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Discussion in 'Formula SimRacing' started by Patrick Gatewood, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Patrick Gatewood

    Patrick Gatewood

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    Hey everyone i enjoy this league a lot! Love the racing and wish to be involved in it someday. I just feel my pace isn't quick enough yet. I kinda have a feeling i already know the answers i'll get. "Experience" is what i'm sure i'll get mostly. I understand that. I practice a lot with this mod everyday. Pumping out laps trying to improve my time just a little bit more. I even study hot laps on youtube trying to figure out what they're doing differently as far as braking and accelerating and try to mimic those as best i can. I'm sure setups make a big difference and we could get into that too, but overall i'm just trying to figure out how to become a faster driver. I'm sure there's others out there who would like to hear what some of you have to say as well. I look forward to some of your answers.
     
  2. Patrick Gatewood

    Patrick Gatewood

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    I guess the reason i haven't gotten any responses is cause i didn't really ask a direct question. Pretty much i want to know how do you improve you lap times? I know setups make a difference but i already know that. All that aside, what are some tips? Is it braking just right, accelerating out of corners as fast as possible, taking corners at the highest speed possible? I'm sure those are all right i just want to know the best way to achieve those.... Anyway, hope i get some responses this time. Haha!
     
  3. David Ignjatovic

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    Pick a car and track, do at least 20 laps and record your best time*, and also let us know what wheel/pedals.
    You might be faster than some of us, lol.

    *rf2 dynamic track will come into play.
     
  4. David Dominguez

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    Well, the best way to improve, as you already pointed, is practicing more :D

    Maybe you can post some youtube video/game replay, and we can check where can you improve. Otherwise it's hard to help.
     
  5. Stuart Pickering

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    Im in the same boat mate, but the guys on here are very good and will give up there own time for you to practice with them. Remco spent a night with me with the megans, me following him round to see his lines brake points etc, he then followed me and was telling me where on track I was wrong etc. It really helped, I was so far off the pace all I wanted to do is be competitive with the back pack. I,m sure there will be a session for practice soon. Set ups do help alot but are the racers choice.
     
  6. David Ignjatovic

    David Ignjatovic

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    Another thing that's useful if you have RACE07 etc, is time attack....then you can dl faster ghost cars and follow them around.
     
  7. Stuart Pickering

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    not sure about race07 dave lol this is an rf2 section mate. ;) best thing is wait for the next club race which you would like to drive in car wise and get on ts, ask the guys to take you round in practice, you will learn more in about 30 mins than 3 days on single player with the ai.
     
  8. David Ignjatovic

    David Ignjatovic

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    TimeA proved to me the value of braking points and racing line...I went from 2m09 to 1m58 using TA with WTCC BMW at Imola.
     
  9. Patrick Gatewood

    Patrick Gatewood

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    Thanks for all the info everyone! I just have one more question. What is TimeA? I googled it but couldn't find it. I'm assuming its an rfactor add on but i just want to be sure and see where i could find it.
     
  10. David Dominguez

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    I guess it's the abbreviation of "Time Attack" mode.
     
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  11. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
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    Alain Prost wrote a book called "Competition Driving" it goes pretty deep into how to get a fast lap time. I recommend it. It was used heavily as a resource when I wrote the F1 2011 Advanced drivers guide. I am not an expert in this game (only playing RFactor so far) but the real world racing technique and theory should transfer perfectly across any sim.
    I know there are faster guys around than me, (I too am practicing to try to get up to speed in this sim) but if you are interested in some theory and just in case it helps you then there is a section on this in the guide.
    (PS I know its about a different game)
    http://www.racedepartment.com/forum/threads/f1-2011-advanced-drivers-guide-by-david-oreilly.43837/
     
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  12. Sami Pesari

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    One thing i value most about learning a track is to have someone who is 1 second or less faster than you and you get his replay and merge it and/or have him go aground track with you it really can have you see if you brake too early or cock up exit of the corner
     
  13. Jonathan Holmes

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    You can merge replays and race against them? :confused: How?! :laugh: (If i can make the game like Trackmania maybe I stand a chance of getting some world records :rolleyes: haha.)
     
  14. Sami Pesari

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    i think this was the most used program for that http://www.rfactorcentral.com/detail.cfm?ID=rfVCRmerge
    just one correction: ofcoruse you cant race against them that would be too easy ;)
     
  15. Jonathan Holmes

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    Awesome, will definitely give it a try tomrorow to see some of my times together :) Thanks!