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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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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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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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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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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