Tag: Australasian Superskips

Australasian Superskips Round 6 @ Interlagos

Another amazing 34 car field for what is a great track for the Skip Barber car and Round 6 of the Australasian Superskips at Interlagos.  There was action throughout the field and another top quality line up of drivers with a great mix of overseas drivers and a very strong representation of local club drivers as well.

I streamed the race live again.  The results of which you can see below.  There was some good racing and a little frustration in not being able to make more racing for those a little ahead and just out of my reach, with the pit stop once again showing that I have plenty to work on as it looked to cost me a shot at some higher placed results.  Having said that, nothing more could be said for the great racing on a fantastic track!

 


Australasian Superskips Round 5 @ Donington

A fantastic 34 car field turned up to take on the tight Donington National layout.  This presented some unique challenges and opportunities for drivers in both qualifying and the race.  It also saw yours truly return to the track for this series after unfortunately having to miss 3 rounds.  It put my championship hopes of a top 5 position in a shambles, but, the enjoyment of the racing well and truly made up for it.

I am playing a bit of catch up with the Superskips races, so I will let the racing do the talking.  I am back on the streaming bandwagon, so this is the race from my perspective….make sure you watch the finish.  I know I was somewhat of a nervous wreck by the end!


The Top Split – Episode #003 – Matt Malone

This episode of The Top Split sees me take a look at the world of online streaming with Matt Malone, who is one of, if not the top iRacing streamer on Twitch along with his team at Grip TV.  It was a fascinating insight into some of the concepts involved and it was great to have Matt on the show.  He also took a spin around Okayama to take on The Top Split Leader board challenge and set the time to beat for all my future guests.

If you’d like to find out more about Matt and the Grip TV team, I thoroughly recommend heading on over to his Twitch channel and that of Grip TV itself using the links below.  There’s also a great bunch of content over on Matt’s YouTube channel that you can also see in the links.  So head on over and find out what all the fuss is about!

I’ve also put a link below to the short documentary we spoke about during our chat called ‘The World’s Fastest Alien’.  If you want to see how the famed Greger Huttu went on his visit to Road Atlanta to drive both the Skip Barber and Star Mazda cars in real life, make sure you check that out as well.  It was a really interesting little insight.

Thanks for tuning in to the show.  I’ll see you for more iRacing action soon!

Links

Matt Malone

Twitch – Showdown1983

Twitch – Grip TV

YouTube – Showdown1983 

From the Podcast

The World’s Fastest Alien


Australasian Superskips Round 1

The first round of the inaugural Australasian Superskips kicked off in style last night with a fantastic turnout of 33 drivers taking the grid.  Speaking from first hand, as I took to the track myself for what I hope is many Superskips races to come, the driving standard was excellent.  It was amazing to see a flood of cars streaming around the Okayama circuit on the first lap with none of the carnage that can accompany some of the official racing at this track.

One of our international guests Fahim Antoniades took poll and the early running and led for a good deal of the race overall.  He was struck down after ill fated attempts to make the compulsory pit stop when he was unable to take on fuel due to what we will call virtual ‘mechanical’ issues (aka misconfigured app.ini file).  This left him spluttering his way around to finish the race in 28th position, giving up what looked to be a comfortable win of the first ever Superskips race.

That honour went to local drive Luke Whitten, who continued his run of hot form to take the win after qualifying 4th on the grid.  The podium positions were completed by two other local drivers in Dylan Shepherd and Luke Page.  Two former regulars in the Skip Barber category who made impressive returns.  The leading international driver was Maciej Tobola, who made an impressive run all the way to 5th position after starting all the way back in 17th.

Honours in the teams championship race also sit with Luke Whitten and his team mate Richard Nicholson.  Brad Parkin and Mark Jefferey bagged a set of solid points to be in second place, with Robert Crouch and the aforementioned Maciej Tobola in third in what should prove an exciting additional element to the series.

As for yours truly, I was in the hunt for a top 5 finish after qualifying in 14th, having a great time with Timothy Butler and Luke Page in the early stages.  I came out of the pit stops racing having jumped Timothy and would have been racing with Maciej for that magical top 5 but for the momentary laps of concentration and lack of a pit speed limiter…picking myself up a 15 second hold penalty with a return to the pits to serve it.  Quite shattered, but had a blast racing as you can see in the video below.

Racing moves to Barber Motorsports Park next week.  So search out the Australasian Superskips League on the iRacing site and come and join the action!


The Top Split – Episode #002 – Philippe Leybaert

In the second episode of The Top Split I take a look at the iRacing season that was for 2016 Season 4.  I took a look at the upcoming Australasian Superskips and Australian Formula 1 Championships.  Two new Hosted Leagues offering great racing opportunities for primarily ANZ club members, but, open to all looking for some great on track action.

In the main part of the episode I had the fantastic opportunity to spend some time talking to Philippe Leybaert, who is not only the community coordinator for the Skip Barber Official Series on the iRacing site and organiser of the Skip Barber 2K Cup, but, also a top flight driver himself.  It was great to speak with Philippe about some of the great work that he puts into the community as well as learn a little more about him.

One of the things that Philippe and I spoke about was increasing your awareness on track when looking to improve your driving and results.  I mentioned a series of videos called ‘Surviving Rookies’.  It’s a three part series by Scott Hanley.  Somewhat dated in terms of the cars on screen, you can tell they are from a few years ago at least.  But, certainly the content covered is still relevant today and well worth your time invested in taking a look.  I’ve linked the three videos below.

Surviving Rookies Part 1

Surviving Rookies Part 2

Surviving Rookies Part 3

Thanks for tuning in.  I hope you enjoy the show and I’ll see you in the new year for more Top Split action!