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[Nov 19, 2013] R07: Week 47 WTCC (Laguna Seca)

Discussion in 'RACE 07 Racing Club & Leagues' started by Dennis Phelan, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. Dennis Phelan

    Dennis Phelan
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    Official Practice: 20:00 GMT
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    Warmup: 20:45 GMT
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  2. Rapidly found myself in one of those expanding universe scenarios.
    Guy in front moving away.
    Guy behind moving back.
    Isolation.
    So I pitted.

    Couple more laps at the end and I might have got Patrick back.

    Speaking personally, I really don't have fun trying to nurse a car on ruined tyres for 20 minutes and nothing I do setup or driving wise seems to make them last. Now I know what feels like to be a current F1 driver. But one of the slow ones. Like Chilton. Hah!

    If these events were 50 minutes instead, it might just make the difference for those that choose to pit and those that insist on ice dancing home.

    Have you ever considered sometimes running this as a two race event? Same time, but over two 20 minute races?

    Just thinking out loud.

    Oh, and Justin, cheeky little overtake there down the corkscrew. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Justin Swan

    Justin Swan
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    We use to do 2 x 22min races in the Wtcc, I think it's probably only the last 6-8 that we've switched over to the 45 min races. I personally like them as they are right in the balance whether to stop or not. I was so close to stealing a second place tonight, so many reasons why I didn't make it work and all my fault but it was certainly a possibility. No chance of catching 1st place but I knew that when I was looking at the whole pack in front of me on the grid lol.
     
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  4. Justin Swan

    Justin Swan
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    I arrived late and was in a hurry :roflmao:
     
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  5. Dennis Phelan

    Dennis Phelan
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    WTCC, STCC and most other races, for the almost five years that I've been here, have been 2 x 20 minutes or 2 x X lap races. Mini Fridays has been the only exception and many of them were also run as multiple races at rotating venues[three different tracks on one day]. This is very relatively new and has brought changes.

    There is much less contact between drivers with the long race and fewer complaints about drivers. Less cutting of corners also. So aggression has gone down and driver skills and race knowledge have increased, I know mine have. We went from a single 30 min race to a 40 min and it could be increased to 50 min :sneaky:

    Just yesterday we ran the older 2 x 22 format and there were several contacts, one verbal comment on TS and I think at least one "Sorry" afterwards. Seems it's easy to get back to the old ways. As long as I don't see
    aggressive driving with the 2 x format I'll keep using it for some of the events :)
     
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  6. Dennis Phelan

    Dennis Phelan
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    My raceday:
    I was happy to have a car that I was as fast in today as I was four years ago!

    I put in a Q lap with race fuel in the tank and did much better than I should have. I don't like starts from near the front, especially as I don't start well.

    So, I go from 4th to 9th very quickly. That worked with my desire to go the race without a stop as long as I didn't do any slides off track. Re-enforcement for a drive carefully and maintain the tires came at the corkscrew when I turned Aleksander around after he slowed for Florin's messy approach. Back in the groove, I closed on Alek and then on Hamed who pitted rather than face my approach. Then I watched NJK and Florin both pit while grinding out the best laps I could. Both got me back by the end of the race but overall staying out worked very well for me.
     
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  7. Don't want to completely burst your bubble :) but with 7 laps to go to I needed to save what little was left of my tires so I calculated how much time I could give back each lap and still take 2nd. I could have gone faster if I had to, but then again if I did then I very well could have blown a tire. 45 minutes is right on the hairy edge of surviving without a pit. I was riding on the rims at the end. Fun race, I still have the bite marks from you chewing on my a** from laps 5-15 :)
     
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  8. Justin Swan

    Justin Swan
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    And there was me thinking I had you rattled :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Don't get me wrong, you were gaining on me fast because of the tire situation and I was very aware and concerned about your progress. I calculated that you could gain x seconds per lap and I would still take second, so I made the decision to go only as fast as I had to to save my tires. If I had tried to go as fast as I could I may very well have blown a tire out and then waved at the field from the side of the road as you went by :)
     
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