This race was a mess. It’s not like the Class D racing to be this way, but there were a lot of incidents to get involved in.
I qualified prior to the event with a 22.277, this put me eighth on a grid of sixteen cars where I was rated as the third best. I hadn’t been lucky enough to find a setup from Rusty Greer prior to the event, so I had to run with the iRacing advanced setup and it did serve me pretty well until the car became damaged.
I got a good start, but being on the outside was passed by two cars and immediately dropped to tenth. I stayed fifth until lap five when two cars ahead made contact and I was able to pass them, moving into eighth.
On lap 9 I lost then gained a position after hitting the wall. The person behind passed me and someone infront pitted. Hitting the wall was the only incidents of the race I can attribute to my fault.
I stayed eighth until lap 18 when another two cars ahead of me made contact, allowing me to gain a spot and move to seventh-place.
On lap 34 two cars ahead of me again made contact and again they spun. I tried to squeeze by but got tagged by one of the cars hard enough to throw me into the outside wall, wrecking my handling. I did pass one of them, but with my bad handling lost the place two laps later.
By lap 43 I was just riding around when the cars directly ahead of me made contact (do I sound like a broken record here?), slowing them both down. I was still at speed and passed one of them, but because I couldn’t hold the car low – due to earlier damage – had to back out and give him the place on the outside. So I finished out the race in seventh-place.
So, six incidents and two of them my fault when I tagged the wall (without damage) on lap nine. My fastest lap was a 22.308 on lap seven. A big loss in SR…
I’m also really disappointed with my division placement this season. I haven’t a hope in hell of winning anything. It’s confusing because I think I was Division 7 last season and I didn’t win anything there, what the hell put me in Division 3!?
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.