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« on: March 21, 2018, 11:28:41 PM »
report---short version: nice tense race. Car is hard to drive and passing is really hard. But pace races can be quite fun. Russ was best.
Q: got out first and had free track almost all the time. I can't really ever say I got a clean lap with this car, but had two that were without major mistakes. One of them was ok enough for pole.
R1: I think I made a mistake in raising the pressure for the colder foggy morning. My first few laps were rather good, and I even managed to open a tiny gap on Russ. But after half race my tyres felt really crap. I tried to make them breath a bit like last week, but it did not work. With hindsight, I should have probably eased off a bit, as there are no clear overtake opportunities, but Russ's pressure was high---so much faster on the last 2 corners---and I forced it a bit too much. I paid a bigger mistake when I put 2 tyres on the grass and Russ just flied by. By then, he clearly had a stronger pace, so there was nothing to do.
R2: the car felt better with the lower psi and warmer track. At the start I kept my left lane to see if Russ would chicken out. But he was good enough to send me back in third (yeah, I know, it was a slightly overaggressive move, but which world champion never did one?). From my third place in the train, I had some difficulty choosing my braking points following Matthew so close. We all three seemed to be stronger in different parts of the track and at some places I would get perhaps too close to them. In fact, after a few laps I had to straighten up to avoid him and went off track. Thankfully there was a nice road there and did not lose more than 2 seconds. I honestly felt I had a slightly better pace than Matthew, but it was far from enough to attack him. So I chose to adapt and perhaps try to keep the gap around the 1 second mark. The pace was very high, though, so it was far from an easy task, as any little mistake was pretty costly. Last lap was obviously a sprint between him and me for the final gap, but ironically he made a mistake on the second-last corner and I almost got him. Ended the race in his wake.
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:18:39 PM »
As I stated in a previous discussion, my impression is simply that the ABS is not very good and a little hard to predict. So turn in is really sensitive to how much, when, for how long etc you brake. Notice: I am not claiming I am managing better than anybody. Just that experimenting with it I noticed it makes a lot of difference with very little variations...I'll post my setup tonight, or add it to the practice server. I haven't had a single mysterious spin.Spins aren't my issue, I can control the power on oversteer (thanks to Can-Am ).
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:50:40 PM »
?!? I was answering Wally's question. Wally: "how do you know he didn't win because of that squeeze...?" Me: "I can't know it, of course... but..."I can't know it, of course... but the man has 4 wins out of 4 podiums. When he has a chance, he does not let it go
Maybe you had too many celebratory drinks?
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:26:01 PM »
Race 2 grat somehow alongside between turn 1 & 2 so I just pushed him out of the way No, really sorry about the contact grat. I thought you would give it up but you didn't and I think the cold tyres, ballast and the inside kerb all worked against me as well, but the steward has spoken ... All good here mate.No worries at all! As I said after the race: it was a tough move, probably off the limit, but smoothly and gently executed. Real racing! A bit à la Schumacher...
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:21:03 PM »
I can't know it, of course... but the man has 4 wins out of 4 podiums. When he has a chance, he does not let it goI did feel a little bad about spoiling Russ's party... but then everyone will be glad to hear that rules are rules, and no favours given just because someone wonWith the Russ/Grat contact, the two were side-by-side through turns 1 and 2, but then Russ moved over to Grat’s side of the track, unable to take the turn tightly enough, and squeezed Grat off the track, costing him positions. I judge that Russ had enough time to know that Grat was alongside him, and shouldn’t have squeezed him off the track, so Russ gets penalty ballast for the next round.come on, poor Russ. He had the best races ever tonight and it was just a tough move... yes, he squeezes me, but just a bit... can you at least give him a minimum penalty? like the smallest amount of ballast you usually give?
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:02:00 PM »
With the Russ/Grat contact, the two were side-by-side through turns 1 and 2, but then Russ moved over to Grat’s side of the track, unable to take the turn tightly enough, and squeezed Grat off the track, costing him positions. I judge that Russ had enough time to know that Grat was alongside him, and shouldn’t have squeezed him off the track, so Russ gets penalty ballast for the next round.come on, poor Russ. He had the best races ever tonight and it was just a tough move... yes, he squeezes me, but just a bit... can you at least give him a minimum penalty? like the smallest amount of ballast you usually give?
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:16:50 PM »
I managed a 1:19 flat here so far. Here's my take on the track.Did not know the track at all until yesterday, but I actually agree 100% with what you wrote. At most I can add that smooth and light braking into t1 pays off, that Hawthorn is quite complicated and begs for a lot of patience, and finally that good traction on the last bits may make a bigger difference than it looks.
« on: March 16, 2018, 03:05:52 PM »
It's a fair scoring scheme, not weird. You are rewarded more for being able to pull out a greater lead when the field is compressed with ballast.Wally. please don't get defensive I just said it's a bit weird, not unfair. You'd be surprised, if you think about it, how many weird things are fair and how many ordinary things are not
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:36:51 AM »
Made a big difference to points apparently a lot more than i thoughtIt makes a bigger difference in race 2, because the rest of the pack is closer. So 12 seconds in race 1 is only a third of the 1st to 10th place gap, but it is half of it, when the front 3 or 4 travel with 60+Kg of ballast. It's a weird effect, but Wally is right to experiment with different options. I would be sad if the ballast became of the unpredictable/uncontrollable type (for these cars, the absolute limit for me would be around 80kg). But as long as it mostly makes it harder to drive and a bit heavier on the tyres, we can still cope with it.
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:15:41 AM »
Q: I had some problems with traffic and managing the soft tyres. In the end, on my second stint, I had a pretty good lap, but lost a pair of tenths passing a car on a hotlap ahead of me. But probably would have been 2nd place anyway.
R1: I almost stuffed it for everybody sliding through the first corner, but thankfully Phil was very alert and perhaps going slightly wide himself, so we were all safe. For the first 7 or 8 laps I could stay (almost) comfortably behind Matthew, with Phil slowly peeling from behind us, but I had no chance to pass him at all. Then I lost a bit of concentration and got a pair of cuts, so I chose to slow my pace a bit and perhaps hope for slightly less ballast in race 2.
R2: I had a good feeling in the first 2 laps and could stay really on the back of Matthew trying to put pressure on him. But even then I had very little hopes to actually attack him. Luckily he got wide at the fast right-hand kink and I took the lead. After a few laps I felt my tyres were starting to be a little hot, so I opted to take it a little calmer for a bit and get as steady a pace as I could. I think Matthew did not do the same, because after lap 10 or so, he started peeling off quite fast and ended up in Phil's target, which slowed him down even more. They crossed the line for the last lap with some 5 seconds gap, but then they tangled at turn 3 and disappeared from the mirrors altogether. I had no idea about where they were, but I decided to do the safest last lap I could. In the end, their crash gifted me a huge advantage...
Although I was never able to join the Thursday series, I completely agree with Bacchulum: there is a lot to enjoy in AC for at least another 2 years, and it is reasonable to give Kunos a chance and see what they do. I am not a huge fan of Blancpain, and surely we'll get bored after a bit of it, but that's also why it is fair to think it won't be the only thing they'll do. Granted: the second thing may be another series we'll get bored of, and the third is likely to be the same. But if they want to remain (or gain the position of) leaders ion the job, they'll need a second "AC" in 3 or so years from now. Let's just have fun with AC for now.the only reason I was thinking of another game is because it would be nice to support something still in developmentThat doesn't bother me.
« on: March 04, 2018, 07:06:41 PM »
your best lap is on mediums, thoughI improved my last 2 corners' speed by braking a little earlier and reducing understeer.Comparing my lap to Grat's, I can see that he was carrying a lot more speed through the last 2 slow corners. Maybe taking more kerb?Looking at the graph, I do not see so much diff. in the last two corners, just a bit shorter on braking. I see instead a speed diff. throughout the back straight and between .7 and .8 in the graphs. It does not seem much, but that straight is damn long, so a small difference exiting the chicane can get you very far...
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:10:59 PM »
Comparing my lap to Grat's, I can see that he was carrying a lot more speed through the last 2 slow corners. Maybe taking more kerb?Looking at the graph, I do not see so much diff. in the last two corners, just a bit shorter on braking. I see instead a speed diff. throughout the back straight and between .7 and .8 in the graphs. It does not seem much, but that straight is damn long, so a small difference exiting the chicane can get you very far...
« on: March 03, 2018, 07:37:24 PM »
just to let you guys know: there is an infinite hole along the pit wall, exiting the last bend. (I guess it's ok as this season Wally said to look for less used tracks, and less used necessarily means a bit less polished.)