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Phil, please only load the following cars for this round.
Where's the blue oval? Surely there'd have to be a Ford option, seeing we're stateside?
Boy that was a tough night of racing...I had thought the long straights of Monza would have been best suited to the BWM M1, however its legs were simply too short to keep pace with Bacchulum and his Ferrari, I think he's done enough to take the championship now, so well done! It was really interesting how difficult I found it was to stop the M1. It's lack of a 5th gear required caution during down shifting it was easy to lose concentration and cause compression lock ups, resulting in spinning off into the weeds. For the bulk of the lap I felt comfortable however the Ascari curves proved to be my achilles. I struggled all night to stop and rotate the car here without riding the curbs or dipping a front right into the spoon drain like curbing and exit all crossed up and out of control. Stopping any later than the 200m board meant it was John Derre season.
That said, the racing around here was awesome! In all three races I had some fantastic duels with a lot of different drivers and that 30 minute race was mentally tiring. After the first two sprints I was getting comfortable running around in the high 41's, low 42's, yet in the feature race, 43's were extremely difficult to achieve. The additional fuel really made the task a lot harder. I spent a lot of the race chasing Phil and I felt it was easy to get close, but in the same car it was extremely difficult to get enough to be in a position to pass. We had a couple of battles towards the end of the race however I made (yet another) a mistake in Ascari and decided to give up the fight as I was concerned about running out of fuel. As it turned out the race ended up at the right time for me as I doubt I would have finished another lap with what fuel I had.
Choosing cars for the next two rounds is going to be interesting as I really don't want to touch any of the Beetles as they seem woefully slow compared to the other makes. Perhaps some BOP intervention might save them, but thankfully we're not racing at LeMans so that won't happen
Practice server is currently set to standard Monza Phil.
So which Monza is the race on?
Tuesday night it was set to Testing Monza which didn’t have the first chicane and that was terrific. If we ar using a different layout then I may need to change my car selection
I had decided to use the Facetti for Silverstone but after reading Bradc report I may have a rethink. I just want at least one car track combination that is not testing me to the limit, the only car I have felt comfortable and competitive in has been the Zakspeed Capri
Sorry.... I actually think Silverstone should be the track for the Facetti as it’s fast, smooth and has minimal corners, so it should be a real weapon there....
Well that’s the end of the dream....
In what I can only call a shocker I ended up having a night long battle with the bumps, a lack of grip and the trackside grass. I really thought the long legs of the Ferrari would have worked well here and that I’d be able to cope around the corners, how wrong I was. With the pace of the Fords up front I could never qualify better than I did in 4th and I must admit it was a real gift when the grid was a four wide front row and I powered off into the lead knowing it was only a matter of time before the field went past. Needless to say it seemed p2 was cursed as each time someone went past me into 2nd they later spun (without my assistance) and I managed to steel 2nd place.
The reverse grid race was damage limitation as I saw my championship lead disappear each time the fat Ferrari found a corner and it really was bloody hard to hang on, wishing I didn’t have force feedback turned on as it was an effort to simply steer the car over the bumps. If only there was a stadium truck option for this round it might have been a better pick.
The long race was difficult too, knowing how bad the Ferrari was as doing anything involving turning the wheel I decided to make it a 1stop race and hope that with fresher tyres I might salvage something other than dead last. Early in the race there was an Escort which slid into me, resulting in me sliding into Bacchulum and I decided to do the right thing and wait for my championship rival to recover. Needless to say I never saw him again, such was the speed of his Capri. Taking a pit stop mid race didn’t work and I think I was very lucky not to finish dead last.
For those thinking about the Ferrari I would suggest it’s taken with great caution and used on a billiard table smooth track. Granted I have no idea when it comes to setups but with running 1 in toe-in made a massively improvement and if you know how to make a softly sprung car handle then it could be a weapon, however I fear these issues are something which would have taken a new model car to improve.....
I'm know I'm going to sound like the penchant child here, but I'm mighty disappointed with my efforts at the moment, even though it was the best night I've ever had (results wise). I can't believe 2nd was all I could manage with such a weapon of a car....Kudos to Mael & Bacchulum who took out the nights races! I don't think I've EVER had a night were I felt so in-tune with a car and track as that Lancia felt awesome. What it lacked in straight line speed and acceleration I could make up for in the corners as it had so much grip, so the more I pushed, the more grip it felt it had even with low wings (F2/R1). One can only imagine what some of the better setup guys could do in this car as I suck at that area of the game. All I touched was the wings, fuel and gears.
The first start for race 1 was epic, but the 2nd attempt killed me. For some reason as soon as I plucked 1st gear I got a drive-thru penalty and so it was a matter of controlled aggression trying to see how high i could climb from dead last at the end of lap 1. Looking at the reply it seems my car moved as I selected 1st so I can only assume that perhaps I didn't depress the clutch to 100% on! I had a few tussles with Davo in the other Lancia for something like 10th place and once past I just turned the boost up to 100% and tried as hard as I could to make up the lost time. By the time I got to 2nd Mael he was almost 20 seconds up the road, so opportunity wasted....
The short reverse grid race felt like Da-ja-vu and once again as soon as I got through to 2nd place the race was over, sadly the timer run out as Bacchulum exited the hairpin so sadly for me the race ended 1 lap too soon, but never mind.
The feature race was more of the same, starting 2nd last the Lancia struggled off the corners to be able to pass down the straights so it was a matter of just trying around the outside and inside of people and hoping they saw me and didn't run me wide. There was a couple of scary moments with an Escort who lost it's way out the back and nearly got me and for a little bit there I was starting to think I needed mower blades under the car as it felt like I was on the grass so much. I'm sure some of it was the pressure of knowing I was fast and wanting to get to the front as I put additional pressure on myself for making a meal of the first two races.... Eventually I got to 2nd and Mael was about 20 seconds in front, driving a brillant race. The gap would eb and flo but I'd resolved to coming 2nd until just short of the flag he pitted. Sadly that same lap I caught traffic and simply couldn't use all my speed to leap frog him, but once again, kudos on a well driven race as his little BMW was mighty quick!
I must admit, everything aside, this is a wonderful mod and some seriously good track selections. The cars drive great and the variety in how each car performs is super cool! I just need to pay more attention to fuel as I finished the long race with 15ltrs still in the tank....oh well
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:09:11 AM »
That was a rather tough night. I did some practice in the Capri and found it super quick so I decided to saf it for another round and take the hairdressers Toyota instead. I found the Celica a lot harder to get the same speed from because with 100% turbo it was an awesome drift car. What I found interesting was that it was pretty good under brakes and on turn in to the apex but after that it was rather challenging to get past the apex without facing the wrong direction. During the races I found myself being able to drive close to others but it was difficult to make up that last small percent required to try a safe pass, so my races was more a case of tailgate and hope for mistakes.
« on: June 12, 2018, 03:43:16 PM »
Wow, what a first! I think it was more about getting lucky and choosing a fast car, rather than driver skills....I hope some of the other cars are as good as the little 320i I had as it was a cracker of a car, not the fastest in a straight line, but mighty under brakes...
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:15:03 PM »
Dumb question but what time does tonight start?I am usually on by 7pm AEST.
Thanks, Ive been delayed at work, so I should just get home in time for the 1st race then