Sunday, 15 February 2015

iRacing Skip Barber Summit Point Raceway 1.21.2 reference

More for my own use than anything else I've added a reference lap for the 1.21.2 I did earlier in the week. There are always a few nuances that come out during the week and these are the things that tend to get lost after an amount of time has passed. These videos help to remind me of such things.

Friday, 13 February 2015

iRacing highs and lows at Summit Point in the Skip Barber

The highs and lows of iRacing in one evening.

I started the week with a time of 1.21.8. At the time that was two tenths over a fast time. I was quite content with that, but I knew I could go faster. During the week I've worked on turn one, and the carousel section, which is where I've lost most time.

I could have walked away from the week very pleased with a 1.21.5 as that would have been comfortably inside a fast time. But while practising before the weekly race I actually put in a 1.21.2.

That lap puts me right up there with the fast drivers. Not the drivers that are at the really sharp end of fast, but at least in the middle bracket. Which is a very healthy place to be.

And then came the race. I compromise turn eight in order to maximise turn nine for the straight down to turn ten. I don't think that line should be any surprise to anyone that has put a reasonable amount of laps in at Summit Point. And I certainly wasn't expecting this:

The driver making contact is in a hurry. This is lap one of a nineteen lap race. He had forced his way past the driver third on the grid and was evidently keen to win as many positions as possible on the first lap. There is no way that move was going to end well, but it might just be that he runs enough races for it not to matter. He can just try again in another hour. But for me that's the one and only race of the week.

The sad fact is that people are making boneheaded moves and then expecting - not hoping for - the driver ahead to rescue them. He wanted me to see him making the move down my inside and "give him space". He's nowhere near alongside, and this is a fast paces high input section of track. I can't manage my own race and his at the same time.

Disappointingly this is a relatively high SOF race for me. I was rated second lowest driver, so a good finish would have cemented me at this level. Instead I was taking out by a driver some distance above the SOF, and while he will still be in top half splits next week, I expect to be back in the bottom half.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

iRacing Skip Barber testing at Summit Point

We're back at Summit Point. I would put this second to Lime Rock in the pantheon of classic Skip Barber tracks, simply because, as base content, it's a track everyone should be familiar with. At this point I'm quite content with a time of 1.21.8. It might not qualify as a fast time for the week, but I feel I've improved in the early corners, and I'm becoming much more analytical about my driving in general.

iRacing Skip Barber Montreal race

There can be few experiences more testing in sim racing than leading at Montreal. Starting from pole you know one small mistake can end your race in a chicane exit. Or rather the wall at the exit of a chicane.

Apart from the dreadful pace I put in - two seconds slower than it should have been - I'm satisfied with the result. I really should be happier with it than I am, but not driving as I should have bothers me. I need to put in the same level of performance in races that I do not only in practise, but also in qualifying.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

iRacing Skip Barber 1.56.8 hotlap at Montreal

Montreal has always been a particular challenge for me. Essentially it's a series of chicanes joined by a hairpin, and those just happen to be all the corners I struggle with the most. That being the case I'm quite satisfied with my best of 1.56.8 for the week - a couple of tenths short of a fast time.

iRacing Skip Barber race at Donington Park

This was my second attempt at a race at this track. I made a mess of the first corner in the first race, so I thought I'd jump straight back in and see if I could do better.

This is a very uncomplicated track. The most complex it becomes is the last turn - a chicane. But other than that it has a good flow, though passing can be problematic, even with lapped drivers.