Bonjour madames, bonjour monsieurs,
24 Heures du Mans has just happened and everyone around the world seems to have had their eyes on the historic French enduro once again. Against that backdrop, the VM classics race travelled back in time to the Old Mulsanne circuit for this round, and the results threw the overally standings on their head a bit. Koenigsegg couldn't make a certified lap but brought home the 1st place in Lobby 3, whilst ZA WARUDO made a decent qualifying effort but damaged the aero early in the race, managing only to finish 9th in lobby 2.
Mopar finally got the chance to let his Shelby Daytona free down the old Mulsanne straight and didn't disappoint anyone, winning the race overall from pole and putting in the fastest lap of the day at 4:05.010. Facepalmer, Bullet and Diablo all filled out the team's points with solid Lobby 1 finishes, and Krux with second place in lobby 2. These points should provisionally be moving the F4H North America team to the top of the standings in the series, but there are still three more rounds in the successive weeks.
Still in Le Mans mode, we're all geared up preparing for the TORA full 24 hour race at Le Mans on Saturday, June 30th to Sunday, July 1st, fielding Prototype and GT teams. With the full 24 hours shared in two-hour stints by teams of up to four drivers, it's a truly epic Forza race to rival the real life event, where endurance is the most important attribute.
More Le Mans news from the real life event? Well, for those into the Gran Turismo side of the fence, two high profile GT Academy winners showed strong form in the race: Lucas Ordonez (Greaves motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan, with Martin Brundle and son Alex,) finishing 8th and Jordan Tresson in his first Le Mans outing (Signatech Nissan Oreca 03-Nissan, with Franck Mailleux and Olivier Lombard,) finishing (yay!!) at 8th and 9th in the LM P2 class, amongst an impressive showing for Nissan overall in P2.
No surprises as to which manufacturer took the top overall spot though :P
Full race results available on http://live.lemans-tv.com/en/
So who loves hot lapping? F4H Ascari does! Andy's been putting in the hard yards on the leaderboards and set a very solid 1st place for F4H on B class Point to Point overall. Well worth a beer for that :) I look forward to seeing more leaderboard class dominations in future. :0 And I hope they include the A-10 in Forza 5 too, cos it's cool. :D
VM's Stock Hatch series has made a return too. Go go Monday night hatchbacks.
The Virtual Motorsports Stock Hatch Series 2 takes place on Mondays at 18:00 CST / 00:00 GMT / 10:00 AEST and brings together front-wheel drive cars that place an emphasis on racing and consistency rather than outright speed, into an environment designed to hone race craft with limited tuning available. The first race is Monday 25th June, with signup never closing.
If you want to get involved or learn more, follow this link to the Virtual Motorsports Stock Hatch Series 2 section!
Inside Sim Racing had a big developer interview feature with a bro from Playground Games this week. He talks a lot, we see some dirt jumps and some high speed fence breaking. It looks kind of bodacious and radical. TWISR (is there a big difference between ISR and TWISR??) had a cool E3 on-site presentation the week before, talked to the rep from whatever new NFS Most Wanted game is out soon...the game looked kind of crap but it's an interesting watch anyway. :) No sign of F4H Red Pod's retrospective spot - I wonder what he's up to at the moment. Check out the videos on their site at www.insidesimracing.tv
That's all we've really got on this week :3 Catch you guys in the forums. C'es meow.