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Featured RDRC Season 7: Round 1 Review

Discussion in 'RD Rally Championship' started by Ole Marius Myrvold, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

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    44 Drivers started the first round, in the 7th season of RaceDepartment Rally Championship.
    Where it was expected to see Manuel De Samaniego win quite easily. But Sandro Pinho and Magnar Haarstadsveen had other ideas for the opening round!

    One of the longest lasting championships on RaceDepartment, got off to a great start at the Jänner Rallye in the first weekend of March. Manuel De Samaniego was the big favorite heading in to the rally, but with tricky conditions, spanning four different surfaces over the 10 stages, and with some stages having three different surfaces. Tyre choices would prove crucial for a good result in the rally. The differences between the correct and wrong tyres, could be up to 50 seconds on just one stage.

    Sandro Pinho started the new season with a bang, winning the first stage ahead of Erik Tveit, with the reigning champion Manuel De Samaniego, down in third.
    As the conditions changed, Sandro first lost the lead to Manuel, then also the second place to Magnar Haarstadsveen who is driving in a slightly slower R5-car. It all looked like business as usual at this point.

    However, that would not be the case. Going into Stage 4 to 6, the forecast showed slight rain and snow, so tyre choice would be the deciding factor. The fourth stage was only tarmac, and Manuel managed to take 22 seconds on Sandro Pinho at that stage. But with more snow on the fifth and sixth stage, the Portuguese took over 35 seconds on Manuel, and over a minute on Haarstadsveen on those two stages. That even included a trip of the road, and the fight for the win was back on.

    Onto stage 7 and 8, the snow was even more heavy, and reports suggested that the eight stage of the rally was completely covered in snow. So studded tyres was the way to go on this shorter loop of stages, even though seventh stage did have some tarmac-areas.
    Sandro Pinho was yet again a little bit faster than De Samaniego, but on the snow covered 8th stage. The Mexican driver beat Pinho with almost 8 seconds, and extended his lead into the last two stages.

    On the ninth stage of the rally Sandro Pinho crushed Manuel, and was 16.1 seconds faster, going into the lead with 1.7 seconds into the last stage of the rally.
    Pushing hard on the stage, not knowing the other drivers' time, Sandro had done a very good stage, until the last corner.
    The last corner, on the last stage of the rally, being in the lead. Pinho went into the concrete. And lost much time, he didn't even post a top 15 time on the stage. The rally win was going to the Mexican Manuel De Samaniego.
    But Manuel had even more issues. And actually lost over 14 seconds to Pinho on the last stage. Being beaten by the majority of the RDRC-2 drivers as well.
    The first round of the season was won by Sandro Pinho, ahead of Manuel De Samaniego and the R5-car of Magnar Haarstadsveen.

    In the RDRC-2 class for amateur drivers, in less powerful cars the fight was more straight forward, with the Estonian Karl Raudsepp leading from start to finish. He only took two stage-wins, but setting a top 5 time in the class on 9 of 10 stages, in these conditions, are just extremely impressive. Raudsepp also managed to get 5th overall in the rally.
    Second in RDRC-2, and also winner of the Group A Cup was Oscar Hardwick in his old Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3. Hardwick only won the last stage in RDRC-2, but just like Raudsepp he was able to set competitive times throughout the whole rally to take the car home in a secure second place.
    Third, and probably the biggest surprise in the rally, was the rookie Jon Grainger, in his first RDRC-rally, in what is arguably the hardest rally of the season. Grainger took one stage-win, and took the last podium position in RDRC-2. Beating the fourth placed driver with well over 2 minutes. Managing some overall points in the process.

    While the RDRC-2 had less fights, the class saw 7 different stage winners on 10 stages, so the class have potential to be close in the whole season. A good example of this is Norbert Leitner in the sole Opel Corsa, climbing from 8th to 4th on the last two stages.

    A very entertaining, and competitive Jänner Rallye is finished, and the championship moves to Norway, and a snow rally for the next round. We hope to see you all in Norway as well!

    Points Table after the first round:
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  2. TTupsi

    Premium Member

    Absolutely fantastic job :thumbsup:

    @Ole Marius Myrvold Quite a lot of pressure you're loading on me ahead of Rally Norway. I didn't know I was regarded as one of the favourites :D

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  3. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    Well, you said it yourself, that snow is your natural surface! ;)
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  4. TTupsi

    Premium Member

    Well yeah, it is. I guess I just have to live up to the expectations now although I'd much prefer to be the underdog :p
  5. I commented on the youtube but one thank you is not enough.
    Fantastic job, well done! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Did you guys get everyone in the video that sent their replays to you?
  6. Daniel Monteiro

    Daniel Monteiro
    Premium Member

    Great stuff indeed! Must have been an immense job to put it all together, Respect :thumbsup:

    And congratulations to everyone, and thank you to Sandro Pinho and Manuel de Samaniego for a close fight to the finish, nice touch to the championship start ;)
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  7. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    Thanks you very much! I'm sure the Video-man @Roy Magnes and Mr.Graphic&Pictures @Michael Nelson appreciate it :)

    Everyone who sent replays are in the video! :)

    Thanks! :) It did take quite some time due to the way RBR replays, and skins are handled.
    I would guess that combined we spent well over 50 hours on it.
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  8. Oscar Hardwick

    Oscar Hardwick
    RDTCC S9 Champion Premium Member

    Awesome video. Much loves to the RDRC team :inlove:
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  9. Roy Magnes

    Roy Magnes
    Gentleman Driver Staff

    I like the way it all turned out, but I am really annoyed with those looong black sequences where Vegas Pro seemingly did pick up the sound but not the pictures... Appologies for that, I will try to create the video of next round in a different way to eliminate those :)
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  10. Daniel Monteiro

    Daniel Monteiro
    Premium Member

    Come on, even on the WRC footage the camera freezes sometimes (not to mention that "half" the WRC show is footage of landscapes and spectators).
    And 50 minutes of rally action is a stellar job and you guys can really congratulate yourselves!
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  11. Great Job guys!
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  12. Nox

    Staff Premium Member

    Wow fantastic job guys, I am enjoying following the RDRC.
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  13. DrKruntz

    Premium Member

    Really well done... congratulations for the wonderful report!
  14. Awesome job guys. Only one thing if i can suggest. Maybe if engine sound would be a bit lower so commentator voice would be easier to hear.
    Cant wait for next video from Norway.
  15. How does one get involved?
  16. I would LOVE to get involved. I'm new to "organized" sim racing. And Rally is by far my favorite of the motorsports. I used to rallyX locally in my old '88 Mazda 323 GTX

    I'd love info on how to join you guys.
  17. Daniel Monteiro

    Daniel Monteiro
    Premium Member

    Welcome! You can start by reading this post (it's for RSRBR 2013 but it's basically the same still for 2015):


    Might seem overwhelming but it's mostly about having patience, it takes a while to get everything properly installed. You can also browse the forum here, many questions have been asked time and time again so you will find the answers to most of your questions:

    Then just have fun :)
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  18. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    You have the guide Daniel linked to.
    Then you have the Championship. With the massive rules thread, and so on ;)
    And you have the much more casual Rally Club :)

    We hope to see you in the forest in the future :)