Barber is one of those places where I have a love/hate relationship with the track. It's a blast to drive, but it can quickly reach out and bite you!
We were absent from this round in the ST class. However, check out the broadcast from Apex Racing TV and sponsored by TD's Tree Service and Ricmotech Gear! We will be there tomorrow for Barber Motorsports Park.
The team faced Road America in the Skip Barber F2000 cars. Take a look at the Global Sim-Racing Channel's broadcast sponsored by Ilovesimracing.co.uk!
Good job to Hugo, Ioannis, Kevin, Alex and Frito.
1. What sparked your interest in motorsport?
-Has to be my family and mainly my dad.
2. Who is your favorite rally and road drivers?
- Henri Toivonen, Tanner foust, Travis pastrana
3. What type of motorsport is your favorite?
4. We know you've been away in the military for a while, anything you have learned there that could possibly help you in racing?
- Lots of patience.
5. From the leagues and races you've ran, what are some of the most memorable moments?
- Having the fastest lap on a TcOne race, was my first official online race on R3E.
6. What kind of goals do you have when you return to full time driving?
- I want to find new leagues on raceroom and dirt. Maybe iRacing..?
7. What do you hope to see from sim-racing titles in this year and 2018?
- Dirt 4 and maybe pcars 2? Afraid of D4 being a disapointment.
8. Any advice to give up and coming sim-racers getting started?
- Get a wheel with ffb, assetto corsa > Project cars.
9. What are your top 3 favorite cars and why?
-Audi S1 from group b, just brutal power package with clumsy driving abilities. Ford Capri Gr.5, a work of art for its age, such a well balanced car with really good brakes, and the turbo noise.. Yaris wrc 2017 just because im a fan of toyota and i find it interesting.
10.How did you end up on Fritosport Racing team and do you have recommendations for the team going forward in 2017-2018?
- I accidentally stumbled upon the team leader and became friends with him, hope to race more and see the team grow. ✌
1. What was your first memory of what triggered your love for motorsport?
1. My father rode motorcycle and I sit front of him. He also sometimes let me rev it up..
2. What is your most memorable moment you witnessed in a Rally
Most memorable.. Hmmm... There is many but i think when i was about 9yrs old in thousand lakes rally and stage was kuukanpää. Audi S1 and Peugeot 205 Ti16. Hannu Mikkola and Ari Vatanen. Remember that stage was 16 km and heard Audi start to finish😁
3. Who is your favorite rally car driver?
3. Hard cause so many finnish great drivers. Henri Toivonen. He gave his life but would come the greatest. Living ones Juha Kankkunen. He has driven four era of cars and win rallies three to four times longer than these on our days.
4. What things do you think are important when driving Finland stages?
4. Put pedal to the medal and just fly. Concertrate and dont be afraid..
5. We know you like F1 as well, who is your hero there?
5. Kimi. He's same that was when first went there. Still one of the fastest.
6. What did you find in RBR that DiRT Rally doesn't have?
6. More reality and with mods more cars.
7. What would you like to see in future WRC?
7. More manufacturers. Back stickchange of gears.
8. What would you like to see in future Rally simulations?
8. Reality and all cars. Stages that you can'tremember/memorize.
9. How did you wind up on the FRITOSPORT Team?
9. Jones, my son wind up first. Then he left rally community server to me as he did go military service. Got idea to race with others and asked Frito if he needed old grandpa to drive.
10.What goals do you have in your future sim-racing?
10. Help others in world of rally. Same time do some rallying and racing. Help team step forward.
1. What fueled your passion for motorsport?
1. Since I was a child, I loved it. I always watched F1 and when Alonso won his first World Championship, I told my dad that I want to do that.
2. What kind of advice can you give someone stepping into karts at a young age?
2. The first of all and most important thing is love motorsport. If you don't like it you won't like it. Then don't spend a lot of money on it, it is preferred to spend with monderation and enjoy every single lap you do.
3. So far what is your favorite racing machine you've driven in real life?
3. Well, I haven't drove a lot of different cars but I think the Formula Ford is Mega! The best I drove and more I enjoy for the moment.
4. What kind of things do you look for when you first step into a Kart, and into a sim?
4. Well the first thing I do in a kart is check if everything is OK. Tyre pressures, chain, etc... And in a sim you look at what combinations you can do.
5. Which tracks have you visited in real-life and which is your favorite?
5. I have visited a lot of karting. For karting the best I drove is in Alca´niz, Spain. Lots of ups and downs, speed. Always good racing there.
6. Where did you begin in sim-racing?
6. I started at the F1 2011 from Codemasters, then Forza 4 and when I bought a PC it was Kart Racing PRO.
7. What advice would you give to young drivers these days looking for sponsorship?
7. Now its very difficult to find anyone who wants to sponsor you. I am also looking for some sponsors. I think the best is post a lot of photos and stuff from social media. Nowadays they are really important.
8. What goals do you have for your future in real and in sim racing?
8. I don't really have one. I do sim racing because I love racing and cars, and its a way to keep racing. I think a goal for the moment would be do a podium in the ABL. And for the real life, we don't have a real goal, its my first season in single seaters, Until we do the first tests with more drivers and races we won't know. But for the moment looks good.
9. How are you liking/disliking iRacing and league racing?
9. I really like it, lots of drivers and really good level of racing. The worst I think is some drivers want to win the race at the first corner and the made crashes, but it happen in real life too.
10.Goals for the 2017 sim-racing season? Endurance?
10. Try to reach A class license. hahaha, and make some podiums would be very nice. About endurance, there isn't anything sure, but we are talking with the team and I hope we can do few this year. Hopefully we can give you more news as soon as possible.
1. What are your early memories of what attracted you to motorsport?
1. My earliest motorsport memory was going to see all the rally cars come through a our village on the way to their next stage, I'm not sure when it was but I'd say it was around 1985-1988. My dad was in a privateer rally team so I have been to many stages but unfortunately cannot remember them.
2. How did you find sim-racing and what did you enjoy?
2. I've always racing games, I think my first was Indy Car I'm not even sure when it was but was very young using the arrow keys to manoeuvre the car. I've gone through all of the Forza games on Xbox then eventually found my way back to PC in the last 12months or so. I enjoy the racing but also finding a setup that works for the track and watching the lap times fall, but you can't beat the competitive nature of having a battle with another driver.
3. We know you've been involved in racecars, can you share that part of your life?
3. I had the opportunity to join a small company building and tuning rotary engines for various road/track cars but every now and again something special would turn up for some kind of work. We had everything from kit cars to GT3 race cars come in for some kind of work, I really enjoyed that part of my working life.
4. What leagues have you been involved in?
4. I've been in a few leagues/groups over the years. The Xbox leagues were very good to start racing on and get to understand what goes on and how to race with other people, but my main ones have been on PC. I started on Pcars in the formula rookie championship which was good but fizzled out due lack of numbers each week more recently though I've been in TCone touring car championship on R3E and Absolute Beginners Racing League on Iracing, but my current leagues are with Exiled Virtual Motorsports in their Formula Master league and their GT3 league using the Nissan GT-R. Both very competitive league with some seriously fast drivers.
5. What is your favorite, open wheelers or tin tops?
5. I like both really. I enjoy the precision and speed of open wheelers but the closeness of tin tops where if you touch and no one goes off it's fine.
6. We know you're experienced in AC, R3E and iRacing. How are you finding league racing in AC?
6. Joining my current league has opened up AC for me as never really did much on it but I love it with this current group. What makes it even better is the variety of tracks we can use due to the mods that people create, for example on of the best tracks that I've raced on was Blackwood which is completely fictional.
7. What goals do you have for the Exiled league?
7. My goals for the Exiled league are to try to finish the leagues in the top 10, with the amount of talent and experience in there I would be very happy with that.
8. What advice do you have for future simracers looking to start?
8. My advise for future simracers would be don't be afraid to get into servers with experienced drivers and ask questions. The more competitive everyone is the fun everyone, also it's so much better racing real people than AI and you'll learn so much more.
9. What is your favorite track you've visited?
9. Favourite track is easily Oulton park. I live near it and have been there many times, but it's my kind of circuit too. I enjoy technical tracks so it suits my driving style.
10.Favorite race car driver and why?
10. I have 2 favourites, Craig Lowdnes from V8supercars who's number I use for my own racing and Kimi Räikkönen. Lowdnes is an awesome driver and a 3 time V8 champion and I enjoy watching him battling with the rest of the grid. Kimi is my other choice just because I like his personality and when he gets his setup correct is so fast and virtually unflappable (not even sure that's a word) but his attitude is brilliant.
1. What first drew you to love/enjoy motorsport?
-My love for motorsport came from my love for cars in general. How that started I can’t say for sure, but one of the oldest relevant memories I have is of a poster I had on my wall of a white Testarossa (it was the 80s after all!) for no particular reason, I just liked it.
2. Can you name top 3 favorite cars and why?
-Alfa Romeo 8C, one of the most beautiful cars ever made
-Nissan Skyline GTR R34, one of the first true “giant slayer” cars.
-Honda NSX, reliable/affordable supercar. Also excellent balance.
3. Which racing sims/games first got you into simracing?
-The same as a lot of other people I guess, the original Gran Turismo in PS1.
4. We know you have a blog, can you give us some info about your blog?
-I always liked writing about stuff, when I was younger I wanted to be a sports journalist. Real life had other plans though and I became an accountant, which as you can imagine is not a very interesting or creative job. Starting the blog was a way of doing something creative, re-kindling with my old habits and trying to write about my favourite subject, modern classic cars. I seem to have an ongoing fascination about 90’s sports cars.
5. We know you have a good ability to find the issues in setups/cars, what do you recommend is the first thing should be looked at when building a setup or testing a car?
-Good question, although by absolutely no means I consider myself a “setup expert”. It may sound silly but THE most important thing to do before delving into the garage screen, is to do a lot of laps with the default setup. After that, you have to identify what you want to improve/bring to your driving style. The first things I change that I believe can seriously alter the handling characteristics are ARBs and then springs.
6. What has been your favorite league to participate in and why?
-Haven’t taken part in that many leagues, only one in Assetto Corsa, three in Raceroom (one was organized by me) and now the ABL. Oh, and a single make league in Forza 5, which I try to forget lol. The one I enjoyed the most was probably the first Touring Pro Series season. Probably because it was my first one ever and the competition was quite high level. When I joined it I had absolutely no idea! But I was satisfied that I managed to compete with those guys.
7. What kind of goals are you looking to achieve this season in simracing?
-This season I have set one very specific goal: To score a single point in the ABL league. Doesn’t matter if it is THC or FN, a point will do.
8. What is your favorite track in real life and in simracing?
-I haven’t been in any tracks in real life, in Greece we have only one and let’s be honest, it is crappy. One that I enjoy watching on TV is Spa. In simracing for some reason I really like Sonoma, I don’t know why but it just clicks. Also Sebring.
9. How did you wind up on Fritosport Racing team?
-I met and competed against the current team manager in TPS. Really enjoyed his mentality about racing, his character and noticed we shared common views about our hobby. Also the other members are top notch guys which creates a great company to race with.
10. Who is your favorite race car driver and why? Plus favorite racing, open wheel or tin-tops?
-From F1 always Mika Hakkinen. That double overtake on Schumacher and Zonda in the middle is one of my top highlights ever. From rallying a lot of drivers come to mind, but for sheer mentalism a have a soft spot for Francois Delecour and Peter Solberg. From the newer guys, I kinda like Andreas Mikkelsen.
-I prefer tin tops, I seem to have a better understanding for mechanical grip cars than aero cars. But I like some low-powered, momentum open wheelers like Skip Barber or Formula Tatuus.
1. What is your most memorable experience from your years as a marshall?
- My Most memorable experience was at the first time the SCCA Runoffs came to Mid Ohio. My wife Joellyn and I were working on the outside of what is today turn 9. A Formula Ford became high centered on the turns downhill exit in a very dangerous area. We signaled our corner captain to let us attempt to move the car under a waving yellow. He signaled go and we were able to lift the front off the track to free it safely and he continued. It was a real adrenalin rush with cars going by only a couple feet away! We knew the captain and he told the safety steward "don't worry, they know what they're doing. There were many more in almost 50 years of being a marshall but that one sticks in my mind.
2. What ignited your passion for motorsport?
- Surprisingly my mother. My father was a salesman and was gone 3 or 4 nights a week so mom and I would go to local tracks around Milwaukee, Wisconsin such as Hales Corners and Slinger Speedway. Been hooked ever since.
3. Which is your favorite roadcourse that you have visited?
- I live in Neenah, Wisconsin which is one hour from Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and it's one of the best. I've had the pleasure to work all over America at these tracks also: Black Hawk Farms, Donnybrook (now Brainerd Int'l, Milwaukee State Fair Park, Gingerman Raceway, Grattan Raceway, Mid Ohio, Virginia Int'l Raceway, Watkins Glen, Sebring, Daytona, Heartland Park, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Second Creek Raceway (now gone), Long Beach, Fontana, Hermanos Rodriguez, and MoSport. Virginia International was a beautiful track and great Southern hospitality.
4. Who is your favorite sports car driver?
- That's a tough one to answer. In F1 I like Verstappen. Indy car I like James Hinchliff. My favorite amateur driver is my good friend Cliff Ebben who also runs Trans Am.
5. Why and how did you become a marshall?
- My first car was a Triumph TR3. There were 4 around town. We'd run local solos and slowest had to buy the beer afterwards. One owner was a jeweler in town and he was an SCCA marshall. He invited me to try it down at Black Hawk Farms in Illinois and worked in the pouring rain. I wa soaking wet but loved every minute of it. Why? Well, I knew I couldn't afford to race so this got me close to the action. Over the years I've made so many friends and the excitement and adrenalin is addictive. I've been a corner captain for many years and hope in the future to maybe work with possibly training new marshalls.
6. Do yo prefer open wheel or tin-tops in racing?
- I guess I prefer open wheel but find myself really enjoying the variation IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge have for the variety and close competition in the GT classes. F1 needs to be able to improve the equality between teams while Indycar seems to be slowly improving. The best racing is amateur road racing because everybody wants to beat the driver ahead of them while many times the pros will be satisfied with a good finish.
7. How did you wind up in the xtrememotorsports99 league?
- I found out about iRacing during lunch break with my marshalls at Canada Corner at Road America. So SCCA offered a discount to iRacing and I joined at the young age of 66. I learned of Xtreme Motorsports League through SCCA marshall Bob Brist who recommended me to admin Kevin Ford. Bob drives a Mustang in Xtreme. It is the best run league by far and has strong competition with clean and helpful drivers. Great fun with great people.
8. What do you recommend for someone just picking up sim-racing for the 1st time?
- If you really like auto racing then you may find sim racing to be a blast. Like any form of competition, it can get expensive. In my opinion, iRacing is the best but there are many alternatives such as Automobilista, Assetto Corsa, Race Room, etc... Most offer racing against computer generated competition except iRacing which is against other real people. Find wheels and pedals you can afford and work your way up as able. Be careful! It can be addictive and don't let it cause issues with life at home. Study up about sim-racing before purchasing.
9. What advice do you have for someone looking to get involved in real-life track activities?
- I had friends who almost lost their marriage or automotive business due to driving and owning race cars. I realized early that owning and driving a race car was not gonna happen so what would be next best. There are many alternatives such as working in tech-inspection, grid, pit marshall, registration, course marshall, and corner marshall. I chose to be a corner marshall which involves flagging, communications, and observation. No matter what your area of fun, safety is number one. If you're interested in working at a road race, show up at an amateur SCCA event and many times you can get a special membership to try out your specialty. It's been one of the biggest enjoyments of my life.
10. What goals do you have for the 2017-2018 seasons in sim-racing?
- In Xtreme league, its a top 5 finish in ST class, hopefully top 3. I also belong to the Absolute Beginner's League, and a 60+ league but have not been able to run the whole seasons with them both. Both are very enjoyable leagues also.
10A. How did you meet Edgar FRITO Sanchinelli?
- The first time I saw Edgar's name was just ahead of me in my first ABL Formula Neagle race at Montreal. As I ran more ABL races, I kept finding myself racing near Edgar and he always raced cleanly and we had fun. Next thing you know we're chatting and texting. I consider Edgar to be one of my close friends in sim-racing. Thanks Edgar, hope we have many more sim races ahead.
Last night we jumped out of our mx5 in Pocono and got in our F2 kit car for Rally Sweden out on by the Race Department. A grueling 17 stages are un order. Take a look at our results so far in f2 class after 10 stages... More updates to follow!
This was our first time at the Pocono Roval. While we had limited practice for this event we thought the setup was working well. Come race day and practice was kind of what we expected as far as pace. We were towards the back of the grid but didn't mind that. However, the multi class field proved to be really something I should've practiced in more. I lost positions due to the narrow nature of the track and not knowing what to expect from the Mustangs. Really all my fault...
Today's race saw a big field of about 53 cars. Incidents struck Giannis and Kevin putting them in the pits with lengthy repairs. Hugo charged to finish in P11 grabbing points for the team. I came away in P23 after taking on too much fuel...
We did not have much time to get in the mx5, skip barber f2000 and/or our F2 kit car for preparation. We have weekend races at Pocono road course in the mx5. A skip barber f2000 race at MoSport and the RDRC-PC rd2 Sweden rally.
However after a busy day we jumped in for testing and running in the RallyCommunity league. We had a blast!
Woohoo! After a tough race weekend so far, we are pleased to say we've finished a race! Hehe, in the ST class we were P9 overall. I will update our finish in the OPEN division soon. For now enjoy the pictures and see for yourself the action in the Apex Racing TV broadcast.
This was our 2nd race getting used to the Ricmotech adapter and paddles we added to our G27. Thanks to the excellent quality of products they supply and ultra-fast shipping. We are adapting quickly and enjoying every moment!
Before the THC race today we joined our teammate and custom button box designer/creator Kevin Mills at Summit Point. This is such an amazing track for the Skip Barber F2000 car.
We had a blast during the race and it is a great place for battles in the Skippy, mazda and also the Spec Racer Ford.
Congratulations go out to Hugo for P1, and Kev for P2!!!
Today's Tony Hayes cup race at Road Atlanta proved to be a mixed bag of experiences and emotions. Our efforts were good but luck definitely was not on our side...
Hugo in race 1 of 2 was running in P4 but contact saw his race end at this unforgiving road course. Giannis and Frito were pushing and avoided several incidents. Frito found himself with enough damage right at the end that gave us a DQ due to not pitting after receiving a meatball flag.
Giannis was the man that found himself carrying a wounded yet running MX-5 at the end of race 2. In that race Hugo got loose while progressing through the field and in such a fast track that the train of cars behind him didn't lift and tapped him into a spin. The damage was such that it put him out with a bent rear driver's side trailing arm. During race 2 Frito attempted to avoid an incident and brushed the wall causing it to send him into the opposing wall. 39 minutes of repairs saw the effort come to an end. While our campaign this season in the THC is off to a rocky start, we will continue to pursue good finishes. We never give up...
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