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iRTES Round 1 at Daytona Road Course

Race Report by David Anderson

January 18th, 2021 – Round 1 of the Champion Motorsports 2021 iRacing Team Endurance Series (iRTES) is complete, and big congratulations to “Revo Satellite Racing” for the overall win and class victory within LMP2, as well as “Unified Racing” for their class win in GTE.

The race featured 36 teams taking the green flag and nearly all completed the race.

It was a very strong and overall clean start to the five-race season for iRTES.

LMP2

The Revo team piloted by Paul Darling and David Williams led 83 of the 93 laps in a dominant performance for the first win of the year.

They were joined by “CMS Pro Summit” and “Imperial Motorsports -Shake” on the podium in LMP2.

Paul Darling and David Williams Paul Darling and David Williams

GTE

In the GTE Class, Justin Hess and Kurt […]

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VWSC 1971 – 2.4 Hours of Daytona Beach

Race Report by George Angelidis

Souvenir Program

January 16, 2021 – Daytona holds a special place for many of us. In the United States, it is as sacred and as important as anything else when it comes to sports cars. It is the “Le Mans of the West”. With its high speeds and high banks, it’s a spectacle on its own. And for this year’s race that spectacle belonged to Yassin Marzoug, who put on a fine show with his Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet race car.

Further down in the Top 5 positions there were monumental battles while other early leaders faced problems.

S 5.0 – Purist

Yassin Marzoug took the win in Purist class and overall, the 2nd of the season and solidified his spot to the top of the standings.

Strong performances by both Marzoug and rookie in class Ross Smith in the opening two […]

NARS Virtual DTM – Round 1 at Monza

Race Report by Matthew Overton

January 14, 2021 – It was a dreary day that greeted the teams assembled at the cathedral of speed for the opening round of the 2021 NARS Virtual DTM Championship at CMS.

23 drivers, PRO and AM took to the track, all three manufacturers well represented with Aura clearly the steed of choice.

NARS DTM at Monza

Difficult Weather

Light but steady rain during the practice morning raised significant concerns that weather would play a major role in the race, but by the time qualifying had arrived, the rain had lifted although the track remained damp due to the slow drying conditions.

JT Tami pipped Ahmed Abdalla at the last moment to take the pole as the drivers struggled with the conditions and the optimal tire choice. While all the drivers were successful in setting a qualifying lap, the range of times recorded […]

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Isle of Man Hot Lap Challenge

Special Event Report by Matthew Overton

So the CMS Isle of Man Hot Lap Challenge is now complete and time to reckon with the clock. All told, 16 drivers were successful in setting AT LEAST one timed lap, which was, as almost everyone pointed out, no mean feat!

Ahmad jumping at The Haven Country Inn Ahmad jumping at The Haven Country Inn

Before we get to all the winners, some notable facts and achievements from the month of time trialing.

Notable

  • First competitors on track: David Anderson and Matthew Overton (December 4th, 2020)
  • Last competitor on track: Thom Craine (January 3rd, 2020)
  • The most number of laps attempted as recorded by LiveRacers: 1333 by Ahmed Abdalla
  • The most number of laps completed as recorded by LiveRacers: 690 by Ahmed Abdalla
  • Highest completed laps by percent: 62% Thom Craine (5 of 8 laps!)
  • Highest clean laps by […]
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CMS iRacing Pro Teams Battles for Top 5 at Majors Phillip Island

Race Report by David Anderson

December 19th, 2020 – A hard days work, but worth it in the end as the Champion Motorsports iRacing Pro team overcame some serious adversity to earn a top five finish in Round 2 of the iRacing Majors Series Endurance Team Championship.  Coming off tremendous finishes in Round 1 at Imola the team was bullish and looking to build upon two podiums the first race with a repeat performance at the second one.

Unfortunately things turned hard on the team early in the race as not one but both cars would sustain serious damage from over aggressive moves from the Prototype Cars making passes in the very large field.  Chris Taylor behind the wheel of car two would have a heart breaking accident while leading the GT4 field which would cause major repair and drop the team out of contention of the remainder of the day.  However, […]

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CMS Season 5 Round 6 ACC at Barcelona-Catalunya

Race Report by Mark Dizon

December 7, 2020 – After an eventful round 5 at Monza last week, Champion Motorsports Season 5 ACC heads to a warm Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the mid-point race of the season! Racers this week faced a 65-minute endurance format where tire management played a crucial role in victory!

After an eventful round 5 at Monza last week, Champion Motorsports Season 5 ACC heads to a warm Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The championship standings for split #1 GT3 have Hamza Gulzar leading the field with 225 points followed by Andi Maier in second-place with 175 points. Josh Staffin is not far behind in third place with 167 points.

The split #1 GT4 championship order is led by Michael Kundakcioglu with 231 points despite missing the race in Barcelona. Nicole Umbarger sits at second place with 177 points and Troy Barman is only 3 […]

VWSC 80 Minutes of Bahrain & Season End Report

Race Report by George Angelidis
Images by Jerry Chen

VWSC 80 Minutes of Bahrain

December 5, 2020

  • Colin Moore clinches LMP2 Championship
  • Cameron Sansano survives to take GTE-Pro honors
  • SimHQ Motorsports – CMS Fords beat Scuderia Cavalli’s Ferraris in GTE-Pro
  • Snake Eyes Vipers take farewell Championship with Ross Smith Champion in GTE-Am

It was a warm and pleasant late afternoon in Bahrain. With several Championships still in doubt, drivers and teams came to give it all in the final race of the season. The race was plagued by incidents, spins, offs, and penalties.

LMP2

For LMP2 it was a straightforward win for Wouter de Bruijn, his second of the season. While Colin Moore started from the back of the grid he prevailed, ultimately driving all the way to 2nd, and commandingly taking the inaugural VWSC Championship.

Whited fought hard, but a spin after exiting the Pits that left him stationary […]

NARS 80 Minutes of Bahrain & Season End Report

Race Report by Matthew Overton

December 7, 2020 – A warm and very comfortable Bahrain late afternoon was the setting for the final round of the NARS VWSC Championship with almost ideal conditions for the 18 drivers and crews that made the trip to the Kingdom on the Persian Gulf.

And they wasted no time in getting down to business, with some scintillating qualifying laps to set the stage for the championship battles to come over the last 80 minutes of racing in the season.

LMP2

Within the LMP2 field of 7 cars, JT Tami took top honors with a blistering 1:46.411, .3s ahead of second-place Jason Whited with Colin Moore .2s further back.

Ahmed Abdalla continued his fine qualifying form, topping the GTE field with a 1:57.196, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Hank Sun with George Angelidis only slightly further back.

It was […]

Colin Moore Wins at Silverstone in AMS 2 Holiday Series

Race Report by David Anderson

November 21, 2020 — We are now two races in to our four race 2020 Holiday Fun Series with Automobilista 2 and we have had two excellent nights, and two winners, and have two races remaining to take us to the outcome in our Championship!

Congratulations to Colin Moore for his win this past week at Silverstone GP where we saw another strong field come out to have fun with this new sim that we are enjoying at CMS. Colin has been very quick and also consistent in our first two races, and this week he did the best job with pace, consistency and overall race craft to nail down a solid win at Silverstone.

Milan Plachy would finish 2nd with another solid race of his own, with newcomer to the series, Mike Clarke, who has quite a bit of experience with the AMS 2 sim and was […]

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CMS Season 5 Round 4 – Nürburgring

Race Report by Mark Dizon

November 24, 2020 – Round 4 of Champion Motorsports Season 5 ACC heads to the Nürburgring for 75 minutes of multi-sprint racing.

Split 1

Josh Staffin #23 Lexus RC F leads the charge for victory in the GT3 class at the Nürburgring! Staffin also captures the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 1:54.438. The second-place podium goes to Andreas Maier in the #123 Audi R8 rising up from P4 at the race start. Drake Burgoon displayed a strong drive clinching the third-place finish after starting the race in P10.

Josh Staffin and Hamza Gulzar go side by side at race start into Turn 1 and Turn 2. Staffin takes the lead as he navigates the inside line into Turn 3 and makes a good exit out of Turn 4. Hamza Gulzar eventually retires the #14 Bentley after […]

Hamza Gulzar wins the First Automobilista 2 Holiday fun Series Race at Imola

Race Report by David Anderson

November 21, 2020 — Champion Motorsports is very excited for that the first time we were able to get on the track in an “official” capacity with the Automobilista 2 title from Reiza Studios. Running a four race holiday 2020 Fun Series, we have some great tracks and cars selected for our first opportunity to use AMS 2.

Attendance was solid for the first race, and we learned a lot while also having a good event. The sim has tremendous potential and after overcoming a few quirks that we now know about for future events we were very pleased with our start.

A big congrats to Hamza Gulzar for the win in our first race. Hamza will be able to carry the accomplishment of having won our first race at the challenging Imola Circuit. Driving the Mclaren GT3 he would best the field in an impressive drive.  […]

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NARS BTCC Final Round Brands Hatch Indy

Race Report by Matthew Overton

BTCC Series Finale

November 19, 2020 – Another bright and sunny day greeted the drivers and their crews as they returned to Brands Hatch for the culminating round of the CMS NARS BTCC series.  With tight battles still to be decided in both the PRO and AM classes, spirits were running high for the last two races of the series on the Indy layout, promising fast, wide-open racing for the fans.

Rich Hibbs took top honors in qualifying and it proved to be a race-winning advantage as he led from flag to flag in Race 1. Behind him, Jason Whited, Eduardo Beninca, and a hard-charging Norm Graf battled throughout the race with the four cars separated by less than 4 seconds up to lap 22.

For much of the remainder of the field, however, chaos in the opening seconds meant that much of the race was spent working to […]

GTE / GT4 Series at Oulton Park

Race Report by Tim Collier

November 18th, 2020 – The third to last round of the GTE/GT4 season has arrived and the series sees a trip to the United Kingdom’s tight and challenging Oulton Park Circuit.

After last week’s race cementing current championship leaders’ advantages, time is running out for other championship contenders to upset the current order and overhaul themselves to a higher position. But, with Oulton Park’s tight and challenging layout in combination with the series running GTE and GT4 cars together, one mistake, misjudgment, or an unfortunate turn of luck can be race ending.

Qualifying

Qualifying pole in the GTE class would be taken by championship leader Justin Hess with an impressive time of 1:23.901 which was .669 of a second faster than second place’s Jason Lundy with a time of 1:24.570. These two cars were certainly in a class of their own in qualifying as the rest of the field […]

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Champion Motorsports iRacing Pro Team Takes Two Podiums at Imola

Race Report and Photos by Evan Wood & David Anderson

Let it be known the date was the 14th of November. A new dawn had formed and a new series, the MTEC series from iRacing Majors Series. Both CMS teams waited for the right conditions and put both cars on the front row. As the green flag flew at Imola it was apparent within minutes that patience and awareness would be a key to surviving. CMS team 2 jumped out with the lead as Chris Chmelir consistently put in fast times and built a steady 8 to 10-second lead. The momentum would shift however when a caution came out a few laps before the scheduled pitstop and driver change. Team 2 decided to pit under caution as p2 in class stayed out.

CMS Pro Team Car 1 Overtaking at ImolaCMS Team  Overtaking at Imola […]

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CMS Season 5 Round 3 – Laguna Seca

Race Report by Mark Dizon

November 16, 2020 – Champion Motorsports ACC heads to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA for the third round of season five! It was a warm overcast evening at race start and track conditions were optimal for close GT racing. The evening event commenced just right before sunset and finished 65 minutes later in the dark of night.

Split 1

Hamza Gulzar #14 Bentley Continental GT3 sealed another victory at Laguna Seca! Shawn Campbell #98 Porsche 911 GT3 was not far behind and finished 0.779 seconds after Hamza in P2! Dirk Groeneveld #136 Porsche 911 GT3 kept it clean and consistent throughout the race finishing in P3.
Jonathan Lee #8 Porsche 911 led the GT3 field from pole position at the start of the race but lost the lead to Hamza Gulzar at the Andretti Hairpin after receiving a bump […]

NARS BTCC Round 8 at Snetterton

Race Report and Photo by Matthew Overton

November 12, 2020 – At long last, the fabled English weather fulfilled its promise, providing a wet and dreary day for Round 8 of the NARS BTCC championship. Rather than dampening the racing spirit of the 14 drivers that made their way to Norfolk for the races, it inspired some additional sharpening to their racecraft as both races provided for some amazing close-quarter runs.

Rich Hibbs proved to be the strongest in qualifying with a magic lap that was fully 2s ahead of his nearest rival, Frank Radosti.

The magic had all but disappeared however by the time the first lap was complete with the polesitter dropping to P7. Eduardo Beninca and Colin Moore were the principal beneficiaries of errors in the opening lap that saw Radosti and JT Tami get caught up together with difficulties in the racing conditions. Hibbs continued to struggle – potentially […]

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Champion Motorsports Enters iRacing Majors Endurance Team Championship

Race Report by David Anderson
Photos by David Anderson

November 11th, 2020 – Champion Motorsports is excited to announce our entry into the inaugural iRacing Majors Endurance Team Championship beginning this weekend at Imola in the first of a five round/month Championship series featuring some of the best simracers in the world.  The Majors Series will feature three classes of road racing on iconic road courses, featuring Prototype 2, GTE, and GT4 cars.

Our team will enter two cars and a total of eight drivers in the championship over the next 5 months.

CMS GT4 BMW Car Livery Champion Motorsports BMW GT4 Livery for MTEC Majors Series, courtesy of Mike Tyler

Team drivers have been busy preparing for the first race on November 14th at Imola.

Our entry for race one will see CMS Endurance Staple Brett Stephens along side Jordan Johnson in car one.  Brett, has […]

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Season 5, Round 2 – Misano

Race Report by Mark Dizon

November 9, 2020 – It was a very challenging second round of multi-class ACC racing at Misano World Circuit with heavy rain conditions during the race weekend. Teams contended with poor visibility and a very wet track while the rain showed no signs of relief. Both races splits saw plenty of drama and action especially during race start in sector 1 Variante Del Parco turns 2 and 3.

Split 1

Hamza Gulza displayed a commanding performance at Misano in his #14 Bentley Continental GT3 winning sprints race 1 and 2 as well as securing pole positions in each race. He also achieved the fastest lap of race 2 with a lap time of 1:45.786.

Josh Staffin #23 Lexus RC F GT3 secured the second-place podium in race 1 followed by Matheus Freitas #728 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the third-place finish. Josh Staffin took the fastest lap of race 1 […]

Round 1 at Nurburgring – FCP Euro GT World Challenge America

Race Report by SRO America

Kundakcioglu Wins Opener

  • 44 drivers took the green flag at Nurburgring in Assetto Corsa Competizione
  • Mercedes-AMG earns first victory in GTWC America Esports Competition
  • Cavillon, Porsche brings home the GT4 class win

November 8, 2020 – Michael Kundakcioglu led a Mercedes-AMG sweep of the top five positions in the season-opening round of the FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports championship at the Nürburgring.

Nurburgring winner of Round 1 in GT3 was Michael Kundakcioglu Nurburgring winner of Round 1 in GT3 was Michael Kundakcioglu

The Canadian started on the outside of the front row and immediately jumped to the lead as polesitter Philippe Simard dropped back in the opening sequence of corners.

While the rest of the field fought for position, Kundakcioglu built his lead to around six seconds and managed that gap throughout the duration of the […]

CMS VWSC – WSC Round 9: 1.2 Hours of Sebring

Race Report by George Angelidis
Images by Jerry Chen

VWSC 1.2 Hours of Sebring – now you rain, now you don’t

November 7, 2020

  • Bykolles Racing clinches LMP2 Championship
  • Bob Roberson becomes the oldest CMS class champion (LMPC) at 82 years old!!!
  • Sansano gets a post-race 2-grid place penalty gifting Marouane el Idrissi first season win

Crossing the line at Sebring. Crossing the line at Sebring.

Rain HAS ARRIVED! For the first time in the season, we got some rain for VWSC 1.2 Hrs of Sebring, producing some nail-biting racing and a share of randomness due to on the fly strategies…

The race was showing early on to be anything but usual with having a shower 5 minutes before qualifying. People that got on track first got the most out of it since, for most, the first lap was their best. Jason Whited and Cameron Sansano were the […]

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