2018 VLMS Le Mans – LMP2 #48

2018 VLMS Le Mans – LMP2 #48

2018 SRC VLMS, Events

Introduction

– The Season Finale. Race 8 of the Virtual Le Mans Series season brings us to the French countryside for the 6 Hours of Le Mans. The mix of dedicated private track and country roads make a treacherous trek, but one that every endurance driver desires to traverse. For the final race, Jordy Zwiers will take the lead in the #48 SHQM LMP2, with Brian van Beusekom sitting as the co-pilot.

Pre- Le Mans series standings are:
1Aco: 104
SHQM: 85
3Wide Motorsport: 72

SHQM can win the championship by winning the race, and if 1Aco finishes 8th or lower. Meanwhile, P2 sticks if finishing P3 with a 3Wide race win.

Team Manager: Greg Hall
Engineer (Pit Wall): Greg Hall & Jon Uyan
Drivers: Brian van Beusekon, Jordy Zwiers
Reserve Driver: Jon Uyan

Qualifying

This is the only race of the year where the qualifying session is a mixed one, with both Prototypes and GTs on the track. This increased the difficulty, as it was tough to distinguish when a GT car would be a roadblock through the Porsche curves or the like.

Jordy made the best of the conditions, slotting the car into P4 with a 3:32.941. This time was 6 tenths off the pole time, but marvelous nonetheless as it was one of only two laps in the session unimpeded by traffic.

Race Review

The pace lap around here is sooooooo long. Sitting on the 80kph pit limiter, this takes an actual 10 minutes and 20 seconds.  I feared Jordy would fall asleep.

The race start was as we expected. Team Draco, which qualified P5, snuck around us early to swap positions. As we were on a longer strategy, we planned a slower run on the mediums to start. Soon after, both Draco and 3Wide pulled off to serve their penalties, pushing SHQM back into P3.

We pushed for 11 lap stints. This meant Jordy pitted on lap 11, 22, and 33. I (Greg) made the decision not to splash for fuel under the lap 13 Code 80. This set off a series of events that would come back to haunt us.

On lap 33, Jordy swapped to Brian, also switching tire compounds to the softer set.  Brian, due to traffic and other factors, was not able to stretch 11 laps on fuel, so into the pits on lap 43 we came. We exited in P4, with RGPL having leaped us due to a prior pit stop.

A difficult race, mixed with many highs and lows.

Here’s where our bad luck begins.

Lap 44 brought a Code 80. I must stress how advantageous it is to pit under caution versus green flag conditions. Some cars took advantage of this, and Brian and I decided to grab a fresh set of tires as the time impact was minimal. This brought us to P5.

Lap 53 brought another Code 80. It was called quite late in the lap for us, and there was a delay for Jordy to load into the game, so the #48 sat in its pit stop for longer than anticipated as we tried to get a driver swap in. Consider that more time lost due to bad timing! However, we were good from here to the finish on fuel strategy, so that was a positive.

But Lady Luck wasn’t done with us yet. On lap 60, as Jordy was passing a GT on the Mulsanne Straight, that GT car had a lag event, sending it into Jordy’s car. 208 second of damage delivered. To the pits, the #48 went to get repaired. Thankfully, this repair was completed under Code 80 conditions, alleviating the time impact. Jordy exited the pits on lap 61, sitting in 8th place.

A difficult race, mixed with many highs and lows.

We were in despair. Any chance of nabbing the 2nd place in the standings at this point was surely gone. 3Wide was sitting in P2, 90 seconds behind the leader. If 3Wide finished there, we needed P5 to claim 2nd place. And we were a minute behind P5.

Jordy got to work. 11 laps of his best stuff. Brian got in the car on lap 72. 11 of his best stuff, to hit the pits on lap 83. We were still a minute behind P5, with 11 laps to go.

A difficult race, mixed with many highs and lows.

But the miracles arrived. P5, 6, and 7 all pitted before Brian. Meaning they had 12 laps or more to the finish. That was an impossibility. With 3 laps to go, the first car pitted, and Brian moved to P7. With 2 laps to go, the second car pitted, P6. And on the last lap, the final car pitted, placing us in P5!  The miracle of a top 5 finish arrived!

However, with about 10 minutes to go, 3Wide had caught Reborn Racers and was able to make the pass for the lead. With their finish and our P5, that meant 3Wide claimed 2nd place in the championship.

With all the events that occurred above, P5 was a strong, almost unbelievable finish. P3 in the championship, albeit a bit disappointing knowing what was possible, is still amazing. We rolled two rookies out this year, and they showed what an impact they could bring!

Team 48 wants to thank our partners onboard, P1 Media, Champion Motorsports, and The Crew Chief. They helped make this marvelous season possible.

Congratulations to 1Aco for their strong season, winning the championship, and the always fast 3Wide Motorsports for claiming P2 in the championship. Well done!

A difficult race, mixed with many highs and lows.

 

Post-Race Comments

Championship

Final 2018 VLMS Standings:
1Aco: 119
3Wide Motorsport: 97
SimHQ Motorsports: 95
TeamRGPL: 69
Simtech Motorsport: 60

 

2018 VEC Sebring – LMP2 #29

2018 VEC Sebring – LMP2 #29

2018 SRC VEC - D2, Events

Introduction

– Race 7 of the Virtual Endurance Championship takes us to the “sunny” state of Florida for the 12 Hours of Sebring. The historic Sebring circuit hosted its first race in 1950 and has hosted endurance races like the infamous 12 Hours of Sebring on its bumpy surface ever since. We will roll four drivers in the car today; Greg Hall, Jon Uyan, Brian van Beusekom, and Jordy Zwiers.

Race Clutch threatens to run away with the season points, sitting on 106 points. MVRE has 86 points, SHQM follows with 74, and SpeedyMite 67.  30 points go to the victor. Continue reading “2018 VEC Sebring – LMP2 #29”

2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road America

2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road America

2018 P1-G 24h, Events

Introduction

– The second race of the P1-Gaming 24h Series takes us to Road America, a classy follow-up to the Road Atlanta race two months ago. Road Americal is a serene, 4-mile circuit that winds naturally through the crests and valleys of the Wisconsin countryside.  With high speeds and well-known sections such as Hurry Downs, the Carousel, the Kink, and Canada Corner, this is a track that tests even the mightiest of sim racers.

SMHQ will be challenging this circuit in both classes, GT3 and Touring. Continue reading “2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road America”

2018 VEC Silverstone – LMP2 #29

2018 VEC Silverstone – LMP2 #29

2018 SRC VEC - D2, Events

Introduction

– After last weeks weather stricken VLMS race our eyes on Britain’s forecast, and it does look like a repeat of what we saw last Saturday. There is a 50% chance of precipitation which means anything is possible with the way the weather app worked the past two races. Jon is working on a wet setup, dry setup, and a hybrid setup to have all the cards ready depending on what we are dealt with last minute going into the race.

A big concern. We will be serving 4 drive-through penalties acquired in the Interlagos race and not sure how negatively it will affect our race. Continue reading “2018 VEC Silverstone – LMP2 #29”

2018 VLMS Silverstone – LMP2 #48

2018 VLMS Silverstone – LMP2 #48

2018 SRC VLMS, Events

Introduction

– Race 6 of the Sim Racing Club Virtual Le Mans Series season brings the cars back to the island of Great Britain for the 4 Hours of Silverstone. The tight and twisty track promises to provide plenty of action. As it is always the rainy season, we expect ever-changing conditions during the race, as the 5.9km track will transition from sunlight to sunset, from dry to wet. These conditions will put Jordy Zwiers and Brian van Beusekom to the test once more. Continue reading “2018 VLMS Silverstone – LMP2 #48”

2018 VEC Interlagos – LMP2 #29

2018 VEC Interlagos – LMP2 #29

2018 SRC VEC - D2, Events

Introduction

– Coming from 3 consecutive podium finishes and being in top 4 in all four races of the 2017-2018 season, #29 Simhq Motorsports LMP2 crew is getting ready for the famous Interlagos circuit. Setup will be a challenge for this race as there is as always rain chance. Last year there was an unexpected quick rain shower in the last third of the race even though the forecast was mostly sunny. Continue reading “2018 VEC Interlagos – LMP2 #29”

2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road Atlanta

2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road Atlanta

2018 P1-G 24h, Events

Introduction

– The Simhq Motorsports team makes its first appearance in the P1-Gaming 24h Series, but by all means, we are no strangers to this league. Horizon Motorsports has put down roots in this series for many events, with a TRG class win at the Nurburgring 24 Hour as its high point.

Now, Horizon has integrated with Simhq Motorsports, brings a strong five-car, 10 driver line-up to do battle with 45 other entries at the famed Road Atlanta Circuit in Braselton, Georgia USA. The 6 Hours of Road Atlanta awaits. Continue reading “2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road Atlanta”

2018 VEC Suzuka – LMP1 #20

2018 VEC Suzuka – LMP1 #20

2018 SRC VEC - D3, Events

Introduction

– Suzuka represents the halfway point in season 10. The forecast is looking good for a dry race and we are excited about the setup we bring to this race. We also debut the new Skullbo paint job, recognizing our key sponsors and partners P1 Media, Champion Motorsports, and the Crew Chief. We appreciate their support through this season’s campaign. Continue reading “2018 VEC Suzuka – LMP1 #20”