The Legends Racing family would like to announce the signing of James Steel and Ross McWilliam.
James raced at SimRacing.org.uk from 2007, lining up against Legends Racing with the Prodigy Racing team. During his time at SRouk he was a multiple race winner and won the UKGTL Season 8 Season 8 GT Classics Cup. He also acted as an event organiser and moderator, before moving to race exclusively on iRacing.com.
Ross McWilliam has also been racing at iRacing.com since 2009, and a familiar face in the UK&I hosted events run by Legends Racing own Darren Seal.
In exciting news iRacing has announced plans to bring the Ferrari 488 GTE and other unannounced models to the platform:
“iRacing Motorsport Simulation, LLC today announced plans to create digital versions of Ferrari’s models. The first product of the partnership between the renowned eSport racing service and the iconic brand will be a virtual Ferrari 488 GTE as raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other events in the 2016 World Endurance Championship.
“This is a landmark moment for iRacing and online racing,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com. “Ferrari is synonymous with world championship caliber race cars and high performance automobiles. The Prancing Horse logo famously inspires passion among racing and automotive aficionados everywhere. iRacers are also passionate about online racing and I have no doubt they will be thrilled at the prospects of racing the 488 GTE and other Ferraris in the future.”
The Ferrari 488 will join iRacing’s stable of more than 50 meticulously-modeled open wheel, sedan, sports and stock cars which race on laser-scanned versions of the world’s legendary road courses and ovals in private leagues and officially-sanctioned series including the Blancpain GT Series, the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series and the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.”
Having raced several models from the Ferrari stable on other simulators, Legends Racing are hugely excited about the prospect of the “Prancing Horse” coming to iRacing.
The Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series headed to Sheboygan County, Wisconsin in the United States for the first round of the 2016/17 campaign. Road America, billed as “the best test of road racing in North America”, was visited by GoT in mid-December ’15 for a one-off special – the American Team Challenge. In that event, Legends Racing showed some promise, before ultimately falling 3 points short of a podium place. This time, the team went into this race aiming for a top 5 placing, something they only managed once in the 15/16 Season, despite threatening to do so on several more occasions.
As expected, qualifying was a tense affair with just half a second covering the top 5 places on the grid, with all the expected names featuring. Darren qualified on the third row of the grid in P6, 0.891 second back from pole.
At the start of the race, the pace car peeled off and then chaos ensued as the pole-sitters held the field for far too long, and a few twitchy feet hit the accelerator pedal. Despite losing out as several cars passed the pole-sitter on the start finish straight, insult was added to injury for Thrustmaster Mivano Racing when the race organizers also handing them a 60-second stop and hold penalty for the unsafe start.
When thing settled down after the first few laps, Darren found himself in P4, with Bas Rowinkel of the Samba Racing Team close behind. The challenge was short-lived as the distinctively liveried car was involved in a collision with a GTC car as the prototypes worked their way through the backmarkers for the first time.
Darren then locked horns with Troy McGuire of Black Adder in a hard but fair fight, before a spin from McGuire put some daylight between them. Recovering from the stop and go penalty for passing the leader before the start dropped SimRC.de down the order, they passed Darren as he was in for his first pit stop on lap 26. Whilst lapping the slower classes kept Darren on his toes, he kept out of trouble throughout his time in the car and handed over to Adam on lap 51 in P5.
Ten laps later, with the hard charging Thrustmaster Mivano close behind, the rear of the car got loose on the exit of turn 8, and the light contact from Simone Maria Marceno was enough to turn the Legends DP around, dropping the team back behind Black Adder Motorsport before regaining P6 several laps later.
After a positive first half of the race, a massive crash on lap 84 left the team 8 laps adrift of the leaders when the Daytona Prototype had been repaired. Endurance racing is often decided, not by ultimate pace, but by spending less time in the pits than your competition, and this rang true as Adam brought the car home in P11 rather than the P6 finish that had looked likely. Knowing how and when to pass is a big part of racing, and discretion truly can be the better part of valor. It proved a costly error in judgement as the Legends duo finished ahead of only the Samba Racing and Black Adder Motorsport entries, who also endured a torrid time in the opening round of the season.
After such a promising start, limping home in 11th was a real disappointment, tempered only marginally by the fact the team is leading the Clean-X award standings, despite the incident points incurred in the second half of the race. With four more rounds in the championship, the team will now face an uphill battle to match or better their result from the 15/16 season.
Hopefully Imola will bring the team better luck in Round Two on 12th November. Once again the race will be brought to you on iracing.com/live from 1830GMT.
SimRacing for Holland return with the successful pairing of Dennis Douna and Rudy de Wit, and will once again likely feature heavily at the front of the races through the season. Friction Racing’s trio of LJ Garnett, Marco Mogren and Dean Prescott will also definitely be in the mix for a place on the podium. Black Adder Motorsport sport a much changed line up for Season 3 with 5 new drivers listed on the team sheet – look out for them challenging for podium places. Finally, having undergone a rebranding exercise Niklas Hjelm and Kyle Birnie of NKH Racing return in the guise of Backmarker Racing. After falling foul of the regulations in the Season 2 opening race, the team posted some strong results, and will look to do so again.
New entries to the class ensure the standard in Season 3 will be as high as ever. Thrustmaster Mivano Racing bring a very strong trio of drivers to the GES, and Marco D’Acunto, Carlo Labati and Simone Maria Marceno must surely be strong contenders for the title. Buschfink Yellow’s duo of Richard Allardh and James King are another pair to look out for at the front end of the race, as will SimRC.de, who having raced in NEO Endurance Series for the last two seasons now also focus their attention on the GES. Jake Robson will be spearheading the Torque Freak Racing entry, and will be aiming to replicate the success he has been having in the iRacing IMSA series. With Bram Reniers, Alex Riebel and Pedro Van Balen in the line up alongside Robson, this is another strong outfit from TFR.
Competition will be fierce, and a top 5 finish at the end of the season will be an accomplishment of some note. Darren, Adam P, Gary, and Adam K are looking forward to returning to the track, reigniting old rivaries and forging new ones in the season ahead.
Round 1 of Season 3 commences with the 4 Hours of Road America on 15th October, and will be broadcast on iRacing Live at 1830hrs.