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 5 – Late Model Tour – Irwindale

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Having not raced at Irwindale in a really long time and with a bad week at Lime Rock Park behind me, I again wasn’t sure what to expect at Irwindale. In the end, I had a pretty good week and scored decent points.

I qualified just before my race, as usual using Rusty Greer’s fantastic setup from the iRacing forum and doing no prior testing whatsoever. I managed to set a decent time of 18.768 which put me in a great mood for my race 15 minutes later.

This race gave me a lot of the confidence back which I’d lost at Lime Rock Park. I felt quite competitive and in a field of 16 drivers I was rated 9th, but had managed to qualify 5th! My luck continued when the 3rd-place starter failed to take the grid and I found myself in 3rd!

The race wasn’t exciting because of any on-track battles, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself because I didn’t feel out of depth with people who are usually much faster… I lapped consistently and was eventually only passed by two higher rated drivers on laps 17 and 18. I continued in my new position of 5th all the way until the end of the race. Hopefully this was a sign of things to come. I felt like I was on the edge of getting my sim racing form back again.


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.