TheStig13

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  1. stucar17

    stucar17 Moderator Team Raceonoz Gold Member Super ROOZ

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    Stiggy! (TheStig13)
    Some say that if you could plug him in to a TV a replay of the 1982 Rallye Sanremo would begin playing with Murray Walker commentating from a hot air balloon. And if you stand far enough away from him, turn your head the right way and squint your eyes…he will disappear from view!?! All I know is, he’s a bloody ROOZ legend!

    When Stiggy first competed in a ROOZ event is unknown as the records for the first 4 seasons of GT racing have been lost to the evil internet swamp creatures. We do know he joined ROOZ in September of 2011 and that he went straight into Div 1 and in season 5 when proper records started he grabbed a spot on the second step of the podium in round 6, and finished 6th overall in a tough field driving the HEP G37.

    During S6, in the sweet Chev ZR1 race car, Stiggy made 3 visits to the podium and finished 5th overall. He took a sabbatical for S7, but would’ve still been racing something, somewhere. S8 in the Toyota FT86 was a tough one for a few of us, including Stig who came home 8th overall. A very mature Stiggy then decided to have a rest from racing for S9 and focus on his HSC. That lasted 2 rounds and he was back with 3 podiums and 5th in the championship!

    By S10 the Warrior era was well under way and podiums were hard to come by for anyone without green skin. Stiggy grabbed a third behind the wheel of the RX7 and finished the season 6th in an insanely competitive field. S11 in the TVR Tuscan Speed Six (POS!) was a stellar season for Stiggy beating Warrior home twice (his first league victories!) and finishing second overall.

    At this point GT5 was showing it’s age and Stiggy needed more. Rumours are that he spent S12 and 13 in Russia trying to perfect a new racing sim called Karski Racerofsky 4. There are no known copies of this sim, and more interestingly, there are no traces or mentions of it anywhere on the internet which suggests it’s definitely real and the governments of the world are hiding the truth – Stiggy is sworn to secrecy, and if asked about this or the rumours of cyborg experiments, he just winks twice?!?

    He was back in the game when GT6 was the sim of choice for Sunday nights finishing 5th, 11th, 6th and 7th in seasons 1 to 4 – always division 1, always mixing it with some of the best including Warrior, Dan Holland and the mighty Matt Simmons (Mint). It seemed his time in Russia had made him more curious about the complexities of car setups and physics though, and he started to drift towards the (arguably) more demanding PC racing arena.

    This was 2015 and AC had grabbed the attention of many sim racers including Stiggy. After spending the inaugural season getting his PC up to spec, he launched fully into S2 with ruthless consistency and awesome speed, driving a variety of cars to be finally crowned a ROOZ Champion. He beat out AC legend and forum head Koastr as well as AC speed freaks Cherno and Sun Levi to win the season – massive achievement.

    He then did what any champion dreams of, he backed it up baby! There was a ding-dong battle all season with Cherno and eventually the season finished with the pair tied on points. This season really seemed to personify Stiggy’s racing persona – consistent, fast and knowing when to act like Vladimir Putin and when to act like Alain Prost.

    Around this time there was a glut of titles appearing and Stiggy gave them all a go (almost??). He can correct if I miss some, but I’m confident he raced PC1&2, RaceRoom, rFactor 1&2, iRacing, Automobilista, Dirt (prob’s all of them), F1 (who knows which ones), and most likely old school stuff like Netkar and GT Legends. There are few people on any forum on the interballs who can boast his skill set, let alone his ability to transfer it seamlessly from one platform to another and stay competitive. If we are ever in need of info about a track or car, he’s the guy to ask because he’s done it all and he’s only about 15?!?

    Stiggy has continued to race in the ROOZ AC series, finishing third overall in S5, 11 and 12. He often rocks up with minimal practice and is never not competitive. These days he is often in multiple series and running a variety of sim’s. He even went back to the PS4 with a run in a few seasons of GT Sport – Div 1 of course – and managed 4th overall with 4 podiums in S2, having not touched a console game for 3 years…freak!!

    There is plenty more to say about Stiggys racing career with ROOZ, but that is only part of the story. Outside of the digital world I have been lucky enough to have met Stiggy a few times at karting events and he is that rare animal – a talented person who is also a nice guy. Humble and open, willing to give of his time and get involved in his community. I don’t know if some of this is related to his time in Russia, but whatever it is we’re glad we have him here…and on our side…he does wink a lot!??!

    Some say if you stand him near a race car the engine will spontaneously start and Fenando Alonsa will appear holding a chicken. All I know is, he is now a Super-ROOZ member!!
  2. Anon666

    Anon666 Destitute Gentleman Driver Team Raceonoz Super ROOZ

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    Congratulations Stiggy you freak. To update, he also finished 4th in the current season with 3 podiums. Looking forward to seeing you on track again soon champ!
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  3. garyw61

    garyw61 Gary Gold Member Super ROOZ

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    Congrats Stig! Another well deserved award.
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  4. Easyprey007

    Easyprey007 Professional Gold Member

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    Congrats Stig!
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  5. Noxrai

    Noxrai Professional Gold Member

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    Congrats!
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  6. Anthonyb

    Anthonyb Professional Gold Member

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    Congrats Stig
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  7. stucar17

    stucar17 Moderator Team Raceonoz Gold Member Super ROOZ

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    Congrats stig, have to say thanks to Anon for the great write up !
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  8. JonoStan96

    JonoStan96 World Champion Gold Member Super ROOZ

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    Congrats Stiggy you legend!
  9. beakeroo

    beakeroo Professional Gold Member

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    Congrats Soopa Wooza!
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    Congrats Stig
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  11. TheStig13

    TheStig13 Professional Super ROOZ

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    Thanks everyone, it's been an absolute honour to have been part of this great community over the past 7 years, having participated in so many different races and enjoying both the clean competitive racing that ROOZ is renowned for, and the banter over voice chat.

    I first heard of GTLeagueOZ as it was known back in the day when I was participating in the WRS time trials over on GTPlanet, when @carn_the_pies was recruiting drivers to run in the first few seasons. I'd signed up for the site, but didn't actually race as I was still on an ADSL1 connection. I'd continued to play around with GT5 in some casual lobbies with my brother and some mates (@steeny17 @Dougz32 @Dimplz_05 @dominator94) - at one point we were doing shuffle race lobbies every night - when Dougz suggested we join GTLOZ. By this stage my connection had been upgraded to slightly better ADSL2, so we went through the qualification process (which back then, was a lap of Suzuka GP in the Lancer Evo X) where I was quite shocked to find out I'd qualified for Division 1... surely there was no way I belonged in the group of fast guys like @KoAStR, @jezza1 and @Small_Fryz, just to name a few.

    My first taste of ROOZ racing action came in the one off Classic Cup race hosted by @Trustfire, where I had a few great battles with KoAStR as shown in the picture below where he's got the mighty Jensen Interceptor cranked out sideways, with @Neishy in the Charger and myself in the Shelby GT350.
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    Season 5 in the HPA G37 felt like being thrown into the deep end, the first few rounds I struggled to get to grips with racing in a pack of fast drivers, though somehow I managed to end up jagging a podium in the enduro at Suzuka. Season 6 in the 'Vette was when I started to find my feet in Div 1 and build up a bit of consistency, from memory it was a very enjoyable car to race and it got quite loose once the rear tyres went off. Can't quite remember why I skipped season 7, though when I returned in season 8 the level of competitiveness had stepped up a notch, with @aussie_man21 and @ENFORCER_98 seemingly spending every waking hour practicing for the weeks race and the regulars from the early days with a bit more race fitness. I've dug up a few old videos from the Grand Valley race to show some of the action.



    I hadn't planned to run in Season 9 due to my HSC studies, but the racing bug had bitten too hard and I was back by round 3. This was the season that @warrior2167 joined and started his astonishing run of 10 GT Div 1 titles in a row, and also a season where Polyphony Digital couldn't make their mind up regarding fuel and tyre wear rates. Season 10 I've kinda forgotten about, save for a memorable reverse grid race where my wheel cut out early in the race and I almost took out the entire pack. After a rather successful Season 11 in the TVR I decided to take a bit of a sabbatical from GT and sample a bit of PC sim-racing (iRacing, rFactor and Simraceway) and some not so serious arcade racing in a game a few of us on here would much rather forget.

    When GT6 came along the league became more competitive then ever, as GT Academy came to Australia and word got around that ROOZ was the place to be for top level GT racing. Season 3 in the MX5 TC was my favourite ROOZ season as the car was a joy to race and allowed close racing in a field that was quite possibly the highest quality Division 1 grid assembled on ROOZ, with the likes of @MINT_GTR, @R0T0R-AU86, @Benjamin J Smith, @Mustafur and @holl01 all chasing the ever-fast warrior for the title. Even though the racing was some of the best seen on ROOZ, season 4 was a bit of a trial to get through, with the ever present PSN issues at an all time high (I recall a race starting over an hour late as half the grid could not see each other on track). After this experience I became a bit fed up with GT6 and along with ROOZ stalwarts @Anon666 and @Cyber_STIG_77, made the switch to Assetto Corsa on PC.

    The first few seasons of AC were a great learning experience, running a different car each week really kept everyone on their toes. One of my favourite ROOZ races came in these early seasons with the Corvette C7.R at Barbagallo, where I had a close battle with KoAStR and the very rapid @Sun Levi. Season 5 of AC was a particular favourite of mine with the delightful Ford Escort producing good racing no matter which circuit we took it to. My all time favourite race on ROOZ though, was not a league race, nor was it anything serious. One day @Anon666 was perusing the AC forums and came across the Peugeot 504 mod and thought it'd be a good idea to chuck it on the ROOZ server for a bit of fun on a Friday night...


    During season 8 of AC, I took a few months break from sim-racing as I'd lost the motivation to race... though I just couldn't keep away for too long when I teamed up with @Shaun_A to represent RaceOnOz in RaceDepartment's Virtual Stock Car Championship on Automobilista. I didn't have massive expectations in what looked to be a highly competitive league, perhaps I'd take a top 10 or two... I could've never imagined that I'd make the second step of the championship podium and that we'd be top 3 in the teams championship, despite only having two cars when most teams had 3.

    Around this time Anon and @Pringles_947 organised the second ROOZ QLD karting meetup - this was an awesome day, it was great to meet up with many of the guys I'd raced with over the previous 5 years. As long as these karting days are run I'll make the long trip up from Grafton.

    Back to sim-racing, I'd returned to AC for season 10 thanks to Anon convincing me to race again at the karting meetup. I'd decided not to try and take it too seriously and just have fun - which is the best approach to racing online in my opinion. A few more seasons in I'd picked up a PS4 and GT Sport, just because I liked the idea of the sport mode online system and for a few months this became my go to game. I decided to have a go at the Sunday ROOZ GT league again after a few years away - it was great to be able to race with the new generation of ROOZ drivers and see how the league had progressed in the 3 years I'd been racing on PC... and to see that a lot of the PSN issues weren't a problem anymore.

    Crikey, that turned out to be a long post... again, massive thanks to everyone here for making ROOZ the fantastic community that it is. Here's to many more years of great racing to come.
    Cheers,
    Stiggy.

    Also, Karsky Racerovsky 4 is a completely real game, though if anyone finds out about it, they will be sent to gulag and spend rest of days in Siberian salt mine.
  12. Hatfield

    Hatfield GT Sport League & Teams Championship Organiser Team Raceonoz Gold Member Super ROOZ

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    I haven't run too much over the years against @TheStig13 but whenever I have, it has always been clean. much deserved
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  13. AOCleaner74

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    Well done Stig
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  14. KoAStR

    KoAStR Like a bowss Team Raceonoz Gold Member Super ROOZ

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    Bloody legend stiggy well done. Great post. Put a big smile on my face to see that Jensen again, sideways 3 wide in the middle no less! Glad you held onto that pic. Got to see a real one a few months aago.That Barbagallo race was a treat for my first race back after being plagued by disconnects that season. Love how you're into a bit of everything, including representing ROOZ out there in championships like the RD SCC, and hosting events in Raceroom. All the while supporting commaradery around you. I only wish the time zone (& kids bedtimes) were more favourable for me to join in and support you with that more. Cheers mate.
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