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 4 – Formula Mazda Championship – Infineon

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This was one of the most satisfying simracing experiences I have ever had. After huge struggles with the Formula Mazda, being totally unable to lap this car, I managed to complete a race having only made a single error during the whole event. Even better, during this event – my best race ever in the Mazda – I had a wheel-to-wheel battle with two other drivers.

I hadn’t bothered to qualify. I would rather start at the back in this car so that I am not a burden to other racers. I wound up being iRated as the 8th best driver and would start 9th on the grid.

I got a good start but dropped to 10th within the first few turns. I eventually got in a good position behind the man who had passed me (Georg Naujoks) and overtook him into the final turn. A car soon dropped out and gave me 8th.

I had a good little battle for 7th going on when I clipped a kerb and almost spun out. I fell back down to 10th. On the next lap I was back up in 8th after two cars let me by (one moved over, one spun).

Cars gradually fell off the track and I eventually found myself in a fantastic battle with the 5th (Georg again) and 6th-placed cars. It was the best battle I’ve ever had in the Mazda obviously and one of the best ever battles I’ve ever had in simracing. I wound up finishing in 6th place right behind Georg.

Here are the edited in-car highlights of the entire race:

Here is the battle with the two cars from out-of-car:

I had one incident during the race which is when (on lap 7) I lost control and spun onto the grass. My fastest lap was 1:29.964 – a personal best.


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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.