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!


2009S4 Week 4 – Late Model Tour – Lime Rock Park

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This week’s race at Lime Rock Park wasn’t really destined to set the world on fire. Whenever I tested this combination I had a very hard time putting together any laps which were clean and/or fast. Having done fairly well at this track in the Skip Barber Series I found this very disappointing.

I was ranked 13th in a field of 15 and would be starting 9th having set a qualifying time before the race of 56.835 – well off the pace.

I got a very good start and managed to get to 6th by the end of the first lap. This was mainly due to errors by others, but I’d take it! By lap 5 I was in 5th and ran well until lap 10. I spun the car into the wall under the bridge and had pretty serious damage on the right front. I continued driving as obviously most turns at Lime Rock Park don’t put a lot of weight on that wheel… I slowly drifted back and settled into 7th by the end of the 11th lap. I stayed there until the end.

Edited highlights of race.


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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.