With its high curved banking and technical twisting infield section Daytona was the setting for round one of the new TORA Porsche racing series sponsored by real world race team CJWilson Racing. The TORA CJWilson Racing Cayman Cup series has seen record amounts of competitors from around the globe sign up for the ten round series partly for the prizes on offer to each round winner, prizes for series overall winner and the best prize of all, the chance of becoming a real world race driver and possibly driving for CJWilson Racing.
Talk of the TORA CJWilson Racing Cayman Cup went viral on social networks further raising the anticipation and excitement on the build up to this series opener. The internet became swamped this week of talk about the series due to the association of CJWilson Racing and their two real world drivers who are set to take part in several of the virtual races throughout the season. With joint association from various sponsors and companies such as Sonic Tools, Continental Tyre, New Balance, Logitech, One Capital and the IMSA, to name but just a few, this highly competitive, high adrenalin and highly physical race series is set to demonstrate the best of the virtual racing worlds skill and give followers an exciting spectacle to watch.
Qualifying for round one on Wednesday night (9pm US & 2am UK) would see lap records for the virtual version of the Daytona track tumble by seconds with each of the four allowed qualifying laps. Virtual Pirtek Racing entered three drivers into the series but due to technical issues suffered by one of the team drivers meant he would miss the opening round and Virtual Pirtek Racing would only see two of their drivers compete in the inaugural round. The Pirtek Porsche has become somewhat virtually famous over the past three years and to continue with the theme Virtual Pirtek Racing unveiled the new Pirtek Porsche Cayman GTS just days before the series got underway.
Select Veepz and AnonCaliga, representing the team, took to the qualifying lobby and completed their four qualifying laps. Select Veepz set a qualifying time of 1:52.536 securing him a 6th place grid position in lobby A. CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing team principal and driver AnonCaliga set a qualifying time of 1:55.374 which would see him start 18th on the race grid in lobby B.
By race start it was immediately evident that the level of driving by all competing in the series was of a very high standard thus making for a very challenging opening round to the series. Select Veepz demonstrated his talent and stayed on the tail of the few cars in front of him which were evidently better equipped with a more suitable setup for the demanding Daytona track, nonetheless Veepz swapped top grid positions throughout the race and managed his tyres and pit strategy tremendously well which seen Veepz claim a 4th position for the first race of the new exciting Cayman series.
AnonCaliga also keep glued to the pack in his lobby B race and swapped positions as he moved through the pack and held 8th place for several laps after a group of cars ahead of him collided which gifted AnonCaliga an easy pass to gain the 8th position, however by the first pit stop Anon would drop back down the field to 14th position. AnonCaliga held the 14th place for several laps until a competitor cut across the front of his car entering the notorious banking at Daytona which caused both cars to collide with the concrete wall. Although AnonCaliga’s car wasn’t suffering major damage from the collision it did however see him drop to the very back of the field again. Mid race and another pit stop would see AnonCaliga gain back two places but his car was losing out in speed to others on the track due to the team opting to use a sixth gear in their pre race testing setup when Daytona is more favourable to five speed cars, due to this lag in power it wasn’t long before AnonCaliga was once again swallowed up by the two cars behind and would see him finish the race in 17th place.
After the race both drivers commended all the competitors that took part in the first round of the series. Both AnonCaliga and Select Veepz spoke of how amazed they were with the high level of race craft and competitiveness they witnessed throughout the one-and-a-half-hour race. Later it was noted that the high level of driving was not just witnessed in lobbies A and B which Virtual Pirtek Racing qualified but also in lobby C making for a thoroughly hard, challenging and exciting series to come over the next several months of this race series.
Round two of the TORA CJWilson Racing Cayman Cup series takes place on Tuesday, May 10th and will see the bumpy concrete surfaces of Sebring as the backdrop of what will undoubtedly be another physically challenging yet spectacular race.
Virtual Pirtek Racing currently hold 8th place in the team standings after the opening round of the series. The long ten round series will come to a conclusion in August. More information and updates for this series can be found on the official CJWilson Racing website (www.cjwilsonracing.com) or alternatively visit the TORA website (www.theonlineracingassociation.com) for regular race updates and live timing.
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CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing have registered and unveiled their VPR team trio of Porsche Cayman’s into the TORA CJWilson Racing Cayman Cup Series. Real world race team CJWilson recently launched a virtual race series in association with TORA, Logitech and Forza Motorsport which features a virtual version of the CJWilson race car. The ten round CJWilson Cayman Cup series begins this evening with round one at Daytona.
Apart from major prizes awarded by Logitech to the winners of each round and overall series winner, CJWilson are also using this virtual race series to talent scout for a possible future virtual to real world racing driver with the possibility to join the real world CJWilson Racing team and pilot one of the team’s cars, far fetched? not at all as this has already been done quite successfully before. Previously when Nissan, Sony PlayStation and Gran Turismo teamed together to find a virtual racing driver that could transcend from virtual racer to real world racing driver and they achieved their goal with such drivers as Jann Mardenborough. In 2008, Yamauchi's studio, Polyphony Digital, teamed up with Sony and Nissan to create GT Academy, a competition within the Gran Turismo racing games that gives winners a chance to become real world racing drivers. The contest started with a series of time trial events in the game, with the winners flown to Silverstone in England to take part in a reality TV show and racing driver boot camp that determines which player will be put behind the wheel of a real racing car by Nissan and it was Mardenborough who was one of the lucky few who made the leap from gamer to real racing driver and began racing for the Nissan Nismo division in GT racing. Since then many more real world race teams and motorsport governing bodies have recognised that the virtual racer needs to be taken far more seriously and some famous former racing drivers being quoted in saying that the virtual racing world is the future pool to talent scout and pluck new drivers from to race in the real world of motorsport racing.
You can keep up to date with series standings and results at the TORA website (theonlineracingassociation.com) and regular series updates can also be found on the official CJWilson Racing website (cjwilsonracing.com).
Motorsport/Virtual Pirtek Racing celebrated double podiums last Sunday evening in round four of the TORA Base Performance Simulators Production GT series from Monza. VPR team drivers Select Veepz and Nutter both placing solid times during the six lap qualifying session ensured their cars placed on the first few rows of the grid for race one. Nutter set a qualification time of 1:51.376 which guaranteed him a 3rd place grid position for race one, meanwhile Select Veepz pushed in a qualification time of 1:51.162 which secured him a 2nd place grid position just ahead of his team mate for race one. CTech Motorsport/Virtual Pirtek Racing team owner/driver AnonCaliga placed 9th on the grid for race one after posting a qualifying time of 1:53.405.
Race one seen both VPR drivers Veepz and Nutter swap positions multiple times with cars ahead of them until the first of the mandatory pit stops came into play which broke the field up. AnonCaliga after his second and final pit stop of the race soon realised he had pitted a lap earlier than the teams planned strategy and this would cause him to drive conservatively. On the closing laps of race one AnonCaliga at one point allowed the two chasing cars from behind by him rather than burn fuel racing the two cars to stay ahead of them, thus ensuring he could make it to the finish line without running out of fuel.
Nutter drove flawlessly and finished race one in 3rd position claiming 123 points for the team tally and Veepz brought the team another win taking 1st place and 125 points to the team total, meanwhile AnonCaliga did cross the finish line, albeit running on vapours, claiming 14th position and 112 points for the team.
Race two as usual would see all drivers start the race in order of their finishing position from race one. Veepz led the field out on the parade lap followed by Nutter in 3rd place on row two and AnonCaliga would start in 12th place for race two, moving up two grid positions due to two drivers ahead of AnonCaliga from other teams not returning to compete in the second and final race of the evening. The second race of the evening was a carbon copy for Veepz and Nutter. Select Veepz took first place while his nearest team mate FAA xXNutterXx took his second 3rd win of the night.
Round Five of the TORA Base Performance Simulators Production GT will see all teams and drivers head to the famous sunshine bleached circuit of Catalunya on May 1st for the penultimate round of the championship.
CTech Motorsport entered a solo Ginetta into the TORA Spec Cup series last Wednesday. The CTech Motorsport entry into the series was a very last minute decision which gave no time for testing. CTech Motorsport’s driver, Nutter, decided he would like to try his hand in the series hosted by TORA on ProjectCARS and after a brief discussion with team owner AnonCaliga, both then decided that the team should indeed have representation in the Spec Cup Ginetta series. Nutter, drove the solo Ginetta entry for the team at Oulton Park last Wednesday evening which seen both races declared as wet. In one of the races of the evening Nutter suffered slight frontal damage to his Ginetta and then later a mix up during a scheduled pit stop which seen the pit crew mistakenly fit his Ginetta with slick tyres instead of wet tyres cost Nutter valuable positions and time once he did re-join the track.
Round two of the TORA Spec Cup series gets the green light this evening (Wednesday 20th) with Silverstone being the backdrop for race one and two. Race one will use the Silverstone International layout for twenty-one laps and race two will use the GP layout for fifteen laps. Nutter, racing under the CTech Motorsport banner as a privateer heads to Silverstone fourth overall in the privateer standings with 233 points.