• North America rFactor 2 Round 6-Malaysia Race Recap

    Norm Graf wins the prototype division, Bill Brehm wins GTE and Eric Elliott wins GTC at Malaysia in the CMS North American Racing Series!!
    Writeup by James Knowles, screenies by Tim Collier

    After the previous round in Japan the NARS circus had a short hop down to Malaysia for the next round of the championship. But this is not just any circuit-it is the Sepang International Circuit, and while it is an absolutely outstanding facility in every sense of the word, it is also “Track by Tilke”, and this evokes a certain emotion out of many a driver.

    First a piece from Wikipedia on Tilke track design:

    Tilke's track designs have been the subject of criticism. A 2009 profile in The Guardian noted that Tilke "has been accused of penning boring tracks and, even worse, of butchering legendary ones like Hockenheim." Former driver and team owner Sir Jackie Stewart was critical of Tilke in a 2011 piece in The Daily Telegraph, blaming his designs for the lack of overtaking and excitement at many Formula One races, saying they "are largely carbon copies of each other". Stewart, while praising the vast improvement the designs have brought to the sport's safety as well as "bringing fantastic amenities and luxuries to the sport", argued that the tracks have "gone too far the other way" in terms of safety. His primary complaint was that the large tarmac run-off areas fail to "penalize mistakes".
    Others have defended him. Driver and commentator Anthony Davidson said that Tilke "understands the demands of the modern cars...he gives us run-off areas and it's all well thought out. They are enjoyable to race on because they suit modern F1 cars. At a track like Silverstone you do not get as much overtaking because it was designed for cars that were slower and did not depend on downforce for speed. But the circuits designed in recent years have a long straight and bigger braking zone." Similar praise has come from Clive Bowen, the managing director of Apex Circuit Design, who called Istanbul "a technical and aesthetic tour de force". He also defended Tilke's safety-enforced changes to existing tracks, noting: "By cutting off that long blast down through the woods at Hockenheim he was just joining the dots – he did not have much room for maneuver."

    Now some words from the CMS World Division drivers, some positive, some negative…

    CMS Driver Scott Beck

    “I think Tilke tracks are horrible. They're all basically the same. They all have those horrible turns that get tighter as they go. Like at Sepang, Korea, China and maybe a few more. Singapore, Valencia and Abu Dhabi are basically the same.”

    CMS Driver Wayne Fitzgerald

    “Sepang is a great track. But there's nothing easy about it. The T1/T2 shredder combo tests mechanical grip and patience, T4 with it's transition from uphill to flat, the big sweeps to test how aero-loose you dare to go, the breath-taking double apex at T7 and T8, the nasty little uphill hairpin at T9, the two decreasing radius curves at T11 and T14 with the gut-check T12 and T13 combo between, then two monstrous straights in case you need to go get a beer. What's not to like? I think Sepang is a great track.”

    CMS Driver Troy Dalton

    “I have to give Tilke a little credit, who else would think to build a track with straights large enough to serve as emergency landing areas for passing 747's.”

    Let’s see how the fellas did this evening…

    Norm Graf took pole in the prototype division with a 1:52.579 in the Oreca-Nissan. Jon Uyan was second on the grid in the Ligier with a 1:53.993. Third spot went to John Nelson in an Alpine with a 1:55.079 followed closely by Dave Slee with a 1:55.135 and Jerry McComas with a 1:57.696 both driving Orecas.

    In GTE Bill Brehm took class pole in the BMW M3 with a 2:04.702 followed by Tom DeLibero with a 2:05.512 in a Ferrari followed by Tom Nasella third on the grid with a 2:07.172 in a BMW.

    In GTC Eric Elliott put in a solid Q lap with a 2:09.028. Second in GTC was Paul Hamilton with a 2:09.387 followed by David Anderson with a 2:11.389 and Frank Speer with a 2:13.694.


    Uyan kept the heat on Graf all race long, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. Graf took victory in the prototype division leading Jon Uyan at the flag by 9 + seconds. Kudos to these two for an outstanding close race. Third in prototypes and a lap down was Jerry McComas the final finisher in the prototype division.
    In GTE it was Bill Brehm to take the win for Porsche 11 seconds ahead of Tom Delibero who took second for Ferrari with Tom Nasella in third for BMW, just under three seconds behind Dilibero. Close finish in GTE.
    In GTC Eric Elliott lapped the field, followed by Paul Hamilton in second, David Anderson rounding out the podium and Frank Speer fourth.

    Next CMS NARS race is Road America -SEE YOU THERE!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: WRITEUP: NARS Round 6-Malaysia started by tannat View original post
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