Since the advent of the RSA Protea SimSports team, a time when a casual Skype chat between Gert James and Jason Holden-Jones lead to the establishment of Sim Race South Africa’s very own national sim racing team, there was a belief that not just good results could be achieved with the talent and experience already accumulated at Sim Race South Africa, but a victory in our maiden season would be possible. Last evening, this notion was confirmed at the Red Bull Ring during Round 6 of the Virtual Le Mans Series (VLMS) hosted by SimRacing.Club. With well over 150 sim racers competing, the Virtual Le Mans Series is a highly competitive endurance championship acting as a feeder series to arguably the world’s premier sim racing endurance championship; the Virtual Endurance Series (VEC).
Besides Gabriel Rossouw beating all LMP2 drivers to secure the overall fastest practice lap time and Jason Holden-Jones briefly leading the race admittedly due to a technical issue regarding tyre changes forced him to stay out on track while rivals dived into the pit-lane after the rain came pouring down, this race was all about the Protea GT Entry, prepared and driven by Amrish Seunarain and Gert James.
After beating his personal best lap time in qualifying to place the #170 Corvette C7.R ninth in class out out of 20, Seunarain started well in the dry, however in the wet is where the Protea Corvette started to really shine.
With an outstanding drive by Seunarain and James calling the strategy shots on the comms, the #170 car dived into the pits for its driver swop while leading it’s race, this with 2.5 hours to go. James in the car and Seunarain assuming the Race Engineer role, Boyd Bryson also joined the comms to offer advice from his wealth of rFactor 2 endurance racing experience. With Rossouw and Gerrit Crafford doing their utmost to salvage some points for the Prototype car, the teams’ attention was turned to what seemed like a very possible GTE class victory.
The rain continued to come down and the Protea Corvette just kept on pulling away to astonishingly lap all of it’s rivals in the process, a testament to the hard work Seunarain and James put into their preparation. Seunarain and James not only turned RSA Protea SimSports into a race winning team, but also set an example for the rest of the team to follow. A synergy that will have ripple effects throughout the entire team and against our rivals.
To develop the all South African team further, and with plans to expand to a number of competitions; the team welcomes you to state your interest in contributing to the outfit, however big or small, by submitting the form at the bottom of this page. The team currently includes; Amrish Seunarain, Boyd Bryson, Gabriel Rossouw, Gerrit Crafford, Gert James, Jason Holden-Jones, Lance Garassino and Mark Henebury.
RSA Protea SimSports Team Application:
**Proven season performances (speed, consistency, completion of races and championships) during Sim Race SA sanctioned events, club races through to the SA simGT Pro Series, will aid you in a successful application.