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RDHCS S9 - Test Event - 9 Laps - Dijon GP/Mondello Int'l - Tue 28th August

Discussion in 'GT Legends' started by Stuart Thomson, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

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    Welcome to the Pre-Season Testing event for Season 8 of the RaceDepartment Historic Grand Prix.

    This will be a very cut down briefing compared to the actual race events, as the event is mostly a practice session - we will NOT be having a separate qualifying session, I'll roll straight to Race and just go with whatever the game gives us.

    The breakdown of the events will be as follows:

    Practice1: 19.00GMT - 40 minutes
    Race1: 19.40GMT - 9 laps
    Practice2: 20.00GMT - 40 minutes
    Race2: 20.40GMT - 9 laps

    This is a test event, so grid placing is immaterial and will be whatever Practice gives us.

    We will be using RD CLUB rules and CLUB PASSWORD for this event. If you take anyone off, or even if you think you might have, STOP AND WAIT FOR THEM. Failure to do so could jeopardise your place in the League.

    This is a non-competitive event, merely for us to work any last minute kinks out of our setups, make our final vehicle choice decisions, test the preliminary skin packs I'll be providing, make sure no-one has any problem connecting / staying in / viewing anyone elses skin. Don't go treating it like a League race.

    Event 1 will be round Dijon GP - I will be rolling here @19.00GMT (20.00 Ldn), irrespective of what track the server is currently on.
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    Dijon is well known to us all, relatively simple and biased towards power thanks to that long, long main straight. The nimbler cars will be able to make up time in the middle section, but this is not really their domain.

    T4L - The blind and crested braking zone makes this tricky enough, but the way the turn dives away downhill and left means that it's a balancing act to get power on. Turning in too soon to avoid the scrubbing understeer means that the high inner kerbs come into play, trying to keep too much speed on means you will drift wide towards the outer hazards, and putting power on too early will result in the rear end swapping places with the front. Easily the trickiest corner on the lap.

    T5R - the uphill approach helps by shortening braking distances, but again, the crested exit means you have to be careful how you put the power down.

    Event 2 will be on the International Layout of Mondello Park, and will follow the same 40 min prac/9 lap race format
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    We don't drive Mondello that often, but the international layout is a great track. This is very much about the handling, how much speed you can carry through turns, how soon you can squeeze the power on, how predictable you can get your car to behave. There's only really one section that the more muscular cars can stretch their legs, but even that is protected by some handling based design tests at the end.

    T4R - this slow corner follows immediately after the mid paced T3R, and tightens on exit. Going in too hot is bad news - locking up will send you straight on into the sandpit, drifting wide will put you in the wall, too much power to correct will send you across the dusty grass on the inside.

    T8R - After the long straight, this trap double right waits, protected by a downhill approach (meaning braking zones are extended) and an off camber entry (that if not allowed for will put you into the sand again).

    T13L - This is quick enough that you will be attacking it and riding the inner kerb under acceleration. Be warned here, the more you cut, the bumpier it gets and the less control you will have on the exit. The Cut Track warning is on the right hand side of the exit, so it's daring you to be careless.

    Thread will open nearer the event.
     
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  2. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    Thread (and effectively season) now open.

    Oh, and please ignore the typo on the Modello programme cover it is Tuesday 28th, not Thursday
     
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  3. Awesome, looking forward to see how I fare in the Alfa :thumbsup:

    Thanks for the writeup and nifty banners, as usual.
     
  4. Guess i better get these mods installed then ;)
    Looking forward to my battle to keep the Vette pointing the right way :cautious:
     
  5. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    Server's up :thumbsup:
     
  6. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    Just for your collective guide, I've logged on, and driven around, as all the user livery cars, so I know they don't cause a crash.
     
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  7. Hans Sneep

    Hans Sneep
    Premium Member

    Not find the sever on altbierbude,
     
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  8. Ross McGregor

    Ross McGregor
    Premium Member

    Yes, same here. Must be offline tonight. I got myself all registered up without any issues and have tried the skin-pack offline, so i'm guessing there'll be no issues for me online.
     
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  9. Knut Omdal Tveito

    Knut Omdal Tveito
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  10. Ross McGregor

    Ross McGregor
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    I went on and everything seems fine. Sorted!
     
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  11. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    I have to say, I'm looking forward to tonight:thumbsup:

    Some people have surprised me with their choices, some haven't, and I like being one of the "outsider" cars again :D
     
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  12. Knut Omdal Tveito

    Knut Omdal Tveito
    Premium Member

    You didn't expect to see me in a BMW perhaps? :) Had a few laps last night and was such fun. Really looking forward to this.
     
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  13. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    Correct, as it happens - that wasn't what I was expecting from you at all.

    But that's good - keeps everything that little bit fresher
     
  14. Yeah, I think, that BMW is overall best in the combination of parameters "fastest/stable car". [edited by Stuart to remove laptime discussion] BMW is my first choise, but, unfortunately, not for our championship for some reasons. :O_o: Maybe they will not prevent you, Knut. ;)
     
  15. Knut Omdal Tveito

    Knut Omdal Tveito
    Premium Member

    I don't mind if I'm slower/faster in the BMW to be honest, I doubt I'll keep up with you either way:) It just has a very nice feel to me, with some tires that allows me to drive it the way I like and I really enjoy the character of the engine.
     
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  16. Jack Smith

    Jack Smith
    Premium Member

    I really thought long and hard about the BMW but I decided with the Skyline. It felt the best to me but I had driven a BMW in league before so I thought why not try something different. Just hope to be relatively respectful. Happy to see others did choose it as well for it gives me a benchmark to compare my situation to.
     
  17. Warren Dawes

    Warren Dawes
    Premium Member

    Hmmmnnn!!! I grabbed the Skyline because it looked like being neglected again, and now it is looking like being the most popular. Hope it's ok for me, haven't even done any serious testing yet. :rolleyes:
     
  18. well i was going to join but i keep getting " game not availible host maybe running an updated or modified game" error. I've gone through all the downloads and i can't see anything i might of left out :( had a bad feeling this was going to happen :unsure:
     
  19. Norman Bruce

    Norman Bruce
    Premium Member

    Really miffed that I've missed the test event but my broadband was very slow and BT said it might be a couple of days before it was sorted. It is now back to normal speed but too late for the test event.:poop:
     
  20. Not too late, we're still in practice for race 1.