Women in sim racing continues with our weekly blogs here at simrace247.com. Yvonne Houffelaar brings us up to speed with blog #39.
Women In Sim Racing continues with our weekly blogs and Yvonne Houffelaar keeps us posted on her sim racing events and more. Attending racing leagues and enjoying her sim racing, Yvonne is here with blog #39.
Welcome to my thirty ninth weekly blog!!
Theamusante Community Rush Hour
Round 2 of Theamusante Community Rush Hour, was on Friday 19-11-2021 at Nürburgring. It was a 1 hour race, multiclass. I drove in the GT3 Bentley, and Sophie Aeronwen drove in the GT4 Porsche.
I was sick and very tired. I did an arrive and drive because I had no energy for the race or to do practice. My race pace was a lot better than I expected, had some good overtakes.
Unfortunately, I got hit after my mandatory pitstop, luckily in the end they got a penalty for it. I managed to gain 20 seconds, on the cars in front of me, despite the 8 seconds of damage.
I could overtake Thea, in the second last lap. I came over the finish line at P4, 0.3sec behind P3. P3 got the penalty, because of our incident, and I finished P3! Really good result and there was more in it, if I felt better, and could practice for the race.
Sophie had a tough race in the Porsche GT4. She had not much practice, and the setup wasn’t very good. She give it all, and ended up P7. We are now in the championship at P6, luckily there are 6 rounds to go, and hopefully, we can gain some spots in the championship!!
Pro League Racing; Team championship
On Sunday 21-11-2021, was the 3rd round of the Pro league Racing; Team Championship, 2 hours at Monza. I felt worse on Sunday, and I asked Esmeralda to step in for me. Sophie Aeronwen and Esmeralda van der Naald, drove the race together and both drove really good.
Sophie qualified P5, and after an incident felt back around P15. Luckily this was at the beginning of the race. Sophie could make up a lot of places, and when the pitstop came she was around P6 again. Esmeralda drove a very good stint, fast and consistent!
In the end, it was getting very close to the podium at the end of the race. After some good overtakes, they finished P3!! Well done ladies!!
The Sim Grid More Female Racers
On Monday 22-11-2021, was the 4th round of The Sim Grid More Female Racers, at Silverstone. I was driving with Giorgio Simonini. I knew it was going to be a tough race because I still was sick and started practicing an hour before the race.
I spoke to Giorgio in the morning, and we said; We are going to start the race, and we will see where we end up. We need the points for the championship, we are currently in 3rd position.
I had the setup from Giorgio during the qualifying, which I needed to get used to it very quickly, which is difficult for me in the Ferrari 488 Evo. After a bad qualifying around P7, I knew my race needed to be clean. I had a good start, where 4 cars in front of me crashed, I would avoid all of them, and drove P3.
I just holt my pace, and keep it clean the first stint. Then Giorgio came in the car after 20 minutes, when he was coming out of the pits, we were P2. He drove a very good and fast stint, as always. In the last stint, I just needed to bring the car back home.
I didn’t have the pace, in the race. Didn’t have P2, or maybe even the top 5 pace. To stay consistent and clean, was the key to a surprisingly good result! Giorgio and I ended u P2!!
Overall it was a very good race for GTWR R8G Female Racing. Sara Dove and Andrea Capoccia finished 1st, Esmeralda van der Naald and Stephane Greffet finished first in silver class, and Alethea Boucq and Mark Lewis finished 2nd in silver class!! Well done, now we are going to start practicing for Zolder. Round 5 is at Zolder, on Monday 6 December.
27-11-2021: The Sim Grid Endurance Cup Round 3;
6 hours @ Paul Ricard.