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MATTI TAKES THE ROUND, PINKIE TAKES THE CHAMPIONSHIP

It was back to Silverstone for the final round the Austeam Racing BTCC mini-series, to utilise the other half of the track! But even before the racing started there was controversy. Travis More »»»»

PINKIE PERFECT AT CROFT

It was back to the motherland for Round 5 of the Austeam Racing mini-series at Croft, the 2nd last in the front wheel drive Honda cars. The pace was hot at the More »»»»

PINKIE UNSTOPPABLE AT ZOLDER

The Austeam Racing BTCC Mini-Series took a small step outside of Greater Britain to Belgium for the hallowed turf of Zolder and Round 4. It was a continuation of form for Travis More »»»»

PINKIE TAKES THE WINS, MATTI TAKES THE ROUND

Round 3 saw the BTCC mini-series stop at an Austeam Racing favourite – Blackwood. And because the series organisers are mindful of not repeating tracks (or they are sadistic), the direction was More »»»»

 
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AND THE BTCC MINI-SERIES CHAMPION IS…..

After 15 races of hard fought front wheel drive action, there was 1 driver who stood above his opposition. Despite missing the last round, this driver took 7 race wins, 3 pole positions and took out round honours no fewer than 3 times.

Our latest Austeam Racing champion from the BTCC mini-series is:

Congrats Pinkie from all of us at Austeam Racing.

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MATTI TAKES THE ROUND, PINKIE TAKES THE CHAMPIONSHIP

It was back to Silverstone for the final round the Austeam Racing BTCC mini-series, to utilise the other half of the track! But even before the racing started there was controversy. Travis Fox and Rod Savage were mysteriously missing from the final round and there were many many rumours. One such rumour was that Fox got lost on a camping trip and another was Rod Savage was tricked by his brother Doug and he turned up to the wrong track. Despite all of this, there was still a field of Hondas to contest the last round of the BTCC mini-series.

QUALIFYING
It was Matt Cooper who was quick in practice and he set a fast time for the pole position, improving on the next lap. Grant Morrison secured the 2nd best time in qualifying, narrowly ahead of Doug Savage, with Gavin Chatt grabbing a spot on the 2nd row ahead of Gary Simons and Phil McKee on the 3rd row.

RACE 1
It was an orderly start for the 1st race with Cooper grabbing the lead ahead of Savage and Chatt, Morrison slipping back from the front row after getting a shocking start. But all of that changed when the field arrived at turn 4. Savage arrived sideways, taking to the grass to avoid contact with the other cars. Cooper had seen something in his mirror and took a wide line to avoid the commotion and when the dust had settled it was Chatt who grabbed the lead ahead of Cooper, Savage, Simons, Chatt and McKee.

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This was the start of a very high pressured race for Chatt who now had the entire field behind him (and sometimes beside him), whilst Cooper tried to work out a way past. This happened on Lap 3 in the final few turns where Chatt run a little wide and Cooper was able to get through on the inside. This left Savage next in line to try and work out a way through. The 2 drivers seemed to evenly paced and when Savage did finally get through on lap 4, Chatt was sticking with him.

Cooper

The battle was now on for 2nd place. Chatt had managed to make his way back through on lap 6, and the battling for the position allowed Morrison to make up the lost ground from his problems at the start and first few turns and now it was a 3 car battle.

Chatt

The battling trio maintained their positions for quite a few laps, Chatt in 2nd place, with Savage following in 3rd and Morrison in 4th. On lap 9, Morrison was able to make his way past Savage into 3rd place, and then on the very next lap, Morrison made his way past Chatt and back into 2nd place. On the 2nd last lap, Savage was able to make his way through into 3rd place, relegating Chatt back to 4th, with Simons and McKee rounding out the field in 5th and 6th.

Results:
1. M. Cooper
2. G. Morrison
3. D. Savage
4. G. Chatt
5. G. Simons

RACE 2
With the reverse grid set, and the weights applied to the quicker cars, it was time for the longer endurance race. McKee and Simons were on the front row and this time it was an orderly start for the 1st lap. McKee held the lead ahead of Simons and Chatt.

McKee

McKee looked very comfortable in the lead, despite pressure from Chatt and a closing Doug Savage. And the record books will show that for 4 laps, the Honda of McKee had the measure of the field before making a slight error going into turn 4 and allowing Chatt up the inside on lap 5.

McKee

The contact between McKee and Chatt took both the cars off the track and allowed Savage through into the lead. Right behind him was Cooper, Morrison now promoted up to 3rd ahead of Simons and when the dust settled it was Chatt who ermerged ahead of McKee, but both cars were damaged and needed repairs.

Cooper was giving Savage a hard time and finally got a chance to slip through at turn 4 when Savage run slightly wide. This then re-ignited the battle between Savage and Morrison from the 1st race which was to last for quite a few laps. Morrison getting closer and closer each lap.

Savage

The pitstops started at the end of lap 16, Cooper the 1st car to dive into the pits for his compulsory stop. Savage was the next car to stop on the next lap, and Morrison come in on lap 18, but struck problems. He received a stop and go, which he served on the next lap, followed by another, and another and another. This ultimately ruined his race, placing him a lap down and promoting Phil McKee into 3rd place, despite his ill handling car from the damage he recieved.

It was a fairly quiet race from this point, Cooper taking the flag in 1st, ahead of Savage in 2nd, McKee producing a season best 3rd place ahead of Morrison, Simons and Chatt.

Results
1. M. Cooper
2. D. Savage
3. P. McKee
4. G. Morrison
5. G. Simons

Round Results
1. M. Cooper 45pts
2. D. Savage 34pts
3. G. Morrison 28pts
4. P. McKee 25pts
5. G. Chatt 18pts

Series Standings: Worst Round Dropped (Full Points)
1. T. Fox 189pts (189pts)
2. M. Cooper 177pts (195pts)
3. R. Savage 147pts (147pts)
4. D. Savage 127pts (140pts)
5. G. Morrison 127pts (141pts)

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RFACTOR 2 FUN RUN – 16-APR-2014

Wednesday the 16th of April, we will be running a fun run and everyone who has rFactor2 up and running on their computer is invited!

Interested in joining? Click on the picture above to go to the forum post containing the downloads needed to join in…

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PINKIE PERFECT AT CROFT

It was back to the motherland for Round 5 of the Austeam Racing mini-series at Croft, the 2nd last in the front wheel drive Honda cars. The pace was hot at the front and once again it was the adversaries Travis Fox and Matt Cooper. The Savage brothers were inseparable this week, and in practice not even 1/10 of a second was between them.

QUALIFYING
It was Fox who once again set a quick lap at the start of the session and watched as everyone else on the track tried to get close. There was a few heart in the mouth moments when it was Matt Cooper who got close on 1 of his flying laps and was momentarily in front of Fox, but not being able to close out the lap. The pair once again started on the front row, with Rod Savage gaining the upper hand over his brother Doug on the 2nd row, with Grant Morrison and Gavin Chatt on the 3rd row.

RACE 1
It was a very busy start for this round. Cooper got the jump ahead of Fox and was into the Turn 1, 2, 3 complex in the lead, but went in too hot, the back end wriggling around more than a latin dancer and it finally broke loose, allowing R. Savage to sneak through into the lead.

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This brought Doug Savage up into 3rd place, with Grant Morrison next, ahead of Chatt, McKee, Cooper and Simons. There we positional changes up and down the field, but the real action was at the front of the pack. Rod Savage was hanging onto the lead with a very quick Fox all over the back of him, whilst Doug Savage and Grant Morrison were having a battle of their own, hoping that something would happen in front. The gap covering the 4 cars, was not much!

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On Lap 6, Fox was able to find a way through on R. Savage and away he went, whilst behind D. Savage and Morrison started to fall back, the front running pace a little much for their tyres. Behind them, Cooper was on a charge, trying to make up for the lost time he wasted in the opening laps and was already up to 5th place.

On Lap 11, Cooper was able to take 4th place after Morrison and D. Savage argued over Turn 6, but with Cooper’s tyres almost used up, he was unable to do anything with D. Savage. Fox still held the lead onto the flag, ahead of the Savage brothers – Rod in front of Doug – with Cooper, Morrison, McKee and Simons all still running at the chequered flag.

Results:
1. T. Fox
2. R. Savage
3. D. Savage
4. M. Cooper
5. G. Morrison

RACE 2
With the reverse grid set, and the weights applied to the quicker cars, it was time for the longer endurance race. The Twilight Limousine lads were on the front row with Chatt out of position #1 and Simons in #2. They held these positions for the 1st lap whilst everything was sorted out and then it was chaos.

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Cooper was the first to have a momentary lapse in concentration (he stuffed up!) when he hit a tyre wall very hard and R. Savage was lucky to get through unscathed. Then it was Rod Savage’s turn. Contact over the back of the circuit and both he and his brother Doug were involved, both going off the track. And then in trying to get everything going once more, Simons was somehow caught up in all of this, resulting in Cooper and Simons in the pits for repairs, Simon’s damage a little too much for his crew.

This allowed Chatt to skip away slightly, but chasing him down was Morrison and
Pinkie Fox. In the space of 3 laps Fox had moved his way into 1st place, Morrison into 2nd, the Savage brothers moved up to 3rd (Doug) and 4th (Rod), demoting Chatt to 5th, whilst McKee spent some time in the pits and Cooper moved up to 6th.

Morrison

The pitstops started happening around lap 13, with Rod Savage the first to head in, quickly followed by Doug who was keen not to lose too much time to his brother, with Chatt, then Morrison, then Fox was the last of the front runners to pit. This allowed Morrison to get close, but that was all he could do. Fox had a few corners where he was quicker, and this allowed him to ease away and build a comfortable lead to the chequered flag.

Results
1. T. Fox
2. G. Morrison
3. R. Savage
4. D. Savage
5. G. Chatt

Round Results
1. T. Fox 45pts
2. R. Savage 32pts
3. G. Morrison 30pts
4. D. Savage 26pts
5. M. Cooper 18pts

Series Standings: Worst Round Dropped (Full Points)
1. T. Fox 158pts (189pts)
2. M. Cooper 132pts (150pts)
3. R. Savage 128pts (147pts)
4. G. Morrison 99pts (113pts)
5. D. Savage 93pts (106pts)

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PINKIE UNSTOPPABLE AT ZOLDER

The Austeam Racing BTCC Mini-Series took a small step outside of Greater Britain to Belgium for the hallowed turf of Zolder and Round 4. It was a continuation of form for Travis Fox who just topped the charts in practice ahead of Rod Savage (by a matter of 0.02 of a second) and continued on into qualifying as the drivers to beat.

QUALIFYING
It was Fox who set a staggeringly fast time on his 1st flying lap, 1/2 a second faster than he went in practice, and setting the benchmark very high for the rest of the field. Rod Savage was unable to improve on his time from practice, but locking out the front row, with Matt Cooper and Grant Morrison on the 2nd row, and Doug Savage and Gary Simons on the 3rd row.

RACE 1
And like the previous round, Fox got a great start from pole position and was heading the field into the 1st turn. Rod Savage moved into 2nd ahead of Matt Cooper and Grant Morrison. Further back there was contact between a few cars which saw both Gary Simons and Doug Savage leaving the road and collecting some damage and allowing Phil McKee to sneak through into 4th place.

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Back at the front, Fox was opening a gap over the field, but try as he might, he could not shake Rod Savage. It wasn’t until the closing races that the gap opened more than 1 second, but for most of the race it was close, with Rod hoping that a small window for him to get through. The pair had pulled away from Matt Cooper in 3rd who had a fairly lonely race, with Grant Morrison inheriting 4th place after McKee had problems and had to retire. Gary Simons come back through to 5th and Gavin Chatt was the last of the runners on the road in 6th place.

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Results:
1. T. Fox
2. R. Savage
3. M. Cooper
4. G. Morrison
5. G. Simons

RACE 2
Race 2 was a reverse grid race with Doug Savage and Bengt Lundgren starting on the front row. Doug had a clean getaway and it was his brother Rod that had a rocket of a start and worked his way up to 2nd place by the end of the opening lap. It was then on lap 2, that the Savage brothers swapped positions and Rod set about building an advantage over Fox, who was stuck behind Matt Cooper as they made their way towards the front of the grid.

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It was ever changing over the opening 5 laps, R. Savage was out in front and by lap 3 Fox had managed to pass all cars, except for the race leader. Cooper had made his way back through to 3rd, but the action was just behind the trio. D. Savage had a problem taking too much kerb and found himself with damage again, Morrison then moving up to 4th and he too found himself with damage. This allowed Gary Simons to move himself up to 4th place with Gavin Chatt moving up to 5th.

With 5 laps to go, Fox had managed to get close to Rod Savage. But that was all he managed with a small mistake allowing Rod to get away a little. Cooper crossed the line for another 3rd place on the night, with Simons and Chatt holding onto the top 5 placings.

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Results:
1. R. Savage
2. T. Fox
3. M. Cooper
4. G. Simons
5. G. Chatt

RACE 3
It was a reverse grid and also the top points scorers on the night had success ballast placed on their vehicles. Doug Savage and Bengt Lundgren were on the front of the grid. This didn’t last long as Doug got a poor start, and then contact a little later on in the lap with his brother Rod caused a big commotion in the middle of the pack.

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And then on lap 2, it was Chatt who made a small error, and Lundgren had nowhere to go, letting through Cooper and Fox into the leading positions. Once the dust had settled it was Morrison who moved into 3rd place ahead of D. Savage and Simons, with retirements from R. Savage, Lundgren and Chatt all before the end of 2 laps.

Teammates

Back at the front of the field, Cooper was holding onto the lead ahead of Fox who was barely more than 1 second behind, until a small error handed Cooper a 10 second advantage by the halfway mark of the race. Morrison retired from the race with damage to his car, handing D. Savage 3rd place, and moving Simons up to 4th, until only a handful of laps from the end of the race, D. Savage also had to retire from the race with damage and Simons closed out 3rd place, behind Cooper who took the win and Fox.

Results:
1. M. Cooper
2. T. Fox
3. G. Simons
4. D. Savage
5. G. Morrison

Round Results:
1. T. Fox 39pts
2. M. Cooper 35pts
3. R. Savage 31pts
4. G. Simons 24pts
5. G. Morrison 19pts

Series Standings: Worst Round Dropped (Full Points)
1. T. Fox 113pts (144pts)
2. M. Cooper 105pts (132pts)
3. R. Savage 95pts (115pts)
4. G. Morrison 69pts (83pts)
5. D. Savage 64pts (80pts)

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