Friday, 21 August 2015

Mastering the GTR2 Porsche 911 GT3 testing at Barcelona

Here's the plan.

I feel that GTR2 is a much more difficult proposition than iRacing. It just feels more difficult, more demanding. I really do feel that the time I put into the Corvette C5r at Donington had a really positive effect on my driving when I went back to iRacing.

That said, I feel I'm at a point where I need to improve right at the tip of the driving curve, if there is such a thing. I need to find that little bit more proficiency, and with it that little bit of confidence that I'm lacking in certain situations.

The original plan was to tackle the Porsche Supercup mod with one race per week. I still expect to do that, but I feel doing that right off the bat will not help me, and it won't provide good Youtube videos, which is part of what I want to achieve. I want to make a watchable series of videos covering the race season.

To ease myself into that I've dropped back to the GT3 from the 997, and I'll be learning and hopefully mastering all the tracks in the Supercup mod's schedule as well as any others I find interesting. Then when I'm ready I'll do a 40 minute race with qualifying. That fits in with the Supercup rules.

To start out I'm testing at Barcelona. It's not a track I'm familiar with, but that's part of the process. I would normally be looking to test, practise, qualify and race in one week, but as it is I need to develop a reasonable setup, so the first race of this series of sorts will probably take place next weekend.

I must admit catching the AI has been challenging this week. I'm less than a second behind now, and I'm closing on a setup I'm content with, but I'm still quite a bit short of knowing where my right tyres are, and the car can be a little squirmy at times. Perhaps I can smooth that out a bit with setup work, but I have the feeling I need to continue feeling my way around the gas pedal with this car.

This is my best lap to date. It's clearly untidy with an off track and more sliding than I'd like, but I'm edging towards a decent level of car control.

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