Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly – Edition #10: Races Galore
Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly is back after a two week absence because I have been away, so this edition will be bigger and better than ever!
Last week in WGTC, Mo Janko took 14th place at Barcelona in his Audi R8 in race one, followed by a strong 11th place in race two and another mega drive to put him 8th in race three. However, this week his luck wasn’t as kind, getting killed in the Le Mans endurance race, dropping him down the order, before a spin into the barriers in the Porsche curves ended an unfortunate race.
In CXR last week it was Daytona, a race the boys had been highly anticipating, but unfortunately for Luke McKeown and Dom Forster, it was a week to forget. In a commanding attempt to take the lead of the race, Luke, battling hard in the top three, incurred car contact on multiple occasions, causing damage to his car and dropping him to 5th in the end. For Dominik Forster, it was internet issues which plagued his race build-up, but a spin in the race itself caused heavy damage to his Ferrari 488 GT3, sending him down the order to 17th. Callam Brant, however, put in another impressive performance, managing to defend 7th place at the line and his 7th place in the championship. This week, it was only Luke and Callam racing at Summit Point Raceway. Following contact with a barrier after being run off track, Luke could only settle for 6th with the damage done to his car, but Callam made a series of smart moves to get him up into 4th place at the end of the race.
To conclude, in the final round of the ARL league at Interlagos Mo Janko and Luke McKeown took to battle in their BMW M8s, Mo finishing 3rd and Luke in 7th in race one, after going five-wide through turn one. In race 2, Luke finished 3rd, gaining two positions on the final lap, while Mo ended up on his roof after a freak collision in a move the commentators dubbed “stupid”. Luke finished the championship in 8th, with Mo in 21st, having only competed in three races.
In endurance races last week, the boys took to Le Mans in the Endurance Le Mans series, with Daniel Kovacs and Adam Gladden in the Dallara LMP2 running highly in 4th three hours into the race, a possible podium up for grabs, impatient lapped traffic punted them off the road into a flip and completely destroying the car, causing them to retire. In the other LMP2, Lucas Adam, Mo Janko and Luke McKeown went on a storming charge through the grid after not qualifying, and superb overtakes throughout the race took them to 2nd place, a great performance.
This weekend, two events were competed in; round nine of the Nurburgring Endurance Championship and VRS Endurance at Monza. Dominik Forster and I (Tom Male) took to the green hell in high spirits, and after putting the car P2 in qualifying and swiftly moving past 1st place on lap 2, things were looking good. After a very clean stint by Dom, catching a massive slide at 220 kph towards the end of his stint, I jumped into the car and eager to catch back up to 1st, pushed beyond the limit and clattered the barriers, before writing the car off a lap later due to a lapse in concentration. Determined to get back out into the top 10, we pushed on to finish 8th at the line, with lessons to be learnt from that saga.
Meanwhile, Callam Brant, Luke McKeown and Mo Janko took the Ferrari 488 GT3 to Monza for their top split VRS Endurance race. Luke survived an early race pile up and first corner spin to bring the car into the pits at the hour mark in 18th place. A round of quick stints from Callam and Mo followed and in the end, they were able to complete a marvellous comeback drive to finish 16th.