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The rF2 Week in Review: MNRL at Watkins Glen, NARS at Mid-Ohio

Story and Images by Matthew Overton February 26th, 2022 - It was an active week at CMS for rF2 drivers, as the MNRL took the TA U2 Datsun 510s to Watkins Glen while NARS were at Mid-Ohio with the the SC2018X stock cars. A busy night for MNRL saw two sprint races on the Short, No Chicane circuit with 15 drivers for the first race and then 17 for the second.  It was Eduardo Beninca over Pedro Crulas Gomez and Gilles Lalonde for the R1 honours, with Lalonde taking the checkered in R2 followed by Beninca and then Joe Miller in third. After three race meetings, Beninca shares the top of the championship standings with Jason Whited at 70 points while Lalonde at 65 points is holding off Zander Tallman just behind at 64.  In the Seniors Division, it is Steve Carman leading with 42 points ahead of Jerry Hamilton > more

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Touring/GT4 Series Heads North of the Border, Johnson and Hudson Come Out on Top

Touring/GT4 Series Heads North of the Border, Johnson and Hudson Come Out on Top Story By Tim Collier Images by Tim Collier Michael Parker leads the Touring Class field to the green flag February 26th, 2022 - After a short one-week break the Champion Motorsports Touring/GT4 Series headed North to Canada, specifically to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park formerly known as Mosport for the second race of the season.  The weather was unusually warm for a May afternoon and drivers found themselves having to adapt quickly to the slick track. Qualifying in the Touring Class saw CMS veteran Kris Hudson take the pole edging out Michael Parker who won the first race of the season.  The TCR Class had 18 cars take the grid at the start, another large field for the second race in a row! The GT4 Class Pole Position was won by Marc Johnson, edging out Drew > more

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Twomey and Colon grab Round 3 Porsche Cup Victories

Race Report by David Anderson Images by David Anderson and JT Tami February 20th, 2022 - We would like to congratulate Thomas Twomey and Miguel Colon for their victories this week in our extremely fun and competitive Porsche Cup Spec Series! Twomey would take victory at Belle Isle Street Circuit in the North American Cup Series race, while Miguel Colon would win his third race in a row in the iRacing Team Endurance Series (iRTES) support series race at Phillip Island. Both Drivers would lead flag to flag starting from the front row in each race, as these respective tracks were challenging and put an emphasis on track and starting position. The Porsche Cup cars requiring a lot of focus, both drivers were able to keep their heads down and keep the strong competition at bay behind them. Thomas Twomey Leads the field into Turn 1 at Belle > more

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CMS iRacing TCR/GT4 Series Kick off with Huge Field at Watkins Glen

The GT4 field takes the green flag to start the season! Race Report by Tim Collier Images by Tim Collier February 9th, 2022 - Champion Motorsports’ Wednesday Night iRacing Series got underway this week with the 2022 Touring/GT4 Series by hitting the oft familiar Watkins Glen Boot circuit. The semi parking and garages began to overflow in the early hours of the day, and by the time qualifying began a total of 46 cars, 25 Touring and 21 GT4s, were ready to hit the grid for the one-hour race ahead! In the GT4 Class it was Nathan Sullano taking the pole position by two/tenths of a second over Marc Johnson. Behind them the next 9 car qualified within one second of the pole making for a tight field to kick off the season! Michael Parker and Trenton Jump lead the Touring Class into Turn 1 The Touring Class pole > more

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HashTag Racing Delivers the Goods in LMP2 and GT3 at Spa

Race Report by David Anderson Images by David Anderson February 6th, 2022 - CMS Newcomers to our iRacing Team Endurance Series, HashTag Racing are fielding two cars in the 2022 championship and they made a bold and impressive statement in Round 2 of the series at Spa, sweeping both the Prototype 2 and GT3 categories in the race. First up congratulations to the dynamic duo of Flavio Saturnino and Ivo Costa for their in in the GT3 class, in their Lamborghini. The Iberia based drivers each drove very well, quick and safe at the challenging Spa circuit. They would benefit from some other teams having mistakes and issues as well to show they had the endurance mindset in this event. They would edge out TPRT Midpack and VG Racing Esport Academy on the podium. HashTag Racing GT3 Team in their Lambo Coming to the Win at Spa > more

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Gomez and Colon Take Pair of Porsche Cup Victories

Race Report by David Anderson Images by David Anderson February 10th, 2022 - The second round of the Champion Motorsports Porsche Cup Series races had visits this past week to both Watkins Glen International for our North American offering and Spa in Belgium for the iRTES Support Series. Both races highly attended with great fixed setup iRacing Porsche Cup 992 racing. Beginning at Watkins Glen, Christian Gomez would take a fantastic win with a comfortable four second lead over Justin Rehm. The win was the second top 5 of the early season for Christian and puts him in the early points lead after two of six rounds. An important win for Christian as knowing he will miss one of the upcoming races on the schedule he needed the result to be able to get off to a comfortable start in the standings. Christian Gomez wins at Watkins Glen > more

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CMS Dirt Rally 2.0 Rear Wheel Club Invades Sweden

Race Report by Steve Carman Images by CMS Members Discord Various February 5th, 2022 - The second event in the 2022 CMS RWD Rally Championship was held in Värmland Sweden. 19 Drivers started what would prove to be a treacherous rally. With cold weather at the start and the forecast of heavy snow, The first stage sorted out the competitors, with Marvin Warthöfe in his Datsun 240 Z stepping out to an early lead which he never relinquished. Philipp Janssen chased hard in his 240 throughout the first stage but ended up 6 seconds back. Aleksander Saetre in his BMW E3 came in 3rd on the stage by just a hair. Lutz Müller came in 4th by 3 seconds in his Opel and rounding out the top five was Paul Müller in his 240Z 18 seconds behind Lutz. The second stage saw Marvin Warthöfe extend his lead to 16 > more

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Historics 70’s F1 Round 1: Silverstone 67 and F1’s, a perfect match

Race Report by Patrice Cote Images by Patrice Cote January 23rd, 2022 - After very intense last two weeks of work by all drivers to get familiar with their new ride for the winter season, the ever cool Lotus 72D, it was finally time to officially kick off the season at Silverstone 67. The unofficial practice session showed the dedication of the drivers to tame the beast with over 2000 practice laps before the race even started. The pole went to Connor Levy closely followed by Aaron Roberts, they were the only ones breaking into 1:20 territory after a tensed and suspenseful session with fastest time holder changing many times. At the start line there were fifteen brave souls seeking to grab a share of (sim) motorsport glory and have a blast while doing so. The race start made all the marshal nervous as the grid is very compact. > more

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Rally Report Season 6 – Round 1 Monaco

Rally Report by Steve Carman Images by Steve Carman January 18th, 2022 - Monaco was the first event on the calendar for the 2022 CMS Rally Championship and 26 entrants took to the starting line in a wide variety of machines.  The venerable BMW E30 M3 was the most popular weapon, but a surprising number of drivers opted for the old tech Datsun 240Z and Lancia Stratos.  Michael Mortensen opted for the short wheelbase high power R5 Turbo and Manuel Sentino opted for the turbo kick of the Sierra Cosworth.  The daytime stages were relatively good weather with occasional snow flurries.  When the sun went down the going got more treacherous with snow and frozen roads at higher altitudes to challenge the entrants. Straight out of the start control on the first stage Marvin Warthöfe in his 240Z showed the red-hot pace he became known for last year.  Putting > more

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Satellite Racing Sweeps RD1 iRTES at Daytona

Race Report by David Anderson Images by David Anderson January 9th, 2022 - The first round of the 2022 Champion Motorsports iRacing Team Endurance Series (iRTES) is in the books as we have completed our annual trip to Daytona International Speedway.  Coming home very happy from the four hour endurance race was the team(s) of Satellite Racing as they took a clean sweep of the first event in both the Prototype LMP2 class as well as the GT3 class. Congratulations to David Williams and Paul Darling for picking up right where they left off last season as defending Champions in the LMP2 category by continuing their winning ways at Daytona to start 2022. The sister car in GT3 the McLaren which was piloted by Mateusz Drozda and Alex Gal would share similar success with their first win in the series for 2022 and first win overall in the GT3 > more

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2022 CMS iRacing iRTES Series Starts with two Porsche Cup Thrillers

Race Report by David Anderson Images by Various The 2022 Champion Motorsports iRacing Season has started in thrilling fashion. The first action of the year featured two highly attended Porsche Cup Spec Races.  Each racing having over 30 drivers in the field provided for some great racing to start the year. Drew Lidkea would take the win at his home track in the North American Series as the Canadian born driver would win at Mosport Drew Lidkea Edges for Win at Mosport (above) In the International iRTES Support Cup Series, Miguel Colon would back up his fantastic Summer/Fall GT3 series with a win at Daytona Road Course.  Miguel had to hold off a hungry pack of cars and teams drafting him on the last lap for a very special win. Miguel Colon Sprints to the line at Daytona in Porsche Cup Round 1 for the Win Both > more

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NARS Virtual F3 Championship – Final Round at COTA

Race Report by Matthew Overton Images by Dan Kirby Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith October 14, 2021 - Hard to believe, but it was the final round of the series in the third week of October, already! 17 drivers made their way to Austin Texas for some wonderful mid-fall sunshine and intense racing action at the Circuit of the Americas. Qualifying In an effort that was eventually neutralized by the stewards in the post-racing vehicle inspections, latecomer Ernest Bernaldo set the fastest time of 1:48.029, grabbing the attention of the fans and the other drivers alike, particularly Dan Kirby, who was just a hair slower with his own Q timing of 1:48.171. It was Tom Mountjoy picking up the AM top qualifying time with a 1:51.684, his first in the F3 series. The Races In both races, it was the opening lap and specifically the blind, uphill T1 then > more

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NARS Modern Sportscar Championship – Round 10 at Laguna Seca

Race Report by Matthew Overton Images by Jerry Chen Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith September 16, 2021 - 18 teams (8 LMH and 10 GTE) arrived at sandy Laguna Seca, ready to contest the next round of the VMSC. Conditions were warm and sunny for both practice and the race, a blessing that was appreciated by all on this tight and twisty track that is a real challenge for multi-class racing. Qualifying For the fourth race in a row, it was PRO Jason Whited in the Nissan GT-R that set the pace for the remainder of the LMH field, posting a 1:11.223 about midway through the session. While several other drivers posted times in the 1:11s after his mark, none could best it. In AM, it was Ross Smith (Nissan) and Matthew Overton (Ferrari FXX-K) dueling for top honors, with Overton taking top seed by .4s on his final > more

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NARS Virtual GT1 Championship Round 9 – 2.4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

Race Report by Matthew Overton Images by Jerry Chen and Dan Kirby Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith September 9, 2021 - There was magic in the air and a real sense of anticipation as 16 drivers, representing 7 of the 8 teams in the series, gathered at the historic circuit of Spa-Francorchamps for the final and deciding race of the Virtual GT1 Championship. The weather was magnificent, promising the best possible conditions for racing over the day and night cycle that was to come. Qualifying With PROs Dan Kirby and Eduardo Beninca tied for the driver's championship, it was no surprise that they set the two fastest time in qualifying, with Kirby recording a 2:06.982 in his Ford GT, only a half-second ahead of Beninca in another Ford. Brian Hall in his Corvette C6.R broke up the “Ford party” to take third in front of another string of Fords. > more

NARS Modern Sportscar Championship – Round 8 at Road America

Race Report by Matthew Overton Images by Jerry Chen Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith September 2, 2021 - 21 teams (10 LMH and 11 GTE) jetted back across the Atlantic to land in the beautiful state of Wisconsin and the always entertaining Road American circuit at Elkhart Lake. With only four events left in the season, every opportunity to score points, or the inability to take advantage of missteps, started to loom over the heads of each of the competitors. Qualifying Nissan fans were pleased to see Jason Whited take his G-TR to the head of the LMH PRO field for a second time in a row, posting a 1:47.778 and Ferrari Tifosi was equally enthusiastic when Matthew Overton took his FXX-K to the top of the AM field with a 1:49.372. PROs Norm Graf and JT Tami took second and third with their Ferrari and McLaren respectively, while > more

Formula Vee Series – Round 2 at Lime Rock Park

Race Report by Ryan Thompson August 24, 2021 – A staple of any iRacer's repertoire for good reason, Lime Rock Park is the first experience many people have with the platform. Lime Rock Park was built in 1956, right behind Road America and Willow Springs, in 1955 and 1953, respectively, making it the third-oldest racing venue in continuous operation in the United States. It's particularly well known as the home of the Skip Barber Racing School. In the smaller Formula Vees, much of the circuit is flat out, and the slipstream is particularly effective down the long straight, so expect some very close racing here. Qualifying Despite only having two laps to work with, qualification results were spread by just 0.667 seconds! Evan Concepcion took pole with a time of 1:01.25, with Pierre Robitaille beside him on the front row with a 1:01.28. Here is the starting grid: Pos > more

NARS Virtual GT1 Championship Round 8 – 60 Minutes of Interlagos

Race Report by Matthew Overton Images by Jerry Chen and Dan Kirby Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith August 26, 2021 – With only two races left in the series calendar, it was a very business-like and focused set of teams and drivers that arrived in Buenos Aires for the penultimate round of the VGT1C. Tightening championship races and several of the contenders returning to form have meant venues packed to their COVID-restricted capacities and record viewership around the world - with the fans at Interlagos streaming into the venue to make sure that they were able to grab their part of the excitement firsthand. Qualifying The fast laps came…. fast and furious as the field attacked the qualifying. In PRO, it was Brian Hall in his Ford GT that threw down the gauntlet early with a 1:25.325, and while many came close, it was Cameron Sansano in his Maserati > more

League Crossover Action at rFactor 2 Le Mans

Race Report by Matthew Overton Images by Jerry Chen Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith August 14, 2021 - Le Mans holds a special place in our hearts. More than any other race, it's a crucible in which new technology is forged and trickles down to the cars that populate our roads around the world. It was with this impressive heritage in mind that the drivers and teams of not only the CMS VWSC, but the Race Craft Legends ILMS series made their way to La Sarthe for the 4.8 hours of Le Mans in a crossover event that featured driver teams in addition to the usual single-driver entries and a full 24-hour cycle. Conditions were hot but dry, forcing the driving teams to make some difficult choices on setup, tire, and fuel strategy in what was sure to be a crowd-pleasing event featuring some of the top talents from > more

NARS Virtual GT1 Championship Round 7 – 60 Minutes of Pergusa

Race Report by Matthew Overton Images by Jerry Chen Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith August 12, 2021 – From Portugal, the teams of the VGT1C made the short journey east across the Mediterranean to the island of Sicily and another circuit that gets scant attention - Enna Pergusa. With championship battles intensifying and only 3 races left, the absence of PRO Jon Uyan of V.I.C.E Racing, AM title contender Jimmy Regan of Gone Broke Racing made for serious openings in all three sets of standings, if the other teams and 22 drivers made the trip to Sicily were up to the challenge. Qualifying It was PRO Daniel Kirby that made the best of the course in his Ford GT to set the pole-claiming lap of 1:27.83, a full second ahead of championship leader Eduardo Beninca in his B&M Racing Ford. JT Tami, in the first non-Ford in the qualifying > more

VWSC 1971 – 3 Laps of Targa Florio

Race Report by George Angelidis Images by Jerry Chen Broadcast by Ross “Tnadz” Smith July 31, 2021 - The 1971 VWSC Targa Florio was “one for the ages”, such it was such a special occasion that 22 cars took the flag to start on the Sicilian countryside road. Targa Florio without Ferraris can’t happen and there were 5 in this race: 1 factory entry of Scuderia Cavalli with George Angelidis in Purist and 1 for Gasoline Aftershave Bros. with Marouane el Idrissi in Pro, the rest 3 of Peter Meier (Purist), Bruce Hopkins (Am) and Santiago Dancourt (Pro) all privateers. A strong presence was that of Alfa Romeo too with Jon Uyan (Pro) arranged to drive for Alfa Romeo CMS Pro team, having an initial sortie with Porsche in the first half of the Championship joining Gilles Lalonde in the sister Alfa. The Porsche factory was represented by just > more

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