2019 RD MINI Challenge | Round 5 - Hockenheimring

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Bram Hengeveld

RaceDepartment Founder

Race Details:
Race Schedule:
GMT +0 | CET +1 | EET +2
  • 13:00 UTC - Free Practice, 40 minutes
  • 13:40 UTC - Qualification, 15 minutes
  • 13:55 UTC - Warm up, 5 minutes
  • 14:00 UTC - Race, 2 x 20 minutes
Server Settings:
  • Automatic Clutch: Yes
  • Automatic Gears: Yes
  • Traction Control: No
  • Anti-Lock Braking: Yes
  • Stability Control: No
  • Spin Recovery: No
  • Steering Assist: No
  • Braking Assist: No
  • Auto Pitstop: No
  • Flag Rules: Full
  • Fuel Usage: 2x
  • Tire Usage: 1x
  • Mech Failures: Normal
  • Damage Multiplier: 50%
Entry List
Division 1
  1. Ross McGregor
  2. Chris Butcher
  3. Matt Le Gallez
  4. Craig Patteson
  5. Chris Shepherd
  6. Tobias Roehner
  7. Davy Vandevenne
  8. Tamas Pazsy
  9. Eduardo Garcia
  10. Matt Cook
  11. Simon Pierotti
  12. Manuel Alves
  13. Allister Reed
  14. Jason Whited
  15. Kreshnik Halili
  16. Fernando Flanagan
  17. Bram Hengeveld
  18. Steve Le Gallez
  19. Jukka Maattanen
  20. Frank Lehmann
  21. Paul Joseph
  22. Sergio Mengual
  23. Balazs Polgar
  24. Michael Klein
Division 2
  1. Luka Berk
  2. Matej Ivanusa
  3. Jose Paulo Miranda
  4. Ed Sierra
  5. Rob Moore
  6. Paul Beecroft
  7. Franklin Stegink
  8. David Mann
  9. Mike McGeer
  10. Daniel Monteiro
  11. Alex Townsend
  12. Craig Dunkley
  13. Dave Stephenson
  14. Colin Alexander
  15. Ingemar Petersson
  16. Fernando Pina
  17. free slot
  18. free slot
  19. free slot
  20. free slot
  21. free slot
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Bram Hengeveld

RaceDepartment Founder
Groups for this weekend have now been posted. Please and I can't stress it enough, if you CAN"T make the race please report it asap.

Chris Butcher

Red Bull Gridsters 2012 Champion
Eugh, AMS hates me!

Absolutely gutted, had a decent lead but had a strange timing glitch and it wasn't counting my laps for some reason. After 2 laps, the game threw me out. Internet never dropped.

Funnily enough the same thing happened to me at another league and cost me a championship there too. I'm so done with this game! Wish it was like rF2 and I could re-join....

Anyway, thanks RD, had a great time this season! And congrats to Ross, who drove superbly

Bram Hengeveld

RaceDepartment Founder
So sorry for you @Chris Butcher this was not the way to end the season.

First race was epic again for me. Great racing with the usual suspects (we met again @Manuel Alves :D) again and really enjoyed battleing with Steveski.

Not sure what happened in race 2 but that was not a worthy end to an (imho) awesome season. Race 2 had some absolute dirty driving by some people.

To wrap up the racing this whole season has been amazingly close and I hope we don't let that feeling be spoiled by the last race.

Special thanks go out to @Davy Vandevenne for the skinpack, @Paul Glover and @Joseph Wright for the great stream every week and @Dave Stephenson for the massive amount of work behind the screens.

Hope to see you all next season again!


#26 | HSRC - Banzaaaiii Touring Car Crew
Thanks guys for putting this championship together, and well done @Ross McGregor!!!

The second race brought back the worst memories from the RDTCC with the Marcas cars (S9 maybe?). It was bumper cars all around, with some drivers going out of their minds.

BTW, sorry @Craig Patteson for that final turn stall, I had 0.1L less than what was needed to finish the race. Didn't expect it to be a lap longer than the first race was, cost me ten positions, hope it won't affect your overall standing.

Mostly great fun, hopefully a top10 overall finish, and some decent results by @balage06 too for Banzaaaiii TCC! Time to enjoy our beers now! :thumbsup:;):)


A very fun weekend for me! I didn't expect to have great pace at this track because I had to limit my practice time. All the practice for these races has aggravated an old shoulder injury and I suspect a surgery is in my near future :cry: Nonetheless, we had some crazy close and clean mid-pack racing in the first race between myself and many others. I know I saw the names David Mann, Dave Stephenson, Craig Dunkley, and Mike McGeer; I'm sure there were others I missed. It was great fun. Sadly I received a drive through for cutting, it was a bummer because three of the cuts were going wide to give someone on my inside room to make the corner, but I would rather serve the penalty than take someone out and ruin their race. It didn't matter in the end because I ran out of fuel! I still don't understand how this happened, I had run multiple test distances to check my fuel load with no issues. I believe the same happened to Mike McGeer.

The second race I started in 1st and was quickly overtaken by Daniel Monteiro and Rob Moore. Rob and I spent the next 10 minutes running very close together and swapping positions a couple times before a couple other fast guys caught us. Luka Berk and Rob got into a battle that was great fun to watch. Unfortunately on the last lap they went side by side into the hairpin and braked earlier than I expected and I had to dive past them off the corner to avoid running into one of them and it allowed a couple others through. No matter though, I was just glad I didn't ruin their fight. I believe Luka came out on top. Bad luck for someone receiving a penalty on the last lap so I got one of those positions back for a 5th place finish.

I just want to thank all of you that put in the hard work to make this happen, and all my fellow competitors for being patient when I made rookie mistakes. I had 0 hours played in AMS when this was announced, and 40 hours in AC was the total of my sim racing time. This was a huge learning experience for me and I hope my racecraft improved noticeably over the course of the 3 weekends I took part in. I'll put in some practice and come back stronger next year. Thanks again for a great series everyone!

One last thing, and I can take this to a different thread if necessary, but I worked really hard to improve my braking over the last two weeks of practice. Despite that, I noticed at several places, especially the hairpin on this track, that people are absolutely killing me under braking. There were times the person in front of me was braking a full 25 feet later than me and I was still nearly running into them because they were stopping so much harder. What should I work on? I've really tried to smooth my initial braking input and be right at the max threshold, but clearly I have a lot of improvement to do there. Anyway, cheers again for a great couple weeks of racing! :thumbsup:

Edit: Of course, I should also said congrats to Ross, absolutely mega driving in these Minis. That lap time in the first race today is insane.
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Would like to start off by saying that when I purchased Automobilista at the start of season for £5.00 , I was laughing my head off. Little did I realise I had to then purchase the tracks. Wasn't laughing so much. :roflmao:

Worth every penny though.;)

Just want to say how gutted I am for my good old pal, @Chris Butcher . A s**t way to end the season. It would have been tough to claw it back anyway with the current points structure.

Secondly, congratulations to @Ross McGregor who, in my opinion, was very impressive in these Mini's, excellent race craft and a pleasure to battle with.

I lost the fight for the championship at Redbull Ring when I blew my engine, in a race where my nearest two competitors flawed. Had I seen the flag that day, after flying from the back of grid up into 7th, with the potential to finish 2nd place, I would have had a healthy lead in the standings. This is motor racing and its why we love it. :)

I had already decided to take a slight step back from simracing this year due to working commitments but if this league were to continue on the same day or a Sunday, I think it would be very hard for me to not join the fun.

Thanks to @alexSchmurtz for making my livery at very short notice.

Big thanks to all of you involved for making it happen.



I’d like to do a season summary when I’ve got more time so will do a quick race recap for now.

Before I do, a massive thanks and congratulations to everyone that put on the championship; including organisers, drivers and broadcasters. With one or two exceptions I’ve had a series of incredibly enjoyable races with great, respectful driving throughout the field. Although not going down to wire, the competition at the front has been incredible to watch.

Congratulations on that front to @Ross McGregor for being the series’ first double champion. Incredible hard luck to those chasing him down. Ross did enough to win this on merit in my opinion but it’s always unfortunate to see worthy rivals fall at the final hurdle. Hope you gents enjoyed racing as much as we enjoyed watching it.

Congrats to @Pappa_G_27 on grabbing that win (great result for Reid, too). I can’t think of anyone that had worse luck this season come race day (Bram close second?) so a win was well earned. Not sure where you were stashing that extra pace as I was keeping up with you at Imola!

Excellent showing from the lads taking the step up from Div 2, too.

Now for my race summary.

Talk about Jekyll and Hyde! I’ve been struggling to get the most out of the Mini here at Hockenheim, with the biggest culprit being consistency. Thankfully things started to click today and despite a modest impact on the time sheets I was happy with my pace.

I was happy with my qualie but there was probably a few tenths left there. No chance of threatening the 2:03’s anyhow! My first set of laps yielding the best time.

Race 1 was great. I can’t recall the very start but once things had settled in I had a great battle with Sergio. He defended well throughout and it was a great game of cat and mouse with us both having different racing lines and strengths and different parts of the track. I was concerned if I battled too hard we’d both lose out to the pack battling ahead. That wasn’t the case and I was able to maintain a good pace.

I took my chance on lap 8, getting ahead under braking for the hairpin. I was able to close on the battle for top 10 but simply couldn’t get close enough to mount any sort of challenge. Great racing Sergio.

On to Race 2, well half of it at least. I’m disappointed by the lack of respect shown by the faster lads coming through. There was a decent gap going into the chicane and a pack of cars absolutely leaned on the pack in front to get round it, of which people where already trying to make room for each other. I just about scraped through and lasted all of two corners before Davy tapped me (3 times!) around (slightly) damaging the rear of my car and all but ending my race. You can’t just push through another car. Not sure what the gap was to the back of the pack but it was an uphill struggle.

It paid to stick with it as I did manage to catch to the pack up with a couple of laps to go, but my tyres were worse for wear. Anyone could of grabbed a handful of positions right up to the death, there. Still, excellent racing with the guys battling for our dignity and a nice way to end the championship.

Thanks for the great races, everyone.

Ross McGregor

Unfortunate end to the season with Chris B's issues, and a real shame neither of the Chris' could start race 2. It was always going to be tough to claw the points back, but with the way race 2 went literally anything could've happened.

Race 1: Chris B made a break after myself & Chris S got involved in a tight battle, before i realised something odd in the timing. I've never seen that issue before, so very unfortunate for Chris there. But the race continued, and Chris and myself were never separated by more than 0.5s throughout. On the final lap i got a run on him and we had a quality side-by-side battle for the last third of the lap, which was pretty intense considering how close i was to the grass at the hairpin. (poo definitely came out:poop:) But somehow i crossed the line ahead. Congrats to Craig on the podium too.

Race 2: With both Chris' out, i pretty much just had to finish, and this turned out to be an achievement in itself considering the driving standards we witnessed. I hung back a lot in this race and tried to weave between the carnage, but my car was pretty battered by the end. I was just very fortunate to avoid the bigger incidents. Unfortunately though, i had a hand in Manuel Alves hitting the barriers and exiting the race. He came off the kerb across the front of my car exiting the Mercedes-Benz corner while i had Craig Patteson alongside me, meaning i had no way to avoid him. I noticed later he had just been involved in an 'interesting' manoeuvre the turn previous, so it was certainly an action-packed couple of corners and i'm sorry if i was at fault at all.

Gradually made my forward and benefited from some ridiculous driving from a couple of individuals- possibly the worst I've ever seen in a league race in my 11 years of sim-racing. It's a slightly unfortunate way to end the season, but the other races were full of clean battling. It seems like all the dodgy stuff came out in one race!!

Well done to Simon, Tobias & fellow Scot Alister on 1st, 3rd & 2nd, and thanks again to Joseph & Paul for a great broadcast. (and for showing my reverse donuts at the end!)

I'll write a little sum-up of my season later and do a few more thank yous:thumbsup:

Craig Patteson

Natural Born Racer Racer in Pyjamas
wow what an event to end the season :)

firstly would like to say a big thank you to the organisers @Bram Hengeveld @Dave Stephenson @Davy Vandevenne and our commentators @Joseph Wright and @Paul Glover :)

Qualy: that was my best qualy of the season and with a time I didn't think I could do so was happy with a P5 start :)

Race one: had a good start manage to keep my position soon 5th became 4th after Chris butcher DNF and managed to overtake Simon Pierotti for 3rd. with no chance of catching Chris Shepard or Ross McGregor I fought to hold onto 3rd place but Matt le Gallez wasn't going to make it easy thankfully managed to hang on for my first podium of the season :)

Race two: decent start lots of battles happening gained loads of places was running P7 at the end before a coming together with Tamas Pazsy on the last corner of the last lap made me fall back to P9 still happy with a top 10 finish :)

Big congrats to @Ross McGregor for another championship in the mini’s fantastic job.

Really bad luck for @Chris Butcher

I’m over the moon to have finished potentially P3 in the championship I haven’t had the pace over the season to stick with the fast drivers but I think I’ve been very consistent

Hope to race against you all again soon :)

Ross McGregor

So this season was pretty hectic for me. I didn't even know if i'd be taking part, as 3 days before pre-qualie started i was lying in hospital recovering from surgery! I've had Crohn's disease for a long time so sometimes i really struggle to do the things i love, but this gave me something to focus on. Other than health issues, i had just sold my fancy-schmancy 'Derek Speare Designs' Wilwood load-cell pedals (see pic of my state-of-the-art rig;)) that i'd used to win the last Mini championship. The reason for this was i hadn't really done any serious sim-racing for a couple of years and felt like i wouldn't be doing any again due to my advancing years and numerous commitments...
Untitled by Ross McGregor, on Flickr

Somehow i came top of prequalie, although my fastest lap wasn't 100% clean, and muddled through Imola with a couple of 3rds. Brands GP went really well. Spielberg less so! Oulton was another good one for me, but i was very lucky to make it through Hockenheim alive!

I had a pretty consistent run this season, and my only genuine bad race was as a result of being punted off, so i have to be pleased with how it went. My qualifying speed was also much better than i thought it would be, and i didn't make many mistakes. Had some great battles along the way too- especially with Chris Shepherd, and hopefully we provided a bit of entertainment for the broadcasts! (Glad i also got my sponsor - Marloe Watch Company - some air time! If anyone is interested in classy, functional hand wound timepieces, get in touch with me, as my friend is the co-owner & chief designer! www.marloewatchcompany.com)

Big thanks to Davy for sorting the skins, Alex for providing the awesome spotter guides, Joseph, Paul & Mr. C for their tremendous broadcasting work, and Bram & Dave for their admin masterclass!

Finally, well done to Matt Le Gallez & Craig Patteson for 2nd & 3rd in the championship, and to Simon on breaking his pole & win duck in league racing. I'm sure there'll be more to come.

I'll hopefully be back for the next edition of the Mini series at RD, but who knows, maybe i'll be back a little sooner?!:thumbsup:

Thanks again,


Congratulations to Ross on a great victory. And thanks to everyone involved in putting on the league. It was my first ever, since only starting sim racing just over a year ago. I learnt a lot, and still have a lot more to learn it seems :D

Well that was another interesting round for me. Haven't managed to keep out of trouble much this season and it looked like today that was going to change. A decent quali in 4th (I actually had a couple more tenths in me but couldn't nail a lap) race 1 started better than the last few. I was unable to break the slipstream to Craig in the early laps which meant I got a bit swamped in a battle. A couple of mistakes, a couple of light touches and found myself down to around 6th battling the Bannzzaiii boys. Frustratingly Balazs and I touched ever so slightly on the exit of a corner which meant his car went onto the sausage kerb and straight into my side causing me to spin. Sorry to Fernando Flannagan for being in your way as I was spinning and ruining your race. I'm surprised my car still was running, so decided to pit and just finish the race.

Race 2, well that was a bit of a hollow victory. Put in some fast laps early then just settled. The only thing I had to worry about was fuel, and that damn extra lap nearly got me. Had 1.8 litres left starting the last lap. Short shifted and took it very easy to finish with 0.3 litres left. Lucky I had a big lead. Haha

Anyway it was a great first league experience and I know what I need to work on to get better in the race. A bit of luck would also be great as I seemed to get tangled up a bit. Probably due to some race pace inconsistencies. Fun times anyway :D
Great races today in Div. 2, and great season overall. Big thanks and kudos to the RD crew! Thanks for the mention Colin, it was some good clean racing with you, Paul, and others (except when I punted Paul, sorry again). I'm really glad I was able to participate in this season.
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