XVR Sim Racing 24H Series Esports powered by VCO Pre Season Preview

By Matt GaleVirtual Racing Association

A quick glance at the entry list for the 24H Series eSport series and it soon becomes apparent this is a championship that is taken seriously by many of the biggest sim racing teams  around, Williams EsportsManiti Racing, MSI eSports, Biela Racing Team and Inertia Sim Racing just to name a few.

The 24H SERIES ESPORTS powered by VCO was established with the aim to give its members the possibility to race in multiclass racing environments with real stewards, regulations, and live broadcasts. Each driver that competes in the season must meet a strict set of rules, iRating and a minimum required road licence to ensure that drivers meet the standards and are able to keep it clean and fair when racing. All the races are modelled around Dutch managed 24H Series by Creventic, with five six-hour races and one 12 hours final round held at Spa Francorchamps at the end of the season.

Niel Hekkens, Creventic: “We are excited for the new season. Thanks to the increased involvement from Creventic and the partnership with VCO, we are able to take the league to the next level. The 24H SERIES ESPORTS powered by VCO offers high level of competition, but is still accessible for all teams who love endurance racing. Because of the high level of competition, teams need to be flawless for the entire race to have shot at victory. We can see teams grow in our league and also do well in other forms of competition.”

#936 Williams Esports Porsche 991 Cup Class, Image supplied by VCO Media

XVR Sim Racing have made solid progress throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons, competing in iRacing special events achieving seventh at the ADAC 24 Hours of Nurburgring, second in their respective class at both the iRacing 24 Hours du Mans and the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

With the iRacing official series and special events coming to an end fopr 2020, signing up for the 24H SERIES ESPORTS powered by VCO series made perfect sense. Chances are not going to be easy and the team is very aware of that fact; the steep learning curve has required the team to pull together and keep one eye on their development with the other fixed on their own long term goals.

Steve Levallee, XVR Sim Racing Team Manager: “We’ve been around a while and during our time the main focus has always been on league racing and now want to push the priority to team endurance. We have learned a lot and those rookie mistakes are ironed out now, it’s all about working together on and off the track.”

#777 XVR Sim Racing, HDP Prototype 2nd in Tier 2, driven by Richard Warmingham, Nicol Foggie, Johnny Brandon, Steve Levallee

Just weeks after the new season had been announced, XVR Sim Racing had to select a car for the series that suited the drivers own abilities, having raced the TCR Audi RS3 at ADAC 24 Hours of Nurburgring it would have been the obvious choice.

However, in the run up to Pre-Qualifying the team decided to go with the Porsche 991 Cup. Johnny Brandon was still competing with in the V8 Supercar with Backfire Sim Sport, and having raced a lot more with the V8 Supercars the team preferred to have a car with more relevant experience with a rear wheel drive setup and the Porsche 991 Cup certainly has that.

Steve Levallee, XVR Sim Racing Team Manager: “The easy choice would have been the TCR Audi having had great success with it already, choosing the Porsche cup was more enjoyable and challenging for the driver. We want to have fun and feel this is the car that gives us that the most.”

#919 XVR Sim Racing, Porsche 991 Cup, driven by Johnny Brandon, George Mclay

The Porsche 991 Cup allows the team to build on their own past experience of production based race cars and the car is also eligible for the Porsche TAG Heuer eSports Supercup run by iRacing, offering yet another option for the teams future. 

Steve Levallee, XVR Sim Racing Team Manager: “The Porsche is relatively new to us. On the lead up to pre qualifying we spent about 4/5 nights practicing, there was some setup work but mostly was track time getting use to the car.”

#919 XVR Sim Racing, Porsche 991 Cup, driven by Johnny Brandon, George Mclay

Donington Park would host the pre qualifying session for the series and two cars would be entered (#919 Johnny Brandon / George McClay) and (#998 Steve Levallee / Richard Warmingham) with both drivers needing to complete 10 consecutive timed laps without any track infringements or incursions, the fastest 10 lap times would then serve as the average stint for that driver with both sets of times then combined to work out an average lap and used as that cars qualifying reference. 

The lead car of (#919 Johnny Brandon / George McClay) managed to qualify with an average time of 90.385, Johnny set the best overall average for the team with George closely matching him to put themselves into eighth in class.  Despite their best efforts, Levallee and Warminghamjust missed out on a guaranteed starting place for the opening round by less than a hundredth of a second.

Johnny Brandon, XVR Sim Racing Driver: “We’re looking forward to the challenge of this league, It’s a bit daunting but if you want to improve there’s no better way than racing against some of the best teams and drivers out there, I can’t wait and I’m sure we’ll learn loads along the way”

#919 XVR Sim Racing, Porsche 991 Cup, driven by Johnny Brandon, George Mclay

XVR Sim Racing (#919 Johnny Brandon / George McClay) head into the opening round of the season at Imola, knowing they will have to call on all their past experience in order to get the best out of the Porsche 991 Cup and meet the challenge of competing with the very best teams around.

Should the team be able to maximise their race strategy, there is no reason they would not be able to run up with the top six in class, racing thought is not about should, could or would have’s, it will be a team effort that gets them forward in the same way it has pushed the forward all season long.

V8ESC Champions

Well that’s a wrap! XVR have performed a clean sweep in Season 8 of the Racetech Euro V8 Supercars!!

In a stunning season in the Euro V8 Supercars Championship XVR have picked up pretty much every award going, showing utter dominance throughout the season.

With the final meeting being 3 action packed sprint races at Mid Ohio, Nicol Foggie won the Pro Drivers Championship for the second time with Johnny Brandon finishing a close second, with both drivers taking a win. Steve Levallee also won the Club Championship being almost 1000 points clear of his nearest rival and finished off the season with a solid haul of points.

And to add the cherry on top XVR Sim Racing, consisting of Nicol Foggie, Johnny Brandon and Rich Warmingham also won the Team Championship, beating NQR by nearly 600 points. And XVR Sim Racing Team consisting of drivers Steve Levallee, Layne O’Connor and Tyler Newitt walked away with an excellent third overall in the standings.

A huge congrats to all the team on a well deserved, hard fought, utterly dominant season.

You can watch all the action from Mid Ohio including interviews with XVR drivers Nicol Foggie and Johnny Brandon below:

End of Season 8 in the V8ESC

XVR look to be on course for a clean sweep in the Racetech Euro V8 Championship in Season 8! With Nicol Foggie heading the main drivers championship, Steve Levallee on top in the Club championship and the team at the top of the table for the Team championship it looks like another highly successful season for the team.

Everyone has got to grips with the new V8’s, with what some say is the hardest car to master on the service, and it’s been a great effort by the whole team to get such speed so quickly.

Latest Euro V8 news, driver and team standings can be found here – https://v8esc.com/

It’s the last round THIS COMING Weekend with 3 sprint races at Mid Ohio. Be sure to watch the action live on Apex Racing TV – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3WV0kPwE7Llk7y7KyWpNug

New liveries

iRacing have released several new cars recently and with the start of the new season XVR decided to give their garage an overhaul paint-wise.

XVR have updated some exsiting paints, including paints for the Formula 2, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the Audi RS3 LMS TCR.

XVR have also made paints for both of the new V8’s – the Mustang and the Holdon Commodore. With paints for the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport as well the paint shop has been a busy place!

Check the new liveries in the slideshow below!

XVR showing off the new paint for the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup has had a lick of paint...
The new V8's needed a new paint as well
We've even given the Formula 2 an update
Another shot of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Mike testing the BMW Z4 GT3

PMR eSeries Powered by NXTGEN

Power Maxed Racing have announced their very first esports championship, in the form of the PMR eSeries Powered by NXTGEN and XVR are excited to be getting involved.

The series has been developed as a joint effort between BTCC front-runners Power Maxed Racing, esports stalwarts NXTGEN and the Virtual Racing Association.

It will take place across 12 weeks and all rounds will be streamed live by YearOne and AlphaLIVE. Every competitor will drive the same car, an Audi RS3 TCR, with a fixed setup for each event. The series will utilise 7 UK-based tracks, with 3 International wild cards mixed in, and will loosely follow the order of the delayed 2020 BTCC calendar.

XVR have entered 5 drivers, with Johnny, Nicol and Layne in the Premier Tier, and Steve and Rich in Tier 1. You can catch all the action every Wednesday from 22nd April on YearOne Racing on YouTube and JackoRacing will be streaming Tier 1.

We’ll update our ‘Live Streams’ page with the streams so you can keep up with the action! Racing usually starts at 8pm GMT every Wednesday.