Forza Week in Review 5-25-18
I love starting the Week in Review with great news and this week we’re leading off with one of my favorite stories of the year. As announced earlier in the week, Forza Motorsport 7 will be a part of the first-ever pilot video gaming tournament at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. The Xbox Gaming Tournament at the USA Games will take place on Monday, July 2, from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Lyceum room in the University of Washington Husky Union Building.
Qualifiers were held last month at Microsoft stores across the country to select eight Unified teams to compete in the 2018 USA Games. Those eight team will compete in Forza 7 on July 2. If you’re in the Seattle area, the Fan Zone will be in the Northwest Plaza at Husky Stadium and will be open all week to the general public.
We look forward to being a part of this great event!
ForzaRC Round 4 Recap
We had another fantastic Wednesday Showdown this past week, featuring furious competition in both the European and North American regions. This was the last chance for ForzaRC drivers to qualify for the Series 1 playoffs in June. In addition, players already on the leaderboard were fighting for position and seeding in those playoffs. Needless to say, the stakes were high. Read on for a full rundown of Wednesday’s action, courtesy of Johniwanna.
EMEA Race 1
The top three EMEA racers going in to Race 1 were Laige, followed by Mitch and Roadrunner. As seven laps at Watkins Glen got underway in the 2016 Honda Civic Type R, Laige took early advantage of his pole position while the pack sorted itself out. Seven and Virus had it out for each other going into lap two, absolutely locking horns. By lap four, Laige had put space between himself and the rest, while b0x unfortunately dropped out after hitting the wall. Racerz was putting the pressure on Roadrunner but did not have enough to pass. After adjudication, Racerz was handed a 10-second penalty for taking out b0x, sending him to 11th. The top three starting positions were unchanged at the checkered flag: Laige, Mitch, and Roadrunner.
EMEA Race 2
Race 2 was at Catalunya in the viewer-chosen 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06. Reflecting that Race 1 finish order, b0x was at the bottom while Laige, Mitch, and Roadrunner were at the top for this seven-lap race. By the end of the first lap, b0x had worked his way to ninth. Up front, Laige could see Mitch in his mirrors, but kept him at bay. Huge contact affected Rossi’s race near Turn 11 on lap three. Was Racerz to blame again? Coming out of lap five, b0x held a solid eighth and leader Laige had stretched out his lead to a good ten car lengths. Into lap seven, b0x pushed past Seven to seventh. Across the line, Laige again proved his ability in the clean air with another win, and Mitch and Roadrunner behind him. After adjudication, Seven was hit with a five-second penalty, which gave b0x one more spot to end sixth.
EMEA Race 3
The final EMEA showdown race was at Road America and it was a reverse grid. Virus, Racerz, and Deano were at the top, with Laige at the bottom, b0x was nicely placed at fourth. The race was in IndyCars for eight laps with heavy consequences on the line. Roadrunner spun out of the first turn, setting the course for his race early. Mitch was on the move straight away, and Laige moved up one position going in to lap two. Laige moved to ninth into lap three, and b0x was up to third, as many positions were swapped back and forth among the pack. The top three put some distance between themselves and the pack but remained fairly close to each other with teammates Virus and Racerz at the head. On lap six, Laige got up to fifth with a nice move. In the last corner Racerz tried to push past and it didn’t work out well. Big shakeups at the end of the race put b0x in eighth and Rossi ended up third behind Virus and Racerz. Laige ended fifth. After adjudication we saw Racerz fall to sixth, Rossi to fifth and the final podium being Virus, then ASIX, then Laige.
North America Race 1
Heading up the grid at Watkins Glen was ForceOne, followed by Bilysoo, and points contender Venom in third, with Lightning right behind him. These seven laps would have huge implications as the race got underway. There was lots of contact on lap one as the pack got sorted out without much change overall. Entering lap five, Venom was really pushing on ForceOne, trying to take the lead. That battle pushed the pair ahead of Bilysoo and even further from the pack. Lightning languished in seventh. Bilysoo gave it his all on that final lap but simply could not do it. The race finished with ForceOne winning, Venom in second, and BilySoo in third. One penalty on Hurricane did not affect the final results.
North America Race 2
The second race of the day for the NA racers was at Catalunya in the Corvette Z06 and it would be for seven laps. ForceOne built a nice gap by the end of lap one and Vanquish slipped into that coveted third spot ahead of Bilysoo. Lightning got himself behind Bilysoo and was challenging his teammate. Bilysoo may not have even noticed though, as he was dead on focused on catching Vanquish. Leader ForceOne was confident and off in the distance. Overall this race came together very cleanly with a lot of smooth driving from everyone, all the way to Sparky in the back. As the race wrapped up there were gaps between each of the top five without any further changes. Across the line it was ForceOne, Venom, and Vanquish taking the top spots. Again, no significant penalties affected the race after adjudication.
North America Race 3
It was Honda IndyCars at Road America with a reverse grid shaking up the racers for the final race of Round 4. This time around Sparky, Hurricane, and ShadowFox led the grid, while our top finishers of Races 1 and 2 were at the bottom. Vanquish made a big move to get right into a contending position, then Venom made a big move as well. Lightning moved his way to third, then to second, then first, proving they don’t call him “Lightning” for nothing. Vanquish slipped into second as Sparky began to fall back. After that huge shuffle, Lightning was way off in the distance while Revz, Venom, and Vanquish fought like their lives depended on it. For Venom, his points standing was on the line and he made a stunning pass of REVZ (later admitting what looked like a supremely confident pass was actually Venom missing his braking point altogether and saving the car). Vanquish defended valiantly. Provisional results were Lightning, Vanquish, and Venom and those would stand after adjudication.
Forza 7 Leagues Update
The Ghost races are coming! Series 2 of our current “Pass the Pack” season begins this weekend and we’ve got some fun on-track action on its way, including a pair of Ghost race events. Check out the lineup:
EVENT 1 – Ghost – Exotic GT Division
EVENT 2 – Simulation – Hot Hatch Icons Division
EVENT 3 – Spec Cosmetic – 2008 BMW M3
EVENT 4 – Class Ghost – S Class
Series Reward: Motorcycle Cop Driver Gear
It’s Indy 500 weekend so you’ll forgive our four IndyCar drivers if they aren’t setting times in our dual ForzaRC IndyCar Challenge Rivals events in Forza Motorsport 7 this weekend. That said, we know that Josef Newgarden was getting in some serious Forza seat time earlier in the week, and his current times of 38.287 (oval) and 1:09.869 (GP) are proof positive. Here’s a look at how all drivers are stacking up in the both events:
Indy Brickyard Event
Josef Newgarden (GT: JNRACERTPX2) – 38.287
James Hinchcliffe (GT: Hinchcliffe5) – 38.312
Conor Daly (GT: Kart2221) – 38.493
Robert Wickens (GT: Wickens6) – No current time
Indy Grand Prix Event
Josef Newgarden (GT: JNRACERTPX2) – 1:09.869
James Hinchcliffe (GT: Hinchcliffe5) – 1:11.539
Conor Daly (GT: Kart2221) – 1:11.530
Robert Wickens (GT: Wickens6) – No current time
Remember, we’ve got up to 16 in-game rewards available across both of these IndyCar Challenge events, so if you haven’t got your times in yet, this weekend’s a great time to start.
FH3 #Forzathon – May Your Reign Never End
Looking for something fully suited to taking on the Australia Outback? How about the Ford F-150 Raptor Horizon Edition, which is up for grabs as part of this week’s Forza Horizon 3 #Forzathon event lineup. The theme this week is “May Your Reign Never End” and you’ll be asked to perform wreckage skills, speed skills (in Class B), and more. All you need to grab that sweep Raptor? Simply buy or sell two cars on the Auction House; no driving skill required!
We’ll be live today at 3 p.m. for our weekly episode of #ForzaFriday over on the official Forza Mixer and Twitch channels. As always we’ll be talking about the latest in the world of Forza, as well as taking another swipe at those IndyCar challenge events and, of course, playing multiplayer Forza 7 with all of you. Join us for the show and we’ll see you next week!