It has been more than 3 months to release a team report since all the team members were fully occupied on working, travelling but most of all practising on the major events for March to June 2016 time period.
The most important of the races that we have participated as team were, the 12 Hours of Sebring on the 12th of March, 12 Hours of Mount Panorama on the 27th of February, four races for the MES private championship, the 24 hours of Nürburgring on the 4th of June and finally the 6 hours of Glen on the 25th of June
MundoGT Endurance Series
Starting with the MES private league (http://hrteam.gr/portal/2016/hellenic-racing-to-participate-to-mundogt/), HRT decide to participate with the brand new Audi R8LMS in order to get a feeling how the car behaves and potentially use it in other official races. On the first race we started the race from the P14 but we finished only on the 21st place after an unlucky moment during the race that cost us quite a big time in the pits. Continue reading →
Over 40 teams are going to take the green flag today at MundoGT Endurance and Hellenic Racing is going to be one of them. HRT is going to do their best, utilizing the brand new Audi R8 LMS GT3, competing against some of the best teams in iRacing like GTros, Euphoria Racing, Odox Motorsports and Hispania Sim Racing to name but a few.
The first round of MES will be held at one of the world’s great race tracks, Suzuka. 6 hours racing in that tight and narrow circuit are going to reveal which team has the character and the stomach for such a challenge and will take the first checkered flag of the season. With our heartbeat rising and our excitement growing we hope to see a clean and fair race from all the teams participating.
Endurance racing is maybe the most challenging form of motorsport racing, it’s meant to test the durability of cars as long as the endurance of the participants. If you add to the mix 3 different classes of cars and one of the toughest, narrowest and most difficult racetracks in the world, you get Bathurst 12 hour, at the Mount Panorama Circuit.
As we mentioned in the weekly report, we took the decision to race in this event only 3 days before the race. One reason was to use this experience to clear our minds from the 12H sebring practice and the other was to practice race strategies and make stints in a really compelling event, hosted by Elliot Meme.
McLaren Mp4-12c Gt3 car in Class “A” was an obvious choice for us, since it’s the one that we practice for the next official endurance race. The problems we had to face were a lot. 2 of the drivers appointed for the race had few to none laps in this track. The third driver had an unplanned work obligation and we had to make from scratch both race and qualification setups to fit all 4 drivers. Time was a huge limitation and the first few laps for the new drivers were “scary” and many would have quit trying but as Pavlos said the second day:
” This track is like the girl that keeps rejecting you but you are stuck and come back every night for more”
Andy Perrs was selected for the qualification for our team and managed to get a 2:04:585 on his second lap that put Hellenic Racing on the 7th spot of the grid (18 cars in class A, 44 in total). Alexander Voß took the pole for CORE Motorsports.
It is almost three weeks since our previous update but travelling for some of the team members and an ad hoc event kept us quiet in terms of writing but not in terms of racing.
Last week found us practicing Sebring again, but in the middle of the week one of the HRT drivers dropped us an idea, to be more specific, he dropped us a bomb! He “discovered” a private race for the 27th of Feb in Mount Panorama and gave us the heads up. Unfolding the details of the event we found out that was a 12h race for teams with min 2 drivers, max 4. As an endurance spirit team it was more that a simple race for us. Most of the HRT members knew the track in advance but for 2 out of the participant 4 drivers, was like going to the moon. Qualified cars for the race were the McLaren, Ford and BMW GT3s for class A, Ruf C-Spec for Class B and KIA Optima for Class C.
Άλλος ένας αγώνας πέρασε στην ιστορία. Τελικός απολογισμός 4η θέση. Κοιτώντας όμως μόνο τον αριθμό 4 δύσκολα μπορεί κανείς να καταλάβει τι κρύβεται από πίσω…
Κατ αρχήν η συμμετοχή στο συγκεκριμένο γεγονός αποφασίστηκε κυριολεκτικά τη τελευταία στιγμή και εκτός οποιουδήποτε προγράμματος. Μόλις 3 μέρες πριν τον αγώνα έπεσε η ιδέα και μία ώρα μετά ήταν ήδη αποφασισμένο. Δε φόβισε κανέναν το αγωνιστικό τεραίν . Δε φόβισε κανέναν ούτε το γεγονός ότι κάποιοι στη συγκεκριμένη πίστα δεν είχαν κάνει ούτε μέτρο. Όμως τα στάνταρτς της ομάδας δεν επιτρέπουν προχειρότητες – τουλάχιστον όσο είναι ανθρώπινα δυνατόν – επομένως το εγχείρημα είχε βαθμό δυσκολίας 11 σε κλίμακα 1-10. Όλα τα παραπάνω ήρθε να τονίσει το γεγονός ότι από άποψης συμμετοχής μπήκαμε σε μία λίστα αναμονής όντας 6οι σε σειρά προτεραιότητας. Επομένως έπρεπε να τα δώσουμε όλα έχοντας στο πίσω μέρος του μυαλού μας ότι μπορεί να ήταν απλά μάταιο.
Κάποτε, πριν από 15 χρόνια περίπου, προσελήφθη από την HP, προερχόμενος από μία μικρή αλλά πολύ ευέλικτη εταιρεία. Κάποιος μου είπε; να ξέρεις οι μεγάλες εταιρείες είναι σαν τα μεγάλα καράβια. Τι εννοείς του απάντησα? Μεγάλα καράβια, μεγάλες φουρτούνες……αλλά το μεγάλο καράβι, δύσκολα σταματάει, μου ανταπάντησε.
Η κουβέντα μας έμεινε εκεί, μιας και ο συγκεκριμένος τύπος δεν ήταν και πολύ ομιλητικός, τον φωνάζαμε σοφό θυμάμαι. Εγώ όμως προσπαθώντας να καταλάβω σε μεγαλύτερο βαθμό τι εννοεί και έχοντας αυτό το μικρόβιο να μην αφήνω τίποτα να πέσει κάτω, είτε αφορά τις τρίχες της Μενεγάκης ή τα βαρυτικά κύματα του Αϊνστάιν, είπα να το σκαλίσω λίγο παραπάνω…..
Last week can be summarized in just two words. Sebring and Practise. All drivers of the Hellenic Racing are practising for the iRacing World Tour and Special Events Series that will take place on the 12th of March in Sebring International. Event will start at 12.00pm GMT and the duration is 12 hours. The selection of the cars is between all the GT3 ones or alternatively the Corvette Prototype. The car of our choise is the Mclaren MP4-12C GT3 and we will participate with two race teams with a total number of seven drivers.
Despite the fact that we still have 30 days until the race, the team is spending more than 4 hours practising, on a daily basis, trying to make the most from both the track and the car setup. Due to the different time zones of the drivers and the heavy travelling for some of us this is not always possible but we hope our eager & passion of what we do will reflect to the outcome of the race and show what are the true capabilities of this team.
In Daytona, back in Jan. we have managed to qualify 9th, in the first pool, but during the first three hours we have been hit three times and been parked in the pit lane for more than 25 min. In order to avoid similar situations we are trying to minimize our mistakes and increase our race pace. Continue reading →