Earlier this month VPR welcomed back into the family an old face as well as some new talent and it is with great pleasure that CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing today officially announce and welcome new team driver Tom Whitmore to the VPR sim race team but also welcome back to our team, after some personal time away, past Team Manager, tuner and driver, Nutter aka VPR Torque.
Tom and Torque will take part in the upcoming TORA British GT eSports Championship for Virtual Pirtek Racing alongside the rest of the team hoping to improve on VPR's 2nd place GT3 championship standing of last season. Welcome aboard Tom and welcome back to the family Torque.
It’s that time of year again! It’s almost season launch time for the officially backed TORA British GT eSports championship and after the 2017 season, this season is again set to be a super season. So, TORA British GT news so far has been few and far between, at time of writing no build specifications have yet been released by TORA and there has been a lack of any season news or scheduling.
Team Virtual Pirtek Racing have announced recently they will not return to using the Porsche in the 2018 season even though the older Porsche RSR gave the team a second place overall last year in the final team standings for the 2017 British GT eSports championship, but as there hasn’t been enough information supplied to whether or not the new Porsche RSR GT3 will be allowed into the 2018 TORA British GT eSports championship season and as the older 911 RSR is several years past retirement already the team felt it wasn’t in the teams interests to use the Porsche once again for the British GT season. Virtual Pirtek Racing haven’t fully gone a different path from the Porsche chassis as the team currently race six of the newer Porsche 911 RSR GT3’s in the TORA 2018 American Sports Car Championship.
UPDATED: CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing confirmed recently they would be using the new BMW machinery in the form of the M6 GTLM for their entries this year into the TORA British GT eSports championship. VPR have as much time with BMW as they have with the Porsche and having used the BMW 125i M in the 2017 TORA TCC championship to reflect what the team sponsor was using in the real world BTCC it was only fitting that the team challenger for the new season would again come in the form of the BMW marque. VPR have also won two previous TORA championship titles in previous years using BMW machinery and look forward to once again stepping into something familiar.
Yesterday (Wednesday 14th March 2018) TORA held their annual British GT eSports championship media day (see attached images) and Virtual Pirtek Racing took the opportunity extended to them to join in the media day and get some early testing done in their new BMW M6 GTLM cars. VPR took two of their proposed cars to the TORA media day, albeit with a temporary livery hastily put together just for the media day outing, and spent a couple of hours giving the two BMW’s a shakedown. TORA have yet to release the build specification for the car to enter into this year’s championship but the photoshoot opportunity at media day did still give the team a basic idea of the cars capabilities on track.