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Rear View Mirror 1-25-16

John Schommer
Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy Monday Forza fans! The countdown to racing is nearly up. This coming weekend we have the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona coming up and the World Rally Championship got underway this past weekend. It won’t be long and everything with four-wheels will be out there making beautiful noise and keeping the tire manufacturers in business.


So take a look at what happened in the world of racing, both virtual and real-life, in this week’s edition of Rear View Mirror.


FIA Formula E Race Off

Fans and racers alike had a good time competing in the Formula E Race Off event that pitted Formula E drivers Bruno Senna and Nico Prost against each other and Forza fans at Gfinity Arena in London. In the end, it was Bruno Senna who took to his virtual racing career quicker than Prost. Overall, drivers from the Forza community such as PJ Tierney and eventual winner Zak Scholes proved to be much faster than the real life drivers Senna and Prost.



There is more extensive coverage of the event to be seen on the Formula E website and you can check out this video of the final race. Those look like five tough laps with drivers pulling out all the stops to vie for the win. Congratulations to all who had a chance to participate.



WRC Monte Carlo

The 2016 WRC season started off just the way Sébastien Ogier wanted it to, with a hat trick of wins at Monte Carlo. Ogier joins an elite club of drivers (Sandro Munari, Walter Röhrl, Tommi Mäkinen, and Sébastien Loeb) who have won the Rally Monte Carlo three times consecutively. This round is of particular import to Ogier, who was born at the rally base of Gap, making this his home rally.


Ogier led the Volkswagens to victory by 1 minute, 54 seconds but was in close competition with Kris Meeke in his Citroën until Meeke retired from damage to his gearbox inflicted by a rock. VW teammate Andreas Mikkelsen was ready to fall in to second place. Thierry Neuville, in the new Hyundai i20, had to settle for third place when gearbox problems slowed their otherwise superior pace toward second.


The pageantry of Monte Carlo, the mountains above Monaco, and the snow-covered roads of the French Alps set an awe-inspiring stage for this first rally of the 2016 season. Next up is Sweden, the one true winter rally event.



Trophée Andros Lans En Vercors

The ice and snow covered tracks of the Trophée Andros may not be all the spectacle of the Red Bull Frozen Rush but it is one of the longest-running winter race series in the world. Fans travel to see the French celebrities who show up to give their best shot at sliding in the snow along with the best frozen-condition drivers of the world.



This week Franck Lagorce in in his Dacia Lodgy took the lead in the points with wins in both races. Lagorce is a former Formula 1 driver and is making his presence known this year in Trophée Andros amidst a deep field of drivers from many disciplines trying to take down four-time champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut. The field at Lans En Vercors was broadened by the entry of a Ford Fiesta driven by former 24 Hour of Le Mans winner Jonathan Hirschi.


Check out this fan-produced video for a look at the cars and motorcycles racing in the icy conditions.



2016 Racing Schedules

With the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona taking place this weekend, the start of the 2016 racing season is just about underway. With so many race series to follow, I put together this list of schedules for you in an effort to help you from missing any races you want to be watching.


You can also check out this Forza event calendar put together by ManteoMax that includes most of these series as well as Forza events like the Tuesday Twitch, Heavy Metal Affliction stories, Forza Friday and more. Thanks to the Forza data master for his contribution to keeping us all up to date.


For the official schedules of the top racing series check these out:


Formula One 2016 Schedule First race, March 18.

2016 Verizon IndyCar Series First race, March 13.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series First race is February 13.

IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship First race is this coming weekend at Daytona.

Pirelli World Challenge Season starts March 3.

World Rally Championship Series is underway.

Red Bull GRC 2016 season yet to be announced. Watch the highlights of the 2015 season here.

Formula E Season is underway, next race is February 6.

Formula Drift The opener is at Long Beach April 8-9.


Don JoeWon Song Six Months Video

Thankfulness will get you everything and Forza driving superstar Don JoeWon Song has a super cool way of saying thank you to his supporters in this compilation video showing off some of the greatest moments he created over six months with Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 6.


Take a look if you want and think about who you would thank for making you the Forza fan you are today.



As ManteoMax’s calendar calls out, you will find me on the Tuesday Twitch tomorrow at 1 p.m. Pacific tearing up the tracks of Forza Motorsport 6. We will be running some multiplayer rounds and giving away a t-shirt, so take time off work, skip your homework , or get someone to watch the kids; this is our time and I want you there.