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Mixed Muscle @ Various - Tuesday 26th May 2009

Discussion in 'GT Legends' started by Stuart Thomson, Apr 22, 2009.

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  1. Amir Margalit

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    looks like a great event.unfortinetly my video card is not fixed yet so i will not be able to take part in the race tonight. have a good one. hope to see you on thursday race.
     
  2. Stuart Thomson

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    Of course Simon, and understood Amir
     
  3. Bram Hengeveld

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    Sign me up :good:

    Small edit: not sure if i can be there from the beginning, hope that's ok, since we arent fully booked (yet)?
     
  4. Stuart Thomson

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    Sure - the prac & quali are now 15 min each so you'll have until 19.30 GMT (21.30 CET) to get in by for the first race - if not, check back about 22.00 CET when the second event's practice will be starting.
     
  5. Stuart Thomson

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    Reconfigured server is now up
     
  6. Stuart Thomson

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    OK no need for sign ups - see you in there if you fancy it.
     
  7. Knut Omdal Tveito

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    Had a great time (of course:))!
    I need to catch a train in 5 hours. Need to get some sleep:)

    Thanks Stuart and RD as allways
     
  8. Stuart Thomson

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    Well, a pretty meagre turnout again - and as always is them that don't show up that miss out on the fun.

    Those of us who were there had a whale of a time again. As Knut & I said afterwards, they might be pigs to control at times, but you can't help but smile with these big old muscle cars. They're like a massive St. Bernard that knocks you flat on your arse, but only because it wants to play. You can't stay mad at them for long.

    Birmingham GP
    This track - in both GP and Sprint layout - is rapidly becoming one of my favourites as it is so adaptable to whatever car you drive round it. I picked a Corvette, which weighs about the same as Greenland. That really told off the line as the relatively lightweight Cobra, TVR & Daytona leaped away like scalded cats around me. I went a bit wide in T2 righthander as my braking distances and efficiency were nowhere close to being a match for them, but just went wide enough for me to get over the crown and I spun - serves me right for being so considerate :D. Started my drive back homing in on Hans' Daytona which, even in this company, was brutally quick on the straights. I managed to nip inside him into T2 on the next lap after he kept the line completely closed, and attempted to reel in Simon's Cobra. He had a small moment and allowed me past. Kris was next on my list, and he was setting a good pace, but a couple of Birmingham's apparently easy, but in reality tricky corners allowed me to sneak past uder accelleration, setting me loose to try and close up on Bram, Knut & Christian, who were close together up front. Bram was first on my list and I closed up to within a few sec of him, but he had to leave as a visitor arrived, leaving me to have Knut as a target. He was pushing hard in the TVR, and that doesn't always react well to the stick instead of the carrot. He had a little moment and suddenly the gap closed from 15 sec to 5 sec.

    Because I am so very, very stupid, I didn't work out that he had an off because he was pushing hard, and so I pushed a bit harder, getting the gap down to 3 sec, and then I had my own inevitable off, Gap back up to 10 sec. Then I set a couple of my fastest laps, gap back down to 5, then we both had a minor off each, gap stayed @ 5 sec, I set my fastest lap, gap down to 3 sec, but we ran out of laps before we could get any closer (he probably deserved it IMO) Christian kept everything completely under control and won at a canter, with Knut 2nd and me 3rd.

    Jops
    A slight change of personnel for this race Ben replacing Christian. There were a couple of car changes - I stayed with Greenland, which turned out to be a colossal mistake. Got a decent lap in, but Knut's TVR was just so much more agile and pointable in the mid speed corners (Birmingham is either slow corners or very fast curves - Jops isn't, it's mostly the medium fast bends and the lighter cars were so much better). So I was again mugged off the line by Daytonas, TVRs & Cobras. I tried my best to keep up but the Corvette was wallowing around like drowsy hippo who's just stumbled across some of the finest mud it's ever seen. Trying to get the nose round with the throttle was a dicey proposition, as the crests made it difficult to judge whether you were in control of it or not. The big crest was an absolute horror story, never knowing how I was going to land. One of the early laps, it threw me off to one side I tried to correct and ended up spearing towards the trees. I hit the hedge/wall and went over it. When I came to rest I was pointing directly up a hill, unable to accelerate up it while being tightly wedged against a low "wall" behind not letting me reverse. So, basically I was totally stuck. :doh:

    Quit to garage and went downstairs to get a cup of tea, when I came back, only Knut & Hans were still driving. Ben had disappeared, and Simon & Kris were in the pits in red with a retirement. Hans had a crash followed by a retirement too, so I called Knut in as he was on his own by then. Kris called it a night at this point.

    After a quick discussion I threw up a TC65 server with 3 shortish tracks on it, Birmingham Sprint, Lime Rock Park & Monza Junior (I think).

    Birmingham Sprint
    Knut & I went for the Jags, Simon the Cortina, Hans the Alfa.

    I stuck the Jag on pole, but Knut got a superb start and was in the lead by T1. I slowly closed up on him over the first 2 or 3 laps, finally getting past in the same T2 that caused my grief in the Corvette race, 3 nip and tuck laps later I managed to eke out a 2 or 3 sec lead and held on for the win. Knut, as his post suggests, bowed out here to let him have half a chance of meeting his train.

    Lime Rock Park
    I stayed Jag bound, Simon went Mini, Hans went Cortina. Simon stuck in an absolute scorcher for pole, but had a bit of a nightmare start and I managed to get away into first, he immediately started to reel me in, and I obliged under pressure of taking too mcuh kerb going up the hill letting him through on the 4th lap out of 6. I just about managed to stay in touch, but then he had a stinker in T1 / 2 closing us right up again, me just nipping ahead, I then made a mistake coming down the mountain, allowing him throughn into first just as we started the last lap. It was nose to tail stuff, until I went wide in the same corner and thought "oh well". And then I saw Simon properly go off just short of the finish line, and I drove back on to basically burgle the win.

    I called it a night then, but as always, great fun for me, win, lose or spin. Thanks to those who turned out :good:
     
  9. Simon Bacon

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    As Stuart already hinted - these cars tonight were an absolute blast to drive regardless of their psychopathic tendencies.:behindsofa:

    Stuck with the Cobra all night as it is one of my favourites and definitely has the best over-run pop in GTL. (I could sit for hours in the garage just opening and closing the throttle)

    Birmingham

    Before joining I hadn't driven on either tracks so the practice and qualifying sessions were spent learning and tweaking. Eventually qualifying in P5.

    Made a slow start but was in P6 by the end of lap 1 and then P5 as Bram dropped out. Had a good chase to catch Kris, however neither of us seemed able to overtake each other, preferring instead to spin in front of each other and claim P4 that way. During this time I remembered why the Cobra is so brilliant to drive, take it into a corner too quickly and it 'rewards' you by understeering like a cow on ice, get it right though, nail the throttle mid corner and catch the backend, balance the throttle and steering and it does become a beautiful moment........honest!!:in-love:

    Ended P4 and happy (and what a fantastic circuit.)

    Simon sideways.jpg GTL 2009-05-26 23-26-09-22.jpg

    Knut and Christian.jpg GTL 2009-05-26 23-33-28-12.jpg

    GTL 2009-05-26 23-33-56-17.jpg GTL 2009-05-26 23-34-16-44.jpg


    Jops

    Oh dear.....really. Again, didn't know the circuit and, well...picture paints a thousand words and all that...

    GTL 2009-05-26 23-42-35-42.jpg GTL 2009-05-26 23-45-12-01.jpg

    GTL 2009-05-26 23-46-31-51.jpg GTL 2009-05-26 23-48-08-93.jpg

    But yep, that first pic is me leading a race for all of 10 seconds or so.:victory:


    The final 2 TC-65 events were a giggle, thanks for setting them up Stuart. As always is was a pleasure to race this evening. Thanks to you all. Hope for many more to come.

    Simon :)
     
  10. Knut Omdal Tveito

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    Well put! Exactly what they're like. Excellent report Stuart. Not much to add to that really.

    What was nice with this event was that I had driven both tracks before. Just started the game with a massive respect for the TVR and things went very well.

    In Birmingham turn 2 (the long right hander) was a real trouble for the TVR. Tried different tactics, but the car wasn't happy there. One one occation, after lapping two cars, I tried to drift around the whole corner... Had a good angle all the way to the exit but spun:) Suddenly Stuart was quite close.

    Jops was hoot. Love this track. But after some laps I had lapped all(?) cars. When passing Ben reversing his TVR I got a feeling of where this race was going:) Parked the car and took a piss-stop. Grabbed some snack and a glass of Dalwhinnie. When I came back it was only me and Hans left.

    Cant wait for next tuesday:party2:
     
  11. Kris Leeten

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    :D As I was cruising with my completly ruined Daytona there was not much I could do besides release the throttle whenever the next corner became in sight. The damage was done as I became more and more familiar with the track and I thought the same about the car, Wrong! Even on the straight the damned beast starts spinning:( Still it kept driving/wobbling and I was even able to reach the finish :)

    Very sorry for deserting you guys in Jobs, opposite to Birmingham I did drive some laps around there and was looking forward to some more mortal combats (between me and the Black Cobra I selected). unfortunately work called (stand by duty, which very rarely rings, but when it goes there's definitely troubles. I knew I was on standby (therefor the tentative status on entry), but as I didn't expect anymore troubles at that moment I jumped on the server.
     
  12. Stuart Thomson

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    Don't worry Kris, it happens - if you're ever on standby again and want to race, just let us know beforehand, and if you have to jump, you have to jump.

    :good:
     
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