Feb 212013

Hello and welcome back to the Sofa Racing Team!  Sunday night saw an amazing throwdown as Season 2 of Run Whatcha’ Brung on a Budget kicked off.  Drivers of all classes met early on Sunday to get some track time in before the events got underway.  After last week’s practice race everyone has adjustments to make… in Azzkker’s case, he event went to far as to throw the baby out with the bathwater and scrap his Camaro as his first choice, saying: “I will most likely be ditching the RWD [Camaro] for AWD of some sort. It’s kind of disappointing as I wanted to run something different than what I’ve been running.  I’m still trying to find that perfect car for me… so far I have a ’99 Subaru sedan and coupe ready and a ‘godzilla’ (Skyline GT-R) ready as well. I’ve really liked how the godzilla drives though.” In the end, Azzkker did infact choose the Nissan Skyline GT-R.  In fact, so did Inspectigater and Blorf.  Wanderlust2000 also went the Nissan route, but was the only one willing to walk away with the Rear wheel drive Silvia.  The rest of the pack includes a few Mitsubishi Lancers, Subaru WRX’s, and even a Camaro.  Every one of these cars has proved to be quite competitive turning out close battles all over the track.  While the Nissan’s have a clear and decisive lead on raw horsepower, the Lancers and WRX’s have a more settled middle ground between power and handling, proving that they can make up the time off the straights where it counts.

Read the full race breakdown after the jump!

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Feb 072013

Some of our Sofarians may remember our first foray into this series just over a year ago.  A clever little series about secrets, cunning, and most threatening of all… MATH!  The Run Whatcha’Brung on a Budget (RWBB) is a budget builder series, meaning you take a typical street car that is valued less than a given credit amount, and then upgrade the vehicle on a specified credit allotment.  After each race, drivers will be allowed to bolt on a couple more things to their cars as they win more cash!  Are you interested in top end speed and getting there as fast as possible?  Then spend away on turbos, engine mods, and a customizable transmission!… Or perhaps you’re much more fond of weight balance and handling? Then you might want to consider the coveted fully customizable suspension… but at 20,000 Cr that doesn’t leave room for much else… will the sport suspension be good enough instead?  Decisions, Decisions!!

We guarantee this to be an interesting and fun series.  It’s always been highly entertaining seeing what each driver values, and order parts get purchased in.  Read on past the break to find out more about this up and coming series! Continue reading »

Dec 192012

In a somewhat unfortunate turn of events, for our little Veloci_2NR (Joseph Alves), he was cut fairly early from the competition.  Of course, we here at SRT are surprised and a bit bummed out.  We strongly feel his potential secured him a much stronger standing than what we ended up getting to see.  But, that’s how a competition works, folks.  It’s not always fair and sometimes the cards just don’t quite fall your way.  Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do about it.  All the same, though, SRT stands tall and proud of Veloci_2NR.  His accomplishments are nothing short of amazing, and the fact that he even got to go to Silverstone at all is a huge credit to his name.  We’re all proud to consistently lose to him.

Showing a very strong performance in GT Academy was also Jeff Stuart and Jett Chandler, both friends of the Sofa Racing Team.  Both drivers made it to the very end of the competition, and we here at SRT offer them many congratulations.  They did a fantastic job stepping up to the plate when the chips were down, and did themselves proud.

The Sofa Racing Team also wants to congratulate all the drivers the made it to Silverstone.  Every driver there showed amazing potential, which is not to go unnoticed.  We hope that the 16 of you can look forward and are able to take the opportunity to race in whatever form it presents.

For anyone looking to see the entire US GT Academy series, head over to the nissanusa channel on Youtube to view all six episodes.

Here’s the first to get you started:

Jul 162012

Unfortunately, 2NR’s final race was in an even numbered group, so we were unable to see the race.  However, all information points to 2NR performing exceptionally well once again!  Securing his additional 12 points in round 3 gave him a much needed point boost, and it would appear that another excellent performance has slotted him in the top 16.  From here he will be sent to the Silverstone circuit in the UK for the final round of competition!

Sofa offers its congratulations to all GT Academy members.  Making it to the top 32 is a pretty amazing feat.  In particular, all of the members of the “Alt_F4” Racing team (Veloci_2NR, Jett Racer, Racer-X) have moved into Silverstone, which is just astounding!  Way to go guys and best of luck!

Good Luck 2NR!  We can’t wait to watch!  Keep your cool, buddy!  You’ve got it in you!

Jul 142012

Veloci_2NR survived a rough round 0 and round 1, getting paired with some of the tougher rivalry in the competition.  Finishing 3rd in both rounds secured him a spot in round 2, however.  Round 2 saw some less than clean racing which 2NR was unfortunately at the butt end of.  Running from the head of the pack to being swiped into a wall and falling into 4th, 2NR was forced to fight for a 3rd place finish instead of first or second.  Finishing 3rd gives him a total of 6 points in the competition, which is plenty to stay in it for day 2!  Follow 2NR today at!  Start RIGHT NOW, in fact!

Please join other sofa racers in our chatroom throughout the event.

Good luck 2NR!  We’re all pulling for you!

UPDATE: Not only does 2NR survive round 3, he blew it out of the water!  Pulling the fastest lap in qualifying (Cape Ring North, gap of .1s) set him up for pole position into heat 1.  Heat 1 saw a gap between first and second of 3.3s!  Continuing his good fortune, 2NR pulled 12 points out of round 3, placing first in both heats, securing his position for round 4.