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MNRL ’74 911 at Ibarra (reverse layout)

November 5, 2019 – Joe Miller steals the championship points lead from Jason Whited with back to back wins at Ibarra.

Brette Brooks managed 2 podiums in the two races, finishing P3 in Race 1 and P2 in Race 2. Even though he lost the points lead, Jason Whited was able to grab 2 podium spots as well, finishing P2 and P3 respectively.

In Seniors division, Bill Brehm took back to back wins, returning to MNRL with style. He was followed by Pete Holm and Aaron Page, rounding out the top 3 in Race 1. In Race 2, Jerry Hamilton took the runner up spot and Pete Holm followed closely, ending up in P3.

With two rounds remaining, and a mere 3 point difference at the front of the championship standings, an exciting finish to this series is all but written in stone. You won’t want to miss this!

Results

MNRL '74 911 @ Ibarra (reversed)

ACC Sprint – Hungaroring Race 2

November 4, 2019 – Driver Classification Updates:
Miguel Valenzuela: from AM to Silver
Dominic Guerin: First race, to Silver – still under review
Jon Uyan: from Pro to Silver
Ricardo Navon: from Pro to Silver
The reports below will be written with these changes included.

Pro – Race 2 had chaos at the start, with Bubba Jones rushing on the formation lap to regain his proper starting position after a disconnect between races. As the lights went green, a poor start from Jones and Josh Staffin saw them fall away from John Paul Hidalgo in the lead, with Keith Briscoe taking full advantage by moving down the inside of the pair into turn 1 into 2nd place. Unfortunately it wouldn’t last, with Staffin diving into turn 1 from a fair distance, leaving Briscoe to defend from Jones as Staffin focused on chasing down Hidalgo. Staffin and Hidalgo were matched for pace, but a spin in turn 8 saw Hidalgo firmly in the barriers, allowing Staffin to draw up alongside him before completing the move into turn 11. Hidalgo’s damage saw his pace drop significantly, being caught and passed swiftly by Briscoe and Jones within the next few laps. Briscoe held Jones at bay until a mistake into turn 5 saw Briscoe run wide and gift Jones 2nd place. From there, Briscoe was unable to close up the gap to Jones to make a move, remaining in 3rd for the rest of the race. Don Bélanger was driving another solid race in 5th, before moving up to 4th as Hidalgo struggled with damage and was given a DT penalty for exceeding track limits; this unfortunately wouldn’t last, as a mysterious snap at the rear sent Bélanger into the barriers into turn 2, taking significant damage and resulting in a pace deficit that dropped him to 6th. With the battling from 2nd down, no one was able to chase down Staffin in 1st. Jones followed to take 2nd, just ahead of Briscoe in 3rd.

Silver – JT Tami and Miguel Valenzuela led their class into turn 1, with Dominic Guerin and Eric Andersern a couple of seconds further back. Tami capitalized on a mistake from Valenzuela on lap 4, moving down the inside at turn 11 to take 6th overall. A slide out of turn 4 put Guerin into the wall, taking damage and falling back towards Andersen. Andsersen was kept behind until a spin out of the final corner sent Guerin into the barriers again, at which point he pitted for repairs. Guerins race would come to an end on lap 10 after fighting a broken car, ending up in the wall on the outside of turn 10. Tami and Valenzuela also came together going into turn 5, with Valenzuela stalling while trying to recover the car; Tami continued on without losing a position, but Valenzuela dropped behind Andersen. Tami came out on top being 1st in class and 5th overall after a spin from Bélanger, with Andersen 2nd in class and Valenzuela coming home 3rd.

AM – Michael Mortensen would again fly the flag for the AM class, having a quiet but solid performance. While not quite able to maintain pace with the Silver or Pro class drivers, Mortensenwas able to capitalize on Dominic Guerins (Silver) damage and pass going into turn 12 for 9th overall. Only a spin across the marbles on the outside of turn 11 put a damper on what was otherwise a perfectly clean drive to the finish.

Results

ACC Sprint - Hungaroring Race 2

ACC Sprint – Hungaroring Race 1

November 4, 2019 – Driver Classification Updates:
Miguel Valenzuela: from AM to Silver
Dominic Guerin: First race, to Silver – still under review
Jon Uyan: from Pro to Silver
Ricardo Navon: from Pro to Silver

The reports below will be written with these changes included.

Pro – Josh Staffin and Bubba Jones showed their dominance around Hungaroring, starting cleanly from the front and keeping out of trouble. Their race became a war of attrition, with the gap between the pair never extending beyond 2 seconds. John Paul Hidalgo and Keith Briscoe had penalties to serve at the start, dropping to back at the end of lap 1 and out of contention for the lead. With Briscoe pitting and the top two pulling away, Don Bélanger secured a lonely race in 3rd. Briscoe, after serving his Stop&Go (0s), charged back through the field to make his way up to 4th, only running out of time to catch Bélanger in 3rd. Hidalgo, with a more severe Stop&Go (10s), fell far behind the rest of the field, only getting back into the mix halfway through the race. He charged up to the rear of JT Tami (Silver) in 5th, but failed a last-lap attempt to overtake, dropping him to 7th behind Eric Andersen (Silver). With the front three untroubled by the rest of the pack, Staffin came home in 1st, with Jones a very close 2nd and Bélanger finishing 3rd.

Silver – Miguel Valenzuela got off to a slow start, dropping him behind JT Tami, Eric Andersen and Jon Uyan, with Dominic Guerin following close behind. An overcorrection from a slide sent Valenzuela into the runoff towards the end of lap 2, but luckily avoided the barriers. With Uyan and Guerin each having their own spins and suffering from damage, Valenzuela was able to recover to 8th overall. Leading the class, Tami, Andersen and Uyan were closely matched, until three separate spins at turn 11 from Uyan saw his race fall apart, taking substantial damage, dropping him to the back and eventually retiring. Guerin joined Uyan in the pitlane at the end, due to underfueling the car at the start. With Andersen unable to match Tami in the second half of the race, Tami took 1st in class, with Andersen 2nd and Valenzuela 3rd.

AM – Mortensen was the only AM driver present in this event, and as such could focus on moving up in the Overall Championship standings. With Briscoe (Pro) and Hidalgo (Pro) taking their penalties as well as a spin from Valenzuela (Silver), Mortensen initially moved up to 8th overall. However, with a significant pace difference between against the rest of the field, Mortensen was careful to allow the faster cars back through as to not interrupt their race or risk a collision. With a consistent but lonely drive, along with Uyan (Pro) and Guerin (Silver) retiring, Mortensen came home 9th overall.

Results

ACC Sprint - Hungaroring Race 1

NARS GT3 at Zolder

October 31, 2019 – It was an all GT3 Halloween edition of NARS Autumn racing at Zolder. Imported McLaren Senna drivers from Group A decided to put on another hat and run with the Group B drivers in GT3 this time around. Sure enough, JT Tami took the win followed by the always fast GT3 drivers Jon Uyan and Jason Whited. Another meager-sized grid has to concern series admins as well as the faithful rFactor2 participants.

Results

NARS Autumn GT3's at Zolder

MNRL F1 95 Series at Magny-Cours

October 29, 2019 – After back-to-back DNF’s in the first two rounds of the MNRL F1 ’95 series, Jason Whited managed a surprising win at Magny-Cours. Bob Williams pulled out a nice second place finish, with Bruno Mancebo rounding out the podium. Points leader Allan Hellmann took and early and commanding lead, but soon ran into troubles that forced him to retire early.

Jerry Hamilton won in the seniors division, taking the championship points lead in the process. Peter Holm took P2, with Aaron Page rounding out the seniors podiums in P3.

The series heats up as we move into Round 4, which will take place at Silverstone in two weeks time. New but familiar faces move into the points battle as others face struggle. It’s far from over.

Results

MNRL F1 95 Series at Magny-Cours

NARS Autumn Visits The Bend

October 24, 2019 – Round 3 of the Autumn series was won by Group A driver Greg Hall followed by JT Tami. In Group B, It was Jon Uyan taking the win with Rodger Gabryszak in 2nd and Mark Cotherman in 3rd.

Results

NARS Autumn Visits The Bend

MNRL ’74 911 at Cadwell Park

October 22, 2019 – Cadwell Park is quite a unique racing circuit. So unique and challenging in fact, many don’t even believe cars are raced on such a narrow, windy road until they see it for themselves.

Joe Miller proved he was up to the challenge with double wins in the ’74 Porsche 911 on Tuesday night, while points leader Jason Whited took double P2s and Tyler Alan followed suit with a string of P3s rounding out the podium.

In the Seniors Division, Aaron Page also stepped up for the challenge taking the win in both races.
Jerry Hamilton and Tony Boynton rounded out the top 3 in both events.

The points battle is very close and with much of the season still left to be played out, anything could happen.

In 2 weeks this series will travel to Ecuador, where drivers will be challenged by a tricky circuit that should mix the field up quite nicely; Ibarra!

Results

MNRL '74 911 at Cadwell Park

ACC Sprint – Misano Race 2

October 21, 2019 – Results of the Misano Race by classes.

Pro – The battle for the lead may not have been as chaotic as Race 1 with only 2 drivers edging out a gap to the rest of the field, but the racelong battle between Josh Staffin and Bubba Jones showcased excellent racing from both drivers. Jones led into turn 1, but lost it after Staffin moved down the inside into turn 4. With John Paul Hidalgo and Jon Uyan coming together on lap 2 and no other driver able to match the pace of the leading pair, the fight for 3rd was on. Keith Briscoe got tagged by JT Tami (Silver) in lap 1, falling to the back with Tami. Don Bélanger drove well to maintain a gap over 4th placed Ricardo Navon, guaranteeing 3rd place. Further down, Uyan, Briscoe and Hidalgo were fighting hard over 7th until Hidalgo again hit the rear of Uyan, at which point Hidalgo retired, and Briscoe continued to an eventual 6th place. At the front, Jones matched Staffin’s pace in the first half of the race, then closed the gap as Staffin began struggling for grip. Despite the pace advantage and multiple attempts at overtaking, Staffin held on to come home in the lead, with Jones finishing 2nd, and Bélanger completing the podium.

Silver – The race for the Silver drivers started off well for JT Tami, who went around the outside of Dave Hassar at turn 2 at the start. Unfortunately Tami ran into the back of Keith Briscoe (Pro), and pulled over to wait for Briscoe (Pro) to rejoin. This dropped him well behind Hassar and Eric Andersen, with Hassar having a slight pace advantage ahead of Andersen. From there things calmed down, with Hassar notably defending from Briscoe (Pro) on the final lap to finish 5th overall. Tami drove cleanly, but could only recover to 9th overall with Hidalgo’s (Pro) retirement. Andersen had a massive spin, backing into the barriers and losing any chance of catching Hassar, leaving the Silver finishing order as Hassar, Andersen, Tami.

AM – No AM class drivers were present for Race 2 at Misano.

Results

ACC Sprint - Misano Race 2

ACC Sprint – Misano Race 1

October 21, 2019 – Results of the Misano Race by classes.

Pro – Misano offered a real treat, with a massive collection of overtakes and a race win that any driver could have taken; Jon Uyan and Josh Staffin were the first to drop out of contention, with Uyan retiring and Staffin getting disqualified for cutting. John Paul Hidalgo had an early spin but a spectacular second half of the race, while Keith Briscoe, Don Bélanger, Bubba Jones and Ricardo Navon all fought for the podium spots. It all came down to the final lap though, as Hidalgo showed his pace and overtook Briscoe on the final lap, with Navon and Bélanger falling back through the constant battling. The final podium was Hidalgo, Briscoe and Jones.

Silver – With Eric Andersen’s performances throughout the season, he’s joined the silver class, making it a 3 way fight for the class victory between him, Dave Hassar and JT Tami. Tami took the lead from Hassar early on, even fighting with Briscoe (Pro) and Jones (Pro). Hassar closed up after a mistake from Tami, but had a spin that nearly put him into the barriers, dropping him down to the back of the field. Hassar later caught up to the back of Andersen, but suffered another spin in the dirty air, leaving Andersen free to chase after Tami. Despite getting close, he couldn’t quite find the pace to pass Tami, resulting in Tami finishing 1st in class, with Andersen 2nd and Hassar 3rd.

AM – Jorge Rivera was the only AM Driver present in this race, allowing for total focus on his overall finishing position. Rivera drove a relatively clean race with only one significant spin, and with the Jon Uyan (Pro) and Josh Staffin (Pro) out of the running, along with Dave Hassar (Silver) dropping a lap down with multiple spins, came home in 8th overall.

Results

ACC Sprint Misano Race 1

NARS Autumn at Sentul

October 17, 2019 – Race 2 of NARS Autumn was held at Sentul International, a very fast sweeping track. Greg Hall took the pole in Group A (McLaren Senna cars) and Jon Uyan took the pole for Group B (GT3 cars). At the start, the McLaren’s bolted away as expected and the GT3’s had quite a dice getting through the first several corners. At the end, it was Group A’s JT Tami besting Greg Hall with John Nelson running in 3rd. In Group B, Jon Uyan took the win followed by Mark Cotherman and Jason Whited.

Results

NARS Autumn at Sentul

MNRL F1 95 Series at Barcelona

October 15, 2019 – Allan Hellmann won the second round of the MNRL F1 95 series. Two races, two wins in this series, and Allan is proving himself to be a top driver in the open wheel discipline. Frank McCurdy and Joe Miller had an exciting battle for second, with Frank McCurdy narrowly coming out on top again.

In the Senior’s Division, Denis Turcotte took P1 with Jerry Hamilton and Frank Radosti not far behind.

Round 3 will take place at Magny-Cours. It is a circuit that will provide an intense challenge to the drivers (as if the car itself was not enough).

The Championship battles are just heating up, and with a few usual front runners struggling early on, expect potential curve-balls to be thrown throughout the series.

Results

MNRL F1 95 Series at Barcelona

NARS Autumn Starts Retro

October 10, 2019 – Race 1 of the NAR Autumn Series for rFactor 2 was held on the sunny sands of Bridgehampton. Each NARS series typically includes one “throw back track” but this time around it opened with Lilski’s ported AC masterpiece, Bridgehampton. Coupled with the new hypercar McLaren Senna and the favorite GT3s, the opening round was fast-paced. Real fast-paced. 

Qualifying pole was won by Greg Hall in the hypercar, with Jon Uyan setting the pole pace for the GT3s.

For the always precarious standing start, the McLaren Senna’s were predictably off like a rocket followed by the GT3s. There were no (serious) incidents between hypercars and GT3s but the GT3s had a tussle early on and several drivers has to park their cars for the night due to incident or mechanical damage. At the flag, Greg Hall picked-up where he left off in Series 2 with a win in Group A. Following Greg was Don Fryman and JT Tami. In Group B, it was Jon Uyan followed by Mark Cotherman and Thomas DiLibero.

Results

NARS Autumn Race 1 at Bridgehampton

MNRL ’74 911 Challenge at Brands Hatch

October 8, 2019 – Races 2 and 3 in the ’74 911 Challenge Series took place Tuesday at Brands Hatch.

Jason Whited qualified on pole, showing his desire to keep the streak alive after winning both races in the first round of the series.

He managed to win the first race of the night, but the inverse grid and an incident involving multiple cars near the top of the running order put an early end to any chance of doubling down on this night.

Gilles Lalonde was able to capitalize on the inverse grid in Race 2. He took an early lead and maintained it to the end, leading all but the first two laps of the race.

Joe Miller secured P2 in both races, gaining all important points for the championship. He also maintains second in championship standings at this time.

Tyler Alan rounded out the podium in Race 1 and in Race 2, his father, Todd Alan secured the P3 spot.

In the seniors division, Jerry Hamilton picked up a nice win in Race 1 followed by a podium spot in Race 2 as well (P3).

Pete Holm won Race 2. Aaron Page also found a podium spot with a nice P2 finish. Jerry Hamilton rounded out the podium.

Cadwell Park is the next track in this series and given the challenging nature of the circuit it’s expected we’ll see just as much variety in the running order as we have thus far.

You won’t want to miss it. Join in before it’s too late, this series is only just heating up!

Results

MNRL 1974 911 Challenge Series at Brands Hatch

ACC Sprint – Monza Race 2

October 7, 2019 – Results of the Monza Race by classes.

Pro – John Paul Hidalgo led from pole with Bubba Jones, Josh Staffin and Don Bélanger giving chase, as the rest of the field caught the curse of turn 1 at Monza. Things progressed steadily, with Hidalgo slowly opening up a gap as Staffin and Jones fought over second. Staffin then spun on lap 6 and went into the barriers, giving 3rd to Bélanger. With Bélanger dropping away from the lead pair, Hidalgo looked good for the victory until a spin on lap 12 cost him the lead and created over a 6 second gap to Jones who had inherited it. Jones proceeded to take victory, with Hidalgo 2nd and Bélanger finishing the podium.

Silver – The Silver drivers of JT Tami and Dave Hassar were stuck down in the midfield, where chaos unfolded around them. Tami led Hassar throughout the race, managing the gap well until a collision with an anti-cut kerb on lap 6 dropped him towards the back of the field, only to carry on after dropping 3 laps behind the leaders. Hassar was chasing down Andersen (AM) for 4th overall until a spin in Ascari saw him collide with the barriers. With the damage from the first impact, he had lost a significant amount of pace and dropped to 6th overall, where he ultimately finished. Hassar took the class victory, with Tami finishing 2nd in class, though neither had the race they would have wanted.

AM – The source of the chaos into T1 on lap 1, the AM class was initially led by Miguel Valenzuela, followed by Eric Andersen and Jorge Rivera. Andersen bounced across the sausage kerb in turn 2, catching the rear of Valenzuela causing him to spin across the front of the midfield. Ricardo Navon (Pro) escaped cleanly on the inside as the rest of the pack bunched up until Keith Briscoe (Pro) went for a gap between Andersen and Valenzuela, unfortunately pinging between both before spinning off into the barriers on the outside. Rivera tagged the rear of Valenzuela who moved across to avoid Briscoe, spinning him off to the inside and into the barriers as well. With all of this, the fight for the AM lead fell between Rivera and Andersen. Unfortunately Rivera had oversteer through Ascari that same lap, dropping down the order and giving Andersen the class lead, and eventually the class win. With Valenzuela dropping out, only Andersen and Rivera made the podium, in 1st and 2nd respectively.

Results

ACC Sprint - Monza Race 2

ACC Sprint – Monza Race 1

October 7, 2019 – Results of the Monza Race by classes.

Pro – A poor start from John Paul Hidalgo and Bubba Jones dropped them well down the order at the start, with Josh Staffin and Don Bélanger getting away well. Staffin was 5 seconds clear of the field until a game crash dropped him out of contention, while Jones fought his way past Keith Briscoe and Bélanger to gain 2nd place. Hidalgo then had a spin into the barriers from the lead, dropping him to 2nd. The damage from the spin proved costly as Bélanger caught and passed him towards the end, making the final order on the podium Jones, Bélanger, Hidalgo.

Silver – Dave Hassar was the only silver driver present this race. Am early error dropped him down to the back of the field, where he caught and battled with Michael Mortensen (AM) for 8th overall. After clearing Mortensen he proceeded to catch Migeul Valenzuela (AM) and Eric Andersen (AM) battling, but a mistake into T1 cost him a chance of moving further up the order. Eventually he came home in 6th overall due to Keith Briscoe (Pro) and Valenzuela (AM) running out of fuel.

AM – A mistake on lap 2 dropped Miguel Valenzuela down from the class lead to the back, but charged back to retake the class lead on lap 6. Jorge Rivera defended the class lead well to that point, covering off both Eric Andersen and Valenzuela until lap 6, where a spin threw him into the barriers and dropped him well behind the rest of the field. With Michael Mortensen fighting with Dave Hassar (Silver) down the order, the class lead was now between Andersen and Valenzuela; Valenzuela defended well, until Keith Briscoe (Pro) (who had had a spin earlier on) overtook both drivers, forcing Valenzuela to take a poor line through the 2nd chicane and giving Andersen the class lead. Andersen defended to maintain the class lead to the end, at which point Valenzuela ran out of fuel and had to back out. On lap 12, Mortensen retired to the pits, gifting 3rd in class to Rivera. The top 3 in the class were Andersen, Valenzuela, Rivera.

Results

ACC Sprint - Monza Race 1