17:30 Group stage + Nations’ Cup
|12 Jan.||Buenos Aires|
|19 January||Race of Champions|
17:30 Group stage + Nations’ Cup
|12 Jan.||Buenos Aires|
|19 January||Race of Champions|
What’s up, racers? As we’ve hit October a few days a go, it’s finally time to wrap up the three September events that took place at IVRC.
TCC Round 11 – Imola
With most of the people being back home from their summer vacation, we expected a huge grid and weren’t disappointed!
The preparation was indeed a bit odd for the title contenders, as leader Marc Stwerka and third-placed Nick Atsidakos set fastest lap times all around, but second-placed Grimminger struggeled all along to be competitive. This also showed in Qualifying, with Atsidakos taking the pole position ahead of Stwerka, but Grimminger suffered once again and had to start from P6.
At the start, Stwerka proved once again why he’s in the lead of the championship: overtaking Atsidakos on the line already and pacing up ahead in the lead, while the rest of the field settled in for a mostly clean start. However, misfortune struck Stwerka, as his game crashed on lap 2, giving the lead to Atsidakos, who went on to win the race ahead of a returning Matthew Allington and Grimminger in third.
The second race couldn’t have been more exciting, as Stwerka returned to the racing action, but had to take the challenge of starting all the way from the back of the grid to finish as high up in the order as possible. Starting from P5 however, Grimminger blasted into the lead and eventually hold it even under heavy pressure from Atsidakos and later the recurring Marc Stwerka. The podium finished in exactly this order, Grimminger won ahead of Stwerka and Atsidakos.
TCC Round 12 – Barcelona
Without any Italian driver on the grid we haven’t had the chance to cheer for anybody on home soil in Imola, but the 12th TCC event of the year was once again held in the virtual home of Spaniard Carlos Frau, who tried to finally catch his maiden podium in Barcelona.
However, all eyes were of course set on the title fight of the top three drivers, and while Grimminger missed out on the races, the fight between Stwerka and Atsidakos couldn’t have been any better. Stwerka took the pole position in a close qualifying session ahead of Atsidakos and went on to finish the race ahead of the Greek ace, but under consistent pressure by the Honda driver. So SEAT took a win on home soil, with Frau exactly sticking to his plan and finished in third. It is also worth to be noted that the places behind the podium were challenged, and the order of P4 to P7 wasn’t decided until the very last corner, where they all tried to squeeze into at the same time – however, it didn’t end in tears for anybody and Bernard Mróz emerged out of the heated-up fight for P4. This truly was a testimony of the great driving skills we always see in TCC!
Race 2 and the reverse grid then brought all the excitement we hoped for, with the Race 1 podium finishers trying to slice through the grid for another podium finish. Stwerka and Atsidakos did that so well that they actually finished 1-2 again, with Stwerka taking the double win in Barcelona ahead of Atsidakos and Mróz.
TCC Round 13 – Road Atlanta
At the very last weekend of September, TCC went off the virtual European continent to start the final chapter of the season, with Bob Sacamano racing on home soil for the first time this year. The Honda driver surely tried to do best at Road Atlanta, but from Qualifying on it looked more like his team mate Nick Atsidakos and fellow Honda driver Matthew Allington were about to set the tone. Championship leader Marc Stwerka however had his yet worst event of the season in terms of race pace, which already showed in Qualifying where he only finished 7th.
Atsidakos, Allington and the returning Constantin Grimminger all went into the first corner side-by-side on the first start, with Allington emerging into the lead, while behind him the carnage started. Luckily we didn’t have to witness any major crashes, but drivers were shuffled up and down the order by some minor touches and crashes all around the field. However, with the circuit not providing much overtaking opporunities, this was definitely necessary and thus drivers took more risks then usual. Allington, however, went off ahead of the field to gain his second TCC win of the season ahead of guest driver Dionysis Faraos and regular driver Carlos Frau.
The second race was of course not less interesting, with Grimminger and Felipe Granado fighting for the lead from turn 1 onwards through the whole race. Behind them, the fights were once again a bit harsher then usual, but aside from minor racing incidents we didn’t saw any major incidents again.
Another game crash took Stwerka out of the competition early, so it was now time for Grimminger and Atsidakos to gain some important points to keep their title hopes alive. Grimminger did that brilliantly by taking another reverse grid win ahead of Faraos and Granado. Atsidakos however never got his foot in and finished both races down in 8th.
Just after the Road Atlanta events YTF1 Sim-Racing Team finally presented their new livery for Matthew Allington’s Honda which should be at everyone’s displays at the next event on October 20th. In between, on October 14th, we’ll see the inaugural Bathurst 200 event and we’re all looking forward to the drivers taking on the endurance challenge around the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit!
What’s up people? Without any doubt, August has been a great month for IVRC, where everyone could enjoy their vacations but also we celebrated two exceptional events!
From August 4th to 6th, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife Endurance event was launched for first time in our league, getting a very close and exciting fight between Carlos Frau and Marcos Landa for the pole position. The race was resolved by each three MPG Competition and C-Force Racing cars. Frau, who took the pole position, lost a couple of positions in the race start, where Lucas Murno got the advantage and got a good gap over Constantin Grimminger who was in second place. A mistake from both in the pit stop lead Carlos Frau to overtake them both at the stops, and finally took his first victory in IVRC. Grimminger ended second after Murno did not finish the race on an driving mistake, while Volland took the third position. Unfortunately, Jesus Chirinos retired early in the race and Landa did not get into the race start.
TCC Round 10 – Red Bull Ring
Knowing that many people is in holidays during this days, we got a really succesful event with a high rate of participation of 14 drivers. This event will be highly remembered as everyone showed a huge level of driving skills. In Qualifying, there was only a difference of 1.3 seconds from first to 11th, which meant that nobody could make mistakes during the races, otherwise it would send to them to the back of the order.
Ultimately Nick Atsidakos took pole position ahead of championship leader Marc Stwerka and guest starter Yuri Bascopé made up the top 3. Stwerka’s closest rival, Constantin Grimminger, started from 5th.
An exciting first race saw Stwerka winning ahead of Grimminger, sharing the podium with Bernard Mróz.
The second race, of course featuring the reverse grid order saw Atsidakos winning ahead of Stwerka and Phillip Volland.
By the end of August we also got two drivers announcements: Thallisson Santos signs up with Hola Viva Mexico Racing Team for the reminder of the season and Matthew Allington stays with YTF1 sim-racing team switching over to a Honda Civic TCR! Also, Hola Viva Mexico Racing Team presented their official livery for the rest of the season.
Carlos Frau took the pole position on Friday with a record-braking 8:42.672 for MPG Competition, setting the outright IVRC track record for the full Nürburgring circuit. At the race itself it looked like Lucas Murno would take the first IVRC Nürburgring Endurance win for a long time, but later struggeled with consistency and gave the win to Carlos Frau.
|1||Carlos Frau||MPG Competition||Ferrari 488 GT3||11|
|2||Constantin Grimminger||MPG Competition||Ferrari 488 GT3||11|
|3||Phillip Volland||MPG Competition||Ferrari 488 GT3||10|
It was a season opener just how we expected. Wild, fast and hugely entertaining. The first two races of the season are done and Marc Stwerka and Martin Jatzek are our first TCC winners.
Continue reading “2018 TCC: Spa rewind”
German driver Martin Jatzek plans to fight for wins and podiums in the upcoming 2018 IVRC TCC season. Besides his role as team manager of MPG Competition, he’s also part of the IVRC staff and shows us a little bit of his position’s tasks today.
Continue reading “IVRC staff interviews part 1: Martin Jatzek”