Rear View Mirror 10-9-17
A stunning Bathurst 1,000 kicks off this edition of Rear View Mirror, plus photos from the annual Microsoft Car Show and some community contests. So let’s dive in.
V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000
To win the Bathurst 1,000 is the dream of every Aussie who has ever driven the famed Mount Panorama circuit. For David Reynolds, who has often been referred to as “the Joker” for his trackside antics, winning the race is more than a dream come true, it was redemption. Driving for Erebus Motorsports owner Betty Klimenko, Reynolds and co-driver Luke Youlden, gave the team their first Bathurst win, and with it much respect.
Mathematically, 1,000 kilometers comes out to be 161 laps and about seven hours of racing. Where you start and where you end are two entirely different things, no matter who you are. Scott McLaughlin, championship points leader set the fastest lap in qualifying and started from pole, only to have his car retired after 45 laps. Red Bull driver and six-time champion Jamie Whincup hoped to close the gap to McLaughlin, but barely managed to finish the race in dead last.
Weather was a factor throughout the race with full wet tires being utilized. There were plenty of offs, including a dramatic near final lap wall incident for Mark Winterbottom in the Esses. It nearly forced the race into caution for the final lap given the awkward position of the car through one of the tightest spots on the 3.8-mile track. Despite the risk, the officials let the race finish under green and a new Bathurst champion was born.
Here is a look at some of the offs and bumps of the race.
Formula 1 -Japan
No matter how good of a driver you are, you cannot vie for a championship if you don’t have reliability. Such is sadly the case for Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel, as yet another retirement sets him further back from Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton. Vettel started from second after the team resolved what was seen to be a spark plug problem. However, it was quickly evident that a problem remained, as his Ferrari fell back and was retired after two laps.
Enter Red Bull to now make the manufacturer’s championship interesting as Max Verstappen knabbed second and teammate Daniel Ricciardo grabs third. The first double podium for Red Bull since 2013. For the record, it was Ricciardo’s ninth podium of the year and the most he has earned yet. For Verstappen, challenging Hamilton for the lead and finishing just 1.2 seconds abaft ain’t too shabby for the just-turned 20-year-old.
You can see the race highlights here.
NASCAR – Charlotte
It has certainly been Martin Truex Jr.’s year even though the Furniture Row team’s performance in qualifying looked like anything but. Truex Jr., who qualified seventeeth, said he was “mad about it” and apparently put the energy to good use on the track. The #78 worked its way through the pack and gained positions at every stop to take the lead finally on lap 234. They went on to win in Charlotte giving Truex Jr. his sixth victory of 2017, the most wins in the series.
Chase Elliot battled for second, his second in as many races, and fourth runner-up this year. Elliot is still hunting for his first win. Kevin Harvick placed third after leading a race-high 149 laps.
Take a look at NASCAR’s Race Rewind for some more tidbits from the race.
IMSA - Petit Le Mans
The Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is the finale of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. It’s a ten-hour endurance race with the results weighing heavily on who will be crowned the winners among the Prototype, GT Le Mans (GTLM), GT Daytona (GTD) and Prototype Challenge 9PC) classes.
Team Penske entered the fray with an all-star team of Simon Pagenaud, Juan-Pablo Montoya, and Helio Castroneves. It was a preview of the team that will be racing in a pair of Oreca LMP2 Acura Dpis next year. The team put their car on pole showing it was not just a celebrity driver appearance. The Penske team came in third overall after overcoming a couple mistakes.
In Prototype it was the Taylor brothers in their Cadillac Dpi that concluded an amazing season with winning the driver and team championship. The Taylors swept the first five races and added two more podiums to their record over the course of the season. They didn’t compete at Road Atlanta.
In GTLM the Corvette Racing team of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia took the driver, team, and manufacturer championship. With the help of Mike Rockenfeller at the Petit, they managed to finish second behind the BMW Team RLL M6 headed up by Bill Auberlin.
With seven podium finishes over the season, Scuderia Corsa and the #63 Ferrari 488 GT3 were crowned the GTD champion and captured the manufacturer trophy for Ferrari. It was the second consecutive class championship for drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan and the fourth in five years for the team. A broken axle took them out of contention at Road Atlanta. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Montaplast by Land Motorsport won the Petit.
Take a lap around Road Atlanta with Ben Keating in the Riley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3
Microsoft Car Show
Last Friday was the annual Microsoft Car Show. Past years have been dampened by rain and poor lighting. This year the sun came out and let the beauty of a great selection of cars shine in the natural light of the top floor of a parking garage on the main campus. The car show is part of the Microsoft Give Campaign.
You could test drive a wide selection of BMWs and Minis which was a new feature. I was busy trying to take in the cars so I passed on this but driving and I8 would have been pretty fun.
You can take a look at the album of photos I posted on the Johniwanna Facebook page, and look forward to a couple Heavy Metal Affliction features on a couple owners and their rides. My personal favorite of the show was this 1951 Hudson Hornet that was so original it looked like it had just rolled off the showroom floor. Only the musty smell of 66-year-old leather, and the car’s amazing but dated design gave away it’s true age.
Tuff Puppers Photo Contest
Now that Forza Motorsport 7 is out there, Forza community member Tuff Puppers, a known Mopar obsessed fan, is hosting a community photo contest. Puppers has been hosting these contests since Forza Motorsport 4 and has some exclusive gear he is offering for prizing.
Winners will be offered either the E3 Racing Suit given out in limited quantities at E3 this year, and the Best Buy Pre-Order suit. Puppers will be the final judge of the winners based on “the spirit of the theme, creative factors, showing off the car, and making the car in action the star,” Puppers said. Take a shot of your favorite car and post in his thread for a chance to win. Have fun!
Josh Robinson Livery contest
Designs are beginning to show in the livery contest for Josh Robinson’s Formula Drift Ute. There is still time to get to work on your entry. The deadline for design entries is October 18th and the details can be found in the thread for the contest in the Forza Motorsport 7 forums.
The winning entry will be applied to Robinson’s 1,000 horsepower drift Ute and will be debuted at SEMA this year! You can use the Holden Maloo GTS or the Hoonigan Ute as a base for your design. Good luck!
Since we didn’t get to my drift practice last week we will be going drifting in Forza Motorsport 7 for most of the #TuesdayDrive tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific on Twitch and Mixer. Bring your best drift machine for some multi-player tandem drifting action.
I will also be trying to put in a better time in Josef Newgarden’s Rivals event. I may even have a special guest who is willing to give me tips, because we all know I could use the help. I hope to see you there.
Formula 1 Japan photo credit to Red Bull Media/Getty Images
2017 Bathurst 1,000 photos courtesy of Mark Horsburgh