This month CTech Motorsport celebrate the teams fifth Birthday. Established in March 2012 by three motorsport fanatic friends who all lived in different parts of the United Kingdom their objective was to compete as a small yet closely knit and private team on iRacing. The team would focus on having one driver while the other two team members maintained a social media presence online for the sim race team allowing them to gather a following and finally drum up real world sponsorship firstly with Castrol then in later years with current long term and main sponsor Pirtek and also a smaller sponsorship deal from Autoglym.
CTech Motorsport would then decide to leave the PC sim racing community and iRacing behind due to the small amount of people taking part in PC sim racing at that time to later seek out alternative sim racing communities populated with larger audiences allowing for more competitive and challenging racing and so later in the same year CTech Motorsport made the decision to take up console racing on the now obsolete virtual racing communities such as Virtual Motorsports and TURN. CTech Motorsport originally signed to and raced on The Online Racing Association (TORA) first before registering as a team and racing on the now obsolete Virtual Motorsports and TURN communities, it is however TORA that the team continued to drift back to due to their professionalism and where the CTech Motorsport team remain loyal to this day. Over the years at TORA and other online racing communities CTech Motorsport have clocked up many race wins and at least three race series championships, two of which are held at TORA alongside several championship runners up team positions.
In 2014 CTech Motorsport secured real world sponsorship from British Touring Car Championship and Andrew Jordan sponsor, Pirtek UK, making CTech Motorsport one of a small minority number of sim racing teams to have actual confirmed real world sponsorship. Since Pirtek came on-board as sponsorship partners CTech Motorsport also race under the team title of Virtual Pirtek Racing to reflect the long term official sponsorship from Pirtek. In late 2015 CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing made the decision to run team recruitments enabling the team to grow and allowing them to take part in other forms of race series championships such as endurance racing. To grow the team and add members didn’t come lightly for the three original owners as the team prefer to remain somewhat private in their daily running of the team and how they go about sourcing and securing sponsorship and maintaining a growing media presence online and to suddenly allow strangers to see how things were done behind scenes would need some thinking.
Nevertheless, the team made the decision to press forward in the growth of the team in 2016 and agreed that they would only bring trusted, carefully selected people into the team and only after they had completed an undisclosed amount of time on a trail period with the team therefore allowing team management to vet their new team colleagues before offering them a full time position within CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing. To date, the team still maintain this form of selection process and “rightly or wrongly while certain other sim racing teams grow massively and very quickly bulking out their team membership numbers we do things differently here because we don’t focus on team numbers, we don’t want any of our team feeling like they are simply a number to cover a particular race on a particular day in a particular race series, we like to think of our members as team mates, family in a sense. We focus on family heavily here at CTech Motorsport and that’s why we select the correct people to fit in with us. How we select our team can make for slow team growth but it is essential for us to select the right person for our team who will hopefully remain with us for a long period of time and work alongside team management” joint team principal AnonCaliga told the media team in writing this article.
During July last year CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing also celebrated the teams second sponsorship anniversary to mark having been officially sponsored by Pirtek for two full years. To mark the occasion, during the July month of 2016 the CTech Motorsport media team ran a twitter competition offering a BTCC VIP ticket package for two supplied courtesy of team sponsor, Pirtek.
The official 5th birthday date for the CTech Motorsport team is March 11th and we expect to create something to mark our fifth team birthday later this month. Keep an eye on our official team media accounts for further info during the month of March.