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GT PRO @ Watkins Glen GP - Mon March 15th 2010

Discussion in 'RACE 07 Racing Club & Leagues' started by Eric Nelson, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Aleksey Bogatyrev

    Aleksey Bogatyrev

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    who won race 1&2?
     
  2. Kyle Pearson

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    Eric won both races. :cool:
     
  3. Eric Nelson

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    Hey guys make sure you write a race report even if its brief! Enthusiasm will fill the grids in the future!

    Alex not sure what happened to you but hope your in it longer next time!
     
  4. Aleksey Bogatyrev

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    my home phone ringed, it's over the internet, so it caused disconnect
    i usually turn phone off during races or just don't pickup, but i got wife who didn't know that picking up the phone will jam the internet)

    p.s. did u guys hear me on teamspeak?
     
  5. Dennis Phelan

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    R1: I got off to a good start, moving from P7 to 6th. On the backside Corey got loose and I slipped under as he regained the road. I had a good pace early on and it was a fun drive even though Corey was in my mirrors. After L6, with tires heating my pace slipped and I was off on L8 and Corey got by. He had a good pace going and was pulling away when on L10 he had an off at T1 and I was ahead of him again. I just tried to keep it on the road and hold Corey off, that worked till the finish.

    R2: Lousy start! From P5 to P7 of 7 in 100 yards! Worse, no trraction at the end of the straigh and I have an off into the wall, no damage but it got Kyle up close and Eric ahead was farther away. It's still not over, I tap the wall coming out of the boot and Kyle goes right past, I must look like an idiot! L2, I get past both Eric and Kyle after T1. Corey is just ahead of me at L4, he must be having a worse race than I am, I'm past him on L5 at T1. Kyle is behind me again looking like he wants to get by, can't figure why he hasn't passed earlier but he does at the end of L6. For the rest of the race, I nursed a hot RF tire.

    Good cars, I learn a lot from them.

    Thanks RD and Eric, see everyone next week.

    Alex, I can't remember hearing you on TS.
     
  6. Kyle Pearson

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    Qualifying went ok. I had only a run a few laps on Sunday as I've never run that configuration of Watkins Glen. I've done more races than I can remember at this track but I had never run without the inner loop. Unlike the WTCC87 cars, I had run the cars in the past (when Evo first came out) so I didn't have to figure them out on the fly. :smile: I did a decent lap in qualifying, but about a second off what I ran offline. During qualifying, I noticed the fuel mileage seemed to be off from what the garage was reporting.

    Race 1: I was unsure about the fuel, so I loaded the car up. I had a good start but begin to mess up halfway through the race. I needed to try and keep a distance on the Vettes on the back straight, as they have more speed than me. However, after messing up T1 halfway through the race, that put Eric on my bumper through the esses. With that, there was nothing I could to keep him behind me. I held the inside line approaching the outter loop, but Eric had too much speed for that to matter. Afer that, I just watched Eric drive off into the sunset. :smile: Near the final lap, I notice my fuel calcs were not all that good as I had a ton of fuel left over. I think I finished with about 9-10 gallons left. :redface:

    Race 2: I removed one or two gallons of fuel. I didn't want to remove too much as I wasn't really paying attention to exactly what I had left over after Race 1. Starting in the back of the grid, I got another decent start. However, I proceeded to make a complete idiot of myself and almost cause a serious incident into T1 with cold brakes. Luckily, I didn't hit anyone but I'm not sure how that didn't happen. :redface: I felt like a complete jack*ss so I pulled off to the side and let everyone go by. After that, I got back on track and starting racing. I caught up with Dennis and raced with him for a few laps. Dennis got a little loose off T9 and I was able to go by. I ended up catching the two Vettes of Eric and Sam who were racing for the lead and watching that battle for the last few laps (as well as watching those guys leave me in the dust on the back straight). :smile:
     
  7. Corey Theman

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    Good clean races tonight, sometimes I like racing with smaller fields for that reason.

    Qual: I was trying to take it easy as I hadn't raced GT cars in a long time, and I've never used the Gumpert but thought it would be a good change of pace. Left race fuel in and went with the race setup and qualified mid pack in P5 of 8.

    Race 1: Went nice and easy to start but still got a little loose early on which allowed Dennis to make a pass. I spent the majority of the first half of the race between 0.5 and 1.5 seconds from his rear bumper. I was actually pretty pleased with my setup for the most part, as my car seemed to get stronger as the race went on. I was able to get past Dennis as he said and started to pull away. It was about lap 10 or so however that I began staring at my fuel gauge. It was depleting very fast and I was getting anxious - which ultimately led me to stare a little too long and I ended up downshifting into 1st on accident instead of 2nd. I of course was sent into a 360 which allowed Dennis to catch me, and I was off fighting like hell to catch him in the remaining laps. He held me off and I finished P4.

    Race 2: Well, the best thing about race 2 was the start. I had an absolute rocket start, and it was all downhill from then on. I lost focus a couple times which caused me to drop a wheel in some inopportune areas, leading to at least 2 spins I can recall. I had some nice, consistent laps in between them, but they were all for naught and I finished in either P4 or P5 (I wasn't happy with it so I can't remember :) )
     
  8. Jarrod Keen

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    Last night races were a blast. I have only raced in a GT car once over the last year as we did a porsche race at A1 over the summer. This was a ton of fun.

    The night began with me finding out that I didn't have the track, forgetting that I'm running a new computer now as I knew that I had Watkins on my old computer, I searched and easily found the track (thanks Eric) and downloaded. This was costing me valuable setup and practice time!!! I get in to see times are around 1.44-1.43 in practice. I have no idea if this is good or not as I've never driven the "boot". I spent the next 15 minutes driving and figuring out the boot and trying to find breakpoints and turn in lines. I thought that I'd be fast here but reality was that these cars are soooo different than the ATCC cars that I race weekly now. This Aston Martin used to be my loyal steed however since I've not driven her in so long, there was some... getting used to, some reaquaintance time that was needed. She kept telling me that since I've left her that my throttle touch has gotten a bit heavy. She of course tells me this in the most inopportune times.... as I'm exiting a turn heading toward a wall in which a loose rear would tap the wall.... doing damage and sending me spinning across the track....

    So, some adjustment time was in order.

    Quali: I actually hit a pretty good line in quali and think that I hit in the low 1.43 range and over the next 15 minutes, had 3 or 4 laps where I was over .7 seconds ahead of my best lap but just couldn't put an entire lap together. I think with 20 more laps on this track, I could break into 1.41s. So if my memory serves me, I qualified 3rd which was just fine and dandy with me.

    Race 1: In the back of my mind, I of course tell myself that I'm a fast starter and that I should be able to take the leader by the end of the straight stretch. I figured that Eric might be the big problem here as I know he's fast in these cars and Pearson the pole sitter was in the R8 but Eric in a vette and me in my trusty Aston Martin.... I thought that I could get a run on the Audi but figure that the Vette (if he gets away clean) will just outhorsepower me up the straight.

    It's go time.

    I get off to a decent start and am in a clean 2nd place behind Kyle Pearson with Eric Nelson in 3rd around 2 seconds back and closing. Near the top/end of the long S straight stretch combo going up the back of the track, I closed a huge margin on the Audi and was right on his tail. I drove fairly well for a number of laps but just couldn't stay consistent. Eric overtook me after just a few more laps and from there, I had a handy lead on 4th. I then had a little damage due to a spin and eventually ran out of fuel...... This race wouldn've been much more fun for me if I'd prepared with 50 prep laps or so.... I felt that I couldn've stayed in it to the end....

    Race 2 I was on Poll, decent start, poor luck on one of the early laps threw me into the pits at around 150 mph and after that I quit and watched the leaders... I had been racing up front with Eric and another vette driver (was it Eric E???) and i finally ran out of talent.

    There were some great battles out there and these are great cars. I'll keep joining you on Mondays for sure!!!
     
  9. Eric Nelson

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    Fun night guys!

    Q: I started in the Saleen to keep things a bit tighter since I had run a 40.5 in offline practice event. Then Kyle goes and rips a 41.xxx and sends me to the transporter to get out the trusty Vette! I manage secod for Q. Well done Kyle!

    R1: I spin the tires and get jumped and enter T1 in 4th. I run along trying to catch kyle and Jarrod after passing the 3rd place car of Corey? YOu know form previous reports when I passed those two for the lead. BUT! BUT! BUT! MOTEC tells me another lie and says I am only using 2.64L per lap! Nope! 3.5 is mor elike it! I have a 3 secong lead on Kyle and I have to nurse the car ot the finish for 3 laps by short shifting and coasting while managing the gap! I win by a scant.5 seconds with .31L of fuel.....................

    R2 I load up the car with the correct fuel and start in 8th. I don't spin the tires and jump to 6th by T1 and nearly hit Corey! ooooof! I lose a bit of ground but manage to pass most thru off track excursions or speed by lap 4 and then there is Sam Mehler in First in a Vette too! He is running very competitive;y and I am hard pressed to gain at all! He eventually has a 'MOMENT" and I assume the lead. afetr a bit, I slow down to rejoin Sam so we can have some fun racing with 5 to go. Kyle creeps back in the fight and we have a ball the last 5 laps including me passing Kyle in the last 200 feet of lap 20! It's a drag race of sliding cars like an NHRA event! FUN FUN FUN! LOL

    Thakns for joining up guys!

    see you at a future event soon!
     
  10. Eric Estes

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    Great track for these cars!

    Q: Had hopes being P3 in Practice, but ended up P6, still not bad for me.

    R1: Fell to 7th right at the start. Decent first couple of laps, passed Sam when he got loose off of 14 and slid into the pits. Raced in 6th pretty steady, and then caught up to Jerrod after his off, but his "double-O" Aston Martin smokescreen kept me at bay and I could never quite catch up. Finished P5 after Jerrod ran out of gas in the boot Lap12.

    R2: Started on the outside and fell back, then passed Kyle and Dennis between one and two. On lap 2 Kyle dove in tight in turn 1 and I lost track of him. I could hear but not see him so stayed wide into 2 and both Kyle and Dennis slipped under me, then Dennis put on a nice crossover and passed Kyle through 3 into 4. I eventually found myself about 5s behind Corey after one of his spins, then started knocking off about .3s/lap until I spun myself when about 3s behind. It was fun chasing while it lasted! P6, with a P5 overall.

    Thanks to Eric & RD for putting these on. Look forward to next week!!

    (Alex - could not hear you...)
     
  11. Sam Mehler

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    Well I for one had a great time and look forward to racing with you guys again. Thanks for letting me join you. See you at the next track!!!

    So how many times did I pit in R1?:wink:

    New to this and I will post a after race debrief including a pit count for R1.
     
  12. Sam Mehler

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    Race Debrief!!


    Overall this was my first event with this time zone. I had run a USMC event on a sunday afternoon with some other guys. That was fun but for some reason I was rather worked up for this event. I joined the server and started to practice with my C6-R. I have a strange affection for Watkins in the configuration that was run which further fueled my nerves as practice went on. The other racers were chatting away about proper lines through the S's which is something that I really enjoy about racing with RD groups as everyone seems like a nice person that is willing to share information. I used my own setup which is just a slightly tweaked version of the default C6-R setup. My tweaks felt just about right for my method of driving which is rather aggressive with the right loud pedal.

    Qualifying: I ran some decent laps posting a 42.xxx lap that landing me on the 4th spot on the grid. Overall there was a pretty good mix of cars on the track which is very nice to see.

    R1: race starts and I get a wonderful start. I realize going down to T1 that I am being waaaaaaaaaaay to aggresive and choose to back off and take my spot in line as to avoid a MOMENT at T1. The end of L1 is where the fun starts for me. I exit the last turn with quite a bit of oversteer and slide right into the pits which got me a black flag for speeding. Clearly I was going way too fast on pit entry. The next lap I served my stop and go and rejoined the race. About lap 6 is where I found Alex off in the boot. At this point the leaders were talking about fuel. Fuel was a problem for me as I had too much. Sure that slowed me down a little but with my pit stops I was out of the running.

    R2: I start on the front row and again I launch my C6-R down the straight with sheer violence. I turn into turn one and start what I was going to consider 12 qualifying laps. I pushed hard for the first 6 laps with my nerves at level 11 of 10. WOW do I love racing. The middle of the race was the most entertaining as the P2 C6-R would gain a little on certain sectors and I would gain on others. I did have a moment again on the last turn which enabled the P2 C6 to assume the lead. In true sportsmanship the racer slows down as close racing is better than no racing. We dice through the corners resuming our battle (which was a great one) until the lead car has a moment of his own exiting the boot. Great commentary from a racer that was out!!! I tap him (no damage) and wait for him to gather himself up and resume the race. While we waiting the P3 car caught us and the last few laps were a close battle for the top 3 spots. I have another moment exiting the boot which allows the Audi I believe and the leader to battle it out for the win.


    In mid race there was a bit of conversation related to me. Me being the new guy and all I was slighty concerned. There was a racer that was out due to an event that was watching the racing take place. He commented that I was on comms and that they might be able to rattle me a little. This was all in good fun as my reply was "you have been talking about me most of the race!!" All in good clean fun. In the end the racers were all very friendly and I have found a home for my racing. I greatly look forward to the next race as the conversation after the race was about possible locations for the next event. Me being the new guy I didnt want to put forth my opinion as I didnt know what had been run or what people liked to run. I also didnt know if I could make the next event and didnt want to be THAT guy that asks for a track only to be a no show.

    The conversation revolved around the idea that GTP cars are fast and a track with fast sweeping corners would prove to be a great venue. I immediately think of north of our border to the land of maple leafs. MOSPORT. I hold my opinion only to learn that THAT is the track that has been chosen for the next event. WOW I cant wait.


    Again thanks to all that raced as it was nice to be welcomed into a new group with great racers. I look forward to future events here.

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  13. Eric Nelson

    Eric Nelson

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    Sam awesome race report! I am truly glad you had such a great time racing with us! Club racing is about the fun first and everything else takes a back seat.....pardon the pun!

    Well you got MOSPORT! But which class did you vote for? LOL your thinking how great that back straight off moss will be in a c6-R?
     
  14. Jarrod Keen

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    Hey Sam, sorry for talking about you.... since you were so silent, i forgot to check if you were on coms.... But I hope I remember correctly that everything that I said was complimentary. You were handling that Vette quite nicely. Glad you had a great time and please join us again. I was saying that Eric could try to rattle you a bit via coms.... but only said that because I knew Eric wouldn't. And just please know that we'd never do that to anyone. Eric and I race a good bit together and kinda crack on each other from time to time just to liven things up. You'll find this is the cleanest and friendliest place (for the most part) to race on the web. We work hard to keep it that way.

    Please accept my appoligy for that comment and know that I knew he wouldn't do that to you.... nor would anyone else here!!! Sending you a PM too.....
     
  15. Eric Nelson

    Eric Nelson

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    LOL BUSTED!:tongue:

    Now if this was a league race you know there wouldn't hev been a sound to be heard on TS! too busy sweating every single second................

    Club racing puts the relaxed fun back in the game!
     
  16. Sam Mehler

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    Apology accepted but not neccessary at all. :cool:

    No harm no foul. Nothing you said was bad in anyway what so ever as I found it broke the ice of conversation with me the new guy.

    I enjoyed every part of the event completely. I did find the "This Sam guy has some PACE" comment entertaining as I was PUSHING hard and it did get my nerves going even more than they were. But for me nerves are the best part of the entire experience for me. I wouldn't race if it didnt get the heart rate up.

    I made a point to finish R1 knowing I was not in the running but I was a car on track which IMO is very important.

    Friendly chit chat in events like this is great and only adds to the overall event.

    I find no foul at all in anything that was said at all!!

    See you guys at MOSPORT.
     
  17. Sam Mehler

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    I plan on mixing my cars up a little as I think there will be a considerably fast back stretch car in the paddock that day :wink:
     
  18. Eric Nelson

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    he he he
     
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