The 2018 ForzaRC Pre-Season Invitational was held in Seattle last weekend. 18 of the fastest players on Forza Motorsport 7 descended upon the American North-West, in order to duke it out for the two different championship titles on offer. That’s right, for the first time in ForzaRC history, there was not one – but two different titles up for grabs, with a Team Championship joining the Individual Championship making up the tournament structure.
This new championship saw four different teams send three drivers each, with the team that garnered the most accumulated points being crowned the best team on Forza Motorsport. F4H Motorsport, Virtual Drivers by TX3, Alien Motorsport and Japspeed Racing were the teams selected to take part in this Invitational Team Championship. Absolutely nobody doubted any of the team’s credentials, with every one of them being a successful and well-respected team in their own right.
Meanwhile, the Individual Championship (which returns from all previous ForzaRC events) included some of the top names in Forza esports not associated with a large organisation, as well as those from the aforementioned teams. Players such as the formidable Laige – who recently signed for massive esports organisation G2, faced off against Forza legend bbb0x and McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer qualifier Harmonic, amongst others.
The drivers competing in the Individual Championship were as follows:
Track: Sebring International Raceway Full Circuit
Car: Lamborghini Veneno
The first race of the event saw the racers line up in the order they had qualified. The Frenchman G2 Laige started on pole, and put the open track ahead of him to good use. He took off from the green flag like a rocket, extending his lead to more than a second almost immediately. The rest of the pack followed him around, with a small amount of jostling for position behind. bbb0x had a lightning start, flying up into 2nd place after turn 1. He came under attack from German national GTz Chriz however, who flew up the inside into turn 7. The following lap G2 Laige missed his braking point, allowing Chriz to get alongside. G2 Laige passed him once more though, at the next complex of corners.
Lap 4 saw heartbreak for bbb0x, as some awesome on track battling came to an end with a mega collision. Pinned on the inside, bbb0x had nowhere to go as Lightning moved down into him. An almighty hit that involved Harmonic, TX3 HardBR, TX3 Lightning and bbb0x himself left the German with 100% damage and no chance to catch up. This allowed MGC’s ChicPizza to move into a very respectful 9th place – a position he held until the end of the race.
Track: Road Atlanta Full Circuit
Car: Ford GTLM
G2 Laige set off in a similar fashion to race 1, with a commanding lead having been established within a few corners. The race featured plenty of upsets – including early on for front runner TX3 Lightning, who only managed 9th place thanks to a huge collision with GTz Chriz, F4H Racerz and TX3 HardBR at the final corner.
After running wide and hitting the tire wall, Chriz was bounced back into the middle of the path, right into the path of the drivers behind. Over the course of lap 4, 5 and 6, Harmonic and THR Ne provided some fantastic fair battling, jostling for 6th position. In the end it was THR Ne who held out and finished ahead of the American. G2 Laige was able to take yet another commanding victory, with AMS’ RoadRunner able to take 2nd. F4H ForceOne took his first podium of the event in 3rd, and JSR Rossi took 4th, improving on a dismal 8th place at Sebring.
Track: Mazda Laguna Seca
Car: Audi IMSA Quattro
Disaster struck for G2 Laige in race three, as his dominant lead was wiped out by a first lap incident. He started last rather than at the front like the previous two races. As cars up ahead went three wide into the fast, left-handed kink heading up toward the cork-screw – the resulting decrease in speed caught the championship leader off-guard. As such, he span. Being left stone cold last, it was F4H Racerz who inherited the lead of the race. A race long defensive drive from the youngster ahead of New York Invitational winner TX3 Lightning, and Series 3 winner AMS RoadRunner saw him pick up his first ForzaRC win.
Meanwhile further back, G2 Laige made up ground after slicing his way through the pack. The Frenchman was forced to settle for 8th in the end – a major blow to his title efforts. GTz Chriz was however penalised after the race for corner cutting, dropping him down to 8th and allowing G2 Laige to take 7th place. F4H ForceOne took a strong 4th place, bolstering his Championship position. JSR Rossi struggled throughout the race with his shifting assist settings being set to manual without clutch – losing him time on every gear shift. As a result he had to settle for a disappointing 9th place.
Track: Road America
Car: Aston Martin Vantage GT12
The final race of the Individual Championship was a showdown between the three front running drivers – AMS RoadRunner, TX3 Lightning and G2 Laige. G2 Laige lead into the race, with 45 points, with RoadRunner behind on 39. Lightning was on 36 points, meaning he needed a win and poor results from the other drivers to secure the title. To call the action for the final race, ‘voice of endurance racing’ John Hindaugh joined Alie Tacq, Scott Cole and Aaron Martin in the casting booth.
Lightning did everything he could, controlling the race, taking the lead and holding it throughout most of the race. However, AMS’ RoadRunner was right behind for the entirety of the race, with G2 Laige battling him for 3rd place. On a number of occasions, it seemed the title could go any of three ways, with all three drivers having the lead at one stage or another. In the end, it was TX3 Lightning across the line first, with AMS RoadRunner in 2nd and G2 Laige in 3rd. With these results in mind, G2 Laige was able to take the overall victory in the 2018 ForzaRC Seattle Pre-Season Invitation Individual Championship. AMS RoadRunner took 2nd overall, with TX3 Lightning coming in 3rd place.
The final full results can be found below:
1st – G2 Laige – 57pts
2nd – AMS RoadRuner – 54pts
3rd – TX3 Lightning – 48pts
4th – F4H ForceOne – 40 pts
5th – F4H Racerz – 31pts
6th – GTz Chriz – 27pts
7th – JSR Rossi – 22pts
8th – bbb0x – 16pts
9th – Harmonic – 15pts
10th – TX3 HardBR – 14pts
11th – THR Ne – 13pts
12th – MGC ChicPizza – 7pts
With his victory, G2 Laige added to his previous ForzaRC titles. He has extended his gap to other title winners as the winningest Forza driver of all time – retaining the honour of being the only driver to win more than one ForzaRC event. AMS RoadRunner won the Season 3 title, while TX3 Lightning took the New York Invitational title. MGC ChicPizza won the Shanghai ChinaJoy Invitational, although it is worth noting only Chinese drivers were present for this event. G2 Laige now has 3 ForzaRC event wins under his belt, and looks strong heading into the rest of the 2018 ForzaRC season.
The players taking part in the Team Race Championship were as follows:
Track: Virginia International Raceway Full Circuit
Cars: Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, McLaren MP4-12C GT3,
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo
The team championship began with a wet race at VIR. Each of the three drivers for the teams jumped in one of the GT cars on offer – some of the best cars in the game for close racing. The race started dry, with plenty of fog - as JSR’s Rossi battled F4H venom and TX3 HardBR off the line into turn 1. The trio followed each other round for the first lap, with AMS RoadRunner also joining the party in 4th. TX3 struggled, with TX3 Lightning stuck down in 9th place after a poor start, and TX3 MisterJack in last place after a first lap off at turn 1.
AMS’ drivers of Europa and McQueen were also in the lowly positions, battling with JSR’s Commando and Craviator. Lap 3 saw rain begin to fall, lightly at first before becoming far heavier. This played against TX3 HardBR, who lost the lead of the race on lap 4 after skimming a puddle. He was sent wide, allowing JSR Rossi and F4H Venom through. This left the F4H trio in 2nd 4th and 5th. A mistake on lap 5 from TX3 Lighting finished any hopes he had of a strong result, and scarpering TX3’s championship start.
At the end of the race the F4H drivers had bunched up to 3rd 4th and 5th, grouping a solid run of points. JSR Rossi took the win, grabbing maximum points for his team, however mediocre results for JSR Craviator and JSR Commando meant the lead over F4H was just 3 points. TX3 similarly had one strong result and two poor ones, with TX3 HardBR finishing 2nd. AMS had one mediocre results from RoadRunner and two poor results from McQueen and Europa – putting them last after race 1.
Cars: Ferrari 458, McLaren 570s, Acura NSX
The next race started in a very similar fashion to the first. TX3’s HardBR took the lead early on, with JSR Rossi in 2nd, F4H Venom in 3rd and AMS RoadRunner in 4th. JSR Commando squeezed his way through into 4th on lap 1, after AMS RoadRunner ran wide. Lap 2 saw F4H Venom move past TX3 HardBR into 2nd, while JSR Rossi stuck it out into 1st. From here, arguably the best race in ForzaRC history ensued.
A 7 way battle for 3rd place between F4H venom, F4H ForceOne, F4H Racerz, TX3 HardBR, TX3 Lightning TX3 MisterJack and AMS RoadRunner began, and wouldn’t finish until the checkered flag. While all of this was going on JSR Rossi flew off into the lead, in an incredibly dominant drive to take his 2nd win of the day. I don’t even know where to begin with all of the position changes that took place in this mega battle, so I’ll just comment on my favourite. On lap 7 F4H Racerz found himself locked into battle with TX3 MiterJack. Going through the final corner, F4H Racerz slid the rear of his Acura just enough to block the Frenchman’s cutback, allowing him to keep 7th place.
Cars: Porsche 911 GTC, Audi R8 LMS GTD, BMW M6 GTLM
With the grid being reversed for race 3, AMS Europa found himself on pole, with JSR Craviator right behind him. However, following the carousel, JSR Commando ran wide and clattered the wall on the outside. The resulting damage was enough for him to call it quits, and retire from the race. His teammate JSR Craviator inherited the 2nd place spot, but quickly lost it to F4H’s Racerz. F4H ForceOne followed him through, finding himself in 3rd place on lap 2 – ahead of TX3 HardBR and JSR Rossi.
A mistake from JSR Rossi on lap 2 saw him lose positions to TX3 Lightning and AMS RoadRunner, but he made a fantastic dive on TX3 Lighting stick into the next turn, putting him in 6th. F4H Racerz continued his charge on lap 2, moving into the lead of the race closely followed by F4H ForcOne. AMS Europa continued to lose positions on lap 3, with TX3 HardBR moving past into the final podium spot. He swiftly jumped F4H ForceOne to take 2nd place, before F4H ForceOne ran wide and lost 2 more positions. JSR Rossi did very well to finish 4th, after starting last – grabbing yet more vital points for the JSR team. Another win for F4H Racerz ensured the F4H team stayed ahead of TX3 in the overall standings.
Cars: Mazda LOLA B0/9, Ford Daytona Prototype, Chevrolet
Corvette Daytona Prototype
The final race of the event saw John Hindaugh return to the casting booth, with the Team Championship far less open than the Individual Championship was earlier in the day. The main competitors for F4H Motorsport were TX3, and any hopes they had of taking the title were dashed when TX3 Lightning collided with his teammate TX3 MisterJack on lap 1 – sending the American and the Frenchman spinning with damage. AMS McQueen also got caught up in the incident, as did JSR Rossi, ending their races.
F4H Racerz once again found himself in the lead of the race, with F4H ForceOne and TX3 HardBR chasing him down – as well as AMS RoadRunner. JSR Commando had a fantastic opening to the race, moving from last up to 5th on lap 1 alone – opening up the opportunity for JSR to jump TX3 for 2nd place. This was helped as JSR Rossi jumped AMS Europa after he crashed. F4H ForceOne was also caught up in the crash, giving him full damage and a poor result to end the tournament. JSR Craviator’s 6th place was short lived, as teammate JSR Rossi flew past him on lap 4.
At the lead of the race F4H Racerz came under severe pressure from AMS RoadRunner, however a defensive drive and a spin from AMS RoadRunner kept him in the lead – taking his 3rd win of the event. JSR Commando finally got a good result, with a podium in this final race. With that win F4H Racerz was able to secure 1st place for F4H Motorsport in the Team Championship.
The full results can be found below:
1st – F4H Motorsport –
2nd – Virtual Drivers by TX3 –
3rd – Japspeed Racing –
4th – Alien Motorsport –
The team aspect worked absolutely brilliantly and I hope it returns for future ForzaRC events. The casting from Alie Tacq, Scott Cole and Aaron Martin – as well as John Hindaugh was world class, and really helped the final production. Congratulations to G2 Laige and F4H Motorsport for their victories, it will be interesting to see what the results are like at the ForzaRC series 1 playoffs in July – also being held in Seattle.
Isaac is one of our lead writers for FullThrottle, and has a lot of passion for racing games and real-world motorsports. He’s also a competitive online racer in organized league events, and you can expect plenty of coverage from on real-world motorsport, racing games, and eSports.