After 9 exiting months and 8 races, the Virtual Endurance Championship has had his final round last weekend with the legendary 24h of Le Mans.
First of all we wanna say thank you to SimRacing.Club and especially Jimmi Allison that we’ve had an endurance league like this. It was a pleasure to be a part of it. Also a big thanks you to all other guys behind the scenes which made all this happened.
Starting with a short season review, before we heat on to the LM24 race report:
#6 LM-P1 review: It was a tough and great season for all of our drivers, we’ve had several pole positions, one race win and other great results, so this car started on P2 in the championship into the 24h. It was a great battle with and against RGPL Endurance Team for the championship during the whole season and it is brought down onto the final race who will be the champion. We won’t forget all other teams in the LM-P1 category, it was always great to drive and fight with you.
#81 LM-GT review: After an astonishment season our drivers were really comfortable, leading the championship into the 24h of LeMans and everyone of the car and the team enjoyed the season so far. It was great to have all this fair fights against Pulse Motorsport, you guys made this season interesting and special, it was all the time Black Hawk vs. Pulse. But also here we’ve to say thank you to all other teams in the GT category for all the fair fights and amazing rounds we’ve had so far with you.
#82 LM-GT review: It was a bit of a disappointing season for them, missed a bit of preparation and was having tough luck in several races, which made it much harder for them to achieve good results. Anyway they still kept fighting and were able to score to be in the top 10 in the championship and with the new driver line up there could come a good result at the last round.
No let's move on to the race reports
#6 LM-P1: After an amazing lap from Ricardo Azevedo we started the race on pole position. Unfortunately we’ve had a 60 second S&H and an 30 seconds S&H penalty from last round. We decided to take the penalty as latest as we can to open a new pit window and also to increase the gaps to the P2 and GT cars. This worked pretty well, cause Ricardo did an amazing job in his first stint and managed to go 4 fuel tanks with the first set of hard tyres.
Then it was time for Bernd Schmidt to take over the car, he managed a solid pace and with his double stints on mediums he also brought a lot of good datas for the team. After that it was time for Sascha Glatter, he was having a little shock moment when another car spun in front of him and he couldn't avoid it, so this ended in an 100sec repair stop for the car.
Since then it was Patrick Baaden and Ricardo which have made it perfectly through the night and brought the car back on podium. In the early morning, when Patrick would gave the car back to Bernd, Patrick have had a little mistake at the pit entry which ended with 200sec of repair time.
In case we’ve lead the race with more than 3 laps, it wasn't a big deal for the car. In Sascha's last stint, he burned one perfect lap after another in the track and so we also have had the fastest lap overall.
At the end it was Bernd Schmidt who drove the last stint for the #6 car and he doesn't push at all and brought the car home, to achieve the victory. Huge congratulations to everyone who was involved to get it, we’re really happy.
We wanna say congratulations to RGPL Endurance Team for winning the championship, we’ve made what we’ve to made to hold the chance still in our hands, but over the season you guys did a better job. In the end we’re pretty happy to be vice champions in the LM-P1 room 2 championship. Thanks for an awesome season. We’ll be back for S10, see you next time on track.
#81 LM-GT: It was an amazing 24 hour sprint race, especially against Northern Light Racing. Alex Bräutigam has started from P4 and was able to overtake two competitors. He tried to match the pace of the leading car, but it was hard. After three hours he gave the car to David Jundt on P2. He struggled a bit in his first stint, but improved with every hour. After his triple stint, it was time for Mike Horn.
He took over the car on P4 and was able to overtake our teammates from #82. He was able to reduce the gap to the two leading cars, especially because he drove a really good 4 hour stint. After that it was time for our Australian boy Shane Chancellor. He gained a position, because our friends from Pulse Motorsport had an unfortunate game crash. Shane had great pace and closed the gap to the leading Northern Light car. In his last stint he was able to get the lead. He handed over the car to Alex and he could build up a massive gap to 2nd placed car.
Then it was time for Shane's second triple stint and he was able to hold this gap of around 2 minutes. He made no mistake and handed over the car back to Mike. We were still leading and Mike could hold this lead over his next triple stint. 5 Hours remaining, it was time for David and he did a great 3 hours stint, could match the pace of Northern Light Racing. For the last 2 hours, our team decided to put our freshest driver into the car. Shane had a good gap and did his job like always and finished the race on P1.
What a great result, without any major mistake, great pace and a perfect strategy! Really great job from our #81 crew and this result shows how good the boys drove over the whole season. Congratulations to Northern Light Racing for this great race and close battle. Of course a massive congratulation to Pulse Motorsport. It was a great fight with you over the whole season!
Congratulations for our #81 crew, who were able to win the GT Championship of VEC Room 2! Really great job and thanks for that!
#82 LM-GT: Andreas Schröder did the start and could gained immediately a couple of places. He was on P3 and had great pace, nearly matching the laptimes from the leading teams. He didn't make any mistakes and handed over the car to Csaba Kiss. He continued the great drive from Andreas and could hold the 3rd position. After 6 hours it was time for Bryce Louw, who did his first race in the VEC. He showed a great performance with really good pace.
Our team was still on P3 and then it was time for James Duku. He had some trouble to find his rhythm and did a slight mistake running down to Indianapolis. Unfortunately he lost the car and smashed into the wall. He handed over the car back to Csaba, but they felt back to P9.
After 30 laps into Csaba's stint, he had a screen freeze and got some damage. They were forced to pit again and to repair the damage. James took over the car and did a solid 3 hours stint, without any mistake. After the next stint from Andreas, it was time again for Csaba who drove like crazy, with incredible pace but in the 250th lap he has blown up the engine due to a DFGT failure which ended the race.
Until then it was definitely the best race of the season and we are really sorry for you guys. It was still a great job.
It was a great experience to work with several drivers from all around the world! It was a great teamwork from every driver and we are looking for more international drivers in the future, to become a bigger team! We will return for the next VEC and of course VLMS season!
Black Hawk Racing
And finally we don't want to forget all the other VEC Room 2 teams, we have fought with Deltec Racing Team, Insped Racing Team, Dutch Connection Racing, Atlantic Motorsport, rSeat.fr Racing Team, FEEDER Ragnar Simulator, SimHQ, Virtual Racing Entertainment, Gilles Racing Team, Undercover Simracing