iRacing have confirmed they have banned self-confessed hobby cheat Callum Cross2 in the ongoing saga which came to light when our emails were peppered with revelations which we went on to publish, with Sam Tomlinson uncovering a murky world of information and disinformation.
The entire investigation under a cloud of abuse from iRacing loyalists having the audacity to claim that this site is inventing the story. We started this site in good faith to serve the community with news about the hobby/sport we love. This affair and the aftermath has ambushed us.
I personally have over 30 years in real life motorsport media – on both sides of the fence – but never have I experienced such a toxic environment in which to work in. But the abuse only serves to make us stronger and dig deeper and more ferociously for readers who might just want the truth about their investment in the professional sim racing platform. And it’s not only iRacing.
Someone needs to be accountable for cheats. Someone needs to audit iRacing if tweaking the code is as simple as knowing how to do it as Callum Cross2 did so and got caught out. Had he been more subtle he would have got away with it as he had iRacing fanboys rooting for him and defending him!
Some deluded enough to suggest that we are inventing this entire caper.
Is it really that easy to forge results in iRacing? How many people are doing it?
iRacing have repeatedly ignored our emails on matters about cheating which suggests they are hiding something very serious in a worst-case scenario. If it is not an issue why the stone-walling?
Tony Gardner admits that in 2014 the service banned 40 users, that was no one knew what iRacing is. Today since the Corona-boom its big business and questions have top be asked about integrity. If they banned 40 then how many in 2019, and so far this year?
We have asked the question but to no avail. Here is the first time>>>>
Back to Callum Cross2 who brazenly boasted about his prowess and the fact that he does it for a laugh with some, clearly irking the community of largely wannabe race drivers who will never be, and believe their game is beyond reproach.
Brazilian iracer and real race driver Bruno do Carmo officially queried Cross2’s antics on iRacing and received the reply below:
Thus Callum Cross2 does exist on iRacing, and he was banned as a result of Bruno’s revelations:
Gotcha ;)! Callum Cross2 was banned from iRacing! It’s been 9 years using the service, and that’s the first time i encoutered something real fishy on track. Scary times… @DramaSim @SimRacingNewsBR pic.twitter.com/orihwpRtbc
— Bruno do Carmo (@doCarmoBruno) October 9, 2020
We applaud drivers for making this public, and anyone else with suspicions of irregular driving on any sim platform feel free to inform us as many have been doing with these explosive stories. We thank everyone who has contributed and look forward to more.
Should we not all ask iRacing to respond to this? Questions asked repeatedly but to no avail:
We are here to stay despite the threats and bad blood generated by our uncomfortable questions. This one has not run its course and we could not do it with the community that grows around our cause to expose cheating in all forms of sim racing. We owe it to serious simmers such as us. (Paul Velasco – Editor in Chief)