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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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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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 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 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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