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How do you prefer to change gear?

How do you prefer to change gear in GTL?

  • H- Shifter

    Votes: 13 36.1%
  • Paddles

    Votes: 18 50.0%
  • Sequential gear shift

    Votes: 5 13.9%

  • Total voters
    36
  • Poll closed .

Steven Palmer

1000RPM
Sep 15, 2008
1,916
1
A big hello to the RD GTL Racers.

Having just got GTL for Christmas and having a quick go around some of the tracks, it struck me perhaps I should be using the H- shifter that came with my wheel, instead of the paddles, which just doesn't seem authentic.

So I thought I find out how the rest of you guys do it.
 

Kris Leeten

1000RPM
Nov 17, 2007
1,844
1
Not that I'm good at it (on pc), but since I got my G25 (few weeks ago) I try to practise with the H-pattern.

Some extra springs in the gearbox would give it a more solid feeling.
 

Warren Dawes

10000RPM
Premium
Mar 1, 2007
12,929
1,892
70
I'm still using the paddles out of habit, more than anything else. But with GTL I'm planning on going to the H shifter because it will seem much more realistic with these cars.
 

Steven Palmer

1000RPM
Sep 15, 2008
1,916
1
I'm still using the paddles out of habit, more than anything else. But with GTL I'm planning on going to the H shifter because it will seem much more realistic with these cars.
That's the reasoning behind my choice to use clutch and shifter,and since I'm starting afresh it'll be better to start out as I intend to carry on.

It's strange, because even though I drive a manual car everyday, I find it "difficult" in the sim. :laugh2:
 

Kevin Ascher

#47 Roaring Pipes Maniacs
Jun 27, 2007
4,246
108
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IMO everything else than the H-pattern and manual is quite ridiculous in this cars, so that's my choice..
 

Simon Bacon

500RPM
Premium
Apr 11, 2008
885
412
46
H shifter and clutch, although I did cheat and buy a sim gear shifter a while a go. Feels much better. Maybe just because I practised it a lot, but GTL is a joy to be able brake later and shift from 4th to 2nd, giving the throttle a quick blip and catching the back end into the corner at the same time. When, on the odd occassion, it works there is no other feeling in sim racing like it.:dance2:
 

Steven Palmer

1000RPM
Sep 15, 2008
1,916
1
GTL is a joy to be able brake later and shift from 4th to 2nd, giving the throttle a quick blip and catching the back end into the corner at the same time.
Had a couple of those moments in the BMW CSL at Monza, and yeah it puts a big grin on your face. :laugh2:
 

Dave Stephenson

RaceDepartment Technical Administrator
Staff member
Premium
Sep 4, 2007
9,994
1,595
sequential shifter mode for me. g25 Hpattern shifter feels a bit ropey. miss the gear too often. cant even use paddles anymore, just feels wroing.
 

Stuart Thomson

The Stoat Without Fear ™
Premium
Jul 2, 2008
15,161
3,354
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sequential shifter mode for me.
Here too. :good:

I can't get past the whole sitting behind a desk playing a game thing no matter how immersed I am or how much I'm enjoying myself, so worrying about h-pattern vs sequential is like 2 bald men fighting over a comb.

But - I do prefer the stick to the paddles, and I use the clutch for starts. The paddles are my look left/right controls. I found that I was occasionally downshifting too fast with paddles ie I was out of control as it's so quick and easy just flicking down the gears, and ended up spinning with locked wheels in 1st rather than ready to turn in in 2nd or whatever. I just prefer the more positive movement requirement of the seq shifter.

I don't even use paddles in the formula cars.
 

Hans Sneep

2000RPM
Sep 19, 2007
2,773
868
I use the paddles,but use the throttle by up and down shifting (don't have a clutch paddle) use a button on my wheel for starting.

I think Dave an Stuart forgot to hit the poll button??

Hans
 
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Matt Crouch

worrying about h-pattern vs sequential is like 2 bald men fighting over a comb.
Where can I purchase tickets for this event?

Paddles I'm afraid. Shifter is a bit too noisy and I always end up confused when using it (although I'm sure some practice would solve that). These cars seem much less forgiving under engine breaking so I do have to be pretty careful with it.
 
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Nick Price

i use either H or paddles...

although i admit i only really use the H when driving mini's and stick to paddles for most others...
 

Damien Jones

500RPM
Sep 14, 2008
517
57
Don't have an H-shifter (momo black) so it's paddles for me. Tried using the stick shift but found it too distracting, I expect my driving skills need some , erm, polish!
 
Dec 19, 2008
50
0
H-Shifter and clutch pedals all the way for me.

I understand Stuart's point about sitting behind a desk, but I like to make my sim racing as realistic as possible. I can't afford a genuine race car, or to compete in a racing series, so sim racing is as close as I can get, and using the H-shifter is more realistic than paddles in a car from the 60's or 70's (maybe less than 1% more realistic, but that's enough!).

I'm actually quite anal about it - if the car in real life has paddles, I'll use the paddles. If it has a sequential stick... you get the idea!

Using the H-shifter is considerably harder than using the paddles or the sequential shift, but that just means the rewards for getting it right are better. I've not driven a GT-40 in real life, but I'm guessing it's not easy to drive anyway!
 
Nov 20, 2007
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16
I voted sequential shifter but have to admit that I enjoy it most and get the most out of the game when I do manual H pattern shifting.
 

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