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 8 – Skip Barber Race Series – NHMS

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I had a dropped race just before this one where honestly, I was pathetic. I screwed up so many times coming back onto the oval that I decided in this race I was going to go much slower. To my surprise that actually seemed to give me a better exit, so I got pretty excited about that! I hadn’t qualified before my first race, but did do before this second one. I set a time of 1:11.823 – which I thought a decent lap – and that gave me pole position for my race later on (the amount of drivers registered was large and this gave me a split where I was the 4th highest rated driver).

I got a great start and led until we exited the oval. I braked badly, locked up and went very wide, letting 1 car past and almost dropping to 4th! Luckily I regained my composure straight away and set about chasing down the leader.

I reeled off a number of really nice laps while in 2nd, including a 1:11.915, and we had a really tight battle for position.

Much to my amusement, the instant I passed the leader on lap 7 I did exactly the same thing as I had on the first lap and let him by as I slid wide exiting the oval! I typed “lol” into the chat as I couldn’t believe I’d done exactly the same thing again.

We had another series of laps were we were very close to each other and it wasn’t until lap 16 when I got by him for good. He slapped the wall coming off oval turn 2 and damaged his suspension. During my charge to pass him I set my fastest lap of the race at 1:11.274! I took the lead on lap 16 and never looked back, only now having to worry about the backmarkers ahead of me!

Really feels awesome to win races, doesn’t it? After doing it last week at Road Atlanta in this series too I’m beginning to wonder what the hell is going on!


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.