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Rear View Mirror 7-24-17

John Schommer
Monday, July 24, 2017


Whether you are enjoying the spoils of summer sitting poolside or enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of your favorite gaming space, racing in all its glory is taking place around the globe. In case you were too busy enjoying your favorite Forza game, or the sunny weekend, Rear View Mirror has got your recaps of what went down in racing. Let’s get to it.


Silk Way Rally

When you consider the Dakar Rally to be the most challenging and expeditious of all off-road racing, a close second has got to be the Silk Way Rally. This 10,000-kilometer rally raid – that’s 6,200 miles for us non-metric-capable types – is an epic journey through Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. Obstacles – in the way of hundreds of miles of massive, treacherous, and unpredictable dunes throughout the Gobi desert – are everywhere for Silk Way competitors.


In this year’s event, Peugeot Total drivers were at the top of the bill throughout the race. One crashed, one provided support after losing too much time, and one won. WRC legend Sébastien Loeb was contending for the win until his Peugeot 3008DKR took a bad spill, damaging their car beyond repair and sending Loeb to the hospital. Stephane Peterhansel, “Mr. Dakar” took point for some time before mechanical issues put him two and a half hours back.


It was Cyril Despres, last year’s Silk Way winner, who in the end fought for and earned for the victory. I do not misuse the term “fight” in the least either. After getting stuck and then dug out and pulled out by Peterhansel, Despres finished the final stage in the Gobi desert without the aid of power steering, the most difficult driving of his career, according to Despres.


Take a look at these highlights from stage 13 of 14



IMSA – Lime Rock

The multi-class racing of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship was between the GTLM and GTD classes for the Lime Rock round. It was the first event since the mid-season break that gives time to the teams to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was a two-hour and forty-minute race at historic Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.


It was a big day for Porsche in both classes. The 911 RSR cars took first and second place and battled between themselves for the win. The RSR is the first 911 to have the motor mounted ahead of the rear axle and, in my opinion, it emits the angriest exhaust note ever. It was the first win of the year for the Porsche factory effort. Porsche’s last win was at COTA in 2016. Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner were the winning pair, with Laurens Vanthoor and Gianmaria Bruni taking second.


In GTD it was Porsche dominance as well. Park Place Motorsports won the GTD class with Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsey. It was that team’s first win since the Petit Le Mans in 2015. Lime Rock is a hard track to set up a car for according to Lindsey, “and Joerg is just a master at this place, he brought it home in spectacular fashion. He made it look easy. It’s good to finally get a victory for Park Place and everybody back in Dallas,” Lindsey said.


Listen to the contrast in sounds from these cars in this YouTube clip that focuses on the sounds of the cars.




After Race 1 of the DTM racing weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Audi driver René Rast converted his pole-position into his first win at the venue. The results put Rast into the lead of the DTM points championship at what is the mid-point of the 18-race season. Audi teammate Mike Rockenfeller finished second for an Audi 1-2.


On Sunday, BMW driver Maro Engel worked his way from second-to-last on the grid to a victory, his first ever. Out of 52 races, Engel’s previous best results led to a 9th and a tenth place finish. He thanks mostly a pit strategy that got them into the pits just before a safety car caution period. Mattias Ekström was on a tear at the end of the race passing one car after another but did not have enough laps to challenge Engel. The resultant second place put him back in the championship lead ahead of Rast.



NASCAR – Brickyard 400

At first it looked like Kyle Busch was going to make history as the first driver to win the Brickyard 400 three times in a row. He had the car to beat and had led 87 of the first 110 laps. Then Martin Truex Jr. made a mistake that took them both into the Turn 1 wall, ending the race for both cars.


Then, with Busch and Truex Jr. out, the field reorganized itself under green flag racing with Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski leading the pack. Jimmie Johnson nearly changed their fate when he spun on what may have been the oil his motor was leaking and it caused a second overtime restart that Kahne made the better of and resulting in his first victory since 2014, a 102 race winless streak.


Here is some footage of the Truex Jr., Busch crash



Mimms Honda Day from DZero4

Forza community member Dzero recently attended a special Honda focused car show in England and brings us this synopsis and great photos. More photos can be found on the Johniwanna Facebook page.


Mimms Honda Day began many years ago as a Honda car meet at a service station in the UK called South Mimms. Last year it was moved to Rockingham Motor Speedway. This time was the summer edition of the show, and in typical British style, it rained. Nevertheless many braved the weather and brought out some of the UK's finest Honda's including first gen Civics and an NSX! 



#TuesdayDrive on Mixer

Tomorrow on Mixer for the #TuesdayDrive stream we will be cruising about Forza Horizon 3’s Australia in search of Easter Eggs. I know of a couple, but may need your help finding them, then we can have a show and tell of what you might know that I don’t know. So put on some bunny ears and come hop around with us at 1 p.m. Pacific.