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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 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 »»»»

PINKIE SHOWS THE WAY IN SCOTLAND

The next stop on the BTCC calendar was in Scotland at the rolling hills of Loch Drummond. It is a quick little track with elevation changes and some misleading turns and high More »»»»

 
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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.

R.

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!

R.

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.

Calm

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.

Fox

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.

Phil

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.

Lap

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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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 reversed. This caused all sorts of problems, with the 1st few turns only a few hundred metres once the lights had gone out on the race. And it wasn’t just the race that caused problems in that turn, there were quite a number of damaged parts being collected in the downhill left leading into a 90 degree right hander, with an exceptionally high kurb on the inside. Yes, it was brutal.

QUALIFYING
There was a new name at the top when all of the dust, debris and cars stopped at the end of the session. It was Travis Fox who headed the sheets, and he was unstoppable. He set a quick pace in the opening timed lap and could have sat out the rest of the session with a 1:13.7. Matt Cooper was next with a 1:14.2, with Rod Savage and Grant Morrison on the next row, and team-mates Gavin Chatt and Gary Simons lining up 5th and 6th.

RACE 1
Travis Fox got the start he wanted and moved into the lead ahead of Cooper and R. Savage. Morrison wasn’t quite as lucky and lost a position to Chatt who was hot on the heals of the leading trio.

Fox

The race never settled down as all through the field there was movement. On Lap 2, Rod Savage moved past Cooper on the back straight to claim 2nd place, whilst Doug Savage was moving up through the field, and Morrison was having more wretched luck and was moving back through the field. Gary Simons had an off and dropped back, whilst Bengt Lundgren and Phil McKee had trips into the pits.

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On Lap 10, much action was taking place. Chatt had regained 4th spot from D. Savage in a battle that went all the way to the flag, both drivers producing hot laps in order to get away. And then perhaps the most perplexing incident on the race was a certain race leader (Fox) ending up on the wrong side of the barriers, and out of the race. This gifted the lead to R. Savage who had Cooper hot on his heals and now the race win up for grabs.

With 3 laps remaining, Cooper was able to get a run onto the back straight and grab the lead and hold on until the chequered flag, with R. Savage less than 1 second behind in 2nd place. Chatt was able to hold onto 3rd place, ahead of D. Savage who only finished 0.2 seconds behind in 4th. Gary Simons was able to climb back up through the field for 5th place.

Chatt

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

RACE 2
This was a reverse grid race, with Fox lining up on the front row with McKee. But the action was further back, where the Savage brothers were involved in contact, resulting in both of them on the other side of the barriers. Rod was able to back onto the track, but the same could not be said for Doug (who had pushed his brother back onto the track and got himself stuck).

It was a fairly lonely race for Fox who took off into the distance and left the rest of the field to fight for the minor placings. For the 1st part of the race, there were battles all up and down the field.

McKee

But it had all settled down by about lap 7, resulting in another retirement for McKee after battling for position with Morrison and it all went horribly wrong, getting stuck in the tyre barrier. By this stage, Cooper had moved into 2nd place, Chatt had moved through into 3rd place, with Morrison and Simons having a battle over 4th place. Barnier had to settle for 6th place with damage after a wild ride over a kurb pitching him up on 2 wheels, and Lundgren was the last of the runners on the track.

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

RACE 3
With the points tallied for the previous 2 races, the officials brought out the ballast for the biggest points scorers on the night. And they were lined up in reverse order on the grid for Race 3. And once again there was contact at the start between the Savage brothers, proving that when it’s not your night, it’s really not your night. Rod was turned around at the start and was about 20 seconds behind once he got things all lined up.

Phil McKee leaped into the lead, but it was short lived, on the next lap, Barnier (and most of the field) was able to get through at McKee’s expense, promoting Chatt into 2nd place ahead of Fox and Cooper.

Lundgren

By lap 5, Morrison had retired his car, moving Simons up to 5th, ahead of Lundgren, D. Savage, R. Savage and McKee. And up the front, Chatt had been caught by Fox and Cooper who threaded their way past in the pursuit of Barnier who was holding down the lead and making a gap over his pursuers.

Fox

By the time Fox and Cooper had made their way past Chatt, Barnier was well in front and took a number of laps to catch. But disaster struck Barnier when he caught a little too much kurb coming onto the back straight and made heavy contact with the outside wall, damaging his car and retiring on the spot.

At this finish it was Fox who secured the 2nd race win of the night, another 2nd place for Cooper, with another 3rd place for Chatt. Gary Simons improved for a 4th place ahead of the Savage brothers, Doug only just in front of Rod, with Lundgren and McKee the last of the runners.

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

Round Points:
1. M. Cooper 39pts
2. T. Fox 32pts
3. G. Chatt 30pts
4. G. Simons 20pts
5. R. Savage 19pts

Series Standings:
1. T. Fox 105pts
2. M. Cooper 97pts
3. R. Savage 84pts
4. D. Savage 67pts
5. G. Morrison 64pts
6. G. Chatt 58pts

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PINKIE SHOWS THE WAY IN SCOTLAND

The next stop on the BTCC calendar was in Scotland at the rolling hills of Loch Drummond. It is a quick little track with elevation changes and some misleading turns and high curbs to catch out even the seasoned racer. And like the opening round, the pace was hot at the front and it was Travis Fox who took the honours in the opening sessions showing some very quick pace. Rod Savage, Matt Cooper, Doug Savage and Grant Morrison were all not too far behind.

QUALIFYING
The 10 minute qualifying session was blistering. With the quickest time in practice of around 1:20, the benchmark was set early when Matt Cooper set a 1:20.1 on his 1st flying lap, with everyone else gradually getting faster. At the end of the 10 minutes, Travis Fox was able to get close with a 1:20.2 and Rod Savage next with a 1:20.3. Doug Savage finished 4th in qualifying ahead of Grant Morrison and Paul Davey.

RACE 1
Matt Cooper got the perfect start and charged into the 1st corner at the head of the pack, with Travis Fox and Rod Savage closely following. Meanwhile, back in the pack Paul Davey had some troubles and found himself watching everyone go past, but set about making up positions from other driver’s mistakes.

Cooper

On lap 3, Travis Fox made a slip up going into Turn 1 and ended up facing the wrong way, allowing Rod Savage, Doug Savage and Grant Morrison to get through. But only a few laps later, it was Rod Savage who in turn made a mistake allowing Doug Savage into 2nd place, ahead of a fast closing Travis Fox. Both drivers took the Turn 8 with a little too much speed, kicking up onto 2 wheels, and D. Savage making a short trip onto the grass.

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This allowed Fox into 2nd who set out after Cooper who was still holding down the lead. Morrison now moved up to 3rd place, with Rod Savage back to 4th and Doug Savage now down to 5th. Gary Simons had made good progress and was catching D. Savage who was not comfortable in the car after some contact with the wall, whilst McKee had pitted to fix some damage, leaving Chatt and Davey to fight over the minor placings.

Back at the front, Cooper was under pressure from a fast closing Fox. Cooper’s tyres were giving up, and Fox was getting faster and faster. In the end, there was only 1 second separating 1st and 2nd, another lap would have changed that position. Morrison crossed the line for 3rd ahead of the Savage brothers, Rod leading home Doug.

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

RACE 2
This time, there were only 2 races and it was a longer endurance race for race 2 with a compulsory stop. And just to add to the mix, the grid was reversed, with McKee and Chatt leading the field. It was all pretty orderly in the 1st few turns, but it started to get ugly by the end of lap 1. By this stage, D. Savage had made his way into the lead, and for every time the field got together, the advantage stretched.

McKee

Cooper touched the barriers at the end of the 1st lap, but that paled into nothing when Fox and R. Savage had a small touch going into the 1st turn on the 2nd lap, with McKee having a moment and R. Savage having more contact resulting in 4 cars off the track. Morrison and Cooper were lucky enough to slip through the gap and continue on without any damage. And out in front D. Savage made his gap even bigger.

McKee,

All the hard work for Morrison came to zero when further around the track, he too had a moment and was off into the grass, gifting 2nd place to Cooper. Fox grabbed 3rd, with Chatt through to 4th, McKee back up to 5th, Morrison and R. Savage. All of this before the 2nd lap had even finished! Doug Savage continued on building his lead over Cooper, who was struggling with damage and Fox who was closing again at a quick rate, much like the 1st race. Behind, the positions were still changing.

At the end of lap 4, Morrison had made his way back up to 4th place, ahead of R. Savage, G. Chatt and Phil McKee who was in the pits with some damage. The race settled down a little from here, with pit action kicking off after lap 10. Fox had made his way into 2nd place, and Cooper pitted, repairing the damage and was back to 6th place with a lot of work to do. R. Savage had made his way past G. Morrison before he too pitted, leaving Morrison in 3rd.

It wasn’t until lap 20 that Fox had caught up to D. Savage – such was his lead! And then, there wasn’t an easy way to get past. D. Savage was running a very tight race, making no mistakes and all Fox could do was keep the pressure on and hope for something to happen. That happened on lap 25, when D. Savage went in a little too deep into the double-right at Turn 10 and allowed Fox to slip up the inside.

Change

But it wasn’t the end of the story there. D. Savage kept the pressure on, with the final margin only 4 seconds behind Fox. R. Savage was able to make it back up to 3rd place, ahead of Morrison, Cooper, Chatt and McKee.

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

Round Points:

1. T. Fox 42pts
2. D. Savage 30pts
3. R. Savage 28pts
4. M. Cooper 27pts
5. G. Morrison 26pts

Series Standings:

1. T. Fox 73pts
2. R. Savage 65pts
3. M. Cooper 58pts
4. D. Savage 52pts
5. G. Morrison 60pts
6. G. Chatt 27pts

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