[045] offseason #2

as a follow-up of last year’s post, i’ll quickly check what happened in 2017 in my cute motorsport universe:

the 2017 NASCAR season was nothing too special, i’d say. the newly invented stage racing format killed a good part of the “endurance” factor but my personal nightmare was something else: somewhere in the midst of the season rumors emerged saying 2017 could mark matt kenseth’s final season. time creeped by until matt himself announced the fact that he indeed didn’t have a seat for the upcoming cup series. erik jones will take over the #20 and all the other available seats were given to wtf names. even though hope is known for dying last, it eventually did and therefore i quit my subscription of raceview. unlike in the early 2000s when rusty wallace waved goodbye to the cup, there is no successor this time, no too interesting young gun. well, erik jones maybe, ok… or william byron? we’ll see.

the WRC season was a complete success. the new cars are fantastic, gone was vw dominance, warmly welcomed were different manufacturers and driver’s names on the podiums – and the thrill! hell yeah! it was a purely exciting season, the first one in more than a decade. in the end the champion was the same though, but winning the whole thing in a ford gained ogier a ton of respect. thumbs up, WRC!

world rallycross championship lost almost all of its fascination and attractivity again in the blink of an eye. everything started good and interesting but soon turned into a hyperboring vw dominance show. not only that lydden hill was permanently kicked off the schedule, they also will skip hockenheim for the 2018. thumbs down! it all will depend on the first few races whether or not RX will go across the styx soon.

highlights 2017: the NASCAR whelen euroseries made its first stop in hockenheim which was a very cool thing to attend (still lots of potential for growth and optimization though). the outstanding highlight clearly was the 24 hours of le mans live at porsche museum in zuffenhausen. the 919 hybrid took the heavily celebrated win in porsche’s last LMP 1 season.

in 2018 i hopefully will finally manage to go to le mans… in any case i’m gonna focus on the endurance series and finally turn myself towards my longer lasting but always shy love for LMP3 cars…

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[045] offseason #2

[026] offseason

the timeframe between end of november and mid january (rallye monte carlo) or mid february respectively (daytona 500), motorsport nerds traditionally are busy with speculating on rumors, contingencies and expectations concerning driver seat swaps, rule changes and stuff. 2016 edition: “what might the launch season of the NASCAR monster energy cup be like?”, “can’t wait to see the power-enhanced cars and especially the all new toyota yaris WRC performing!”, “will dodge really announce the comeback to the NASCAR cup series?”, “what might happen to the drivers of the former volkswagen motorsports WRC team?” and so on and so on. it’s also the time to recall the past season, watch the missed races, take a look to other motorsport series – or even explore new things like “australian v8 ute racing series”. it’s also the time to download and install the new mods and updates for the big three.

my personal retrospection on the 2016 motorsport year brings out first and foremost the live discovery of the world rallycross championship with the attendance at our lovely hockenheimring earlier this year. even though i knew this genre before (more from the global rallycross championship) i was charmed, fascinated and taken away by the live action and tension right away. it certainly outshines the pop duo in some way – but NASCAR as well as WRC had solid seasons too.

so, what to expect from 2017 finally? besides all usual stuff i’ll try to follow the “veranstaltergemeinschaft langstreckenpokal nürburgring” endurance series as close as possible (maybe even with a live attendance?) as well as the german national rallye championship. world RX makes its stop again in hockenheim in early may and the NASCAR whelen euro series in july. see you there!

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[026] offseason

[023] farewell, ds3 wrc

it’s a déjà-vu-moment. for the 2007 season, the citroën world rally team replaced my deeply adored xsara with the c4, whose unracy backside reminded me of a dishwasher or something. the entire thing looked like the saxo’s malformed elder brother who wanted to be a minivan – and failed.

for the 2011 season his uglyness made way for the ds3 who immediately won me over. it brought back this adorable female-ish curvyness and the hot booty that was gone and missed after the xsara. those were happy days – but came to an end last weekend. the 2016 dayinsure wales rally gb was the last appearance of the ds3 who’s gonna be supplanted by the spacetourer. kidding. its not really the spacetourer but the c3 that looks like the spacetourer’s malformed younger brother who failed to become a tank. got close though, only the cannon left to grow.

farewell then, beloved ds3 and thank you for all enjoyment! i do hope and pray for another reincarnation in a couple of years…

the picture below was taken by me during the 2014 rallye de france, somewhere in alsace. i was on my way back from the supermarket together with my son. we bought lunch and were caught by surprise by the sudden public appearance of the world rally cars that were on their way from one stage to another. the car was driven by mads østberg and co-driver jonas andersson back then. prisma perfectly underlines its sweet grace…

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[023] farewell, ds3 wrc

[014] video gaming

as soon as another supposedly groundbreaking topic dominates the news, western world is caught in gasping and widespread expert’s escape from their holes for publicly masturbating on eachother’s opinion-faces, it’s time to take a book or a movie – or play some video games.

most of my games are more or less old, i got only a few younger ones and those are kept retro (broforce and stuff). if i started today playing through all of my games, it would keep me busy for the rest of my life probably. it’s the same with reading all my books. my video game library is distinguishable into two different categories: car racing games (75%) and others (25%). platforms: pc, ps1, ps2. the hype left me around 10 years ago obviously.

i think i jumped off that train early enough. there hasn’t happened too much in simracing meanwhile, except graphical improvements of course. but a racing game with sufficient realism regarding physics and graphics is perfectly suitable for me. the big three on pc are:

  1. richard burns rally (2004)
  2. rfactor (2005)
  3. NASCAR racing 2003 season (2003)

what still excites me a lot is mods for racing games (gaming for me is spiced up massively when this kind of adventure and experimentalism is part of the party). what excites me even more: there are even 2016 mods for all of these games mentioned above. long live the retro vibe! (i’m 35 now and therefore allowed to say that!)

[014] video gaming

[005] happy birthday, colin mcrae!

at some time in my late 10s or early 20s i officially named my penis after my favourite racecar driver. well, back in the days it was not colin mcrae (any more). for the record: best introduction ever. anyways, colin mcrae certainly was the initial spark for my interest in rallye and the WRC that persists to the present day – even though in a lowered intensity. today would have been his 48th birthday if he hadn’t died in a helicopter crash mid september 2007.

he brought me to rallye, as i said – and in addition to that he brought me to rallye video games as well. “colin mcrae rally” was most likely the first ever rallye videogame i played. beloved ps1 days. i am still proud owner of all 5 games of the pre dirt series and still playing. they are definitely part of my simracing nostalgia, not big business any more though – but as these games are very beginner friendly, they are great fun for 8 year old junior simracers.

what else to say? “if in doubt, flat out!” of course. rest in peace, hero.

[005] happy birthday, colin mcrae!