Racing Simulations

Growing up in an 'F1 family' where waking up at 02:00 to watch the races in Japan or Australia seemed normal, it wasn't a bit stretch to find myself playing racing games. Things really started out with Nigel Mansell's World Championship, which although certainly not a simulation, led me onto F1GP on the Commodore Amiga.

After progressing through and spending many years modding the Geoff Crammond Formula One simulations for myself, I started to run IndyCar Racing and NASCAR Racing from Papyrus Racing Games. In 1998 Papyrus released Grand Prix Legends, this had a huge impact on my entire life; I founded a Web site about it, began racing online with it, and it actually led me to where I am today; working for a racing sim developer.

Grand Prix Legends (1998):

Apart from the occasional rFactor mod, I didn't run anything other than iRacing (who I worked for) for a long time. In 2010 I started to work for Image Space Incorporated, deep into development of rFactor 2 at the time. That's all I run these days, I just don't have the time to run anything else!

 

2008S3 Week 1 – iRacing Silver Crown Cup – Homestead

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After setting a 31.471 (which is very slow) in early morning qualifying, I joined the 9pm Silver Crown race hoping to improve on my poor showing in the Formula Mazda an hour earlier. It turns out I had a lot to learn about both this track and car and by the end of this race I felt like I could probably compete for a win if matched to the right field.

For this race though, I was iRated as the sixteenth best driver and would be starting the race from fifteenth (and that’s only because I had qualified). Behind me were another four drivers who hadn’t qualified and all except one held a better iRating.

I got an OK start, but most of it was spent avoiding other people’s accidents. By the time I cleared everyone I was all alone on the track, well behind the lead draft and a few seconds infront of the car behind.

Knowing that I would be slower when lapping alone I let the guy behind catch up and set about using him as a drafting buddy to try to catch the leaders. We were doing a pretty good job, occasionally swapping position until eventually we came upon a backmarker. Trying to stay low in the turns slowed me a great deal and when I finally cleared the backmarker – my buddy was too far ahead.

I wasn’t disappointed by this race, I’d had fun and set my fastest lap of 30.574 on lap fifty-two of sixty. I also managed to finish in ninth and made gains on both my license and iRating… I had also had a clean race, but did carry two incident points from a brainless moment in warm-up where I spun the car by shifting the Silver Crown into first gear… I laughed at myself. :)

 
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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.