting people out of his way and this week it was my turn.’, voiced Smith in disappointment.

The incident.

The incident had also served to end Engine Oil’s Jeroen Keizer’s race – as Lee Thompson in 6th swerved wildly to successful avoid a collision with a still spinning Cunniffe at Turn one, Russell Laidler had moved to his inside. This led to a three-wide formation, as Keizer’s stronger inside line brought him alongside Laidler and Thompson; door handles were broken before Laidler, sensing danger braked abruptly. By then Keizer was already out of control, landing straight into the barrier – that subsequently ended his race – before dangerously forcing team mate Swirydovicz into the grass prior to turn three as he got back on track.

An evaluation of the replays revealed that Genovski seemed unusually off his prior pace down the straight, which had led to Cunniffe being boxed in before Schellbach’s nudge.

While Genovski wasn’t available for comment, I’d managed to catch up with Schellbach post-race in an attempt to hear of their side of the story. ‘I was following Cunniffe in his slipstream and he went off throttle WAY earlier than I expected – I guess more than 200m before the real braking zone. So Cunniffe – a little bit to defensive – and I was a little bit too aggressive I would say.  Sometimes this ends in a crash. He could have stayed on the throttle and tipping the brake for letting me know that things were getting too tight in front.’

My search led me to team mate Daniel Hunt as well. Having finished the race in 17th place himself, Hunt explained, ‘After watching it through the replay several times from Schellbach’s replay file, I can tell you that I don’t think he or Genovski did anything wrong. Yes, it was aggressive on Michael’s part but this is touring cars – a bit of pushing along the straight should be expected. He wasn’t in the braking zone and Genovski was in front so he was allowed to move over. Colin got turned due to him lifting off the throttle very early along the straight – and so just a racing incident caused by combination of all three drivers.’

When asked what was indeed going on with Genovski that round that had led him to turn rather erratic through the course of the race, he reasoned, ‘I don’t think Genovski was alone. Lots of people were having a bad night including team mates taking each other out and causing others to retire. So I guess it was just one of those nights for Genovski. Plus, the broadcast sometimes picks lots of one person’s mistakes up and not others’ but that’s the way it goes.’ Genovski’s incident streak continued; first braking late and sending Dylan Robinson into a drift at turn 13 after the Laser Tools’ driver had grabbed the lead on the same lap for a few seconds – and then running wide under pressure from Jamie Fluke in 6th place on Turn One before tipping Rushworth’s rear on regaining his line in 8th place, ending the New Homes drivers race in the process.

Rushworth meets his end as Katz looks on.

Katz fortunately dodged his way through, finally ending the race in 7th and still maintaining his lead 30 points ahead of Aleksandar Smolensky who finished in 17th. Schellbach meanwhile bagged his second win of the season, with New Homes’ Jamie Fluke finishing 4 seconds behind him from what was a 16th place grid start. Although Lee Thompson had found himself in second place behind Schellbach after the events of Lap 4, that he maintained till the final lap, the ApexRacing driver eased off the throttle near the end of the Ullman Straight to seemingly give way to a pack that contained Russell Laidler, Sebastian Job, Dylan Robinson and Simon Field in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th respectively to his team’s leading PRO driver’s benefit.

By the final corner however, Thompson ended up dropping down to 13th place after a line through Simon’s Field resulted in him making contact and nearly crashing into the barrier – which he prevented manageably.  ‘The race was great fun,’ recounted Simon Field after the race. ‘It ended on a bit of a sour note though – last corner last lap, I threw a move up the inside of Dylan Robison as he went wide. At the same time, Lee Thompson tried the same – there was contact as I moved in trying not to hit Dylan and sadly, Lee got turned into the inside wall, he did apologise, but to be honest, I think it should be me apologising. Might be deemed a racing incident.’

Field had also admitted to enjoying a cracking race with Dylan, as the BSRTC’s one-round old driver commendably held his own within the top 6 from start to finish – amidst every bit of the frenzy that had enveloped the front of the pack through its course. Swirydovicz, Genovski and David Baker rounded up the top 10 while Richard Gore placed ahead of his AM competition in 11th place. This reduced the gap between him and John Roberts – who successfully finished his race in 20th place – to 99 points, placing him second place within the AM Standings, 12 points ahead of Steve Richardson. Despite struggling through the start of the Showdown with two back to back DNF’s at Okayama that saw him sink to the bottom of the table, the New Homes driver now seemed to be in the running for a podium finish this season – 5 points ahead of Smith.

Round 99 – Dodge ‘Ems.

As Jake Blackhall’s lack of grip on the outside of Lap one’s turn and subsequent wide run allowed John Roberts and Steliyan Chepilevsky through, what started out as a tight inside line had led Rob Fagg into Lee Thompson’s side in 9th place. Fagg fishtailed off into the grass and returned, just as Aleksandar Smolensky’s vehicle made contact with Blackhall’s on the outside of Turn 3. The side-panelling had led Blackhall into the tyre barrier and Smolensky into the field before Turn 5 – which he decided to cut rather than re-join traffic immediately.

Regardless, his re-joining involved quarter-panelling David Baker in 11th place who was driving past, leading the Stem Sim driver into the barrier and Smolensky to face the wrong way. As both incidents held Katz back in traffic in 14th place, Swirydovicz who had begun one position ahead of the Euro Chip driver had found himself ahead in 7th. Job watched from two places down, as team mate Lee Thompson’s braking at Turn 14 proved ineffective in keeping him away from the Engine Oil driver’s rear ahead of him, sending him into a drift that was corrected soon enough.

Smolensky Takes Baker With Him.

Thompson on the other hand was forced into the run-off before being set several places down in 33rd; until contact with Dan Blake in 20th place on Lap 4 would result in his vehicle losing control and flipping itself several times before bringing his race to an end. By then Swirydovicz and Job would be past Daniel Hunt and John Roberts – the latter of whom seemed to concede to the duo in Job’s benefit – to don positions 4th and 3rd respectively behind Chepilevsky and Stephens.

Together, they would move past Stephens over the next lap to hunt down Chepilevsky – Swriydovicz visibly the faster one in the sections between the Hairpin and Turn 13, always lessening the gap between him and the PRO ApexRacing driver before the latter would storm away on the straights. This mid-track superiority would finally reach breaking point on Lap 8 when Job – now ahead of Chepilevsky due to the GT Omega driver’s wing setting proving to be ineffective at keeping the two PRO Drivers at bay – was set sideways around corner 10 by Chepilevsky under braking, allowing Swirydovicz’s much lighter inside-line braking to take him ahead of the ApexRacing driver.

The final two laps then would see the both of them engage in a bout of dog-fighting that would see Job hound Swirydovicz from only few feet away, overtake the Engine Oil Direct driver by Turn 14 on the inside before being overtaken in return by Turn 16. Barrelling down the Ullman alongside each other, a successful dive down Swirydovicz’s inside by the ultimate corner finally served to conclude the race with Job taking his second win of the night. With that, he was back in the running for the championship – now only 23 points behind Andreas Katz, two weeks after expressing his disinterest in continuing with the season post Interlagos.

Swirydovicz on the other hand was tied in 5th place on the Standing with Daniel Hunt – who finished the round in 5th place – a hundred and twenty seven points behind Andreas Katz. The round had seen Katz embroiled in an extended duel with Steven Burke over Lap 3, which nearly ended the Euro Chip driver’s race as Burke lost control under braking behind him, slipped into the field at Turn 13 and landed back on track ahead of him. As Katz’s brakes turned red hot under the heavy braking that saved his round, Schellbach, Field, Newman, Rushworth and Laidler soared past to drop him in 17th place.

Dog-fighting!

Regardless, Katz would wade his way through the pack to finish in 11th place behind Simon Field. Stephens rounded up what was his best race of the night with a podium, although he now stood in 8th place on the Standings ahead of team mate Jamie Rushworth who finished in 20th. Team mate Fluke finished in pursuit, shortly after an incident with Chepilevsky in 3rd place at the Hairpin that saw him tap the GT Omega driver before the latter dove straight into the grass at turn 10, seemingly under pressure from Fluke’s attack, before finishing in 6th place. He stands 12 points behind Swirydovicz on the standings.

The incident on the first lap prevented Smolensky from finishing his race, dropping him down to 4th place on the PRO Standings 16 points behind David Baker – who did finish the round in 16th place – and 20 points ahead of Hunt. Newman – now at the bottom of the top 10 standings – finished in 14th place which he seemed pleased with given the misfortune of the prior rounds.

‘Showdown luck hasn’t gone my way with Ellis’ (Stephens) interweb incident and last night as a whole’, he stated. ‘My aim is to get a single digit finish so it’s still possible! 9th or better after Daytona and I’m happy’. He stands 51 points behind Rushworth. Roberts and Gore maintained their positions within the AM Standing’s top two with a 9th and 10th place finish respectively, with the latter a solid 100 points behind Roberts.

Despite an intermittency in his internet connection, Paul Smith wound up in in 18th place ahead of Steve Richardson in 25th, taking him 2 points ahead of the New Homes driver within the Standings. Lap three witnessed Laura Bond being shoved aside at the Hairpin by Lee Thompson, leading to her third DNF of the night. This places her in 6th place, 40 points behind Steven Burke in the Standings – a massive drop considering the New Homes driver had begun the Showdown in the lead.

AM driver Robert Graham meanwhile, was particularly furious post the incident involving him and Ashley Sutton on Lap 4 at the final corner – following a rough duel with Stem Sim’s Ben Palmer – that had ended his race. Sutton had crept into the Laser Tools driver’s inside, tipped his quarter-panel midway through the corner before relentlessly driving tangential to the corner-exit in a way that served to force Graham into barrier. Sutton would incur damage as well, before being subsequently disqualified by the 7th lap as the result of exceeded incident points.

‘I don’t know what they’re teaching Clio cup drivers, but it was like f****ing dodge ‘ems racing those two’, he vented for the second time that night, referring to 2015’s real-world Renault UK Clio Cup Champion Sutton and Palmer, also a Clio Cup driver. ‘Though I’m sure the stewards will still blame me for it – I’ve come to expect that from Sutton. He’s not happy over taking unless he bashes you out the way in the process. It’s a real shame because he’s more than fast enough that he could pass cleanly and probably fairly easily – yet still seems to love bashing people as he passes.’

‘Palmer though, I was surprised with. I’ve raced him plenty before and he’s always been clean and fair, so I can only guess it’s the Clio Cup effect’.

To The End.

‘It’s all pretty obvious really. A little disappointing, but we’ll keep our heads down and continue to race and steward fairly to the end.’

I’d caught up with the Engine Oil Direct team post-race who, given the fact Sebring had set them back nearly 400 points behind GT Omega in comparison to the week prior weren’t in the best of moods. I’d of course attempted to learn more of their concerns regarding the impartiality they felt was prominent within the Steward’s panel. Despite not wanting to be a part of the controversy and harbouring a strong dislike for the ‘media hype’ that he felt was fast becoming norm with the race reports, Whitehead did make an attempt to voice a shadow of his opinion.

PRO Standings After Sebring.

AM Standings After Sebring.

There are lots of things seemingly at play since the start of the showdown. I’m not going into any detail because it’s simply not worth the aggravation of the ‘sore loser’ or ‘conspiracy theorist’ comments or general flippant responses. Nothing will change, so we just race and take the moral high ground, even if it does cost us the championship we’ve worked hard at. It’s no surprise that this would always be an uphill battle, we only have 2 full time Pro Drivers.’

It seemed then at this point all GT Omega had to do to solidify their claim as Team Champions, was finish. ‘We just need to play it safe and stay calm,’ explained team member Daniel Hunt. ‘But it does not always work like that. We are in a good position to win this but I just hope luck is on our side.’

Luck, no luck, fair or unfair – all of it comes to an end at 8.15 P.M GMT on Daytona Road tomorrow. And boy oh boy, will it be – as Katz said – a thriller.

 

Track Side Photo Courtesy Jamie Rushworth.

This race will also be aired on MOTORSTV on the 15th of December as per the schedule here. Meanwhile, Higher Eclectic Ground is not only covering the last two races of the BSRTC’s Showdown, set to be streamed live on ApexRacing TV’s Youtube channel at 8.15 P.M GMT every Thursday- but is also offering the indie game community with opportunities for exposure via BSRTC sponsorships. To make sure you do not miss out on anything, do head down to our Facebook page where all the activity lies and ensure you’re signed up. Moreover, those interested in racing with the BSRTC community or simply hanging out with them by the pitlanes, can do so by signing up to their closed group on Facebook or tweeting them @BritSimRacers . Those still doubtful about what the BSRTC is all about can learn more by viewing our previous coverage of the same which also includes a never-seen-before look at the championship’s rise. 

This Really Is What A Serious IRacing League Looks Like – Race 3 Of 5 Of The BSRTC Pro Series’ Showdown.

BSRTC PRO Series, Features

In stark contrast to the hubbub prior to the race at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos) circuit that took place on the 12th of November, pre-race chatter at best was minimal due in part to the week-long maintenance that had engulfed the IRacing’s portal. As drivers huddled together to discuss alternate courses of action should IRacing’s downtime not end in time for the live broadcast on ApexRacing TV and IRacing Live, I quickly set about putting my facts together.

 

PRO Standings after last week’s race at Interlagos.

After an incredibly eventful last couple of rounds at Interlagos, the PRO Drivers’ standings had taken quite the toss-up. The highlight of course, being Apex Racing TV’s Sebastian Job – Number Two within the standings post Okayama, 5 points behind Engine Oil Direct’s Wojceich Swirydovicz – who after crashing out in two separate incidents on Rounds 92 and 93 had dropped down to 7th  place with a gap of 110 points between him and the lead. The first of those incidents had involved Swirydovicz accidentally swinging New Homes’ Jamie Fluke’s car into the side of Job, resulting not only in the Engine Oil Direct driver being barred from participating in this week’s qualification by the race’s stewards but also a negation of points gained over Round 92.

With his lead of 118 points now reduced to 37 over Andreas Katz, the leader board was to undergo a significant amount of change especially as the 10 remaining drivers eligible for the Showdown – each separated from the other by but a handful of points –commenced the night’s race well ahead of him. Meanwhile the AM battle would be sustained by Apex Racing’s Richard Gore and Stem Sim’s Paul Smith, both of whom were separated by a meagre 3 points given their tendency to start, race and finish in close proximity with one another countless times over the season– so much so that both had ended up making contact and diving into the barrier head on at Interlagos at precisely the same time. Merely 36 points behind them was John Roberts who similar to Swirydovicz, would start from the rear of the pack as per the Stewards’ demands after a 91st round incident at Interlagos. And yet, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (MoSport) would be no cakewalk – a point explained by the BSRTC’s Keeper Of Scores and PRO Engine Oil driver, Jeroen Keizer prior to the race.

‘Yesterday’s practice was great. It’s without a doubt MoSport will be just as amazingly action packed as Interlagos’, he stated, referring to the practice races the drivers subject themselves to on a Tuesday prior to the actual race. ‘Overtaking on the track is never easy and should you feel the need to – you will have to set it up in advance. Sure, we had that at Okayama too but, yeah. The Kia’s will rest between 3rd to 4th gear for a large part of the race, except at the hairpin between turns 5 and 6 where it’s got to go down to 2nd. The best place for drivers to overtake would be the corner at the end of the straight – although overtaking from either the inside or the outside will require a decent pair of b*lls’.

MoSport Track Layout.

B*lls or not, drivers would unfortunately have only Tuesday’s set of races to rely on for the official race on Thursday. Maintenance had ended but a few minutes prior to the scheduled 8.15 P.M GMT broadcast, forcing the organizers to restrict the usual three-hour practice to but 10 minutes along with routine 20 minute qualification – that normally comprised of a 10 minute open qualification session followed by a 10 minute top-15 shootout – to just the 10 minute open session. Lap times differed by their usual few hundredths of a second and just as the pack of 35 was retiring to the pits, an over-zealous Sebastian Job decided to cut past GT Omega’s Daniel Hunt on entry into the lane for some reason – scraping against the barrier as a result, spinning Hunt and propping him belly up before pushing past him to his pit slot. Job did file a protest against his own behaviour, before taking to the Youtube stream’s live chat to apologise to Hunt publicly and hope that his self be penalised for what he called ‘the dumbest thing he had done in a long time.’

This means that for the week that followed, Job’s protest was handed to a panel of 20 expert drivers from within and outside the series who then conducted an elaborate study of the incident. A vote was cast by each panel member at the end of the week prior to the next race – specifying whether Daniel Hunt, Job or none were responsible for the incident. The majority of the votes ruled in Hunt’s favour of course, leading Job to incur a 10 place grid penalty on the 98th round at Sebring.

Now that the penalty is served, Job has the option of appealing against the panel’s decision – in which case a replay of the incident in ‘Chase Camera’ view will be constructed for everyone involved in the PRO Series. A round of public voting will then commence, following which the penalty will either be repealed if votes stand against the panel’s majority vote or doubled (barring him from participation in the qualifiers of the next two races, for instance) if the public’s majority vote aligns with that of the panel. This only proves that the BSRTC cares and does not want you worrying about the incident reflecting poorly on the series and IRacing as a whole, for any presumptions made regarding a lack of action being taken against erratic driving.

Round 94 – B*lls To The (Tyre)Wall.

Not surprisingly, it would be Peter Newman Media’s Ashley Sutton involving himself in the b*llsy outside-inside overtaking that would grant him a win on the first round at MoSport. Sutton, despite having set the fastest lap in practice, had begun the race in 6th place to quickly move through the ranks of GT Omega’s Steliyan Chepilevsky and Laser Tools’ Aleksandar Smolensky in 5th and 4th place respectively over but a span of 4 laps.

Euro Chip’s Andreas Katz and New Homes’ Jamie Fluke in 3rd and 4th place turned out to be the next in line, as Sutton exhibited significant dominance in overtaking both PRO Drivers from the outside of Turn 8 on two separate instances – although Katz admitted later that he was simply taking it easy. ApexRacing’s Sebastian Job on the other hand would prove to be the only resilient force – managing to hold his own against Sutton’s outside line manoeuvre and even set him sideways on Turn 8 for a few moments- conceding to the Peter Newman driver only by lap 12 to finish in 2nd place.

New Homes’ Jamie Rushworth, GT Omega’s Daniel Hunt, Stem Sim’s David Baker and Hunt’s team mate Michael Schellbach wound up the top 10 – having formed a train that span but 2.2 seconds and finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of Engine Oil’s Jeroen Keizer in 11th place. Although Schellbach had begun the race in 13th place, the round’s first of two major back-to-back incidents involving team mate Yulian Genovski in 10th place on Lap 1 served to place him ahead even as he’d come dangerously close to being wiped out in the ruckus.

The Train.

Genovski – post an inside line through Turn 2 on Lap 1 that placed him beside Baker – lost all control as he moved into Turn 3 from the outside, making contact with Baker’s rear as a result and setting himself into a drift that nearly put the Stem Sim driver and team mate Schellbach behind him in into the barrier. While Baker and Schellbach made it through miraculously and comparatively unscathed, a coincidental nudge by Keizer served to end Genovski’s sideway action – sending the GT Omega driver into the barrier, though not without having ApexRacing’s Blackhall establish contact first.

Genovski immediately ricocheted back on track, causing Stem Sim’s Ben Palmer in 18th place to brake promptly in an attempt to avoid imminent carnage. Unfortunately Palmer’s braking had caught Euro Chip’s Rob Fagg behind him unaware, causing him to accidentally shove the Stem Sim driver into the tyre barrier opposite Genovski as he made contact with the dizzy GT Omega driver himself. Looking back at the events that had transpired with Genovski, team mate Russell Laidler who finished in 17th place after a 15th place start wasn’t pleased with Keizer’s involvement. ‘I had a good start in race 1, but that was put on hold after Jeroen Keizer saw my Teammate Genovski having a moment and decided to drive through him rather than use the middle pedal and slow up.’

As vehicles swerved this way and that, Stem Sim’s Paul Smith and Peter Newman Media’s eponymous driver in 24th and 25th respectively, prepared to descend down the hill towards turn 4 only to have Smith bounce off Newman’s side, wind up sideways and send a dodging Andrew Whitehead behind him into the barrier with a force suffiecient to effectively end the Engine Oil driver’s race. As Smith now faced oncoming traffic, he was barged into by PRO Driver Lee Thompson – who was in the midst of his first Showdown race after a two week absence – subjecting the ApexRacing driver to mortal damage that would end his race by Lap 9.

Stem Sim’s Paul Smith Faces Oncoming Traffic As Andrew Whitehead Drives Towards The Barrier

Fortunately for Smith, Peter Newman’s Simon Field would wind up making contact with ApexRacing’s Richard Gore – damaging the AM championship’s then leading contender’s car and preventing him from finishing the race altogether. Field would later involve himself in an incident that would have him flip Euro Chip’s Lee Berridge’s car around Turn 7 on Lap 5, ending both of their races in the process as well. While the gap between Smith and Gore continued to differ by but 3 points, Engine Oil’s John Roberts’ 22nd place finish managed to place him ahead of Gore in 1st place of the AM Standings.

New Homes’ Laura Bond meanwhile finished in 14th place ahead of her 17th place start, despite reaching but an inch’s distance from the tyre barrier on Turn 8 after being unable to sustain herself on the outside as Euro Chip’s Hefford moved to her inside on Lap 3. Hefford was later put into the tyres at nearly the same spot by Blackhall on Lap 12 who, despite enjoying a considerably better race in 12th place as opposed to his recent ones, dropped down to 19th as a result of the damage sustained. Bond’s team mate and AM contender Steve Richardson proved to be less fortunate than her however, after contact with Laser Tools’ Robert Graham and a subsequent barrier collision in 25th place served to set him back two places on the final lap.

Lot of incidents, yes we know. And so, worried as we were that you might conclude that the BSRTC is giving sim-racing motorsport a bad name after witnessing the entire ordeal on MotorsTV UK, we’d like to inform our readers that each of the incidents involving Ben Palmer and Rob Fagg, Peter Newman and Paul Smith, Simon Field and Lee Berridge, Jake Blackhall and Steve Hefford & Steve Richardson and Rob Graham were protested against. All events – with the exception of that involving Blackhall and Hefford – were ruled out as incidental race occurrences.

Through it all, Swirydovicz had stealthily found his place in 13th place – a whopping 19 places ahead of where he had begun. With every one of the PRO Standings’ top 10 drivers – except for New Homes’ Kip Stephens who finished in 18th place ahead of his 22nd position grid start and dropped to 4th place in the standings as a result – having finished ahead of Swirydovicz, the gap between Katz and him within the standings had now been reduced to but 20 points.

Round 95 – Playing It Cool.

The drop in temperature by nearly 4 degrees Fahrenheit did not bode well for the drivers. That, coupled with the cold tyres the drivers had on along with what Laser Tools’  Rob Graham called s***t IRacing physics, would turn Clayton Corner into a descent to hell for the first couple of laps. As Friction Racing’s Colin Cunniffe drifted off into the field opposite Turn Two endlessly, Laser Tools’ Graham had lined up alongside team mate Scott Malcolm’s outside for entry into the very same corner in 22nd place.

As Malcom braked in a straight line in preparation for his descent down the hill, Graham was already out of control – battering himself into Malcolm’s side under braking with enough force to send his team mate into the track barrier on his right in reverse, before crashing into it himself. Their races had more or less come to an end, though not without taking several others into the pit with them – Peter Newman Media’s Steve Burke had already lost himself well before the Laser Tools fiasco, drifting past them to land in the field where Cunniffe had a while ago before crashing into the barrier at its end.

Sigh. Just another day with the BSRTC.

As Euro Chip’s Hefford rammed into a rebounding Malcolm to push him in New Homes’ Steve Richardson’s way in 26th place, Ben Palmer of Stem Sim Racing and Apex Racing TV’s Lee Thompson were already mid-air – after Thompson had ended up nudging Palmer’s side in a fashion similar to the way Graham had Malcolm’s, sending the Stem Sim driver into a still-petrified Graham’s side before being hurled into the air along with him. AM contender Paul Smith of Stem Sim Racing completed the Malcolm-Hefford sandwich, forcing the Euro Chip driver to meet Apex Racing’s AM representative Richard Gore in a head on crash despite Gore’s hard braking measures.

The bloodbath’s sole survivors would be GT Omega’s Julian Genovski (Who quickly lost control and crashed into the tyre barrier at Turn 3 by himself anyway), Euro Chip’s Lee Berridge – whose approach to the crash site was delayed by an out of control Simon Field on Turn One in 33rd place before going on to remarkably finish in 19th place- and Engine Oil’s Andrew Whitehead. John Roberts then would be the only AM championship contender to finish the round, being as New Homes’ Laura Bond would face disqualification after an incident that would put an end to team mate Jamie Fluke and Colin Cuniffe’s races as well.

Once again, it is important that the cold track and tyre conditions be taken into account before conclusions with regards to the BSRTC’s drivers mentality be made. As Graham stated later, ‘Really no one else should have been involved as were on the outside of the corner. Guess it just was a ripple effect.’ Regardless, Graham and Bond would be barred from the following week’s qualifiers based on votes cast against their respective incidents.

To top New Homes’ abundance of fortune, Ellis ‘Kip’ Stephens – who had led the round for two and a half laps from his pole position start like a ‘wiley ol’ fox that knows every trick in the book’, as Russell Laidler later put it – was shoved into the tyre barrier by leading PRO Driver Swirydovicz at the Esses, after the latter’s overtaking attempt from Stephen’s outside led him to lose grip and put a full stop on the New Homes driver’s race. Swirydovicz may have gone on to finish in third, though not without Stephens having his say over the airwaves – ‘I’m glad Woj (Swirydovicz) wrecked me, I was getting bored of racing for points to stay near the top. The gloves are off now – I’d still like the f***ing 90 points back though.’

When asked later if the points really made any difference to him, he retorted – from 7th place in the PRO Standings – ‘Of course it is! I’m racing for points to stay near the top, and show people how it’s really supposed to done when you call yourself a Professional driver!’ Not surprisingly, the much quieter Engine Oil Driver would go on to be barred from the following week’s qualifiers. Moreover, since the incident with Stephens had resulted in him earning 90 points in comparison to the latter’s naught – those points would be revoked from Swirydovicz’s MoSport winnings. Stephens, despite that, was not happy. ‘I LOST 90 points when he wrecked me. I’m still not f******g happy.’

My F*****g 90 points!

Scuffles aside, the New Homes flag was held high by the team’s sole surviving member Jamie Rushworth who had begun the race from 12th place on the grid. Post coming dangerously close to a premature finish in 5th place on Lap 3 after GT Omega’s Michael Schellbach had set him sideways on Turn 6’s exit and set him back two places behind Jeroen Keizer in 7th, Rushworth had not only managed to place ahead of them in the next lap but also move in to third place behind GT Omega’s Russell Laidler and Euro Chip’s Robert Fagg in 1st and 2nd place respectively, after the Swirydovicz – Stephens fracas.

Fagg’s subsequent Lap 8 field-trip on Turn 2 and Laidler’s following drop in pace due to a less than perfect tyre setup – which led the GT Omega driver to run wide into the grass at turn 7 and finish in 10th place – only served to cement Rushworth’s victory. His lead of over 1.5 seconds over the rest of the pack had managed to keep Peter Newman Media’s Ashley Sutton – who jumped up 10 places from his 18th place start by Lap 8 to finally finish in second place – at bay. Standard New Homes quality I’d think. There’s a reason why our Facebook team chat was called ‘Don’t Get DQ’d’ for ages’, mused Rushworth when asked about his much superior consistency over the rest of his team.

As Stem Sim’s David Baker wound up in 6th place to maintain his 8th place within the PRO Standings – having conceded to Sutton, Swirydovicz, Keizer and Schellbach from being in 3rd place at one point of the race – he was closely followed by Euro Chip’s Andreas Katz who managed to stay ahead of PRO competition Sebastian Job, Steliyan Chepilevsky and Daniel Hunt in 8th, 9th and 11th place respectively. The gap between Katz and Swirydovicz now stood at 28 points while that between Job – once number two contender for the PRO Drivers’  until last week – and the Engine Oil driver stood at 95 points from the ApexRacing TV PRO’s 6th position in the Standings.

Kip Stephens insisted this be put in.

Round 96 – I Dive Bombed F****all, mate.

Ashley Sutton pulled out a second win for the night from his Peter Newman Media hat after having begun the round in 14th place while team manager Peter Newman dominated the starting grid’s pole. As Newman dropped behind Apex Racing TV’s Jake Blackhall by the Esses on Lap two to hold his ground in second place for up to 6 more laps – Sutton had whisked his way up to 11th place by the end of Lap 1 that saw him overtake Engine Oil team mates Jeroen Keizer and Wojceich Swirydovicz, the latter of whom had come dangerously close to painting the barrier along the Mario Andretti straight with Engine Oil colors after a minor tap by Sutton left him fishtailing, before blowing past Job’s tryst with the pit-lane divider.

Yes, Job’s race had come to a deafening end as he accidentally, albeit harshly, set Euro Chip’s Rob Fagg into a spin in 7th place – only to have GT Omega’s Steliyan Chepilevsky behind him crash into the Apex Racing TV driver as he braked to let Fagg regain his composure. While Chepilevsky would go on to finish in 8th place without qualms – except for Sutton deciding to challenge him to a bout of tandem drifting by Lap 4 that is – Job would finish the race in 25th place, one lap behind the rest of the field. Fortunately, he would still make it to 4th place in the Standings – given how both Jamie Rushworth and Daniel Hunt that were ahead of him on the leaderboard had found themselves in race-finishing incidents.

As Michael Schellbach crept along Engine Oil’s Dan Blake’s outside on Turn 10’s exit at the end of Lap 10, Blake had run wide – returning on track to bash into Schellbach’s side and send the GT Omega into the pit wall. Incidentally, Rushworth had found himself on the inside of Schellbach at the wrong time, causing him to wind up belly up against an oncoming John Roberts who had just about driven his brake pedals through the floor. Surprisingly John Roberts would go on to finish in 15th place behind New Homes’ Laura Bond – well ahead of AM competitors Paul Smith, Richard Gore and Steve Richardson – relatively unscathed.

A bloody emotional rollercoaster.

‘My Showdown has been a bloody emotional rollercoaster’, exclaimed an exasperate Rushworth after the round. ‘A win in the first week getting my hopes up, big crash at Interlagos knocking them back down, win again in Race 2 at Mosport here – so I think I’m back in with a shot at the title again – then getting caught in Blake and Schellback’s crash in race 3 straight after. Who knows what will happen next week!’ Irrespective of what would happen, Schellbach would be barred from next week’s qualifiers by the Panel – a decision his team mate Genovski would later regard as unjust given that ‘the other person (Dan Blake) was guilty of the incident.’ 

Shortly after the Blake – Schellbach – Rushworth incident, Andreas Katz in 3rd place was rammed into by GT Omega’s Daniel Hunt on Turn 3, setting the Euro Chip driver perpendicular to oncoming traffic while crashing into the tyre barrier himself. ‘It was my fault really, the closing speed caught me out’, confessed Hunt, who had now dropped down to 8th place in the PRO Standings and would also suffer a 10 place grid penalty in the forthcoming race as a result of the incident. Fortunately, Katz – who intends to win the PRO championship so that he can send his earnings to a charity for Orphans in Africa – wound up in 7th place altogether that kept the gap between him and Swirydovicz, who finished in 5th place, to 30 points.

‘The incident with Hunt cost me up to 4 positions and the worse thing?! Swirydovicz passing me!’, expressed Katz  after the race. ‘That alone cost me valuable point for the championship. But anyway – I still gained points and am only 30 points behind. Surely, I should be winning my third championship within the BSRTC.’ Unbeknown to him, Swirydovicz’s 90 point loss as a result of the Stephens incident from the previous round would drop the Engine Oil to third place in the standings – 62 points behind Katz in 1st.

‘Katz and Smolenski might as well have a Bullseye painted on the back of their cars now, because no one will be giving them an inch of space for the next 6 races. Good luck with that’, voiced Kip Stephens who finished in 13th place from a 26th finish start and had a good chuckle on hearing about Swirydovicz’s ousting a few days later.

Amidst it all.

And so amidst all of this, Sutton had found himself behind Jake Blackhall in the lead by lap 13, before overtaking the ApexRacing driver who enjoyed perhaps his best race in recent times without turning victim to a major crash/incident, by the penultimate lap. Having begun in 10th place, Stem Sim’s David Baker had executed a cool, composed drive to round up the podium in third place and jump up to 5th place in the PRO Standings. Amusingly while a stealthy Aleksandar Smolensky would place Laser Tools in 11th place on the grid, team mates Rob Graham and Scott Malcom would come under the spotlight yet again on account of two separate yet proximate incidents.

Lap three had seen Graham dive into the field at Clayton Corner in 18th place due to a lack of grip and s***t IRacing physics. As he attempted to re-join the pack on entry to Turn – Richard Gore, then in 23rd place, had darted into the Laser Tools’ driver’s path only to be spun into the adjacent tyre barrier. The show would carry on all the way till Round 6 when Gore would descend into Clayton Corner (Yes, again – as Graham lost control ahead, again!) alongside Scott Malcolm beside him in 26th place. Of course, as two or more wide formations do nobody good on the BSRTC, Malcolm and Gore were quick to find themselves pasted against the barrier.

Having being penalised by the Panel with a Back Of Grid start for the incident with Gore, Graham wasn’t pleased. ‘I get done for Gore putting me in an impossible position after I just came back off the grass, yet he gets nothing for blatantly wiping Scott out later? Laughable!’

‘Wiping Scott out? Ha!’ Gore apparently was not out of earshot when the panel’s results were announced, ‘I held my line while he came across whereas you dive-bombed me after coming back on track. You could have eased off! For the record I could have made several protests but didn’t file any. By the time race 3 came around I was fed up with being punted around like one of Jim Davidson’s wives.’

I dive bombed f**k all mate, I came back on the only place I could!’ retorted Graham. ‘And you went into panic defend mode because you thought I might get back past, when my only thought was to steady the ship after an off-track. Now you know how the majority of my season has been! But I’ve started biting back the last few races, haven’t I?’

Ah, well.

Standings After The Race At MoSport.

I tried James, I really did.

A few hours after my previous report’s release on the 18th of November last week, the BSRTC were made an example of. Publicly. Over-the-internet publicly. A charismatic individual by the name of James, had taken to what he calls ‘The worst site you could ever visit for Sim Racing news’, to cite my report of Interlagos’ events as an embarrassment to the art of Sim-Racing  – for the sheer abundance of events and crashes that were reported. After an elaborate and lengthy article, readers had even gone on to remark how the BSRTC was nothing but a wreck fest of an ordeal based on only a few of the –*checks calendar*- 90 odd rounds.

Of course being as high octane racing on real world tracks involve zero incidents or crashes while tuxedo-clad gentlemen drive around as perfect embodiments of civilization, I had begun this report hoping to change its tone and literary demeanour by reporting only on those who finished on the podium. But sadly, that has not been very effective James. You see just as real life, accidents happen. And I’ve gone on to great lengths to spell out the reasons (Read cold tyres, s***t IRacing physics) behind each incident and even explain what happens to those charged guilty with causing said incident.

As a result, my reports – which are already of biblical proportions – go on for much longer now. Commentator Andrew Whitehead refuses to share much of his opinion for fear of making the sub-headlines of my article, which you might make an example of yet again. A round of public voting was called for to determine if the race reports should continue or not (They are continuing) and well, there’s only so much we can do to stop being an ordeal.  Founder Kip Stephens on the other hand seems to have developed an affinity for you ever since. He’s coming James, and he’s going to populate your articles with quotes as well.

‘People are welcome to sit there typing negativity for the rest of their lives if they like, meanwhile, we are all having fun racing in a series that is as near to real life as you can get and that will only get bigger. One of my favourite hobbies is messaging the latest YouTube/Twitch cynic and getting them to come to race with us. So we’re hoping with all our hearts to get James on the next season of the BSRTC. 🙂

‘Meanwhile, everyone’s crying about Woj. Well boo-hoo, what about poor f****ing me?’

Track Side Ordeal Photo Courtesy Jamie Rushworth.

This race will also be aired on MOTORSTV on the 8th of December as per the schedule here. Meanwhile, Higher Eclectic Ground is not only covering the last ttwo races of the BSRTC’s Showdown, set to be streamed live on ApexRacing TV’s Youtube channel at 8.15 P.M GMT every Thursday- but is also offering the indie game community with opportunities for exposure via BSRTC sponsorships. To make sure you do not miss out on anything, do head down to our Facebook page where all the activity lies and ensure you’re signed up. Moreover, those interested in racing with the BSRTC community or simply hanging out with them by the pitlanes, can do so by signing up to their closed group on Facebook . Those still doubtful about what the BSRTC is all about can learn more by viewing our previous coverage of the same which also includes a never-seen-before look at the championship’s rise. 

The Way Of The Samurai – Round 2 Of 5 Of The BSRTC PRO Series’ Showdown.

BSRTC PRO Series, Features

As the usual assortment of Touring Car IRacers gathered their wits and nerve an hour prior to the three round race at Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos) in the heart of  São Paulo, Brazil – the second of the last five races that would ultimately determine which of the 50 drivers and 3 teams of the 35 week season would claim their respective pieces of the $10,000 prize fund – a deafening bawl echoed through the silence of the teams’ Facebook locker rooms. ‘ If even a single car– a single car – manages to overtake me tonight, I’ll kill myself. Samurai Style. As for Aleksandar Smolensky ahead of me in the standings? He’s insignificant.’

It was Ellis ‘Kip’ Stephens – New Homes Digital’s notoriously audacious PRO Driver who at the time held 5th place in the PRO Drivers’ Standings. ‘New Homes is setting out on all attack tonight. It’s time to stir things up!’ Having finished the Pro Series’ 89th Round at Okayama’s Short Circuit in first place the previous week, Stephens was beginning to illustrate no shortage of (over)confidence. Yet despite the fact that a large portion of the BSRTC community’s wisdom demanded that they take Stephens’ snide remarks with a grain of salt – the challenge hurled by him prior to the race at Interlagos did seem to instigate several of the Championships’ competitors to ensure they placed ahead of the New Homes driver. ‘Ellis? Yeah, he does enjoy stirring it up, playing the villain. But when it comes to racing, he’s a pretty serious guy!’, stated one such competitor, Simon Field of Peter Newman Media.

 

 

PRO Drivers’ Standings After The Previous Week’s Showdown At Okayama.

Hollow threats or not, Interlagos promised no shortage of excitement especially given its action-packed history with the BSRTC. While the ApexRacing TV broadcast team reflected on one such event in history wherein PRO Driver Wojceich Swirydovicz had finished ahead of then championship contender, Aday Coba Lopez in Season 5 by 1/4000th of a second – the current Season’s grid was huddled together just as closely. Qualification had gone on to illustrate differences of but tenths of a second between the drivers, several of which could be seen driving laps together in close formation between Junção and the Senna S even during practice.

And then there were the countless duels that would ensue on account of the Showdown. The PRO Drivers’ top contenders Swirydovicz and Job of Engine Oil Direct and Apex Racing TV respectively differed by a mere 5 points in the Standings, with the gap between the Drivers from 4th to 11th being just as minimal. The AM Drivers’ Standings had Apex Racing TV’s Richard Gore in 1st place ahead of Stem Sim Racing’s Paul Smith by but a point while the Team Standings had GT Omega ahead of Engine Oil Direct by 16. All the makings of a battle of the Samurai then – were in place.

Round 91 – Woj A Start!

0.292 seconds read the gap between Engine Oil Direct’s Wojceich Swirydovicz and ApexRacingTV’ s Sebastian Job as they crossed the line in 1st and 2nd place respectively, extending Swirydovicz’s lead over the latter by 10 points in the Standings. Having begun the race in 6th place, Job had squeezed through the likes of GT Omega’s Julian Genovski, Okayama Short’s 88th round winner Andreas Katz of Euro Chip Digital and the New Homes’ vehicles of Jamie Rushworth and Jamie Fluke respectively – both of whom had dominated 2nd and 3rd place respectively for more than half the round – to commence a thorough shakedown on the PRO Drivers’ leading contender by Lap 10. While Job’s lap times ranged 0.3 seconds faster than those of Swirydovicz, the Engine Oil driver’s impeccable line of defence held its ground till the very end – despite Job’s incessant prodding and attempts to sneak past his inside over the final 3 laps.

The New Homes duo of Rushworth and Fluke meanwhile wound up in 3rd and 4th place each, despite promising to emulate Okayama’s 90th round one-two finish on Lap One as they flanked Swirydovicz on either side on entry to the Senna S. Unfortunately, the Senna S would prove to be detrimental to each of their defences allowing Job to brush past the insides of both by laps 5 and 7 respectively. Euro Chip’s Andreas Katz suffered a similar fate at the S by lap 4, after having held his line against the Apex Racing driver for over 4 laps only to concede to him and finish in 5th place.

Katz, who intends to get to the PRO Drivers’ podium solely so that he can send funds to a charity for Orphans in Africa was disappointed with how events had transpired despite landing in 4th place of the Standings. Blaming his inability to place within the podium on a botched setup he explained, ‘Despite being half a second faster during the training races over the week prior, the setup didn’t seem to work at all on Race day. It was incredibly hard to find the right balance between speed and durability when it came to the tyres and so they wore out pretty quick causing me to lose both positions I had gained over the first few laps.’

Jamie Rushworth Clings Onto Swirydovicz As Job Peeks Through The Middle Of Fluke & Katz.

While the first of these positions was that of Job, the other was of Julian Genovski. Genovski had initially suffered a comparatively slower start in 4th place that resulted in Katz and Job placing ahead of him by the end of the Senna S on Lap one. By the end of the Reta Oposta he had conceded to team mate Michael Schellbach who, due to an over-ambitious Simon Field’s rather delayed braking at the S on Lap Two, had been slammed into by the Peter Newman driver and subjected to 19th place by the end of the race.

In the intervening time, Laser Tools’ Aleksandar Smolensky’s much quicker run between Junção and the Senna S placed him ahead of Genovski in 6th by Lap 4 before Stem Sim’s David Baker hurled salt on the wound by moving past Genovski’s inside halfway through turn one on Lap 5. Genovski quickly shoved Baker aside at Turn 2, before running wide at Turn 4 and giving way to an entire train of cars to finish in 11th place altogether. This train, led by Daniel Hunt in 7th comprised of Peter Newman Media’s Ashley Sutton and Pete Newman, Baker and Friction Racing’s Colin Cunniffe in 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th respectively.

Over the course of this train’s formation in the laps prior and after, a multitude of drivers had faced the wrong way of the pack. Or the inside of a track barrier for that matter – Apex Racing TV’s Jake Blackhall’s race ended at the end of the Senna S on Lap One when, on moving alongside a three-wide formation between Euro Chip’s Steve Hefford, Engine Oil’s Dan Blake and New Homes’ Steve Richardson, his car was shoved into the barrier by an out-of-control Blake who seemed to have bounced off Hefford’s Optima. ‘All I could see was sky, grass, sky and then grass’, recalled a dizzy Blackhall who was disconnected instantly. Soon after on the same lap, Stem Sim’s Ben Palmer was spun out by Euro Chip’s Rob Fagg en route to the Ferradura in 17th place.

Swirydovicz crosses the line in 1st, closely followed by Sebastian Job.

‘ My apologies to Palmer – I misjudged the distance between us, causing me to accidentally nudge him and send him into the barrier’, recounted Fagg who was disqualified himself by Lap 7;  Fagg had been barged into a speeding Simon Field in 16th place on lap 7 while slowing down at Junção, forcing him into the tyre barrier for good. To top things off, GT Omega’s Steliyan Chepilevski was sent spinning into the Ferradura tarmac run-off by Engine Oil’s Jeroen Keizer on Lap one after the latter’s front –right wheel seem to lodge itself into the GT Omega driver’s rear. Chepilevsky’s subsequent 18th place finish from a 9th place start as a result forced him all the way down to 11th in the PRO Drivers’ Standings.

Yet despite all of that, Peter Newman Media’s Ashley Sutton had managed to find his way to an unbelievable 11th place after a 33rd place start by Lap 5. Having parted the Sea of over 20 drivers as if they never existed, the BSRTC’s Moses would go on to finish – astonishingly but not astonishingly – in 6th place behind Andreas Katz, despite holding no claim within the Showdown. Speaking of which, the AM side of the Showdown saw New Homes’ Laura Bond not step into a puddle of ill fortune for once and place ahead of the rest of her AM competitors in 15th place. The only competition she faced came from Field who hung behind her and team mate Stephens in 18th place. Field had placed himself ahead of the New Homes duo by Lap 8, but decided at the last minute to take Michael Schellback for a walk along Junção’s tarmac run-off in the final lap, effectively letting Bond and Stephens zoom past.  This served to push her up to 3rd place in the AM Standings behind Apex Racing’s Richard Gore and Stem Sim’s Paul Smith who were tied in 1st and 2nd place after their 22nd and 24th place finishes respectively.

As for Stephens – in position 23rd on the starting grid -had managed to move up 7 places to finish in 16th. I dared not ask him about it.

PRO Drivers’ Standings After Round 91.

AM Drivers’ Standings After Round 91.

Round 92 – The Worst Rule Change They Ever Made.

‘Woj (Swirydovicz) spun me and that’s what killed you Seb.’

‘And that’s just gone and ruined any chance of a championship – Of course, it’s me who gets all the damage!’

The second round of the night at Interlagos began with a bang. As GT Omega’s Russell Laidler led the pack of 33 into Ferradura with New Homes’ Laura Bond hot on his heels; as Peter Newman Media’s Moses out-braked his opponents to jump from 10th to 7th place; as Engine Oil’s Jeroen Keizer and GT Omega’s Julian Genovski remodelled each other’s doors, PRO Driver Sebastian Job grew restless after being overtaken by nemesis Wojceich Swirydovicz along the Reta Oposta. Desperate to get ahead of the Engine Oil Driver in 11th place, Job soared past GT Omega’s Daniel Hunt in 12th to aggressively pit himself against Swirydovicz’s side. Together, they moved side by side through turns 7 to 10 – three wide with Andreas Katz in 10th at one instance – before it happened.

As Katz followed Laser Tools’ Aleksandar Smolensky into the inside of Turn 8, Swirydovicz donned the Euro Chip driver’s outside – only to have Job shoot past him on the far left side of the track and dive into the corner ahead of him. This caused contact – contact that sent Job into a drift and nearly had him cave Smolensky’s door in. As he skilfully corrected himself as he was known to be adept at, Swirydovicz moved alongside him – with New Homes’ Jamie Fluke on his inside – putting into effect a three-wide formation. Swirydovicz quickly flicked to the right to avoid Job, making contact as a result with Fluke’s rear and setting him perpendicular to Job’s path. The impact was such that both Fluke and Job were effectively hurled into the air as Swirydovicz, remarkably, made it through unscathed. The round had ended for Job and Fluke.

No more.

Job – now in third place in the PRO Drivers’ standings – was furious and took immediately to the ApexRacing TV livestream’s chat on Youtube to vent his frustration against the ‘No Fast Repair’ rule. While the races that comprised the weeks prior to the Showdown allowed for quick fixes to be made to a car in the event of a damage, the Showdown races did away with the rule to keep the action intense, realistic and unpredictable throughout. With this preventing him from effectively re-joining the round, Job had begun to state that the decision to eliminate fast-repairs within the last five weeks was perhaps the BSRTC’s worst. ‘ To be quite honest, that makes it that much closer to real racing. And so I for one never was a fan of the fast-repair from the start of the season’, argued Stem Sim’s Ashley Blake-Hood, who was but spectating the events that transpired, on hearing this.

‘Yeah, but why change it for the end of the season?’ Job retorted. ‘Especially when it’s so critical now to finish. What was the point of the showdown if they just wanted it to be luck-based? It’s ONE crash and you’re out!’ Curious to know what the BSRTC’s administration had to say, I ensured that Job’s sentiments were shared. ‘Because people are paying to race the series for 9 months’, justified New Homes’ Stephens, also one of the BSRTC’s Founders and administrative authorities. ‘When they crash it’s slightly unfair to knock them out of the race and have them watch. Now, when we are at the deciding 5 weeks it’s time to clean your racing up and do your best to avoid the crashes – which real life has – with no reset button and massive repair bills!’

The show, regardless, moved on. GT Omega’s Russell Laidler won the round at but the last second on the final lap when Peter Newman Media’s Ashley Sutton who, having found his way to 1st place from 10th , ran out of fuel a few 100 metres from the line to finish in 2nd after leading the pack for nearly 10 laps. Laidler and Sutton had previously been team-mates in seasons prior to nine. Post a celebratory donut on the track he took to the commentary box to explain how the old camaraderie had helped cement his wind – ‘It’s like a team within a team; When Ash got to me, I let off the throttle early going into turn one (on lap five) for to me – it made more sense for us to work together to pull away from the rest of the field. If we’d started battling, we’d have been faced with people like Swirydovicz, Katz – people I’m out of my league with. I only won the round on merit being as Ash ran out of fuel.’

Sutton moves past Laidler on entry to the Senna S.

Laidler had announced to his team prior to the race that he would be ‘badly off pace’ given a back injury he had procured at work during the day – A team whose spirit was put on display during the last lap when member Daniel Hunt, having down-shifted earlier than he should have at Junção, blew his engine just as he moved in to over-take Rushworth on exit. Hunt struggled to move up the hill towards the finish as he dropped positions rapidly before team mate Chepilevsky in position 14th moved in behind him, lodged himself to his bumper and pushed him past the finish line. ‘ I was so lucky Steli was behind me as I don’t think I would have made it up that hill.’

Jeroen Keizer sealed off the podium – commendably, given that he had begun the race in the same position – after what seemed to be one of the most adrenaline packed races for the Engine Oil Direct driver in recent times. Keizer had fought valiantly to hold his own against an ascending Sutton for over 3 laps that saw him make rapid contact with the Peter Newman Media driver- even shoving him aside at the Senna S on Lap Two. Having perceived this dimension of his driving persona for the first time, I prodded the the BSRTC’s Keeper of Scores to reveal just what he’d eaten prior to the race.

‘All of that wasn’t me bumping Sutton as much as that was me standing my ground while he tried to close the door’, he reflected later. ‘Sure Genovski had given me a bump prior in Lap One but that was just him going into the apex deep and so it wasn’t a problem. Post that though, Sutton had resorted to bumping into me quite a few times after which I wasn’t going to make it easy on him. He probably figured he’d get past by out-braking me but he just turned into Turn 2 on lap two like I wasn’t even there. Hence the shoving aside.’

Of course Keizer hadn’t held his ground throughout the race – having conceded to Stem Sim’s David Baker on Lap 5 before regaining 3rd place on the final lap by pushing past Baker on turn 8. Baker, who finished in 4th place despite lacking in practice wasn’t too pleased with the move Keizer had pulled as was apparent from his recount – ‘Let’s just say I took some issue with that – I’m sure many others wouldn’t have even let his car finish. Words were spoken in the heat of the moment afterwards but after some cooling off I think we’re ok again – Jeroen conceded he had been seeing red mist from a move Sutton had pulled earlier.’ The 4th place finish coupled with Job’s ousting served to push Baker up by one place on the PRO Drivers’ Standing.

Meanwhile, New Homes’ Jamie Rushworth, Euro Chip’s Andreas Katz and Engine Oil Swirydovicz finished in 5th, 6th and 7th place respectively after a 10 lap battle that saw them creep past Laser Tools’ Smolensky in 7th place by lap 5 and engage in a three-way battle that resulted in Rushworth jumping up to 2nd place (ahead of Job) in the PRO Drivers’ standings while Katz maintained his 4th. Rushworth’s team-mate Laura Bond effectively led the AM drivers who were huddled towards the back of the pack from 5th place during the first half of the race – having dropped down from a 1st place start by Lap 3 –  before losing connection shortly after setting the race’s fastest lap on Lap 7.

This changed absolutely nothing on the AM table, given how Apex Racing’s Richard Gore and Stem Sim’s Paul Smith decided to drive into opposite barriers after a spot of contact en route to the Ferradura, putting an end to their races per se.

Stephens in the interim, wound up in 19th place post a 16th place finish and I still didn’t dare ask him about it.

PRO Drivers’ Standings After Round 92.

Round 93 – I’m Not Racing With The BSRTC Again.

17. Only 17 cars from the grid of 32 – minus New Homes’ Laura Bond – made it past the finish line in what had clearly set itself apart as one of the most disastrous races in BSRTC history.

With Stem Sim’s Robert Plumley on pole turning awkwardly to the left as soon as the green light went off, the Laser Tools duo of Rob Graham and Scott Malcolm inched past – leading Engine Oil’s Andrew Whitehead, Dan Blake and John Roberts in 3rd,  4th and 7th respectively through the Senna S. As Plumley and New Homes’ Steve Richardson settled in between the 7 midway through the S, New Homes’ Kip Stephens and Peter Newman Media’s Pete Newman scraped doors in 9th place.  This resulting impact between the two caused Newman to sustain damage to his front suspension halfway through corner 2 as he drifted towards the barrier on his left – before regaining composure and being tapped on the rear by Euro Chip’s Steve Hefford on return.

As Hefford followed Newman through corner 2’s exit, he was flanked by GT Omega’s Cheplivesky and Stem Sim’s Ben Palmer  – the latter of whom had run wide on corner-exit. As Palmer re-joined swiftly, Newman fishtailed – forcing a speeding Hefford behind him to inevitably make contact and set the Peter Newman Media driver straight through the centre of Chepilevsky’s passenger side who still happened to be by his side. This unsettled Hefford who, in a flash of a second lost traction and found his way into Palmer’s path.  The resulting frenzy was catastrophic – As Newman drifted perpendicular to the track with Chepilevsky facing the other way, a ripple of destruction engulfed the entire ensemble of 15-odd drivers at the rear of the Reta Oposta taking nearly everyone prisoner.

Robert Plumley decides to pose for the cameras on green.

Up to 12 drivers would be forced to the pits– inclusive of PRO Drivers’ contenders Sebastian Job, Jamie Rushworth, David Baker, Peter Newman and Steliyan Chepilevsky – none of whom, with the exception of Apex Racing’s Jake Blackhall, would make it back. With Swirydovicz having miraculously made it through the carnage with but a few bruises, Job now faced the rear end of the top 10 standings with a gap of 200 points separating him from the Engine Oil driver.

He wasn’t pleased, as he took to livestream’s chat to make one last resounding announcement – ‘ I’m not going to race again this season. Not like this – when half of the races are spent dodging crashes. I put a year into this and what do I get for it?’ Several viewers of the stream, inclusive of myself, moved to convince him that given his prior track record, making it back on the podium would be no mountain. ‘No chance at all and I don’t enjoy avoiding wrecks constantly!’, he maintained. ‘No series should be based on avoiding wrecks to win the championship.’

As the survivors straggled through the course behind the pace car over the next couple of laps, Laser Tools’ Graham – who still happened to be in the lead-  had gradually begun to slow the pack down towards the end of the lap 3 – hoping to garner a competitively beneficial run from Junção to the Senna S as soon as the Pace Car dove into the pit-lane. Amusingly, Graham obliviously stepped on the throttle well before the Pace Car retired – subjecting him and the rest of the pack that had followed suit to a round of sudden braking on seeing the Pace Car at the top of the hill that near resulted in another round of crashes. Despite this, Graham would push forward to finish in 4th place as his tyres wore out, though not without incident.

Tremors.

Peter Newman Media’s Sutton had risen, albeit aggressively, from 17th place on the caution laps to 3rd place behind Graham by the end of Lap 9. As he began to cling to Graham’s bumper on entry to Lap 10, the Laser Tools driver grew adamant. Refusing to budge, he maintained his line through the 2nd corner of the course as Sutton moved alongside his outside – causing him to send the PNM driver into a drift which he corrected quickly. Soon after – down the Reta Oposta at precisely the same spot that had been the highlight a few laps ago, Graham and Sutton’s door -against -door dealings drove the PNM driver perpendicular into Plumley’s path who had unfortunately crept into Graham’s left. Sutton and Plumley’s race ended soon after as a result – as Graham drudged on towards the finish.

Graham however was sour – not because of the incident alone but due to the commentators’ comments that seemed to imply that the Laser Tools driver had set out on an anti-Sutton agenda. As he vehemently explained the events that had transpired post watching the broadcast he said, ‘The statement made by the commentator in question was both ridiculously inaccurate and insulting – one that was made repeatedly. The commentator should be ashamed of himself for being so presumptive of others’ thoughts and then not even mentioning the fact he had said this numerous times during our post-race interview.’

’ I would just like to clear up that I have categorically never (and never will) deliberately taken anyone out during a competitive race. Sutton is very well known in the series for having little respect and just bashing people out his way. I have been a victim of this myself numerous times over various seasons (as have many others) on more than one occasion. I have had to back out to avoid him causing certainly himself and probably both of us to crash. During the pre-race chat with Scott (Malcolm), I had made a conscious decision that if I was to be defending against him on track this week – there would be absolutely no giving in. Unfortunately this only resulted in my actions being misjudged. Regardless, as I have been forced into the pits by him more than once in the past, although my misjudgement was never intentional, I struggle to find any pity for him. Although I do feel pity for poor Robert Plumley who was but an innocent bystander at the time’

Finishing ahead of him was Engine Oil’s Andrew Whitehead who had led the race all the way up until lap 10, before finally conceding to Kip Stephens on Lap 10 and team mate Swirydovicz on the final lap – the latter under team orders. ‘I think I’ve show the championship I’ve got plenty of fight left in me’, he recounted. ‘Kip made it through the mayhem and with my tyres shot, he patiently picked a safe time to breeze past me. I tried to continue applying pressure as Woj (Swirydovicz) was now in 3rd and gaining good ground. In the end I couldn’t slow Kip, so honoured team orders and gave Woj a safe pass for 2nd place. In all, we had our best showing in Race 3, showing the strength we’ve displayed all season to qualify at the head of the Showdown championship.’

GTOmega’s Daniel Hunt wrapped up the race in 5th place that served to put him in 5th within the PRO Standings as well. Behind Laser Tools’ Aleksandar Smolensky that is, who finished in 8th place ahead of Andreas Katz in 10th – who later regarded Smolensky as a ‘blocking truck’  for the hard time he’d given the Euro Chip driver every time he made an attempt to pass. The AM Standings meanwhile, remained relatively unchanged yet again as New Homes’ Steve Richardson, Apex Racing’s Richard Gore and Stem Sim’s Paul Smith made it past the finish line – alive. As for the team standings, GT Omega‘s considerably superior performance all round kept it at the top of the standings ahead of Engine Oil Direct.

 

PRO Standings After Round 93.

Shakin’ Stephens.

‘I’ve given up trying to overtake, I was never any good at it. What’s the point anyway? They all just crash out!’

I had finally managed to catch up with the New Homes team to discuss the race on a Sunday night only to find that Stephens still hadn’t calmed down. ‘2 race wins out of 6 showdown races. Has anyone else got 2? No, I didn’t think so!’ Distracted by the commotion his team mate was causing, Jamie Rushworth – now in 6th place of the PRO Drivers’ Standings after being in 3rd place for the majority of it – walked in.  ‘I blame Kip for the race 3 crash. He forgot which way the track goes in T2 and gave Pete Newman damage – which caused Pete to twitch in front of Steve Hefford on the exit of T3, – resulting in the massive pileup that ended my Showdown chances and effectively handed the championship to Wojciech.’

‘If you had a 3 wide spotter call with Peter Newman Media’s finest pair of bombers – Burke and Pete – you wouldn’t have taken the apex either’, Stephens retaliated, referring to the fact that he had been warned of PNM’s presence over the radio during the race. Rushworth ignored him before enquiring sarcastically, ‘I bet you could do a good quote about being 3rd now behind Woj (Swirydovicz) and Katz. Gonna crash into them too to win it?’

‘2 Wins Jamie! I don’t need to, Katz will get disqualified soon enough for punting someone off’.
‘Better hope that someone is Woj then if you want to beat him.‘,
Rushworth replied.

Didn’t I stay in front of Woj at brands for 15 minutes?’ retorted the 93rd round winner pensively. ‘After you crashed out on lap 1.5?’

‘Only because he was too scared to pass’. Knowing that this can of worms would only replenish itself, I made it a point to move on and find out if Sebastian Job had indeed meant what he said about not continuing with the BSRTC anymore. ‘Yeah, I’ll be racing this week. Don’t have any expectations though.’  It’s like Katz keeps saying – ‘Still, everything’s possible.’

 

Track Side Photos by Jamie Rushworth.

This race will also be aired on MOTORSTV on the 1st of December as per the schedule here. Meanwhile, Higher Eclectic Ground is not only covering the last three races of the BSRTC’s Showdown, set to be streamed live on ApexRacing TV’s Youtube channel at 8.15 P.M GMT every Thursday- but will also be making an announcement with regards to its collaboration with the British Sim Racers and Higher Eclectic’s indie game and art community that will serve to provide exposure for its members. To make sure you do not miss out on anything, do head down to our Facebook page where all the activity lies and ensure you’re signed up. Moreover, those interested in racing with the BSRTC community or simply hanging out with them by the pitlanes, can do so by signing up to their closed group on Facebook . Those still doubtful about what the BSRTC is all about meanwhile can learn more by viewing our previous coverage of the same which also includes a never-seen-before look at the championship’s rise.