In the final article for our Season 6 preview we take a closer look at the drivers under the CQR banner, as well as those entered this season as privateers.
Close Quarters Racing was founded in 2011 and has grown to over 40 members, racing across PC and console racing sims.
The team is a well respected club with a great reputation for integrity and clean, professional racing on iRacing, Forza Motorsport and Project CARS. They compete in multiple organised championships, including the BSRTC Pro Series, World GT Championship, Official iRacing Championships, Major Series, Project CARS NCS and LGCS eSports championship.
Aim: Fight for the teams title
Christian Rose (PRO)
Many wins and podiums in WGTC. Some in BSRTC. Top 3 finishes in WGTC drivers standings and a few teams titles in WGTC
Aim: Top 5 in the standings, teams title
David Baker (PRO)
Almost certifiable for the amount of touring car KIA racing Dave has done. Individual drivers championships 1xBSR Kia (S7), 1x WGTC (S1), multiple teams championships across both series - most with CQR. Dave has finished every WGTC season so far in the top 3. Often responsible for stewarding across the leagues (also quite often a driver with the lowest number of incs per race across the season despite being in the thick of the action)
Aim: Teams Championship and although Dave would like to keep top three standings streak going, he thinks that realistically to be in the top 10 come the season end would be a great achievement given the strength of the field has exponentially increased this year.
Ashley Sutton (PRO)
Real life BTCC driver and 2017 champion with BMR Racing, driving the Subaru Levorg. Ash uses iRacing to sharpen his overtaking maneuvers and is the founder of CQR.
Aim: Practice race craft
CQR GT Racing
CQR GT Racing consists of drivers from the well known CQR Club team formed in 2011. We are a friendly team that loves to have some banter, but when it comes to our racing we are serious and competitive. GT Racing consists of Matt Bunn (Pro-AM), Pete Harrod (Pro) and Jake Blackhall (Pro).
Aim: We aim to have fun and finish consistently in the upper half of the grid. Season 6 has attracted some top drivers and teams so we know that this season will be very tough. A top 3 Pro Team finish would be fantastic!
Jake Blackhall (PRO)
Jake has been Sim racing for around 7 years starting on Rfactor and NR2003 before making the jump into iracing.
GT Academy 2016 National Finalist
2017 Roar Before the 24 Winner (Top Split)
Competed on Speedweek eSeries (2nd among sim drivers, 4th overall) (National televised show and competition)
1st Australian to win in BSRTC
6th Place in WGTC Season 5
Aim: Aim to make top 15 after a strong year last season finishing 6th overall.
Pete Harrod (PRO)
Double Kia Club Series Champion. 4x BSRTC Race Winner finishing 6th (2017) & 4th (2018) Overall. 2018 Major's Series European Pro Champion.
Aim: Try to find his form again and score some good points for CQR after missing the last couple of seasons of WGTC
Matt Bunn (PRO-AM)
Started out on F1 (2011-13), then moved across to iRacing in 2014. Since then Matt has been exclusively on iRacing and running various leagues for 6yrs now. Although he would not consider himself the best driver on the service he has picked up a few race wins and the AM drivers title in the BSRTC Pro series. He considers his main achievements have been in running successful leagues and building some fantastic communities with great people and long term friends.
Aim: Top 20. This season is going to be TOUGH!
CQR Evolution is a combination of CQR drivers who are setup to challenge for the PRO-AM title.
Aim: To win the PRO-AM team championship and finish top 10 teams overall
Daniel Craft (PRO)
Dan has been iRacing since 2014. Has years of experience in touring car racing however nowadays he has been concentrating on GT racing and is getting involved in more endurance races.
Indy 500 winner
BSRTC Season 7 runner-up and achieved multiple wins in the BSRTC series
(2016) Roar before the 24 winner
(2017) 24hrs of Nurburgring runner-up (KIA)
Aim: To finish in the top 10 in driver standings, achieve some podiums and challenge for the PRO-AM team championship.
Chaz Draycott (PRO-AM)
iRacing Member for nearly 5 years, Race Winner in The Club Series back in 2016.
Aim: Finish Top 10 in the AM Championship, and help the team reach the Top 3 in the Pro-Am Teams Standings
David White (PRO-AM)
Part of the admin team & compete in one of, if not, the best private run GTE series on iRacing.
Farming my way to a near 4k iRating in iRacing Radical challenge
Aim: Just here for the SR
CQR PNM Lizard
CQR PNM Lizard is a partnership between CQRs Peter Newman and Team Lizards Tom Jacobs.
Aim: To be consistent and have a strong performance in PRO-AM team championship.
Pete Newman (PRO)
iRacing Production Cup Overall Champion 2019 S2, BSR World Series Champion, BSRTC 50/50 Pro Champion 2017, BSRTC Showdown contender (2x)
Aim: Strong performance in the PRO- AM team championship
Tom Jacobs (PRO-AM)
2017 Daytona 24 (6th in GT3) 2018 Daytona 24 (8th in GTE). Co Running the Thrust Vector Team. Co running Team Lizard Motorsport Sim Racing.
Aim: At least a win!
Simsports USA Racing
As sponsor for this seasons WGTC Championship it was only right to put a team together and get stuck in. Thanks goes to CQR club for loaning 3 of their drivers to make this happen as well as Chazlington Media for his work on the teams livery.
Aim: To finish within the top 5 for the Pro Team Championship
Andy Schiel (PRO)
Andy has been a member of CQR Club for many years.
Aim: To finish in the top 10 in driver standings
Ben Palmer (PRO)
Engine Oils Direct team champions in BSRTC
2* wins in WGTC last season.
Daytona 24hr split two p2
Aim: Top 10 would be great but being such a competitive season Ben thinks this will be challenging
Dan McAuley (PRO-AM)
5 Years on iRacing / 10th in WGTC S5
Aim: Win the PRO/Am Class, Try to get a few overall podiums
Carl Jansson (PRO)
The current WGTC drivers champion is back to fight to retain his title.
Carl been doing iRacing since 2016, 2018 Daytona 24H Overall Winner, 2018 Sebring 12H Overall Winner, 2018 Petit Lemans Overall Winner, 2019 Le Mans 24H HPD Winner, 2019 SCO HPD champion, 2018/19 GTE pro Qualifiers 2nd overall.
Aim: Being the champion
Dion Phillips (PRO)
6 years on iRacing, 32 Wins, 150 top 5's and 37 poles
Aim: As an experienced individual Dion would like to take the competition to the younger generated and hopes to crack the top 10 a few times and have fun trying!
Richard Gafencu (PRO)
Richatrd is a relative newbie to sim racing, he fell in love with racing at age 20. Before that he had no contact with motorsport in any way. Since he started simracing he tried many platforms and finally stuck with iRacing.
Aim: Richard’s aim is to finish in the top 5. He appreciates it’s going to be very hard but he sets a high target for himself
The season starts on the 15th July and is broadcasted by Apex Racing. The admin team would like to welcome all drivers and teams to the championship and hopes it is going to be a great season.
WGTC Admin Team