We get an update from our sim racing partner eTeamBRIT and the sim racing results of the past week.
We are pleased to have eTeamBRIT here at simrace247, as a sim racing media partner, we will be covering events, updates and much more. We have our good friend Yvonne Houffelaar as the team manager at eTeamBRIT. Here we have the results and overview of the past week.
Round 7 brought us to the fast flowing circuit of Suzuka. It was a mixed bag for eTeamBRIT, qualifying didn’t go as planned with both eTeamBRIT and the Academy team starting in the back half of the field in each of their respective lobbies. Race one saw both teams fighting to make it into the top 10, but it wasn’t to be, it was a difficult goal with both Yvonne and Caz selecting the medium tyres for the first race and Sophie and Arden struggling to maintain consistency. Arden put some good laps together in the end and secured a top 10 finish with Caz, John and Sophie finishing just outside the top 10.
With race one’s disappointment, race 2 seemed to start much better as Sophie jumped away with the lead for eTeamBRIT and Yvonne was hot on her heels. Unfortunately Yvonne lost some places due to battling with the other teams while Sophie ran away as fast as she could. Sophie held on as best she could but would loose a position every now and then due to the Aston’s struggled with Suzuka, Sophie finished just outside the podium due to having to serve a track limits penalty on the last lap, eTeamBRIT rounded out the top 10 in both lobbies ensuring points were still be scored against their rivals.
Race 3 again had a mixed a mix of results with Yvonne fighting for the podium this time as Sophie slowly slipped down the order due to bring on the medium tyres, in the other lobby Arden was also on the mediums and struggled to maintain the pace of previous races. eTeamBRIT all made into the top 10 and the Academy team also fought hard for a top 10 place but finished just outside.
Round 8 is on 29-05-2022 and is at Laguna Seca. Both teams have reserve drivers stepping in so it will be interesting to see the results.
23-05-2022 Grandpa Goes Gaming Chase the Sunset round 4 BB Raceway II
It’s NASCAR time.. chase the sunset is inspired by NASCAR, with a high boost setting which mimics the lucky dog scenario there is always interesting racing with the backmarkers trying to catch the lead pack back up. The 2 warm up races were very interesting with lots of door banging and jostling for the best position cone the last lap. In the third and final race which is the one that counts for the championship, eTeamBRIT were right there ready to take the fight to the opposition. Sophie secured pole with Yvonne and John rounding out the top 10. As the race got underway Yvonne and John had some huge battles making their way up through the field whilst at the front Sophie tried her best to break away, unfortunately the boost and slipstream where too strong and she couldn’t break free.
With everyone taking a pit stop the stage was set for an epic battle at the finish, Yvonne and John were catching the leading pack very quickly and Sophie was having a huge battle at the front with the lead changing almost every single lap. It came down to the final corner on the final lap with Sophie pulling an excellent cutback manoeuvre as her rival risked it all up the inside, Sophie’s cutback ensured she had the better traction out of the last corner and maintained her lead as she crossed the line to win! Yvonne capitalised from the cars ahead risking it all and gained a few positions to finish third with a photo finish with second place, John followed Yvonne through the last corner shenanigans to finish a very respectable 4th. Round 5 takes us to a more track style than oval at the Kyoto Driving Park on 4th July, it will be interesting to see how the drivers cope without the security of the banking in the corners you get from ovals.
Pl4yr Red Bull Endurance Round 8 Le Mans
The iconic Le Mans circuit is our venue for the penultimate round of the Red Bull Endurance series, without the chicanes in this layout the top speeds are in excess of 200mph for the top class. This mini endurance event shows how the drivers decide what strategy they want to use, do they go all out as fast as they can or do they fuel save and try and stretch the stints out. eTeamBRIT were all set with plenty of practice and ready to go all in. Yvonne in the junior Red Bull’s, started P3, with testing it seems the best we to go full without fuel saving. The first hour it gave her the lead in the Junior class. After the hour, she needed to make an extra pit stop, which brought her P3. She tried to close the gap, only that didn’t happen. She finished P3, after another driver had some penalties, she ended at P2.
By contrast Caz in the competition class had a very quiet race just keeping it in track and constantly putting in the laps and fuel saving heavily she managed P2 which as an excellent result for her and shows she is really improving. Now to the fastest class the standards I which Sophie was driving. From the moment the flag dropped she was in an intense battle with the championship leader Teewtman, as the pit stops rolled by it became evident that they where on the same strategy and even heavily fuel savings the cars where still reaching 338km/h down the mulsanne straight. The gap between the lead 2 was consistent at 1.3 seconds and was at most 5 seconds. It all came down the final stint and with a little mistake from Teewtman allowed Sophie to gain a small advantage but then 2 laps from the end Sophie missed her breaking point at Indianapolis and hit the wall, this meant she had to pit for repairs and on the last lap out of the pits had a lap long battle with Melty to secure 2nd place in class and overall. The final round is at Monza on the 22nd June, fingers crossed for eTeamBRIT wins in every class.