This year the Majors support series has grown in size & stature from something a very small number of people did occasionally to a fairly serious series in it's own right - particularly after the mid season change to the format. Let's consider some numbers we achieved this year (with 1 round to go!):
- 40 races in 13 rounds so far (43/14 by the end of the year). Why not 13 x 3? We had to split the Americas region for Indy :-)
- 176 Competitors who were classified finishers in at least 1 race
- 40 Different Race/Class winners
There won't be very many leagues on iRacing that can claim numbers like that - and we're "just" the support series.
One of the really great things about the support series is that it mixes up the regions so we race people we normally don't in the main events and so can expand our circle of friends. A great example of this was Adam Facciponti and I had an awesome battle at Spa and we've done a lot of friendly chatting since then even though we're on different teams, diff...
The parallels between the 1963 race and the 2019 one are downright crazy.
Jim Clark vs Christian Challiner
Country - British
Age - Clark 27, Challiner 26
Pole - Both
Laps Led - ALL 200 BOTH
Lapped the field - Clark lapped everyone but AJ Foyt and Challiner lapped everyone!
If Clark was watching...no doubt he was smiling. After all, it was like... Deja vu all over again.
With his win, Clark literally ushered in a new era of racing with therear-engined Lotus. With his win, Challiner locks in the 2019 Mario Andretti Champion Driver Award for the European region. He secures his first title with his 12th series win and it could not have come in a more fitting fashion.
Congrats Mr. Clar... Mr. Challiner. You've made...
Ask any Australian what the most important motor race of the year is and 99% will say the Bathurst 1000 - and the other 1% will say the Bathurst 12 hours.
The race concept started in 1960 but moved to Bathurst in 1963. The early races were for touring cars but since 1997 the race has been for V8 Supercars. Since then, the race has been a "holy ground" for the war that consumes most Australian car worshippers - are you a Ford or Holden fan? Holden have 33 wins, Ford 20 and everyone else very few - the last win by a manufacturer other than Holden or Ford was 1998!
The most famous, and revered, driver is Peter Brock. He won 9 times (all in Holdens) and since his death in 2006 the winners trophy has been in his name.
Despite the high speeds and the huge crashes regularly seen at the race, only 3 drivers have died whilst competing in the race. One was New Zealander Denny Hulme, the 1967 F1 world champion who suffered a heart attack while driving in the 1992 race. Despite it happening on Conrod...