Today we are announcing the promotion of team driver Nutter to official team master tuner. Nutter will continue in his team driving role completing the Virtual Pirtek Racing driver trio but also take on the responsibility of developing and creating tuning files for the team, VPR are immensely grateful to Nutter for taking on this role as it will now free up some back of house staff to work on other team projects. Nutter was reportedly only to happy to volunteer for the position after he created a very impressive tune for the team cars more recently. VPR team boss said,
"The fact that Nutter was eager to put himself into this role demonstrates very clearly to me his commitment to team VPR, and that will always stand well with me especially as official team tuner isn't a role to be taken likely because team tuner takes on a huge amount of pressure knowing he/she is responsible for the team cars either performing in harmony with the driver for an optimum result or not performing at all, that said, Nutter has already proven his capability of creating some exciting set-ups and the additional VPR team role as Master Tuner is a position that will fit him like a glove."
Team driver and Master Tuner Nutter is already reported to be working on the team next tuning setup for round three of the TORA Formula E championship which gets going on January 29th from Rio.
VPR brought home a nice points tally from the TORA Formula E race at Lime Rock last night. AnonCaliga qualified 7th and took a reasonable 7th place finishing position in Lobby B after struggling most of the race with a setup which just wasn't performing as it had during practice, Anon also fell victim to the well known Forza lobby chat problem which left Anon without any way to communicate with other drivers and unable to hear other lobby drivers.
VPR team driver FAA xXNutterXx qualified 4th for his lobby but during the race suffered unfortunate early damage to his car and after an unscheduled pitstop to repair the car Nutter then found himself 3 laps down. Nutter's final finishing position in Lobby A was 12th which still gave him a points position to contribute to the overall VPR team points tally. The night however belonged to VPR team driver Select Veepz who qualified 3rd in his lobby then drove a faultless race from start to finish in Lobby A and even after suffering from pre race nerves he still put his Virtual Pirtek Racing Formula E car and himself on the podium by taking a very well deserved 2nd position. VPR team boss and driver AnonCaliga had this to say to the VPR media team early this morning:
"So, so proud of the team right now from back of house staff to the drivers and its Nutter and Veepz that I'm particularly proud of right now, two amazing, solid virtual drivers who both done all that was asked of them and brought home points, so yeah we're very proud of our guys right now and thankful we have these two very talented virtual drivers on the team."
Round 3 of the TORA Formula E Championship will be held on January 29th on the Rio Coast Loop with a reverse configuration. After last nights race Virtual Pirtek Racing currently occupy 4th overall in the TORA team standings and we hope we can extend that lead further when we arrive at the Rio round.
With round two of the TORA Formula E series from Lime Rock Circuit only a few hours away, the first team practice by all three VPR drivers proved revealing for the VPR staff. Drivers, Select Veepz and FAA xXNutterXx both set blistering fast lap times and personal fastest lap times during the teams private practice/test session.
Virtual Pirtek Racing team boss and owner/driver struggled during most of the practice session to break into competitive lap times and by the end of the team session AnonCaliga's best lap time was recorded at a lonely 52.433 at the Lime Rock Circuit. We spoke to AnonCaliga before VPR Media Staff wrote this piece to ask him what his final thoughts and predications were before we head to Lime Rock for the actual TORA round two race of the Formula E series.
AnonCaliga said that after breaking his wrist several months ago he had to revert back to using the Xbox One controller instead of his usual setup which includes his ThrustMaster steering wheel and at present he feels he is still not used to the controller and due to this is losing at least 2 - 3 seconds per lap.
"I'm most definitely losing a chunk of time per lap compared to my normal lap times using my steering wheel setup prior my wrist injury several months ago" AnonCaliga said.
We asked team boss/owner and team driver what he thought of the times set by his two team mates after the full team practice/test session,
"You know I'm real proud of Veepz and Nutter and with how they both adapted to the team and the formula E car especially as they've only been with the team for around a month. I truly struggled to even get close to either of them during the team test session at the weekend and as for the times they both set, I really couldn't be more chuffed with them, I just hope they can both replicate their best lap times from the team practice session when we go into the actual TORA race where it really matters. Without doubt I really feel that the VPR team made the perfect selection picking Veepz and Nutter from the few dozen applicants for team drivers, we couldn't have asked for a better couple of virtual drivers to put in our team." AnonCaliga told VPR Media Staff.
The VPR Media Staff Team also asked Anon if he would be applying team driver orders or if team orders were already in place. "Nope, theres nothing in place like such. You know better than to ask that, course we will have team orders if or when such a situation arises, this early on in the series I don't think its at all even worth considering team orders at present, besides it will be me without doubt being told to protect both our other drivers or allow them past and so on [laughter]. Seriously though its far too early to consider such a scenario but if, or better still, when that time comes then like all teams challenging for maximum team points we, as a team, will discuss the option further because we would be stupid if we didn't consider team orders and so on to help a particular team driver or to max team scoring points from this series." team boss, owner/driver AnonCaliga told us.
We finally asked AnonCaliga what his hopes were for the teams first race in the TORA Formula E Championship round two, "We missed the opening round of this TORA series due to other commitments on another race organising website that we no longer take part in so although this is round two for all other competitors at TORA its the VPR team first round and all I can really ask or hope for is that the team, as a whole, do their best and bag some points. predictions? I can definitely predict that our two points scoring drivers will be Veepz and Nutter, without doubt it will be both of them who score the team points seeing as the TORA rules stipulate that only the first two highest point scoring drivers from a team will be counted." he said.
So with the actual race only a matter of hours away we wish our drivers all the best of luck and hope they all do well and score those team points. We hope to report some good news to our followers after the TORA Formula E race from Lime Rock.
Today we finally unveil our TORA Formula E team entry livery. Three Virtual Pirtek Racing Formula E cars featuring official sponsorship from Pirtek UK will take part in the TORA Formula E championship from round two onwards. Round two of the championship will be held on the 15th January with the back drop of Lime Rock Circuit being the location.
As we continue with our goal, which began in mid 2015, to further grow the VPR team we would like to take this opportunity to announce our latest team driver signing.
Paul McCrea aka FAA xXNutterXx became part of the Virtual Pirtek Racing family just a few weeks ago and will join AnonCaliga (Team Founder & Owner) and Select Veepz in the VPR driver line up.
Although Nutter is currently on a probationary trial with the team he already shows promise of becoming a permanent full time team member due to his politness and bubbly personality that makes him a joy to speak to. Nutter's first appearance for the virtual Pirtek team will be alongside our other two drivers when they compete in the TORA Formula E Championship. Round two of the TORA Formula E Championship will be held on the 15th January at Lime Rock Circuit.
Finally we would like to also announce that VPR team driver two, Brett Wheatley aka Select Veepz recently completed his probationary trial early and is now a permanent VPR team driver. Veepz came out of his trial period early after the VPR back of house team staff responsible for looking after social media, this website and many other things spoke with VPR team founder and owner about how impressed they were with how Veepz had settled in with the team so quickly and in his first two races with the team displayed some pretty neat driving skills and consistent lap times.
So congratulations Brett (Veepz) on becoming a permanent team member and also good luck to our latest driver drafting, Paul (Nutter) when he takes part in his first race for the team on the 15th of this month. Good luck guys and well done.