Wednesday, 15 October 2014

First track attempt at blipping the iRacing Ruf C-Spec

The plan was to spend a couple of weeks working on blipping. Yes I have been using auto blip this season. In my defence - not that I really feel the need to defend the practise - I wanted to get the basics down of actually driving the Ruf C-Spec before I put time into working out how to blip the thing.

At the weekend I had a brief look at it on the Centripetal track. Which is basically a glorified skid pan. That made me realise - after getting a basic feel for not having auto blip and auto shift on, because they come as a package - that I really should practise on an actual track.

And so last night I put about an hour in at Oulton Park. Partly because it was the last track I drove in the car, but also because I just love that track.

It's still a work in progress, but I did find it changes down with a small amount of throttle, to the point I'm not really aware I'm doing it. But that comes from my Skip Barber experience. The only real issue I had was at turn 16 - the vicious slow speed right hander before the start and finish straight. The car could be a little unpredictable through there, and I'm guessing that's because it really does need a larger blip in heavy braking sections.

Overall I was quite happy with the progress. Another tenth from my personal best to 1.39.3, and my optimal down to 1.38.1. Quite a discrepency, but that tells its own story about my lack of consistency. Those two chicanes continue to alternately trip me up.

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