S3 VLMS Watkins Glen – GTE #199

S3 VLMS Watkins Glen – GTE #199

Events, SRC VLMS – Season 3
Introduction - Round 5 of the Virtual Le Mans Series brings the #199 SimHQ Motorsports team to the rural parts of New York. The Finger Lakes region, to be exact. This is where the wonderful Watkins Glen circuit is found. 11 corners flowing like a river over the landscape, it is a racer's delight. The Armco stands by at every instance of a mistake, to take its toll when called upon. I dare say, this is one of the world's greatest tracks. At the previous Portimao race, the #199 had a DNF due to (physical) mechanical failure, as a driver internet connection failed. This race will hopefully not have such pain. Team Managers: Greg Hall and Jon Uyan Drivers: Blazej Myszk, Jon Uyan, Greg Hall (reserve) Engineer: Greg Hall, Jon Uyan…
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S11 VEC Estoril – GTE #399

S11 VEC Estoril – GTE #399

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 4
Introduction - After finally realising its potential by taking pole position, a few moments of bad luck — followed by extended repair times — meant that just a single championship point was taken away from Portugal. Qualifying Qualifying driver Blazej Myszk has been disappointed at the last few races, saying that his starting position, while high, was not reflective of his real speed. At Estoril he managed the perfect lap and took pole position with ease, being the only GTE to lap the circuit in less than 90 seconds. When the time was set, the sounds made by the team were a strange combination of disbelief and relief more than outright joy. Behind him, the grid times were again very tight, with less than two tenths covering 3rd to 7th.…
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S11 VEC Estoril – LMP2 #121

S11 VEC Estoril – LMP2 #121

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 2
Introduction - Circuito do Estoril, located on the Atlantic coast of Portugal, hosts round 5 of the Virtual Endurance Championship. The 6 hours of Estoril is hosted on this tight and treacherous track, with 2.6 miles of slow corners, dangerous armco, and a long front straightaway that allows for slipstreaming. F1 last came here in 1996, however VEC takes over the track and its modifications for safety that have been instituted since the early '90s. Our SimHQ Motorsports #121 team has scored two 4th place finishes in a row, at Interlagos and Sepang. Hope is to improve on this, and finally step up on that podium. Team Managers: Greg Hall and Jon Uyan Drivers: Jon Uyan, Nic da Silva Engineer: Brian van Beusekom, Greg Hall Qualifying In a new twist,…
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S11 VEC Estoril – LMP2 #220

S11 VEC Estoril – LMP2 #220

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 3
Introduction - Past the halfway point in the season... the Virtual Endurance Championship makes its regular stop in Portugal, at the historic Estoril circuit. Tight and twisty, this is not an obvious choice for multiclass. The weather forecast for the race is dry. The race will be in daylight conditions. Qualifying Don qualified 7th position. Most LMP2 team times were compressed within 8-9 tenths of a second, a sign of a healthy and close competition in our Division. Race Don would start the race from 7th on the grid. In the first few laps of the race, Don would serve two DT penalties that were carried over from Sepang. By end of first rotation of pit stops, SHQM#220 was back up to 7th, and only a few seconds away from…
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S3 VLMS Portimao – GTE #199

S3 VLMS Portimao – GTE #199

Events, SRC VLMS – Season 3
Introduction - The fourth round of the Virtual Le Mans Series takes the #199 SimHQ Motorsports Porsche 911 to Portimao, on the south shores of Portugal. Quite the hilly circuit, Portimao is strewn with elevation changes and tight corners, making handling in tight confines imperative. Last time out, the #199, in the hands of Blazo, Brian, and Jon, finished in P8. Two points paying finishes in a row. Let's make it a third! Team Managers: Greg Hall and Jon Uyan Drivers: Greg Hall, Nic da Silva Engineer: Brian van Beusekom Qualifying Greg qualified with 21 other GTEs on the track, as the #199 Porsche 911 rounded the circuit. Difficulties with setup and driver talent resulted in a final lap time of 1:43.4, 16th on the grid, 1.2 seconds behind the…
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S11 VEC Sepang – GTE #399

S11 VEC Sepang – GTE #399

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 4
Introduction - Despite signing two new drivers in the run-up to this race, it seems that this SimHQ Motorsports squad is actually more in need of a few good luck charms and perhaps a resident shaman. One clean race could see them clean up, but whether or not you subscribe to the view that “you make your own luck”, it is undoubtedly that area which is holding them back. The completion of the latest SRC Academy series has allowed graduates Matt Horst and Jason Whited to be added to the #399s driver pool for the rest of the season. With this Malaysian round being the longest so far and some bigger tests looming in the coming months, this rounding out of the team was much needed. Both drivers come with good…
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S11 VEC Sepang – LMP2 #121

S11 VEC Sepang – LMP2 #121

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 2
Introduction - Sepang Circuit, near Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, hosts round 4 of the Virtual Endurance Championship, dubbed the 8 hours of Sepang. This Hermann Tilke-designed circuit displays many of the designer's well-known F1 features, including long straights into tight corners, fast sweeping sections, and designs that implement a sense of local culture, such as the trademark spectator stands between the two main straights. Our SHQM #121 team comes off its strongest showing of the season, a 4th place at Interlagos. Greg wasn't there, which explains a lot! Team Managers: Greg Hall and Jon Uyan Drivers: Greg Hall, Jon Uyan, Nic da Silva Engineer: Brian van Beusekom Qualifying Sharing the track with 6 LMP3s, Greg and 12 other LMP2s hit the circuit, as temperatures rose and rubber accumulated. Greg set his…
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S11 VEC Sepang – LMP2 #220

S11 VEC Sepang – LMP2 #220

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 3
Introduction - It's the fourth race of the season, and the Virtual Endurance Championship makes a stop in Malaysia. The Sepang International Circuit is 5.5 km with long straights and various type of corners. An exciting venue for multi-class racing. The weather conditions are seasonally hot and humid, and always a chance of rain. The race will be in daylight conditions. Qualifying Cosimo qualified 9th position on the grid. Race For the 8-hour race, the team decided on a strategy which distributed the load evenly across the three drivers, opting for soft compound tires, swapping for new set with every stop. Cosimo would start, then Tobias, then Don, then continue the cycle to the finish. Cosimo started the race from 9th position. During the first half of the race, it…
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S3 VLMS MoSport – GTE #199

S3 VLMS MoSport – GTE #199

Events, SRC VLMS – Season 3
Introduction - Third race of the season is taking place in Canada's home of motorsports, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, also known as Mosport Park. After issues at the scheduled start of the race, it has been postponed by one month, resulting in an extension of the season by the same amount of time. Race length was 4 hours and because of that SimHQ Motorsports staff decided to go for two main drivers and one reserve driver. This time it was Brian and Nic's turn to drive the #199. Unfortunately, one week before the race Nic tore a muscle in his left leg, but said it was only a “superficial tear” that would keep him trackside for one race. Because of this situation, his role was taken by Błażej, and Jon…
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S11 VEC Interlagos – GTE #399

S11 VEC Interlagos – GTE #399

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 4
Introduction - After the rush of excitement from scoring a podium in the last round, the most junior of the three SimHQ Motorsports entries in this season of the VEC suffered a race to forget but pushed through and came out with some valuable experience. Due to having racing commitments in another series, the team was much less well-prepared than normal, and was still doing the Dangerous Dance of Setup Indecision the night before the race. Qualifying Blazej Myszk has clearly been given the qualifying hat this season and proved his mettle once again, putting the car in 5th position despite the dubious preparation mentioned above. This was the best starting slot of the season so far, and will serve as notice to fans and rivals that the squad is…
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S11 VEC Interlagos – LMP2 #220

S11 VEC Interlagos – LMP2 #220

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 3
Introduction - Interlagos has been a regular stop for the Virtual Endurance Championship. The 4.2 km circuit has two sectors where you can easily overtake, but the middle sector is very tight. The weather forecast for the race is dry. The race will be in daylight conditions. Qualifying Cosimo qualified 7th position on the grid with a time of 1:20.1. Most LMP2 team times were compressed within 8-9 tenths of a second, a sign of a healthy and close competition in our Division. Race The team decided on a strategy which distributed the load evenly across the three drivers, with stints of 2 hours each. Cosimo would start, then Tobias, then Don would finish. Just a day before the race, S397 released an update which fixed the "tire swap" bug,…
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S11 VEC Interlagos – LMP2 #121

S11 VEC Interlagos – LMP2 #121

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 2
Introduction - Round 3 was the Brazilian circuit, described as between two lakes, or “Interlagos” which is also known as São Paulo. Four days before the event, race control declared no real weather and dry conditions for the race. Weather elements are only part of the story on this short but stubborn track with it’s complicated sector 2. A bit of a nightmare in multi-class racing due to it’s ever changing racing line from one corner to another. We were sitting in 9th place in the overall points table after two races and it was time to up-the-ante from the miserable race pace we have shown so far. Team Managers: Jon Uyan, Greg Hall Drivers (in race order): Jon Uyan, Brian van Beusekom, Nic da Silva Pit Wall: Jon Uyan,…
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S11 VEC NOLA – GTE #399

S11 VEC NOLA – GTE #399

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 4
Introduction The SimHQ Motorsports GTE squad built upon their result at round one and this time brought the car home in 5th position, although a podium spot could have been within their grasp. With all three drivers available for the New Orleans event, and a useful base setup in place from Indianapolis, concern had mainly centered on how the multi-class traffic would play out on such a tight and narrow track. However, the #399 encountered no significant troubles from the prototype ranks and also enjoyed a penalty-free race. Qualifying Qualifying was perhaps even tighter than at the season-opener, with seven midfield cars being separated by four tenths of a second. The team’s established choice for qualifying, Blazej Myszk, was in the top bracket of that fight, and started the race…
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S11 VEC NOLA – LMP2 #220

S11 VEC NOLA – LMP2 #220

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 3
Introduction NOLA Motorsports Park is a new stop for the Virtual Endurance Championship. The 4.4 km circuit is a new facility on flat terrain. A very smooth racing surface, that feels a little tight for multi-class racing. Forecast for the race is sunny and dry, and race will start and finish in daylight conditions. Qualifying Tobias qualified 8th position on the grid. Race Our race strategy for NOLA would be similar to the previous race at Indianapolis... double stints on soft tires. Our race calculations suggested this remained the best option for our setup. The planned driver swap sequence was Tobi (2 stints), Cosimo (2 stints), Tobi (2 stints), and Don (2.8 stints). Tobias started 8th on the grid, but soon advanced to 2nd overall as fellow competitors began serving…
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S11 VEC NOLA – LMP2 #121

S11 VEC NOLA – LMP2 #121

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 2
Introduction NOLA Motorsports Park is the host of round 2 of the Virtual Endurance Championship, the 6 hours of New Orleans. NOLA is a relatively non-descript track, spiced up with some high-speed corners and a crazy T8/T9 chicane on the back straight that becomes harrowing with traffic. The tight confines within the first and third sector make for difficult choices in handling traffic. Round 1 at Indy resulted in P9 for the #121 SHQM Oreca 07, earning 2 points and P9 in the season standings. The team dynamics for NOLA: Team Managers: Greg Hall and Jon Uyan Drivers: Greg Hall, Jon Uyan, Nic da Silva Engineer: Brian van Beusekom Qualifying Sharing the track with 7 LMP3s, Greg and 10 other LMP2s hit the track to set blazing lap times. Greg's fastest…
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S3 VLMS Road Atlanta – GTE #199

S3 VLMS Road Atlanta – GTE #199

Events, SRC VLMS – Season 3
Introduction - Road Atlanta is the home of race 2 of the Virtual Le Mans Series. Straying from the typical 4 hour windows the series hosts, this race is a 1000 mile extravaganza, replicating the real-life IMSA finale. Road Atlanta is a fast and hilly circuit. Sector 1 is defined by the 4th gear drive up T1 and the falling esses, all driven by massive elevation changes. Sector 2 is all about flat-out speed, and Sector 3 brings a huge passing zone and another hill to trek up and down, back around for another lap on this roller coaster. This is the second appearance for the #199 SHQM Porsche 911. Round 1, at Istanbul, resulted in a P13 finish and no points. I (Greg) guaranteed a points-paying finish from this…
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S11 VEC Indy – LMP2 #220

S11 VEC Indy – LMP2 #220

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 3
Introduction - Tobias, Cosimo, and Don are back for another season of multi-class endurance racing. The team has been busy during off-season testing the new LMP2 Oreca 07, and working hard to develop a competitive setup. After a few months of testing, we will finally see how we compare with our VEC Division 3 rivals. The Season kicks-off at Indianapolis, in a 1000 mile (384 laps) race on the 2007 F1 road circuit. Qualifying Tobias qualified 9th position on the grid. Race The weather forecast on race day called for isolated thunderstorms in the region, with increasing probability toward end of race. So teams would have to keep an eye on the radar, and factor that in their pit decisions. We decided on a tire strategy to double stints on…
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S11 VEC Indy – LMP2 #121

S11 VEC Indy – LMP2 #121

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 2
Introduction - The first round of VEC Season 11 brings us back to the Indianapolis 2007 GP layout. It is a 1000 mile race which will take 385 laps or roughly 9 hours to complete. Drivers: Jon Uyan, Nic da Silva, Brian van Beusekom Qualifying Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Brian had to jump into the car at the last minute. Brian set a time exactly one second behind pole, which was only good enough for 10th place. Race Not much happened through the race. In the first stint, Brian was constantly on the tail of the Idos car, but was unable to make a pass. At the end of the first stint, Brian handed the car over to Jon, which put us on a slightly different strategy compared to…
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2018 P1-Gaming 12 Hours of Sebring

2018 P1-Gaming 12 Hours of Sebring

Events, P1-Gaming 24h Series
Introduction - The fifth race of the P1-Gaming 24h 2018 Season is a huge diversion for the series. Leaving the APEX GT3 cars behind, the freshly-released Studio 397 Endurance Pack rampaged the freshly-released Sebring circuit for 12 hours. This track is a challenge, as the new model has such realistic surface bumps that can knock all the fillings out of your teeth. It's an extreme battle, and the cars will be beat up by the end. Teams SimHQ Motorsports will be challenging this circuit in two classes, LMP2 and GTE wearing the livery of painter Matt Horst. #63 Oreca 07: Jon Uyan, Greg Hall, Cosimo Streppone, Nic da Silva, Brian van Beusekom (reserve driver) #64 Porsche 911: Matt Horst, Brian van Beusekom, Blazej Myszk, Steven Hill, Nic da Silva (reserve…
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S3 VLMS Istanbul – GTE #199

S3 VLMS Istanbul – GTE #199

Events, SRC VLMS – Season 3
Introduction - The first race of Season 3 of the Virtual Le Mans Series takes us to Istanbul for a 4 hour long race. The 3 mile long track features both slow and fast sections, with the fast four apex turn 8 being the most well known. After seeing a very strong field in the pre season race, and having to spread efforts between Sim Racing Club and P1-Gaming events, we were expecting a very challenging race where we would have to fight for any position. Engineer: Greg Hall Drivers: Nic da Silva & Brian van Beusekom Reserve: Blazej Myszk Qualifying After Nic got out of his LMP2 car over at P1-Gaming, he jumped behind the wheel of the #199 Porsche to qualify the car. Once again, the field proved…
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S11 VEC Indy – GTE #399

S11 VEC Indy – GTE #399

Events, SRC VEC – Season 11 / Division 4
Introduction - SimHQ Motorsports' newest entrant to the Virtual Endurance Championship managed a very respectable 8th position in its first outing, but the team had to focus hard in order to get there. Preparation for the race was less than ideal, with relatively few practice laps turned and even question marks hanging over driver availability right up to the start of qualifying. Hence there was a fair amount of blind trust that the setup was in the right place and that things would be alright on the day. Lead driver, Blazej Myszk, turned up to do qualifying (and start the race with a double stint) despite a long journey home from a college field trip that had got him back to his own bed only a few hours earlier. Qualifying…
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2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Istanbul

2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Istanbul

Events, P1-Gaming 24h Series
Introduction - The fourth race of the 2018 P1-Gaming 24h Series takes us to Istanbul for the 6 hour endurance race. One thing teams found out – it can be quite rainy in Istanbul! Teams SimHQ Motorsports fielded 4 cars at Istanbul. Two BMWs ran in Touring class and two Porsche RSRs ran in GT3. TRG #62 – BMW: Matthew Overton, Steven Hill #63 – BMW: Jon Uyan, Nic da Silva GT3 #64 – Porsche 911 RSR: Matt Horst, Greg Hall #65 – Porsche 911 RSR: Nic da Silva, Blazej Myszk Qualifying TRG #62 - P4 in class, P28 overall #63 - P3 in class, P27 overall GT3 #64 - P20 overall #65 - P3 overall Race Screens from the event. Post-Race Comments Steven Hill - "I missed the start,…
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S10 VEC Le Mans – LMP2 #29

S10 VEC Le Mans – LMP2 #29

Events, SRC VEC - Season 10 / Division 2
Introduction - The final race of the 2017-2018 Virtual Endurance Championship brings the teams to the historic Le Mans circuit for the epic, twice around the clock 24 Hours of Le Mans. This mix of dedicated circuit and paved country roads has hosted endurance races since the 1920s. The track is unforgiving, the weather tends to be unforgiving, and cars can fail at any moment. Just ask Toyota, minutes away from winning the 2016 edition of the race. The #29 has struggled at the last three events, a victim of bad luck that has caused poor finishes. Our LMP2 will be wheeled by four drivers, from all corners of the globe; Greg Hall, Jon Uyan, Brian van Beusekom, and Nic da Silva. (more…)
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S10 VEC Le Mans – LMP1 #20

S10 VEC Le Mans – LMP1 #20

Events, SRC VEC - Season 10 / Division 3
Introduction - The final race of Season 10, and the biggest race of the season... The 24 Hours of Le Mans! Qualifying Cosimo qualified in 2nd position on the grid. Race The forecast for much of the race was for dry conditions, with a possibility of showers late on Sunday. Our team would be keeping a watchful eye on the scattered showers to the south, with fingers crossed that they would not get closer. (more…)
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S2 VLMS Le Mans – LMP2 #48

S2 VLMS Le Mans – LMP2 #48

Events, SRC VLMS - Season 2
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…
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S10 VEC Sebring – LMP2 #29

S10 VEC Sebring – LMP2 #29

Events, SRC VEC - Season 10 / Division 2
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. (more…)
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S2 VLMS Sebring – LMP2 #48

S2 VLMS Sebring – LMP2 #48

Events, SRC VLMS - Season 2
Introduction - Race 7 of the Virtual Le Mans Series (VLMS) drags the cars west across the Atlantic Ocean, again, to the tropical state of Florida for the 4 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. (more…)
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2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road America

2018 P1-Gaming Six Hours of Road America

Events, P1-Gaming 24h Series
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 America 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. (more…)
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S10 VEC Silverstone – LMP2 #29

S10 VEC Silverstone – LMP2 #29

Events, SRC VEC - Season 10 / Division 2
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. (more…)
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