Wednesday, 31 December 2014

iRacing Ruf C-Spec race at VIR

After a week of wheel issues I just sneaked a VIR race under the wire. I don't enjoy driving in clear conditions, anyway, because of the resultant loss of grip, but this is a track I'm not all that familiar with and hence combined with the lack of practise I decided to revert to a pit lane start.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

iRacing Ruf Cup at Road Atlanta Short

Not the best start possible, but this race turned out to be a good example of what can be achieved when you stick with it.

Now on to prepare for next week at VIR.

Monday, 15 December 2014

iRacing Ruf C-Spec reference lap at Road Atlanta Short

It's a new season, and with each new season new challenges await.

This season I will be driving the Ruf C-Spec in the Ruf Cup and the McLaren in GT3. The underlying purpose is to maximise participation credits - which is a great way to essentially receive a free membership - but also I need to race. It's important for me to gain more start confidence, and the only way to do that is to, well, start from the grid. That also means qualifying.

The Ruf Cup starts at Road Atlanta, and the Short layout. It's not a layout I've driven before, but I have put quite a bit of time into Road Atlanta. The hairpin and chicane have tended to be corners I've struggled with. Here the hairpin is omitted, so I can concentrate on the aforementioned chicane. And I have improved with that. I know how to drive it, but actually doing it is another matter entirely. And getting it right consistently is an even greater challenge.

This is a 59.0 time, using default weather. There are issues I need to deal with all around the track, and as this is a reference video rather than a simple hotlap piece, I point those issues out, and my thoughts on fixes. I think of these videos as ring binders, full of sheafs of paper covered in corner diagrams and scribbled notes.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The slow corner and me

I have a confession to make: I have no idea how to drive slow corners.

They are my kryptonite. I just cannot make head nor tail of them. The closest I get to mastering them is the first turn at Summit Point. Other than that each time I encounter one it's an adventure. I have no idea mid corner how I'm going to exit. Good, bad or indifferent.

I would start from the grid at Suzuka this week but for the fact I know I'm terrible with the hairpin and the chicane. A grid start with all that incumbent pressure and I wouldn't survive the first lap.

But that also means I need to put the time into it to overcome this issue.