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    by Published on 03-30-2019 07:06 PM
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    2. Members

    It's official! I know have my competition racing license! I went to VIR last Friday for competition school with the possibility of racing on Saturday and Sunday if I passed. It took me almost a year of driving with instructors and proving myself in "HPDE" days before I got approved for comp school. Comp school was an absolutely grueling day of classroom and track time. In the classroom we went over race craft and some more advanced passing and driving techniques. On the track we practiced starts, side by side racing, and flag drills. We would do about 40 minute sessions on the track. The day lasted from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm with hardly a break. The day ended with an egress test and a 30 minute written exam. I'm proud to say, I passed! I was so absolutely exhausted, I fell asleep at 8:00 that night.

    Now I was ready to race! They give you a provisional license until you complete four races incident free. That means no wrecking anyone, and no missing flags like passing under local yellow. So this made my goal clear, no wrecking people and pay attention to flags and I would consider it a successful weekend. Saturday we had a warm up session, qualifying, and a race. I managed to take 9th in qualifying out of 18 cars which I was thrilled with! We had a standing start for the race. I've done enough sim racing to know the perils of T1 so I backed way off and let the madness ensue in front of me while I tried to make it through cleanly. I made up a couple of the places I lost in the first turn before I settled into a battle for 9th with Carter Hunt. The most exciting part of my race starts around 10:41 in the video below. That's when a car got by me into Oak Tree and then we bump drafted down the back straight. I tried to follow him through on Carter but didn't quite make it. At the end of the race I managed to get Carter at the line by .05 seconds! It was an epic race! Unfortunately my in-car camera got loose on it's mount so I didn't get video of the end of the race.



    Sunday was a less exciting affair. I qualified 10th and finished 11th which involved some caution laps and a lot of open track in front of me. It was an amazing weekend and I'm super pumped to be officially racing wheel to wheel! My sim experience has helped me so much as I've gone through this process. The situational awareness, knowing what to look out for, and just being comfortable in the car are all things I attribute to sim racing. I think the most difficult thing for me so far in the transition to real racing is braking. Sim racing doesn't quite capture the violence of slowing a car down as fast as possible. Also, I'm much more aware of my mortality when I'm trying to wait until the last moment possible to brake!

    I've got a several more races planned this year including Road Atlanta, Summit Point, Carolina Motorsport Park, and Roebling Road. It's going to be awesome!


    by Published on 03-28-2019 09:08 AM
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    2. Rallying

    My stable rally..
    Drove leg1 today in my beatiful Yaris WRC. Early scare at SS1Hondaberria where I was to hot into a bend midway and killed a spectator with the big rear spoiler. half minute lost. After that it was safe and no drama..
    Amazing battle with Wolfgang
    Replay from SS2 sorica

    Results leg1 in box
    by Published on 03-25-2019 02:02 PM
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    2. iRacing,
    3. eSports

    The Champion Motorports e-sports iRacing Endurance Team has built upon a great finish and team victory at Lemans, with three follow-up top 10 finishes, including a podium at Bathurst Mt. Panorama in round two of the VRS 2019 GT3 Endurance Series.



    Pictured Above the Blue CMS Beta car and White and Orange Omega car in route to top 5's at Bathurst

    All three cars come back from off the Mountain this week with incredible early season results to continue building momentum. David Anderson and Daniel Johnson would finish in 9th overall in the Alpha Car and putting the Alpha Car in the top 25 points overall in the process.

    James Andrew, Doug Ritter, and Matthew Overton drove the Omega car in it's first race of the season to a 5th place overall in the Sunday session which was really exciting to see this car in the race and doing so well it's first time out.

    The highlight of the weekend was Paul Hamilton and JT Tami putting a team high 3rd place into the Beta car in the Sunday Session. Paul and JT drove beautifully and worked brilliantly together for a great finish.

    No rest for the wicked as we are now getting ready for Round 3 at Road Atlanta this coming weekend on March 30th! More information coming soon as the team heads to the United States for the first time this year, to see how we can do on the home soil for the majority of the team.
    by Published on 03-17-2019 04:04 PM
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    2. iRacing

    CMS-TXL Sports Car Series Power Rankings
    2019 S1 - 7 of 9 Races Completed


    After the twilight race at Mid-Ohio, there's been some movement in the Power Rankings...and while provisionals can hurt, this list is more about exceptional weeks and seasons, and giving credit where it's due.

    So now, I give to you, the updated Power Rankings!! Let the debates begin!!


    GTE-Pro Class

    At Mid-Ohio, the turnout for this class was low for the second race in a row, but that didn't prevent a duel to the checkers up front, and a change in the rankings:

    1. Leif Peterson - Holding onto the top spot, Leif had a second place finish, but continues to finish on the podium. With a second place finish, his average finish this season is now 2.7!! He has a firm hold at the top of the points standings as well, but it's not over yet!

    2. Clark Archer - With another win at Mid-Ohio, his third of the season, Clark moves up into second in the rankings this week. With his average finish now a class best 2.5, missing one race has hurt his chances for taking the championship. However, there's racing left on the schedule, and the title hasn't been decided yet!

    3. Jason Lundy - With his third podium finish in a row this past week, Jason has been moving up the points week after week, which many of us are not surprised to see. Don't be surprised to see Jason snag a win before this season is over.


    GT3-Gents Class

    Like the Pro Class, this division saw a dramatic decrease in entrants at Mid-Ohio, but you can bet on seeing that number climb when we get to Watkins Glen this week. This division has averaged 8.4 drivers per start so far this season.

    1. Paul Hamilton - Because of yet another podium finish at Mid-Ohio (his 6th out of 7 races this season!), Paul hangs on to the top spot in our rankings and in the points. With two races left, he almost has the points title in hand, and just needs to keep doing what he has done all season...be consistent.

    2. Jay Dargert - Taking the win at Mid-Ohio, Jay moves up to second in our Power Rankings this week, and his overall average finish for the season is 4.8, with two wins and three podiums out of 5 races he has started. I'll make the prediction now, Mr. Dargert will take the win at Watkins Glen this week based on his past record there!

    3. Randy Drumhiller - Randy continues to improve, and moves up a spot in the Power Rankings this week, primarily from his consistency. Starting the season with back to back podiums, Randy has been just off the bottom step in his other four races, and will be tough at the Glen!

    4. Anthony James - Despite missing this week's race, AJ's season and consistency, particularly his 3-race win streak of recent, keeps him firmly cemented in the Top 5.

    5. Scott Burke - With a second place finish at Mid-Ohio, and a season average finish of 2.75 in 4 races (Taking the win in the season opener at Daytona!), Scott's a front-runner whose recent podiums pulled him into the Power Rankings this week.


    GTE-AM Class

    Continuing to be the largest class starting the race each week, this division is averaging just over 14 drivers starting each week. That means a bad night hurts just a little more, and a good night feels great.

    1. Kris Hudson - After a tough night at Mid-Ohio, where an ill-handling car took him off track and eventually to a 6th place finish, Kris has seen his points lead over Peter close a little, and his season average finish fall to 3.0

    2. Drew Lidkea - New to the Power Rankings this week, Drew took his first win of the season at Mid-Ohio and moved up in the points standings to 3rd, even after missing the season opening race at Daytona, and tough outings at Road America and Sebring. But with a win and two second place finishes this season, Drew has proven to be a front runner.

    3. Peter Hebron - After starting up front, Peter brought his ride home in second place for yet another podium this season. His average finish is now 4.6, but he has found consistency as of late and be out front at Watkins Glen. Peter brings experience each week, and with the chase for the Championship far from over I would expect to see him out front again.

    4. Dion Smith - Each week, Dion is always at the top of the speed chart, but hasn't had the luck that goes with racing at times. His third place finish at Mid-Ohio was his second podium of the season, and is one of six drivers to make all 7 races so far this season. Hopefully the bad luck is gone, which is bad news for the rest of the division.

    5. Joey Tungale - After back to back podiums in previous events, Joey finished inside the Top 10 at Mid-Ohio on a night that was tough for all. His recent consistency has kept him inside the Top 5 of the Power Rankings this week, and is yet another with the speed to finish on the podium each race.


    Usually I stop at the Top 5, but I want to note 6-10 this week for the AM class:

    6. Jay Freels - I would expect Jay to rebound at the familiar Watkins Glen circuit this week, and put this past week's race in the mirror.

    7. Larry Ford - With his Top 5 finish in class at Mid-Ohio, Larry has averaged a finishing position of 6.7 in six races this season.

    8. David Anderson - Another driver who has made all 7 races this season, his racecraft and patience moves him up through the field nearly every race!

    9. David Slee - Dave is one of out long time members that shows up ready to race every week, and has had an up and down season overall.

    10. Samuel Scott - With a win and a 3 podiums out of 5 races this season, Sam is another driver that has the speed to take another win.
    by Published on 03-16-2019 07:44 PM
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    2. iRacing,
    3. eSports

    Congratulations to the CMS Endurance iRacing Team and the Alpha Car Driven by Drivers Paul Hamilton and Daniel Johnson for their win at Lemans in the opening round of the 2019 Season 2 iRacing VRS GT3 Endurance Series. A phenomenal result by the team and great start to the upcoming 12 week season. The newly formed 2019 roster for the Endurance Team at CMS couldn't have gotten off to a better start if they had tried with this result and it has left the entire team excited and really eager to get back out and go again at Round 2 Bathurst next weekend.



    Daniel Johnson (above) takes the Checkered Flag and historic win at Lemans for Champion Motorsports

    For Lemans the team would enter two cars. the Alpha car driven by Hamilton and Johnson. As well the second entry would be a sister Ferrari GT3, named the Beta car, driven by Matthew Overton, James Andrew, and David Anderson. The cars would be destined to be together for much of if not the full first hour of the race. Qualifying 15th and 16th on the grid, both Matthew Overton and Paul Hamilton drove excellent first stints to put the team in great position at the first round of pits stops. Matthew would lead most of the way, with Paul in close pursuit the two drivers working through traffic very well together. At pit stops they were as high as 12th place in the 40 car grid.

    Handing over to Daniel Johnson in the Alpha Car and James Andrew in the Beta car would setup second stints. Unfortunately for James Andrew he would be involved in an accident exiting the Porsche curves a few laps into his stint. This would require about 8.5 minutes of repairs on pit road and drop the Beta car out of contention but still running for what would hopefully be a run at a top 20.

    Daniel Johnson however in the Alpha car began his stint by starting to click off faster and faster laps, each time eclipsing a best and taking PB in the session. Nearing the end of Daniel's first stint he had moved the car into the top 5 and it was apparent we would be competing for the win.

    Late in the race James Andrew would hand the Beta car off to David Anderson for a final stint. Unfortunately for David and the team after climbing back to 19th overall the Beta Car's Ferrari Powered Engine would expire on the front stretch, ending our race about 10 minutes before the finish.



    the CMS Beta Team Car Pictured Above at Lemans in Race one Finishing 21 of 40

    On the bright side as we got to about that same point, Daniel Johnson had successfully moved into the lead and retained the lead after a late splash and go pitstop. Coming back on to the track with a comfortable lead Daniel would cruise home to a victory for the team, our first, and a phenomenal result. The second car would finish in 21st overall. The team leaves Lemans extremely excited about our potential and ready to tackle Bathurst on Saturday March 23rd.

    We are still accepting sign-ups and participants for this series. If you would like to drive, spot, test, or work in team management with the team please let us know.
    by Published on 03-13-2019 02:05 PM
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    2. iRacing,
    3. eSports

    We are extremely excited to announce, after very FAST and significant momentum the formation of the Champion Motorsports/TXL iRacing Endurance e-Sports Team! All CMS/TXL iRacers are welcome to become a part of the team as we are continuing to accept drivers from the community to drive one of our Ferrari GT3 cars in the upcoming iRacing 2019 Season 2 VRS GT3 Endurance Series! Read on for more details:



    Rather you are able to run full-time or part-time, let us know if you are interested. The team will field up to 3 cars in the VRS endurance championship for Season 2, races are on Saturday and/or Sunday afternooons in the USA, and UK Evenings, and are 3 hours in length. We will field a minimum of 2 drivers per car and a maximum of 3. The goal and intent of the team is to have fun first and foremost, but also to represent the overall Champion Motorsports/TXL community and do our best in the GT3 Endurance Season Championship. Our focus is all about team, so we will gear our driver assignments and entries each week to the maximum chemistry and performance we think we can achieve for the team championship standings.

    As drivers are able to participate on a full or part time basis we will look at the upcoming schedule from week to week and determine if we will be fielding a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 cars.

    To sign-up simply express interest in this thread or on our CMS Discord Channel in the iRacing Section (Endurance Teams)

    From there we will help get you started. Also this is meant to be a community fun effort, so in typical CMS Gentleman fashion we welcome all skill levels and we will work as a team to assign drivers appropriately on race day to a car.

    Furthermore we are asking and encouraging existing CMS members that are part of sub teams such as Longhorn Racing, All Balls Racing, Puffin Racing, Can-Am Racing, and others to consider joining us on this Super Set team to help promote simracing and the Champion Motorsports community.

    As such for this season we will all be running similar CMS Livery Paint Schemes and driving under the CMSRACING.COM team names within iRacing. All drivers for this season will compete in the Ferrari GT3 car.

    Schedule


    • Week 1: Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans - 24 Heures du Mans (16-mar)
    • Week 2: Mount Panorama Circuit (23-mar)
    • Week 3: Road Atlanta - Full Course (30-mar)
    • Week 4: Sebring International Raceway - International (6-apr)
    • Week 5: WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca - Full Course (13-apr)
    • Week 6: Lime Rock Park - Full Course (20-apr)
    • Week 7: Road America - Full Course (27-apr)
    • Week 8: Nürburgring Combined - Gesamtstrecke 24h (4-may)
    • Week 9: Circuit of the Americas - Grand Prix (11-may)
    • Week 10: Autodromo Nazionale Monza - Grand Prix (18-may)
    • Week 11: Donington Park Racing Circuit - Grand Prix (25-may)
    • Week 12: Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari - Grand Prix (1-jun)
    by Published on 03-10-2019 11:31 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Historics,
    3. Assetto Corsa

    CMS pushes the envelope this spring with three amazing Prototype C cars in Assetto Corsa!

    This spring we will scorch five great tracks with three legendary monsters of the 1980's:

    Porsche 962 (Long and Short Tail variants)
    Mazda 787B
    Mercedes C9 (LM and Sprint variants)


    Johnny Herbert - Mazda 787b


    Chris Harris - 962

    Join us on Sunday nights at 9pm US Central time, preceded by a 15 minute qualifying session. Races will be one hour in length. Pitstops will be required this season- you must stop during each event to take on at least 1 liter of fuel.

    Points will be scored per event using the following point system based on finish: 20,18,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2,1.

    - Car selection is open at all events, including both variants of the 962 and the C9.
    - Also note we will not be weight-balancing for this season.

    Schedule:

    Mar 24 - Spa
    Apr 7 - Laguna Seca
    Apr 28 - Le Mans
    May 12 - Hockenheim '88
    May 19 - Sebring

    Car and Track download links TBD.

    Server Name: CMS Historics
    Server Password: loudandproud

    Typical Race Schedule
    Practice: 8-8:45 p.m. Central Time (US) - 45 min
    Qualify: 8:45-9:00 p.m. Central Time (US) – 15 min
    Warmup: 9:00-9:05 p.m. Central Time (US) - 5 min
    Race: 9:05 p.m. Central Time (US) - 60 min

    Drivers must complete 50% of the race distance to receive points.

    Join us on Teamspeak for voice chat. Connection information here

    All CMS Rules and Regulations are in affect for this series.

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