After one season as midfielders in both Grand Touring Amateur League
and International GT Championship
(with a poduim in both leagues), the next logical step for Tiger Express Motorsports
was the legendary Masters of Endurance
), the pinacle of endurance racing in Live for Speed
. It is now done, as Tiger Express
has received a seat in GT2
for the 2010-2011 Season. The result of more than a year of hard work in endurance racing.
has been, over the years, the LFS
league with the best standards by far. It has always been the place to be, and where all prestigious teams have fought, since its creation back in 2005. n!faculty
, Cyber Racing
, Mercury Racing Team
, CoRe Racing
, F1RST Racing
, Team Sirius
, SK Gaming
, Sonicrealms Racing
, they’ve all came there and won.
The 2010-2011 season will not change the classics. Once again, there will be six races(four of 6 Hours, one of 12 Hours, plus the legendary 24 Hours of Aston GP
), for an insane amount of 60 hours of racing overall. The traditional GT1
classes will stay, aswell as most of the usual procedures. But one main change will be seen in the sixth ever season of MoE: the introduction of a brand new class, the GT0
, composed of 600+ hp GTRs.
has been given the #51 entry, and will drive an XRR-GT2
. It will compete against 10 other teams in its class: Sonicrealms Racing GT2
, Team Inferno GT2
, Conquest Racing GT2
, ineX Racing GT2
, Team ev0» GT2
, and former MoE-GT2 champions CoRe Racing GT2
“Entering in MoE is a great opportunity for us.
” said Tiger Express
'manager Yann Laprevotte
. “Sure, we don’t expect to come there and fight in front of the field straight away, we still lack of pace for that. Standards are just huge, and our opponents are far more experienced than us. Finishing all races will be enough of an aim for this first season, though we might readjust this if the first rounds go better than expected for us.
The season officially kicked off on 28th November, with the first qualifying session of round 1, the 12 Hours of Kyoto GP Long
. 12 years old talent Oskari Rinne
did an excellent job for TEM
, getting the 5th time out of the 7 present GT2
qualifiers, less than a quarter of a second behind provisional pole set by Sonicrealms
‘ Isaac Price
provisional pole was taken by E-Team
’s Joni Törmälä
(2:10:15), while Team Sirius
‘ Johannes Scheuerle
has set the best time in GT1
The second qualifying session will be held on Friday 3rd December, while the 12 Hours of Kyoto GP Long
will start on Saturday 4th December, at 12:00 UTC. The race should be broadcasted by famous simracing broadcaster MultiBC
Masters of Endurance Website | Full entry list | Season schedule and cars specifications
Tiger Express Motorsports recently took its 5th LFS team title, its 2nd in New Dimension Racing
events after the 2010 LFSCART Light Summer Series
. The achievement has been done in the 2010 Mini-FBM Series
, a league featuring the 25% intake-restricted Formula BMW
in several autocross and road courses.
This was already the 3rd season of the Mini-FBM series
, which were created back in 2008. This season saw the first team championship of the league’s history. Standards were clearly higher as the 2 last seasons, as the field was more crowded as ever, reaching a peak of 31 cars in round 1.
Tiger Express Motorsports
engaged 2 cars for most rounds, one for TEM’s manager Yann Laprevotte
, and the other for his countryman and guest driver from FSR, Alexis Georg
Rik de Jong
, Sascha Riegler
and Ramos Dario
, the three men who would dominate the championship, would be part of only 1 car entries, which weren’t eligible for points in the teams’ championship. Therefore it quickly looked like the teams’ championship would be played between 3 midfield teams: Tiger Express
, Call to Arms
(with Luke Marchant
and Chris Palmer
) and Last Lap Motorsports
(with Chris Kasch
, Ray Kings
and Juliano Flores
It looked like Last Lap Motorsports
had a slight edge on its rivals, until round 5 at Fern Bay Club, where TEM
took the lead after a strong performance from Yann
, who took 3rd place in feature race, while LLM
had a lot of problems. TEM
then capitalised on this small lead in the two final rounds, with the help of Lims Chebbi
who raced in the two last rounds. TEM
finished in front, with an healthy 45 points lead on C2A
and 88 points on LLM
. Consistance was the keyword once again, as TEM
could only take one podium in the whole season, but was constantly there in upper mid-field.
The drivers’ championship was taken by My3id Gaming
’s Rik de Jong
. A well deserved achievement, as he lost it in 2009 by a very small margin, after a very controversed last round. He also was one of the most impressive driver in 2008, taking 4 track records out of 5, but couldn’t have his chance at the championship because of being involved in various incidents during the season. 2nd place goes to TEM
’s friend Sascha Riegler
, followed closely by Argentina’s Ramos Dario
. Yann Laprevotte
comes in 4th, Alexis Georg
Yann Laprevotte(4th of the championship, 1 podium)
: “First of all I was very satisfacted to be able to do the whole season this time, as I had to miss a few rounds in 2008 and 2009, which compromised my chances at the championship in both seasons. I have been following this concept since its beginning almost, and its nice to see that it finally reached the maximum of its potential, more than 2 years after its creation. I mean, the first 2 seasons were held with very small grids, and this year we had a huge interrest boost, with full grids most of the time. I am of course very pleased to reach the teams’ crown with TEM. It was something we weren’t aiming for when we signed-up, but we clickly saw there was an opportunity after round 1, and we went for it. Taking 4th place in the drivers’ championship is also a very satisfacting bonus. Thanks to my team-mates, the organisers and our opponents for this season, I hope to be back for a 4th season next year.“
Alexis Georg(9th at the championship)
: “I’m happy to have contributed to TEM’s title. It was a correct season for me. I wasn’t with the fastest drivers but I succeeded to be in front of Yann during a few sessions. Otherwise, last round is to forget for me: I don’t understand where my disqualification came from. But it is like that. I could take part to the next season, if there is.“
Championship standings | Mini-FBM on spdo Database
Round 2 of the 2011 Grand Touring Amateur League
season took part on the 20th November 2010 at the very FXR
-unfriendly Westhill International circuit, for a 3 Hours race. No miracle for Tiger Express
: it was an hard race, with a frustrating result in the end.
Qualifying was done by Frenchman Yann Laprevotte
. TEM’s leader decided that his chances weren’t much high in that session, and therefore decided to focus only on race preparations. This and very good standards(all 28 cars grouped in less than 2 seconds) are the reasons why TEM
could only take the 27th and penultimate seat on the grid, just in front of 2010 IGTC
champions Conquest Racing
The start, as everyone expected, was messy. First of all, a bit of coming together between newcomers from Belgium, Crazy Drivers Team
, and Canada’s Great White Nord Racing
sent the latters’ XRR into a spin a few seconds after the start, but nothing serious. The first big incident came at Turn 1, when the 2 Sud-Americans Kaique Piropo
) and Eduardo Leyton
(Just Driving) clashed and went into the barriers in a very dramatic fashion, and both got bad suspension damage. The chaos continued as a few seconds later, as several teams went off at the very infamous sector 2 chicane.
’s starting driver Yann Laprevotte
had no issue avoiding that mess. But unfortunately, he quickly got stuck in the back of the pack, and hadn’t the pace to climb up. He finished his stint at the 1 Hour mark around 20th position, and gave his car to his countryman Lims Chebbi
, who turned 32 a few days before the race.
The Safety Car came for the first and only time of the day not long after the 1 Hour mark, to let Sweden’s Independant Racing Mates
’s very damaged FXR to get back to the pits. This was a very bad timing for Tiger Express
, as Lims
had just been lapped by leaders Adenoids Racing
. This meant that Lims would see all the people he was chasing taking almost a whole lap on him, while he would loose all the gap he built on the cars behind. Though struggling for pace, Lims would manage to not loose many positions later in his stint.
would give the car to Vince Lombardi
at the second hour mark, for the last stint of the race. Though Vince
had the best pace of the squad, it was to lat to gain back the ground lost earlier in the race. Tiger Express
eventually finished in 19th place out of 27 finishers.
The race was won by 2009 and 2010 champions E-Team
, gaining their 3rd victory in GTAL history, and getting back to the 2011 title chase after a catastrophic round 1. Guest team Adenoids Racing
finished less than a second behind, while Sonicrealms took the points for 2nd for the second time in a row, which allows them to take the championship lead, partly thanks to ex-TEM
member Dominik Engel
’s current good shape. The XCite Inferno
takes 3rd and climbs to 2nd at the championship.
With 2 rounds out of 7 completed, TEM
lies only 20th at the championship. Next round, the 6 Hours of Fern Bay Black, held on the 18th December, will be a good opportunity to gain vital championship points.