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!


SASBTCC Round 5: Sebring

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Ever had one of those tracks that just kicks you in the balls? That’s how this race felt, except with more actual ball kicking.

I probably should have just sat this one out. Again, another track I hadn’t run, with the complication that on this day I had my two year old daughter home sick with me. I planned to attend if I could time her nap absolutely perfectly.

As it turned out, she went to sleep pretty good, but due to her cold, she did keep waking up, this really affected my concentration in the race as I had to listen to make sure she went back to sleep again while I was driving. I don’t even normally listen to my wife talking to me while I’m driving. ;) I also only turned my first laps on the track during qualifying, which meant I even had to lengthen gear ratios AFTER I set my fastest lap so I didn’t blip going into the final turn in the race.

Fin Sta Driver Interval Led Fast Lap
1 2 Joern Hoormann 17 laps 17 2:08:855
2 3 Christian Baxmann +6.444 0 2:08:907
3 1 Rob James +9.240 0 2:08:784
4 10 Peter Ridley +32.190 0 2:10:183
5 9 Matt Palla +36.923 0 2:11:097
9 12 Timothy Wheatley Stopped 0 2:11:640

I feel like my only victory of the race was the fact that I missed the melee in turn one. By the end of the race I knew I couldn’t lose a position, so just parked it as I began my final lap… Everything else? Well, I think this video should sum it up (the stop-go penalty at the end was for course cutting due to my many off-track excursions):

Looking forward to the next race, I actually know the track pretty well. Loch Drummond!

Here is the official race report from Sebring.


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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.