TMo takes on Spain in Round 4
Torrent Motorsports flew into Barcelona,
"TMo Banner" Spain for the 4th round of the Formula-Simracing Championship. With high hopes for the 4th round of the season, Torrent Motorsports expected to earn a podium finish in at least 1 category this race.
The first race of the weekend was the FSR AMA division, running 39 laps total in their event. The race started off bad for Tony Rice as going down the front stretch into turn 1, Tony was rear ended and taken out of the race. It was the first race where Tony did not make the top 10 in Q1, and this was due to a quick transmission change right before the race. Tony was forced to switch to an automatic transmission after his standard transmission broke during Free Practice 1.
Tony commented after the race, "I just love spending a week and a couple of hours on Saturday getting ready for a race only to get wrecked on the front stretch...I didn't even make it to turn 1, this is very frustrating. I would like to apologize to OSIRIS Shoes, ATMOSPHERE, and Baker Billiards and their support along with Torrent Motorsports and USD Inc. is truly appreciated."
Tony unfortunately to a tie for 21st place in the FSR AMA Drivers Championship.
Michael Schreiner who had been having tough luck in the first 3 races of the year finally broke through at Spain.
Michael's race didn't come without close calls though. On lap 1 Michael got hit trying to avoid a wreck in turn 1, on the 14th corner of that lap, Michael also drove too hard and almost high centered. Then later in the race he accidentally overdrove Turn 6 and went off track. Michael drove a solid race though and came home in 7th place at Spain.
Michael commented after the race, "Overall I am pleased with my run today and I was scared about even making the grid with my +16 penalty from Melbourne that I did not find out about until like 30 minutes before Q1. I am happy with a 7th place finish and would like to thank OSIRIS Shoes, ATMOSPHERE, and Baker Billiards for their support along with Torrent Motorsports and USD Inc."
Michael has moved up to a tie for 18th in the WS AMA Drivers Championship.
The 2nd race of the weekend was the FSR WS Pro division with Torrent Motorsports drivers of Gary Madew, Matthias Balanski, Donny Alumbaugh and Sam Giltner.
Unfortunately Gary Madew had electrical issues with his scoring system and was unable to start the race. He is now fallen to 15th in the WS Pro Drivers Championship.
Matthais Balanski was having another great race for Torrent Motorsports in the 5th position when he suffered electrical issues as well and was forced to be retired from the event. When reviewing the scoring systems after the race it appeared the systems were determining an unknown error and terminating the scoring system, which in turn, terminates the car. Matthais unfortunately fell to 23rd in the WS Pro Drivers Championship.
Donny Alumbaugh who raced hard during the entire event came home with at 10th place finish after a very trying day. Donny suffered damage on lap 1 and toughed it out for a 10th place finish. With Donny's perseverance, he moved up to 6th place in the WS Pro Drivers Championship.
Sam Giltner who is currently in 2nd place in the championship standings after Spain, said that his race was "very disappointing." Sam spun on launch and suffered damage and spent the entire first lap limping around to the pits. He then got his damage fixed and went on with his race. Sam drove all the way to 4th by the end of the race with left front suspension damage, and rear wing damage. Sam got the best out of what he could have for the weekend and put together another solid finish for Torrent Motorsports, OSIRIS Shoes, USD Inc., Baker Billiards, and ATMOSPHERE.
Torrent Motorsports - Team Alpha is now 4th in the Team Championship and Team Beta moved up to 6th in the WS Pro Team Championship.
The struggle of Engineering that Torrent Motorsports is having starts to show in the WS Ace division at FSR.
Torrent Motorsports entered 5 cars into the event, piloted by; Dennis Johansen, Jimmy Jones, Nicholas Morse, Wes Richards, and Michael Theis.
Torrent Motorsports decided to be careful in the Ace division considering the recent streak of bad luck they were having in the first lap of the race.
Dennis Johansen driving in his first race after missing the first 3 events to real racing obligations came out in 10th place after an eventful day. On the launch Dennis picked up 3 spots and then got started on the first stint. Dennis admitted to driving the first stint of the race a little cautious and nervous because it was his 1st race of the year and he didn't want to wreck. On lap 17, going through New Holland, he reported in that his wheel was starting to shake and his left front tire started to shred on the track. Dennis fought the car hard and kept it out of the wall and he slowly made it to the pits to get his tires changed. During the rest of the race Dennis took it easier in braking to not flat spot and even had a few battles with his teammates for position. During the last stint, rounding around New Holland again, Dennis high centered and hit the front stretch wall with his right front tire. Dennis suffered moderate suspension damage and limped around to get that fixed. The crew repaired his damage and he was able to finish the race in 10th place.
After the race Dennis commented, "I am looking forward to Monaco, with the great amount of testing the team will be doing for such a special race like Monaco, I can just say one thing...I cannot wait and see you in Monaco!"
Dennis moved into the 24th position in WS Ace Drivers Championship after the event.
Jimmy Jones who had been struggling all year put together a decent run found success in Spain. After starting in the 21st position, Jimmy drove a consistent race and ended up in the 11th position behind Dennis Johansen. After the race Jimmy commented by saying, "We struggled to find speed all week, so for the race we developed a pit strategy to try and get a top ten finish. We could have gotten a top 10 finish but I made a few mistakes on the track that cost us time. All said it was a pretty good day for us. A special thanks to our sponsors United Sales and Distributors, Inc., Osiris Shoes, Atmosphere, and Baker Billiards."
With his 11th place finish, Jimmy moved up to 18th in the WS Ace Drivers Championship.
Nicholas Morse, driving the #21 Torrent Motorsports Ferrari has been fast all year but has struggled to finish the races. Nicholas qualified with the 13th fastest time overall and had high hopes going into the race. Nicholas had a great launch but was very timid going into turn 1 and went from 13th to 24th on the start of the race. Going through the first few laps though, Nicholas made up all those positions and was running 11th place after 2 laps. Nicholas stated that his tires were shredding away too fast and he had to make changes to his car to get it to last longer. After the first pit stop Nicholas radioed in to his team that his changes worked and they should try them. Nicholas was running in the 8th position after his first stop and was looking for a great finish. After having a great 2nd stint, he came in and decided to make 1 more change before the end of the race, this was a huge mistake and cost Nicholas severely. The team over adjusted and it was due to Nicholas suggestions. He ended up pitting 5 times over 66 laps and cost himself 90 seconds on the final race time. Nicholas did finally finish a race with no damage though and came home in 12th place, scoring points again since the first race of the year at Sepang.
After the race Nicholas commented, "I had a great car, but messed up my wing settings and went from 13th to 22nd on the launch. I was way too timid and everyone went flying by me. Then I was up to 15th after 1 lap and my tires started to shred away, I was going to do a 3 stopper and I started making setups on my changes, they worked, then I screwed up and over adjusted, and had to make a pit stop after a 6 lap stint. I messed up and was in the pits 5 times because of mental error in adjusting my car. I cost myself over 90 seconds on pit stops and it was a learning experience, finally felt good to have a car with no damage and a clean race. It was fun and great job by the admins.
I'd like to thank ATMOSPHERE, OSIRIS Shoes, Baker Billiards, and USD Inc. for their sponsorship of Torrent Motorsports, we'll get em at Monaco."
Nicholas moved up to a tie for 20th in the WS Ace Drivers Championship after Spain.
Wes Richards, who has been consistent all year had another quiet, and solid race at Spain. Wes used a long run strategy to gain position and wound up finishing the race in 13th place, the last points scoring position. Wes commented after the race, "My race went as I expected it to go. I couldn't find the speed coming into Spain but I was able to stay consistent at least. I raced a safe race and made sure to bring the car to the finish. A few small mistakes here and there, but overall I'm more than happy with my 13th place finish after qualifying 23rd. With the competition so hard in ACE, I'm proud of all my race finishes. Now onto Monaco to get a better finish for our excellent sponsors; Osiris Shoes, United Sales Distributors, Baker Billiards and Atmosphere."
Wes moved up to 16th in the WS Ace Drivers Championship and leads all Torrent Motorsports drivers in the championship.
Michael Theis who had also been struggling to find speed and finish the races finally broke through at Spain also. After a very difficult qualifying period, Michael started the race from the 24th position, the last car to make the grid. Michael, using his real racing experience had an outstanding launch, going from 24th to 9th in the first lap, commentating, "I can still thread the needle like a champ, I love starts like that!" Michael had a really fast race setup and was holding in the 11th position during the race until halfway through the race in New Holland he went off track and went nose first into the wall hard. The team repaired the damage and sent Michael back out on the track, he was very fortunate that the car still drove straight. Michael came out in the 21st position and climbed all the way back up to 15th with a very injured front suspension and wing damage.
Michael commented after the race, "We got beat in the garage before we even hit the track, that’s all there is to it. Our guys ran hard and we had great setups to conserve tires and run longer stints but that might have been a little too conservative. We did find a lot of speed on Saturday after a very successful practice but it was a little too late to adapt into a race setup in time. Monaco will be a rough one however we are confident with the test team getting in full swing we won't be at a disadvantage before we even leave the garage.”
Now about the Ace race he commented “Our setup was slow but stable so I tried to use that to my advantage. I fired off the start and by the time to first lap fell I went from 25th to 9th. This was exactly what I wanted to do and was holding well until half way on a light fuel load I lost it in the last turn and nosed the wall. After returning I clawed my way from 21st to 15th in a very injured car. AURA ran strong and I want to thank Osiris Shoes, United Sales, Baker Billiards and Atmosphere for getting us here!"
Michael who scored no points at Spain stayed put in a tie for 28th position in the WS Ace Drivers Championship.
Torrent Motorsports - Team Gamma moved up to a tie for 8th in the Team Championship. Torrent Motorsports - Team Alpha moved up to 10th in the Team Championship after having 2 drivers for the first time in 4 races. Torrent Motorsports - Team Beta scored no points at Spain and stayed in a tie for 17th in the Team Championship.
After 3 of the 4 events were done the Torrent Motorsports team had decent success in all division.
The final event of Round 4 was the Formula SimRacing World Championship Spanish Grand Prix. Andreas Spengler and Nicholas Morse drove for Torrent Motorsports in the World Championship. Nicholas Morse was in a substitute role for primary driver Petter Kaasa after Petter broke his nose during testing earlier in the week, and it was ruled he would be unable to race.
During qualifying Andreas showed great speed but was far off of his personal best time. Andreas came in with a qualifying effort of 15th of 21. Nicholas struggled during qualifying stating that his car had a "large amount of under steer and bottoming out." Nicholas ran poorly and qualified 19th, although, if Nicholas had matched his personal best, he still would have only qualified 19th.
The race started off outstanding for both drivers. Nicholas Morse launched from 19th and after 2 laps had moved up to running in 11th position. Nicholas was overtaking Giuseppe Marconi in Renault when Giuseppe cut across the track and blocked Nicholas who was closing 20mph faster than Marconi. Nicholas took evasive action and fell back to 11th position. After avoiding Marconi, Nicholas fell back into the grasps of an intense battle between Rouault and Pescali. Going into La Caixa, Pescali dove under Nicholas from 5 car lengths behind, and bumped Nicholas up the track. Nicholas corrected to save the car and was bumped by Rouault sending him off the track and ending his race. Nicholas only made 4 laps on the event and was very unhappy with his finish. After the race he commented, "The Torrent Motorsports Ferrari sponsored by OSIRIS Shoes, Baker Billiards, ATMOSPHERE, and USD Inc. was very strong. I went out and pulled a very bad qual lap, I was 1 sec. faster than that normally and for some reason the car was bottoming out very badly, so it was causing a huge under steer.
Then when the race started I had a great launch and first 2 laps moving up to the 11th position. I got held up by Marconi and I lost the gap I had put between myself and the Rouault/Pescali battle. When Marconi blocked me in Renault (he was 20mph slow and turned into the groove after missing the 2nd corner) I got back in the battle behind me and was turned around in La Caixa by a foolish move on the behalf of Pescalli. He dove in too hard, pushed me up the track from 5 car lengths behind and caused a situation where Rouault hopped the curb to avoid him and accidentally got into me. Very unfortunate for my first WC start, was running 11th and just looking for some seat time.
The Torrent Motorsports Ferrari will be strong next week as the primary driver Petter Kaasa will be the pilot again."
On the other hand, Andreas Spengler had a successful race while his teammate sat in the Paddock. Andreas ran another successful event for Torrent Motorsports and brought the car home in the 7th position, picking up 8 spots from his starting position. Andreas commented that his car was great and he had trouble in traffic, costing him time on 6th place. Andreas also stated that he had the pace of P3 but things just didn't work out for him during the race.
Andreas scored 2 more points towards his total and moved up to 6th in the World Championship Drivers Championship. Petter Kaasa who didn't race scored 0 points but remained in 7th place in the World Championship Drivers Championship.
Torrent Motorsports moved up to 5th place in the World Championship Team Championship after Spain.
The entire Round 4 at Spain had high points and low points for the Torrent Motorsports team. A quick turnaround to Monaco will allow the drivers to move on and refocus. Torrent Motorsports will see you all in Monaco.
Article by: TMo Press, 2007-05-08 16:47:44