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!

 

IGPS1 Race 12 – Spa (BRM Spec)

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Note: This post was created 4/5/2010 about a race which happened on 3/19/1999. IGPS was the first simracing league I ever joined. It should be noted that the video is created from the server replay and that my ping to the server was probably about 0.4 seconds at the time (I was located in England, the server was somewhere in the United States). This meant that the movements of the car were exaggerated and at times unrealistic to the view of the server and other drivers (some others also had a ping over 0.3s – meaning an in-race lag of 0.7s or more was common). The basic rules of the league were that you could reset (get a fresh car) for everything except complete engine failure and being flipped upside down.

This was a BRM Spec race. We drove the default BRM setup and obviously drove the BRM.

I qualified fourth, setting a time of 3:29.43. At the start there was a crash infront and coming out of Eau Rouge I found myself in fourth, shortly after I found myself third and later in the lap I moved into second when Richard’s engine blew ahead of me. At the end of lap one the running order was Tony Rickard, me, then only Vince Wood – everyone else was out!

I knew I wouldn’t be able to catch Tony (who I actually though was Graeme at the time), so I just kept going trying not to make any mistakes until someone said over the chat that Vince had lost his engine, I therefore parked the car with two to go and secured my second place finish!

Tony obviously won.

 
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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.