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    by Published on 05-01-2017 02:03 PM
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    Congratulations to Brian van Beusekom for winning round 2 of the Champion Motorsports 8 Round Championship for e-Sports Time Trials! Round 2 was contested with Race Room Experience and an amazing Historic Corvette at Suzuka West! Brian layed down a smoking time almost a second faster than what was a very quick field of drivers entering. A shout out to Jon Uyan and Bailey Lagstrum for rounding out the podium!

    Also since we had 15 drivers we earned a bonus race with this car and track!!! Details will be posted soon on the race. That will be an additional opportunity to earn bonus points for the contest!

    Since Brian also shared a video of his hotlap on youtube he has also received 2 bonus points!

    Rank Driver Laptime Points
    1 Brian van Beusekom 01:15.001 17
    2 Jonathan Uyan 01:15.792 14
    3 Bailey Lagstrum 01:16.014 13
    4 Dave Slee 01:16.562 12
    5 Matt Geddes 01:17.101 11
    6 Kris Hudson 01:17.163 10
    7 Hans Gunnar Hansen 01:17.306 9
    8 Brette Brooks 01:17.604 8
    9 David Anderson 01:17.606 7
    10 Bill Brehm 01:18.921 6
    11 Val Hoggard 01:19.746 5
    12 Phil Elmore 01:20.488 4
    13 Daren Lim 01:20.888 3
    14 Kevin McTavish 01:21.295 2
    15 Ryan Thompson 01:23.553 1
    by Published on 04-29-2017 11:28 AM
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    I am happy to announce the next round of the CMS Time Trial Championship!!!! We will be using Automobilista and the Formula-Vintage (F-Vintage 1967) F1 Cars! Your challenge this round will be to use any of the F-Vintage 67 vehicles to turn your best lap at Johanesburg Historic Layout (aka Kyalami South African GP). This is an amazing car, and an amazing track for them, back to the glory days of racing and very GPL like! Again you may use any of the 1967 F-Vintage cars for this contest!

    You have until end of day May 15th to get your lap time in!!!

    We will be using the following ongoing leaderboard

    This is the way it works with Automobilista

    Launch the game, and select the F-Vintage 1967 cars.
    Then click on Time Trial
    Choose the Track and start lapping!
    your time will be automatically added to the leaderboard.

    Important note for this round. Automobilista displays your Steam name in the leaderboard, and I don't know everyone's steam name, so please as you post a lap or improve a lap share it here with your Name, Ranking position and the laptime and I will go validate it. If you improve it please update it in this thread. The accountability will be on every driver to post here so I don't miss anyone.

    Last but not least, if we get 15 drivers in the contest I will host a bonus race on this track/sim for extra points!!!
    by Published on 04-24-2017 08:43 PM
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    Yesterday afternoon I went to a book signing by Brian Redman, hosted jointly by the Boston BMWCCA and PCA. Brian was joined by one of his former rides, BMW CSL #59, which he drove to victory in the 1976 Daytona 24hrs with Peter Gregg and John Fitzpatrick.

    It was a beautiful day for an outing here in the northeast, especially with my friend Phil doing the driving in his '72 3.0 CSi. Lots of other attendees were of a similar mind, and the parking lot was littered with nice cars, including a shiny new M4GTS, a Ferrari 360, an E-Type Jag, a Ford GT, and numerous other Bimmers and Porkas.

    Like many drivers of his day, Brian was a jack-of-all-trades behind the wheel, and jumped around from F2 to F5000 to WSC to F1 to Can-Am to IMSA, frequently many of them in the same season. He spoke for more than an hour about his amazing career, some highlights of which I remember:

    - Driving the wheels off an Austin Mini, literally: the front left wheel came off right over the lug nuts, which were still on the car
    - Jim Clark teaching him his exercise regimen of leg lifts: once a day he lifted them out of bed in the morning, then back into bed that night
    - Crawling back to the hotel with Jo Siffert at 4am after winning at Spa, then partying with the mechanics- his wife locked him out and the hotel manager had to beg her to let him in to keep the noise down
    - His favorite car was the Porsche 908, despite the fact that it nearly killed him at the Targa Florio. He slid into a concrete mile marker sideways, which ruptured the fuel tanks and ignited the car in a fireball. Redman was extremely lucky his belts released, and he was able to jump from the car before his eyes swelled shut, because there was of course no one around to put him out.
    - His other life-threatening accident happened in a Can-Am Chapparal at St Jovite, when the car lifted off and slowly back-flipped, breaking the roll bar when it came down upside down, and Brian's neck with it.
    - Brian had a long career, for a driver of the era. He drove only one race for Ferrari- the Old Man pushed him so hard that Brian turned down an offer to race in red for the rest of the year, because he was sure he would be dead before the end of the season.
    - Jo Bonnier was known to cut drivers off as he passed. Brian said you knew you'd have to lift if he came over, or he'd hit you, and in fact that's what finally killed him at Le Mans.
    - When asked about his least favorite car, he said it was the Porsche 917, which, ironically, I was due to drive that very night in Assetto Corsa with the Historics division. He said the car would not hold a line down the Mulsanne straight due to aerodynamic instability, and was known to break in half when things went south- literally separating around the cockpit, which was not a comforting thought. It was better in 1970, in fact he co-drove the winning 917 in the '70 Spa 1000kms, despite the car twice shredding its tires on the way to the Masta kink during practice!

    Great stuff! Lots more stories to be read in his book, "Daring Drivers and Deadly Tracks", quite the history of an amazing career.
    by Published on 04-20-2017 08:25 AM
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    Another wet race? Kinda.. Getting into the car for the last 2 stints of the race on a drying track and taking slicks.. was fun.
    Driver line up for this race was Jules Goux, Greg Hall & me. Troy was in engineer position for ~7 hrs. Team work.

    by Published on 04-01-2017 09:51 AM
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    I said I wasn't going to do a March issue, but with two rallies already in the books, I figured it would be easier to cover two rallies now vs trying ...
    by Published on 03-30-2017 12:26 PM
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    As promised here is a bit of a recap and some videos from our weekend at the SCCA Championship Tour in Texas this past weekend (College Station). First of all we were set to travel down on Friday morning, but the weather was looking really dicey and since we had decided to make it an all Miata weekend, with no support vehicle we left Thursday night. That ended up being a great call as we were able to take our time, enjoy the drive in the Miata's and get down there in plenty of time to not be rushed and even sleep in on Friday ...

    So after an awesome Mexican Breakfast Taco on Friday morning we headed out to the site for some testing before the later in the day weather was expected to come in. We had the wonderful experience of the car feeling really good right away without any setup changes to what we were thinking. It handled well and we were both comfortable with it. So with very little if any changes, we were ready to race. Now it was time to do the usual stuff of check in, tech the car, walk the courses, etc. We did all that and then had a nice dinner with some Friends Friday night on a Patio as the weather had cleared up and we had a really nice social time.

    So, Saturday comes around, we would work first heat and run third heat, so we'd be on the track around 12 noon. Forecast was Sunny and no clouds in sight. There were seven of us in the class. 5 Miata Drivers and 2 MR2 Drivers. The MR2 Toyota Drivers were sharing a car the same as Phil and I in my 2001 White Miata ...

    It became apparent to us both on the grid and after first runs that we'd be competing hard with the MR2 drivers all weekend for podium spots.

    After runs on day one, we were setting 1-4 in the order. The owner of the MR2 leading, David about 7 tenths behind. Then the co Driver of the MR closely followed by Phil. Everyone within striking distance of the Podium with David and the MR2 owner battling for the weekend win ...

    So, another night out, a bit calmer this time as we were pooped. We had enjoyed the first night restaurant so much we went back for a 2nd night to this same place!

    Back up early on Sunday for what would be the Money runs...

    We go out, Phil first and he takes over the 3rd place position. The Co Driver of the MR2 is next up and cones. David then goes and briefly moves into the lead, before getting bested by the MR2 owner. Phil and the MR2 co-driver would have the biggest battle with David settled into a comfortable second place, and the MR2 owner the victor. Unfortunately Phil had dug just a bit too much of a gap on day one and couldn't completely overcome it on day 2 for the last podium spot. He bested the MR2 co driver on day 2, but overall was still behind.

    In the end here were the final standings of the top 4 ... with the others trailing.

    Michael G - MR2 - 1:49.051
    David A - Miata 1:51.599
    Mike M - MR2 - 1:54.048
    Phil E - Miata 1:55.001

    Get this, in the end, we combined won almost $300 from Miata in contingency Money. Additionally $50 from Hawk Brake Pads, and another $150 from Bridgestone Tires! I guess we are real pros now. lol. Too bad we both individually spent more than that on Hotel alone!

    Here are some videos ...

    David Day 1

    Phil Day 2
    by Published on 03-04-2017 05:16 AM
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    About Norm

    Affectionately known as “Stormin Norman”, he had a career racing in real life. He raced in ...
    by Published on 01-16-2017 09:06 PM
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    So for as long as I can remember I've been playing simulation games whilst seated at my desk....I had a good chair that ...
    by Published on 12-10-2016 06:20 AM
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    The GSRC All-Star Road vs. Oval race is today!!!! CMS Drivers are participating to represent our community!!!! Watch the race on the live broadcast today around 12 Noon CST (Chicago). Goodluck CMS!!

    by Published on 12-09-2016 10:57 AM
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    First I want to thank Champion Motorsports for allowing me to race here and my buddies from MNRL. I have race this mod before, so I knew the handling. I just needed to find the gearing that was in a perfect spot to take the hill (the jump). I think taking the hill in 4th gear made the difference. Cohn was fast and I think he will be a pain the next race. Miller always is there but sadly he looks like he was kidnapped by aliens before race.

    Please enjoy this video. See ya next race.

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