GT PRO @ Silverstone '79 Mionday July 19th, 2010

Eric Nelson



Class: GT-PRO

Weather: Dry

Start Time: 21:45 EST / 18:45 WST / 01:45 GMT (Tuesday)

Practice: open server

Qualification: 15mins (9:45 EST)

Warmup: 10mins

Race: 2x20 laps

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Eric Nelson

Silverstone is considered by many to be the true home of the British GP! We are loading up the 1979 version for a very fast layout to test those GT Pro machines!

It is built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, RAF Silverstone, which opened in 1943. The airfield's three runways, in classic WWII triangle format, lie within the outline of the present track.
Silverstone was first used for motorsport by an ad hoc group of friends who set up an impromptu race in September 1947. One of their number, Maurice Geoghegan, lived in nearby Silverstone village and was aware that the airfield was deserted. He and eleven other drivers raced over a two mile circuit, during the course of which Geoghegan himself ran over a sheep that had wandered onto the airfield. The sheep was killed and the car written off, and in the aftermath of this event the informal race became known as the Mutton Grand Prix.[3]
The next year the Royal Automobile Club took a lease on the airfield and set out a more formal racing circuit. Their first two races were held on the runways themselves, with long straights separated by tight hairpin corners, the track demarcated by hay bales. However, for the 1949 International Trophy meeting, it was decided to switch to the perimeter track. This arrangement was used for the 1950 and 1951 Grands Prix. In 1952 the start line was moved from the Farm Straight to the present Finish Straight, and this layout remained largely unaltered for the following 35 years. For the 1975 meeting a chicane was introduced to try and tame speeds through the mighty Woodcote Corner, and Bridge Corner was subtly rerouted in 1987 before the track underwent a major redesign between the 1990 and 1991 races. The reshaped track's first F1 race was perhaps the most memorable of recent years, with Nigel Mansell coming home first in front of his home crowd. On his victory lap back to the pits Mansell even found time to pick up stranded rival Ayrton Senna and give him a lift on his side-pod, after Senna's McLaren had expired towards the end of the race.
Following the deaths of Senna and fellow Grand Prix driver Roland Ratzenberger at Imola in 1994, many Grand Prix circuits were modifed in order to reduce speed and increase driver safety. As a consequence of this the entry from Hangar Straight into Stowe Corner was modified in 1995 so as to make its entry less dangerous and, as a result, less challenging, and the flat-out Abbey kink was modified to a chicane in just 19 days before the 1994 GP.

Eric Nelson

Entry List:

  1. Jarrod Keen Skin
  2. Eric Estes
  3. Keith Barrick
  4. Sam Mehler
  5. Eric Dennis
  6. Philip Brown
  7. Will MarQuez Skin
  8. Eric Nelson Skin
  9. Adam Vaughan
  10. Glenn Petersen
  11. Yves Larose
  12. driver
  13. driver
  14. driver
  15. driver
  16. driver
  17. driver
  18. driver
  19. driver
  20. driver
  21. driver
  22. driver
  23. driver
  24. Jesper Taulborg
  25. Larry Stovall

Eric Nelson

it should be aptly noted tha "time warping" is considered cheating.......

I was just warming up for a nice battle with you at Mosport when you vaporized.:wink:

Eric Estes

So what are the quicker types running around here? I've tried 5 of the cars (C6R, Viper, Egg, Lister, Saleen) and found they all work out to the same lap times, just in different ways (mid 1:19 to low 1:20). Besides Beckett's, which gives everyone heartburn, I have yet to find a consistent speed/line through Club.

For setup, I've found that the Elkhart Lake/Road America setups actually work well, gearing is about the same - just don't need as much ride height - no fronstretch launch ramp here.

Jarrod Keen

That viper is fast in the straights... And the Aston Martin is strong in the turns.... should be a great race. Undecided as to what I'm driving... Probably have to stick to my contract and drive the Aston. I was also in that neighborhood. Good lap fell in the mid 1.19 range too. felt i could get under 19 with a great lap. more testing coming......
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