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RDHGP S8 - Round 4 - 100km - Jerez 88 - Tue 29th Nov 2011

Discussion in 'GT Legends' started by Stuart Thomson, Sep 5, 2011.

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  1. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    RaceDepartment Historic Grand Prix Season 8 Round 4

    Welcome back to Round 4 of the RDHGP S8. Round 3 was a shocker for me, but that’s my own fault, I deliberately pick the tracks that fit the profile for the season, not just throw together a load of tracks I like. As we’ve found before, a mix of cars were pretty well spread across the grid again, which is always gratifying to see.

    After a couple of good fantasy tracks, we will be coming back to a real world track for Round 4. We go 4,200 miles East from Lexington to the province of Cadiz in Andalucia, Spain, and the Circuito de Jerez track in its 1988 layout.


    Circuit Notes
    Jerez is located in South West Spain, in Andalucia, approximately 10 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. Its primary industry is centred around the wine industry, the most famous of which is sherry. The circuit opened in 1985, has held the Spanish F1 Grand Prix 5 times, the European Grand Prix once, and the Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix every year since 1987, apart from 1988 which is why we were allowed to sneak our way onto its busy schedule.

    Jerez is a very different proposition to the previous tracks we’ve driven, in that it is a relatively wide track, allowing multiple lines through several of the corners and complexes. It is not an overly complex track, but it is not so simple that it is only about the horsepower.

    Jerez has a relatively long S/F line, allowing cars to get up to top speed under normal circumstances, and relatively high speed at the start. After the pits exit, you encounter a heavy braking zone for T1R – Curva Expo 92. A slight uphill approach and an Armco on the inside makes the exit slightly unsighted, but it’s quite a classic turn, the camber slightly helps the turn in, and allows you to be on the accelerator nice and early for the exit.

    You only get a moment on the throttle though, possibly not even long enough to change gears, as you are hard on the brakes almost immediately for T2R – Curva Michelin. This is tighter than T1R, and slightly downhill, which takes out some of the camber help.

    Immediately following the exit of T2R, you see the slight uphill gradient of T3L, able to be taken flat out under acceleration, opening onto a short straight. Flat on the accelerator with the Race Control Tower in the distance, and you throw the nose at the similarly uphill and gentle entry of T4L, a long and shallow turn where you can build up some serious momentum.

    Containing that momentum is the key to getting T5R right, ease the nose in gently, try not to scrub off too much speed on entry, get on the accelerator again for a second or two and then brake and ease the nose in again for T6R, a slightly tighter turn.

    Get on the accelerator again for the short straight out of there, drifting over to the right ready for the quick braking and turn in for T7aL, the first part of the Chicane, settle the nose and get on the accelerator again for T7bR the exit of the chicane onto the rest of the back straight, under the Pirelli banner.

    Some heavy braking is required on the approach for T8R – Curva Dry Sac. This is as tight as T2R-Michelin, so make sure you are not too optimistic and scrub off into the outside. There is sand out there that will grab you. Exiting Dry Sac, it’s flat on the accelerator, back towards the Race Control tower and the back of the Grandstand, and you come to T9L, a corner that you can really attack flat out, carrying as much speed onto the following straight that you can.

    You hit T10L here and this is a real test of driver control. While it’s a long, long corner, it’s a real mixture of speed and patience. You need to get your car right on the limit of what it can handle, but going over that limit will really cost you time to recover. Again it’s a nice aggressive exit onto the short following straight.
    Brake for T11R – Curva Angel Nieto – but it is not a particularly tight 90, so there is some leeway with what lines you can use here, but that leeway stops for T12R – Curva Peluqui. A classic, tight 90, it needs to be handled safely, because you do not want to push the boundaries on this corner and lose any control. Peluqui opens out onto the exhilarating closing section of Jerez, a series of high speed turns taken pretty much flat out, so you need all your speed in this section.

    First up come T13R – Curva Alex Criville, taken flat out under acceleration (this is where the newer Chicane Ayrton Senna is situated), onto a slightly downhill straight and through the even faster T14R – Curva Ferrari, all about bravery throwing the nose at the apex and hoping to hang on.

    Finally, you will be approaching top speed before you have to throw out the anchors past the pit entry for the final corner T15L – Curva Ducados. This is a wide hairpin, similar to T2R & T6R, so the classic line of wide approach and cutting back to the apex is probably faster, but it does leave the inside wide open for late braking passing attacks. That it is off camber makes this a treacherous corner whether you are attacking, defending or simply trying to get through without losing too much time.

    Stand on the loud pedal along the S/F straight and across the line for another lap of Jerez 88.
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  2. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    Due to the limitations of the new board, it looks like I have to split the briefing.


    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. The worst offenders from previous seasons have not signed up, so I hope that this will be a non-issue this season.

    Racing Room must be given to all drivers – and this works both ways. Divebombing into and across a corner denies people the chance to make the corner correctly just as much as someone obliviously (or deliberately) cutting the nose off of another driver who has achieved partial overlap fairly.

    T1R – Curva Expo 92 - Especially on Lap 1. There will be a lot of cars in very close proximity, so be aware of your surroundings. You can’t just throw your car at the racing line if you find yourself in trouble, and hope someone who is already there is expecting it. There is enough time for cars to get up to decent speeds, even from the start, and the cold tyres and brakes make this especially tricky. I expect people to be respectful of others races.

    T7aL + T7bR – Esses. This turn is approached under heavy braking after the short straight, with some violent movement at the initial turn in, so you will need to be aware of the differences in braking distances and relative manoueverability of the cars around you as you go into T7aL. The inner kerb on T8bR will throw your car up on two wheels, so care on the exit is required.

    T15L – Curva Ducados. As discussed above, this is a difficult corner to defend and an appealing one to attack, so everyone needs to be fully aware of what is going on. Divebombing should be reported.

    All points on the track – General Items
    Drivers may put on their lights (and keep them on) during a timed qualification lap, so other drivers know to get out of the way when safe to do so.
    No lights are to be flashed at any stage, under any circumstances, during the Race Session.
    No Chat during the Quali or Race except by Race Control for information.
    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

    After Round 3 there were no No-Show infractions, nor any reported incidents.

    As last season, 2 consecutive no-shows will mean removal from the League.

    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
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  3. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    OK - just heard that GPCOS may not be entirely available soon. Doesn't help our scoring for this League very much. :(

    Allocations will NOT be required in GPCOS, but any absence must be posted in this thread.

    Thread opened.
    Password changed.
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  4. Jack Smith

    Jack Smith
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    A good read, thanks Stu.
  5. Ross McGregor

    Ross McGregor
    Premium Member

    Nice one.

    'Curva Dry Sac' is my new favourite corner name, and it takes the place of 'Power Horse' from the A1 ring we ran last season!
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  6. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    Due to the GPCOS thing, this event will use the CLUB password
  7. Shame about GPCOS, I always enjoy checking out all the post race data.

    Looking forward to this, haven't driven anything in ages... Off to read the briefing now.
  8. Stu, points will be awarded no matter GPCOS is working or not?
  9. Tim Ling

    Tim Ling
    It's a million-to-1 chance, but it just might work Premium Member

    I'm sorry to say I won't make this race. My mum had a stroke today, so all my plans have changed.
  10. Roland

    Premium Member

    That's some afwul news, Tim! Best of luck to all of you!

    On a side note, I can still allocate in GPCOS just fine ATM..
  11. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
    The Stoat Without Fear ™ Premium Member

    @Predrag - Yes, Points will still be awarded, it might just be a bit more of a manual process, depending on GPCOS availability

    @Tim - Very sorry about that mate. Best wishes to your mum.

    @Roland - Yes, GPCOS is still there at the moment, but it might not be very soon. I'm just trying to get us away from having to rely on it.
  12. Sorry guys I will not drive this round.

    I have been invited to my friend's name day and for sure will not be ready and able to race. Good luck!
  13. Ross McGregor

    Ross McGregor
    Premium Member

    All the best tim, i hope everything turns out ok.
  14. Knut Omdal Tveito

    Knut Omdal Tveito
    Premium Member

    I'll be there

    Sorry to hear that Tim. Hope everything will be ok
  15. Jack Smith

    Jack Smith
    Premium Member

    Sorry to hear about your mom's situation Tim. Hopong for the best for her.
  16. Hans Sneep

    Hans Sneep
    Premium Member

    Tim, sorry to hear hope it will turn out ok to your mum
  17. Tim, sorry hear it. Best wishes to your mum.
  18. Sorry about your mum Tim, hope she recovers soon.
  19. Best wishes to your Mum Tim.
  20. Roland

    Premium Member

    Excellent briefing again, as usual, mr.T.

    And don't you just love a corner named 'Curva Expo 92' in a 1988 track layout... :D
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