Name: Denis G.
City/Country: Paris, France
Hobbies: SimRacing, Guitar
Hardware: Fanatec Clubsport Wheel base, Fanatec Formula Wheel, Fanatec Clubsport Pedals, Intel i5-2500, Sapphire AMD HD7950 3Go Flex, 3×22″ + 21″
My interest in racing has have grown very slowly thought the years.
I watched F1 grand prix in the 80′ with friends, just because there was nothing else on TV.
Then i realized that i understand better than them what was really going on in those races, what the drivers were trying to do, the issues on cars.
And i was hooked, watching Lauda, Rosberg, Mansell, Laffite, Prost, Senna…
At that time i was more into coding then into gaming,
I played the Geoff Crammonds Grand Prix games, and other racing games, but i had never been convinced, something big what missing.
In 1993 Nigel Mansell went to Indycar after his F1 title, and the indyCar races were broadcast in France for the first time.
This was a really shock to me : it was just a-ma-zing! Plus, it was so much better than F1 for me.
There were more close racing, more actions, more tracks, more races and so much better TV broadcasts, cams everywhere, tons of replays, many on board cam, and obviously those camera men knew very well the sport there were filming!
And I discovered the ovals, the super speedways, and loved the speed and the super close racing, draft, yellow strategy, etc…
My simracing career start when IndyCar II by Papyrus was release in Europe. This very different than any other racing game to me : it was a simulator and it feels great.
I quickly bought a Thrusmaster wheel and from then spent too much time behind the wheel, daily. I joined a ICR2 racing league to compete. Races were done off line by then, but what a fun to compete against, George Sandman, Jake Myers, Arthur Axelard, Don Ellis, Clark Archer, Raymond Smith…
This was only my first experience of a team, and have good time with Tom Marshall or Colin Taber to prepare our races.
I spent also a lot of time doing some wheel and pedals customization (separate pedal axes, shifting at the wheel, springs…)
Then come the golden age of Grand Prix Legends and VROC… my all time favorite sim, i was racing with the Lotus 49 almost daily.
After almost 3 years of GPL/VROC , I wanted to experience something new, but I never found a simulator as good as GPL.
It was also very clear that SimRacing and kids are not compatible, so i took a long break 10 years break away sim-racing.
In 2010, I heard about iRacing on TV, but I found out the link with Papyrus much later, not before summer 2011. I have subscribe to it right away to this new sim from David Keammer team! And quickly, I was back to sim-racing in this vast simulator and community.
After some time racing on my own, i though it would be even better if you join a team, to learn and share my experience.
J. Poole was kind enough to accept me in the Slowpoke team. This team work was even better than i though i could be : you can learn so much from for teammates, and realize i really love to share any bit of knowledge i have and exchange about driving and cars. But this team experience could be much better was if we had no some much time zone difference.
In 2012, I founded Vortex simRacing with some french friend with a coaching concept : Sharing our knowledge and experiences in priority over sets and championship considerations. I believe any serious driver have something to tell about his driving and his races, that could be useful for his teammates. This is what this team is about, collaboration and sharing and learn for each other to be better drivers.
I believe this team was born under a good star, so many talented and cool guys has joined!