Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly: The Finale
As previously mentioned, this edition will be the final Vulcan Sim Racing Weekly article… for now at least. In a bid to streamline the website and free up time, it has been decided that this will be the final edition. We will continue to cover iRacing special events on the website as well as any other notable endurance races, but not in the weekly form you will have been accustomed to for the past five months.
In these past few weeks, two new leagues kicked off; the 2nd season of the CXR World GT3 Championship, which Callam Brant and Leon Penn have been racing, and the iRacing British F4 Championship, with Callam Brant, Leon Penn, and Joel Evans taking part in the Dallara F3 cars.
First of all, in CXR, the first round commenced at Road America, with the new race format consisting of a 20 minute sprint race, and a 40 minute feature race with a reversed grid from the sprint race. In the sprint race, Leon led the way in 6th, from Callam in 8th, both challenging for 5th place, when with 8 minutes left, Callam smashed the nose of his Audi R8 GT3 hard into a concrete barrier, ripping the front end clean from the car. Somehow he managed to salvage a 10th place; pole for the feature race. Further up the grid, Leon Penn bravely defended his 5th place from AJ Southgate’s charging BMW M4 GT3, bagging him some hard earned points. In the feature race, Callam led the pack and after creating a 3 second gap to the rest off the field, things were looking good. However, former Vulcan driver Luke McKeown was on a charge up the grid, having won the sprint race, and starting in 10th for the feature. A small mistake from Callam allowed Luke through with only a handful of laps remaining, but Callam kept hot on his heels, and this eagerness was paid off when Luke was handed a penalty for an early race incident, handing Callam the win! Leon spun early on into the feature race, dropping him down outside the top 10, but determined to make a comeback, he put the pedal to the floor and came home to 6th place – less than a tenth behind 5th. A superb drive!
Round one of the iRacing British F4 championship was at Donington Park, with our drivers Joel, Callam, and Leon racing in the “Pro-Sim” category. Callam qualified 5th, with Leon 7th and Joel 15th for the 20 minute sprint race. Callam improved on his starting position, holding position at the front of the midfield train and coming home 4th, with Leon in 7th and Joel – who was involved in a crash early on – finishing a lap down in 15th. In the Feature race, we were treated to some spectacular racing, including a pass around the outside of the old hairpin by Leon Penn for 5th! It was looking like a promising result from Callam and Leon, having scythed through the field from their grid slots of 18th and 21st to 5th and 6th, until with 5 laps to go, a spinning car launched Callam onto his roof and out of the race. Gaining a few spots from this incident, Leon came back to 4th, while Callam and Joel retired.
Also, Daytona 24 took place and we fielded two teams, neither of which made it more than 3 hours after terminal damage early on, to add to an overall poor weekend tainted by iRacing’s server issues. It was, unfortunately, a very bitter affair and was quickly forgotten by the team as we moved on to the next special event: the Bathurst 12h!
Finally, all of us at Vulcan wish former team manager Luke McKeown well, after his last outing with the team at Daytona. From coming to Vulcan at less than 2.5k iRating, to just crossing the 5k iRating border before leaving, it would be an understatement to call Luke quick, and it is no surprise that he has generated interest from teams far and wide. We wish him luck as to wherever his next steps lead him in sim racing.
As this is the final edition, I have attached some photos of our team highlights over the past 10 months. You can still see our race results and announcements on our social media, and to everyone who has ever read a VSR Weekly article, thank you.
Thanks for reading, see you out on track!