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RDHGP S6 - Round 6 - Kyalami - 100km - 3rd Feb 2011

Discussion in 'GT Legends' started by Stuart Thomson, Sep 17, 2010.

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  1. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you:RDHGP Round 6

    I don’t know about you lot, but I’m out of breath now, what with all the RDHGP events we’ve been running recently. It’s confirmed to me that bi-weekly is definitely the correct interval for these races – they deserve some decent interval and build up, most especially because of the vast differences in cars, and the way that we program the season, generally requires some preparation. Two complete races and no incident reports is a good thing, although there were still a few too many incidents, all accidental but some avoidable, for my liking.

    For this leg of the season, we trot over 7,200 miles West, staying in the southern hemisphere, leaving Queensland on Australia’s Gold Coast and traversing the Indian Ocean, and ending up halfway between Johannesburg & Pretoria and the Original, 1967-1985 layout of Kyalami Park.


    Circuit Notes
    Kyalami (“my home” in Zulu) is the premier circuit in South African motorsport, having hosted multiple South African Grand Prix, taking over from the East London Circuit once the F1 cars became too powerful to run there safely. The first race there was held on January 2nd 1967, with Pedro Rodriguez winning in his Cooper-Maserati, although this was in a field that did not yet contain the formidable Lotus 49 with it’s brand new Cosworth DFV engine, the Eagle Weslake with its huge V12, nor indeed any Ferraris.

    Kyalami was also the site of one of F1’s darker moments, when in 1977 Welsh driver Tom Price came over a crest and hit a marshall carrying a fire extinguisher, causing both to be killed.

    Political sanctions stopped the South African Grand Prix from 1985, and during this time, the circuit was rebuilt in the early 1990’s. This redevelopment meant that many famous elements of the original track were eliminated.
    Due to the pulling power of the RDHGP, we will be running on the wonderful original 4.1km circuit, and what may be the highest average speed race of the season. Certainly, there will be many drivers looking forward to this race after some fairly complex circuits in previous outings.

    A lap of Kyalami begins facing the Dunlop Bridge, and a long, downhill straight, which flattens and then begins to rise just as we stand on the anchors for T1R, Crowthorne Corner. The corner continues to rise and then crest into a blind apex, and will probably see some of the gaps opened on the preceding straight by the powerful cars being closed as the lighter cars can brake later and get through the turn under more throttle.

    Slithering out of Crowthorne on the edge of adhesion, it’s a quick blast to T2R – Barbeque Bend. Fast, but negatively cambered, this is a crucial turn as it opens onto the second longest section of full throttle on the lap. Powering out of Crowthorne the track drops downhill and through the fearsome T3L – the Jukskei Sweep, normally taken at full chat, but with a high earth wall on the outside of the exit for those not giving it the respect it deserves.

    Through Jukskei, the track flattens out, before you approach one of the technically trickier turns on Kyalami, T4R – Sunset Bend. There is a large earth wall on the inner side, making the exit blind, and as this is a relatively fast bend, that blind exit makes it harder to gauge the correct speed and turn in point.

    Exiting Sunset there is a short uphill spurt until the hard braking zone for T5L – Clubhouse Bend. Clubhouse is a standard 90° bend, but is slippery on the exit, meaning patience is required to avoid a power-on induced spin. It leads onto a short straight before some more hard braking for T6L & T7R – The Esses.

    The Esses at Kyalami are another “Corkscrew” type of turn, dropping down through the first part, and flattening out during the second section, but these are a bit further apart than at Laguna Seca & Birubi, so able to be handled slightly differently. T7R in particular is heavily positively cambered allowing the throttle to be opened quite aggressively, and it leads up the hill to T8R – Leeukop Bend.

    Leeukop is a wide radiused hairpin, the Armco on the inside making the apex and exit blind at entry, but getting this corner right is normally the make or break for most laptimes, especially for the lower powered cars, as it opens onto the 1.5km long straight. Any time lost through Leeukop will be impossible to regain until the next lap.

    Exiting Leeukop, the straight rises uphill, and through T9R – The Kink – where you throw the nose at the inside of the apex, full on the throttle and hope it grips enough for you to exit onto the S/F grid and under The Dunlop Bridge to start another lap at Kyalami.


    The Race Director has some notes for drivers. Please see the track map above for location of Race Direction note:-

    All Corners Without Exception – The kerbs are not deemed as track, therefore 2 wheels must be within the white lines, on the tarmac, At All Times. Again, there are NO exceptions to this rule at any point on the circuit. Any exception to this rule is deemed illegal, any advantage gained by this method must be ceded immediately. Report people deliberately and excessively cutting.

    T1R – Crowthorne - This corner, especially on the first lap, will be tricky due to the heavy braking zone, cold tyres, vehicle proximity and high speeds. As always, be aware in Lap 1 of people as you turn in here, it will be slower than on susbsequent laps and very, very crowded. The different car types will also have very different cornering strategies – be aware of people around you.

    T5L – Clubhouse. As mentioned above, this is a slow, simple corner, but be aware of the possibility of people spinning their car on the throttle. If they do, you may end up with nowhere to go, so be prepared.

    All points on the track – General Items
    No lights are to be flashed at any stage, under any circumstances, during the race.
    No Chat during the Quali or Race except by Race Control for information.
    You may put your lights on if you are on a timed Qualifying lap to inform people in front of you. If they themselves are on a timed lap, they are not under any obligation to move for you.
    The Track must be re-entered safely so as not to ruin other peoples races.
    Car damage must be assessed realistically to know if it is possible to make the pits or not.

    Incidents, Investigations and Penalties

    There are no incident reports arising from Rounds 4 & 5.

    There are no drivers serving infractions for no shows – I have stopped awarding infractions here, and will simply deny any application from constant no-showers for any future Seasons.

    Please remember, the League staff will only review incidents if they are reported to them.

    No report = no review.

    Please try and remember the incident reporting guidelines: review, cool off, review again. Only after following the above process, and if you are convinced you still need to report it, should you let the League staff know. Please give as much information as possible during the report (time of incident, drivers involved etc.) Accident reports made within 24 hours of race completion will be ignored.

    Any accusations or complaints aired in the Chat during or after a race will mean a penalty levied on the person complaining or making the accusations, even if a subsequent official complaint gets found in their favour. I simply will NOT tolerate any post race finger pointing.


    You have chosen your car and livery already, and you must only drive your chosen car at any time during an RDHGP event. Every driver has a unique livery in this season of RDHGP.

    Scoring System

    Points are scored down to P20 (75% distance completion required) so people can fight for some points no matter where they are on the track, and hopefully have a season long battle with people around them in the League.

    The Distribution is as follows for 100km events :

    P1 - 25 pts
    P2 - 22
    P3 - 20
    P4 - 18
    P5 - 16
    P6 - 15
    P7 - 14
    P8 - 13
    P9 - 12
    P10 - 11
    P11 - 10
    P12 - 9
    P13 - 8
    P14 - 7
    P15 - 6
    P16 - 5
    P17 - 4
    P18 - 3
    P19 - 2
    P20 - 1

    1 point for fastest race lap
    1 point for qualifying on Pole
  2. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    Thread opened.

    Step away from the Vuvuzela.
  3. Please do :)

    Thanks once again Stu for a great briefing, hopefully I can screw my head (and my finger!) into place for this one, the season has been a nightmare.
  4. Looking forward to it, hopefully a better result than last week.

    Might actually have a decent wheel by then :woot:
  5. Hans Sneep

    Hans Sneep

    Great briefing Stuart an yes most faf track,an best layout there is !
  6. Thanks again Stu :thumbsup:

    I reckon this will really be a grin and bear it round for the 911,the weak top end will get tested heavily :/.
  7. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    I don't think the 914 will fare too much better, to be honest, but as always, we'll be able to race with who we're near. That's all we can ask for, really. :D
  8. I rolled out yesterday. I don't remember when I last drove there, it seems it was in my GPL times so about 6-7 years ago. After quick memorising corners - this track isn't very complicated :) I adjusted my setup to fit the circuit.
    My baby Pork went quite good, although it's not drag-racer but I suppose that the long straight will host lots of overtaking.
  9. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    Yeah, I tend to agree there, Roman. I think Lenno's definitely on the "glass half empty" side of things there, the 911 wasn't horrible at Rouen after all.

    When we did some early / pre-season testing there, while some of the boys were still choosing their cars, it was pretty close overall, but between the splits, it was quite varied - I was slightly (and I do mean slightly) quicker than Nige in his Capri up to the 2nd split time (taken near Leeukop), but then he hauled it all (and a little more iirc) back on the straight with those extra Ford horses.

    Net difference was minimal.
  10. Jack Smith

    Jack Smith

    Ok now I am ready to check out the track and get familar. Thanks as always Stu for the excellent pre-race report. Winter here in Canada is passing quicker than normal because of these events although a major storm is moving in tonight/tomorrow and lose of power is a high possiblity. I hope next week doesn't bring the same.
  11. Carlos Diaz

    Carlos Diaz
    Happily driving a "girly" car

    Great briefing as always, sir.

    First time for me on this track,(I know, I'm such a noob sometimes). Took the 914 out for a few laps on it yesterday. There aren't too many turns to memorize, but I usually have trouble extracting all the speed I can from long, fast, sweeping turns. I'm more at home in the tight twisty tracks. So if I don't do well at all here I can't blame it on my 914, it will definitely be my own lack of pace.

    Now Tom and his Vette, that should be a pair to watch.
  12. That is if my connection can hold out! I will be racing at Kyalami, I just hope I can finish because I truly think I can win this with a bit of good fortune!

    Great Breifing Stu - hopefully see you all on Thursday!
  13. Just heard i need to work Thursday. So gonna miss this one. :frown:
  14. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    :frown: bummer.

    I suspect you would have enjoyed the Panty round here, too...
  15. Stuart Thomson

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  16. Sadly. :frown:
    I thought I'd go for you Ivo, and you will turn on your magnetic field transmitter on the front bumper http://www.nogripracing.com/videos/view.php?id=1644 and then we can go 1st - 2nd on finish. :cool:
  17. Lol yeah. :D
  18. Stuart Thomson

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  19. ooooooh Kyalami, you are so yummi yummii! :D

    I know this track from GPL, I managed to drove it without problems with formula car, so it will be no problem to do it again with porky, I guess. :)
  20. About my participation. Happy newfound father (02/02/2011!!!:D:D:D) is not able to accurately apportion his time :). But I hope that everything will be okay and I will be able to take part in the event with my dear RD fellowship.
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