2nd SRS Team Championship – Week 3 Report
As the third week of the second 4Fun Team Championship came to an end we’re at the halfway, so in the next weeks be prepared to read other trivialities like being at 4/6, 5/6 and finally at the end of the Championship. But it’s all for free, so no complains for the lack of inspiration, please! Tough challenges, surprises, connection issues and much more happened in Sentul and Calabogie, so reboot your router in order to avoid text lag and go on reading!
Take a bo(u)w to the Broomgang guys, that with 105 pts. are leading the week standings – and of course the overall ranking – for the third week in a bow… sorry, in a row. David Broomhead (112,5 pts.) adds more colors to his series picture (he has almost 16 millions left, so he doesn’t risk running out of them at all) with 2/2 wins, while Luke Bouwmeester (98 pts.) reached the win only on a for him unusual third try, but hits the jackpot with the fastest lap in race (Omer Kinay got the news with a smile, although all the flies within 100 meters from him were instantly electrocuted). And once again the second place goes to the 4Fun Sim Racing team: the abovementioned and smiling Omer Kinay gets five wins, the fastest laptime in qualy, the second fastest laptime in race, 45 electrocuted flies, 114,8 pts. and also the MVP (“Most Victorious Primera”) of the week award, but the headlines this time are for Dario Bucalo (106,3 pts.), that with two wins, three second places and laptimes bonuses is probably Kinay in disguise. No doubts instead that Gianluca Roncaglia was the one behind a 51 pts. race (okay, okay, also two wins for him, probably raced by Bucalo in disguise); and despite a disconnection issue in his first try (probably raced by Roncaglia in disguise) also a win for Matteo Venuti, completing a stunning 10 wins week for the team (99 total pts.). All the masks are undressed on the third step of the podium for the ultra-solid Full Send Racing guys (94 pts.), that in Sentul (or in Send-Full, as they prefer) were leaded by a sumptuous Colin Chilibeck (98 pts. with a win and a second place) followed by Jason Jones (94 pts. with a win by taming a Dario Bucalo in “track beast” mode) and a consistent as ever so far Giuseppe D’Andrea (89 pts).
Right off the podium with 92 points – surprise surprise – are the TradePriceCars guys, whose Michael Martin win (90,4 pts.) and Sergio “Maybe It Was the Cat” Mendez (92,67 pts.) second place weren’t enough to reach the top 3. Martin also experienced a disconnection in his last race just in the moment Mendez pressed his teleport to pits button during a practice session, but the link between the two events has not been proved so far. Fifth place and hand-kissing to all the ladies for the GentDrivers guys (91 pts.), getting a win and a second place plus laptime bonuses with Roman Bisanz (104,5 pts.), and a win with Lars Mars (96 pts.), also suffering of back pain after being punted from Roncaglia during a race. As gentlemen, they will resolve the subsequent dispute in a sword duel; seconds for the offended counterpart will be Abdon Socias (84 pts.) and Christopher Myles (78,5 pts.). En garde! Interested bystanders, in sixth place thanks to a giant leap forward, the Pista & Fichi guys (84 pts.), not only profiting of a solid performance from Andrea Giusto (98,5 pts. with a win) but also getting remarkable results from Simone “GR La Minchia – untranslatable, so don’t ask further” Saviolo (93,5 pts. with a second and a third place), followed by Davide Ramo (59 pts.) that had a not-so-good racing week, while Andrea Piovanelli and Simone Scuola were out on an Easter picnic.
On seventh place, also with a great team improvement, the rising, resinous and resilient Rose Team guys (78 pts.), that after a lot of hard practice (they all had Kinay’s lap guide looping on their headphones when sleeping) drew his Guns and were able to get a win thanks to Mauro “Old Wreck – quote” Castelli (82,8 pts.) and a couple of good placements from Francesco Senni (79 pts.), Massimiliano Cazzaniga (77 pts.) and Davide Schinetti (74 pts.), and are also evaluating to change the name of the team from Rose to Cactus in order to discourage the opponents from gathering them. Well done, Roses! Back to the track on eight place after switching from a DTM league and untangling between different tracks, setups, ballast, restrictors and racing schedules for the Italia Racing Team guys (78 pts.), that despite the three and a half minutes of practice (combined) were able to get honorable placements with Paolo (78,5 pts.) and Stefano Del Grande (77 pts.), while Matteo Deambrogio, Marco Di Paolantonio e Fabio Blascovich were also out on an (alcoholic) Easter picnic. Ninth place, after a tough and cheek-to-cheek racing week in the pack, for the HR Racing guys (77 pts.), who bravely fought in fully crowded races with Nicholas Hall (80,5 pts.) and Andrew Roberts (73 pts.) and are impatiently waiting to show their faces in the upper standings. (Hint: ask Roncaglia for being introduced to the Breakfast Club racing mysteries). Tenth and last place, along with an incredibly huge amount of bad luck, for the Thunder Crew Sim Racing Lords of the Stream guys (74 pts.), with an imperturbable Alex Geier awarded with a honoris causa MVP (“Most Valuable Patience”) of the week after getting 10 incidents in a single lap in his first try. Leaded by Jack Mike Mass (84 pts. and a second place), all the members of the team experienced anyway cold rain after the Thunder with Martin Sorg (76,5 pts.), Henrik Kjellberg (75,6 pts.) and Evgeni Arkov (63 pts.). Could have been, profiting of the exquisite hospitality of the team, Roncaglia racing in Thunder Crew disguise using Bucalo’s 56K Internet connection? Could you imagine a deadlier combo? Well, let’s hope there will be the sun after the Thunder!
Since not everything in life is a surprise, be comfortable on hearing that the TradePriceCars guys took an easy first place in the third week, also cementing their overall leadership – 103 pts. for them. Simon Speth is once again leading the team with a bunch of wins and the fastest race laptime, and grabbed the MVP (“Many Valuable Points”) of the week with 110,9 pts. just inches before David Iglesias (107,5 pts.), back after a turnover week with two wins and supported with efficiency by Michael Martin (90,5 pts.), while Alex Leif took a pause relaxing on the Enterprise spaceship. And – drum rolls – there is a brilliant second place for the Team Havoline guys (91 pts.), not fueled only by the results of Matheus Nolli (104,75 pts. and a win) and Michal Janak (95 pts.) but also by the increasing racing adrenaline of Juan Alberdi (90,8 pts., also with a nice second place) and Eduardo Odriozola (74 pts. with some good placements and a bunch of races – he’s probably still doing some cool down laps alone in Calabogie). Well done, guys! Paired on the third step of the podium with 88 pts., the 4Fun Sim Racing duo, with Matteo Venuti playing all the instruments and getting 97,5 pts. with his win out of two races and Gianluca Roncaglia (78,5 pts.) following the rhythm by tapping his foot; and the one-man-band of the Drive to Survive team, Martin Faber, that left alone by his teammates Maurice Klerken, who dropped the series and opened a bio-Vegan grocery, and Amitesh Rao, who took a pause for the week, was surrounded by enemies and bravely defended his position firing a lot of 102 and 98mm bullets from his BMW gun. Hold on, Martin, the cavalry is on his way!
Off the podium, on fifth place, the PleasePushMe guys had a had a helter skelter week on a wide spectrum of results. Simone Pinto (84,75 pts.) is leading the team thanks to his consistency, while Nicolò Bachetti (81,8 pts.) gets a win and a fast lap in qualy but also a couple of results he will try to forget soon by showing to the world some solid racing. A good week indeed for Stefano Casamonti (80,67 pts.), whose confidence on track increases day by day, making him greedy for more. Sixth place with 81 pts. for the GentDrivers guys, getting two good placements from Roman Bisanz (93 pts.) and decent results from Christopher Myles and Abdon Socias but surely with better expectations for the upcoming weeks, while Lars Mars and Tim Masson were busy on coaching in a dinner’s etiquette class and couldn’t race for the week – although the napkin on his legs is perfectly folded. Seventh place, then, for the Pista & Fichi guys, that added too much figs to their racing recipe and weren’t able to recover in time to get on track – remember that the 70 default pts. will decrease in case of another missing racing week, so it’s time for a healthy nutrition by visiting Maurice Klerken’s shop in order to quickly get back in shape!
That’s all for now, check your connections and stay tuned for the next report from Zandvoort and Grobnik. Good luck and have fun!
BTCC 98/99 Series – Weekly Standings
|Pos||Team||Sentul International Circuit|
|2||4Fun Sim Racing||99|
|3||Full Send Racing||94|
|6||Pista & Fichi||84|
|7||Italia Racing Team||78|
|10||Thunder Crew Sim Racing||74|
BMW M235i Series – Weekly Standings
|Pos||Team||Calabogie Motorsport Park|
|3||Drive To Survive||88|
|3||4Fun Sim Racing||88|
|7||Pista & Fichi||70|