With the New Year comes a small success for World Connect Competition. Recovered from a long streak of misfortunes, the last race of 2012 at Le Mans deigned a modest look at the true performance of the team in GT1 class. But sudden technical problems didn't allow World Connect Competition to meet expectations.
2012 showed that gathering important championship points in GT1 class is well within reach of World Connect Competition and eventually, this assumption was proven true during the first race in 2013 at Interlagos, where the team was able to race almost without hard hitting incidents finishing 10th.
This is World Connect Competition's first season in GT1 class and their best result up to now.
The next Endurance Inside Intercontinental Cup 2012 / 2013 race will be held at Sebring International Raceway on February 9th, 2013. The Green Flag will be raised at 14:00 CET.
The new season of Endurance Inside's Championship is about to begin and World Connect Competition obtained a permission to participate by successfully meeting the requirements of the first test race. The first of six rounds will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey USA and will feature a 8 hours race. The Team is ready and looking forward to pick up the competition on Saturday, 13th of October at 15:00 GMT+1. Do not miss it!
World Connect Competition unveils their new C6.R GT1, exclusively built for an upcoming series of long distant races featuring P1 and GT1 class only. It's going to be the first time seeing World Connect Competition participating in the strongest GT class for a championship. Entry into the championship will be granted after a series of test races and a following evaluation by the officials.
World Connect Competition is ready to accept a new challenge and is confident to show good performance.
The third and final round of the Endurance Inside Inter- continental Cup 2012 took place at Magnificent Park, a track well known for its relatively high difficulty. It was World Connect Competition's first visit to Magnificent Park and was to be their longest race to date, a non-stop 24 hours event, and usually such events come with a series of unique demands.
Not only had the small Team to overcome a series of long training sessions, combined with developing a balanced race setup, but also did they had to find a proper pit stop strategy with a driver schedule to optimize performance.
Although qualification didn’t go too well, World Connect Competition was able to climb up to a surprisingly solid third position in GT2 class during the first hours of the race. However, over the whole distance of 404 laps, World Connect Competition had to overcome a few major setbacks, most of them as an innocent party, while putting the team into a position of a helpless bystander, incapable of reacting. If one were to put these incidents aside and take the words from the Team Manager: “Our pace was good enough to put [us] into the group of top three lap times, respectively best lap times during the night”,one can only imagine what could have been achieved by World Connect Competition during this race.
The final result of the 24 Hours of Magnificent Park shows World Connect Competition in sixth position, about 20 minutes adrift of GT2 race leader Team Monster LSR.
World Connect Competition scored enough points to finish fourth in the EIIC 2012 GT2 Championship, missing the podium by only one point. A total of 32 points puts the Team on rank 13 out of 48 teams in the general championship ranking.
Despite a few setbacks during the season, this surely was World Connect Competitions best result until today. Like Artur said: “It's a pity that we are one point short for the championship podium. But I see our progress from RDLMS to EIIC, and this motivates me even more.” Sentiments shared by third driver Richard who praised the performance of his team mates and stated his desire to compete in endurance series together later in the year.
The World Connect Competition team wishes to thank everybody who was involved in EIIC 2012. This includes the participants, their teams, the creators, the admin-istration, the broadcasters, the providers, Endurance Inside itself and of course Enduracers for their great Mod (don’t let it die!), finally all those who have been forgotten but should be mentioned here.
See you on track soon!
Read and download the full race report here
Round 2 of the Endurance Inside Intercontinental Cup 2012 was held at Road America, a famous road course located near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where the drivers and spectators were witness to a dramatic race lasting for 10 hours.
Having qualified 7th in class, World Connect Competition was able to leave the major field of competitors behind before entering the first corner of the race as the green flag flew to announce the race start. The following nine hours of racing ran as regular as clockwork for the Team, who eventually reached first position in GT2 class. However, pressure on the drivers of World Connect Competition increased significantly the closer they came to the ten hours mark. Only fifteen minutes before the end of race, the climax was reached and Artur Szykula of World Connect Competition had to defend the lead in class, only to be overtaken a few minutes before the chequered flag. His initial response was: "Second place is still more than we expected, but the appetite grows with eating!"
The whole Team of World Connect Competition is very proud of this achievement, which couldn't be done without careful preparation, a high standard of driving and reliability on track. Driver Richard Roberts said "we were right there and I am really proud of the job we did."
Read the full review of the EIIC 2012 Round 2 - 10 Hours of Road America, written by Richard Roberts, here.(mapu)
The drivers of World Connect Competition are pleased to announce that the team has gained entry into the Endurance Inside Intercontinental Cup 2012. Once again, the sim-racing team is going to take their beloved Porsche 997 GT3 RSR out of the garage and race in the GT2 class. World Connect Competition is looking forward to some exciting on track action with 44 other teams and is hungry for success.
The first of three events will be held on Saturday, March 24th, 12:00 UTC (+1) and will feature a 12 hour Endurance Race on the legendary Sebring International Raceway.
Expectations of a good result are high as the team showed promising form during the test race at Paul Ricard HTTT.
World Connect Competition are to enter the Endurance Inside Championship (EIIC) in 2012 with a Porsche 997 GT3 RSR Evo. The entry will be contingent on winning a place through the practice round held at Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track on March 09th.
The team appeared in the Race Department Le Mans Series and at FFSCA Endurance-rFactor during last season competing with the Porsche 997 GT3 RSR Evo and Saleen S7 R with two best finishes of 4th in class. The hope is for 2012 that the experience of running the 997 and the strengthening of the driver roster through recent additions will allow the team to regularly compete for podium positions.
“We are attracted to the apparent high level of organisation and the level the drivers in the league, we are also looking forward to using the Race Connection endurance plugin which we were impressed with in our race at FFSCA Endurance rFactor” English speaking driver Richard Roberts said of the teams decision to pursue a place in the 2012 EIIC.
World Connect Competition will continue to sport its distinctive pink and white colour scheme.
The final round of the RDLMS Season turned out to be a small success for World Connect Competition. The drivers of the team have not only shown themselves to be reliable but also to be competitive throughout the 12 Hours of Le Mans.
Although the team has chosen to enter the race with a setup that compromised top speed in favour of stability, World Connect Competition was still able to aim for the GT2 podium while starting from the middle of a 17 cars strong GT2 grid. Sadly, the battle for a podium place was over when the 12 Hours of Le Mans reached its tenth hour and a careless P2 driver approached the slightly slower World Connect Competition 977 GT3 RSR inside the high speed Porsche Curves and failed in his overtake attempt pushing the RSR off the track straight into the track barriers. The team car received heavy damage and lost one lap to the 3rd position in GT2 class while being repaired in the pits. World Connect Competition finished 4th in GT2 class and 16th out of 42 starters.
After two DNFs due to technical failures at Sebring International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway, finishing fourth at Road America as well as Circuit de la Sarthe and a 8th place at Road Atlanta, World Connect Competition was able to finish the RDLMS GT2 Team Championship with 23 points, missing a place in the top 6 by only 3 points.
The RDLMS was a very interesting and exciting experience with many positive and a few negative aspects for World Connect Competition. Altogether the team has learned a lot about league races, team play and fairness on track and has created a good level confidence and solidarity during this season to meet the requirements for future endurance races, and most of all endurance series!
The Team of World Connect Competition wishes to thank everybody who was involved in RDLMS Season 3. This includes the participants, their teams, the creators, the administration, the broadcasters, the providers, Race Department itself and those who have been forgotten but should be mentioned here.
See you next season!
Daytona International Speedway, Round 3 in the RDLMS Championship, was full of surprises for World Connect Competition. The team was able to qualify 3rd out of 18 teams in the GT class, placing their car in 24th position out of 39 teams across 3 different categories. The potential for a strong race was evident and the team was aiming at a podium finish. However, during the race, fortune switched sides and scowled upon World Connect Competition. The Team was an innocent party in an accident which left the car limping behind the field with heavy damage, misfortune struck again when their race ended due to a technical problem.
Road Atlanta, Round 4 of the RDLMS Championship, put a different challenge in front of the team, a shortcoming of personnel! Thankfully the team was able to overcome this challenge as Michael Labelle literally jumped into the car as 3rd driver. The race itself was mainly uneventful for World Connect Competition. Although there was a chance for a better position, the final result shows 8th in GT class, finishing 21st overall.
World Connect Competition is now looking forward to the last race of the RDLMS Season, a 12 Hours Event at the famous Le Mans Circuit, also known as La Sarthe. Confidence and excitement are rather high as the Team was able to find two team-mates who will support World Connect Competition at La Sarthe and hopefully in the future too.
World Connect Competition will be taking part in a 10 hours event of the FFSCA Endurance rFactor league on 10/12/11. The race will be held at Road Atlanta and the team will be driving a Saleen S7 R in GT1 class.
A live video broadcast will be available here.