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[S1] Round Eighteen - Sonoma [08/01/16]

Discussion in 'PS4 | Thursday Night GT Championship' started by Andrew Holmes, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Don't ask

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    The Circuit

    The Sonoma Circuit, formerly known as the Infineon Raceway, sees the FNGTC enter its final championship stage. Three races to go, and it’s all to play for; @Andrew Holmes leads @Ben Milden in the title race by just two points with the final three events coming up; it’s Mercedes-Benz vs. Aston Martin in the title chase. The circuit is very tricky, with lots of different variables. The track undulates significantly through sector one, and with high kerbs that easily affect cars’ balance, it’s going to be a tricky event. There aren’t many overtaking opportunities here, so Qualifying is crucial to the outcome of the race. Despite the lack of overtaking spots, there are many places where drivers can make mistakes. Who will win this chapter of the FNGTC’s inaugural championship?

    Last Time Out – Road America
    It was a relatively easy drive for race winner @Andrew Holmes last time out at the Road America circuit. He managed an impressive last minute lap in Qualifying to produce second place on the starting grid, after @Junique_talent took pole. The lights went out and Holmes got away well, Stevens slipped down the order while Dominic and Gareth moved up. The order after turn one was: Holmes, Dominic, Gareth, Adam, Julian. The first lap is always hard with the close cars, as Gareth found out when his Audi understeered onto the kerbs at turn 6, spitting him across the track, into the wall and out of the race. Adam and Julian got caught in the melee, which put them way down the order. Dominic and Holmes were locked in stalemate, waiting to bite the bit between their teeth when the other attacked. But fortunately for Holmes, through the fog and cold conditions, the attack never came, and Holmes secured his sixth win of the season. @Dominic Ollivierre was second and @Jblackness1990 was an amazing third to score his first FNGTC podium!

    Press Conference
    Q: Do you like this circuit?
    Q: Over the course of a week, do you prepare more for Qualifying or Race?
    Q: Does your car suit this circuit?
    Q (@Andrew Holmes and @Ben Milden only): How do you approach these last races?
     
  2. Press Conference
    Q: Do you like this circuit?
    The middle and last sectors a good to drive, not so much the first though.

    Q: Over the course of a week, do you prepare more for Qualifying or Race?
    Depends how the car feels to be fair, if it feels good in one aspect I’ll put more work into the other.

    Q: Does your car suit this circuit?
    Not really, especially not the first sector.

    Q (@Andrew Holmes and @Ben Milden only): How do you approach these last races?
    For me with caution; this is about consistently scoring all the points available. I believe I can win at least one more race this season, and I personally think that Adam and Ben can too. I aim to finish either in front of Ben or only one place behind him at the remaining American rounds, and then to win at Le Mans.
     
  3. Press Conference
    Q: Do you like this circuit?
    Nope! :confused::poop:

    Q: Over the course of a week, do you prepare more for Qualifying or Race?
    Neither, focusing on next season :cool:.

    Q:
    Does your car suit this circuit?
    Probably, but my driving style doesn't :cry:.
     
  4. REMEMBER GUYS IT'S SONOMA SHORT
     
  5. It's will be
     
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  7. Ben Milden

    Ben Milden
    Premium Member

    Press Conference

    Q:
    Do you like this circuit?
    It's different not sure to be honest track is short so should make for good close racing

    Q: Over the course of a week, do you prepare more for Qualifying or Race?
    Both more the race on Thursday nights

    Q: Does your car suit this circuit?
    Yes I think it does although there is still setup work to do

    Q (@Andrew Holmes and @Ben Milden only): How do you approach these last races?
    Full attack nothing to lose I have zero chance at Le Mans so I must score well here and at the Glen. Championship is @Andrew Holmes to lose
     
  8. Press Conference
    Q: Do you like this circuit?
    Quite challenging but not fantastic.

    Q: Over the course of a week, do you preparemore for Qualifying or Race?
    Hot lap pace determines race results in this series so most time is spent finding pace. Race day is easy after all that practice.

    Q: Does your car suit this circuit?
    Small / short track, big car... Sure
     
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  9. What sort of lap times are people doing, I've done a 1.10.5 with about 30 mins practice, & have no idea what that is relative to others. Also apparently psn is down until Thursday.
     
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  10. Pole will be around the 1:09's. The backmarkers are doing 1:12's.
    1:10:5 at the moment is a good lap time
     
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  11. Ben Milden

    Ben Milden
    Premium Member

    Psn is back up apparently if it is big practice tonight??
     
  12. Ben Milden

    Ben Milden
    Premium Member

    Yeah 10:5 is a good pace mate
     
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  13. Adam Morris

    Adam Morris
    (TNGTC) #86 M3 GT3 - O&M Racing Premium Member

    PSN Is Back online for anyone wondering and also relitive times for sonoma for me anyway
    Qualifying Consistent 1:09:4s to 1:09:7s
    Race Pace 1:10:2s - 1:10:6s
    Looking forward to Friday Hoping to Help Out My Team Mate in Anyway Possible
    #MildenForTheWin :)
     
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  14. My best time is 1:10.7 in Qualifying, unless I make massive improvements tonight I'm finished for this race
     
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  15. If any of you guys are on tonight, I'm around for some practice.
     
  16. Ben Milden

    Ben Milden
    Premium Member

    Added mate
     
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  17. Acknowledged & accepted
     
  18. Current Sonoma Laptimes:
    Julian - 1:09.3
    Adam - 1:09.4
    Andrew - 1:09.6
    Ben - 1:09.7
    Nic - 1:09.9
    Gareth - 1:10.0
    Lance - 1:10.1
    Adel - 1:10.1
    Dean - 1:10.1
    Liam - 1:10.2
    Tom - 1:11.1
    Benji - 1:11.4
    Ronnie - 1:12.2
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2016
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  19. Not as bad as I thought loosing time in 1st sector,damn pad
     
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  20. What times are you doing in the first sector. I'm doing a 19:8