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Rear View Mirror 5-8-17

John Schommer
Monday, May 8, 2017


The world of Forza has been a very busy place lately and, as a result, your weekly racing highlights via Rear View Mirror have been somewhat lacking. Apologies for that but, between the Porsche Pack for Forza Horizon 3 and now with the Hot Wheels Expansion coming out tomorrow, there’s plenty to be fired up about.


So, due to the awesomeness that was the debut of the Hot Wheels Expansion live from Hot Wheels headquarters, this will be a quick and dirty version of Rear View Mirror.



With our big debut stream now done and dusted, be sure to come hang out in the #TuesdayDrive with me tomorrow. We will be playing through as much of the expansion as possible. Wild stunts, ripping speeds, and all the goodness that is Hot Wheels and Forza Horizon 3 coming together will be on hand, so don’t miss it.


The show will start at 10 a.m. Pacific on Beam and Twitch and will run until around 3 p.m. or until my fingers fall off.


ForzaRC Rules Changes

Also before we get into some racing highlights you need to be aware of a change to the rules and format to qualify for ForzaRC Season 3: The Porsche Cup. These have been updated as described in this video update posted on May 7.



To sum up though here are a few of the details:


In the Rivals path, points earned from Week 1 still stand.  For Weeks 2-4, there will be one event per week, open from Thursday to Saturday. The top 1000 leaderboard times earn points for each event, and the top 50 worldwide season points leaders, will earn an invite to The Porsche Cup.

In the Race path, drivers will now qualify for Sunday events with a Monday-Wednesday Rivals event. The top 24 leaderboard times from each region will enter the Sunday tournament, and the top six drivers from two semi-final groups will move into the Sunday finals races.  Fifty of the season's Race points leaders (divided by Region) will earn an invite to The Porsche Cup.


Remember that to earn points, you need to Sign Up at and link your Xbox Live Gamertag in your profile. Follow @ForzaRC on Twitter for future updates.



IMSA – Circuit of the Americas

Ricky and Jordan Taylor had an awesome weekend in the # 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. In addition to nailing their fourth consecutive victory, they destroyed the competition in practice and qualifying. The team also set a new track record, besting the previous one by three-seconds.


The GTLM race started off rough with an incident between the Ford GT cars, the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari, and the #4 Corvette. It was Turn 1 on Lap 1 and it changed the face of the race taking out the #62 entirely and putting the #67 Ford and the #4 Corvette on a start they could not recover from. The #912 Porsche was also damaged and lost many laps getting fixed up.


At the end it was the #3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen that won.


Watch the race here:



DTM -R1- R2 Hockenheim

The first race of the 18-race season got underway at Hockenheimring. Lucas Auer and his Mercedes-AMG started at pole and defended his position all the way to the end of the race.


Watch Race 1 highlights here:



On Sunday the excitement rose even higher as the rain commenced and came harder and harder. It didn’t stop Audi driver Jamie Green from taking the win even after getting a five-second penalty.


Watch highlights from the second race here:



WEC -R2- 6 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps

Toyota claimed their first 1-2 victory since Shanghai in 2014. It was the second victory for Sebastien Buemi and the #8 TSO50 with teammates Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima. Behgind the Toyotas was the #919 Porsche.


Watch the full race if you want all the details:



24H Endurance Series -R4- Hankook 24H Paul Ricard

Racing along the French Riviera; what could be better? After 595 laps around the 5.842-kilometer Circuit Paul Ricard it was the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3R that took the overall win. It was the team’s third victory and they were three laps ahead of second place Audi R8 LMS.


You can watch the whole race on YouTube. Here is the first portion to whet your whistle:



Supercars -R4- Barbagallo - Perth SuperSprint 

“We got the broom out this weekend and took some points,” said Shell Ford driver Scott McLaughlin. And a big broom it was, as he collected big points for winning both races at the Barbagallo race weekend.


The success of the weekend puts McLaughlin in contention for what could be a serious championship bid and he did so in front the big names of Roger Penske himself and President of Team Penske Tim Cindric. Not bad!


Here is a tribute video to McLaughlin’s driving:



NASCAR Cup -R10- Talladega - GEICO 500

It was a dramatic way to get your first win and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled it off spectacularly. Kyle Busch seemed to have it all wrapped up when he was leading on the final lap at Talladega. Stenhouse Jr. tried to pass on the outside and when Busch tried to block him he swung down to the banking and edged ahead to take the win. Even Busch said the move was pretty impressive.


Catch the best of the Talladega 500 in this 15-minut recap:



That’s it for today’s edition of Rear View Mirror. I hope to see you tomorrow in the #TuesdayDrive.


Photo credit for the thumbnail photo and Forza Hub for Xbox One tiles to k0lmann