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    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!

    by Published on 02-03-2019 12:59 PM
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    We are very proud to share an exciting announcement between Porsche Club of America and iRacing, in a great e-sports Championship exclusively for PCA members! What makes this even cooler is that our very own Doug Atkinson here at CMS and SimHQ Motorsports has been at the core of this to get it off the ground! Congrats Doug! We hope to see many of our own CMS members who own Porsches in real life and are involved with the PCA take advantage of this.

    Quote and video from Doug:

    "Here is one of the reasons I've been so busy lately. I pitched the idea and scope to PCA mid last year and it is just announced. We were working on it long before Porsche made its WCS series announcement. So it fits well with our club which covers North America. First race is broadcast live March 1st."

    http://pcasimracing.com/

    by Published on 11-28-2018 11:41 PM
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    Tune in live in December 5th for the 2 Hours of Daytona special event from Champion Motorsports/TXL at Daytona International Speedway Roadcourse. We will be using the new iRacing Day/to/Night transitions with a team based event of 60 total cars/drivers. It's going to be an epic event you don't want to miss.

    by Published on 11-15-2018 08:09 PM
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    Snetterton Replay of the most recent race in our iRacing Open Wheel Champions Cup is now available! Enjoy!!



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    Standings with PRO / AM split, GT3 and FR 2.0 standings are available via this link, CMS / TXL Points, use the tabs at the top of the page to switch between the two series.
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