My first road race with my Class B road racing license after my demotion at the end of last season went pretty well: I started on the outside pole and got a podium finish!
I ran a qualifying session before the event and managed to get a 1:50.198 after five laps. That put me second on the grid in a race where I was the sixth highest iRated driver.
I got a great start and as mayhem ensued behind I managed to get by as the leader ran off the track ahead of me, putting me into first place by the second turn! I led the first lap and then starting lap two ran a little wide on my entry which allowed Brett Barker to squeeze by into turn four. I stayed in touch with the leader while Lincoln Miner closed in behind me.
By lap four Lincoln had got close enough that he was able to get by out of turn one, putting me into third-place, which is where I’d stay the rest of the race.
I ran the entire race incident free and set my fastest lap on lap five (1:49.723). Really pleased to run incident free and even more pleased to finish third in a race where I was rated to finish sixth.
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!
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.