All this month CTech Motorsport/Virtual Pirtek Racing will celebrate the virtual teams second year anniversary being sponsored by Pirtek UK.
To mark the occasion VPR will give one lucky, randomly selected winner one of the best BTCC prizes ever courtesy of our sponsors Pirtek UK.
Our very own Virtual Pirtek Racing team principal had this to say;
“As the virtual side of the Pirtek Racing team we are thoroughly happy and tremendously grateful to have a long term partnership with our sponsors Pirtek who are a well known global brand and 2013 BTCC champions. Pirtek are very supportive of our virtual racing and have been in continued contact with us these past two years, always showing sincere and keen interest into our form of online racing. Only recently we have begun to notice that people love our virtual Pirtek liveries almost as much as they do the real world car liveries and so we intend to carry the Pirtek liveries for a long time to come. With thanks to Tammie and all the guys at Pirtek & Pirtek Racing we are able to offer such a cool prize to mark our anniversary.”
To find out more about the VPR anniversary prize giveaway go to our official team Twitter page and follow for your chance to win. Check out our official Twitter account: www.twitter.com/CTechMotorsport
Friday night was the turn of the electric cars at night in the flood lit circuit of Yas Marina for the final outing for TORA Formula E. The season finale race was set to be no more than an extended testing process for the team as VPR had already secured second place overall in the final team standings for the TORA Formula E series several weeks before. Only eleven cars turned up to race at the final meeting of the season as many privateers and teams decided to opt out of taking part. The last several rounds have seen noticeably decreasing numbers of participants taking part in the series as people began to seemingly lose interest in the TORA Formula E championship.
The eleven cars took to the track to set their best lap times in the seven lap qualifying session. AnonCaliga made several minor alterations to his car at the last minute before the qualifying session began which didn’t pay off for him as he had hoped, AnonCaliga set a qualifying time of 1:05.055 placing his VPR team car 10th on the grid for the race. Select Veepz and Nutter, more at one with their team cars again set the best quali times for the team placing them on the first and second rows of the grid for race start. Veepz posted a 1:02.624 qualifying time placing him 2nd on the grid and Nutter placed his car 3rd on the grid for race start by posting a quali time of 1:02.781.
Select Veepz making an amazing start off the grid for race start soon took the lead with Nutter behind. AnonCaliga still struggling with his car into the tight bends of the circuit wasn’t going to play any huge part in the final race of the season and by his own admission was really only on track for the photo opportunity of the team cars together. Early on in the race AnonCaliga and a privateer driver got tangled up in a minor collision whilst the pair fought for 8th position and although AnonCaliga took the position and held it for several laps the chasing driver seemingly wasn’t going to forget or forgive losing the position because shortly after the same chasing driver began leaning on AnonCaliga into the bends repeatedly running AnonCaliga’s car off the track until it came to a head on lap twelve when the chasing car passed AnonCaliga from what looked to be off track and as the pair drag raced their cars into the penultimate bend of the lap neither would relinquish and brake before the other resulting in AnonCaliga locking up and both taking too much speed into the bend inevitably making contact again. AnonCaliga later said “It was a fair race between the pair of us into the hairpin bend until the other guy made it personal and decided to try taking me out but unfortunately for him he came off worse in that bend.” Due to the contact made between the pair AnonCaliga would eventually need to make an unscheduled pit stop just a lap later for steering repairs. AnonCaliga would eventually finish his race no better than where he started in 11th place.
Meanwhile Select Veepz and Nutter still far out in front of the field where beginning to lap back markers. Select Veepz who led the majority of the race did however trade places with another driver for several of the closing laps as Nutter directly behind in 3rd position waited for one of the two ahead to make a mistake so he could seize his opportunity and take the lead. Throughout the race Select Veepz came under a sustained amount of contact from the driver behind who continually rammed Select Veepz car in attempt to push Select Veepz off track, the chasing driver who was clearly out raced and out driven all season by Select Veepz resorted to deliberately trying to spin Select Veepz at each corner, the very same tactic this particular driver in the series had done throughout the course of the series. In a final act of desperation and an act of ‘winning at all cost’ the chasing driver who had also cut corners for the entirety of the race ran into Select Veepz one final time on the closing lap causing Veepz to miss a turn in point and run a rumble strip which was enough for the driver behind to squeeze past and take the win. Was the win taken fairly we ask? No, but neither was any of his race wins throughout the season and cheating seemingly gets rewarded by the race organiser who sent the race winner a free ticket to the upcoming London ePrix. Nutter, who was sitting just behind Select Veepz and the unnamed cheating competitor took note of the amount of times Select Veepz was verbally abused, pushed, hit, rammed and slammed into throughout the race and decided to make it known that he had watched these actions throughout the entire race and that the race itself was being recorded as proof of the other drivers actions, by speaking out in defence of his team mate Nutter was then met with cross words from the lobby host who had sat for the entire race listening to Select Veepz taking abuse from the unnamed driver yet the lobby host said nothing about this. Nutter finally crossed the line in 3rd place with Select Veepz unfairly being awarded 2nd place after he had led the race for its majority whilst keeping his calm and not saying a word even while being crashed into throughout the race and verbally abused by the other driver.
The VPR team proprietor spoke to the VPR Media team leader after the race and had this to say;
“I have seen the footage from the race and cannot believe the blatant amount of corner cutting carried out by ********** or the amount of times he can be counted and seen deliberately trying to put Select Veepz off track in a disgusting attempt to pass. It seems this person, with the driving etiquette of a public lobby driver, tends to resort to dirty, under handed tactics when he is being out driven and in desperation to take a win by force. He should ask himself if he feels proud knowing that he didn’t actually take a fair win, rather he cheated as usual as he did throughout the season. Our guy Veepz is a far superior virtual racer who raced very fairly all season and kept his head down, in my eyes, to the rest of our team and others I’ve spoken with, it is Veepz that is the clear winner, not to mention, better driver. I also find it strange that the driver in question is utterly rubbish in every other series he’s entered into yet his car in this Formula E series seems questionably unbeatable, I find that very curious, as do many other people.”
Round five of the extremely popular TORA CJWilson Cayman Cup heads to Long Beach California this coming Tuesday evening.
Virtual Pirtek Racing have set their team targets and hopes on adding further points to the team tally at this technical street circuit.
VPR currently hold third position from the nineteen teams in the overall team standings for the series after moving up one place from fourth after the last round a fortnight ago at Watkins Glen.
The round five qualifying session gets going at at 2am (UK) 9pm (US) with the race itself following shortly after on the same evening of Tuesday 21st June.
Thursday evening the VPR team took to the Lime Rock Park circuit for round five of the TORA Touring Masters series.
VPR’s Select Veepz took 2nd place in lobby A, race one and Nutter took 3rd in the same lobby. AnonCaliga in lobby B took 12th place in race one.
Race two and again Select Veepz demonstrated his pace by crossing the finish line taking 1st in lobby A and Nutter followed taking 4th in the same lobby. AnonCaliga in lobby B crossed the line where he started, although AnonCaliga was set to take 8th place until another car collided with his in the closing laps of race two seeing AnonCaliga limp across the line in 12th position.
The final race of the evening was another fourteen lap sprint race and after some fiery exchanges between drivers in lobby B not helped by numerous collisions caused by one driver in the lobby AnonCaliga again set to finish his race well into the top ten until on the final lap, two corners from the finish line a chasing car tried to make a space where there was none, the chasing car tagged AnonCaliga’s VPR BMW M3 spinning him off the track. The car that caused the incident also lost out by then being hit by another fast approaching car. AnonCaliga again finished by limping across the line in 12th in lobby B. Select Veepz in lobby A took 4th and Nutter crossed the line slightly ahead by taking 2nd.
After round five Virtual Pirtek Racing now move from 2nd position in the TORA Touring Masters team standings up into first place overall. Round six of the Touring Masters series will be held at Monza on the 23rd June where VPR hope to further their points tally to keep the team in the top spot of the team standings.
VPR's Veepz and Nutter will race in the virtual version of the Le Mans 24 hour hosted by TORA. Benedict Racing team owner Hunty approached VPR team principal AnonCaliga and asked if the two VPR drivers would be available for loan and interested in filling two seats within the Benedict Racing team to drive in the TORA Le Mans 24 hour. After some discussion all parties agreed and tomorrow will see both VPR drivers take to the Le Mans circuit to take part in the 24 hour endurance race in Benedict Racing's Nissan LMP and the Corvette C7.R.
As part of the driver loan agreement Benedict Racing will carry the Pirtek logo on both their cars which will be driven by VPR's Veepz and Nutter.
Bathurst was the backdrop last night for round four of the classic touring car series hosted by TORA, Touring Masters. Round four qualifying at the sunny yet technical circuit of Mount Panorama was always going to be a tricky round for most teams and predictions were that crashes galore would be seen, and as many know crashing at Bathurst usually means track blockages, great if you are ahead of such a pile up, race ruining if you are behind or part of such a pile up, last nights round however seen very little major issues with crashes.
Qualifying got underway and AnonCaliga placed his Virtual Pirtek Racing BMW E30 M3 in lobby B with a qualification time of 2:29.200.
VPR’s Nutter was next across the quali finish line after his fifteen minutes on track to set his best lap time. Nutter set a qualification time of 2:22.767 placing him 6th in lobby A for race start. Once again however it was VPR’s own wonder boy that turned up, set a best qualifying time of 2:21.436 and left the quali lobby to await the main race, Select Veepz putting his team car on pole for lobby A.
Lobby B was pretty much uneventful for VPR team owner AnonCaliga who placed his car in 9th place for the rolling race start and after running as high as 6th place during the race AnonCaliga, after an early pit stop, finished his race in 9th place where his race began taking 188 points for the VPR team tally.
In the lobby A race it was VPR’s Select Veepz who almost lead the entire race from his 1st place starting position but after the mandatory pit stop Veepz fell back into the pack behind along with the second place competitor. After several laps of swapping and changing places from first place to second place Veepz once again took the race lead where he remained leading the pack until he crossed the finish line taking the lobby A win and earning VPR another 227 points for the team tally.
Meanwhile VPR’s Nutter who started his race in 5th position in lobby A also swapped places several times with other cars ahead of him until the mandatory pit stop again came into play and as expected Nutter dropped several places into the pack behind who had yet to pit stop. Nutter battled with a lone Volkswagen Golf for 4th place that ran ahead of the VPR BMW, on the closing laps however and just a few corners from the finish line on the final lap the pair made gentle contact and although the race line was Nutter’s during the pass it was Nutter that done the gentlemanly thing and relinquished the position back to the VW Golf driver but in doing so the fast approaching car behind managed to catch and pass Nutter which saw the VPR BMW M3 of Nutter cross the line one place down from his original race starting position. Nutter took 205 points to add to the Virtual Pirtek Racing team standings tally by crossing the finish line in 6th position.
Due to the superb racing and points collected by the two top VPR team drivers, Select Veepz and Nutter, Virtual Pirtek Racing move back again to second place overall in the TORA Touring Masters team championship standings.
As it is officially now the mid season break for the TORA Touring Masters series and many other TORA racing series many competitors will be taking part in the annual virtual TORA 24 hours of Le Mans TEC event on June 11th which means the next round of Touring Masters, round 5, will be held on June 16th with Lime Rock Park being the venue which will host the next three sprint races for the upcoming round of the series.
On Friday evening (27th May) the penultimate round of the lengthy TORA Formula E championship got underway at Bernese Alps club circuit. With the Formula E championship already sewn up and awarded to another team, Virtual Pirtek Racing who missed the opening round at the start of the season were simply going through the motions to ensure they secured the second place overall in the Formula E team standings championship.
In qualifying for the race team principal and team driver AnonCaliga placed 9th on the starting grid after posting a qualifying time of 1:21.570 in lobby A. VPR’s Nutter placed his team car on the grid in 4th place for the lobby A race after posting a 1:19.342 qualification time, meanwhile Select Veepz put his VPR team car in 2nd place for the race start in lobby A with his qualifying time of 1:18.790.
As the pack moved off to complete their single parade lap to organise the grid prior the race start it was immediately a disaster for AnonCaliga as one of the cars nearest him began lagging uncontrollably then repeatedly smashing into AnonCaliga’s car causing huge amounts of damage even before the race had got underway. As the parade lap finished and the cars rolled onto their respective slots on the grid again AnonCaliga suffered complete damage from the very same lagging car and due to this AnonCaliga took his car to the very rear of the grid as he knew there was no way he could move his car off the line in time avoiding the cars behind him from smashing into him once the race had got the green light. As expected the race was given the ‘Go’ signal and by the first corner of the opening lap AnonCaliga was already 800 feet behind the racing pack due to the damage he sustained from the lagging car on the warm up lap, AnonCaliga would be unable to pit for repairs until he had completed the first ten laps if he would stand any chance getting back in touch with the leading pack, pitting before the TORA mandatory schedule would have then certainly left him two laps or more down on the leaders.
Lap ten and AnonCaliga pitted for his long awaited and much needed repairs but it was already obvious and inevitable that AnonCaliga would play no further team role in the race as he was already too far behind the other cars on track. Select Veepz and Nutter meanwhile raced fast and hard to ensure their points would see VPR take the second place overall in the team’s championship standings. It was Nutter however who played one of the best strategy plans of the season when an opposing team member said, with some sarcasm, that Nutter wouldn’t finish the race on the battery power he currently had in his VPR team car unless Nutter took another pit stop, but Nutter calmly announced to the lobby that he had clutched his car for the previous several laps whilst going down each hill, that announcement was met with a few faint gasps from certain other drivers as it meant Nutter would not need to make a final pit stop and he could quite easily coast his car across the finish line taking a truly well earned 3rd place on the race podium.
VPR’s Select Veepz also took a superb race podium crossing the finish line in 2nd place which immediately awarded Virtual Pirtek Racing the much deserved 2nd place in the TORA Formula E team’s championship standings. Although Virtual Pirtek Racing missed the inaugural round of the TORA Formula E series it does suggest however that VPR would have taken the overall team standings championship had VPR not missed the opening round. Hopefully TORA announce a second season for this exciting electric racing series in the not to distant future.
The final round of the TORA Formula E championship will be held on Friday June 17th at Yas Marina South circuit and will undoubtedly be a great finale race as it will be held in the dark of night.