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RDHGP S8 - Round 6 - 100km - Le Mas Du Clos - Tue 10th Jan 2012

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  1. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    RaceDepartment Historic Grand Prix Season 8 Round 6
    Welcome back to Round 6 of the RDHGP S8, and Happy New Year to all our drivers. I hope we are all fit and refreshed after the mid season break. Round 5 at Brands Hatch was a fitting way to go into the holiday period, an excellent race on a superb track with pretty much every car having a race long dice. The race reports were all pretty much positive accounts, which is always gratifying.

    Round 6 moves us to a track which, in some ways, is the reason we are having this season in the first place, and – as you will see later – quite a fitting follow up to Brands Hatch. We first had a Club race at this venue about 2 ½ years ago using the Abarth, Jaguar & Elite, and it was one of those races that you enjoyed so much, it stays in your head long after it’s over. As soon as I got to plan a season with these cars, this track was – literally – the first venue pencilled in on my list.

    We hop a relatively local 385 miles South Southeast from West Kingsdown to Les Puids, just East of Aubusson, Central France, and the Circuit du Mas du Clos.


    Circuit Notes
    Situated between Limoges and Clermont-Ferrand, Les Puids is located in the La Creuse region of France. It was the brainchild and a labour of love for Pierre Bardinon, a local man whose family traces its roots back many generations in the region. The first Mas du Clos layout of 400m was opened in 1963, extended to an intermediate version of 1km in 1965, until in 1967 the final 3.1km layout that we will be racing was completed.

    The circuit was an immediate favourite, with one French Automotive journal stating “un nouveau Brands Hatch vient de se créer en Creuse” (A new Brands Hatch has just been created in La Creuse). Matra was the first team to test at Le Mas du Clos, followed soon by Ligier, Alpine and Dunlop. Multiple manufacturers racing clubs have Mas du Clos on their annual schedules, and this is a testament to the driver friendly and enduring nature of the circuit.

    Even Pierre’s overall philosophy about the circuit dovetails with the intent of the RDHGP, and makes it a perfect location for the gentlemen drivers:- “Une oeuvre pour les amis: Rien pour moi n’est plus grand que d’aimer des amis qui partagent votre passion. Des amis qui viennent pour se faire plaisir, pour nous faire plaisir, partager ensemble la même passion sans convoitise, sans jalousie” (A work for friends: Nothing for me is more than loving friends who share your passion. Friends who come for pleasure, to please us, all share the same passion, without envy, or jealousy.)

    A lap of Mas du Clos starts on the long S/F straight, which heads downhill before, flattens across and then climbs after the S/F line and is still heading uphill as you brake for T1R - Le Pieu.

    Le Pieu is a long right hand 180, blind until after the apex, where it crests and begins heading downhill. This is a superb corner to start a lap, the fast approach, uphill entry for late braking, blind apex, unsettling crest and downhill exit, allied to the generous width of the racing surface, allows for multiple racing lines and approaches. Trouble lies in wait for the overlate braker in the form of tyre barriers, and for the overeager accelerator on the outside surface of the exit, over the bumpy kerb and onto some slippery grass.

    Accelerating flatout downhill, T2L – Le Chalet – is barely a turn, more a gentle bend, but it needs to be taken on the correct line, because the high speeds involved will not give you much time to adjust for the next test that you will see rapidly approaching.

    T3aR & T3bL – Le S du Lac – is a high speed section, that starts to climb gently near the exit of T3bL, and you need to decide early where you want to wear your pain. Do you take T3aR easy and get a good exit to make T3bL easier, or do you carry all your speed from Le Chalet through T3aR, and then have to adjust for T3bL? I suspect that the answer you arrive at will depend on driving style, confidence and vehicle. Exiting S du Lac, you are going uphill on a short straight before you get on the brakes for T4R – La Musee.

    Almost a mirror of Le Pieu, you approach uphill, crest near the apex and exit downhill, but La Musee is much tighter turn. You can be fairly aggressive on the exit, but whether that is worth it is questionable, as you are pointing straight downhill on a very short section before getting hard on the anchors for T5L – La Meule.

    You cannot be late braking for the La Meule hairpin, as there is a nasty combination of hard tyre barriers, slippery grass, and track cut warning through the back of the entry. Brake early, wrestle the nose in nice and tight, and accelerate hard uphill on exit once you’ve got all your turning done. The next turn is situated after the rapidly approaching crest, so you will need to know exactly how your car is handling to know whether to brake before or after the crest. It probably will change over the course of the race as your rubber gets worn anyway.

    Over the crest and we enter the main complex of Mas du Clos, 4 tight corners, the first 3 of which are so close that there is barely any time between them. Certainly no time to get up to any kind of speed, and trying to do so may even slow you down more.

    T6R – Le Restaurant – is a tight right hander, with a fairly narrow track at this point, and with sand waiting beyond. Once through Le Restaurant, you are immediately upon the tricky T7R – La Piscine. This is an extremely tight hairpin, with the added complication of a very large and flat kerb on the inner radius that people want to drive across, but I will be enforcing the “2 wheels on track at all times” rule around this corner, and supplying some pictorial examples as to what and what isn’t acceptable, so there is no misunderstandings.

    Out of La Piscine, any dab of accelerator will need an even firmer dab of anchors for T8L – Le Pont. Take a tight line through here, under the bridge, and then, if you’ve got through tight, you have enough time to stamp on the gas. You only get a moment though, as you soon come up to T9R – La Tour. This is a fairly tight, but fairly standard righthander, but again it rewards a tight line and an early acceleration out onto the decent length straight that follows.

    You will reach a decent pace here, and you will then encounter T10aR + T10bL – Le S du Raccodrement. This is a diving Ess, both parts downhill, and fairly high speed, with a real risk/reward profile.

    It is a dab of brakes into T10aR, probably dropping into 3rd gear for most cars, and throwing the nose at the inner kerb over the crested entry. Don’t throw it too tight though, as that inner kerb is fairly high, and can unsettle the cars very badly. Negotiating T10aR successfully leaves you with T10bl and the enticing S/F straight laid out below your car, but be careful not to be too overeager on the accelerator, as it’s quite slippery through here, the downhill nature reducing any camber that may be present.

    Blasting out of T10bL, it’s flat out down the hill, past the pit entry, and across the S/F line for another lap of Le Mas du Clos.
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  2. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    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 – Le Pieu – Especially on Lap 1. It is a long run from the S/F line to here, so there will be some separation, but the high entry speed on cold brakes and tyres pose their own problems. Be aware of people as you turn in here, it has the possibility to cause huge problems if drivers don’t respect each other. Be aware that any incidents caused by reckless or over aggressive driving in Turn 1 during the first lap will be dealt with severely, probably with a “no quali” penalty for Round 6.

    T6R – Le Restaurant. As mentioned in the Circuit Notes, the track tightens here and the braking zone is crested, complicating matters. The main danger here is people not respecting the driver in fronts braking approach, piling into the back of them and punting them into the sand. This is an unacceptable type of accident and it will be dealt with severely.

    T7R – La Piscine. As mentioned in the Notes, the large, flat inner kerb is NOT part of the racing surface. 2 wheels must be on the normal grey, tarmac surface at all times. Now, there will be some circumstances where people may need to divert all 4 wheels across the kerb ie avoidance, and this will not be punished. But any deliberate, unpressured lines across this section as the normal racing line will be deemed unacceptable and needs to be reported.

    Obviously totally clean - perfectly acceptable
    Still clean - 2 wheels on the tarmac surface
    Illegal - all 4 wheels on the kerb surface. It should be reported if this is the drivers main driving line over a few laps
    Illegal - This should be a report even if you only witness it once or twice. There has been no effort whatsoever to respect the kerb surface, its a deliberate cut

    T10aR + T10bL – S du Raccodrement. Again I’ve already mentioned the inner kerb on T10aR, which is a real hazard, but also T10bL, iff you don’t respect it, can send you off on the inside if you throw the car at it, and also the outside if you don’t take the lack of camber into account. Careful rejoins are needed, and I don’t care how many places you lose, you are the one who went off, so take your medicine and don’t ruin anyone else’s race.

    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

    No Reported Incidents

    Magnus Svensson receives a No-show infraction.

    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
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    Password changed
    Thread opened

    The test/practice server is still up with the Club password, I will be putting up the event server using the GPCOS password on monday evening
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  4. Great track this. Drove it first time a year and a half ago in the GTL club. Not a lot of us there, twas the middle of summer, but still good fun.

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  5. Ross McGregor

    Ross McGregor

    I'm assuming this is the track:


    I hadn't managed to download it before the downloads section went down, so took a guess that v1.1 was the correct version. Looks like another Brands style race is on the cards! (sans DSQ hopefully!)
  6. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    yep, thats the one
  7. Jack Smith

    Jack Smith

    Thanks for the cicuit notes Stu.
  8. I may not be there, got a trapped nerve in my neck in last nights Mini Friday, cost me the win and may cost me this race participation, just tried to do a lap online and could not turn the wheel. Have updated GPCOS but if I can make it I will be there.
  9. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    La Piscine corner clarification/definiton pics added to post #2
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  10. Hans Sneep

    Hans Sneep

    Good read Stuart, thanks !
  11. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    Practice server dropped, official server with the new password up
  12. Sadly I cant participate. Its a prom tomorrow evening and I will be there, have fun :)
  13. This is my first league race.... What about tyre wear and fuel...
  14. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    There is tyre wear, and you will need fuel :)

    All the cars can run for a 100km League race distance without needing a refuel, and tyre wear is NOT accelerated, it's the same as a Club race. Tyre wear is another variable that you need to manage. The races tend to last approx 40-50 minutes.

    Drivers generally don't pit in 100km League races, unless they are heavily damaged. There is no rule against it, it's just not generally done.
  15. Really! :)
    This is why I asked
  16. problems here as well.

    try to get a password send to me but only got this .....
    This e-mail address does not exist within the RD Leagues system. Go back, and fill in your e-mail address.
  17. Tim Ling

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

    I've tried to set gpcos to show I wont be racing tonight, but it's broke :( Sorry I wont be there, but I'm way too tired
  18. Ross McGregor

    Ross McGregor

    GPCOS is working fine here, just re-allocated myself for Imola and no issues. Just a theory, maybe Magnus & Domagoj still have to sign themselves up for GPCOS? It doesn't use your account password from the RD forums, it's a separate thing.
  19. Roland


    Correct, they do. I thought all you have to do to sign up for GPCOS is go to leagues page, press on "passmailer", enter email and your league login info is sent. That's what I did IIRC. But that's what gets both of them the error message.. Maybe they have to be assigned the "league participant" status first in GPCOS by a league admin or something similar?
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