Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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rFR Grand Prix Series - Season 14

Midseason Review

Ten races in and I am languishing in 11th place in the overall standings. A crash in Sebring and two consecutive DNS because of an iffy connection cost me a decent haul of points. I could be up in 7th place I think, if not for these unfortunate circumstances. But there are ten more rounds to go and I think I can still finish the season in 9th position.

Driver participation has been inconsistent, with grids fluctuating from 10 or so drivers to over 15 racers total. I've been running in the midfield, faster than some guys, but never really a podium threat. But my lap times have been improving from previous seasons. Performance gains have been easy to track since we have been using pretty much the same mod for a few seasons now.

Defending champion Antonio Hreljanovic has recovered from (by his own standards) slow start to the season and now leads the championship. Garri Grigorovich continues to put in monster mileage during practice and is just 1 point behind. Gustavo Montenegro's patience and consistency puts him third in the standings. In contrast, Arek Kulak and his all or nothing approach has him battling for 4th place, against the most improved driver this season, Edijs Batars. Vince Wertenbach, who voiced his dissatisfaction with the weight penalty system for top finishers, has been absent for a few rounds and has dropped to 6th. Reserve driver and former series champion Tom McKay, who missed the first 5 rounds of the season, has leap-frogged the lower half of the grid and is now in 7th. League veteran and chief race steward Kimmo Savolainen holds 8th place, while the reliable Fabio L and ebullient Juris B make up the top 10.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Simulation Hardcore Action Racing Team

It might be my final season at rFR League. They are moving over to rFactor 2 next season. So it's either I find a way to get rF2 or I find another league again. There's always HSO, but they might switch to AMS or rF2 as well. Anyway It has been a good run at rFR, over 7 seasons the last 4 years or so.

rFR Season 14 - The Drivers/Teams

Benetton 1995
#4 - Maxime Croussette

Brawn 2009
#63 - Ariff Roslan

Ferrari 2016
#19 - Arek Kulak
#25 - Andreas Fischer

Force India 2017
#2 - Eduardo Méndez
#13 - Augusto Floriano

Jaguar 2000
#31 - Edijs Batars
#87 - Juris B.

Lotus 1985
#21 - Fabio Lozio
#78 - Kimmo Savolainen

McLaren Indy 2017
#14 - Vince Wertenbach
#99 - Logan Johnson

McLaren 1991
#1 - Antonio Hreljanovic
#11 - Gustavo Montenegro

Mercedes 2016
#10 - Garri Grigorovich

Minardi 2000
#33 - Enzo Pessegatti
#42 - Alaster Langsom

Toro Rosso 2017
#88 - Julio Ronaldi
#94 - Jeffrey Backer

Williams 1992
#3 - Gabriel Marcos

We got 20 drivers and 12 teams total. Antonio Hreljanovic is still the Driver's Champion and he will run with the #1 season. Arek Kulak remains his main rival, but watch out for Eduardo Mendez AKA Joe McLaggen and Garri (Igor) Grigorovich. Maxime Crousette, Augusto Floriano, and my new teammate Enzo Pessegatti are the newcomers. I expect more drivers joining in as the season progresses. Of course, I am still running Minardi #42.

rFR Season 14 - The Calendar

As it is the final season using rFactor, 20 races have been scheduled. It is a good mix of current, classic, and non F1 tracks. That gives me until July to try and obtain rF2 or move to a different league. I suppose I could also take a break from online sim racing, but I don't want to.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Fastest Backmarker

Well, I was able to hold on to 9th place in the Driver Standings, but Minardi lost the 4th place in the Team Championship. Both Marussia drivers put in a great performance in the final race, with Edex getting the podium finish and denying Arek the Drivers Championship, and Juris B beating me to 7th place and getting the 1 point they needed to advance in the Team Standings. So, congratulations to Antonio Hreljanovic, I think the first rFR Drivers Champion to defend his title. Congratulations to Mclaren, Antonio and Sexy Brigadeiro, Team Champions. Sexy had that late season podium streak to secure third place in the Driver Standings.

It was an excellent season with the Drivers Championship coming down to the final race. Attendance was not as good as in the past (even I missed a few rounds) but still usually with a dozen or so drivers in every race. I wonder though if we are going to use a new mod for Season 14.

Meanwhile, during the offseason, I'm gonna try out the F1 2013 game. After seeing the rise of FIA Esports Grand Prix I have become curious about the Codemasters engine and the 2013 version was what was available to me. I've done some test laps, and I still need to fine tune the steering response. But the graphics are amazing, and the classic F1 cars section looks interesting, and with the voices of both David Croft and Murray Walker the whole package really exudes authentic F1 product.

Monday, December 11, 2017

rFactor Racers Grand Prix Series - Season 13: The Final

So, it is down to the final race in Brno to decide the Driver's Championship of rFR Grand Prix Season 13. Only 6 points difference between the leaders, Arek Kulak and Antonio Hreljanovic. It's gonna be a tense week of practice and an even more pressure packed race event. With Gustavo Montenegro's recent podium streak / victories, he has pretty much secured his 3rd place in the standings and Mclaren's victory in the Team Championship.

As for myself, I am still fighting for 9th overall, and Minardi is looking good for 4th in the Team standings. Too bad, I had to miss some races because of my disastrous dalliance with Endurance Racing over at HSO, and connection problems at the start of the season. Definitely, 8th place and over 100 points total was within reach.

The last time we raced at Brno I had a huge accident. This track is one of the few places where I have not recorded a finish. It will be good to end this down season with a high.