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    by Published on 03-17-2019 04:04 PM
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    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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    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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    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 03-08-2019 06:32 PM
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    CMS-TXL Sports Car Series Power Rankings
    2019 S1 - 6 of 9 Races Completed


    For long time members of both CMS and TXL, many years ago when the majority of the racing was on ovals, somewhere along the way I came up with the idea to create Power Rankings each week to put the spotlight on those drivers who deserved the accolades of great results week after week. The main reason I wanted to do it was to kill the quiet in the forums in between races, and especially back then when we ran the entire Cup season over a year, interest would wain, drivers would fall out, and it was my way of saying "Check out the die-hards!".

    But it was met with some enthusiasm by many drivers, as it was a way to highlight those who were consistent on the track, not just in attendance...and I hope some of you find that it adds something to the wait between race nights.

    How are the Power Rankings devised? To sum it up, using an algorithm based on several factors including average finish over the season, number of drivers in each race, average number of drivers per race, finishing position weighted based on total drivers in the race, and finishing position in the last 5 races with the most recent events weighted higher. Provisionals are counted against drivers, but excluded from average finishing position calculations, and a few other factors at play too. It took me 2 years to come up with the current method, and I think it works great.

    The Power Rankings are per class, and only the Top 3 in Pro, and Top 5 in AM and Gents are listed, which is based on the number of results calculated. Si I now give you the first Power Rankings list in 14 years!


    GT3-Gents Class

    This class has been very competitive, with 4 different winners in 6 races. With an average of 9 drivers starting each race so far this season, a bad race can hurt your shot at the title.

    1. Paul Hamilton - This wily veteran is doing what it takes to win Championships. Not missing a race this season, Paul has 1 Win, two 2nds and two 3rd place finishes out of 6 races. His average finish of 2.7 is tremendous, and is clearly the reason why leads in the Championship points, and is at the top of our list.

    2. Anthony James - After starting this season with a 4th at Daytona and 5th at Road America, then missing Bathurst altogether, "AJ" has stormed back with three straight wins to put him in second place in the title hunt. With an average finish of 2.4 this season, he's making the most of his time on the track, and there's plenty of racing left.

    3. Mike Tyler - After a long hiatus from online racing, it's great to have Mike back on the track with us again. He claims to be rusty, but racecraft makes up for any lack of time and with an average finish of 5th after running all 6 races this season, we can bet that Mike will be in the hunt for the title as well!

    4. Randy Drumhiller - Another veteran racer that we're all happy to see once again, Randy has only missed racing at Bathurst this season, and with 2 podium finishes already to go with an average finishing position of 4.2, Randy has shown consistency each and every week, moving his way up the standings.

    5. Jay Dargert - Even though Jay has missed two races this season, he took the win at Bathurst and a second at Lime Rock to lay claim to a spot in the points chase. Even with two provisionals and an average finish of 5.8 due to a bad night at the season opener, don't dare count Jay out of contention for the Championship, especially with Watkins Glen ahead on the calendar.


    GTE-AM Class

    Just like the Gents class, this division has seen 4 different winners this season after 6 races, but with an average of 14.5 drivers starting this class each race this is the most active class in the series. Which means a bad night really hurts!

    1. Kris Hudson - Another long time member of CMS, Kris has always had a tendency to find the groove when it counts. With 3 wins and two 2nd place finishes, his average finish is 2.5 due to an early incident at Sebring where he drove back up to 8th place by the end of the race. With three races to go, Kris has control over the points chase, but he would be the first to tell you that it's not over till that last lap is done.

    2. Jay Freels - With a bad start to the season at Daytona and Road America, Jay has rebounded since then and posted an average finish of 5.5 the last four races. With experience and determination he has improved week after week, and with the size of the fields in GTE-AM it's a testament to Jay's racecraft!

    3. Peter Hebron - After starting the season with a 3rd at Daytona then winning in week 2, the weeks since have been unkind at times. Even with an 11th at Sebring due to the early carnage, Peter has an average finishing position of 5th after running all 6 races, and is second in the points with lots of racing left to go. With his speed, watch for Peter to put that car back in winner's circle again before the season's end.

    4. Samuel Scott - With a win at Sebring where he also finished 2nd overall, it's apparent that Samuel has the speed to contend for the win every week. But besides that win, Samuel also has two 3rd place finishes, and an average finish of 5.4 with one provisional. Another driver that has shown improvement each race to go with his incredible pace, another great addition to this series.

    5. Joey Tungale - Some drivers would have quit after the start Joey had to this season, but not this guy. He finished Bathhurst in 7th against a very tough field, and then after Germany he found the podium at both Sebring and Lime Rock. An average finish of 8.3 doesn't really tell the story here, and after personally chasing him at Sebring, I'm betting on more podiums the next three races.


    GTE-Pro Class

    This is a class that contains both long-time members and some newcomers, and some great racing within this division each week. This class has 4 different winners in 6 races this season, and attendance has been up and down but still averages out at 9 drivers per race.

    1. Leif Peterson - With two wins, a second and a third this season, Leif sits in first place in the GTE-Pro Championship points. His average finish of 2.8 is just remarkable considering the level of competition. The only blemish on his season so far is a 6th at the season opener at Daytona, there's no doubt that Leif will probably end the season with another win (or more)!

    2. Jason Lundy - While not the greatest season for one of the League Admins, his last three races have been on the upswing, with 3rd place in his last two outings. Overall he has an average of 6.2 for finishing position, but sometimes numbers don't tell the whole story....and persistence on overcoming those bad nights has kept Jason in contention for podiums these last few weeks. Something that isn't a surprise to most of us.

    3. Clark Archer - After taking the win at the season opener, Clark has maintained an average finish of 2.8, and after missing Sebring came back and won at Lime Rock the following week for his second time to victory lane. With his worst finish this season a 5th at Nurburgring, the last three races of this season will be quite the battle between the top dogs in this division.
    by Published on 02-24-2019 09:37 PM
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    To celebrate the end of Winter and the fast-approaching first day of Spring, the Longhorn Racing team, hosted by Champion Motorsports has decided to take the wraps off its brand new, custom art Sebring 12 Hr event livery!







    Competing in this years iRacing 12 Hour event will be:

    John Prince
    Larry Ford
    Daniel Johnson
    David Anderson
    Mike Tyler

    Racing Starts a little after 7 am Central Time on Saturday March 2nd. Watch our live stream on the following channel which should be on starting mid morning and hopefully streaming for a large portion of the race.

    Click HERE to Watch Live Stream
    by Published on 02-18-2019 01:13 PM
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    Please enjoy this 4 Races in Season to Date Recap from Tim Collier on our Wednesday Night iRacing GT Series!



    In this first full season of the CMS-TXL series, we have some great battles atop the standings in our three divisions as we head to race #5 at Sebring International this week!! Let's take a look at where we are...

    GTE Pro Class:

    After four races, there's a literal log-jam atop the standings here, with Clark Archer holding a one point lead over Leif Peterson and Paul Darling. This is a battle that, barring absentees, will go down to the wire. Just behind them in 4th, Chris Pence is waiting to pounce on any bad nights ahead, and don't overlook Victor Tanaka in 5th, who could make up that one missed race before all is said and done. All told, this division has had four different winners in the first four races, and bets are that the diversity in spreading the points around won't end anytime soon.

    GTE Am Class:

    This division has seen the highest turnout on average this season, which means off nights cost you more points, and therefore it will take clean races to put in a bid for the title. After a spectactular run at the Ring, Kris Hudson holds a 15 point lead over Peter Hebron, who has also had a great season so far. Behind them in third, Julie took the win at Daytona and has been in the mix keeping it close in the standings, and just behind her we have a group of drivers that have proven consistency is key. Jay Freels and David Anderson are currently tied for 4th, with JT Tami, Dion Smith and Russell Gordon all in the mix as well. With 5 races to go, there's a lot of points a stake, both to gain and lose, so expect a lot of movement in this list in the coming weeks!

    GT3 Gents Class:

    With less downforce than the GTE cars, as well as having to navigate traffic both ahead and behind makes this a very tough job for any driver. This class has had four different winners in the first four races, but Paul Hamilton's consistency has put him atop the standings for the moment, with a 20 point lead over returning veteran Mike Tyler, who gets faster week after week. Hamilton's experience will pay dividends, but keep an eye in the mirror as just behind Tyler are drivers with a one race deficit but still in the hunt, being led by Anthony James, a driver that's consistently listed at the top of the speed chart each week. But don't leave out John Addison, another sim-racing veteran, and Jay Dargert , yet another driver already with a win this season. My money is that this class will close up before it's all said and done.


    And remember that provisional points are earned after every two races attended....but more importantly, after Sebring it's Lime Rock, the North American bullring, where it will be a very busy night for everyone on the track!

    Good luck this week everyone, and enjoy the beautiful sunset in Florida!!
    by Published on 02-08-2019 12:07 PM
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    While I had driven many online events at the Sebring International Raceway, I'd never had the chance to compete in the Modified course. The shorter Modified course may have taken just under 1 minute a lap, but it featured many technical challenges that were going to make it difficult for the drivers at Lionheart.

    After the points miracle that happened at Indianapolis, I had to finish at minimum in 10th in this race and the season finale at Homestead in order to clinch what would be the first eSports championship of my online racing career. Road courses had been my weak spot all season despite having 2 podiums and a 4th place, so I wanted to make sure that I drove a smart race with as little mistakes as possible to try and overcome this potential vulnerability. Would I be able to make the desired improvement to help my championship cause? Watch and find out!

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