CMS has been running some great leagues in rFactor 2, 2022 shows how this sim racing title and league are going strong.
Our great league partners over at CMS have seen a great start to 2022 with their leagues in rFactor 2, not only is this a great year for the community, the growth over the years at CMS has been a great indication that rFactor 2 is still going strong in the sim racing genre.
Here we have an update on how 2022 has been going for CMS and its various leagues in rFactor 2 including the rise of Storm Gang Simulation modding!
CMS Update – A roaring start to 2022!
It’s been pedal to the metal at the CMS rF2 leagues in the last weeks and it’s time to provide an update on what has been happening and more importantly, what to expect in the coming weeks!
After two weeks of pre-season races for both the Storm Gang Simulation WSC 1991 and WSC 2022 mods and the SC2018X that was developed by SCSR, it was time to get racing. Six rF2 series have started across three leagues, providing drivers with plenty of choice to go racing with sizeable grids and great competition.
But that’s not all – CMS hosts racing every day of the week with series running in AC, ACC, iR, AMS2 and DR 2.0 . While we’ll be concentrating on the action in the rF2 series, you can go to cmsracing.com to get not only the information you need to join these races, but any of the other series too!
In the rF2 leagues, first across the start line was the MNRL WSC 1991 season at Daytona for 2.4 hours of racing the classic Group C cars through a full day night cycle. It was a field of 17 that took the green across three driver classes aimed at different levels of realism, providing for a broad range of drivers and driver skill levels to race competitively. It was Ben Boorman (PURIST) that took the overall race win in a Peugeot 905, with Jason Whited earning top spot in PRO in his Nissan R90CK and Coen Garling winning the AM class in another Peugeot 905.
MNRL followed this up with their first race in classic Trans Am U2 cars, this time with a field of 17 Datsun 510s at Lime Rock for two sprints. It was Jason Whited taking the win in R1 over Zander Tallman with Frank McCurdy rounding out the podium. In R2, it was the always dangerous Eduardo Beninca taking the win, with Zander Tallman second and Joe Miller third.
The VWSC had their opportunity to take the WSC 1991 mod out their first stop of the 2022 season, again at Daytona and this time with a field of 53 cars spread over two servers. Race winner and top PURIST was Ben Boorman in his Peugeot 905, with Marouane el Idrissi in a Nissan R90CK taking the PRO win and Leone Gennari claiming the best AM placing in the race in a Porsche 962C.
Off to a great start, the next weekend was their début of the WSC 2022 mod featuring driver and team championships in both PRO and AM driver categories for both Hypercars and GTs. With a mid-afternoon (ET) start, it was no surprise that the series opener attracted 54 drivers and again required the use of a second server! The hotly contested race throughout the field saw Hypercar PRO Daniel Kirby in his Bugatti Bolide take the overall win, with Hypercar AM driver Eric Moinet in a Lamborghini SCV12 top his field. GT PRO win was claimed by Brandon Gant in a Nissan GT-R Nismo and it was the Lamborghini Huracan of Matt Buice that finished first in GT AM. Of particular note, it was the first CMS win in CMS for Eric Moinet and the first win in the VWSC league for Brandon Gant!
The NARS league started off their year with the first of 13 races using the WSC 2022 by taking on Daytona for 90 minutes under 10x time acceleration to include racing under the lights. 42 drivers took the green under ideal conditions, vying for points in PRO and AM driver categories in both Hypercar and GT classes as well as HC and GT teams. In Hypercar, it was PRO Daniel Kirby in a Mercedes AMG 1 and AM Ross Smith in his Bugatti Bolide for the wins while in GT it was PRO Eduardo Beninca and AM Erik Jacobs, both in a Lexus RCF, that led their fields to the checkered flag
NARS then switched gears for the first of eight rounds in their SC2018X series and the short track excitement that is Dover provided for plenty of action. 22 drivers took to the oval and it was the Edgar of Aiden Coleman that took the overall and PRO win with Jair Oliviera in a Titan taking the checkered flag as the top AM finisher. This was followed up by a visit to Indianapolis and the first road circuit of the series, again with 22 drivers. Eduardo Beninca topped the PRO field to win the race in his Edgar, with Ross Smith in another Edgar taking the AM win.
All three CMS rF2 leagues are staying full on the gas, with races scheduled as follows:
– the MNRL takes the TA U2 cars to Mid-Ohio on 8 Feb and then Watkins Glen on the 22nd, with Sebring the next stop for the WSC 1991 series on 1 Mar
– NARS returns to the WSC 2022 Hypercars and GTs to race at Portimao on 10 Feb and then jumps back into the Stockcars for some superspeedway fun at Talladega on 17 Feb with the road course at Mid Ohio on tap for 24 Feb.
– the VWSC will be holding the second rounds of their WSC 2022 series (Portimao) and WSC 1991 (Sebring), 12 Feb and 5 Mar respectively
NOTE: Due to the very high levels of interest for the VWSC, a sign-up sheet and priority list have been implemented to manage participation if two servers are required and so registration of interest for those series and each race is highly recommended.
On a final note, the VWSC and NARS are particularly excited about bringing Portimao to their racing community for two very important reasons.
First, it is a “people’s choice” (winning in an online survey over it’s closest rivals, Paul Ricard and Kayalami) inspired by the engagement and interest of our drivers. It is the only track outside the WEC/IMSA calendars that were used to build the series schedule and is a rare opportunity to see it in league racing.
Second, it is getting some custom update attention from the Storm Gang Simulation team to more closely mirror the real life track. Benefiting from the collaborative links SGS has made in the rF2 modding community, the CMS rF2 leagues anticipate having regular access to updated or even new offerings of classic and modern tracks for their simracing in the future.
It is exciting time for the CMS rF2 chapters and there is no letting up as they move into 2022 – which can be said of ALL the CMS racing going on right now! If you haven’t checked out CMS rF2 sim racing, or in fact, sim racing at CMS no matter what your favourite racing sim, now is the time. A community of racers at all levels of skill with a wide variety of tastes in motorcar racing, you are guaranteed to find strong fields and fair racing.