2nd SRS Team Championship – Week 1 Report
And finally here we are! The Second Edition of the SRS Team Championship powered by 4Fun Sim Racing Team – imagine the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion roaring as a background – is started, so no more talkabouts, no more livery design (well, almost), no more whatever since it’s time to race, fight and win – for some at least. As easily predictable, there were great challenges all over the place in Brands Hatch and in Nürburgring and also a lot of struggle for many teams, so let’s take a look on what happened in the first week.
And it was a b(r)oom start for the Broomgang team, dominating the field with four wins and a second place out of five total races, scoring an impressive total of 111 pts. Luke Bouwmeester (114 pts.) gets an en plein with three wins and is the MVP (Meester Valuable Player) of the week, while David Broomhead brilliantly faced the resolution issues of his 8-bit, 320×180 pixels car ending with 107 pts. On the second step of the podium the Full Send Racing guys, leaded by a Jason Jones showing that he’s not only a master on driving uncontrollable cars but also just a little less uncontrollable ones, with a great support from Giuseppe D’Andrea (a very good week with a win and a third place for him) and Colin Chilibeck, who got 90 points in his last try. Third, despite Gianluca Roncaglia’s attempts of sabotage, the 4Fun Sim Racing team, with a Hollywood star return for Omer Kinay (four wins, a third place and also the championship overall lead for him) and two Oscar nominations for Matteo Venuti and Dario Bucalo (who got his third SRS win beating respectively Speth, Iglesias, Barouky, Bouwmeester, Mansell and Prost – no, he didn’t, but a win is a win).
Two points off the podium stands the GentDrivers team: two wins each and also a lot of style from Roman Bisanz and Lars Mars but also some not so brilliant results – but still a lot of style – for Christopher Myles and Abdon Socias. Anyway, the gentle fight just begun! On the fifth place the newcomers – for the championship of course – of HR Racing, that with a full schedule on five full grid races for both Nicholas Hall and Andrew Roberts showed with increasingly solid performances that this is a British champioship for a reason. Sixth, only with 1 point gap from the fifth place, the Thunder Crew Sim Racing guys, perfect on streams but in search of a better slipstream on the track, and also unlucky main characters of a fratricide contact during a race while in the leading places – once it happened to 4Fun’s Roncaglia and Bucalo and the policemen came to the pits to divide them after a 3 hours tussle. Martin Sorg is the team leader for the week (90 pts. for him), followed respectively by Alex Geier (85,33 pts.), Jack Mike Mass – I’m betting I’ll write “Jochen Mass” at least once before the end of the champ -, Henrik Kjellberg and Evgeni Arkov (71,80 pts.).
On seventh place we have a well furnished table and the Italia Racing Team guys sitting around, struggling a bit in their first week and getting 82 pts. from Paolo Del Grande, followed by Stefano Del Grande and Fabio Blascovich, as a best team result. Eight place and also some pizza slices to eat with figs for the cool Pista & Fichi guys. While Andrea Giusto ate almost all the menu ending with 96,5 points, his teammates Simone Saviolo, Simone Scuola (who raced only once), Andrea Piovanelli (also only racing once, probably for some meat indigestion) and Davide Ramo are called to order once again on the menu next week. Ninth and last place for the Rose Team, who didn’t show the flower power so far. Francesco Senni leaded with 63,5 points, while Massimiliano Cazzaniga, Davide Schinetti and Mauro Castelli must prove that every Rose has its thorn to the opponents starting from the next week.
TradePriceCars Team added. A couple of days ago, in the common Discord chat, Michael Martin wrote about his subscription with “the hidden man” for the TPC team in the BTCC series. Although it is universally known that “the hidden man” is Sergio Mendez, we took it for a joke, and not an “official” subscription. Since the TPC guys reported us that they did intend to subscribe, and considering that Michael and Sergio regularly raced in the first week and that we’re all friends, we decided to accept the subscription. We’re sorry for the misunderstanding and for any inconvenience.
Well, you won’t be probably surprised on hearing that the TradePriceCars is leading the rankings after the first week, aren’t you? David Iglesias, despite his only win (out of two races) gets a couple of bonus points on laptimes and leads the team with 109 pts., being also MVP of the week in the series. Very good performance as usual also for Simon Speth, a nice jump in for Alex Leif and rock solid results also for Michael Martin, so you’d better disguise as policemen and stop them for exceeding the speed limits in the next weeks. Second step of the podium ex aequo for the GentDrivers, who collected a win with Roman Bisanz and a couple of second places with Tim Masson, Lars Mars and Christopher Myles, with Abdon Socias ending the team standings, and, despite Gianluca Roncaglia’s attempts of sabotage, for the 4Fun guys, thanks to the win and the second place of Matteo Venuti (100,5 pts.), who as everybody knows can drive whatever car you give him, even without wheel and tires.
Fourth place, a little surprisingly and although by 1 point only, for the Drive to Survive guys, who despite some wins (two for Martin Faber and one for Maurice Klerken) are paying the duties to some negative results – also a 47 points race for Amitesh Rao. On fifth place, with 2 points less and prefiguring a very close battle for the podium in the next weeks, the Team Havoline guys, leaded by the fast King of Slow Cars Matheus Nolli (97,4 pts.) and with the usual clock-ticking good performances from Michal Janak – despite Gianluca Roncaglia’s attempts of sabotage, with the mods freak Juan Alberdi and Eduardo Odriozola wanting for more in the upcoming races. Sixth place for the PleasePushMe guys, that had a real week of struggle especially with Nicolò Bachetti – I know I promised, but I can’t resist the temptation to the headline “Backetti Back to Back Rankings” – and also a lot of bad luck in many races for Simone Pinto and Stefano Casamonti. The seventh and last place so far is for the Pista & Fichi team, that will try to cook something more appealing on track in the next weeks with Andrea Piovanelli and Davide Ramo.
That’s all for the week, folks, good luck to everyone for the upcoming races and see you in Silverstone and in Most!
BTCC 98/99 Series – Weekly Standings
|3||Full Send Racing||91|
|4||4Fun Sim Racing||90|
|7||Thunder Crew Sim Racing||80|
|8||Italia Racing Team||77|
|9||Pista & Fichi||73|
BMW M235i Series – Weekly Standings
|2||4Fun Sim Racing||88|
|4||Drive To Survive||87|
|7||Pista & Fichi||62|