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Hi guys: I am back but in a similar situation to Simone. I'll do my best to do at least a few laps in the late afternoon, but it's quite possible I won't be able to race tonight. Sorry.

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I think we Short Tails will just have our own little party I don't see much hope of challenging other cars at most tracks. But I don't care, I love driving this thing :)
I also like driving this car but I think we might need to look at dropping back some of that 50% restrictor to get us in the mix.   There's plenty of long straights ahead :(
Yeah, I might drop it down a fraction, or Seanus suggested a little ballast to slow it down in the corners and not in the straights.
hate when I am always right ;)
But you love when I listen, collect evidence and then act, right ;)
We love you unconditionally, Dear Leader. ;)

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I think we Short Tails will just have our own little party I don't see much hope of challenging other cars at most tracks. But I don't care, I love driving this thing :)
I also like driving this car but I think we might need to look at dropping back some of that 50% restrictor to get us in the mix.   There's plenty of long straights ahead :(
Yeah, I might drop it down a fraction, or Seanus suggested a little ballast to slow it down in the corners and not in the straights.
hate when I am always right ;)

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Assetto Corsa / Re: Race start using clutch...when to engage gear etc.
« on: November 22, 2018, 07:45:15 PM »
I completely agree that clutch down, revving in gear is best. Clutch control is hard in AC, but if you find the biting point and let it go slowly it can help a lot on cold tires.

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Ok night for me.

The start procedure was quite confusing. I said I was going after the start of the long straight. So I put the turbo to 100%, shouted "go", and floored the throttle. But I think matthew did not hear me. So he lost some ground. I did the whole first lap wondering whether I should have slowed down (I probably did, uncounsciously). Then I realized he lost some 3 seconds and I had a 15 seconds penalty and so in almost no case it would have mattered. So I just went on.

The rest of the race was pretty regular. The new "radio" button is pretty much the same that controls pit strategy, so I involuntarily did a 1st pit with no refuelling that obliged me to a very short 2nd stint. After the hugely long 2nd stop, I was some 14 seconds behind matthew. But I had my engine in great shape, so I pushed the turbo up and started grinding on the hard tires. I almost got to him (though with 15 seconds penalty it was not for the actual win) when we both got stuck in traffic for the last 3 laps.

Even with the 3 seconds weird start, it's impressive we ended up so close (.5 of a sec) with such different strategies. Good stuff, I think.

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Wally, I've done a few laps on the server and noticed the validity of them is unknown. You know what may be the reason for that? Grat's the same.
I assume it's a ptracker/stracker thing. Do you run the ptracker app?
It used to be linked to ptracker---I used it, but when I took it off (was messing up with other stuff) the server lost track of tyres, fuel etc and saying unknown. But why it does the same now with people who are running it, I don't know.

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I am with the pit-penalty guys, Wally. It makes no sense to give a restrictor to make the C9 lose 20 seconds each stint (2 seconds per lap?) and then regain it in the pits. Much more sensible to equalize the pit stops and let the race be among cars that go at similar-ish speed.

If not possible, then let's leave it as it is.

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Maybe we can add a new rule; if you're being lapped by a C9 (especially kcender), you're allowed to try and take that car out?  ;D
That'd work. But a 20 seconds penalty in the pits after the end of refuelling seems easier. They do this in many series: minimum pit stop time. Of course, it requires gentlemen agreement: you stop, you end refuelling, then look at the counter on top of your monitor and count to 20 before you go.

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but who cares. It's for fun.

Are you the same Grat?  ;D ;D
Ahahah!

I love to argue, Joe. But in the end I just like to have a good race. I don't like when it all becomes a matter of luck or messy crashes (and often it does) and I do not like when we make so many artificaial rules that ruin the driving experience (like huge ballasts on single seaters). But as long as I can feel like I am racing, I am ok. So Tuesday night it was fun: I felt I knew what I was doing, I knew consistency and rhythm was the key, and had a pair of close and tough exchanges with Jeremy, but without consequences. It was fun to think "hell, I am going to pit early and do 3 hotlaps, so I get him". That's the important part. The fact it did not work because the C9 runs on plutonium... well, I could not predict that, so it was fun.

Sure: next race it may be less fun, as if I am fighting with a C9 I am not going to try to undercut/overcut/pass it. I'll just hope it crashes ;)

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I will experiment a bit and see if a little bit of restrictor on the C9 can compensate for the quicker refuelling time. But man, it's a delicate balancing act. Who's fool idea was it to have a multi-make season?
Ahahahaha!!! To be honest, Wally, I am pretty much in favour of simple, single make series, if you ask me. But I also don't care: it was fun like it was and we can keep going exactly like this for a season.

Race recap:
After a little messy start (see penalty) I went for a long run on my hard tires. All good, with Seanus gifting me a place when he went long on T1 towards minute 50.
Towards the 35 minutes mark I was following Jeremy and Matthew on same machine, but who were on worn out soft and medium tires. Could not pass, so I pit to undercut them on fresh tires. It worked very well. At the 15 minutes mark I was following Keith on a C9. I was marginally faster on the lap (it seemed, since I gained a few seconds in the past few laps) but had no chance to attack a C9. So, again, I went for the undercut. Put on some mediums (which were the option for me, so to speak) and did 3 laps pushing the turbo to 100% in the straights and 90% on some other bits of the circuit. I was so sure of my strategy. I thought: he has no chance, the poor man.... I never saw Keith anymore ;) I was sure: he's goign to pit at some point. He'll have to. Little I knew he had pitted already. It was confusing, but who cares. It's for fun.

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I just watched again, and in my judgement, the penalty stands. You came from a fair way back behind Keith, who was on the racing line past the apex by that stage (and not zig-zagging by any stretch of the imagination!), and you put the power down from the apex and ran into the back corner of Keith. The side by side rule for the opening corners is primarily to stop people from moving sideways across the track into the unsighted car next to them. You had plenty of visibility of where Keith was and what he was doing, and you could also argue that where you hit was turn 4, not 2 ;)
:)

Also, notice that I'm going to do opening lap penalties as a 15 second post-race time penalty for the next round instead of ballast. It's just too hard to find a fair amount of ballast for each of the 4 cars that fairly penalises them all.
:) (or grid penalties, F1 style ;))

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[Penalties
Grat ran into the back of Keith on the opening lap, causing him to leave the track, and gets a 15 second post-race penalty in the next round.
Wally: I take your judgement. But if the rule is stay on your side for 1st 2 corners, then I am the only one who did that and the only one who got cut out and.... penalized(!?!?!)
Since it is not the first time it happens to me, I'll make sure I'll stop respecting this rule from now on and zig-zag right and left like those I crashed with ;)

I am half-joking, but not completely: I kept wide the whole first corner and tight the whole second corner. When we touch I am there, on the inside curb. Keith and Jeremy go long and wide and then cut back to the inside without looking if there is somebody there. What was I supposed to do?

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I did not mean to say that fuel is not enough. I meant: I do not know how much fuel to put in and schedule for the pit stops ;)

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oops... I'll have to figure out fuel consumptions somehow...

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Hi Wally: LONG tail for me. Thank you,

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