First off, congrats to Ryan on the win, and Bob for the seniors' win (if I remember correctly)
That was a surprisingly fun race for me, considering my prior difficulties with this mod and long tracks in general. I had a couple of things in mind for this race: make it past halfway with a ride that still resembled a car, avoid first gear at all costs. I accomplished both, so the night was a success for me. But along the way I got to race a number of folks, most due to the draft on the long straight, but also a few laps when Bob and I took turns making mistakes. My fuel icon came on, but when I hit the pits the boards didn't show, so I went another lap and pitted then. That turned out to be a good thing, since I nearly ran out of fuel on the last lap (passing Peter, who did run out, I think). And as far as the half of the race when I had to run that long straight solo, well, I found out that I could light a cigarette, smoke some of it while I poured myself a drink, have some, then find the cig that fell onto the floor, put out the smoldering spot on the carpet, and still make the kink. (heck, you could plot an entire household project, materials needed, steps in which it needed to be accomplished, each lap, I think). But if you were in a group, you had to think every second, which was much more fun.
Despite the fact that I came in 6th or 7th, I didn't even make the seniors' podium! Seems "old age and treachery," as Darrell Waltrip always said, is still a valid strategy :-)
Congrats to all who took on this daunting mod/track combo.
Congrats podium. I plead guilty to lack of prep. As much as I love Lemans, this is the first series I'm involved with that actually used it. Green Hell easy, LeMans not so much. On a adrenaline fueled first lap I for the 52nd time forgot about the carousel like banked corner after the 3rd gear drifter and stuffed it to the tune of a flat tire and body damage. Got back on the road and proceeded to systematically destroy what was left on any left hand corner for lack of patience. Funny how a great race can turn to crap in seconds.
Post by Matthew Overton on Oct 22, 2020 4:15:08 GMT
Well, that was a better result than expected in my return to MNRL. Glad I finally figured out what was causing me the problems and that this allows me to come out racing with you guys again.
Congrats to Ryan, Joe and Bob for grabbing spots on the podium! Patience, patience, patience was what I was chanting to myself throughout the race (that and BRAKE EARLY!! or DOWNSHIFT, but NOT TOO EARLY!!) and I (mostly) paid attention. A number of poor corners contributed to a battered exterior as well as the loss of positions, but was pleased to be able to bring the car home to the chequered flag.
The fuel discussion before race start threw me a bit of a curve and I almost pitted on lap 6 rather than 7. Fortunately I decided to carry on with one more lap and this worked out well, but it was nerve wracking for that second stint wondering if I would indeed have enough (and relieved that I had not pitted earlier)
Great race, some fun drafting and trading positions on the straights, plus the incentive of having folks just close enough to put the spurs to me and try to catch up. Onwards!
Post by bullet66 (Ryan Soucy) on Oct 22, 2020 16:16:04 GMT
Can't complain about that race. I've flubbed dozens of races in which I should have been a contender (think Oulton Park this year!) so if others want to give me an easier time, I'll take it. I felt good about my race pace, but qualifying on pole certainly shifts the pressure, so I might try to do that more often.
I'm learning more about the car each stint, and this time it was braking that I got really confident with. I wasn't going to outbrake anyone here, but the key was setting yourself up for the next straight. I felt I was smooth and controlled in the turns and I was hauling it out of the corners. As for the track, this one felt a little older in terms of graphics than say, Spa, and in that respect I felt Spa was more immersive and rewarding. But I've never won here before, and I love that we have a '77 version (cool config, and year of my birth...).
I'm guessing we're going to the old Hockenheim. Gonna be tricky learning the braking points, but I did win here in the DRM Revival cars (after Mike Dos Santos DQ'd, but still...), so I think I remember the way the turns go at least...
Great race as usual! Congrats to Ryan and Joe, I definitely didn't have the pace for you guys! I'm just glad to be on the podium two weeks in a row, that's a first for me! And while I'd like to say I took the win for the senior's group, I'm only slightly more than half as old as I'd need to be to join you wise old farts! I'm an old soul though, does that count?
Anyhoo, I honestly love these cars. The big brave slides and very finicky gearbox & clutch make this car super immersive for me, really enjoying this one. Had some great racing with nearly everyone during the course of the race, particularly Gilles, Aaron, and Matthew! Drafting and trading spots at 185 is a thrill I don't often get to experience, that was exciting stuff. I was right up Gilles's trumpet for the first few laps, but missed my braking point into the last set of chicanes and got tangled up in the catch fence. Luckily I got away with only body damage, and was able to keep the car mostly safe the rest of the race. Indianapolis gave me some heartstopping moments, I'm not sure I got it right even once during the race.
Great racing everyone, between these and the MCR's I'm really feeling this season! Also, I'm actively recruiting a buddy to get started in sim racing, I'm hoping he'll join us for the winter league!