Community Spotlight | DOR Stamina

Community Spotlight | DOR Stamina

The first-ever team-based Forza Racing Championship series just held its last 7 weeks of qualifiers. The first four seasons were individually based and in 2019 the folks at the ForzaRC decided to shake things up by doing a team invitational series. Professional Forza players, such as Redbull Racing’s Laige and Williams RR were invited with two teammates and a coach. Over the coming weeks, we learned about community teams who had rich FRC history being invited. Team Highlands Racing and Alien Motorsports would show up with very different rosters compared to previous years in the competitive Forza scene. Last year, DOR Stamina was with a different team and was in his fourth FRC event trying to get to that LAN event. He was not on a team that was invited, otherwise, Brad would be there fighting for a higher finish and chance to get to that coveted LAN.

He started where so many of us have gotten our roots from Need for Speed. And he started with, arguably the best NFS game ever made, Most Wanted. (Sit down Underground. You can shut me up with Underground 3.) A game about precision driving while a butt load of coppers tries to stop you. The cover car for this game is a BMW M3 (E46) GTR and his favorite car is a 2001 BMW M3 GTR. Coincidence? Truly one of the most humble dudes in the Forza community. He has some really nice things to say about you guys and some superb tips for those of you looking to shave some time off of those Rivals times. I also learned something truly unique and startling about Brad. You don’t get to say a whole lot in so few characters on Twitter. And let me tell you, DOR Stamina, he lives up to his name on and off the track. You will need to leave the toilet to finish this article at work or at home. Enjoy this edition of the Forza Community Spotlight with DOR Stamina.

How long have you been playing Forza Motorsport? And when did you begin your competitive focus in the franchise?

I’ve been playing Forza for about 9 years or so now. I started around 2010 – 2011ish on Forza Motorsport 3. Being a kid at the time I wasn’t interested in anything competitive and mainly played the game for screwing around when I got bored with other games. I was more interested in the Need For Speed franchise at that time. Anyway, from the time I started in 2010 – 2011, I was on and off the game until Christmas of 2015. [That’s] when my parents bought me an Xbox One and Forza Motorsport 6; my first Motorsport game since FM3. Again, I was on and off FM6 for about the first 6 months I owned the game. Then, in the Summer of 2016, in June, season 1 of the Forza Racing Championship was announced. Where top Forza players from around the globe would compete at the highest level, to prove that they’re the fastest in the game. This season was sponsored by Ford and the winner would get a brand new 2016 Ford Focus RS! The highly acclaimed Laige won this season, no surprises there. Anyway, I, being just a couple months away from turning 16 at the time, when I heard of the FRC, I was thrilled! I was like, “Yeah, I would love a 2016 Ford Focus RS as my first car!”

Season 1 of the FRC completely changed my view towards the game as something I did casually, but instead, something I wanted to pursue professionally. In this season of the FRC, there was the FRC qualifying Rivals and the FRC multiplayer league. In the qualifying Rivals, you would spend countless hours hotlapping trying to get the very best time possible. And the higher you were on the leaderboards, the more points you would earn towards the overall season. If you were high enough on the leaderboards you would qualify for the weekend races where you could gain even more points on top of the Rivals. On the other hand was the FRC multiplayer league where the more casual players could go and race. This was essentially the “amateur” side of the FRC and the higher you were on the league leaderboards, you would earn in-game prizes, such as credits or special cars. Keep in mind that on this side of the FRC the rankings were not based on skill but rather how much time you spent in the FRC league hoppers. If I remember correctly I finished this series in 2nd or 3rd place overall. I won a million in-game credits, which in Forza, really isn’t that much. And I think I might’ve gotten a bonus car as well, although not 100% sure on that.

Anyway, me, being a lazy almost 16-year-old at the time, I didn’t read the rules all the way through and didn’t realize there were two separate series in this season of the FRC. So after overall finishing on the podium in one of the FRC league hopper leaderboards, I thought I had qualified for the LAN and I was thrilled, to say the least! Little did I know that I was racing in the amateurs championship and the real pros, such as Laige and Lightning were dominating the FRC qualifying Rivals. Finally, I looked through the rules again and that’s when I realized that in order to qualify for the LAN you had to be within a certain ranking on the FRC overall standings. Which was done through the FRC qualifying Rivals. Needless to say when I headed over to the FRC qualifying Rivals I was put to shame. It was a very humbling experience and made me more motivated than ever to reach the level of the top players [like] Laige and Lighting. I remember, one of the FRC qualifiers was in the 2015 Ford Mustang at Monza and I went into that qualifier thinking I’d take the number #1 spot no problem. Which now, is quite laughable. I was playing with all assists turned on, on top of auto gearing. When I came out of that qualifier I was something like, 10+ seconds off of Laige. Very humiliating, but as I said, it was also an incredibly humbling experience. And it made me super motivated to reach that top-level more than ever.

Some time went by and after watching Super GT’s assist tutorials, as well as some videos from Raceboy, I learned to play the game with Manual w/ Clutch. From there, I slowly turned off each of the assist one by one until I was running no assists. The braking line was the last assist I turned off but it was either season 2 or season 3 of the FRC that forced the no line rule. Which is why I proceeded to learn no line and why I still run no line. That way I’m always prepared for the RC. Because of the lackluster braking markers in Forza, on top of the motion blur, running no line can be quite the challenge sometimes depending on the track. But after 2+ years now, of no line experience, I’ve learned to adapt. And figure out other ways of determining my braking points. Literally, I’ll use anything and everything I can as a braking reference. Whether [it’s] a shadow on the track, an object off in the distance, the sound of the engine of the car I’m driving is making; literally, anything I can use as a braking reference, I’ll use it.

After everything that went down in season 1 I came into season 2 with much more confidence. And whilst I was still miles off of the likes of Laige and Lighting I improved massively going into season 2. On average, I was about 5 seconds off of Laige in season 2, which still isn’t great, but that’s a heck of a lot better than 10+ seconds off of Laige. The same was the story in season 3. Massive improvements going into that season, being about 3 seconds off of Laige. Finally in season 4 [of the] 2018 FRC, that’s when I really saw an improvement. Averaging about 1.5 – 2 seconds off of Laige, and the rest of the top players. Towards the end of the season, there were some combos where I could get within a second of the top players, which was unreal given where I was in 2016. By far my most successful season. Finishing series 1 in 134th place overall, series 2 in 71st place overall and 74th place overall for season 4 of the ForzaRC. Not good enough for the LAN. But I was thrilled and beyond pleased with that result. Finishing in 74th place overall, out of probably 50,000+ participants, throughout the entirety of season 4. 
Back in 2016, I never thought the top 100 would’ve been possible for me. Besides the ForzaRC I didn’t really do anything competitive in Forza until April of 2018 when I started league racing. My first league was the TORA (The Online Racing Association) Hot Hatch Challenge. And it was quite the learning curve compared to the ForzaRC. The first round I attended I didn’t know what a formation lap was. I went from go whilst everyone was doing their formation laps. I was so confused as to what was happening. Some humiliation later I learned what a formation lap was and then we went on our merry way and continued the round. When I started league racing, I didn’t do great. No surprises there. Not even finishing within the top 10 most of the time and almost always qualifying in the lowest lobbies. Now a year and a half later I’ve gotten over 20+ series under my belt. And I’m regularly finishing within the top 5 in the highest lobbies!

Other than Forza what games do you like to play and enjoy?

Honestly, there aren’t too many other games I play. As a kid, I used to play lots of different games. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve lost interest in most games. However, there are still other games out there that I enjoy and play from time to time. For starters, I love the Underground to ProStreet era of the Need For Speed franchise. Specifically, the original Most Wanted. [Most Wanted] being one of my first racing games and ultimately what got me hooked into cars & racing today. Besides racing games, I love the Elder Scrolls series whenever I feel burnt out with Forza. Adventuring through the realm of Skyrim for a few hours is always quite relaxing and even after playing the game for 3+ years I’m still finding new things! The other game I enjoy playing is Peggle. Which is a strategy game where you’re given a certain amount of balls to take out a certain amount of orange pegs. And depending on the character you’re using, if you hit a green peg, you’ll get a power-up that will help you take out the rest of the orange pegs. If you don’t get all the orange pegs or don’t meet the minimum score required to pass the level, you fail. When I’m feeling burnt out with Forza, Peggle is my go-to relaxation game. Besides those three I don’t really play too many other games.

Tell us about the current Forza community team you are with and what made you decide to join Delta Online Racing (DOR).

December 26th, 2018, that’s when I joined Delta Online Racing (DOR). Almost a year ago! I’ve loved every minute of the past 11 months, or so, that I’ve been apart of the team. And I don’t intend on leaving anytime soon! Before I was part of Delta I was running my own team, Boostilia Motorsport. I created that team around this time 3 years ago because I thought I was too slow to join a team at the time. We made a presence throughout the community in the 9 months before I joined DOR. Boostilia had multiple rosters over the years. But the most recent roster consisted of me (Stamina), known as Boostilia BJH L at the time, AMR VooDoo, known as Boostilia DJR R at the time [and] DOR TSpiv, known as Boostilia TNS R at the time. [then there was] CCK98, who was our Horizon player and finally BMS XModMatt who was our streamer. In terms of team success, the Boostilia team’s Twitter page managed to accumulate 300+ followers during our time within the community. But when it came to league performance, we struggled, plain and simple. We just didn’t have the pace, nor the experience that the other competitors did. And therefore we were almost always in the lowest lobbies. Getting a few top 5s and a couple of podiums here and there but very rarely making the top lobbies.

To be honest I really didn’t enjoy my time during the last 9 months of running Boostilia.I knew it wasn’t going to last for very long. On an almost daily basis, I thought about shutting down Boostilia and joining another team. But I became too attached to Boostilia to do that. In June of 2018, that’s the closest I got to shutting Boostilia down. I nearly sent in a team application to join AMR, Aspiring Motorsports Royalty at the time, now known as Amplified Mechanics Racings. This is the team that Boostilia DJR R (AMR VooDoo) ended up joining. I tried to be unique with Boostilia by implementing an unusual tag system which was “Boostilia” the team tag and our initials. For me “BJH” and finally a letter at the end of our name which showed our rank within the team. The “L” stood for “Leader”, the “R” stood for “Racer” and the “T” stood for “Tuner.” This tag system proved to be very restrictive, and ultimately one of the biggest weaknesses of Boostilia.

Towards the end of 2018, I decided to rebrand Boostilia with new graphics and an updated tag system with three letters at the start of the tag and then whatever name you desired. For example, my tag was going to be BMS BradJH. Nearing the end of Boostilia’s rebrand process, Boostilia DJR R, now known as AMR VooDoo, decided to leave Boostilia for Delta Online Racing. Needless to say, I was sad to see him go, but at that time, I knew it was time to say goodbye to Boostilia and start a new adventure elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Boostilia team. But trying to run a team on my own, full time, on top of being in my final years of high school, it became too much and ultimately took the joy out of it. If I wasn’t doing school, the rest of my time was spent running the team and it took me to a dark place. At that time, I hated Forza, because all my free time was spent running Boostilia. And it was beyond draining. I’m glad to report that since I’ve joined DOR I have my free time back and I enjoy Forza again. It no longer feels like a chore like it did when I was apart of Boostilia.

The night before I joined Delta Online Racing (DOR), I had a chat through Twitter DM’s with Kieron, or as the community knows him by, AMS B3astShadow and shoutout to him. He gave me the encouragement and confidence I needed to say goodbye to Boostilia. After this chat with Kieron ended I informed the rest of the Boostilia team on what was going down. I would’ve felt bad to just abandon the team like that. I got TSpiv to come along and join DOR with me. Ultimately the reason I chose DOR is that I wanted to be apart of a team with people I know and people I had a strong relationship with. Especially considering VooDoo joined a couple of days beforehand, DOR made perfect sense to me. Not too mention, I had been racing in DOR’s league for a couple of months at that point and really enjoyed my time racing with them. On top of that, I had known other DOR members for quite a few years at that point. DOR’s Kuzushi for example, he and I used to spend hours racing with each other back on Forza Motorsport 6 before either of us were on teams. So another reason for me to join DOR! After a very stressful night, I went to bed. I woke up in the morning made an announcement on Twitter that I was leaving Boostilia and that I was looking for another team to join. Then I proceeded to fill out the DOR team application and not even 10 minutes after I sent in the application form, DOR’s team leader, Steve911, sent me a DM on Twitter asking me to join. That was that, and I was now apart of DOR and have been ever since!

When I joined DOR, everyone within the team was thrilled to have me! Positive feedback from everyone. Which was an amazing thing to see! Not even an hour after I made the announcement, I already had multiple teams offering me a spot on their team. I was offered by PXM (Phoenix Motorsport), Ax4x (Allied Forces Racing) and DOR (Delta Online Racing), the team I ended up and had intended on joining, to begin with. Since the time I have joined DOR, I’ve now been offered a spot by eight other teams. Some of them being pretty big teams too. But I’ve rejected every one of them because I’m perfectly happy where I’m at in DOR. It’s hard to get me, but if you do, I’m incredibly loyal. Also, it’s nice to know that if for whatever reason, I decided to leave DOR, I’ve got a plethora of teams backing me that I could pretty much immediately join. I’m happy where I’m at with Delta and don’t intend on going elsewhere anytime soon.

What kind of racing does Delta Online Racing host in Forza?

Everything! Here at Delta, we are very diverse when it comes to the series we run. From hatchbacks to RetroGT‘s, to American muscle, to Japanese sports icons; we don’t really have one type of racing, as we race everything at Delta! Now for me, hatchbacks will always be one of my favorites, but I’ll dabble with other series as well. We‘re always trying new things at Delta to give use more diversity over the other Orgs.

You competed in the 2018 ForzaRC. Since that time you’ve really improved your race craft and put plenty of times in the top 10. What have you been doing to keep increasing your skills?

Plain and simple really. I’ve just stuck to it! Which in my opinion is something that a lot of up and coming Forza players struggle with. If they don’t see immediate improvement, they get frustrated and give up. [This] is something I strive to not fall into. Giving up won’t get me anywhere! But sticking to it, even when it’s hard, will. You don’t become a world champion in a night. It takes many years to reach that top level. While you may not see immediate improvement, and I completely understand how frustrating that is, if you stick to it, no matter how hard it may be, or how impossible it may seem, those of you that stick to it will find success! The most important thing is to never give up, no matter how hard it may get. Because in the end, when you see that improvement, all that grinding becomes worth it.

Reward yourself! You win a league race. Reward yourself! You finally get that leaderboard time after hours of hotlapping. Reward yourself! If you improve in any way, reward yourself! And please, whatever you do, don’t be negative! Saying “It’s impossible.” Saying, “I can’t do it.”Or saying, “I’m gonna lose,” won’t get you anywhere. That will ultimately harm your progress towards improving and bettering yourself within Forza! Every time I go on Forza, I go on with the mindset that I will improve and I don’t stop until I improve. If that means I have to grind a leaderboard for 3 hours, then so be it. I mean, really, there’s a reason I’m known as Stamina. It’s because I don’t stop! And while it may suck at the moment, the end result is what makes all that grinding worth it.

I cannot stress enough how important league racing is. You can hot lap all day long but there are just some things you can’t learn from hotlapping, such as good racecraft. The league racing is essential to better your racecraft. Knowing how to respond under a high-pressure situation in racing, like going three-wide through a corner not taking out the other drivers. I used to struggle a lot under pressure in a race and would bottle it pretty hard when the pressure got to me. I’d think, “Oh crap, oh crap, oh crap”, and then that was it. League racing has not only taught me better racecraft, but it’s also taught me how to stay calm under high-pressure situations. Staying calm has ultimately helped me win races. For those getting into league races: Delta Online Racing, Vision Gaming Network, Forzatrac, The Online Racing Association, and Apex Online Racing Forza are the orgs I race in. There are lots of other leagues as well, such as MEA Online Racing.

Another way I’ve improved my skill within Forza is by watching the best of the best on Rivals. Watching their replays to see which gears, they’re using, when they’re braking or when they’re coasting. This has helped me tremendously in improving my own skill, not to mention, how much time it saves by not having to figure out all that stuff on your own. Now, that brings me to the next thing. Don’t rely on Rivals too much. You can’t always learn the fastest lines or the gears to use by watching another’s replay. Sometimes you have to do it the hard way and figure out all that stuff on your own. [this] Can be very time consuming but it’s important to stick to until you find the fastest lines. Because, in the end, the grinding will pay off.

Also, when in Rivals, set someone who’s faster than you as your ghost. Chasing someone who’s faster than you will help you see things you may not have seen before. And that brings me to my next point. Don’t rely on the ghost too heavily. Sometimes you can be blinded by the ghost and won’t really learn anything from it. In this case, when the ghost is gone, you’ll be like, “Oh crap!” Admittedly, this is something I personally struggle with. This is why I’ve been doing lots of homologated Rivals. There are no ghosts, except for your own. And only when you beat your PB around that combo. You just gotta stick to it! It won’t be immediate. But with time, you will see the results that you’re striving for!

What has motivated you to push yourself to this level of competitive play?

My ultimate goal within Forza is to make a LAN. Whether that be the ForzaRC or the Le Mans eSports Series. Everything I do in Forza I do in the hopes that someday I’ll make a LAN. And who knows, maybe I’ll make a living out of it someday. I know I’ve got the potential to reach that top level. Which is why I don’t stop. And [why] I grind those boards. I’ve done 20+ league series. And it’s all done for the ultimate goal of making a Forza LAN, and maybe, just maybe, making a living out of Forza. Which yes, I know, even for most of the top players, making a living out of Forza isn’t realistic. As Forza eSports just isn’t big enough to do full-time. But who knows? As the sport grows, maybe someday making a full-time living out of it will become a realistic option. However, if for whatever reason, professional Forza eSports died, I wouldn’t leave the game. I’ve developed a passion for it and the community behind it. League racing for example. Always good fun!

Which drivers in the community motivate and push you to find new limits?

Which drivers motivate me and push me to find new limits? Oh man, that’s a toughie. So many good players out there! However, to name a few: THR Rich, Williams Mitch, as well as JSR Rayzer JDM, and so many more! THR Rich, for example, what a cool guy that dude is! Originally a PGR player, who’s carried over and dominated the Forza leaderboards! The dude never has anything negative to say. And in general, just a fantastic person to be around! Always pushing to better himself. Next up is Mitch and holy crap is he consistent! Arguably the most consistent driver in Forza. His first LAN, being series one of the 2018 FRC, he finished P3 overall, then proceeds to finish P3 at the Series 2 LAN, and P3 at the 2018 FRC Grand Finals! If that’s not consistent, then I don’t know what is! Finally, JSR Rayzer JDM, the hotlapping god himself. Literally! He doesn’t do much in terms of the FRC, but the dude is insane when it comes to leaderboards! The pace of Rayzer, it truly is alien-like! Not only is he fast in Forza but he’s got world records in GTA V, GRID, as well as Project Cars 2, using a controller, and on a stock setup! Absolutely blows my mind what that dude is capable of! The players mentioned above and so many more that I haven’t mentioned are all inspirations!

How do you “get in the zone” when you are looking to tackle a leaderboard time?

Really, I think it just comes down to motivation. When I come into a leaderboard, I set myself a certain time that I’m going to beat, and I will beat it. Even if that means 3-4 hours of hotlapping. This mindset has helped me tremendously, and I almost always beat the times I set myself for. Now it’s important to set realistic expectations for yourself, I don’t ever go into a leaderboard with the expectation that I’m going to beat Laige. But I do come in with the mindset that I won’t stop until I’ve done the very best that I can manage. That’s the biggest thing for me: don’t give up! It’s the “what if” factor that keeps me going. I think to myself, “I could give up now, but what if I put in another 30 minutes? Maybe I’ll get that time.” I do this until I’ve reached the very best I can manage. And then when I finally do get that time, I think to myself, “Wow, if I had given up earlier, I would’ve never managed this time.” Which is what makes all those hours of hotlapping ultimately worth it.

I feel that when hotlapping, considering how mindless it can become after hours of running laps, it’s very important to be listening to something. That way you stay engaged. And so you don’t go into that mindless, unproductive state of running a half effort laps, at least for me anyway. Of course, not everyone is like this, some people can run laps hours on end and stay in that fully focused state without listening to anything. But for me, I can’t do that. I have to be listening to something in order to stay fully focused. So then, what is it that I listen to while hotlapping? Well, that would be the FM3 and FM4 OST. The menu music in those games is absolutely brilliant and fantastic for keeping me engaged with a leaderboard.

And then finally the importance of taking breaks! Whenever you’re hotlapping, it is so, so important that you take breaks from time to time. If you’ve been hotlapping for an hour, take a 15-minute break. Eat a little snack. Get some water. Do whatever you have to do to get yourself refreshed! This is done so that you can come back into it feeling fully energized and ready to give it your all! Hotlapping when you’re out of energy, it’s a waste of time. And you’re performing at only half of your ability. I cannot stress enough the importance of taking breaks!

You use Twitter to post your hot lap leaderboard times and have garnered a hashtag from the community called #DoingABrad. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this hashtag and what it means to you.

#DoingABrad, it’s awesome! I love that I’ve made such a large impact with my hotlapping in Forza that it’s now considered #DoingABrad! Haha. I never thought I’d have my own hashtag but here we are! And of course, #DoingABrad is all in good fun. I don’t take the hashtag too seriously.

This is one of the most important questions of this Q&A: Soft shell tacos or hard shell tacos?

I like myself all kinds of tacos! But, and that’s a very big but, there’s no topping a hard shell! Could eat em all day long!

What is your favorite Forza community race league to take part in?

Man! Another toughie! I mean, of course, and I love Delta, but besides Delta, there’s always some good racing to be had at Forzatrac, as well as VisionGamingNetwork. Smaller orgs compared to TORA, Delta or AOR Forza, but the racing is always good. And these smaller orgs tend to be far more relaxed compared to some of the bigger Orgs. Now, my favorite type of league racing is 100% FWD. Anything FWD, you can count me in!

Just curious, how many hours have you spent on Forza 7? Have you ever played a game as much as you have FM7?

According to the statistics recorded by Xbox Live, I’ve played Forza Motorsport 7 for 124 days over the course of the last two years. If my math is correct, that’s roughly 4 months! Holy crap! Absolutely crazy to think that I’ve put that much time in FM7, but in the end, all that time has indeed paid off! Now, in comparison, I got Forza Motorsport 6, alongside my Xbox One, as a Christmas present in 2015. From that time, up until September 29th, 2017, when Forza Motorsport 7 released for Ultimate Edition to pre-order users, I’ve spent 52 days playing Forza Motorsport 6. Which is just under two months. Insane to think how much more time I’ve put into FM7 compared to FM6. But in the end, as I’ve already said, it was time well spent and it’s ultimately paid off. I mean, I’ve been gaming for a long time, since I was probably 2 or 3 years old. I’m 19 now, and I have not played any game as long as I have played Forza Motorsport 7. It’s my most played franchise too!

Favorite Car/Track combo?

Oh boy, here we go, time to take out the pitchforks! Haha, without a doubt, my favorite Car/Track combo would be the 1969 Meyers Manx around VIR Patriot! Please, not the pitchforks! Give me mercy! Haha, I don’t know what it is about Patriot, but there’s just something about that track that I get on with perfectly. I’d say, VIR Patriot is the only track in Forza that I’ve 100% mastered. And the 1969 Meyers Manx, deceiving really, not as easy to drive as one may think, lots of oversteer, but super fun to toss around the track, especially Patriot!

Given how much you hot lap and chase the boards, is there at least one track/car combo you just had to give up on and throw your hands up in defeat?

Oh yeah, for sure! This is something I’ve gone through lots of times actually! I mean, really, I think every Forza player goes through this at least once. Giving up is the last thing you want to do, but sometimes it’s necessary. I mean, no one can hot lap forever. You have to stop eventually. Now, as I’ve mentioned earlier, I go into a leaderboard with the mindset that I won’t stop until I’ve done the very best I can manage. I’ll give up once I know I’ve reached my limit. Yeah, it is annoying when you can’t get that time you’re after, but there’s no point in being upset about it. Instead, go back, watch a few replays and learn what you’re doing wrong and where/how you’re losing time. Take a break and come back to it a couple of days later. Give it another run, and who knows, maybe you’ll beat that time. And not only will you beat that time but maybe you’ll completely dominate that time! There have been many cases where I’ve been stuck on a leaderboard. I give it a break for a couple of days. Then when I come back, I completely destroy the time I had been previously stuck on. This won’t always be the case, but sometimes it’s literally just down to taking a break. However, it doesn’t matter how many breaks you take, everyone will eventually reach a point where they’ve done the very best they can manage. And at that point, you’ve just got to accept that you’ve reached your max.

Okay, time to ask! Who are your favorite Forza teams?

So many tough questions! Haha, I’d say that outside of DOR: THR, JSR, and AMR would be my top 3 favorite Forza teams! AMR for example, what a fantastic team that is! Such an amazing group with an awesome following behind it. I’m good friends with a lot of AMR’s members, and overall, just a fantastic group to be around. They’ve got so much talent in so many different areas of Forza. Take Hulk for example. Holy crap the dude can paint! Aftermath, man can the dude take some gnarly photos! MSport, who I had some awesome racing within the TORA Mighty Mites a few months back. Blackout, who I’ve known since his HCCR days and someone who I’ve also had some awesome racing with. Most recently being the AOR TCC earlier in the year. Lucky VII with his tunes. Overall, an awesome team! And not to forget, VooDoo, who was originally a part of my team (Boostilia Motorsport) and who was my teammate in DOR for some time.

THR, a team that I have been looking up to for years, and definitely on the list as one of my favorites. THR was one of the first teams I remember seeing on the FRC leaderboards back in 2016. And it’s crazy to see how far and how much they’ve improved since then. And how far that they’re continuing to improve! THR Rich for example, who I’ve already mentioned. What a cool dude that guy is! Such a cool backstory behind that guy. Originally being a PGR (Project Gotham Racing) player back in the day. THR Trypassin I’ve known that dude for years now. Ever since he was known as DVR Trypassin. It’s been amazing seeing him improve and move through the Forza ranks over the years. THR Chirpchirp, a name I remember very heavily from FM6 and one of my closest competitors in the 2018 FRC. One of the weekend races [we] was in the 2009 Ford Focus RS around Le mans Bugatti Circuit. Chirpchirp and I were so close all throughout that race! It was a blast!

Finally, JSR, the home of the hotlapping god himself, JSR Rayzer JDM! And overall, not just Rayzer JDM, but that entire team as a whole is so fast! A team that’s been dominating the Forza scene for years now! Not to mention, Devon, with his YouTube presence and who’s in charge of the legendary “SimRacing Idiots of The Week”, and “SimRacing Move of The Week” video series. Anyway, those are my top 3, THR, JSR, and AMR.

Who are your favorite drivers and why?

My favorite drivers would be THR Rich, Williams Mitch, and JSR Rayzer JDM. THR Rich, one of the nicest guys you’ll find in the Forza Community. Always trying to better himself and improve his Forza abilities! Not to mention his rich history in PGR (Project Gotham Racing) and someone who’s regularly dominating the leaderboards! Williams Mitch, Mr. Consistency himself! No clue how he does it! JSR Rayzer JDM. The one and only. The dude who can hot lap like no other!

Do you watch real-life motorsports? Which ones hold your interest?

No, I do not watch real-life motorsports. However, I love real-life motorsports. And the only reason I don’t watch any real-life motorsports is that I don’t have cable. If I did have cable or another way to watch real-life motorsports, I would! Sure, I can watch highlights on YouTube, but that’s not the same as watching it live. But the British GT and the BTCC, without a doubt, those are my top two! My favorite type of motorsport would be TimeAttack. 100% about that!

What keeps you playing Forza Motorsport 7 when so many people have quit Forza over its poor launch state and subsequent updates to “fix” the game?

Passion! That’s what keeps me coming back! Sure, the game may have its problems. But what game doesn’t? The game may not be perfect but it’s a heck of a lot better than it was when it launched. Yes, it was annoying that it took 11 months after launch for class-based Rivals to be added to the game. Especially considering that should’ve been there from the beginning. But at least Turn10 added class-based Rivals back. (Even if it did take 11 months after release.) No denying it, Turn10 made lots of mistakes with FM7. And as much as everyone would’ve liked those mistakes to not have been made, I feel like the mistakes were necessary in order for Turn10 to learn from them. Which now that Turn10 has learned from those mistakes, they’re not going to make those same mistakes twice. But instead, use what they’ve learned to make the next title even better

Tell me about your race accolades. What do you see as your biggest Forza accomplishments?

Over the course of the last three and a half years, I’ve participated in four out of the five seasons of the ForzaRC. I’m not racing in the fifth season of the ForzaRC as it’s invite-only, otherwise, 100%, I would be participating. Of the four seasons that I’ve participated in, season four was my most successful season. Series one of season four, I finished in 134th place overall. In series two of season four, I finished in 71st place overall. And I finished the season in 74th place overall. Not good enough for the LAN. But not bad at all given where I was in season one, back in 2016. I was thrilled to finish within the top 100!

Now outside of the ForzaRC, I’ve been league racing since April 2018. And since then I’ve acquired 20+ series under my belt. On top of season four of the ForzaRC, I’d say that my biggest Forza accomplishment is when I managed to beat Red Bull Racing’s b0x in the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Spec Challenge on Forza Motorsport 7. This event can be found in Rivals under the Spec Challenge and it’s the second event to the right. As of right now, in the Porsche Spec Challenge, I’m in 2nd place Globally and 1st place in the Americas. Number #1 Globally in this event is JSR Rayzer JDM. No surprises there. And that’s just crazy to think. To be within two-tenths of Rayzer. Like, “holy crap!”

What's something that the community doesn't know about you?

When I was 2 years old I was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Until I was 7 years old I suffered from about 100 seizures a day. I was on medicine, but even with the medicine, that didn’t do much in terms of stopping the seizures. And because I had so many seizures the first 7 years of my life is like one big blur. I remember bits of it here and there. But because so much of it was spent having a seizure I hardly remember any of it. Finally, in 2007, about a week before Christmas, I went through a Brain Surgery to stop my Epilepsy and seizures. This surgery saw the removal of my entire right temporal lobe. And ever since then I’ve been seizure-free. It took me years to fully recover, but in the end, the surgery was a success! Without the surgery, I wasn’t expected to live past 10-12 years old. But here I am, at 19, still alive. Almost 12 years seizure-free and 9 years off medicine! Not to mention, I’m now expected to live a full lifespan!

The Final Lap

Well, you heard it from the man himself, the best way to get fast is to remove part of your brain. All jokes aside, this truly astounded me to learn about Brad. He is a beast at Forza, and he has less brain mass than a majority of people. You set the limits you have on yourself and Brad has found a way to not be limited by what life has handed him. His determination to grind the boards and try to get to a ForzaRC and Le Mans LAN is what drives him forward. I also think we could all take a page from DOR Stamina on what it means to be a community member. I wish him the best of luck out there in his quest to hit the pinnacle of Forza eSports. Be sure to check out DOR Stamina on his Twitter. He also has a sweet YouTube channel where he posts videos about some of the close racing in the leagues he races in. If you would also like to check out his team Delta Online Racing and the series they put on, they are actively present on Twitter as well. DOR has a great YouTube with the racing action from their series and usually videos about upcoming races. Make sure to subscribe and follow DOR and Brad because it’s this kind of community that keeps Forza alive and well. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed your time with Brad as I have.

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