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Geodesic GoPro Championship starts strong at Road America

The inaugural season of the Geodesic GoPro Championship launched in impressive fashion with competitive racing and strong broadcast numbers for SimSpeedTV on the iRacing eSports Network.
The brand new competition organised by Alpinestars Geodesic Racing and supported by GoPro features 2 classes. GTLM for GTE-spec Porsche, BMW, Ford, and Ferrari machines, and GTD for Mercedes, Audi, and Ferrari cars in GT3 guise. In each category drivers are competing for a 1st prize of a new GoPro Hero 7 Black & action kit, plus trophies for the top 3 in each division, as well as prizes provided by Alpinestars.

Road America played host to the first of Eight exciting 90 minute races, and while Robert L Harris put his Team Tortuga Porsche 911 RSR on pole position in GTLM, his one lap pace did not translate strongly to race pace and allowed the Ferrari 488 GTE of Tyson Meier to claim the win by 32 seconds for Alpinestars Geodesic Racing. This was far from the story of the class though as exciting wheel to wheel battles in GTLM dominated the broadcast time, and after one and a half hours of racing only 6 seconds covered the 5 cars from Andrew Caron in 2nd to Enzo Johanson in 6th. The podium in GTLM was as follows:

1st – Tyson Meier, #92 Ferrari 488 GTE
2nd – Andrew Caron, #6 BMW M8 GTE
3rd – Robert L Harris, #1 Porsche 911 RSR

In GTD Brian Lockwood for Racekraft Engineering already has one hand on the GoPro, Trophy, and T-shirt after setting the fastest lap in class on his way from converting pole position to a race win. While Mercedes AMG GT3 models swept the podium in round 1, dominating on the long straights of Road America, how will they fare against Audi and Ferrari next round on the sweeping corners of Phillip Island? The GTD podium places were thus:

1st – Brian Lockwood, #143 Mercedes AMG GT3
2nd – John Miller III, #111 Mercedes AMG GT3
3rd – Jesper Drlicka, #127 Mercedes AMG GT3

On the media side, SimSpeedTV were delighted to bring coverage on the iRacing eSports Network. The team of Producer Jay Kennedy and Commentators Rhys Gardiner and David Haines covered live qualifying, all 90 minutes of the race, and post race interviews. The Geodesic GoPro Championship was Thursday’s most viewed broadcast on iRacing’s official eSports racing channel. 

The broadcast of round 1 is able to be replayed here: https://youtu.be/mO765g03gnk

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Altus ESports Makes NEO Endurance Series Grid For 2018/2019

ALTUS ESPORTS QUALIFY FOR NEO ENDURANCE SERIES 5! 🏁

We are pleased and excited to announce that Altus Esports has qualified for NEO Endurance Series 5! Drivers Yannick Chaplin 🇫🇷️ and Simone Maria Marcenò 🇮🇹️ partnered up for the Pre-Qualifying stages, and were the fastest pairing in the first stage of Pre-Qualifying, which was more a test of outright pace.

Their pair then readied for a mixed class race of the final contenders, where their race performance, pace, and incident management was put to the test. Despite a connection drama mid-race for Simone, the team did enough to impress the administrators and was one of the teams invited to compete in the highly competitive GT division. Great success! 😀

Round 1 with 6 Hours of Sebring kicks off on October 21st, 2018. After Yannick’s success during the official series, we are confident of a strong opening round! 🤙

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Countdown begins For The End Of Virtual Sim Racing Showdown Qualifying

3 more days to go for Online Qualifying! The top 10 remain unchanged at the conclusion of Day 5, but that’s not from not trying as more than 500 laps were put down, equating to over 16 hours of track usage.

Today’s password is VSPORT, celebrating Motum Simulation and VSR’s newest partner, that houses a Motum Motion Simulator full time in Sydney and is available for casual rental hire, driver training and analysis, as well as Simulator sales.

If you’re coming to Sydney Motorsport Park, V-Sport is only a few minutes away at Unit 1 / 204 Walters Road Arndell Park NSW 2148.

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VSR Showdown

Virtual Sim Racing Showdown – Day 3 Results

3 Days of Qualifying are complete, and there are 4 in the 4’s. Josh Anderson still setting the pace but has some very strong drivers nearby. All that is needed to make the Round 1 field is a Top 10 result however, and the competition is very close around that 10th place.

5 more full days to go and sessions open again at 7am AEST. Tomorrow’s password is V8SONLINE.

 

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Virtual Sim Racing Showdown – Day Two Update

Updated Leaderboard from Day 2 is now online. Continuing to lead the charge with an improvement in yesterday’s morning session was Josh Anderson Racing who improved by 0.010sec in the morning session.

Note that due to iRacing’s maintenance that kicked in late in the afternoon session, we have been unable to retrieve the afternoon results sheet and as such, there are no times recorded from that session that are reflected in the leaderboard. We are working with iRacing to try and reclaim this and if provided, we will update the leaderboard with these updated times.

The good news is that there are still 5 days of Online Qualifying to go, and sessions have been live since 7am this morning. Today’s password for the Hosted sessions is MOTUM.

To view the most up to date information on qualifying, please remember to check the VSR website at https://www.virtualsimracing.com.au/online-qualifying.

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Day One of VSR Showdown Complete

Day 1 of Qualifying is complete and with almost 1,000 laps clocked around Mount Panorama across the drivers contesting today, it was Aussie Racing Cars driver and Sim Racer Josh Anderson Racing is heading the field with a blistering lap of 2:04.585, bettering his morning effort of 2:04.777.

The gauntlet has been thrown down, but you can be sure that the competition will heat up as the week rages on. Sessions open again at 7AM and 4PM AEST today, with the new session password of CAMS.

Be sure to keep up to date with the latest in the Online Qualifying competition including the latest session passwords, current top 40 standings, fixed setup to download and many more.

INTERESTED IN ENTERING THIS SERIES YOURSELF?

WEB LINK: https://www.virtualsimracing.com.au/online-qualifying

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Hamstead Returns For 2018 VSR Showdown

Richard Hamstead of TTL Esports has confirmed he will be contesting the VSR Showdown 2018, Round 1 at Shannons Nationals. By virtue of his Top 3 finish at the 2017 VSR Showdown, he also has a direct path into the main event action taking place from September 22nd at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Unfortunately our 2017 Champion James Allen Race Driver will still be contesting the European Le Mans Series with GRAFF Racing so is unable to take his automatic entry, and our runner up last year Emree Racing from Trans Tasman Racing has recently moved to Japan, and is also unable to take her automatic entry from last year.

The good news is everyone else looking to enter, is that there are more spots available in the Online and Live Qualifying phases of the competition. More details will be coming out regarding that in the next 48 hours! Stay tuned!