New Sponsors in 2008

I’d like to personally welcome two new sponsors today to the BCR team.


First off is Scorpion Sports USA! Those cool matching Red/Black EXO-700 Burst helmets you saw Mike and I wearing at the end of 2007 came from Scorpion Sports. Many thanks go out to Teri Gorrell and the team at Scorpion for coming on board officially to support Bad Cat Racing in 2008. We’ll do you proud this seasoon.

Second I’d like to welcome SimBin Studios to the team. SimBin Studios produces some of the best motorsport racing simulations available today. The team at SimBin was nice enough to provide us with copies of Race 07 WTCC. There are several unique features about Race 07 that allow it to stand out from what some would probably call a driving game. For one, every single aspect of the vehicle, tires, drivetrain, suspension, gearbox, diff, ride height, camber, caster, toe in, fast bump, slow bump, sway bars, springs, splitter, wing, steering lock, brake bias, transmission lock, coast, gearing, tire pressures, tire temps from all three sections, true track feedback, an actual adjustable seat, they thought of everything you could experience at the track short of busting your knuckles slipping a wrench in the pits. Even bugs build up on your visor.

Mike has set up the Radical SR3 which is a (in real life) Hayabusa engine based budget racer. Since it has a six speed close ratio motorcycle transmission, and winds up like a bike, the engine feels like an F1 sidecar. Mike is able to set the chassis up on the Radical SR3 so that it mimics the sliding glide “steer it with the throttle and a little clutch” of a Fl long chassis.

Race 07 allows custom track packs to be added on. And here is where things pay off. We will be at Road America in Wisconsin in early June running the big Superside race AMA Superbike weekend. Neither Mike or I have actually set foot on Road America, so we literally need to spend hours on Race 07 “in the simulator” getting the track burned into our heads the best we can before we get to Wisconsin in June. We have four race weekends before Road America at Willow Springs on the Big Track, so we should have the CSR sorted out for going very very fast by the time we’re ready to pack up and head for Road America.

Mike took about 15 minutes to start cutting hot laps around Road America in the sim, beating the AI drivers for first place before a full lap was finished.

Me, I wasn’t so lucky. I’d bounce off some walls, turn in too soon, over correct and slide off into the grass. Start screaming at the other drivers, you name it. And by the time I did start to get the feel for it and started finding my shift points and brake markers, finally cutting consistent lap times and thinking to myself “Wow, maybe Road America won’t be that bad.” this happens.

~ Sarah

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