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!!