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The opening round of Austeam Racing’s BTCC Series had plenty of action, spills and roll overs at Silverstone on Wednesday Night. Right from the opening gates of practice, the pace was hot up the front, with Travis Fox setting the early pace in practice, with many drivers all vying to share the honours. Series regulars, Rod Savage and Matt Cooper were not too far away, and newer recruit Paul Davey was also in the mix.
With only 10 minutes to set the quickest lap, track time was very important. All drivers were out on the track early with the low sunlight of the morning sun changing track conditions slightly. Matt Cooper was the early pace-setter, with Travis Fox unable to match the early practice times, had to settle for 2nd. Rod Savage had a watching brief over the front row, qualifying 3rd ahead of Grant Morrison, Doug Savage and Paul Davey.
Matt Cooper was able to convert the pole position into the lead for the 1st turn with all runners getting through the 1st turn ok, but the 2nd turn proved a little too much for a few of the guys and Bengt Lundgren come off 2nd best and putting the task ahead of him to catch up to the field.
Up and down the field there were many battles for position. At the front, Cooper, Fox and R. Savage had a change when Cooper ran wide and gifted Fox the lead and Rod took advantage as well. Just behind, Doug Savage and Grant Morrison were having a great battle, with Doug gaining an early advantage. But by lap 3, Morrison was looking for any opportunity to get through.
The battle for 6th was hotting up between Gavin Chatt, Paul Davey and Geoff Barnier, with Chatt getting the better start and Barnier waiting for a chance to get by both of the cars ahead. His opportunity come on lap 5 when has was able to get by Chatt, and then a few laps later when Davey had some problems. This also saw Bengt Lundgren move up as well.
Back at the front, Fox was pulling away from Cooper and R. Savage, Cooper gaining 2nd place on Lap 9 and holding to the end where Fox took the chequered flag, ahead of Cooper, R. Savage, Morrison, D. Savage and Barnier.
1. T. Fox
2. M. Cooper
3. R. Savage
4. G. Morrison
5. D. Savage
The 2nd race reversed the finishing positions and the action was even hotter on the 1st lap as everyone was battling to grab their own piece pf real estate. Before the flag dropped we had already lost 2 cars, but it was Bengt Lundgren who converted his pole position into the lead ahead of Geoff Barnier and Gavin Chatt. Behind the leading trio, there was chaos with contact between Cooper and Fox, Morrison leaving the track to avoid another incident. By the end of the 1st lap it was starting to settle down a little.
That was until Morrison, D. Savage and Lundgren went 3-wide into Stowe, the corner at the end of the straight. Morrison had the inside line, with D. Savage trying to grab the middle line, up the inside of Lundgren. Contact was made between Lundgren and D. Savage causing Lundgren to ‘lightly’ roll over, leaving Cooper and Fox to take avoiding action in order to get through the next turn.
At the front, Rod Savage had things pretty much his own way. Geoff Barnier had made his way into the lead, had a mistake which him down the field and gained a comfortable cushion along the way. Cooper and Fox had contact after the 3-wide incident which saw Fox have a roll over in the sand trap at the Vale complex/pit entry, and Doug Savage swooped past both of them to secure 2nd place, ahead of Grant Morrison, and a recovering and damaged Travis Fox and Geoff Barnier.
1. R. Savage
2. D. Savage
3. G. Morrison
4. T. Fox
5. G. Barnier
All drivers were counting the damage by the time race 3 rolled around, and we’d lost another car. By this stage, the 5 best drivers on the night gained success ballast as well as reversing the grid just for good measure. This time it was Gavin Chatt who converted the pole position with Matt Cooper slotting into 2nd place ahead of Geoff Barnier in 3rd. By the end of lap 3, Cooper had converted his 2nd into 1st and set about building a lead. Behind, it was close and got very interesting…
Rod Savage who was the points leader up to race 3 (and attracted the most success ballast) had quietly made his way up to 3rd place, but behind him, Fox and Morrison were battling into Vale, and once again Fox ended up rolling his car in the Vale Complex/Pit Entry, placing him well behind the field. But, over the next 6 laps, Fox brought down the gap over and over again, and finally caught up with D. Savage and Grant Morrison who were battling over 4th spot.
With both Morrison and D. Savage trying to out-brake each other, Fox was able to slip by both of them at the end of the Hangar straight (Stowe) and in the next lap, pick up 4th place, when Chatt had a moment and rolled his Honda coming out of Turn 3. Next in his sites was Geoff Barnier, who had been trying to keep up with Rod Savage in 2nd.
The last few laps were intense with Fox trying to close and find a way through, but Barnier held on to 3rd with only 1/10th of a second between them. Another lap possibly would have produced a different result!
1. M. Cooper
2. R. Savage
3. G. Barnier
4. T. Fox
5. G. Morrison
Round & Series Standings:
1. R. Savage 37pts
=2. M. Cooper 31pts
=2. T. Fox 31pts
4. G. Morrison 24pts
5. D. Savage 22pts
6. G. Barnier 21pts
This time we’re heading overseas to run on the tracks of our mostly-wet motherland – Britain! Welcome to the British Touring Car Championship mini-series using the Honda Civic NGTC in rFactor 2. From Aintree to Silverstone (and slightly dipping outside to Zolder for a brief moment to re-gain our sanity) we’ll be treading on Great Britain’s finest tracks in order to crown the BTCC Champion.
On our forums is the calendar and the tracks we will be visiting.
You will need the following to get involved:-
Download BTCC Tracks (1.4Gb)
Honda Civic NGTC Mod
Or alternatively, if you have the some of the tracks, you can download them individually:
Silverstone International 2013
British GP International
We will be doing a combination of race formats through the different rounds. We will be utilising 2 and 3 race formats, where each of the 1st race of the night will be 15 minutes in duration – the grid based on qualifying. For a 3 race round, we’ll use reverse grids for Race 2 and Race 3. For the 2 race round format, the 2nd race will be reversed and between 35 and 45 minutes in duration. There will be a compulsory stop in the longer races and it is up to the driver on what they complete.
If you wish to join us for the series, please post below which car you’d like to use from the game, remembering #1 is reserved for the previous series champion (V8Supercar Series in 2013).
Austeam Racing staff wish a very Happy and Safe New Year to all members and their families, 2013 was a slow membership build but it is good to see new ATR members joining our league. We’re hoping 2014 will see an increase in the memberships and the numbers on the different race series.
Don’t forget that oval racing is still thriving with the support of Jeff and Russell, so if keen to get some drafting action on the go and the see different styles in use head on to the forums and feel free to ask a few questions.
Wednesday’s sees a different number of series being made available with the use of rFactor2, the life track changes and weather provide for some great changes to the races and the feel of the rounds.
If your just looking to join our forums and chat with some of the guys then feel free to do so, we’re all here because we enjoy the same thing, motor racing.
The 2014 Grand National Stockcar series is fast closing in, with the announcement of an ATR History Making series
It will consist of Cup mod cars, Trucks and for the first time in ATR History, Dirt Late Models. That’s 2 lots of 900hp, and one lot of 650hp across varied surfaces and track styles……
All points accrued across all 3 series will go towards a Series Champion after each 8 races, with the final 5 races of the year being a chase mini series in which ALL drivers points will be reset to allow all drivers a chance to compete for the covetted #1 stock car plate.
The Cup and Trucks will be run using ARCA Sim Racing X Patch and the Dirt Late Models will be the RFactor 1 based, Dirt Works Designs Late Models 2013 mod.
If you don’t have the SVN Install or login for the ASR-X patch installed, please contact Admin Jeff and i’ll get you set up.
The full consequences to fans of V8 Supercars’ new media rights deal won’t be known for some time, with the category non-commital on the extent of its continued free-to-air presence.
The $241 million, six-year agreement between V8 Supercars, Fox Sports and the Ten Network was announced on Wednesday, well ahead of its 2015 start date.
The surprise switch came despite an increased bid from incumbent free-to-air network Seven, and largely brought with it more questions than answers.
While Fox is commited to showing ”every minute of practice, qualifying, support categories and the championship races live and in HD” there remains no official word on the extent of the free-to-air component.
Notably, Foxtel and Fox Sports were named before the cash-strapped Ten in Wednesday’s official announcement.
“We wanted to announce the deal first; then we will work through the full content plan and its placement,” V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said in a written response to Speedcafe.com’s enquires.
“It will be released along with the 2015 calendar.”
It is thought likely that approximately half of the championship’s events will be shown live on Ten, with delayed highlights packages broadcast for the remainder of the schedule.
Such a mix would mirror the model introduced by Formula 1 in the United Kingdom last year, where the coverage is split between the free-to-air BBC and pay channel Sky.
F1′s transition caused significant unrest among fans; an issue likely to be amplified in Australia considering the country’s lower pay TV penetration rate.
In the official announcement, Ten CEO Hamish McLennan said only that his network looks forward to televising “Bathurst and other great V8 Supercars events”.
The Bathurst 1000 is the only race that must be shown live on free-to-air under the nation’s anti-siphoning laws, which themselves continue to be a subject of debate.
“Media consumption habits have changed and are changing rapidly,” argued Warburton, who acted as chief exectutive at Ten prior to his V8 Supercars appointment midway through 2013.
“It will be a free to air component and a pay TV component.
“What we can assure people before we release a full schedule is that there will be substantially more live free to air television and pay television.”
Warburton is also promising “more people, more places, more platforms, more of the time”.
Importantly, the deal coincides with the introduction of Foxtel’s plan to bundle broadband internet and fixed-line telephony services with its existing television product from late 2014.
The online component of V8 Supercars’ media rights package was taken in-house at the start of the current season following Telstra Bigpond’s exit from the sport.
Keeping the championship’s total audience size healthy amid the switch to a pay TV orientated model will be critical to teams, whose income is largely dependent on sponsorship.
Other championships with a mixed schedule of pay and free-to-air races, such as IndyCar, see marquee sponsors prioritise the high-audience, free-to-air, races.
The move from the nation’s most watched free-to-air network to the marginal third best will also not be lost on sponsors, for which television figures are widely considered as the single most important property.
Regardless, V8 Supercars teams and drivers took to social media en masse to praise the big-dollar signing upon its release on Wednesday, hailing the stability it will bring.
The deal follows the stop-gap 2013/2014 agreement with Seven that contributed to the teams’ Racing Entitlements Contract dividends disappearing.
Although the mid-2011 downsizing of the teams’ collective share in the V8 Supercars business from 75 to 35 percent ensures that the days of $800,000 per annum REC incomes are long gone, the teams will undoubtedly see a direct financial benefit from the deal.
Taking into account the previously separate online and pay television rights, the terms are around $6 million per year better than even that under the previous landmark 2007-2012 contract that saw Seven snatch the broadcast contract away from Ten, and around double what is currently seen.
In that context, the Fox-Ten agreement is being chalked up as another win for Warburton, who only stepped into the sport in June.
In that time he has also crucially overseen the re-signing of the championship’s marquee Townsville, Gold Coast and Sydney street races.
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