Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly: Edition #13 – No Time to Rest
Welcome back, my name is Tom Male, and this is Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly! This week, it was league racing on the cards with a bit of prep for next weekend’s iELMS race and a bit of dabbling in officials for some of our drivers.
First off on Wednesday night, it was the CXR Racing World GT3 Championship at Bathurst, with eight drivers taking part! Luke McKeown put in another strong performance, battling for 3rd with Peter Smith and Mark Fletcher but eventually finishing 4th, losing out due to the sheer pace of Peter’s BMW Z4 GT3 in a straight line. He sits joint 4th in the standings. Further down the order, Mick Anderson, Mo Janko, Callam Brant and Joel Evans finished towards the back of the top 20, securing 14th,15th,16th and 17th in what was an incredibly difficult race, full of action that comes with the twisty Bathurst circuit. Just outside of the points positions was Jason Hodgson in 21st and Dominik Forster in 25th, both being caught up in various scraps or crashes at the back of the pack but carrying on to the end nonetheless! The only non-finisher was Steve Norman, heavily fatigued from doing his own endurance event in real life, driving over 7 hours right before the race, decided to call it a day while running down in 30th.
Then on Sunday, three Vulcan teams took part in the ARL-GT Team Championship at Silverstone. Vulcan Sim Racing – racing with drivers Mo Janko and Luke McKeown in the Porsche 911 RSR – had a fantastic race, finishing 3rd in an incredibly convincing performance beating the likes of Maniti Racing and EvoSR. Vulcan Sim Racing Black consisting of Mick Anderson and Joel Evans were also running well in 8th place, but after tangling while battling for 7th, the pressure was on and at the exit of turn 4, Mick spun after clipping the dirt. Never wanting to give up, Mick raced on and Joel brought the car home to a hard-earned 12th place after falling down the order; true Vulcan spirit! Further down the grid in AM class, it was a tough old race for Vulcan Sim Racing White (Jason Hodgson and Adam Gladden) in their BMW M8. The mid-speed elements of Silverstone didn’t favour the BMW and excessive tyre wear was harsh to them. They never faltered though, and saw the race through to the end, picking up some positions on the final laps to cross the line in 10th in AM class.
Away from leagues, IMSA at Silverstone was a very hot race series this week for some of the drivers, Luke McKeown and myself most notably picking up some nice wins at the British circuit. In addition, preparation for the 6hrs of Spa next weekend was well underway and Vulcan will be fielding three teams for this event; two LMP2 class cars and a GTE class team running the Porsche 911 RSR.