SimHQ Motorsports participates in various Champion Motorsports racing events and series.
This middle-aged bloke from Britain first enjoyed serious racing (and flying) games back in the mid-90’s on his Commodore Amiga. He later raced successfully in Grand Prix Legends leagues while still a keyboard racer, and also drove his share of Gran Turismo Skylines.
Once he gained his first wheel and pedals, he was dragged further into the hobby, and now has extensive experience in rFactor2, iRacing, Assetto Corsa, and more. Loves setting a car up as much as actually racing it.
The very definition of a Gentleman Driver, he doesn’t challenge the fastest out there, but he is keen, persistent, and clean. Happy to take on awkward race stints, and will always bring the car home.
He’s been part of this same gang of drivers for several years now, and is still on speaking terms with the one teammate he’s met in real life!
Home: Great Britain.
A little bit about me… middle-aged, family man, living in the Northwestern region of the United States, with a career in the aerospace industry. When I have time for myself, I enjoy running, hiking, and sim racing.
What got me started in sim racing? I visited a sim racing venue in the UK back in 2010 and got hooked. Soon after, I started doing the research to build my own racing simulator and I started searching for online events. I found SimHQ Motorsports (SHQM) and knew it was the right place for me. I participated in many of the online races they were hosting (F1, V8Supercar, SCES, IndyCar).
I have been driving for SHQM in SRC’s Virtual Endurance Championship since Season 7. Most memorable was the 1st place finish in the GT-AM class at VEC LeMans 24hr in Season 8 (Division 2), and overall winner VEC LeMans 24hr in Season 10 (LMP1-Division 3).
Brian van Beusekom
I’ve been racing for at least 10 years already. It started with Colin McRae Rally 2005, trying to beat times my father set. Later I got rFactor 1 which I liked, but I never really got into it. When I came across Assetto Corsa, I got back into sim racing. AC was the reason I got a proper wheel and joined a league.
In this league, I managed to win two championships and met some great people who I still race with. Through those people, I also found different communities, including SimHQ Motorsports.
Home: The Netherlands.
Nic da Silva
I started my path to Endurance racing with Gran Turismo 4-6 and F1 2006-2014 on the PlayStation. In 2015 I moved to PC and began partaking in what would become an addiction, league sim racing. I started out on F1 2016 and F1 2017 before making to plunge across to endurance racing. I discovered endurance racing through the YouTube videos of SimRacing.Club and Jimmy Broadbent. Through my league racing I met Steven Hill who guided me to SimHQ Motorsports. I completed my licencing in SRCA and a week later I partook in my first endurance race, P1-Gaming’s Bathurst 12 hour and managed 4th on debut. Le Mans was a week later with another 4th placing and I was hooked. I increased my racing schedule going into the back half of 2018 and am currently racing in Octane Online Racing’s Teir 1 F1 2018 league, VEC and VLMS at SimRacing.Club and CMS NARS.
I first came into simulations by stumbling upon F1 Challenge 99-02 in a bargain bin. After learning how mod-friendly the game was, I was hooked. Bought a steering wheel, and 15 years later, I’m still doing this. I’ve never strayed from ISI simulators, moving through rFactor and now currently run rFactor 2 only.
I’ve been racing competitively since 2010, winning many leagues at Champion Motorsports. Have been racing in SimRacing.Club’s Virtual Endurance Championship and Virtual Le Mans Series since 2016. I’m 33 years old and currently moonlight as an accountant. Home: USA.
My second biggest opportunity came from Jon Uyan by attending the 2017 24h Nordschleife organized by P1-Gaming. I drove in Horizon Motorsports #65 where we placed 7th. Now, I’m in the SimHQ Motorsports team in 24h series and in the SimHQ Motorsports Red team in P1-Gaming’s Super Trofeo Cup. I know that there is still a very long path that I must follow to be “the fastest”, but the thing is to never give up!
Being a middle-aged guy from Ohio, I have been playing racing games of some kind as long as I can remember. I started with pure arcade games like the very first Need for Speed and Gran Turismo. After getting my first PC in 1999, I enjoyed more serious simulations like NASCAR Racing 2003 Season and Grand Prix 4. I am also a big fan of flight simulations such as DCS and first-person shooters like the Arma series. I drifted away from racing for several years until a friend talked me into getting Game Stock Car from Reiza Studios. It was in this sim that did my first online race and I was hooked. Soon I owned all relevant sims settling on rFactor 2 as my “go to” sim. After many years of club racing, league racing at many different communities and a few different teams, I now compete under the SimHQ Motorsports banner.
Matthew discovered sim racing in 2007 – Microprose Grand Prix and then swiftly thereafter GTR2 followed by rFactor. 2011 was the year to jump into online racing – and a forgettable first foray at Spa – through the portal of Race2Play.
Growing confidence has led to regular online racing using rFactor 2, Automobilista, iRacing and recently, Asseto Corsa. GT and Touring classes have been the majority of his racing experience, with a variety of open-wheel class drive up to and including F2. Often found in series hosted by Champion Motorsports and P1-Gaming, Matthew is very pleased to have been part of the Horizon Motorsport transition into the SimHQ Motorsports team.
I have been racing online since NASCAR 3 was released. I enjoy oval as well as road racing. I met David Bradley over at American Sim Racing League where we co-ran a road racing series.
When he started Horizon Motorsports and began racing endurance racing in rFactor 2 I was hooked. I am a retired High School band director and the other hobby I love is to play golf.
When Viper Racing was released in 1998 by Sierra Entertainment I got into playing racing games for good. Because that game had a simulation aspect to it, bringing a different quality to racing on the PC. With the release of Sports Car GT by ISI in 1999 I really got hooked on sim racing. Any sim racing game you can think of since then I own it, except GPL, my PC just not powerful enough to run it at the time. Being a mechanic and especially suspension-steering-alignment specialist made it easier for me to dive into setups and the technical aspects of sim racing and have been enjoying setting up all kinds of cars in various disciplines.
I have been racing online only since 2012. I had a good record at Race2Play league in first 3 years: 11 driver championships, 39 team championships, 46 wins, and 20 track records (until the league closed last year). Later on at Champion Motorsports, I won 8 driver titles in various chapters and 1 driver title at SimHQ Motorsports. But one of the best of all probably was winning the 24H Nordschleife race in touring class at P1 Gaming in 2016.
I have been managing sim racing teams since 2012 and also have been racing steward at CMS the last 2 years. I really enjoy this hobby greatly and appreciate all the wonderful friends I have met, became teammates with or raced against over the years. There is no stopping for me yet.
Home: USA. Native: Turkey.