ALTUS ESPORTS FINISH RACE 16TH & QUALIFY FOR 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!
A goal set out by Team Owner Simon Feigl upon starting Altus Esports, was to turn the fortunes around of the struggling ERT machine and bring the car back into position to qualify automatically for 2019 being Top 25 overall. Whilst the drivers were the same, the drive and vigour changed a lot with the new team, and so did the results. However it was far from clean sailing in the AE28, and Silverstone was no exception.
Simon would lead the proceedings in the AE28, with lead driver Andrew Kahl being unavailable for the important race, and would put in a very solid pair of laps to sit 17th in qualifying, however would feel a little was left on the table after being 12th in practice. However all hell would break loose on the opening corner in front of Simon, and he was able to drive through the smoke to gain a number of positions in the calamity. However calamity would unfold for Simon as well on Lap 2 when running in 10th place, he would be turned around at high speed and thrown out of control in a 360 spin, luckily avoiding contact. That could have been game over then and there!
It wasn’t over though, as another contact was made as we neared the first pitstop, with Simon being caught out on the car in front getting a mid-corner bobble, and Simon had nowhere to go, ending up again being turned around and waiting for the field to go through. In a little over half an hour, the team had risen as high as 10th, and now dropped down to 27th position. Now it was starting to look tight.
We then opted to adjust the strategy a bit from what we have done in the past, but opting for a long-long-short strategy to take advantage of Simon’s pace in the clean air, before having a shorter stop and shorter stint on new tyres for when Zac Hanlin would take over. This proved to be a solid strategy, as Simon would make a few solid moves on the track, but the big gains would come later at the final stop where Zac would appear out in 21st place with 48 minutes to go!
By our quick calculations, this would be enough to retain our place, however we couldn’t afford another drop of positions. Zac drove masterfully behind Bardahl SimRacing as they too were fighting for qualification as well. We decided to hold station as we had no danger from behind, and obtain a solid end of race result, however things got a bit crazy in the last 10 minutes. Incidents between Vendaval Simracing and The ineX Racing Team shook the order up, before CoRe SimRacing and Bardahl SimRacing would have fuel drama. This would end up promoting the AE28 into a 16th place finish, and securing us 22nd overall in the standings.
Mission Accomplished! We did what we set out to do upon founding Altus Esports just two months ago. We now have a confirmed entry into the 2019 iRacing GT World Championship, and are also planning on entering a second car through the WC Qualifying Series in Season 1 2019.
Right now, it is time to celebrate what has been a very tough year for the team, but in the end a rewarding finish to a rollercoaster ride! We also have more to celebrate, with a new driver signing with the team this week, and we feel he’s a real superstar. More on that VERY soon!
Many thanks must go to our sponsor Motum Simulation for their support of Altus Esports right from the get go. Also thanks to iLiveries for the wonderful job on the paint of not only the Audi, but also the other cars he has painted for us in recent weeks so that we have a full range of AE racing cars.
We’d also like to pay our thanks to Evolution Racing Team of whom we started this year as ERT #28, but finished as the AE28. Brenton from ERT has been ultra supportive throughout the transition, with regular words of encouragement and checking in on how the boys have been doing. We thank you and all of ERT for your support!!
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