Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly: Edition #11 – Bella Italia
Welcome to Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly! We had a very eventful action-packed week, so let’s head on into it!
On Wednesday evening it was the final round of the CXR championship where Luke McKeown had the opportunity to 5th place in the standings at Watkins Glen. After passing fellow Vulcan driver Callam Brant, Luke tried to hunt down 1st place throughout the race, but his Audi R8 GT3 was no match for the Ford GT3s straight line speed. He came home 2nd and grabbed 5th in the championship, with Callam coming home in 6th, a result he wished he could have bettered after qualifying 2nd and ending the season in 7th. Further down the table, Dominik Forster ended the season with a gripping battle with Vulcan driver Jason Hodgson (running for his old team Altitude eSports) for 12th in the race and 14th in the championship. Jason prevailed, getting both 12th in the race and 14th in the driver’s standing, pipping Dom by 4 points! After the race, the calendar for the next season: the World GT3 Championship, was revealed along with the registration form. For next season starting Wednesday 18th November, Vulcan will be fielding several experienced drivers for this league and hoping to make a strong presence!
There were four endurance races this weekend as well, with Jason Hodgson and I heading to the track first on Saturday evening in the iELMS 6hrs Monza race. After qualifying 4th, we sustained minor damage after being dived into T1 by a Corvette, costing us 0.5s per lap. We continued on though, and when Jason eventually caught 1st place, a backmarker missed their braking and sent us off into the tyre wall at the first parabolica. We could only limit damage from there on and 5th place at the line was the best we could have possibly done given the situation.
On Sunday afternoon, it was the turn of Lucas Adam and Adam Gladden in the Dallara P217 LMP2, and newly appointed drivers Joel Evans, Mick Anderson along with Mo Janko in the Ferrari 488 GTE to take on Monza as well. In the LMP2 team, a stop and go penalty for Lucas after he passed before the green flag set them back 50 seconds and from then on a comeback drive was on the cards. With both drivers negotiating their way through traffic and picking up a tad of floor damage on the way, they came home in 6th place, putting a nice result on the top of a marvellous comeback drive.
In the other team, Mick picked up heavy damage on the first lap with them having to pit for repairs when they made their first stop, setting them back some time, and in top split, had to put in a ton of effort and pace to climb their way up to 7th place at the checkered with a final lap overtake from Mo! Another brilliant comeback drive to embody the Vulcan resilient spirit!
Finally, Luke McKeown and Callam Brant raced at Donnington Park in VRS Endurance and despite being “crushed like a can” after a huge rear end shunt in their BMW Z4 GT3, Callam and Luke expertly carried the car home despite being on 80% worn tyres and finished 16th.
Looking forward, Vulcan prepares to race in the ARL GT Team Championship, looking to field two PRO teams and one AM team in the four-round season. iELMS prep is still underway with Nurburgring GP being the next race pencilled in.