TORA’s ASCC concluded yesterday in Braselton, Georgia, at the famous Road Atlanta raceway. The race lived up to the hype of the championship standings heading in, and delivered a mega showdown between our three protagonists - who are teammates, no less!
Qualifying was almost a lockout as HCR cars took seven of the top eight, with TUS Turismo the only man to split them in fifth. Only the top six featured in the top lobby. HCR Hamish took pole and was the only man in the 1:09s, putting himself in the best position for the championship. Motorhead joined him on the front row. Vortex qualified third alongside the other contender Boxer, with TUS Turismo and HCR Solar completing the field.
In GT, HCR Cerberus made strides towards securing second place in the championship with pole, outqualifying a strong performance by SFM CHAIR. EVR LIamT and Ax4x MeaD 212 shared row two, Koenigsegg R and HCR Faithless on row three and YMTV’s own SIXTY6 AJAX completing the top split.
The front row got away efficiently as Boxer passed Vortex as he later made a mistake and Solar found himself fourth. The top three were now the main championship trio, although Solar and Vortex could still play a part.
It proved tricky especially with traffic as gaps opened and closed depending on where they passed. Boxer passed Motorhead after a mistake, but was passed back, although they swapped again soon after. No one could fault the commitment put in as they were pushing hard, sometimes too hard.
Pit strategy would be the biggest factor due to the close pace of the front runners. Boxer was the first man in with Motorhead opting to stay out in clear air, eventually profiting with a good in lap. After the second round of stops, Motorhead found himself a bit closer, but the gaps opened and closed still.
The championship took a major twist as Boxer hit HCR Faithless and hit the wall, a cruel end to his impressive championship run. The battles brought Solar and then Vortex back into play, with the latter in striking range of Motorhead, who both elected to pit a few laps later than Hamish. This paid off with both Motorhead and Vortex leapfrogging Hamish, who had to pass to keep his bid alive.
Motorhead managed to eke out a gap with fortune in traffic as Vortex defended against Hamish. They were inches apart until the final twist in the tale: Hamish hit the tyre barrier with only a couple of laps to go and incurred damage, which effectively settled the championship as Solar also passed, as both of them in the end more than enough for Motorhead to successfully defend his ASCC crown, arguably in more dramatic fashion than last time. The two single race Kaido HCR “Lzuruha” drivers of Vortex and Solar rounded out the podium, Hamish crossed the line in fourth. And fifth was TUS Turismo who did his part to secure his TUS Racing DP team second place to Kaido HCR Scuderia in the teams standings.
In GT, Cerberus found himself with a solid advantage early on as unfortunately the first casualty of the night was Koenigsegg R, costing him a shot at second place in the championship. EVR LiamT found himself ahead of SFM CHAIR, this would be more than enough to secure third in the title hunt.
There was an obvious absence. TUS Switch didn’t need to turn up; his perfect four from four made his lead unassailable but his team entry was not in the hunt.
Ajax, chasing Faithless, got too close to the troublesome tyre barriers after just a few laps which forced him to limp back and elongate later stints to complete a two stop strategy.
Meado drove robustly to an easy fourth which handed him the GT Privateer’s championship.
Cerberus took his first league win since inheriting an IndyCar victory from no other than the now double ASCC champion, which means he did more than enough to secure second in the GT standings. EVR LiamT’s result means he profited at the expense of Koenigsegg R’s bad luck. SFM CHAIR rounded out the podium but couldn’t prevent Virtual Pirtek Racing from sniping second place in the team’s standings,
#1 - HCR Motorhead; #2 - HCR Hamish; #3 - HCR Boxer
#1 - Kaido HCR Scuderia - HCR Hamish / HCR Carlson / HCR Motorhead
#2 - TUS Racing DP - TUS Turismo / TUS KAMIKAZE / TUS Kairos
#3 - Visceral Racing DP - HCR Boxer / VSR Panda Man / VSR Bird
#1 - Henkymetcola; #2 - RW26 BLAZE; #3 Ben51kart
#1 - TUS Switch; #2 - HCR Cerberus; #3 - EVR LiamT
#1 - Kaido HCR Schnitzer - HCR Cerberus / HCR Faithless / TUS Grizzly
#2 - Virtual Pirtek Racing T1 - JamJar Hastings / VPR Jayc / VPR G Man
#3 - SFM Bavaria - SFM Chair / Darkzer24 / SFM Zai
That is all from us, do check out Carrera Cup starting imminently, as well as other things to look forward to such as TEC and Le Mans coming soon!
Article written by Motorhead
The finale of the TORA ASCC is upon us where all the championships will be claimed, apart from the GT title which TUS Switch has claimed - undefeated - with a round to spare. Here’s a quick summary of how that came to be along with what to look for the Petit showdown this weekend at Road Atlanta!
The groundsmen and women worked overtime to get Road America ready for over fifty racers on ASCC race day. Qualifying was another close affair. AMS Swiift was fractions off breaking into the 1:49s but confident he had done enough, he banked his lap. It paid off as HCR Hamish qualified 0.3s behind, ahead of AMS Axel R and HCR Motorhead. TUS Switch made his quest to wrap up the GT title easier with pole ahead of teammate Phloofy. EVR LiamT and Koenigsegg R completed the second row.
There was drama at the start as Motorhead passed Axel R but was hit off into turn 1 which put him right at the back, severely denting any hopes of a successful title defence. He would have to fuel save to the end. Daytona suffered a control issue which put him in the wall.
In GT, everything was going right for Switch at the start and he was well on his way to the title. It was status quo behind, just as it was in the DP field, up until Swiift, leading comfortably, made a mistake at the very fast turn 11, incurring damage and losing a spot to Motorhead before subsequently retiring.
There was more late drama as Motorhead pit on the last lap for a splash and dash, but Axel had an incident at turn 9 with TUS Phloofy which took the latter out of second place, Axel subsequently received a penalty after the race. The Happy Cats went the distance, Hamish taking the advantage in the title race ahead of Boxer, Axel and Motorhead who salvaged fourth.
TUS Switch’s four from four sealed the championship with a round to spare ahead of EVR LiamT, Koenigsegg R, HCR Cerberus sniping fourth at Phloofy’s misfortune where he was fifth.
The rest is still all to play for. Provided Hamish, Boxer and Motorhead can surpass and nullify their round one results, it means that should Hamish or Boxer be top of the trio, the title is theirs. Motorhead needs to beat them by two clear places to retain the title. Given how close they have all been this season, it is still anyone’s championship.
Second is all to play for in GT, with HCR Cerberus defending it as it stands. Second place on the road will do for him, but to fend off a late charge by Koenigsegg R he has to at least be the next man behind him. EVR LiamT and TUS Phloofy are still in contention, needing a major points swing against all respective rivals.
Kaido HCR Scuderia look good in the Prototype team standings, and surely any results will do to retain that. Their closest challengers are TUS Racing DP. Kaido HCR Schnitzer extended their points lead at Road America making them favourites in GT, ahead of a pair of SFM teams, all of which are in BMW machinery. Henkymetcola and Ax4x MeaD 212 are your leading privateers respectively.
Make sure you don’t miss the final round!
Article written by Motorhead
TORA’s ASCC season flipped past its midway point in sunny Monterey, home of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The very short and technical course was sure to challenge drivers especially in the discipline of multi-class sportscars.
Qualifying turned out to be dominated by the Kaido HCR squad, with Boxer being the fastest by quite a strong margin. Motorhead just got the better of Hamish again and Daytona would start fourth. Completing the top split’s DP field were AMS Axel R and TUS Turismo.
In GT, a Usual Suspect found himself on pole again. TUS Switch himself dominating in his BMW. On the front row with him was Koenigsegg R. Behind them were HCR Solar and a strong showing for Ax4x’s Speed Dem0n 64. EVR Liam T and BM Blaus completed the third row.
At the start, an uncharacteristic mistake by HCR Hamish almost took out his teammate but he ended up behind TUS Turismo. Unable to pass, he opted to undercut and run longer stints to the finish. The then leading three HCR cars started to assert an advantage as Boxer was closely tracked by Motorhead.
Hamish brought himself into play after his long fuel run, managing extremely worn tyres and took the lead. However, he was caught by Speed Dem0n 64 - an incident that the stewards handed a post-race penalty to Dem0n for - which ruined his shot for the win.
After the final pit stops were complete, Boxer had a comfortable margin and Motorhead emerged in front of Hamish again, for another showdown to the finish. Daytona was a bit further back fending off Axel R as the latter also elected to box earlier. In the end, HCR Boxer would take his first TORA win ahead of Motorhead who just held off Hamish. The DP field finished as they started.
In GT, it was close at the front. TUS Switch was followed early on by Koenigsegg R and Solar. They would have a battle which wouldn’t be properly settled until the end of the race.
HCR Cerberus was an early profiteer in the early stages as he challenged EVR LiamT and managed to make a pass for fourth from seventh, as BM Blaus found himself caught in a strategy game with SFM’s Darkzer24 and Chair. Also in the mix was AMS RENTA, as the GT field split into three distinct groups early on.
Into the latter stages, HCR Solar passed Koenigsegg R and held the position, allowing TUS Switch to take a perfect hat-trick. HCR Cerberus kept his championship chase strongly with a fourth place ahead of EVR LiamT and BM Blaus.
The championship looks strong for both the classes’ main protagonists. HCR Hamish leads the standings overall ahead of Boxer and Motorhead, tied but split in favour of Boxer with his win. The drop round can also bring the likes of Scottsin x back into play. Kaido HCR Scuderia lead the teams’ championship in pursuit of retaining that title, ahead of TUS Racing and BeastMode.
TUS Switch is just one win from the title, if he wins next time out it means his clean sweep is totally unassailable. HCR Cerberus is the closest challenger. TUS Grizzly and Koenigsegg R can come into play in the latter stages once the drop round is taken into account. Kaido HCR Schnitzer lead the way in GT ahead of BeastMode GT and two SFM entries.
Next round is coming up this weekend at Road America. We can only hope the snow clears in time so we can get the show on the road!
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Article written by Motorhead
As many of Forza Motorsport’s best drivers were out in Seattle along with YMTV’s finest and some of TORA’s top brass, there was still a quality race to be had at Indianapolis in the TORA ASCC. The Indianapolis GP circuit was the stage for round two of TORA’s American Sportscar Championship.
Qualifying was a close affair, a short track coupled with tight track limits ensured a tight field. AMS and HCR locked out the DP field in the top lobby with AMS Vanquish out-qualifying HCR debutant Boxer, with AMS Nightmare and HCR Motorhead on the second row. Hamish was just a thousandth off teammate Motorhead in fifth.
In GT, there were more teams in the mix as TUS Switch took pole - and the only man in the 1:21s - as HCR Cerberus narrowly beat out AMS Moshys. AMS Blaze, SFM’s own SrPhloofy and TUS Grizzly completed the top three rows.
At the start, the field remained status quo for the start until Nightmare found his way past Boxer, meaning three groups, two AMS out front, three HCR in the middle and two AMS behind, effectively a very meaty feline sandwich. Sadly, AMS Swiift was the first retirement with technical gremlins.
Switch controlled the race out front, as Moshys passed Cerberus but all three held out somewhat consistently. Further back, AMS Blaze was getting punchy with the rest of the field, trading paint with TUS Grizzly and SrPhloofy. Blaze would be called to the stewards office after the race for excessive roughing and exit with a penalty.
Privateer Koenigsegg R had a bad time in traffic, he had pace on those in front of him, namely BM Blaus, but he couldn’t capitalise until the very end.
Out front, Vanquish and Nightmare were having a close battle for the lead. Nightmare got the jump on his teammate at one point but it flipped the other way after the last round of pit stops. Vanquish would hold on although cutting it very fine with fuel as the white flag came out just after the pair crossed.
Boxer found himself fifth behind his teammates after the last pit stops as Motorhead elected to pit early and Hamish chose a splash and dash, the former just getting into turn one and holding out in the inter-team battle for the final podium spot, despite big pressure from behind.
TUS Switch comfortably won in GT ahead of AMS Moshys and HCR Cerberus. Right at the death, AMS Blaze and SrPhloofy tangled in the last sector, giving TUS Grizzly an easy finish in fourth. Koenigsegg R beat BM Blaus on the road in the lower order.
It is now a short turnaround as the teams jet out to Monterey for the next round at Laguna Seca on the 8th of April.
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Article written by Motorhead