NES S4 LMP & GT3

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Welcome to the GTPlanet thread of Nukeshot Endurance Series Season 4! :D

The Nukeshot Endurance Series (NES) is an online racing championship hosted by PlayStation racing team Nukeshot Motorsport since 2017. The series has a focus on both Gr.1/LMP's and Gr.3/GT3's, and will feature the return of proper on-track multiclass racing for it's 4th season.

@PSN offapple [offapple]
(Series Organiser)

@CrazyJohn [CrazyJohnIsHere]
(Moderator & Head of BoP)

@Hasse R [DirtenDK]
(Moderator and Broadcaster)

@DrifterJoe [JoeOfTheFire]
(Moderator and BoP Assistant)

@gugas99 [gugas99]
(NES TV Reporter)
 
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Rules, Regulations, and General Info

Here are the rules, regulations and general information of Nukeshot Endurance Series Season 4. Please make sure to read all of the sections:

The NES splits its championships into Drivers and Teams championships for both LMP and GT3 categories, and further divides them by the rankings of the drivers and teams. A final teams championship including all rankings is also featured.

The Drivers championships are the following:
LMP Pro
LMP Amateur
GT3 Pro
GT3 Amateur

The Teams championships are the following:
LMP Pro
LMP Pro-Am
LMP Amateur
LMP Overall
GT3 Pro
GT3 Pro-Am
GT3 Amateur
GT3 Overall

Single entries are grouped in with full teams.

The drivers are divided into Pro and Amateur splits. Drivers with a GT Sport Driver Rating of A or A+ automatically qualify for the Pro split. Drivers with a GT Sport Driver Rating of B or below are put into the Amateur split if it's their first season. If you don't participate in Sport Mode and it's your first season, you MUST compete in the pre season time trials to see where you are.

For race 1 of a Round, the Pro drivers will drive in the LMP category, and then switch to the GT3 category for race 2.

For the Amateur drivers, they will drive in the GT3 category for race 1, and then switch to the LMP category for race 2.

Single entries are grouped into whichever split the driver qualifies as.

A 'Round' is broken up into 2 races spanning across 2 weeks, so 1 race per week. The races take place on Sundays.

All times are given in BST up until the clocks go back at the Autumn equinox. From then on times will be in GMT.

18:15: Lobby opens. Gathering period begins. Check BoP of competitors against established BoP + success ballast.

18:40: Qualifying begins. Reserves are contacted if spaces exist after the gathering period.

19:00: Qualifying ends. Checks are made on PSN, GTPlanet and Discord for anyone running late. Competitors get a short break during this.

19:10: Race starts and lasts for 1 hour.
For the manual rolling start, everyone must stay in the order that they qualified in.
The LMP category drives at 62 MPH (100KM/H).
The GT3 category drives at 50 MPH (80KM/H).
In the final sector of the track, change from single file to double file. Odd numbers (1st, 3rd, 5th etc) stay on the side closest to the pit wall. Even numbers (2nd, 4th, 6th etc) stay on the side furthest from the pit wall. The race leader controls the start, and decides when to start accelerating after passing the pit lane entry up to the start/finish line.
No overtaking before the start/finish line.
Acceleration and braking should be smooth and steady. Always be aware of how close the driver behind you is, and remain 2 car lengths behind the car ahead until the last sector.
Weaving to warm up tyres is allowed, but not in the final sector.

20:10(ish): Race finishes. Incidents can be reported. Replay data must be saved by all moderators present, as well as those who are reporting incidents. Session ends.

The points system for the NES is as follows:
1st: 25pts
2nd: 18pts
3rd: 15pts
4th: 12pts
5th: 10pts
6th: 8pts
7th: 6pts
8th: 4pts
9th: 2pts
10th: 1pt
Pole Position: 2pts
Fastest Lap: 1pt

Full points are awarded to DNF's that have completed +75% of the race distance, while half points are awarded to DNF's that have completed -75% of the race distance.

The success ballast system for the NES is as follows:
1st: +3%
2nd: +2%
3rd: +1%

If the maximum amount of ballast you can put on your car is reached, then for any additional success restrictions will be a power reduction of the % to be served.

Success ballast gets reset after Round 4 and Round 7, but the ballast earned from the previous round gets carried over.

Success ballast can be viewed in the 'Ballast Tracker' section of post #5.

Track limits are 2 wheels on track or kerb.

As a general rule, we encourage all competitors to drive as clean and fair as possible.

Squeezing another driver's racing line is allowed UNLESS contact is made or they get squeezed off the track completely. The offender in the incident will always be the driver switching lanes.

Any attempts of excessive blocking will be looked down on by the stewards, and penalties may apply depending on severity.

Any incidents you want investigating after the race MUST BE REPORTED to me, and action up to a 5 points penalty will be taken. Race/championship bans will only occur under drastic circumstances.

Time Limit: 60 Minutes.
Start Type: Manual Rolling Start (See "Race Day Procedure").
Boost: Off.
Slipstream Strength: Real.
Visible Damage: On.
Mechanical Damage: Heavy.
Tyre Wear: 3X.
Fuel Consumption: 2X.
Initial Fuel: Default.
Grip Reduction: Real.
Race Finish Delay: 180 Seconds.
Ghosting During Race: None.
Flag Rules: Off during qualifying. On during race.
Countersteering Assistance: Prohibited.
Auto-Drive: Prohibited.

If you want to be put on the Driver Market for other teams to hire you, your entry post should look like this:

Free Agent
(Category)
(PSN Username) #(Racing Number)
(Current Driver Rating/Pro or Amateur split)

If you have been hired by a team through the Driver Market, are already in a team, or just want to race as a single entry (not recommended), your entry post should look like this:

(Category)
(PSN Username) #(Racing Number)
(Current Driver Rating/Pro or Amateur split)
(Team Name (applies to single entries too))
(Car(see "car availability chart" first (post #3)))
(Tyre Manufacturer)

If you plan on entering both LMP and GT3 categories, make 2 entry posts.

Teams are split into 3 types:
Pro
Pro-Am
Amateur

Pro teams are made up of 2 Pro ranked drivers.

Pro-Am teams are made up of 1 Pro and 1 Amateur driver.

Amateur teams are made up of 2 Amateur ranked drivers.

Any chosen substitutes for races must have the same ranking (Pro or Amateur) as the team member they are replacing for that race to avoid chaos in the championship standings.

B team arrangements are allowed, but no C team or more arrangements.

The Driver Market is a great way to get into the NES. It advertises drivers looking for a spot at a team so existing teams can hire them, or new teams to be formed altogether.

If you want to be put on the "Free Agents" list in the Driver Market, please submit the appropriate entry post found in the "Registration Format" section of post #2.

The Driver Market section itself can be found on post #3.

For the returning competitors, the driver that finished the highest in the Drivers championship is given the first choice of car for their team in that category. This process continues all the way down last seasons results.

When the entry list is opened, returning competitors aren't given any priority over first time entries in terms of car selection unless they chose beforehand.

The limit for each car is 2 in GT3 and 3 in LMP, with any B team arrangements being allowed to use the same car as the main team if they wish. 2 (or possibly 3 in LMP) separate independent entries can also share the same car if they can reach a mutual agreement to remain as single entries with that car.

Liveries must not contain foul language, pornographic content, political themes, racial themes, sexual themes or religious themes.

Teams must use liveries on their cars that somewhat resemble each other, but can have slight modifications in places.

All liveries must have an appropriate number plate, with the driver's number displayed inside. The number plates are mandatory for the sides, and optional for the bonnet/hood. Custom number font designs within the number plates is encouraged. Links to the number plates are below.

LMP Number Plate:
www.gran-turismo.com/gb/gtsport/user/profile/1229112/gallery/decal/decal/1229112/6278656768216137736

GT3 Number Plate:
www.gran-turismo.com/gb/gtsport/user/profile/1229112/gallery/decal/decal/1229112/4827886366245258768

LMP Defending Drivers Champ Number Plate:
www.gran-turismo.com/gb/gtsport/user/profile/1229112/gallery/decal/decal/1229112/6278656776806072328

GT3 Defending Drivers Champ Number Plate:
www.gran-turismo.com/gb/gtsport/user/profile/1229112/gallery/decal/decal/1229112/4827886359937025552

Alfa Romeo 4C:
Power: 105% (519BHP)
Weight: 105% (1,281kg)

Aston Martin V12 Vantage:
Power: 112% (581BHP)
Weight: 106% (1,325kg)

Audi R8 LMS:
Power: 93% (545BHP)
Weight: 108% (1,323kg)

BMW M3:
Power: 111% (555BHP)
Weight: 107% (1,332kg)

BMW M6:
Power: 95% (555BHP)
Weight: 102% (1,326kg)

BMW Z4:
Power: 104% (528BHP)
Weight: 108% (1,285kg)

Chevrolet Corvette:
Power: 103% (568BHP)
Weight: 102% (1,326kg)

Citroën GT by Citroën:
Power: 87% (521BHP)
Weight: 110% (1,320kg)

Dodge Viper SRT:
Power: 81% (549BHP)
Weight: 103% (1,328kg)

Ferrari 458 Italia:
Power: 98% (531BHP)
Weight: 109% (1,324kg)

Ford GT:
Power: 90% (531BHP)
Weight: 114% (1,328kg)

Ford Mustang:
Power: 109% (598BHP)
Weight: 102% (1,326kg)

Honda NSX:
Power: 98% (557BHP)
Weight: 102% (1,326kg)

Hyundai Genesis:
Power: 114% (580BHP)
Weight: 106% (1,325kg)

Jaguar F-type:
Power: 102% (563BHP)
Weight: 106% (1,325kg)

Lamborghini Huracán:
Power: 96% (553BHP)
Weight: 108% (1,328kg)

Lexus RC F:
Power: 106% (556BHP)
Weight: 102% (1,326kg)

Lexus RC F Prototype:
Power: 106% (553BHP)
Weight: 102% (1,326kg)

Mazda Atenza:
Power: 107% (606BHP)
Weight: 104% (1,331kg)

McLaren 650S:
Power: 110% (557BHP)
Weight: 107% (1,326kg)

Mercedes-AMG GT:
Power: 92% (564BHP)
Weight: 100% (1,325kg)

Mercedes SLS AMG:
Power: 102% (581BHP)
Weight: 100% (1,350kg)

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo FE:
Power: 107% (558BHP)
Weight: 103% (1,328kg)

Nissan GT-R Nismo:
Power: 111% (602BHP)
Weight: 101% (1,313kg)

Peugeot RCZ:
Power: 107% (553BHP)
Weight: 110% (1,320kg)

Peugeot VGT:
Power: 100% (542BHP)
Weight: 106% (1,325kg)

Porsche 911 RSR:
Power: 104% (529BHP)
Weight: 106% (1,317kg)

Renault R.S.01:
Power: 99% (529BHP)
Weight: 109% (1,329kg)

Subaru WRX:
Power: 107% (558BHP)
Weight: 104% (1,331kg)

Toyota Supra RC:
Power: 96% (568BHP)
Weight: 105% (1,305kg)

Toyota FT-1:
Power: 100% (544BHP)
Weight: 102% (1,305kg)

Volkswagen Beetle:
Power: 91% (538BHP)
Weight: 109% (1,308kg)

Volkswagen GTI VGT:
Power: 99% (546BHP)
Weight: 103% (1,297kg)
Audi R18 HY:
Power: 98% (515BHP)
Weight: 100% (875kg)

Audi R18 TDI:
Power: 110% (609BHP)
Weight: 105% (945kg)

Dodge SRT Tomahawk:
Power: 86% (595BHP)
Weight: 111% (1,054kg)

Mazda LM55:
Power: 97% (621BHP)
Weight: 106% (932kg)

Peugeot 908 HDi:
Power: 88% (616BHP)
Weight: 99% (920kg)

Porsche 919 HY:
Power: 100% (500BHP)
Weight: 100% (875kg)

Toyota TS050 HY:
Power: 100% (506BHP)
Weight: 100% (875kg)

Toyota TS030 HY:
Power: 105% (556BHP)
Weight: 104% (936kg)

The pre season time trials are for drivers who are competing in the NES for the first time, but don't participate in Sport Mode so they don't have a Driver Rating. These time trials will be held 1 week before the preview event in an online lobby.

Drivers will have 5 laps alone on track to set a time. If their time is above the benchmark they qualify for Pro split. If not, they qualify for Amateur split. The time trials will take place during the time slot used for a regular race day

The tracks and benchmark times are as follows:

Kyoto Driving Park - Yamagiwa
(Insert test car here)
(Insert BoP here)
(Insert time here)

Autodrome Lago Maggiore - GP
(Insert test car here)
(Insert BoP here)
(Insert time here)

Circuit de la Sarthe
(Insert test car here)
(Insert BoP here)
(Insert time here)

Preview: Alsace Village (France)
August 26th & September 2nd
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Round 1: Monza (Italy)
September 9th & September 16th
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Round 2: Lago Maggiore GP (Europe)
September 23rd & September 30th
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Round 3: Nürburgring GP (Germany)
October 7th & October 14th
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Round 4: Dragon Trail Seaside (Croatia)
October 21st & October 28th
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Round 5: Suzuka Circuit (Japan)
November 4th & November 11th
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Round 6: Tokyo Expressway EOL (Tokyo)
November 18th & November 25th
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Round 7: Kyoto Yamagiwa + Miyabi (Pacific)
December 2nd & December 9th
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Round 8: Interlagos (Brazil)
December 16th & December 23rd
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Round 9: Blue Moon Bay A (United States)
December 30th & January 6th
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Round 10: La Sarthe (France)
January 13th & January 20th
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No foul language.

No using the text chat or PSN group chat during a race, as it can distract drivers. If you need to contact me at these times, please message me directly through PSN and I will respond as soon as I can.

GT3 cars are encouraged to hold their racing line through a corner when being overtaken by LMP cars, as it makes your driving more predictable to the car behind and reduces the chance of a collision.

You cannot switch car mid-season unless you're joining a different team.

Hanging back on the formation lap to get an overspeed jump on the start/finish straight is not allowed.

NES TV (post #6) is a platform for announcing news regarding the NES and its competitors, as well as having interviews.

If you want to have an article or interview on NES TV, please contact me directly through PSN about it.

The NES Archives (post #7) is a place where we keep notes on all of our competitors from over the seasons, a list of previous champions, winners of special events, old race calendars, and lap records from the GT Sport era.

Thanks to moderator Dirten, we will be providing you with NES video content with commentary on his YouTube channel 'Half The Race Gone.' You can find that as well as other great content here:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCagKBcZxhT9Im-_I2_wMUIg/featured

*DRL Audi LMS Cup.*
Official support series of the NES.
A 1-make series for the Audi R8 LMS, hosted by Dynamic Racing Leagues!
https://www.gtplanet.net/forum/threads/drl.380365

VERT European Grand Touring Series.
A series of specific European GT machines racing around the continent, hosted by the Virtual Endurance Racing Team!
www.gtplanet.net/forum/threads/vert.379550

If you have any questions, please ask them and either me or one of the moderators listed in post #1 will do our best to answer you.
 
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Entry Lists

Entry list status: [OPEN]

Entry posts should include the following information:

Category
PSN Username and Racing Number (#)
Current Driver Rating/Pro or Amateur Split (A and A+ = automatic Pro. B or below = automatic Amateur if first season)
Team Name (Applies to single entries too)
Car (make sure it's available)
Tyre Manufacturer

Here are the two lists of which split Season 3 competitors got into if they choose to return for Season 4:

Steviea
JoeOfTheFire
Dirten
Traels
CrazyJohn
CapGyris
Splurge
Sparks
TetsuKobura
OffApple
Sniparator
Y_Bearr
JKLingas
Gugas
Comptonn
Nikos0399
Julien
Nilsemann
GT_Juju
Jermain
ADR_Foxtrot
Umt07

Here are the official entry lists for NES Season 4:

armoredcore12 #12
Martini Racing Team
Toyota TS050 HY
Bridgestone

DirtenDK #18
Half The Race Gone
Porsche 919 HY
Michelin

CrazyJohnIsHere #25
VERT on Fire Racing
Audi R18 HY
Bridgestone

MaarteN5HuizeN #26 [Reserve]
ReeVer Motorsport
Toyota TS030 HY
Pirelli

JoeOfTheFire #27
VERT on Fire Racing
Audi R18 HY
Bridgestone

SplurgeTheSecond #39
Rossi Racing Team
Toyota TS050 HY
Bridgestone

traels666 #42
Half The Race Gone
Porsche 919 HY
Michelin

TetsuKobura54 #54
Sliders Motorsports
Mazda LM55
Michelin

Sniparator #2 [Reserve]
Britannia Racing
Peugeot 908 HDi
Bridgestone

Hydratown #3 [Reserve]
BrawnGP
Peugeot 908 HDi
Bridgestone

Ninja__Karma #6
Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports
Mazda LM55
Hankook

JustTurnLeft #7 [Reserve/Substitute]
Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports
Mazda LM55
Hankook

john4games #8 [Reserve]
ReeVer Motorsport
Toyota TS030 HY
Pirelli

offapple #9
Rotterdam Performance
Audi R18 TDI
Firestone

jermainev94 #11
Rotterdam Performance
Audi R18 TDI
Firestone

gugas99 #23
Martini Racing Team
Toyota TS050 HY
Bridgestone

GRM_Bandit #35 [Reserve]
Grip Runners Motorsport
Dodge SRT Tomahawk
Michelin

mika8102k #46
Rotterdam Engineering
Audi R18 HY
Firestone

Nilsemann2002 #62
Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports
Mazda LM55
Hankook

GTO250GTO #79 [Reserve]
Tsingtao Beer Racing by Premium Motorsports
Audi R18 TDI
Hankook

GentlemanRacing #93 [Reserve]
Gentleman Racing
Porsche 919 HY
Michelin

Jim38737 #95 [Reserve]
Britannia Racing
Peugeot 908 HDi
Bridgestone

GRM_Predator #191 [Reserve]
Grip Runners Motorsport
Dodge SRT Tomahawk
Michelin

steviea712 #1
JT2OU Racing
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Dunlop

Sparks_360 #4
BMW by Nukeshot Motorsport
BMW Z4
Firestone

armoredcore12 #12
Artemis Sport
Peugeot VGT
Hankook

xZePhyR96x #13 [Reserve]
BMW by Nukeshot Motorsport
BMW Z4
Firestone

DirtenDK #18
Mazda la Vista
Mazda Atenza
Michelin

CrazyJohnIsHere #25
Sliders Motorsports
Toyota FT-1
Hankook

MaarteN5HuizeN #26 [Reserve]
ReeVer Motorsport
Ferrari 458 Italia
Pirelli

JoeOfTheFire #27
Mazda la Vista
Mazda Atenza
Michelin

SplurgeTheSecond #39
Martini Racing Team
BMW M6
Bridgestone

traels666 #42
JT2OU Racing
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Dunlop

TetsuKobura54 #54 [Reserve]
Sliders Motorsports
Toyota FT-1
Hankook

WaikeCU #55
PlayStation by Nukeshot Motorsport
Mercedes-AMG GT
Dunlop

Jomas_74 #74 [Reserve]
Sliders Motorsports
Toyota FT-1
Hankook

Sniparator #2 [Reserve]
Britannia Racing GT Team
Audi R8 LMS
Bridgestone

Hydratown #3 [Reserve]
BrawnGP GT
Porsche 911 RSR
Bridgestone

Umt07 #5 [Reserve]
Rotterdam Performance
Subaru WRX
Firestone

Ninja__Karma #6
Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports
Chevrolet Corvette
Hankook

JustTurnLeft #7 [Reserve/Substitute]
Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports
Chevrolet Corvette
Hankook

john4games #8 [Reserve]
ReeVer Motorsport
Ferrari 458 Italia
Pirelli

offapple #9
BMW by Nukeshot Motorsport
BMW Z4
Firestone

jermainev94 #11
Rotterdam Performance
Subaru WRX
Firestone

Y_bearr_ #16
PlayStation by Nukeshot Motorsport
Mercedes-AMG GT
Dunlop

gugas99 #23
Martini Racing Team
BMW M6
Bridgestone

GRM_Bandit #35 [Reserve]
Grip Runners Motorsport
Ford Mustang
Michelin

RiskyDevil #37 [Reserve]
FrontRow
McLaren 650S
Michelin

gagen15 #45 [Reserve]
Angry Sharks
Toyota Supra RC
Michelin

mika8102k #46
Rotterdam Performance
Subaru WRX
Firestone

nikos0399 #47
Angry Sharks
Toyota Supra RC
Michelin

Nilsemann2002 #62
Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports
Chevrolet Corvette
Hankook

GTO250GTO #79
Tsingtao Beer Racing by Premium Motorsports
Chevrolet Corvette
Hankook

GentlemanRacing #93 [Reserve]
Gentleman Racing
Porsche 911 RSR
Michelin

Jim38737 #95 [Reserve]
Britannia Racing GT Team
Audi R8 LMS
Bridgestone

GRM_Predator #191 [Reserve]
Grip Runners Motorsport
Ford Mustang
Michelin

Split 1 (Pro LMP's & Amateur GT3's):
16/16
Split 1 reserves: 12
JustTurnLeft [Sub for RLA - Premium]
RiskyDevil
Umt07
Sniparator
Jim38737
Hydratown
gagen15
GRM_Bandit
GRM_Predator
GentlemanRacing
MaarteN5HuizeN
john4games

Split 2 (Amateur LMP's and Pro GT3's):
16/16
Split 2 reserves: 12
JustTurnLeft [Sub for RLA - Premium]
Sniparator
Jim38737
Hydratown
GTO250GTO
xZePhyR96x
Jomas_74
GRM_Bandit
GRM_Predator
GentlemanRacing
MaarteN5HuizeN
john4games

Driver Market

Driver market status: [OPEN]

If you want to be put on the driver market as a free agent, state that you want to in a post along with the following information:

Category
PSN Username and Racing Number (#)
Current Driver Rating/Pro or Amateur Split (A & A+ = automatic Pro. B or below = automatic amateur if first season)

Here is the current driver market:
(2)
Both Categories
@Clean Racer
PSN ID: GentlemanRacing
Racing Number: #93
Current Driver Rating: B/Amateur

LMP
@PESCAROLOP902
PSN ID: PESCAROLOP902
Racing Number: #18
Current Driver Rating: B/Amateur

Car Availability Chart

([A] = available. [NA] = not available.)

[A(0/2)] Alfa Romeo 4C
[NA(2/2)] Aston Martin V12 Vantage
[NA(2/2)] Audi R8 LMS
[A(0/2)] BMW M3
[NA(2/2)] BMW M6
[NA(2/2)] BMW Z4
[NA(3/2)] Chevrolet Corvette
[A(0/2)] Citroën GT by Citroën
[A(0/2)] Dodge Viper SRT
[A(1/2)] Ferrari 458 Italia
[A(0/2)] Ford GT
[NA(2/2)] Ford Mustang
[A(0/2)] Honda NSX
[A(0/2)] Hyundai Genesis
[A(0/2)] Jaguar F-type
[A(0/2)] Lamborghini Huracán
[A(0/2)] Lexus RC F
[NA(2/2)] Mazda Atenza
[A(1/2)] McLaren 650S
[NA(2/2)] Mercedes-AMG GT
[A(0/2)] Mercedes SLS AMG
[A(0/2)] Mitsubishi Lancer Evo FE
[A(0/2)] Nissan GT-R Nismo
[A(0/2)] Peugeot RCZ
[A(1/2)] Peugeot VGT
[NA(2/2)] Porsche 911 RSR
[A(0/2)] Renault R.S.01
[NA(2/2)] Subaru WRX
[NA(2/2)] Toyota Supra RC
[NA(3/2)] Toyota FT-1
[A(0/2)] Volkswagen Beetle
[A(0/2)] Volkswagen GTI VGT
[NA(3/3)]Audi R18 HY
[NA(3/3)] Audi R18 TDI
[A(2/3)]Dodge SRT Tomahawk
[NA(3/3)] Mazda LM55
[NA(3/3)]Peugeot 908 HDi
[NA(3/3)] Porsche 919 HY
[NA(3/3)] Toyota TS050 HY
[A(2/3)] Toyota TS030 HY
 
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Latest Round Results

Round 10 Race 1 results:
LMP Pole: armoredcore12 (3:18.789) +0pts (Lap invalidated)
GT3 Pole: Nilsemann2002 (3:58.722) +2pts

1st: (LMP) MaarteN5HuizeN +25pts
2nd: (LMP) traels666 +18pts
3rd: (LMP) DirtenDK +15pts
4th: (GT3) gugas99 +25pts
5th: (GT3) Nilsemann2002 +18pts
6th: (GT3) GentlemanRacing +15pts
7th: (GT3) Y_bearr_ +12pts
8th: (GT3) GRM_Bandit +10pts
9th: (GT3) offapple +8pts
10th: (GT3) john4games +6pts
DNF (-75%): (GT3) Ninja__Karma +2pts
DNF (-75%): (GT3) mika8102k +1pt
DNF (-75%): (LMP) JoeOfTheFire +6pts
DSQ: CrazyJohnIsHere
DSQ: armoredcore12

LMP Fastest Lap: DirtenDK (3:19.135) +1pt
GT3 Fastest Lap: offapple (3:58.247) +1pt

Driver Of The Day: GentlemanRacing
Apple and Gugas. GT3 start.
Gugas -3pts

Dirten and Bandit. 50 minutes at Indianapolis.
Dirten -3pts

Round 10 Race 2 results:
LMP Pole: mika8102k (3:21.662) +2pts
GT3 Pole: armoredcore12 (3:52.514) +2pts

1st: (LMP) GentlemanRacing +25pts
2nd: (LMP) gugas99 +18pts
3rd: (LMP) Ninja__Karma +15pts
4th: (LMP) offapple +12pts
5th: (GT3) CrazyJohnIsHere +25pts
6th: (GT3) armoredcore12 +18pts
7th: (GT3) WaikeCU +15pts
8th: (GT3) MaarteN5HuizeN +12pts
9th: (GT3) JoeOfTheFire +10pts
10th: (GT3) xZePhyR96x +8pts
DNF (-75%): (LMP) Jim38737 +5pts
DNF (-75%): (LMP) mika8102k +4pts
DNF (-75%): (GT3) traels666 +3pts
DNF (-75%): (LMP) john4games +3pts

LMP Fastest Lap: gugas99 (3:22.991) +1pt
GT3 Fastest Lap: armoredcore12 *(3:53.722)* +1pt

Driver Of The Day: WaikeCU

Gugas, Waike & Ninja. Track limits (between 7 to 12 violations)
Gugas: -3pts
Waike: -3pts
Ninja: -3pts

AC, CJ, Maarten, Joe & Jim. Track limits (between 3 to 6 violations)
AC: warning
CJ: warning
Maarten: warning
Joe: warning
Jim: warning
 
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Championship Standings

Championship standings after round 10/10:

1st: JoeOfTheFire (178pts)
2nd: CrazyJohnIsHere (174pts)
3rd: DirtenDK (139pts)
4th: armoredcore12 (131pts)
5th: traels666 (110pts)
6th: SplurgeTheSecond (34pts)
7th: TetsuKobura54 (25pts)
7th: MaarteN5HuizeN (25pts)

1st: Nilsemann2002 (202pts)
2nd: offapple (142pts)
3rd: Ninja__Karma (122pts)
4th: mika8102k (91pts)
5th: gugas99 (90pts)
6th: Sniparator (52pts)
7th: Jim38737 (26pts)
8th: GentlemanRacing (25pts)
9th: jermainev94 (18pts)
10th: GRM_Bandit (10pts)
11th: GTO250GTO (8pts)
12th: john4games (3pts)

1st: CrazyJohnIsHere (182pts)
2nd: JoeOfTheFire (170pts)
3rd: steviea712 (157pts)
4th: armoredcore12 (89pts)
5th: traels666 (86pts)
6th: DirtenDK (79pts)
7th: WaikeCU (66pts)
8th: Sparks_360 (29pts)
9th: Jomas_74 (27pts)
10th: xZePhyR96x (18pts)
11th: TetsuKobura54 (12pts)
11th: MaarteN5HuizeN (12pts)

1st: Nilsemann2002 (219pts)
2nd: Y_bearr_ (171pts)
3rd: offapple (126pts)
4th: Ninja__Karma (101pts)
5th: gugas99 (88.5pts)
6th: Sniparator (52pts)
7th: mika8102k (37pts)
8th: Jim38737 (36pts)
9th: GRM_Bandit (20pts)
10th: GentlemanRacing (15pts)
11th: nikos0399 (14pts)
12th: jermainev94 (13pts)
13th: JustTurnLeft (8pts)
13th: GTO250GTO (8pts)
15th: john4games (6pts)
16th: RiskyDevil (3pts)
17th: Hydratown (2pts)
18th: gagen15 (-1pt)

1st: VERT on Fire Racing (352pts)
2nd: Half The Race Gone (249pts)
4th: Artemis Sport (22pts)
5th: Sliders Motorsports (10pts)

1st: Martini Racing Team (208pts)
2nd: Rossi Racing Team (40pts)
3rd: ReeVer Motorsport (28pts)

1st: Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports (324pts)
2nd: Rotterdam Performance (160pts)
3rd: Rotterdam Engineering (76pts)
4th: Britannia Racing (51pts)
5th: BrawnGP (27pts)
6th: Gentleman Racing (25pts)
7th: Warrior Of The Wolfs Racing (15pts)
8th: Grip Runners Motorsport (10pts)
9th: Tsingtao Beer Racing by Premium Motorsports (8pts)

1st: VERT on Fire Racing (352pts)
2nd: Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports (324pts)
3rd: Half The Race Gone (249pts)
4th: Martini Racing Team (208pts)
5th: Rotterdam Performance (160pts)
6th: Rotterdam Engineering (76pts)
7th: Britannia Racing (51pts)
8th: Rossi Racing Team (40pts)
9th: ReeVer Motorsport (28pts)
10th: BrawnGP (27pts)
11th: Gentleman Racing (25pts)
12th: Artemis Sport (22pts)
13th: Warrior Of The Wolfs Racing (15pts)
14th: Sliders Motorsports (10pts)
14th: Grip Runners Motorsport (10pts)
16th: Tsingtao Beer Racing by Premium Motorsports (8pts)

1st: Mazda La Vista (249pts)
2nd: JT2OU Racing (242pts)
3rd: Sliders Motorsports (134pts)
4th: Virtual Endurance Racing Team (128pts)
5th: Artemis Sport (36pts)

1st: PlayStation by Nukeshot Motorsport (237pts)
2nd: BMW by Nukeshot Motorsport (173pts)
3rd: Martini Racing Team (94.5pts)
4th: ReeVer Motorsport (18pts)

1st: Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports (329pts)
2nd: Rotterdam Performance (50pts)
3rd: Britannia Racing GT Team (42pts)
4th: Grip Runners Motorsport (20pts)
5th: Gentleman Racing (15pts)
6th: Angry Sharks (13pts)
7th: Tsingtao Beer Racing by Premium Motorsports (8pts)
8th: BrawnGP GT (4pts)
9th: FrontRow (3pts)

1st: Raise Like Airplanes - Premium Motorsports (329pts)
2nd: Mazda La Vista (249pts)
3rd: JT2OU Racing (242pts)
4th: PlayStation by Nukeshot Motorsport (237pts)
5th: BMW by Nukeshot Motorsport (173pts)
6th: Sliders Motorsports (134pts)
7th: Virtual Endurance Racing Team (128pts)
8th: Martini Racing Team (94.5pts)
9th: Rotterdam Performance (50pts)
10th: Britannia Racing GT Team (42pts)
11th: Artemis Sport (36pts)
12th: Grip Runners Motorsport (20pts)
13th: ReeVer Motorsport (18pts)
14th: Gentleman Racing (15pts)
15th: Angry Sharks (13pts)
16th: Tsingtao Beer Racing by Premium Motorsports (8pts)
17th: BrawnGP GT (4pts)
18th: FrontRow (3pts)

Ballast Tracker

JoeOfTheFire +7%
CrazyJohnIsHere +5%
armoredcore12 +4%
DirtenDK +2%
Nilsemann2002 +9%
mika8102k +3%
Ninja__Karma +2%
offapple +2%
gugas99 +2%
steviea712 +5%
CrazyJohnIsHere +5%
JoeOfTheFire +3%
Jomas_74 +3%
traels666 +2%
Nilsemann2002 +7%
Y_bearr_ +3%
gugas99 +3%
offapple +2%
mika8102k +2%
Ninja__Karma +1%
 
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Dedication. Y_Bearr Interview (Round 9/10)

NES TV Reporter Gugas managed to get Nukeshot Motorsport driver Y_bearr for an interview after Round 9 at Blue Moon Bay.

Gugas: "Y_bearr! good to have you here. So, first question. How do you evaluate your season comparing it with Season 3?"

Y_bearr: "In terms of the championship it has been so much better for this season, but during Season 3 I was able to learn a lot of things such as how to drive fast and consistent, pit stop strategy etcetera."

Gugas: "Did your experience in the now defunct Baltic Sea Competition help you to challenge Nilsemann for the Drivers GT3 AM Championship, or was it just the backing of Nukeshot Motorsport that boosted your potential?"

Y_bearr: "Both BSC and Nukeshot Motorsport have helped me. At BSC I had Sniparator and DirtenDK as mentors. I have learned how to drive consistent and pit strategy from Snip, and how to drive precisely from Dirten mainly on Hard, and sometimes on Medium compound tyres. At Nukeshot Motorsport I have learned how to drive faster on Softs and Super Softs."

Gugas: "At the start of the season, did you have any expectations or goals set for yourself?"

Y_bearr: "Yes, but it was only to not end Season 4 in last place haha. I mean, all of the guys are fast, and I have to race at 2AM on Monday. But you know what endurance race means, right? Racing when you suppose to sleep haha."

Gugas: "Since you're confirmed as 2nd place in the standings in GT3 AM in a brilliant and consistent drive, do you expect to be promoted to the main team of Nukeshot Motorsport for next season, or are you looking elsewhere for Season 5?"

Y_bearr: "I would love to race for the A team at Nukeshot motorsport and race with other PRO class drivers! OffApple has been a good manager." (Editor's note: Thanks! :D)

Gugas: "And a final question. Which battles on track have you enjoyed the most this season?"

Y_bearr: "It was at interlagos. I started the race in 3rd, and down to 5th by lap 1. I had a battle with you (Gugas), and it was a good one since we have the same pace on the Super Softs. Also the track makes the front left tire wear out way faster than the others so I needed to make my car slightly oversteer to remove the stress from it. I drove with maximum caution that day."

A brilliant drive from this rising star all season. We look forward to seeing how he develops in seasons to come!

Article by @gugas99
Edited by @PSN offapple
Photography by @gugas99

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A Merry Can, and a Flying Dutchman. ArmoredCore & Mika Double-Interview (Round 9/10)

After a break from holidays, the NES TV Articles are back!
This time Gugas conducts a double interview with one of Season 4's revelations ArmoredCore, and Verstappen wannabe and Dutch counterpart Mika! First we got in contact with the American driver to get his view of his season and development.

ArmoredCore (AC) Interview:
Gugas: "AC, good to see you here! I have to start with a question: Had you been with the Toyota TS050 in the LMP class since race 1 where do you think you could be in the standings?"

AC: "I’m pretty sure if I started in the Toyota from round 1, I would have been able to challenge CJ and Joe for the championship looking at the results from my recent races in the car."

Gugas: "How did the deal go through with the Martini Racing Team, and how were your expectations back then?"

AC: "After my race at Dragon Trail, I showed how much of a threat I could be, even to the fastest drivers in the championship. Thats how I believe I got the deal. My expectations before [I went to] Martini were pretty shallow. My only expectation was to finish 5th in the standings."

Gugas: "Does the Toyota TS050 suit your flat out driving style more than the previous LMP car you had earlier in the season?"

AC: "The TS050 is a blast to drive! The car fits my style much more than the 908 I've driven previously. The car seems to excel at the tracks I love like Blue Moon Bay, Tokyo Expressway, Dragon Trail, basically every track that involves a lot of high speed cornering."

Gugas: "In GT3 Pro it’s not the same story, but do you consider yourself a better driver in LMP over GT3, or is it just a car disadvantage you have in GT3?"

AC: "I do believe I am a much faster driver in LMP. LMP’s feel much more forgiving than GT cars, especially with my agressive driving style. When I drive GT cars, I usually carry over my LMP driving style, and that usually doesn't work well with the GT cars I drive."

Gugas: "Since you have a deal done with Martini for Season 5, what are your expectations for next season? Maybe a LMP title contender for both the Drivers and Teams Championships?"

AC: "My plan is to focus on the LMP Drivers Championship, and in the GT3 class I'll focus more on the Teams Championship. Seeing my change of pace in LMP after joining Martini Racing Team in the Toyota, I really think I have a chance to go for the championship."

Gugas: "One final Question. As we near the end of the season, who do you think will win the drivers championship in both Pro classes, and why?"

AC: "In LMP Pro I will have to go with CJ, and in GT3 Pro, Joe. CJ is a fast, consistent driver, and he is a bit more agressive around the track when overtaking than Joe. Thats why I think he'll win. I believe Joe will win in GT3 because he is extremely consistent at any track, and he's one of the fastest drivers in this series for sure. It's rare that someone can keep their laptimes as close as he can."

Mika Interview:

Gugas: "So Mika, you finally have your interview! *laughs*
So how have you been, and how has the season been going?"

Mika: "Yeah, finally *laughs*. I'm kidding. It's been a lot of fun in my first season! A lot of learning curves in my online racing career, since its my first time racing competitively online aswell! It's all good times basically."

Gugas: "In the past weekend's Blue Moon Bay Race in the GT3 AM class, you finally showed your potential and got a career best 2nd place, ahead of Gugas and Y-Bearr. What have you done differently to get that result and stay out of trouble regarding incidents?"

Mika: "Not that much I think, but I need to watch my mirrors more because I don’t pay enough attention to what's happening around me. Sometimes I need to push my car more to the limit. I have a really heavy foot so I tend to spin the car sometimes, and that stops me from pushing and getting better times."

Gugas: "At some point in the race did you think that an upset was on the cards and you could challenge for the lead, or was your mindset completely different?"

Mika: "No, not at all. My mindset was to finish in a decent spot for the Contructors (Teams) Championship, and eventually a podium when I saw my times. I thought to myself that winning is not an option. I saw that Nilse was faster than anyone in our split, so I thought that I'm gonna push hard and see where I would end up. And at the end of the day I got second, which really felt like a win for me."

Gugas: "From now on are you as confident as you’ve ever been before?"

Mika: "Most definitely! I lost my confidence a bit at the start because of my car/team switch and bad results at Suzuka GT3, both categories in Tokyo, and Kyoto GT3. I made a lot of mistakes in those races and lost my will to race and confidence a bit, but my last result im Blue Moon Bay boosted it right up again! I have a well set-up LMP car for this weekend aswell and maybe I can get a podium again! :)"

Gugas: "Finally mate, you’ve been racing practically without a teammate all alone this season in both classes. What does the future hold for Rotterdam, and your options for next season?"

Mika: "I haven’t talked with Jermaine for next season, and it's a long time until Season 5. But as it's looking right now I dont know if I will be racing in Season 5. Because I will not race for the Rotterdam Teams next season I decided to leave the team after La Sarthe; the final race of the season. I want to thank Jermaine and Apple for giving me the opportunity to drive for Rotterdam. I don’t think anyone is willing to sign me or set up a team with me, as I'm looking for a full time teammate for next season."

Gugas: "And if you don’t mind, who do you think will win the GT3 Pro and LMP Pro Championships, and why?"

Mika: "That’s a hard question *laughs*. I think as its looking right now CJ will win the LMP Championship, and Joe the GT3 Championship if he can fight more up the order again :)"

As the action-packed Season 4 nears it's finale, we eagerly anticipate what surprizes are in store. Be sure to stay tuned as the action unfolds!

Article by @gugas99
Edited by @PSN offapple
Photography by @gugas99
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Crazy, or Not? CrazyJohn Interview (Round 6/10)


NES TV reporter Gugas managed to have a chat with championship contender and previous champion CrazyJohn after the exciting races we had at Tokyo.

Gugas: CJ, thanks for having me on this weeks report! I have to start by asking you this: The first 2 races in the GT3 class were disappointing by your standards, right? 5th in Monza and 4th in Maggiore. What went wrong there? the setup, the car itself, or just bad luck?

CrazyJohn: I believe Monza was by far the worst race I've finished in the NES. Everything went wrong there. Bad start, bad luck halfway through lap 1 and a lack of top speed, something that surprised the whole team.
We became stronger after we hired ArmoredCore, and we proved it in qualifying at Maggiore, but once again I had bad luck and recieved damage on lap 1.
I was really frustated as I thought I'd get good results, especially at Monza.

Gugas: Then you had a staggering 3 second places! Did you change your driving style or mentality? Because you're known for pushing all the way to the finish, sometimes aggressive, but we’re seeing the latter less throughout the season. It's a thing your improving in by doing more demanding races in other series too, right?

CrazyJohn: After the 2 opening rounds, we as a team put our heads down, searched for the best downforce packages, and did a lot of tests with Bridgestone. Nürburgring and Dragon Trail are tracks that suit me a lot, and Suzuka is one track I'm also good at.
In general I believe it had more to do with the car preferences and hard work with Volkswagen.

Gugas: In LMP, the races you competed in show you really are a strong contender to win the championship. 3 wins and two second places. Do you think the fight will be between you and Joe, or do you think ArmoredCore has an outside chance?

CrazyJohn: LMP has been a much easier task as the Audi was super fast from the start. If ArmoredCore puts his foot down for the rest of the season, he can catch me and Joe in the standings, assuming he has some luck as well! The gap is huge between Joe and AC at the moment.

Gugas: In Tokyo I saw in my opinion one of the best battles of the season between you and Joe. How has the relationship with him been, and what have you gained or learned from him?

CrazyJohn: I believe many thought that the CJ-Joe partnership would end in a Hamilton-Rosberg kind of battle. This is not the case however. We co-operate on a large basis during the races, talk about our strategies, and give information about the rest of the LMP field and lapped GT3 cars. I've been enjoying our battle so far, and I hope we finish the season as champions.
My first target is the teams title, and then we can fight as much as we want for the drivers title, as long as we don't take each other out!

Gugas: What does the future hold for VERT? Are you planning on staying with the same cars next season, or changing again?

CrazyJohn: Our current contract says that VERT will continue to use VAG (Volkswagen Group) machinery, but the team's LMP choice depends on the next season's car list.
As for GT3 we will wait until the season is over and then we'll consider our choices.

Gugas: One final question. Who do you think from the Amateur and Pro splits have surprised you during this season?

CrazyJohn: From the Pro split nothing has surprised me except from Joe's performance on the GT3 class. I never expected anyone to give Stevie that much trouble.
From the Amateur split Y-bearr and of course Nilsemann are performing pretty well so far. I can't wait to see how the rest of the season goes for the Amateur split. Jim's 2nd at Tokyo was a bit of a shock as well, considering it's one of his first races back on the NES since Season 1.

Interview by @gugas99
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Photography by @CrazyJohn
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NES Season 4 Livery Fortnight Winners

Livery Fortnight has become a bit of a tradition in the NES, and this season was no exception! The stakes were raised by series organiser offapple when he announced that there would be a contest to see who could create the best.

During Livery Fortnight we saw some incredible work by all who took part with their special editions, and we saw them in action as they took to the track at Suzuka. But after the voting was over, the winners were decided.

Congratulations to Jim38737 for being voted "Best LMP" of Livery Fortnight with their Red Bull Britannia Racing Peugeot 908 HDi!

Congratulations to Nilsemann2002 for being voted "Best GT3" of Livery Fortnight with their Breaking Benjamin Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette!

And of course, thanks to everyone who participated in Livery Fortnight. We look forward to seeing your creative talent next season too!

Article by @PSN offapple
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2 Mazda's, 2 Categories: DirtenDK & Ninja__Karma Double-Interview (Round 4/10)

Gugas managed to get a hold of NES veterans DirtenDK and Ninja__Karma after the races at Dragon Trail for a double-interview.

Interview with DirtenDK.

Gugas: So Dirten, thanks for having time for the interview. It’s been a season with a lot of twists. What would you say was your high and your low point so far this season?

Dirten: My pleasure, Gugas! It certainly has. The low so far must be missing two races due to two different injuries. First off, at the start of the season I strained my right foot. And now, I've just gotten old all of a sudden, and I'm fighting to get over some backpains as of late. Obviously, the high of the season came with the LMP victory at Dragon Trail!

Gugas: The win in LMP must have been a massive boost for you and Traels, right? Do you think you can have a go for the championship and challenge both CJ and Joe?

Dirten: Yes, it was a massive boost for me, and Traels followed it up, winning race 2 in the GT3 category. And yes, we do believe in ourselves and our chances. And why shouldn't we? We've seen over the last couple of weeks, that anything can happen in motor racing - and it usually does...

Gugas: The GT championship has not been the greatest so far. Do you think you can bring something more, and even a win out of nowhere?

Dirten: Yeah, I feel like I'm pretty comfortable with the Atenza. I feel like I can compete on most circuits on pure race-pace, though we have some very fast gentlemen in this series. I'll be taking things race by race and then we'll see how things go.

Gugas: Last but not least, we know silly season will start again soon, but do you recon you'll stay with two different teammates for next season? And how has the experience been compared to last year under the BSC training regime?

Dirten: I could easily see myself with two different teams once more. I've got great teammates for this season. I mean.. Joe is one of the most serious drivers, and with him as a teammate, very few things are left to chance. I've also tried to chip in with whatever little things I could do here and there, but it's been a great learning process being with Mazda La Vista.
Traels and I are close friends IRL, so for us being teammates is very natural. Since we've formed Half The Race Gone, it also made an obvious base for a team. Of course you'd like to ask: Will HTRG have a GT team next season? That's a possibility, but not one we've spoken about in the team at all. I think we'll be picking up on these things come the end of the season.
Comparing this season to my experience with BSC is very difficult, because when I joined BSC I was new to GT Sport. I feel like I've learned a lot during my season with BSC, and those things are of course helping me now with my current teams. I've gotten better at keeping a cool head, and my consistency has also improved. I also think I've gotten a little faster, but that's always something you want to tell yourself haha.
In the end, the differences are down to the fact that the people involved are different. So it's about finding the right chemestry, something on which I've felt very lucky for this season. Not that the chemestry wasn't good between me and Snip at BSC, but the team was bigger and had more responsibilities with more drivers involved. I've had great fun, both with Traels and Joe so far this season, enjoying a simple two-man setup with both teams.

Interview with Ninja__Karma.

Gugas: Ninja, thank for having the time to answer some questions. I have to start with a difficult question: Do you feel unlucky in GT3 this season and maybe being a wingman to your teammate in that category, considering the gap in both drivers and teams championships for the remainder of the season?

Ninja: Very relevant question, my dear Watson. Yes it's sure that I feel very unlucky, with the penalty points, but especially the level is very different than it was back in S1. I'm sure that I can manage more in LMP than GT. I find that the Corvette is a complicated car to drive, and it can very quickly leave in oversteer. I think that at the same time I'm being a good ally for Nilse, as we are 1st in the teams championship and overall championship.

Gugas: Do you think you can pull one up on your teammate and outscore him, getting that win in GT3 that has eluded you for some time now?

Ninja: I think it's going to be very difficult to go up in the GT3 ranking, but nothing is impossible. The last 4 circuits are tracks that I really like, especially Le Mans which is my home track and favorite track. I'm starting to focus more on the LMP championship where I have a lot more luck, and can keep up with Nilse and the other competitors. It is true that the Mazda is an exceptional car. It is very powerful and sticks perfectly to the road.

Gugas: How has it been partnering Nilse this season? What did you learn or taken new from him?

Ninja: A few weeks before the season I had a contract with the BSC, but contract was canceled a few days before the 1st race, so I had to hurry to find a stable or I would find myself alone to drive. I did not know that Nilse was coming back this season, and I thank OffApple for guiding me to him. I had to contact my former teammate and Nilse, who accepted me with pleasure in his team. I find Nilse to be very combative and very powerful. I find the legend of S1 who sleeps within him.

Gugas: What’s your goal for the remainder of the season?

Ninja: As I said before, my goal is to win the LMP championship and also the team championship because we have a good lead over the other teams. We try not to miss any races to take the most possible points. The GT3 championship feels very bad for me, but I will continue to fight for the victory. Defeat is not an option.

Gugas: And to round up the interview, next season are you hoping to stay with Nilse, or thinking about finding a new team?

Ninja: I think I have a good relationship with Nilse, and I consider him a very good teammate. He is an exceptional pilot. I think I'll stay with him for the moment. Even if I have a proposal from another team in the future, I still think I'll probably stay with Nilse.

Interviews by @gugas99
Edited by @PSN offapple
Photography by @PSN offapple
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Traels666 Interview (Round 3/10)

@gugas99 spoke with @Traels after Race 1 of Round 3 at Nürburgring.

Gugas: Traels the mysterious Dane, let's start with interview by asking this: It's been a rough start of the season, hasn't it?

Traels: Yeah, I've had a bit of a disappointing start to the season, not being able to practice much, if at all for the first few rounds, and now my broken rib. Fortunately I was pretty ok for the race last Sunday, but it is still back and forwards all the time right now. I do hope to be in better shape for this Sunday, and to have been able to do some proper practice.

Gugas: Nürburgring must be a slap in the face for the doubters, but T1 flashbacks appeared again. What was going through your mind when you almost beached the car?

Traels: Haha, yeah I think I fully beached it for a while there! I actually thought I was fine. I had space to Splurge in front, but then I just hit the grass under braking and went one way, then the other. To be honest I was just happy that I didn't hit anyone else. I stayed calm though, and by the middle of the second stint I had found a pretty good rhythm - something I've struggled with after crashes before. So I'm happy with that.

Gugas: How has it been teaming up with both GT3 and LMP reigning driver champions, and what have you learned from them? You must feel quite lucky right?

Traels: I absolutely couldn't have imagined a better set of teams than these two. They are both great guys and equally great drivers. Obviously this is my second season on the Just The 2 Of Us Racing team, and in this time Stevie has taught me a huge amount of stuff about racing at this level, and continues to do so. Dirten is a close friend in real life as you may know, so to be able to team up with him - in a car he won the championship in last season no less! Just amazing.
That being said, obviously teaming up with both reigning champions means quite a bit of added expectations and maybe some more pressure too, but that's ok. I have the best team setup in the series. Sorry everyone else.

Gugas: Do you see yourself having a go for a Drivers championship or being a team player and going for a Teams championship?

Traels: I honestly think I'm out of contention for the championships by now, though I don't think I've been racing to my level yet. But I still think both of my teams can place well and take it right to the line. We won the GT3 Teams championship last season, and I still think we are very strong contenders to take it again. I'm still going to fight for those points to see where I end up. It's a long season, and I still know I can do better. Things have settled down a bit and now I just need to heal up.

Gugas: Last but not least, what's your goal for this season, and who do you think has a good chance of winning the Pro split championships?

Traels: I don't really know if I have a goal as such. I think at the beginning of the season I probably would have said to win the Pro GT3 Teams championship with Stevie again and do better in GT3. In the LMP's with the new BoP I didn't know what to expect, but was hoping to just do well and help out Dirten in his attempt to do the double.
At the moment though, the Porsche seems almost in a different class to the title contenders. I've also been struggling a lot, so by now I'd just say regain form and confidence... Maybe steal a win when the ballast finally works out? I just can't see past the Audi's of Joe and CJ in LMP Pro at the moment.
In GT3 it's going to be a close one, but I fully believe in my teammate. Stevie will win it. The question is if I can get enough points to win the Teams championships too. Now that I think about it, I can't even see the Audi's in LMP Pro. But that might also be the crashing.

Interview by @gugas99
Edited by @PSN offapple
Photography by @PSN offapple
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Steviea712 Interview (Round 2/10)

@gugas99 got the chance to interview our current defending GT3 champion, @steviea712, after his amazing race at Lago Maggiore.

Gugas: Stevie, it's always good to catch up with you, and I have to start here if you don't mind. What happened at Monza? It was a shocking performance from you as the reigning GT3 champion. Can you explain the whole weekend?

Steviea: Yeah, Monza wasn't the best race for me. I had a family emergency come up before the race (when I had planned to practice) and was actually lucky to be able to make the race at all. So yeah, being unprepared didn't help, and I think that showed in the performance. I was happy that, even with all the many mistakes I made, I was still able to get 3rd, which is really not a bad result and still good points for the championship.

Gugas: But then you bounced back brilliantly to get a win at Maggiore. Did you prepare better for this weekend particularly, or is it a case of the track simply suits you?

Steviea: For Maggiore I was actually able to do a decent amount of testing, so I was prepared with my strategy and the car setup. I really enjoy the track and it was great to have a clean trouble-free race.

Gugas: Why are you not racing in LMP? Will you do a one-off this season again or not?

Steviea: I would really love to compete in LMP, but it's difficult to commit to multiple championships. I would rather focus on the GT3 and get better results than try to focus on both categories and perhaps struggle to get enough testing time to be competitive in both. I do hope I can make some one-off appearances later in the season.

Gugas: What are the goals for the team this season? And you think Traels can challenge for a win this season, or is it a car he's not familiarized with yet?

Steviea: Our objectives are to mount serious challenges to successfully defend both the Team and Drivers titles. The competition is tough but this is what we enjoy, to compete with other teams and drivers. I'm sure Traels has ambitions to show what he is capable of. He is a great driver and on his day is capable of being faster than anyone else. He just needs to believe this and the win will come very soon.

Gugas: And finally, do you feel confident that you can successfully defend your status as reigning GT3 champion and make history as the first person to do this in the NES?

Steviea: It's too early to say, there are some great drivers in this championship. I'm confident if I can keep performing like I did at Maggiore we will be in a strong position at the end of the season. Our approach is taking it race by race and seeing where we are at the end of the season.

Interview by @gugas99
Edited by @PSN offapple
Photography by @PSN offapple
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JoeOfTheFire Interview (Round 2/10)

@gugas99 caught up with @DrifterJoe, the current championship leader in both Pro Drivers Championships, for an interview.

Gugas: So Joe, thanks for having me, and let's start at Monza where you completely made a clean sweep in both races in the Pro category. What do you think made the difference against the others, in LMP it was tougher to get the win compared to the GT3 race right?

Joe: Yes, the last time we drove LMP was at preseason at Alsace- a very different kind of track. I almost ruined my race early on by spinning out of the Parabolica into last and getting damage. The other drivers had chosen a different tyre strategy to me, and their pace suffered due to it. Doing well through traffic brought me up to Splurge in 1st, and we had a nice battle before he went off. Had my teammate CJ been at Monza, he probably would have won due to our mistakes and his good pace.

For GT3 it was much closer, as qualifying showed. I was passed after the first lap, and the first 5 or 6 drivers were all close. I managed to capitalize on a mistake by Traels through Lesmo 2 and get a run into Ascari. My high downforce setup allowed me to brake later and I made the pass around the outside. This move also crucially dropped Traels back out of my slipstream and let me escape while the others fought. I had a different tyre strategy once again, which helped after a few laps in. Stevie could maybe have fought for the win, but made some uncharacteristic errors. For Monza I'd say I made the difference by running higher downforce and different tyres to the others in both races.

Gugas: In Maggiore you finished 2nd in both races. Do you feel like it was the best position possible in both, or could you have done better? And in the LMP race, do you feel it was just wrong place wrong time at T1?

Joe: I do think 2nd was the best I could have hoped for. In LMP I was up against CJ in the same car, but without my 3% success ballast. In GT3 Stevie is always hard to beat, and with 2% less ballast than me he made the most of it. CJ had the pace to do well, but the start incident prevented him getting on the podium. My teammate Dirten was faster too, but after we made contact late in the race he decided to just follow me home.

On a side note, I could see the crash (LMP T1 Lap 1) coming on the radar and hear the tyres struggling to stop, but I couldn't have gone anywhere.

Gugas: Now you're partnering CJ in LMP, one of the main guys that will hunt for the championship. Do you think it will hurt the chemistry and work behind the scenes if you two find yourselves in a 2, or even 3 way fight for the championship? And how is it to be his teammate?

Joe: When battling on track we will probably be less aggressive than with other drivers. I don't really think we'll have much behind the scenes trouble. Should another driver join the title fight between us, I'm sure me and CJ will work together against them. It's been fairly easy as his teammate. He sorted the livery and setup. We've been doing our race strategy separately so far, not knowing what the other will do. It will be interesting when we are finally together on track, as we didn't have that at Maggiore due to the T1 crash.

Gugas: And finally Joe, what is your goal for this season in both LMP and GT3? Do you see Steviea and CJ as the main "rivals" to beat?

Joe: My goal has to be to win the driver and team titles in LMP Pro and GT3 Pro. I definitely see CJ and Stevie as the drivers to beat, and they showed it with their wins at Maggiore.

Interview by @gugas99
Edited by @PSN offapple
Photography by @DrifterJoe
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NES S4 Round 1 Round-Up

The first race of the new NES season is upon us, with 12 drivers taking to the grid for the first race of Round 1 held at Monza. From what we saw from the Preview Event at Alsace and pre-season testing, we are in for one of the most contested and interesting seasons to date!

With the major changes to the NES this season, it made for a lot of changes to the grid. With Baltic Sea Competition leaving, a big hole was left and drivers were shuffled as a result.

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Race 1 (LMP Pro)
Qualifying, now a 20 minute session, was a one horse race in LMP Pro as JoeOfTheFire took pole by a staggering 1.3 seconds in his R18 Hybrid, making a big statement to his competitors. ArmoredCore was 2nd, showing a quality 1 lap pace in the diesel Peugeot 908 HDi. 3rd was reigning LMP Drivers Champion DirtenDK in the very successful Porsche 919 Hybrid, but a somewhat disappointing qualifying considering the Dane's champion status. Splurge had to settle for 4th in the new MRT Toyota TS050 Hybrid, splitting the 2 HTRG teammates as Traels came a close 5th, missing 4th by 0.052 seconds.

In the race Splurge got an insane start jumping up to 2nd, and even overtaking Joe for the lead. But then troubles hit for Splurge as the Brit shouted over the radio over his discontent of the backmarkers, losing the lead in the process and falling behind AC. Joe was confident in the lead but a rare spin on the exit of Parabolica almost cost him dearly. He just managed to save it, even though he was on the low grip Hard tyre compound. Dirten and Traels were nowhere to be seen, a lot of mistakes at the Lesmo's costing them time, but they can learn from that for the future.

Joe won comfortably and looked confident all weekend. He's certainly one to watch this season. AC finished a fine 2nd in the Peugeot, staying out of trouble and bringing the car home. Splurge in 3rd, avoiding a post race interview as he was fuming about the traffic. Dirten finished a distant 4th and Traels 5th. Joe set the fastest lap, smashing the lap record with a 1:31.395.

Race 1 (GT3 Amateur)
Qualifying in GT3 Amateur was very competitive. OffApple finally took pole by 5 tenths in a convincing fashion in his BMW Z4, with his second team driver Y_bearr lining up next to him in 2nd in his Mercedes AMG GT. A great qualifying from the Indonesian driver who this year wants to make a name for himself in the NES. 3rd, 2 tenths behind was Gugas in the BMW M6, racing for Martini Racing Team in the team's first full season. The rest of the order was RiskyDevil in 4th, Ninja__Karma in 5th, Jermaine in 6th, and JustTurnLeft in 7th subbing for Nilsemann in the RLA Premium Corvette.

The start of the race was all over the place, as OffApple missed the braking zone on cold tyres and overshot the chicane, hitting the bollards. Y_bearr locked up and went wide allowing Gugas to take the lead while avoiding incidents. Jermaine got big damage and had to pit for repairs, while RiskyDevil stayed out with their minor damage. By lap 2 Ninja had an incredible run through Curva Grande and overtook Gugas, but it didn't last long as he lost the car on the exit of Ascari. OffApple was caught off guard by the Corvette returning to the track, taking to the grass to avoid him but speared into the barrier, shattering his hopes of a win. Y_bearr was the big winner as he moved up to 2nd and started hunting Gugas in 1st. The order by lap 4 was Gugas, Y_bearr, Ninja, JustTurnLeft, OffApple, RiskyDevil, and Jermaine.

Y_bearr gad caught Gugas by lap 8 as the 8 second gap evaporated as the Portuguese driver's Softs were suffering from wear, and the Indonesian driver on the Mediums wasn't struggling at all. Y_bearr tried an overtake at turn 1 but Gugas braked later to get the lead back. The ding-dong battle allowed Ninja to catch them quickly, but then Gugas made a mistake on lap 10 at the 2nd chicane. Y_bearr took the lead from there, and Gugas went off again at Parabolica without damage, dropping him to 3rd. Ninja and Gugas pitted at the same time, and Gugas managed to jump him.

Both drivers were now charging to catch the leader who pitted 6 laps later, sticking to a 1 stop strategy. Gugas and Ninja both jumped Y_bearr, but were on 2 stop strategies. Gugas lead Ninja by 8 seconds with Y_bearr a further 7 seconds back. Apple was just behind, but still had another pit stop to make.

By lap 19 Gugas pitted for his last stop and put the Mediums on, but he later regretted it as he was now 10 seconds behind Y_bearr and Ninja had put on Softs. Gugas had everything to catch the leader, but lost time by going off at Parabolica and lost his pace from then onwards.

Drama in the final laps! Y_bearr had miscalculated his fuel and had to pit on the penultimate lap, almost losing the lead to Ninja. The Frenchman's tyres were dead and couldn't do anything as he finished a tenth behind the PlayStation by Nukeshot Motorsport driver. Y_bearr took the win from out of nowhere. Classy performance from the driver with Ninja almost getting the win, but had to consolidate to 2nd. Gugas finished 3rd, 8 seconds behind. Not a bad result for the Martini driver. Apple finished in a disappointing 4th but he knew the pace was there and was keen on the future GT races. Jermaine was 5th, and couldn't recover higher from his lap 1 incident. 6th was JustTurnLeft in his debut race, who couldn't do anything about a car that was new to him. RiskyDevil was the only retirement with a blown engine. Apple got the fastest lap, a 1:48.691, confirming he had the pace but not the luck on his side.

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Race 2 (LMP Amateur)
A week later race 2 was held, featuring a 13 strong grid. Qualifying was a 1 horse race in LMP Amateur as Gugas got pole by 1.173 seconds ahead of 2nd place man Jermaine, who snatched his place from Nilsemann who was a close 3rd. OffApple in 4th, and rounding off the grid was Ninja__Karma.

At the start of the race Gugas caught everyone napping and rocketed off thanks to his Toyota's hybrid system. By the end of lap 1 he already had a 6 second lead over Jermaine in 2nd. Before that, the former and Nilse ran wide, resulting in damage to both RLA Premium Mazda's. OffApple hit the chicane bollard and was stationary for a brief moment, but without damage. Ninja pitted but soon after retired from the lap 1 damage, a huge blow for the Frenchman that had huge expectations for the weekend. Nilse stopped the lap after realizing the damage was too much to continue with. The order was Gugas, Jermaine, OffApple and Nilse.

After that it was a lonely race for Gugas, who was on Soft tyres. He was pulling 1.7 seconds a lap quicker than Jermaine on Mediums. At the 28 minute mark Apple pitted to get an undercut on his teammate. Jermaine and Gugas reacted on the next lap. The Dutch driver saw that the Portuguese driver could go half the distance on Softs, so he gambled on the tyre to get some time back on Apple. By then the leader gap was 30 seconds, and it continued to grow as Gugas knew he just needed to bring the car home. He hammered in some qualifying laps to extend the gap to 43 seconds before pitting.

In the final 15 minutes Nilse and Gugas pitted for a last dash to the flag, with Nilse overtaking OffApple 2 laps later and built a 5 second gap, trying to somehow catch Jermaine in 2nd as the gap decreased from 18 to 14.5 seconds. By then Gugas put an even quicker lap together than his qualifying time, with a 1:33.197. A time 2 whole seconds faster than his nearest rival.

The Toyota looked unstoppable in this race, but then shockingly Nilse retired with just 4 laps to go! His Mazda LM55 ended up going straight on into the Parabolica barriers. The RLA Premium crew were stunned as they could have had big points on the board. With that, Apple rounded out the podium as Jermaine even had to pit for fuel at the end. Strong display from Rotterdam Performance with Jermaine and OffApple taking 33pts against their main Amateur Teams Championship rivals RLA Premium. But the winner was Gugas who had a lights to flag victory confirming after Splurge's 3rd in LMP Pro that Martini Racing Team and Toyota are a force to be reckoned with.

Race 2 (GT3 Pro)
Coming to the GT3 Pro race, we saw the return of Steviea after not attending the Preview Event. The category was packed with Sniparator coming out of his sabbatical and subbing for SplurgeTheSecond for Martini Racing Team, reuniting with his old teammate from S2 Gugas. TetsuKobura and DirtenDK missed the race due to injuries, but hopefully will be getting back for Maggiore.

Qualifying was tense from start to finish as JoeOfTheFire got pole by only 1 hundredth of a second from CrazyJohn, who was in disbelief at how he missed out. ArmoredCore less than a tenth behind the pole sitter, the Peugeot VGT showing good 1 lap pace. The rest of the grid was Steviea in 4th, with his JT2OU teammate Traels just behind in 5th, both in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. 6th was WaikeCU in his debut race, showing some promise, and it was Sparks360 ahead of Sniparator in 7th and 8th respectively rounding off the grid.

Everyone got cleanly away as the race started as CJ dropped 3 places by losing the car on the exit of the first chicane. Traels, charging from 5th to 2nd and overtaking his teammate at the first Lesmo, was a man on a mission. But then disaster struck for CJ as he lost his car on the exit of the second Lesmo and got heavy damage to his Volkswagen Beetle. The Greek was not a happy man and had to pit. And then Traels made an outrageous move on the inside of Joe on the run to Parabolica. Joe tried the switchback and both ran side-by-side until the chicane where Joe had to concede. Traels was first after 1 lap, incredible driving from the Dane. But Joe managed to retake the position on lap 2 in the braking zone of Ascari, and was unchallenged as both JT2OU drivers fought each other for position. Steviea had debutant PlayStation by Nukeshot driver WaikeCU right behind while the Mazda La Vista driver was pulling away building a 4 second lead. Steviea got away and left his teammate and Waike scrambling for 3rd place. But the drama kept unfolding as Steviea ran into the gravel at Parabolica, which may have distracted Traels as the Mercedes AMG GT overtook him for 2nd. Starting to get in the groove, the Belgian driver showed that he was no rookie in endurance racing. Sparks ended up retiring with a blown engine. After 8 laps the order was Joe, Waike, Traels, Steviea, AC, Sniparator, and CJ trying to salvage a good result.

On lap 9 ArmoredCore pitted after damaging his car but not losing a place, a good stop by the Artemis Sport crew. A lap later WaikeCU pitted as he was running on Supersofts, sticking with that compound for the whole race. The Mercedes showing again that the tyre degradation wasn't an issue. The next lap everyone reacted as Joe, Traels and Steviea pitted, Steviea receiving damage at the Lesmos. Traels also crashed at the Lesmos, and the JT2OU pit was in disbelief of why their cars were having problems in that sector, the Dane dropping to dead last.

After some laps with the order starting to form, both CJ and AC pitted for their final stops. WaikeCU after being behind Joe by 18 seconds pitted on lap 20 for his last stop to try the undercut as Steviea followed suit into the pits. Joe pitted the following lap to secure his comfortable gap he had before the stops. The running order was now Joe, Waike, Steviea, AC, CJ, Traels, and Sniparator who had an enjoyable incident-free evening despite running last. In the final 8 minutes Steviea running 3rd was trying to catch Waike from 7.2 seconds behind to 3 seconds at the flag, the Brit saying over team radio that if he had 2 more laps he would've caught the Belgian driver.

And with that JoeOfTheFire confirmed his status as a favourite and won at Monza, making a clean sweep in both of his races with pole, fastest lap, and the win after a convincing drive from lap 2 onwards. Joe is here to conquer but this championship is just heating up and he'll have everyone clawing at his heels. WaikeCU with an amazing 2nd place had OffApple delighted with his latest signing. Steviea finished 3rd after a race with a lot of mistakes, not normal of the reigning champion. ArmoredCore in a distant 4th, CrazyJohn recovering well after his engine trouble to 5th, Traels a disappointing 6th, and Sniparator in 7th who did well considering he was against Pro split competition.

That rounds up everything that happened at Round 1 of Nukeshot Endurance Series Season 4! We saw some spectacular racing, and it's left us hungry for more. The next stop on the calendar isn't too far away, as we go from Monza to Lago Maggiore for the European round. The host of last seasons Preview Event is regarded as one of the favourite tracks, with its high-speed and technical nature as well as elevation change. The main highlight is Turn 11, a tight right-hander with an awesome 20 degree banking, making it a very unique challenge. We hope to see you there!

Article wrote by @gugas99
Article edited by @PSN offapple
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NES S4 Preview Event round up.

The Preview Event of the Nukeshot Endurance Series (Season 4) took place over the last 2 weeks, hosted at Alsace's Village circuit in the north of France. The 3.37 mile long course features a lot of banking, which made for some great high-speed action on the converted public road course.

This was the first time that the new race format was used, seperating Pro's and Amateur's into the 2 different car categories and taking the NES back to its roots of multi-class racing. Splitting the 2 races over 2 weeks also helped with scheduling with drivers, as a lot of them were able to enter both categories.

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Race 1 featured the Pro drivers in LMP's and the Amateur drivers in GT3's. Right from the outset one thing was made clear. This season, Brit JoeOfTheFire will be looking strong for challenging for his first NES title after finishing 2nd in both categories in S3. He stamped down his authority in qualifying, putting his VERT On Fire Racing Audi R18 Hybrid on pole. The new-to-NES American ArmoredCore, driving for Artemis Sport in a blue Porsche 919, impressively out qualified the experienced Traels for 2nd proving that he is well deserving of his Pro status. Dane Traels still getting used to his Porsche 919 and new team, Half The Race Gone, had to settle for 3rd in qualifying.

In GT3 it was NES veteran Nilsemann who walked away with pole. The Mann racing for Raise Like Airplanes - Premium in the Corvette finding his S1 form again after a somewhat dissapointing end of S3. OffApple was a distant 2nd for BMW By Nukeshot Motorsport in his Z4, followed closely by YBearr's Baltic Sea Competition Mustang in 3rd. Nilse's teammate and fellow NES veteran NinjaKarma qualified his Corvette 4th, and special guest KasperFox rounded of the grid in a Toyota FT-1.

The LMP start saw ArmoredCore follow Joe wide at the turn 1 hairpin, allowing Traels to capitalize down the inside. The two Porsche's were neck and neck through the flat curve at 2, but AC clipped the grass on the outside braking for 3, sending him spinning and picking up damage. Joe meanwhile was keeping his cool and extending the gap to Traels.

The GT3 guys made their start cleanly, and OffApple nearly had a slingshot out of turn 1 on polesitter Nilse, but he lost his momentum with a massive kick of oversteer. YBearr took a very defensive line on the approach to 3, allowing Ninja to sneak up on him. With a beautiful fake and switchback, Ninja took 3rd. Kasper made a move at The Bowl (Turn 8) on YBearr as the Ford was struggling for grip. They made the same mistake as AC and clipped the grass on exit, giving them engine damage as they collided with the barrier. Kasper had a great run on Ninja through the uphill turn 12, making the move stick before getting to the chicane. The top 2 had built up a gap, but OffApple eventually started falling back.

Unfortunately ArmoredCore had to drop out midway through the race, but the rest of the field made it to the end. Joe took a very convincing win in LMP, as did Nilse in GT3.

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For race 2 the following week everyone swapped car categories, with the Amateurs now in the LMP's and the Pros in the GT3's. It was the same people on pole in their categories, as Nilsemann topped the timing sheet in qualifying in his RLA - Premium Mazda LM55. The rotary-powered four-wheel-drive machine looked a very solid package. OffApple debud the first race for the newly formed Rotterdam Performance team by qualifying 2nd, with the Martini Racing Team Toyota TS050 of S2 LMP champion Gugas in 3rd. Ninja was 4th in the other RLA - Premium Mazda.

Joe took another pole position to add to his many in the GT3 category, this time in a bright red Mazda Atenza ran by team Mazda La Vista. Lining up alongside him was argueably his main rival from S3, CrazyJohn, in his VERT VW Beetle. The Greek driver being the S2 GT champion was sure to give Joe a great run for his money. Traels started 3rd in GT3 sporting the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage for reigning GT3 Teams champions JT2OU Racing. TetsuKobura qualified his Ford GT in 4th for Checkered Flag Motorsports, and the second Mazda La Vista car of reigning LMP champion Dirten rounded off the grid.

Going into turn 1 at the LMP start, leader Nilse misjudged his braking and spun off, lucky to escape with no damage. This promoted OffApple to the lead momentarily, as Gugas got a monsterous run on the Audi with the hybrid boost of his Toyota. Gugas lead followed closely by OffApple, and Ninja was also in hot pursuit. The following lap Gugas slipped up going into turn 3, but defended successfully. But it was at turn 7 where things went pair-shaped for the Portuguese driver, clipping the grass and spearing into OffApple. Both cars were damaged, but only Gugas had the more severe engine damage. Ninja took advantage and took the lead on lap 6. Nilse took the lead on lap 8, and kept it all the rest of the way for the victory.

At the GT3 start it was Traels who was the big winner getting up to 2nd. CrazyJohn tried to get on the power early to defend, but ended up oversteering into the grass on the inside. There was a great scrap between Dirten and Tetsu as the two kept trading positions on lap 1. Joe started pulling away from Traels in 2nd, but CrazyJohn kept pushing and got past the Aston on lap 6. CJ kept Joe tied on o piece of string, and had a go at him into the chicane. They were battling hard until OffApple ended up plowing into CJ on lap 13. This unfortunately took away from us the greatest battle so far this season. Traels would eventually get ahead of CJ too, while Joe took the win.

After an eventful 2 races, what have we learned so far? In Pro, Joe is looking strong as is CrazyJohn. They look to be heading for a season long battle, but we shouldn't count out the others for an outside chance. My one to watch would have to be ArmoredCore, as they have shown potential in qualifying and are a relative unknown. Looking through this article though, you might've noticed a very significant big name abscent. Steviea will probably still be the favourite to take the GT3 title back-to-back, and it will be very interesting to see how close the rest of the field has gotten.

For the Amateur split, Nilsemann is really looking impressive this season. We always credited him back on GT6 as the best driver not to win a championship. Will S4 be his time? It will certainly be close between the rest of the Amateur field such as veterans Gugas, Ninja and OffApple, but there are still so many others that could spring a surprize like BSC and Rotterdam Performance.

The first race for championship points takes place on September 9th as the NES goes to Monza. This high speed circuit should be a strong one for the non-hybrid LMP's. It will be interesting to see how much downforce teams are willing to sacrifice for top speed. We hope to see you there!
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Martini Racing Team make a return.

Martini Racing Team (MRT) has announced its line up for NES S4, with the Toyota TS050 being their LMP weapon of choice and a BMW M6 for GT3. Gugas and Splurge will make up the Pro-Am driver line up.

We asked team principal Gugas a few questions.

Q1: MRT was created in the middle of last season. How have things developed since then?
"Things are still young, but going well. Last season with Porsche in LMP, if we had more practice wins would be possible. Some setbacks with the Aston Martin in GT3. The car was a boat, but without much knowledge we took the fight to the big dogs by the end of the season at Le Mans. So the year was disappointing in terms of driving cleanly, and with the lack of preparation it was obvious it would be a tough end of the season, but it was ok."

"I'm looking to improve on long runs, but with the arrival of Splurge you can expect big things from Martini with him onboard."

Q2: Why have you chosen the cars that you have?
"In LMP, I wanted a challenge because of my previous success and my capabilities in a prototype. We knew BSC would probably stay with Porsche, but now with CJ and Joe joining forces they'll be a force to be reckoned with. I'm interested to see CJ with a teammate that can take him to the limit, and that can either be a good thing or a bad thing. Let's see."

"Splurge picked the car since he raced more in LMP during S3 and he has good knowledge about it. Audi was one of the options we considered, but I'm happy with the Toyota. It's an underdog I must admit, but I'm fully confident about the challenge coming this season."

"And when it comes to GT3, Their have been some interesting choices by the front of the field. It shows that the battle at the front will be more tight this season than ever before in the history of NES. The car you'll have to wait and see ;)." The GT3 car was revealed to be the BMW M6 after the interview.

Q3: As you look ahead to your team's first full season, what are your goals?
"Our goal primarily is to get an understanding of the cars and be regular podium scorers. Wins we'll aim for by the end of the season, but for now it's all about keeping it clean and bringing big points. Me and Splurge might bring a test driver in as I did back in S2, which proved successful because milage is everything, but it's an option that is not bothering me right now. We'll keep as it is right now, but we're open-minded and hoping for Martini Racing to be a brand to be reckoned with in the coming future."
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Joe makes his decisions for NES S4.

Runner up in both the LMP and GT3 drivers championships, JoeOfTheFire, has announced his plans for NES Season 4. The Brit has signed a collaboration deal with CrazyJohn of VERT in the LMP category, while in GT3 he has stole a certain ace driver from BSC.

We inquired of Joe to get his thoughts on the matter.

Q1: You've stayed your own boss in the GT3 category, but why have you decided to sign with VERT in LMP, and what about finding a teammate in GT3?
"We have formed VERT On Fire Racing in LMP due to our current success in the ToCA series, where we are leading the team points standings. We hope to give the R18 Hybrid the season it deserves. It was actually a faster car than the Porsche last season, but never got to show it."

"In GT3 I've chosen the Mazda [Atenza], and had Dirten join me in a new team - Mazda La Vista."

Q2: You're becoming well known in the paddock as an extensive researcher regarding car choice. What are the benefits of the Atenza that made you choose it?
"Much like the Corvette I ran last season, the Mazda Atenza seems to be a good all rounder. It's main disadvantage compared to the C7 is having a lower top speed. In testing it has proved just as fast around a lap as the Corvette, and seems a bit better on fuel as well.

Q3: In both categories, what are your goals, both as an individual and as a team, for the upcoming season?
"Given my performance last season, I am hoping to win the Pro drivers championship in both categories. CJ and Dirten will be strong teammates who are also in with a shot at the drivers titles too. With 2 strong line ups, we hope to win the Pro teams championships as well."

"The addition of success ballast and possible power reduction will mix everything up too. I'm expecting to see some different drivers up at the front due to this."
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A new challenger: Rotterdam Performance.

A new team has emerged ready for NES Season 4. Rotterdam Performance, lead by Jermain, are bringing an Audi R18 TDI to the table. If you look closely, you can see a very familiar logo on their car too.

We caught up with Jermain to ask a few questions.

Q1: We saw you last season as a customer team in GT3 and a single entry in LMP. What has inspired you to start your own team?
"Well, I have always raced for teams and I liked it. But since I switched from PC simracing to GT Sport on PS4, I thought I'd set up my own team with the name of my city as it's core. I wanted to have a fresh team with it's mind on growth. And that's what we hope to bring!"

Q2: What car('s) were you planning to use if the selection process works out for you, and what is your situation with driver('s)?
"We have signed a 1 year LMP deal with Audi for season 4. I'm extremely proud we could bring the experience from Audi into our new team. For the GT3 class we're still in negotiations with McLaren but we have the utmost trust that there will be a deal. Of course their are other parties, but we have the intention to sign with McLaren."

"As for the drivers, the LMP line up is sorted out. We have signed a contract with an experienced driver, OffApple, and we hope that his expertise will help our team to score points this season. He will team up with me, and I think we make a great team. As for GT3, since we haven't signed any deals with a car manufacturer, we haven't talked to any drivers yet. We want to present a driver with a car and perspective, not a fairytale of how good it will become. But I will have a seat in the GT3 class, and I'm looking forward to welcoming a new driver to the team."

Q3: What is Rotterdam Performance looking to get out of the upcoming NES season?
"We don't have bizzare plans. We know we are a new team, and there is too much talent around us to clearly see which spot on the grid is ours. But we aim to fight for points every race!"
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Nukeshot Motorsport confirm Pro-Am driver line up.

Series organizers Nukeshot Motorsport have announced their driver line up for NES Season 4. Driving alongside the Amateur ranked OffApple will be the Pro ranked Sparks.

OffApple commented on his decision to sign the fellow Brit.
"I was planning to hire a Pro driver for this season, however the reason I chose Sparks was because of his BMW connection, driving an M6 independantly last season. As he was on his own last season, and since he got the Pro ranking, he would be a hot prospect in the driver market. I am pleased that we signed him before someone else did."

We also asked Sparks himself a couple of questions.

Q1: Why have you signed with Nukeshot Motorsport?
"I decided to sign up because I want to improve on my consistency, take racing seriously and get better."

Q2: What are you looking to achieve in the upcoming NES season?
"To do the best I can, and compete with the best."

A man of few words, but looking optimistic.
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Dirten stays with Porsche in LMP for NES S4.

The reigning LMP drivers champion Dirten recently announced that he will continue to race with Porsche for Season 4 of the Nukeshot Endurance Series.

We asked Dirten a few questions about his choice.

Q1: Why is it that you have renewed your contract with Porsche in the LMP category?
"I stayed with Porsche 'cause of the great effort we put in, combined as a team last season. Now we know the car, though the new balance of performance might make for a bit of adapting on our side. To sum it all up, at least for the LMP class, it was an easy choice to stay with Porsche and the 919."

Q2: Do you plan on staying in BSC, or were you looking to start a new Porsche team for S4?
"It was the plan to stay with BSC for S4 all along. At the current moment we have no plans made for after S4, so we'll obviously have some talks internally during S4 as to what the future will look like. I like the idea of having my own team sometime in the future, but when that's to happen, I don't know yet. I'm already in a part-leadership role here at BSC, which I'm happy with. But obviously, I'd like to try a new challenge sometime - maybe a 100% Danish NES team could be a reality someday..."

Q3: What are your thoughts on the LMP category having a new BoP system being developed?
"I think the LMP class needed some changes to last season's BoP. In many cases, it was obvious - especially on the more technical tracks - that the Porsche 919 had a good advantage over all of the competing rivals. Not to say that any of our wins were easy, to quote good old Mika Hakkinen, it never is. But we had an easier time managing our tyres, which made for an easier job being consistently fast, than I imagine many of our rivals had. However, the last couple of races of the season went to show that next season will be more competitive, given that several top runners of the GT3 class are rumoured to line up in the LMP class as well for S4. So our hopes and expectations are perhaps a bit lower than some would expect, but we'll give it all we've got, and try to put in some good races over the course of the season. The final driver line-up has also yet to be decided, so we've still got some work to be done ahead of S4."
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JT2OU Racing announces Aston Martin deal.

Reigning GT3 teams champions Just The Two Of Us have decided to not renew their contract with Chevrolet, but instead have chosen to move to British brand Aston Martin for their Season 4 title challenge.

We caught up with Team Principal Steviea for an interview.

Q1: After your success with Chevrolet, what has influenced you to make such a risky switch?
"We secured the use of the Corvette by having Budweiser as our title sponsor. This season however our title sponsor is Logitech.
Budweiser refused to come on board so we had to discuss options with alternative manufacturers and after some comprehensive testing we feel like we can make a bigger step forward with Aston than had we compromised staying with the Bud/Chevy combination.
We thank Chevrolet for their support and their part in our teams success, but we are confident Aston Martin will deliver."

Q2: We've seen 3 drivers race for JT2OU last season. What is the situation with Traels and CapGyris, as only 2 drivers can race at a time?
"Cap was an outstanding stand-in for myself last season, and his contribution to helping us secure the teams championship can't be understated. For this season Traels and myself plan to complete the full season providing there are no scheduling conflicts."

Q3: Are you feeling confident for the upcoming season?
"You can never be complacent. If you do not move forwards you can go backwards. This is part of the reason behind our switch to Aston, to challenge ourselves to improve further. We are confident for the forthcoming season but you can not underestimate the competition. If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail."
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Virtual Endurance Racing Team announces VAG deal.

One of the big names in the NES has completed a deal with Volkswagen Audi Group for both the LMP and GT3 categories.

For the LMP category, VERT plan to continue to use Audi machinery. This time though, the team will use the new Audi R18 instead of the spectacular e-tron VGT from last season. Team owner CrazyJohn is looking for success with Audi, after misfortunes in Season 1 and 3 cost him the title with the German brand.

For the GT3 category, a special GT3 spec Volkswagen Beetle will be used. Volkswagen has attempted to do something unimaginable, as the Beetle has been massively tuned, both in its external and internal parts. This is also the brand's debut in the NES, not including the Nürburgring 1 Hour.

We asked CrazyJohn a few questions about this development.

Q1: What has prompted you to make this deal?
"I wouldn't say it's experimental, like last season's Honda partnership. I felt like the Volkswagen was the best choice for me after I drove it in the Nürburgring.
I've driven an Audi in LMP for 2 seasons and in all of them I showed lots of pace but had bad luck, so I hope I can finally win the LMP title."

Q2: Do you have confidence that this deal will allow you to fight for championships?
"Yes. The Beetle showed a lot of pace at the Nürburgring special event, and the R18 seems pretty fast but I haven't driven it in the NES yet."

Q3: Will VERT have an eye on the Driver Market, or will VERT remain a 1 driver team?
"Any plans for team-ups will be revealed soon."
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NES S4 race calendar announced.

After much anticipation, the race calendar has been announced for Nukeshot Endurance Series Season 4! This is the biggest calendar yet as a total of 10 rounds and a preview event have been chosen.

Monza, Maggiore, Nürburgring, Dragon Trail, Suzuka, Interlagos and La Sarthe are returning for season 4. Brands Hatch and the infamous Mount Panorama circuits have been dropped, and several tracks new to the NES will debut.

One of the most requested new circuits was Kyoto Driving Park, a testing facility for automakers and a very technical course. Now it is finally making its appearance using the Yamagiwa + Miyabi layout. It is host to the Pacific round.

After a 1 season hiatus, Tokyo is back on the race calendar, although with a very different city circuit. The new track takes place on the east outer loop of the expressway, and features one of the longest straights of the season.

Blue Moon Bay is the first roval in the NES since Daytona in season 2. Like it, it plays host to the United States round. Despite being the shortest track on the calendar, it has enough technicality to it to offer a unique challenge.

Alsace was a placeholder last season before La Sarthe was added to the game. The NES never raced there as La Sarthe did get added, but now it has a place on the calendar as the new host of the preview event.

You can find the race calendar on post #2 of this thread, along with some event art featuring the event sponsors. No dates confirmed at this time.
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Nukeshot Motorsport announce BMW partnership.

After several weeks of teaser images, Nukeshot Motorsport have finally announced its planned entry for NES Season 4. The livery is a hybrid of BMW and Nukeshot traditional design, and is certainly eye-catching.

When asked about the new partnership, Nukeshot Motorsport team principal OffApple had the following to say. "I have been a fan of BMW for a long time, and especially a fan of the Z4 GT3. I have actually wanted to make this collaboration for a while now, and I'm pleased that we have finally made it happen. Now we just have to hope that the car selection process works out well for us."

We look forward to seeing how this partnership develops over time.
 
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NES Archives

Welcome to the Archives of the Nukeshot Endurance Series! This will be updated over time. We're keeping Driver Notes here, as well as the previous champions, and lap records recorded from Season 3 onwards. :D

Name/PSN: First NES.
Main/Current Racing Number.
Summary.
Team History.

ADR_Foxtrot: Season 3.
#7

Foxtrot only raced at S3 Monza in the LMP race. They used a striking yellow colour scheme on a Toyota TS050, which was a shame that we didn't see more of. After qualifying last, they ended up finishing 5th. After that Foxtrot just stopped showing up.

S3 (LMP): American Dust Racing (ADR)
AstroRobot: Season 1.
#6

Astro is one of the originals of the NES, competing regularly in the 25 Minutes of LeMans races before S1. Although he never had much in terms of success, Astro was still a decent driver who would never give up until the checkered flag.

S1 (GT): Britannica GT Corvette
S2 (GT): Britannica GT Corvette
S2 (LMP): BMW Motorsport/Bentley Racing
BlackWindowRaam: Season 1.
#88

Raam was a dominating force in the GT field during S1, and eventually managed to take the drivers title that season. Their pure talent combined with arguably the best machinery made "Raamstappen" a very tough opponent.

S1 (GT): BWT Citroën Total
S2 (GT): Lamborghini Racing Team (LRT)/V.E.R.T Motorsport Lexus
S2 (LMP): Private Entry
CapGyris: Season 3.
#3

CapGyris was Steviea's substitute for the end of the season to help secure the GT3 teams championship. They had a great race at Mount Panorama, setting the lap record and finishing second. From what we saw, there was a very strong driver who is definitely deserving of a full time drive if they return.

S3 (GT3): Just The Two Of Us (JT2OU)
Comptonn: Season 3.
#17

Comptonn started out as a Porsche single entry, where he took a surprise race win in LMP at Brands Hatch after starting last. Later on, BSC signed the Brit to their development program as a part of the Porsche Design squad. Unfortunately Comptonn couldn't repeat the performance that he delivered as a privateer, but he still scored decent points.

S3 (GT3): JMC Racing/BSC Team Porsche Design
S3 (LMP): JMC Racing/BSC Team Porsche Design
CrazyJohn: Season 1.
#25

Founder of VERT, CrazyJohn was competitive in S1 but lacked any major success. In S2 however the Greek driver established himself as the man to beat in the GT category, which he won.

For season 3 CJ switched from the front-engine SC430 to a mid-engine NSX, and reestablished the Audi partnership in LMP. After struggling with the Honda in GT3, he signed a contract with Nukeshot Motorsport where he performed a lot better.

S1 (LMP): V.E.R.T Motorsport Audi
S2 (GT): V.E.R.T Motorsport Lexus
S2 (LMP): V.E.R.T Motorsport Toyota
S3 (GT3): V.E.R.T Honda/Nukeshot Motorsport
S3 (LMP): V.E.R.T Audi
Dirten: Season 1.
#18

Although a regular in the 25 Minutes of LeMans, Dirten only competed in the NES once at Twin Ring Motegi in S1, using the very competitive Peugeot 905B alongside Nilsemann.

For season 3 Dirten became a part of the BSC development program as a part of Team Porsche Design, however his pace quickly got him a spot in the Team Marlboro squad. From there Dirten managed to win the LMP drivers title, and the teams title with Sniparator.

S1 (LMP): RLA_PREMIUM Motorsports
S3 (GT3): BSC (Team Porsche Design/Team Marlboro)
S3 (LMP): BSC (Team Porsche Design/Team Marlboro)
FirstSleeper: Season 2.
#7

FirstSleeper is one of 4 generic Nissan drivers that didn't have much significance in the larger scheme of things. The Maltese driver only competed in S2's Monza race, where he qualified second to last and didn't finish.

S2 (GT): Nissan Motorsports
FunnyTroll: Season 1.
#6

The Rainmaster himself, and S1 GT Teams champion. FunnyTroll was the only driver capable of taking the fight to Raam that season, and on his way to glory claimed a famous victory at a soaking wet Spa Francorchamps.

S1 (GT): McLaren Motorsport
S2 (LMP): Pescarolo Racing Team (PRT)
GTO: Season 1.
#66

Another regular competitor in the 25 Minutes of LeMans, GTO wasn't the fastest driver on the grid. However there were some noteworthy performances, including pole position at S1's Silverstone race, and together with Satis he became the unexpected first LMP teams champion.

S1 (LMP): Renown Racing
GT_Juju: Season 2.
#85

Juju joined the NES midway through S2 at Daytona, where he unfortunately disconnected. However despite this setback he established himself as the best rookie of the season, taking a decent 4th at Apricot Hill and an impressive drive at Nurburgring... until he ran out of fuel.

For season 3 Juju teamed up with fellow Frenchman Julien as Échappement Compétition. He only raced at Monza's GT3 race, where he finished 9th getting 2 championship points. Certainly seemed to be better back on GT6 than GT Sport.

S2 (GT): HTP Motorsport Mercedes
S3 (GT3): Échappement Compétition
G_Power: Season 2.
#7

Dominated LMP while he was competing, lapping the whole field at Monza. This prompted OffApple as series organiser to modify the performance of G_Power's V12 LMR, which he protested against up to the point of leaving the championship.

S2 (GT): Britannica GT Corvette
S2 (LMP): BMW Motorsport
Gagen: Season 2.
#100

Originally just a GT driver, Gagen decided for the last round of S2 at Nurburgring to branch out into LMP as well, buying one of the 2 Toyota 88C-V's off of VERT when they switched to the TS020. He managed to get on the podium at Daytona with 3rd in GT, which was his best result.

Although Gagen did race during season 3 at Dragon Trail, he didn't finish so wasn't classified in the championship results. He raced as a part of the HydroBros team alongside Nikos0399.

S2 (GT): Raybrig Racing/Private Entry
S2 (LMP): Minolta Toyota
S3 (GT3): HydroBros
Gray: Season 1.
#81

Gray first showed up at S1's Laguna Seca race as a private entry using a Peugeot 908. After finishing 5th, the Brit was quickly signed up with PRT, and at the next race at Apricot Hill Pescarolo took a front row lockout in qualifying.

S1 (LMP): Private Entry/Pescarolo Racing Team (PRT)
GrumpyNerd: Season 1.
#7

GrumpyNerd was a regular at the 25 Minutes of LeMans, where he was relatively competitive. However that wasn't the case when he was faced with the S1 monsoon at Spa Francorchamps. Unfortunately G-Nerd left the NES afterwards.

S1 (LMP): Toyota Gazoo Racing
Gugas: Season 1.
#23

Gugas was contracted mid-S1 by Astro, and his first race in the NES at Apricot Hill didn't go too well. Despite that, the following season he joined BSC and founded Audi Sport with ex-commentator Sniparator, and he won both LMP championships.

For season 3 Gugas returned as part of BSC, but early in the season he left to start his own team. He competed as Martini Racing Team (MRT) with an Aston Martin V12 Vantage in GT3, and a Porsche 919 in LMP. He had a couple of weeks away from the NES while he made the switch, which hurt his championship position.

S1 (GT): Britannica GT Corvette
S2 (GT): Baltic Sea Competition Honda
S2 (LMP): Audi Sports Racing
S3 (GT3): BSC Marlboro/Martini Racing Team (MRT)
S3 (LMP): BSC Marlboro/Martini Racing Team (MRT)
JKLingas: Season 3.
#21

JKLingas was part of the BSC development program from the first round of S3 at Monza. They have shown an optimistic approach to overtaking at times, but in a good and fair way. JKLingas hasn't had too much pace during S3, but they are an overall solid driver.

S3 (GT3): BSC Team Porsche Design
S3 (LMP): BSC Team Porsche Design
Jermaine: Season 3.
#11

Jermaine was signed as a reserve driver for Nukeshot Motorsport, that would race under the PCR banner when not substituting. They also ran a Mazda LM55 in LMP. Unfortunately they missed out on a lot of rounds, but they still managed to get 21 points (20 in LMP, 1 in GT3).

S3 (GT3): PCR By Nukeshot Motorsport
S3 (LMP): FR Motorsport
Jim: Season 1.
#95

Jim was the founder of Britannica GT, but only raced at S1's Twin Ring Motegi race. After a mistake 5 minutes into the race, he retired his Corvette. Jim decided to leave the NES, which passed on the torch of team manager to Astro.

S1 (GT): Britannica GT Corvette
JoeOfTheFire: Season 3.
#27

Joe came into the NES at round 5 of S3, immediately getting both pole positions and wins Interlagos. They decided to go for the most successful cars up to that point in the season, the Corvette and 919, in a bright red livery. Despite joining the season late, Joe managed to climb up to second in both drivers championships.

S3 (GT3): Slightly On Fire Racing (SOFR)
S3 (LMP): Slightly On Fire Racing (SOFR)
Jontikis: Season 2.
#88

In his only race of his short time competing, Jontikis managed to put his Lamborghini Diablo on pole against 9 other drivers. Despite the changeable conditions of Monza that season, he easily took the win and is the first driver in NES history to retire with a perfect record.

S2 (GT): Lamborghini Racing Team (LRT)
Marcus_Lauda: Season 2.
#84

Marcus wasn't the fastest, but this made race commentator OffApple become his biggest fan. At Tokyo R246 he had his best performance, even leading for a while. He also terrified the leaders of Apricot Hill after re-joining the track awkwardly.

S2 (GT): HTP Motorsport Mercedes
S2 (LMP): Pescarolo Junior Team
Nico_Neko: Season 2.
#78

Nico was one of the 4 generic Nissan drivers of S2, who also entered an Audi R8 into LMP. Unfortunately they didn't have enough pace to threaten the big names, but they still managed a respectable 3rd position at Apricot Hill.

S2 (GT): Nissan Motorsports
S2 (LMP): Private Entry
Nikos (0399): Season 2.

Another generic Nissan driver, who actually had a different car at every race. For the last race of S2 he bought one of the 2 Toyota 88C-V's from VERT, which he retired after 49 seconds of racing. He managed 4th on 2 occasions.

Nikos returned to the NES at Dragon Trail S3, where he was driving the new Toyota Supra in GT3 with Gagen as his teammate. He managed to get 6th, but was penalized 3 points for a collision with JKLingas. He didn't show up to another race that season.

S2 (GT): Nissan Motorsports/Raybrig Racing
S2 (LMP): Private Entry/Minolta Toyota
S3 (GT3): HydroBros
Nikos (19081997): Season 1.
#16

The more successful of the Nikos', who managed to beat Nilsemann's points score to become the first LMP drivers champion of the NES. Nikos even managed to fend him off in an impressive drive at Laguna Seca, showing his skill.

S1 (LMP): Pescarolo Racing Team (PRT)
S2 (GT): Lamborghini Racing Team (LRT)
Nilsemann: Season 1.
#62

The Mann to beat in S1, winning all of the races he competed in that season besides Laguna Seca. Nilse was considered the best driver not to win an NES championship of any kind during the GT6 era.

Nilse only managed to make it to the season finale of season 3, using the quick Porsche's in both GT3 and LMP. unfortunately Nilse lacked the pace that he had back on GT6, and only managed 8th and 7th. We hope to see him return to form in the future.

S1 (LMP): RLA_PREMIUM Motorsports
S2 (GT): RLA_PREMIUM Motorsports
S3 (GT3): Condor Racing By PREMIUM Motorsports
S3 (LMP): Condor Racing By PREMIUM Motorsports
OffApple: Season 1.
#29

Organiser of the NES, OffApple took the first ever GT category win at S1's Monza race. With help from teammate FunnyTroll, he became the S1 GT teams champion. For S2 he retired from racing to commentate.

For season 3 he returned to the racing scene as Nukeshot Motorsport, sporting a Peugeot RCZ in GT3. although making mistakes, it was a relatively consistent season for the Brit. Mid-season he signed CrazyJohn, which helped him battle with BSC Marlboro in the teams championship. He also competed with V.E.R.T Audi in LMP that season, but lets not talk about that...

S1 (GT): McLaren Motorsport
S2: Commentator
S3 (GT3): Nukeshot Motorsport
S3 (LMP): V.E.R.T Audi
Satis: Season 1.
#99

Satis was generally outshone by his teammate GTO during S1, however he consistently showed up to races and bagged crucial points. With their combined points total by the end of the season, Satis became the S1 LMP teams champion.

S1 (LMP): Renown Racing
Saulsterous: Season 2.
#3

Saul only competed at the last race of S2 at Nurburgring. Having been an associate of OffApple on an arcade racing game, they lacked the experience that most other competitors had. They caused multiple collisions that they apologized for after the race.

S2 (GT): Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Sniparator: Season 1.
#22

Original commentator of the NES, Sniparator switched the booth for the racing seat for S2. He formed Baltic Sea Competition, and joined Audi Sport, where he and Gugas had great success. Audi Sport became the S2 LMP champions, but Snip is insistent that he isn't a part of that success (for some reason lol).

For season 3 BSC became big news as they established a B-team squad, something not done in the NES before. Sniparator drove in the Team Marlboro squad, where he quickly became a magnet for incidents over the course of the season. Despite all of the hardship, Snip and Dirten managed to win the S3 LMP teams title. Finally Snip will accept the fact that he's won something...

S1: Commentator
S2 (GT): Baltic Sea Competition Honda
S2 (LMP): Audi Sports Racing
S3 (GT3): BSC Team Marlboro
S3 (LMP): BSC Team Marlboro
Sparks: Season 3.
#4

Sparks joined the NES party at Nürburgring, sporting a BMW M6 in red and blue M performance colours. After starting 7th and dropping back to 8th off the line, by the end of lap 1 Sparks had got up to 5th. Sparks also competed in LMP with the strong 919, where he had a scrap with eventual champion Dirten.

S3 (GT3): Need For Sparks
S3 (LMP): Need For Sparks
SplurgeTheSecond: Season 3.
#39

Splurge joined the NES using the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo to, and I quote, "be different and all that." Because of this, it was hard to judge his actual pace. He set the lap record at Brands Hatch, and later in the season was signed by Gugas of Martini Racing. We finally saw Splurges true pace at La Sarthe, where he qualified and finished second.

S3 (GT3): Martini Racing Team (MRT)
S3 (LMP): Nismo Racing/Martini Racing Team (MRT)
Steviea: Season 3.
#1

Steviea was an unknown going into S3, but they quickly gained a reputation of being the fastest in the field. He would've been the second driver to have a perfect record, but he was narrowly out qualified by team mate Traels at Brands Hatch. Steviea easily won the S3 GT3 drivers and teams championships.

S3 (GT3): Just The Two Of Us (JT2OU)
S3 (LMP): Just The Two Of Us (JT2OU)
TNVJ-FRA: Season 2.
#79

Joined the NES for the last round of S2 at Nurburgring, as another generic Nissan entry. TNVJ most notably qualified 2nd in the LMP race, and ended up finishing 3rd.

For season 3 Julien decided to team up with fellow Frenchman GT_Juju as Échappement Compétition, using a Ferrari 458 in GT3 and a Toyota TS050 in LMP. He only raced at Monza and La Sarthe that season, with his best result being at the latter where he took a respectable 5th.

S2 (GT): Nissan Motorsports
S2 (LMP): Private Entry
S3 (GT3): Échappement Compétition
S3 (LMP): Échappement Compétition
TetsuKobura: Season 3.
#54

Tetsu only competed in the early part of S3, and later disappeared. While they were competing they showed solid pace, and was mixing it up with more established drivers like Snip, OffApple and Dirten. They showed a slight lack of consistency at times, but put on a great show while they were racing.

S3 (GT3): DXRacer Motorsports
TheKill: Season 2.
#15

First raced at Apricot Hill in S2, where in the LMP race he cut across race leader Sniparator causing Snip to crash. He returned for Nurburgring where he was on the end of an almighty shunt from Saul that ended his race. Funny how that worked out for him.

S2 (GT): Private Entry
S2 (LMP): Private Entry
Traels: Season 3.
#42

Traels first showed up at S3 Brands Hatch as a team mate to eventual champion Steviea. The Dane brought extra money to JT2OU in the form of his Lego sponsorship, but Traels proved that he wasn't just a pay driver, out qualifying Steviea in his first race. JT2OU went on to win the GT3 teams championship.

S3 (GT3): Just The Two Of Us (JT2OU)
S3 (LMP): Just The Two Of Us (JT2OU)
Umt07: Season 3.
#5

Umt, also known as TimeBanditt, only raced at round 1 at Monza. They were last of the finishers in 6th, but due to an incident with Gugas they were deducted the maximum 5 championship points. After that we never saw Umt race again that season, but they have shown an interest in returning for S4.

S3 (LMP): Tiger Racing
Vgo_ipod: Season 2.
#66

Vgo competed from the start of the S2 season in the GT category, and later in LMP as well. Vgo tried to get a seat at VERT, however CJ never contracted him so he remained a private entry. He wasn't the safest of drivers, but he was nearly always there.

S2 (GT): Private Entry
S2 (LMP): Private Entry
Y_Bearr: Season 3.
#16

Y_Bearr became a part of the BSC development program at S3 Interlagos, driving for the B team Porsche Design squad. They were usually around the mid-back of the pack, but they kept themselves out of trouble for the most part and kept racking up the points.

S3 (GT3): BSC Team Porsche Design
S3 (LMP): BSC Team Porsche Design

Here is a list of previous champions of the NES!

S1 (GT): BlackWindowRaam (Citroën)
S1 (LMP): Nikos19081997 (Pescarolo)
S2 (GT): CrazyJohn (Lexus)
S2 (LMP): Gugas (Audi)
S3 (GT): Steviea (Chevrolet)
S3 (LMP): Dirten (Porsche)
S1 (GT): McLaren Motorsport (McLaren) [OffApple & FunnyTroll]
S1 (LMP): Renown Racing (Mazda) [GTO & Satis]
S2 (GT): V.E.R.T (Lexus) [CrazyJohn & BlackWindowRaam]
S2 (LMP): Audi Sports Racing (Audi) [Gugas & Sniparator]
S3 (GT): Just The Two Of Us (Chevrolet) [Steviea, Traels & CapGyris]
S3 (LMP): Baltic Sea Competition Team Marlboro (Porsche) [Sniparator & Dirten]

Here is a list of special event winners!
1st: JoeOfTheFire (Chevrolet)
2nd: Schosse97 (Lexus)
1st: JoeOfTheFire (Mazda)

Here are the previous race calendars!
Rd.1: Monza (Italy)
Rd.2: Twin Ring Motegi (Japan)
Rd.3: Spa Francorchamps (Belgium)
Rd.4: Silverstone (Britain)
Rd.5: Laguna Seca (United States)
Rd.6: Apricot Hill (Polyphony)
Rd.7: Mount Panorama (Australia)
Rd.8: La Sarthe (France)
Rd.1: Monza (Italy)
Rd.2: Brands Hatch (Britain)
Rd.3: Red Bull Ring (Austria)
Rd.4: Spa Francorchamps (Belgium)
Rd.5: Tokyo R246 (Japan)
Rd.6: Daytona (United States)
Rd.7: Apricot Hill (Polyphony)
Rd.8: Nürburgring (Germany)
PE: Lago Maggiore (Italy)
Rd.1: Monza (Italy)
Rd.2: Brands Hatch (Britain)
Rd.3: Dragon Trail (Croatia)
Rd.4: Suzuka (Japan)
Rd.5: Interlagos (Brazil)
Rd.6: Nürburgring (Germany)
Rd.7: Mount Panorama (Australia)
Rd.8: La Sarthe (France)
PE: Alsace (France)
Rd.1: Monza (Italy)
Rd.2: Lago Maggiore (Europe)
Rd.3: Nürburgring (Germany)
Rd.4: Dragon Trail (Croatia)
Rd.5: Suzuka (Japan)
Rd.6: Tokyo Expressway (Tokyo)
Rd.7: Kyoto (Pacific)
Rd.8: Interlagos (Brazil)
Rd.9: Blue Moon Bay (United States)
Rd.10: La Sarthe (France)

And here are the lap records!
Lago Maggiore GP: CrazyJohn (1:53.201)
Monza GP: StevieA (1:46.119)
Brands Hatch GP: StevieA (1:21.716)
Dragon Trail Seaside: StevieA (1:36.207)
Suzuka GP: StevieA (1:56.588)
Interlagos: CrazyJohn (1:29.408)
Nürburgring GP: CrazyJohn (1:53.552)
Mt. Panorama: CapGyris (2:01.761)
La Sarthe: ArmoredCore (3:53.722)
Alsace Village: CrazyJohn (1:51.593)
Tokyo Expressway EOL: ArmoredCore (1:57.371)
Kyoto Y+M: StevieA (2:13.540)
Blue Moon Bay A: CrazyJohnIsHere (1:05.541)
Nürburgring 24h: armoredcore12 (8:08.011)
Sainte Croix A: JoeOfTheFire (3:04.603)
Lago Maggiore GP: CrazyJohn (1:37.544)
Monza GP: JoeOfTheFire (1:31.395)
Brands Hatch GP: Splurge (1:11.413)
Dragon Trail Seaside: CrazyJohn (1:20.973)
Suzuka GP: CrazyJohn (1:41.795)
Interlagos: CrazyJohn (1:18.563)
Nürburgring GP: CrazyJohn (1:38.675)
Mt. Panorama: CrazyJohn (1:44.087)
La Sarthe: JoeOfTheFire (3:18.417)
Alsace Village: JoeOfTheFire (1:34.020)
Tokyo Expressway EOL: ArmoredCore (1:38.455)
Kyoto Y+M: JoeOfTheFire (1:55.241)
Blue Moon Bay A: ArmoredCore (0:56.544)
 
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England
NS_Zokeo_9
Driver market now open! If you wish to be put on the 'Free Agents' list please make a post with the appropriate information!

If you have joined a team using the Driver Market process, message me and I'll take you off of the Free Agents list.

All team managers who are keeping the same driver line-up from last season and plan to enter S4, please message me who your drivers are as it helps with the car selection process. :D
 
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Turkey
Turkey
Umt07
Because of my right foot injury could not complete my season 3 run.But im totally ready for season 4 i am aiming to attend all the races.

Category: BOTH
PSN ID : Umt07
Race number: #10
Split :Amateur

Hope i can find a team and show my class at season 4 NES.

EDIT : Category changed from lmp1 to both
 
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England
NS_Zokeo_9
If anyone wants to be a free agent in both categories, not just 1, instead of writing 'LMP' or 'GT3' write 'Both' in the '(category)' section.

I am only a free agent in LMP, as I already have plans in GT3.
 
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England
England
NS_Zokeo_9
Special Event coming up August 5th:
The Sainte Croix 1 hour.

Details will be added to this post.

No entry list. Anyone can show up if they have the time.
Gr.3/GT3 cars.
Sainte Croix Layout A.
Same timetable as a regular NES Race (see "Race Day Format" in post #2 for details).
Grid start with false start check.
Polyphony BoP.
Mechanical Damage set to 'Light.'
Fuel and tyre depletion, and pretty much everything else, the same as a regular NES race.
 
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England
England
NS_Zokeo_9
oh yeah whats the primary sponsor for the Audi LMS Cup offapple cus i'm about to send in the registration.
Oh. I'll be doing that for you as team manager. I still have a few things I'll try and finish tomorrow, then I'll discuss it with you through PSN. For now don't worry about it. :D
 
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England
England
NS_Zokeo_9
Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Sainte Croix 1 Hour, and all of those who tried but couldn't due to scheduling issues. Here are the results!

Pole position:

1st: JoeOfTheFire
2nd: CrazyJohn
3rd: TetsuKobura
4th: OffApple
5th: Splurge

Fastest lap: JoeOfTheFire (3:04.603)
 
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Ireland
Ireland
Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Sainte Croix 1 Hour, and all of those who tried but couldn't due to scheduling issues. Here are the results!

Pole position:

1st: JoeOfTheFire
2nd: CrazyJohn
3rd: TetsuKobura
4th: OffApple
5th: Splurge

Fastest lap: JoeOfTheFire (3:04.603)
Really wish I could have made it since I've been looking forward to it all week. I'll be there for R1 hopefully.
 
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England
England
NS_Zokeo_9
The entry list is now officially open! Returning competitors are urged to make their entry posts with haste to avoid being put in the reserve list if we reach maximum capacity. I'll start us off:

GT3
offapple #9
B (Amateur)
BMW by Nukeshot Motorsport
BMW Z4
Firestone

GT3
Sparks_360 #4
A (Pro)
BMW by Nukeshot Motorsport
BMW Z4
Firestone

LMP
offapple #9
B (Amateur)
Rotterdam Performance
Audi R18 TDI
Firestone
 
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United States
United States
armoredcore12
LMP
Armoredcore12\
#12
A+ (Pro)
Artemis Sport
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Hankook

(GT)
Armoredcore12
#12
A+
Artemis Sport
Peugeot VGT GR3
Hankook
 
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England
England
NS_Zokeo_9
LMP
Armoredcore12
A (Amateur)
Artemis Sport
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Hankook
If you're Driver Rating A, that makes you a Pro driver. And if you look at the car availability chart, the Porsche 919 only has 1 of the 3 slots left, meaning you won't be able to have a teammate and will run as a single entry. Do you accept these terms, or would you prefer to switch to a different car?
 
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