Monday, 17 June 2013

Le Mans Live Timing Android App has been succesfully launched!

Just in time for this years race, Torque Soft are proud to announce that they have launched an eagerly anticipated and much requested App, a Live Timing one.  It was Beta tested over the Test Day weekend 2 weeks ago.  Some fine tuning and tweaks were made and now it's ready for public consumption.  It has been launched on Google Play and the Amazon App Store.  It should launch on once they've completed their approval process.


More updates to come from trackside, once we're at La Sarthe.


Friday, 24 May 2013


Thoughts from FP1 and FP2... We were seated at the grandstand at Casino.

Both Saubers were always out on track first. The RBRs are unbeatable around that twisty part of the circuit, although that's obviously not the case elsewhere. Mercedes are obviously able to do stunningly quick laptimes. With Alonso tracking just behind them... It Raikkonen as though Alonso was lining up his race strategy for both sessions.. Raikkonen also, but not quite as close.

On Super Softs, whilst on long runs the Mercs were slow.. on Softs they were quite quick. The Ferrari looked quick on both and Raikkonen was super quick on Softs. These were whilst doing long runs.
I think the difference between Mercs and Lotus was a second or even two seconds a lap..!

Alonso seems to be working out how to get his best grid slot possible, whilst having a lot of focus on race pace.. He must be thinking about making up one grid slot place in the race and looking to nick another if the opportunity arises. Q3 is going to be highly entertaining!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Le Mans 24hrs App updated for 2013

Our popular Le Mans App for the 24 hour race at La Sarthe has been updated for 2013.  This includes all Runners and Riders (some still TBC) and photos of the cars who entered the Silverstone round of the WEC.  The remaining details will be updated before and just after the Official Le Mans test day, capturing all of the missing photos.

It's the 90th Anniversary of the 1st ever race at La Sarthe.  Whilst the Toyota challenge looks to be a little muted at the moment, you can be sure that the inter-team rivalry at Audi will keep things interesting.  The number one and number two cars both really want the win.

In LMP2 there is a dazzling array of machinery and a number of entries, so the action should last for the whole weekend.

GT (Pro and Am) sees the return of the Vipers!  All of the manufacturers seem to have upped their commitment here.  For us the Aston Martin team look the strongest, but you never know...!

The Motorsport Calendar Team are off to Monaco this weekend to partake of the F1 race there!  :)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Start to the 2013 Sportscar season

The Motorsport Calendar team made the trip to Silverstone over the weekend, to see the ELMS and 1st round of the 2013 WEC Championship.  In addition to this, there were two races for the 2013 Euro F3 Championship.

Friday, mainly for Testing and Qualifying (Euro F3 only), was a little wet and windy, as Silverstone always can be!!  The newer International Pits were used by the WEC cars, with the ELMS and F3 teams based in the National Pits.  However it should be noted that the Start - Finish line for all of the races was in fact on the International Pits straight.  There was a lot of action on the track and so it was quite an interesting day, all cars took the track apart from the (only) new Aston Martin, number 97, due to some sensor settings indicating an engine issue, which meant that it had to be changed.  The LMP1 cars looked imperious on track, quick and purposeful.  Of note, the new Porsche cars looked good, but were actually a little slow overall.  The Astons looked quick, mighty quick.  We also noted that the Rebellion cars looked and sounded awesome, with the G Drive cars also looking like they were going quicker than they should have been.  The WEC cars were the last session on the track and after a short downpour all of the cars returned to the Pits.  We took the tactical decision to go back home then, as it was felt that with about 20 minutes left, it was unlikely that too many cars were going to return to the action and even then, wouldn't improve.

The whole circuit was busy, with a single decker bus running from the rear of the International Pits up to the National Pits Scrutineering area, just inside Copse.  This was handy, as access to the rear of the International Pits is a bit limited and quite a trek.  Why didn't they build a pedestrian tunnel or bridge from the outside to the inside of the track, when constructing the International Pits complex?  Surely a big oversight.  To the rear of the Pits, there was of course the Paddock area, which was open to all and a FanZone, which whilst a little underwhelming was a welcome area for those with young children.

Saturday, the WEC cars took to the track first and the Motorsport Calendar team were able to get some good photos for their Le Mans App, which is in the process of being updated.  The cars all used the circuit to good effect, whilst it was dry and pumped in a good number of dry laps.  The F3 races were interesting to see, with some good battles and a little sprinkling of rain to spice things up!  Josh Hill had a disappointing race, posting a DNF.  The 3hr ELMS race was an entertaining one, again the elements helped in making things a little more interesting.  Brendan Hartley drove an excellent first stint, but then wasted all that good work and effort by visiting the kitty litter.  There were a number of changes at the front of the race while drivers attempted to gain an advantage over their rivals, but in the end those that exercised a little caution in the conditions managed to prosper.  Whilst the rain came and went and came back again (and again!) the amount of rain wasn't particularly of note, but the track surface just never fully dried out.  A Safety Car session then meant that the racecars weren't clearing the track of water and so it just kept on being wet and slippery.  The race was eventually allowed to run, under the Safety Car to 75% and then halted by the Race Director.

Sunday, the WEC 6hrs race was an entertaining one, especially in the final few laps.  The Number 2 Audi being driven by Alan McNish overhauled the Number 1 car and won.  Admittedly whilst it looked very impressive, the Number 1 car had, had a front drive issue, which meant that the supplemental Hybrid Power didn't work.  Toyota completed the podium.  The Astons took a clean sweep of the GT classes, winning both Pro and Am classes.  In LMP2 the G Drive car of Tor Graves, Pizzonia and Walker took the top step of the podium.

Alledgedly the Toyota cars (2012) made the wrong Tyre selection, which hampered their race pace early on.  The Audis were incorrectly set up, so used a lot more fuel than they should have and were slowed down.  The 2013 Toyotas will be much more tightly focussed in their design, as the 2012 cars were designed to accept Hybrid power being delivered to the front or rear wheels.  The 2013 car only puts the extra power generated by the hybrid system to the rear wheels.

As ever the Radio Le Mans team gave excellent coverage and banter, keeping the spectator updated and informed of what was occurring and why.  They were joined by some guest commentators who took over the reins during the F3, single seater, races.

Spa next and of course the Le Mans 24hrs to look forward to!  The Motorsport Calendar team will be attending the race at La Sarthe.

Friday, 22 March 2013

2013 season is go go go!

As most of you will have noticed, the Motorsport Calendar Free App has been updated for 2013.  Featuring more races and series than before, it now offers a much more up-to-date experience and continues to rise in the number of Active Users, we've now got the most Active Users for the App that we've ever had.  

We've also been busy updating our other Apps, the Stock Car Calendar App (BriSCA, UK based only) and the Olympic Calendar - in readiness for Sochi 2014, which is less than a year away now!  We're looking to bring some serious improvements to the Apps in terms of User Experience and all for free.  We will be looking to bring Paid For versions of the Apps to the market this year, with extra features and no Advertisements of course.  We are looking to improve and enhance the User Experience for all, please let us know if there are features you would like to see.

Please stay tuned for more updates, as and when they occur.