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Rear View Mirror 12-9-13

John Schommer
Monday, December 9, 2013


Thanksgiving may have passed here in the U.S., but I am still finding things to be thankful for. For one it has been what we call really cold around here: high-teens, mid-twenties. Not so cold that I couldn’t work outside and walk my dog, but I was reminded by friends from other parts of the country where it was minus-16 and minus-20. So I am thankful these days that it isn’t that cold.


Of course, I am also thankful for racing and the opportunity to cover it for you in this week’s RVM.


Before we get to this weekend’s racing action, I wanted to talk about a special car we’ve got coming for Forza 5 VIPs.



Spartan Assault Mustang Supports Latest Halo Game

The latest game in the Halo series—Halo Spartan Assault—will be released December 24th for Xbox One. This latest addition to the much-loved series story slots in between the plots of Halo 3 and Halo 4. There are new enemies, new weapons and a new online multi-player mode.


To celebrate of 343 Industries latest masterpiece, Turn 10 Community artist Robin Stockton — you may know her by her Gamertag Little Vixen — has created this awesome Spartan Assault-liveried 1969 Mustang Boss 302. This car will be gifted to Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members later this month. We’ll let you know exactly when it goes out so you can watch you Forza 5 inbox!



Aussie V8 Supercars—Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500

The two final races of the V8 Supercar season took place over the weekend in Sydney. Two 74-lap races on a difficult city course that has changed the fate of drivers seeking to be champion. Jamie Whincup is seeking his third consecutive championship for a total of five, while Red Bull Racing team mate Craig Lowndes is hunting his first championship in 14 years.


After looking good in practice, scoring the pole and making it through the first lap race unscathed, Jamie Whincup in the #1 Red Bull Racing Holden Commodore took the win and extended his Championship points lead from 20 to 110 ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes.


Whincup started next to Mark Winterbottom in the #5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford representing the classic battle between Ford and Holden. The real surprise came when Jonathon Webb in the #19 Holden took the lead from both of them and ended up managing second place in the race.


Winterbottom was collected in a race incident and DNF’d, taking him out of contention for the championship from a previous third place. Craig Lowndes suffered from contact as well. Damage to his fuel inlet forced additional pit stops, which dropped him back to 15th in the race, but he remained in championship contention.


In the final race of the season, pole-setter Shane Van Gisbergen would take the win ahead of Jason Bright with Whincup taking third. Since Craig Lowndes was the only other contender for the Championship, Whincup took home the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship.


Lowndes finished fifth to secure a second place in the series. “Lowndesy’s been right there with me, we’ve worked together – we’ve got a much better relationship than Vettel and Webber!” Whincup said of the victory.


Below is some footage of the incident that damaged Lowndes car in Saturday’s race



Trophée Andros—Val Thorens

What is Trophée Andros? Simply put, it is ice racing in the French mountains in rally cars, electric spec cars, and motorcycles.


Val Thorens is typically host to skiers and snowboarders but when Trophée Andros arrives it becomes a spectacle of racing thrills. Each event has two full race days with qualifying.


Saturday in the Andros Trophy (rally car) class Jean Philippe Dayraut and his Mini Countryman took the win, despite 60 kilograms of additional ballast. He was followed by the Renault Clio III’s of Jean Baptiste Dubourg and Franck LaGorce. The Mazda 3 Trophy car also made its debut in the series.


In the electrics, Louis Gervoson brought the first win for team ALD automotive. In the first turn, top qualifiers Nathanael Berthon and Franck Lagorce collided, both claiming they were not yet used to their tires.


For the ice bikes Saturday brought practice and qualifying for the 14 entries.


On Sunday in Trophy nobody was able to catch Dayraut and the Mini. Franck Lagorce got his second podium of the weekend in his Clio III in taking second. Oliver Panis and his Mazda 3 were able to achieve their first podium with a third place.


For the ice bikers #69 Jonathon Mongarny riding a Beta motorcycle won the first race and took second in the final race.


Watch the first ice bike race below; the speed these guys carry on two wheels on ice is incredible. Watch the rest of the weekend’s ice racing here.


Val Thorens, PILOT BIKE course1 by TropheeAndros


RVM Distractor Face Livery Contest

The first RVM-sponsored livery contest kicks off with today’s RVM and will wrap up at the end of December. First off, what is a distractor face? It is a livery that gained in popularity in Grand Am racing started by Roush Performance. At one point there was even a contest to get your face on the rear of their car.


You can use any face for your distractor face, although I offer my mug if you feel my face may be more distracting. This contest is limited to Forza Motorsport 5 entries; other than that the only rules are the distractor face needs to live on the left rear of the car, whether that is on the bumper or the rear quarter panel I leave to you. You can livery the remainder of the car, but the only part I will be judging will be the distractor face. Yes, I will be the sole judge, although I reserve the right to take advisement from whoever I choose.


First place will get 1,000,000 Forza Motorsport 5 credits, I may offer additional prizes depending on overall turnout and entry quality. Check the details and post your entries in the contest entry thread.



That’s it for this week folks! Got questions or comments on this week’s RVM content or about the RVM Distractor Face Livery Contest? Post them in the RVM thread.