2010S1 Week 2 – NASCAR Class D – Oxford Plains

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Really wasn’t looking forward to this one. I had quite a bit of trouble finding a way to be consistent around this tricky oval this week and didn’t think I’d do very well in a race, but when it came down to it I think I performed really well and with some quick steering avoided a crash ahead which gained me two spots.

I qualified a day earlier, setting a decent time of 15.718. I didn’t even finish the session cleanly, spinning as I took the white flag – so I didn’t hold out much hope for the race.

Starting third on the grid at Oxford Plains I first of all tried to stop the second-place starter from being able to get down to the bottom of the race track. I almost managed this but when he almost spun and swung into my front end while I was underneath I backed off a bit and settled into third.

I stayed in third until lap 19, when the highest rated driver managed to sneak his nose on the inside of me into the turn. I’d made it pretty difficult for him to get his nose under there, but he did manage it eventually. Into the next turn I did run right into the back of him as he slowed for the car ahead, this gave us both light damage but I settled down into fourth-place to start lap 20.

On lap 28 I had fallen back a little and was starting to come under pressure for my fourth-place when I saw contact ahead between second and third: One spun to the inside, one spun to the outside and I ran straight through the middle and up into second-place.

I had light pressure for second for a few laps, but eventually settled into a rhythm and was able to pull away enough that I held the position until the end of the race.

Pretty pleased with the result, especially in a field of fairly highly rated drivers. My iRating has gone up by about 400 within recent weeks and I’m starting to get some incredible racing from it. I was the fourth rated driver and finishing second was a good result.

I had no recorded incidents, set my fastest lap of 15.829 on lap five and took a large points haul of 102.

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I grew up in a household where waking up at 2am to watch races in Australia or Japan were the norm. We were huge fans of motor racing, so playing racing games seems like a natural extension of that.

My first racing game addiction was with Geoff Crammond's 'Formula 1 Grand Prix' released in 1992 on the Commodore Amiga. This game kept me going for a long time thanks to various editing tools which were available, and I continued to play it until I owned a PC. After that, I played through most of the Papyrus and Image Space Inc. titles, but have most fond memories of Grand Prix Legends.

I founded a major sim racing site that led to my employment at iRacing, Image Space Inc. and later on, Studio 397. The difficulty in working in the industry is how little time you often have to play your own games. Quite often I escape with space games instead!

Left: GP cars at Silverstone in rFactor 2.


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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.