Sunday 17th September 2017 seen both outfits of the CTech Motorsport stable take to the track at Catalunya for the final round of the TORA British GT eSports Championship. Joining team two (VPR CTech Motorsport with ZX1) was new team signing JamJar Hastings who would make up the third driver of team two making his team and TORA debut race. Virtual Pirtek Racing (team one) who were currently occupying third position in the TORA British GT eSports Championship GT3 class team standings knew taking first place was too far a long shot due to the points lead by Team HCR, nonetheless VPR had their sights set on taking second place in the season finale team standings or at least holding on to their third-place position.
The final fifteen minute Sunday qualifying session got under way around 7pm (UK) at the sun drenched circuit of catalunya and it was evident almost immediately that new team two driver, JamJar Hastings would take the upper hand in his race lobby when he set a best qualifying time of 1:49.731 placing him in 2nd place on the grid for race one. Ryanvxracing completed his qualifying session with a time of 1:50.818 placing him 4th on the grid for race one start. Jayc1975 set a qualifying time of 1:51.129 securing him 5th on the grid for race start. Next, in 6th position on grid for the race was AnonCaliga after he set a qualifying time of 1:51.670, behind was OcR Brock in 7th position on grid with a qualifying time of 1:51.785 and taking 10th position on the grid for race start was Gman555 with a qualifying time of 1:53.442. It soon transpired that TORA had placed all three drivers of Virtual Pirtek Racing (team one) and the three drivers of VPR CTech Motorsport with ZX1 (team two) into the same race lobby.
Lobby two and with all team cars and competitors on grid for the start of the first of the evenings two season finale races everyone wanted to progress up the grid so that they could secure their best grid position for race two yet caution would also need to be exercised to ensure bottom of grid for race two wouldn’t be the result. Race one got underway and AnonCaliga made up three places along the seemingly continuous straight of Catalunya but just before turning in for the first right hand corner AnonCaliga missed his braking point and to avoid colliding into other cars in the tightly packed group he opted to take the safe route off the track to the overrun area at turn one and unfortunately by the time he found a safe gap to return to the track he had already lost seven places which would place him on the back foot for the remainder of the first race playing catch up. Several laps into the fifteen-lap race and JamJar Hastings had taken the lobby lead in a superb show of speed, a little later he had built up so much of a lead ahead of the chasing pack that it was safe to say the race had been won leaving second place and downwards still to be decided. Jayc1975 driving for VPR team one took a brilliant 4th place crossing the line to complete his race. In 8th place was AnonCaliga who changed his pit stop planned schedule and managed to claw back a few positions after his opening lap mishap. Next in 11th place was VPR’s Brock followed immediately by Ryanvxracing in 12th position and finally taking 13th place for the team was Gman555 but it was JamJar Hastings in his debut team race that took lobby driver of the evening as he secured his first TORA win in race one.
The season ended with a pretty much uneventful duplicate of race one but back at home base the team waited for confirmation if they had done enough to secure 2nd place overall in the final results of the TORA British GT GT3 team standings, not long after race end confirmation did indeed come through and it was time to celebrate as Virtual Pirtek Racing moved ahead one spot from third place up into second spot in the final team championship standings. VPR Team Principal AnonCaliga later said “Couldn’t have asked more from the guys, absolutely really well done. Course taking first would’ve been superb but HCR raced supremely and got too much a points lead on us to catch up in the two final races, but yeah second place, thrilled, our team just the best bunch of guys around.”
VPR have already stated their intentions to return to the British GT eSports championship next year when TORA are believed to hold the 2018 season starting around April time and once again official backing comes via real world British GT Championship.
Team one and two of the Virtual Pirtek Racing outfit took to the track of Catalunya last Saturday evening for a full team media day ahead of next Sunday's season finale of the TORA British GT eSports Championship. The six Pirtek Porsche looked stunning together in the sun drenched circuit of Catalunya. The team drivers were happy to participate in the full team media day, being that this coming Sunday's TORA British GT round may possibly be the last time the CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing team use Forza Motorsport 6 as their race platform with FM7 soon to be released.
After the fun in the sun media opportunity the team took advantage of some additional test time and it was evident that all of the drivers had made good progress since the team last met for testing a week before, yet it was the team's latest signing, JamJar Hastings, that demonstrated most progress taking the lead in the team test session and out preforming his new team mates by almost a second on lap time comparisons. GMan555 also provided the team with evidence of much progress as he set a personal best lap time at the Catalunya circuit bringing him much closer to the lap times of his team mates. With Virtual Pirtek Racing currently occupying 3rd place in the TORA GT3 class of the British GT team standings, team VPR hope to improve on their current season finale teams standing or at very least hold onto their current third spot in GT3 class standings. Meanwhile, team two (VPR CTech Motorsport with ZX1) currently hold 13th position in the GT3 class team standings.
The season closing round of the TORA British GT eSports Championship gets underway from 7pm (UK) this coming Sunday 17th with the final qualifying session followed by race one and two shortly afterwards.
CTech Motorsport/Virtual Pirtek Racing take this opportunity to officially announce and welcome the team newest driver addition Jamie Cutting aka JamJar Hastings. Jamie has already taken part in team private testing this week, ahead of the season finale of the TORA British GT eSports Championship later this month, and has demonstrated great pace. The team plan to have Jamie take part in the final round of the British GT series on 17th September for the experience as this will be Jamie’s first time within a team and as he is also new to TORA will allow him to see how things are done there compared to other virtual race organisations.
VPR’s GMan555 also being congratulated this week as he ends his trial period with the team and becomes a full-time team driver with CTech Motorsport/Virtual Pirtek Racing. GMan555 aka Graeme has worked hard and dedicated himself to team practice, testing and race events for the team and it was a natural action to end his trial period a little early promoting him into his full-time driver role.
Last but not least. The team staff would like to announce and congratulate VPR’s Brock who was promoted to the role of Team Manager this week. Brock has been with the team now almost a year and has shown great dedication to the team, his team mates and the internal process of how the team works. The position of Team Manager had been vacant for quite a while and it was becoming increasingly obvious to team staff that the role needed to be occupied.
Team Principal AnonCaliga said: “We held the Managers role open for many, many months hoping that our past Manager would return to team duties after he had taken time away from the virtual racing world for personal reasons but it was becoming too much to leave the position vacant and not knowing if the team manager was returning or not, that along with the increased workload looking after team social media, team website and internal team duties was becoming too much a burden for the current staff members to successfully look after properly on a daily basis and therefore we simply had to place someone with the proper outlook of the position and an understanding of the team already into the manger position and after looking at three team members we felt that on this occasion Brock was most deserving to be given a chance at the role and so far we haven’t looked back.
We also added an additional team driver this week and although it’s still pretty early, I have to say he has shown some good pace during team testing recently and the bonus is he gets on well with all the guys already in the team and can have a joke and a laugh yet get serious when it comes to the racing. I can only congratulate both Brock and G Man on both their well-deserved team promotions and JamJar on becoming part of our sim race team family, I wish all of them the very best in their roles within our team.