As a beginner I have learnt a lot watching others onboard, I often stalk you Ernie and watch your lines, shifting, brake points, where you get on the power etc.. I don't try and copy it outright but it helps, like a sighting lap with an instructor albeit no dialogue.@Goblin616
Frank, some people are handed gifts , all free, some are just not, why it is, is just a big of a mystery to me as anyone else.
You pick a sport you like, sim racing is a sport, just like any sport.
Assuming you like me, you were out somewhere else when the gifts were handed out.
That just leaves two out comes , give up and just enjoy it for what it is, buckle down and enjoy the real pleasure in trying to be good at your chosen sport
Rasmus started along with many others in what is probably a vain attempt to get my overall pace up for online sim racing, it has taken me 4 years of the most enjoyable effort. ( plus I race against the nicest bunch of guys here on RaceDepartment )
I have got so much pleasure from working my way up the field, I know I am never going to be an alien, perhaps you too, but in the big scheme of things, does it really matter, it is the journey that is important,
Glory comes and goes, the pleasure of trying always remains.
You need to see that the quick fix never never works.
My advice with out explanations of how to go fast, Rasmus and others here are much better at that, is to start the real pleasure of sim racing, trying to get more competitive .
Of all the sports I have unsuccessfully been involved with in my long life ( relative ) sim racing has been the most interesting to compete in.
I don’t have to face our miserable weather training, being nearly run over every few weeks, battling away in the pouring rain, unsuccessfully mending punctures in the freezing cold by the side of the road, and on and on. Here in sim racing I can enjoy a sunny day in Italy when ever I want too.
Get advice, follow it, even one of our resident aliens ( Chris) was not a super hero from the word go, I know from reading and listening to him he has done a lot of work to get where he is,
For GT3 I always go and find the inevitable Chris WR lap on YouTube then assume I might get within 3 or 4 seconds of it with a week of practice. Its the smoothness of the faster drivers that I try to replicate now I have learnt that the car sliding about all the time feels fast but isn't!
From my experience the Mazda racing has helped me learn to improve a lot of things, like keeping momentum because you have to in that car and everything happens more slowly, more time to think and plan, wheel to wheel racing is easier and no real distraction with setup.
GT3 I have some good races and some shockers, a lot depends how much time I get to spend in practice. I have found the Z4 to be much easier to drive than naively starting out with the 911 so I would recommend that car as others here also do. Overall I focus on consistency and no incidents, that alone has got me some good finishes midfield even when I have bottled the qualification and deliberately started at the back. I still hate the starts, 1st few laps gives me sweaty palms!