Positive SimRacing (PSR) is a sim racing team participating in international championships. The aim of PSR is to generate added value in his drivers, sponsors and championships in which the team takes part.
In September 12th, 2012, Javier Álvarez established Positive SimRacing in order to participate in the Formula SimRacing (FSR) World Championship. The objective then was set up the team, in order to face the 2013 season with more possibilities of success. On September 13th, 2013 the announcement of the establishment of the team was published in the Forum of Formula SimRacing and revealed the strategy of having the team on track already in 2012 because 'the best way to learn is getting involved'. In only 2 weeks, the team was ready to participate in the last 4 races of the World Trophy season, adding the Australian driver Jackson Wendt.
At the same time, the team signed agreements with private companies (EC Sim Hardware, Mightygate and Novoa Designs) and completed a structure built on the experience of Spanish competitions (F1Total, F1 Puerto, and F1 Champs).
On November 20th, 2012 Positive SimRacing acquired the permanent license for the World Championship of Formula SimRacing. The evolution of Positive SimRacing was boosted with a series of agreements that included several of the best drivers of Spain and drivers with experience in the FSR World Championship, such as Marcel van der Linden and Blair Disley. The team then reached an agreement with the first main sponsor, the Spanish biotech company Biocross S.L. By 24th march, 2013, the first official presentation event of the team takes part in the Barcelona Indoor Karting, in the frame of a bigger event organized by MundoGt.es.
While preparing the 2013 season, two PSR teams took part in the unofficial FSR Winter Series. On January 5th, 2013, Kevin Siggy clinched the first PSR pole position and Neil Debacquer clinched the first victory for Positive SimRacing.
The First Season
In the 2013 season the team Biocross Positive SimRacing was licensed in the three categories of the FSR league (World Championship, World Series and World Trophy). A second team was also inscribed in the World Championship with a one year license: Jasco Spain PSR. Two junior teams
The Sunday, 4th of August, 2013; during the round 8th of the World Trophy, the driver Álvaro Torres scored the first official victory for Positive SimRacing in an official race, in Hungaroring. At the end of the season, Biocross Positive Simracing finished 7th in his first World Championship, scoring 44 points. At the same time, the team finished in P2 in the Team’s standings of the World Trophy with 5 victories, and two drivers in the top 10.
The team expanded to other two international competitions, with independent divisions. In February 2013, the iRacing Division is launched thanks to the addition of Kevin Oliver Adam as Manager of the iRacing Division of Positive SimRacing. The Team was then licensed to the STC Challenge. At the same time, PSR started its participation in the Spanish iRacing championship of MundoGT.es. In the first participation in the Blue Cup of STC Challenge, Positive SimRacing fighted until the last round for the top 8, a result which couldn’t finally be achieved, in spite of a first excellent championship in these series. The new iRacing section in the team also obtained excellent results during the first year, with Andrés Quintana wining the Spanish driver’s Championship MundoGT.es (MundoGT Competición Individual).
In August, 2013, following the steps of the FSR division, the team started its participation in the lower category of the Grand Prix Virtual World Championship (GPVWC). Hence, in 2014, the team was involved in 3 international championships: Formula SimRacing, STC Challenge and GPVWC.
From rFactor to iRacing
In 2014, the obsolete rFactor was being replaced by a new (still not fully developed) rFactor 2 in FSR, originating a decrease on drivers’ market and audience. Despite a successful first season in FSR, the Team decided to face a new challenge. At that time, the team decided to start the PSR Road2Pro project, led by Fernando Guerrero and a group of rFactor drivers moving to iRacing and initiating the career towards the iRacing Pro series. At the same time, PSR announced that the team will leave Formula SimRacing, focusing in iRacing in 2015.
The investment in new rFactor drivers joining the Academy was discontinued. Instead of that, Positive SimRacing signed a one-year agreement with the Indoor Karting Barcelona in order to launch the IKB-PSR Driver Academy, to incorporate new drivers, who will participate in entrance categories of international sim racing championships in rFactor.
The 2014 season finished with a fourth place in the championship teams of the second category (Ace Series) and a brilliant P4 for the Australian driver Jonny Simon in the driver's standings. Jonny also clinched 8 podiums in the same season. It was however a tough season for the team, in which PSR competed in inferiority of conditions against clusters of much stronger teams.
Positive SimRacing also completed a great season in the GPVWC SuperCup Championship, in which Kevin Siggy and Fran López led the team to 4th place, with 2 victories of Kevin Siggy and several podiums.
Before finishing 2014, Kevin Adam, Fernando Guerrero and Jonny Simon clinched the first full podium (P1, P2, and P3) in the MundoGT team's championship (iSupercompetición de Escuderías) and a final P2 position in the team’s standings.
The Consolidation in the international scene
In 2015, Positive SimRacing with the main sponsorship of Raman Health Technologies, focused on iRacing with Fernando Guerrero and Kevin Siggy brilliantly obtaining the Pro license in his first attempt. At this time, Diogo Oliveira joined to prepare the iRacing Pro Series. Finally, Diogo Oliveira secured the first iRacing WC license for PSR, ensuring the participation of the team in the 2016 iRacing World Championship GP Series.
Simultaneously, the team reorganized the structure creating different sections within iRacing, and abandoning definitively rFactor and rFactor 2. A new Skip Barber section was launched with a great success competing in the 2K World Cup (Seasons 2015-3 and 2015-4), with Ricardo Faria obtaining 2 victories and finishing in P3, and other three PSR drivers finishing in the top 10 of the standings: Arjan de Vreede in P5, Brian Doell in P6, and Matt Dafoe in P8. PSR also won the 4th season of the Skip Barber Series (with Arjan De Vreede) while Ricardo Faria finished in P2 in Season 3, and P3 in Season 4.
2016 constituted another step forward of the team in its consolidation in the international scene. The team was organized in different sections focused on the iRacing F1 Series (including the World Championship), the 2K Skip Barber World Cup, and the Spanish championships.
The F1 section was reinforced with a group of drivers completing a 4 top 10 in the third season (P3, P6, P8 and P10). In a successful year, PSR won 2 of the 4 seasons of the F1 official series (Seasons 2 & 4). Diogo Oliveira finished in the top 25, ensuring the participation in the 2017 World Championship and Daniel Bida clinched the second WC license for PSR.
In 2016, PSR completed an excellent year in the Skip Barber series, finishing with a podium in each of the Skip Barber 2K World Cup celebrated this year (Arjan de Vreede P2 in season 1, and Brian Doell P3 in the 2016 season with 21 rounds). PSR was one of the most prominent teams in the 2k World Cup since the creation of the Skip Barber section in the team. PSR finished this year with more than 15 podiums and 5 race wins.
In 2016, PSR also was the winner of the first Oval competition in MundoGT.Es (XFinity Series), Spain and the winner of the Spanish #ISCE team’s championship (Super Competición de Escuderías).
The team’s impact is increasing, not only in terms of results in sim racing, but also in terms of an increasing audience and followers. PSR faces every day more demanding challenges, but the assets of the team are also growing. The F1, Skip Barber and the group of GT drivers taking part in Spanish competitions are committed to improve the results of the precedent years. But, at the same time, the team is presently exploring the creation of new sections, including Formula Renault 2.0, and a BES/BSS.