Friday, 28 November 2014

iRacing Ruf C-Spec at Bathurst

I have little to no idea how to drive this track. As a consequence I'm about six seconds slower than the fastest time. It's so easy to completely destroy the car in the uphill section that it's very difficult to push it hard. It seems to be one of those tracks you need to have driven a million times to be able to really maximise the turns.

Monday, 17 November 2014

iRacing Ruf C-Spec 1.24.2 hotlap at Road Atlanta

Burned out. That's probably the best way to describe my performance at Road Atlanta this week. The peak came on Friday evening with a full half a second taken off my personal best in my first timed lap. I had the good sense to do some telemetry analysis and realised - as I should have even without the data - that I was simply too fast on corner entry at times.

The actual race at the weekend was a disaster. I had totally forgotten how to drive the car around the track. It really was that bad. But here is the highlight of the week, a 1.24.2.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

iRacing Lotus 49 at Lime Rock Park

The Lotus 49 has been a little bit of a problem child for iRacing. Which is ironic given the Papyrus heritage of Grand Prix Legends. The car was simply a beast to drive on release, and quite rightly, given the low weight and immense power of the original. But it was even more of a beast than it had been historically, which lead to tyre model improvements that were generally welcomed by the community.

The decision to put a modern racing tyre onto the car met with more than a little hostility, though, and after the initial waning of interest after the initial release of the car, the community that had been steadily built up afterwards was reduced once again as dissatisfaction drove people from the series.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the tyre change, the Lotus 49 is still a challenging car to drive, let alone master. But it makes up for that with so much character. It demands not just skill, but also attention. You can't let your guard drop with this car, and you must always be listening to what it's trying to communicate.

This evening I went back to the car after a long absence. In truth I've never felt confident enough in it to do more than tinker with the car. But with the series at old favourite Lime Rock Park, I decided to put some time into the car to see how it felt. And it felt wonderful.

Monday, 10 November 2014

iRacng Mosport Ruf Cup Race

Another low strength of field race, and another pit lane start, in the iRacing Ruf Cup.

I came away from the race with the thought that I really do need to resume grid starts. It not only gives me a better chance of a top five finish, but it isn't fair on the slower drivers to have me coming up behind them.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Testing at Mosport in the iRacing Ruf C-Spec

What a lot of fun this track is going to be. It has one moderately slow corner, but even that's a fun challenge. The rest of it just feels like a drivers track. It has a good flow and feel to it.

I was hoping to work on my setup, but iRacing's tyre data isn't working at the moment, so instead I concentrated on finding markers and time.

I can see how passing might be difficult, so I'm toying with returning to starting from the grid this week, but either way just putting laps in here is a lot of fun.

iRacing Ruf Cup race at Spa

I'm not the greatest fan of Spa, at least not the iRacing version. It has far too many pedantic off tracks that end up dominating your thinking. And it has the bus stop chicane, which was clearly thought up by someone with masochistic rather than racing tendencies.

That said, this race went off pretty well for me. I certainly wasn't expecting a good finish. As always I start from the pits, exiting in twentieth place.

An eventful race. I came out of it mostly with a sense of accomplishment that I pushed when I had to and got the passes done, mostly neat and tidy, with the odd moment of drama.