Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly: Edition #12 – All Change!
Welcome back to VSR Weekly! As is becoming more frequent, it has been two weeks since the last edition, due to mainly inactivity from league and endurance racing, but we are back again!
In leagues this week, we had six of our eight CXR World Championship drivers in action at Montreal; Luke McKeown, Mo Janko, Joel Evans, Callam Brant and Dominik Forster in the Audi R8 GT3 and Jason Hodgson in the Ferrari 488 GT3. Luke and Joel qualified in the top 10 and after surviving the first few laps both moved up the field to 6th and 8th respectively but after pit lane calamity, Joel received a penalty, putting him down the order while Luke went on to finish 5th place. Callam had a quiet but productive race, avoiding crashes and making some neat passes to move up six places into 7th place at the line. Another driver with a rather quiet race was Dom, who after dropping to the back of the pack, made pleasing progress up to 20th place, benefiting from a few drivers who had a less fortunate race. One of those drivers was Mo, who after running towards the rear of the top 10 was handed an unfortunate penalty from a collision with another car which he could have done nothing to avoid. This sent him right to the back, but he made a determined comeback effort to 19th in the end. Another driver with a torrid race was Jason, who got taken out early on and with a damaged car could only manage 24th.
In the ARL-GT Team Championship, three teams were fielded for round 1 at Daytona, VSR was Mo Janko and Luke McKeown, VSR Black was Joel Evans and Mick Anderson and VSR White was Jason Hodgson and Adam Gladden. VSR qualified 11th PRO class in one of the most hectic open qualifying sessions I’ve ever witnessed, with VRS Black in 5th PRO class and VSR White 19th in AM class. While all three teams made great progress moving up the field, it was Joel to make the first misstep. Coming into the bus-stop chicane he tangled while battling for position and met the wall with significant force and their race was over. However, further down the field, Adam and Jason put down the hammer and climbed nine positions to 10th place AM in their BMW M8. Unfortunately for Luke and Mo, the top four slipstream car train slipped away from them after the pit stop at mid-distance and, managing to pip 6th place to the line, came home 5th.
In addition, two teams took part in the 6hrs of Nurburgring this weekend: Steven Leahy, Steve Norman and James Boniface racing on Saturday in the Ferrari 488 GTE; and Lucas Adam and Luke Pennington running on Sunday in the Dallara P217 LMP2. After qualifying 18th, James made steady pace through the pack and up to the rear end of the top 10 after the car was handed over to Steve Norman. However, a series of collisions, none of which could be avoided, with faster LMP2 crippled the car and Steven Leahy managed to pilot the car home to 16th, a gain on their start position but a result that didn’t tell of their true pace and dedication to this race. On Sunday, it was Luke and Lucas’ turn to take on Nurburgring and with a qualifying that put them 12th in a tough 2nd split, it was all up for them to do. Luke drove a fantastic first stint, moving them up to 7th, and Lucas further gained three spots and all was looking well. However, with two hours left to go, a wide running LMP2 at turn one clumsily rejoined into the side of Luke, bending their steering and ending their race in the most unfortunate manner.
Finally, some changes within the team management have been announced! Luke McKeown now joins Lucas Adam as Vulcan Manager and will help with the running of the team, from team selection to driver appointments they will be in control. Steve Norman and I have moved from Crew Chief and Social Media Manager respectively to Vulcan Staff and will be taking care of more general team affairs and I, of course, will continue the social media side of things. Last but not least, Steven Leahy, captain at the helm of the Vulcan Sim Racing ship, stays team owner! Over the past months, he has helped the team grow massively and has dedicated so much of his time and effort into this team that it would be rude to not say a massive thank you from everyone here at Vulcan!