15129473_1268466069863306_8006723950558916281_oAfter a disappointing GES season start at Road America for both TFR Sunset and Raidillon, both teams were looking forward to showing their real potential at the second round at Imola. Throughout both Free Practices, both cars were seen close to the top positions, finishing out FP2 in the Top 3 of the Proto and the GTC class.

For TFR Sunset, drivers Jake Robson and Pedro Van Baelen went into the event optimistically, only to be given a damper shortly after. Due to an offtrack in his fastest Qualifying lap, Jake was only able to put the car into 8th position on the grid, far behind the place they were hoping for.

At TFR Raidillon, hopes were high, as team manager Georg Gruber got into the drivers seat for the first time this season, supported by James Ewens. In Qualifying, Georg put the car into 10th place, also held back by a mistake in qualifying.

At the race start Jake knew he had to be patient and work his way through the Proto field with the pace he knew he had. In the first stint he worked his way from 8th to 5th. However on lap 26 disaster struck as coming through Piratella a C-Spec which already had damage from a previous incident lost control trying to hold another car off and went into the wall. The wrecking car came back onto the track, leaving Jake no time to react, resulting in a race ending hit to the left front of the TFR Sunset C7 DP. Enough for 12 minutes of repairs.

Taking over the car for the start in the C-Spec, Georg quickly showed why he likes driving the starts. Gaining some positions through overtakes, and others through crashes and mistakes of the other C-Specs. After 9 laps, he was able to get into a great 5th place in the GTC class. Closely followed by the BerlinSimSport Ruf, he was able to avoid big mistakes for the rest of the stint, constantly having to watch out for faster traffic.

After the first pitstop, the fight with the BerlinSimSport car was going slowly heating up, and looking to turn out very competitive between Georg and the opposing driver Marcel Nolte. Until lightning struck for the german team, as they got hit by the Backmarker Racing C7 DP after a misunderstanding while getting lapped. The remainder of Georg’s second stint after that was once again dominated by keeping the car clean and traffic management, so James would have a clean car after the next pit stop.

For the remainder of TFR Sunset’s race Jake and Pedro knew they just had to keep the car running and try to pick up any positions they could. After finishing his section of the race, Jake handed over the Corvette to Pedro. Pedro did a great job of turning consistent laps with the beaten car, matching Sim Racing for Holland in the lead of the race.

The first driver change for TFR Raidillon saw James hopping into the car, hoping to show off the improvements he made since Road America. However, despite showing very competitive speed, he was off to a rocky start as he soon got hit slightly by the SRN Motorsport Ruf. Driving on without damage, James’ luck was only getting worse, when the CoRe SimRacing AMG GT3 hit the back of the Ruf into T4, sending James into a spin, and damaging the front suspension over the dreaded sausage curbs. Soon, the decision was made to put Georg back into the car for the last, short stint, the extended pitstop also being a chance to make much needed repairs.

The damage on the C-Spec didn’t seem to bother Georg too much. Driving almost as fast as during the early stage of the race, all he had to do was to maintain the distance from the other teams around their position, and bring home a stellar 6th place. After finishing 10th in the opening round, both James and Georg were happy about the good performance.

Glad they could finally show off what they’re capable of, TFR Raidillon are looking forward to the next round at the Twin Ring Motegi. Phil Roberts and Georg Gruber will be sharing the Ruf for the 4 hour night race.

Sadly, Jake and Pedro could only achieve 12th after the accident, a huge blow to their championship hopes. All eyes are now on to Motegi, finally hoping for the finish they know they can have.

 

The inaugural round of the 2016/17 GES Championship ended with a bitter-sweet 5th place in the Proto class for our TFR Sunset team of Jake Robson and Pedro van Baelen. And a tough 10th position in the GTC class for our TFR Raidillon team of Phil Roberts and James Ewens, with spotting help from Team Manager Sascha Lamp.lharjpy

Qualifying was a mixed affair with TFR Sunset qualifying in 5th, 5 tenths away from the pole sitter, Thrustmaster Mivano. Jake felt he nailed both laps and was pleased with his position on the grid, however couldn’t help but feel there was still some time to gain on the rest of the field.

The C-Spec of TFR Raidillon on the other hand ended up qualifying last in their class, 5 tenths away from the next car, James was disappointed but was confident to gain speed in the race.

The race started quite interestingly for the C7 DP, with Jake having to take evasive action leaving him millimetres away from both another DP and the pitwall after the polesitting Thrustmaster Mivano Corvette didn’t go on the green flag. After lap 1 Jake already made his way up into 3rd place following closely behind Simracing for Holland. After both Mivano and SimRC received penalties, a lot of pressure was taken off Jake, who was then able to battle with the SFH car for 2nd place.

Meanwhile, James in the Ruf C-Spec ran at the back of the GTC field, finding his rhythm and keeping out of trouble.

Briefly, Jake was able to get by the Dutch C7 DP with a quick pitstop, however made a mistake at turn 8 which handed the position back to them. Simracing for Holland soon after had a spin coming out of the penultimate corner, resulting in some damage on their car although they were still able to maintain position. Whilst all of this was happening Backmarker Racing with Niklas Hjelm were running away with a 20+ second gap from the battle behind them.

During James’ second stint, the SFH Corvette had an incident in traffic that caused them some more damage, whilst forcing James’ C-Spec into a spin. GES race control ruled it as a race incident, and both cars were able to continue, even though it cost James his 11th place.

With SFH now having aero damage, Jake decided to try and make a move on the Start/Finish straight. With the TFR Sunset DP now having a clear speed advantage it seemed like an easy pass, however the current driver of the SFH DP, Dennis Douna, made a move to block Jake’s passing attempt, resulting in them being given a drive through penalty for blocking.

James handed the C-Spec over to Phil for the final 3 stints. Phil quickly got into his grove and made some consistent lap times to move the TFR Raidillon Ruf back into 11th position again.

TFR Sunset now found themselves in 2nd, with SimRC.de hunting them down. The Austro-German team however were to suffer a spin coming through the penultimate corner resulting in a big loss of time.

After a stellar triple stint, Jake jumped out of the Corvette, handing over to Pedro for the final stretch of the race. During a fairly uneventful first stint for Pedro in the TFR Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype he pulled a gap of around 15 seconds to SimRC.de and their driver, Christoph Weitz. Pedro and Jake were looking set for an amazing 2nd place finish.

However heartbreak struck as the slow and damaged GT3 car of Black Adder Motorsport #266 was breaking into turn 8, Pedro misjudged the damaged cars speed and received a light front end contact. Due to the damage Pedro then made the same mistake Jake did coming out of Turn 8, however this time resulting in contact with the #323 C-Spec of Team Buchfink Racing Blue, putting Pedro into the tire barrier and causing some more damage.

The damage seemed to be slowing down the car significantly, with Pedro having to defend his positions aggressively, but sadly the other cars were too fast. With TFR Sunset being overtaken by SimRC, Mivano and SFH they found themselves back in P5, where they started the race.

Phil’s first stint in the TFR Raidillon Ruf was relatively uneventful and except for losing the iRacing spotter (a situation that would occur to the sister team in NEO the day after), the C Spec was running well. This all changed with 30 minutes to go when Phil had a spin in turn 1 and collected the Apex Academy C7 DP. With more cars piling into the melee, not slowing down sufficiently for the yellow flags, this ended up with the biggest crash of the 4 hour event. With some repair time Phil managed to get the C Spec back out on track and finished in 10th place.

The DP of TFR Sunset of Jake and Pedro would hang onto its position until the end of the race to secure a solid 11 points, keeping their championship hopes alive. At the end, both of them were still satisfied with the race even after the issues and heartbreak. They are now looking forward to the 3 Hours of Imola, this time planning to play a much bigger role in the fight for the overall victory.

d6gt1ekPhil and James of TFR Raidillon were both disappointed with their 10th place. But considering lots of scheduling issues which caused them to have to drive without the support of Team Manager Georg Gruber, and backup driver David Barraclough, a top 10 result was not bad in the end. The C-Spec team is looking forward to having Georg in the car, who will be racing hard with a vengeance at Imola.

Congratulations to all class winners, Pure Racing Team in GT3, and our friends of SIMRC and Team Buschfink Racing in Proto and GTC.

Thanks from the whole Torque Freak Racing Organisation go out to the Gathering of Tweakers team around Nick Thissen and Joep Willemsen for organizing this amazing series.

 

GES race at Sebring

After the the Petit Le Mans and BES races at Road Atlanta this our second busy weekend of the month. We will race in both the GES and NES races at the famous circuit of Sebring in Sunshine state Florida.

For the Gathering of Tweakers Endurance series (GES) Jasper Groeneweg will team up with Sascha Lamp in the GTC class and Bram Reniers and Stefan Coppens will share a BMW Z4 in the GT3 class.
In the second season of the NEO Endurance series (NES) drivers David Barraclough, Timo Verhoest, Lars Moldenhauer and Phil Widdowson will share an Aston Martin DBR9 in the GT1 class. 

The 4 hour GES races will start Saturday evening at 17:30 GMT. The 8 hour NES race will start Sunday afternoon at 13:00 GMT.

Both races will be live covered by Racespot TV and there also will be a live feed from the BMW Z4 car at Twitch.tv.

Livestream Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/TkillaB
Spottersguide GES: http://www.got-racing.eu/…/GES_SpotterGuide_4H_of_Sebring.j…
Spottersguide NES: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/…/…/NES2_spotter_guide.pdf

 

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It’s a busy weekend for TFR with two big endurance races at Sebring International Raceway. It all begins this afternoon at 15:00 GMT with the qualification for the NEO Endurance Series 6 hours race. The race itself starts tomorrow at 14:00 GMT.

Just after the qualification for the NEO series the first GES (Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series) begins with a 3 hours race at 18:30 GMT. With 42 equal GT3 cars i can promise you that this will be a race to watch.

For Torque Freak Racing new drivers David Barraclough and Gavan Gardener will do their best to end up in the rankings as high as possible.  The race will be live broadcasted by RaceSpot TV.