Our great league partner over at CMS has had a busy few days of racing, we catch up with the events and race reports in rFactor 2.
CMS has been super busy with racing in rFactor 2, we have a catch up and reports on those races throughout the week. Here we see how the past week has been and brought up to speed.
The CMS rF2 Week in Review: Hills and Dales in Canada and Belgium
Another full week of racing as all three series were in action.
It was the Trembling Mountain circuit for the historic Datsun 510s as the MNRL took on this re-creation of the iconic Quebec track for two sprint races. Jason Whited showed the greatest affinity for this twisting circuit, powering his car to the front in both races and chalking up two big wins as a result. Gilles Lalonde and Joe Miller rounded out the podium in R1 while it was Eduardo Beninca and Matthew Overton in R2.
Both NARS and the VWSC took the Hypercars and the GTs to Spa-Francorchamps for an hour each in the hills of beautiful Belgium.
For NARS, it was HC driver Dan Kirby who topped the qualifying sheet in his Mercedes AMG One at 1:58.349, with HC AM driver Troy Uyan setting a 1:59.994 in a Bugatti Bolide to top his field. The best GT time was set by Chris Bruno in his Bentley Continental at 2:16.008 clear of the top GT AM qualifier, Paul Ibbotson’s Lamborghini Huracan at 2:19.000.
28 cars took the green for 60 minutes of tense action as the drivers worked to find the right time/place on track to pass when both Hypercars and GTs found themselves in packs throughout the race.
At the checkered flag, it was Jon Uyan in his Bugatti Bolide executing a perfect strategy to get himself to the front after the pit cycle and the fend off the challenges of both Brian Hall’s Lamborghini SCV12 and then Kirby to take the win. Bookending the Hypercar class was his team mate Troy Uyan, who took the AM win, 50s ahead of his closest challenger, Jerry Chen.
The GT result was a close-run affair, with the eventual winner, Chris Bruno suffering a drive through penalty on the last lap, closing the gap to 5s over George Angelidis in his Acura NSX. In the GT AM, it was Barry Dimarzo storming through the field in his BMW M6, 25s clear of his closest challenger, Stuart Barge in another Acura NSX.
2 days later, 37 drivers arrived at Spa to contest the VWSC fixture, with Kirby and Jon Uyan picking up where they left off by taking the two top qualifying positions for the Hypercars while Ross Smith claimed the Hypercar AM pole. In the other class, it was Brandon Gant that took the GT pole in his Nissan GT-R while Tom Lane took the GT AM top position just behind him in his Ford Mustang.
While the race was hotly contested, Kirby was able to ‘stretch his legs’ after the pit cycle to take the Hypercar win comfortably from Uyan with a 20s buffer. In Hypercar AM, the second half of the race turned into a battle between Ross and team mates Matthew Overton and Jerry Chen in their Lamborghini SCV12s, the three cars within 5s of each other as they negotiated the GT traffic. It was Ross that prevailed for the win in what turned out to be the closest racing of the field.
For the GTs, Gant turned his pole position into the class win however it was Jamie Zolecki in his Aston Martin Vantage that was able to take the GT AM win by 30s over the class polesitter Lane.
You can catch the three races on the CMS Youtube channel.
This coming week, there is only one race on the schedule as NARS heads to Long Beach with the Hypercars and GTs for a race delayed earlier this month.
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