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Tata?@Luca Ciarfella That's not the livery I saw on your car yesterday? That car was mainly red? Also, have you bought the Commander Keen - series on Steam?
Loved the screenshot, and it shows the attempt at humor I had on the rear-end of my car as well
Would be awesome if you(or someone else) could put it on Discord as well, your screenshots are really nice!
Should I do a race report? Ok, I'll do it.
Practice: For the first since the TCL race at Lakeside in August I actually went on the server pre-race for some practice. However, my G27 decided that I wouldn't be able to. And Logitech are awful with their Gaming Software, so the G29 worked, but not properly (No shifter etc.).Just before 13:37 yesterday I got my Bodnar-cables, so I got to set up my pedals and H-shifter with those. Did 1 lap to check that it all worked and then it was dinner time.
So, in the end I got 7-8 laps of practice before I joined the server on raceday.
Qual: Decided to just keep on driving in a way to save tyres, instead of going all out. Decided that would be more useful for the race.
Race 1: Had a good start and gained some spots. After this it was all a game of saving tyres and keeping position. I was fairly consistent, and were able to save my tyres properly. Gained positions when drivers made mistakes. It was a "tata" to @Daniel R. when he decided to slice between me and @Dean Maković, and it was an "hejdå!" to @Magnus Dahlgren when he failed at at a drift and started to move sand!
Other than that I basically kept myself behind Dean, feeling that I had some more speed, but not really finding a way to pass him without screwing up my tyre strategy.
Near the end of the race I did manage to pass him, but did a mis-shift coming to the start-finish straight and lost the spot again. Tried to push really hard on the last lap to get by him, but wasn't able to do it.
When I crossed the finish-line I had over 40% left on my left side tyres, and the right front were over 60%, so I could've pushed harder, earlier.
Race 2: Again a very good start. P5 to P1 before T1 (Helped by @Yves Larose missing, and @Denis Betty being held up by it).
I was then helped a tiny bit by @max1966i being in 2nd, and being a tiny bit slower than me. So while Malcolm held up @Stig Bidstrup, Dean & Co, I was able to get a little bit of breathing space.
My strategy from R1 was active for R2 as well. Tyre saving, tyre saving and some more tyre saving.
I was by myself for a majority of the race, but then Yves managed to catch me when we closed in on the end of the race. He made a move and I didn't even try to defend. I decided that I would try to keep up with him, learn a bit as he was faster, and hopefully I had been able to take care of my tyres much better.
I think this worked, Yves was never able to pull away, and after a bit over a lap, I started to close in again, even though I didn't really push. I saw that when I got close, I was faster in the corners, and I still didn't put much load through the tyres. I felt like I had an advantage. Did a couple of lookie lookie "moves", to see where I potentially could do it. It was a bit frustrating that it seemed like the exit of T1 was my best spot. Together with the long-long right hander on the top of the hill, that tightens on the exit and heads downhill. But that's not really a place to pass.
I tried a move on the exit of T1, but misjudged slightly. I had quite a bit more pace, but managed to bump Yves instead, I lost speed, and I didn't want to do the move that way either.
At least I knew I now had an advantage, my tyres were still great!
Next lap, I tried again, out of T1, much better speed, I had a clear road ahead of me, going from 3rd gear to 4th aaaand. No. Mis-shift. That was my last chance on a pass, and I messed it up. Had to settle for 2nd.
In hindsight, I could've pushed more, earlier. I still had lots of life left in my tyres.
Cannot complain though. I haven't practiced for ages, I run default setup, and now I had an unfamiliar steering wheel and pedals. I really noticed that the upgraded pedals were more sensitive, and I had to be more precise when shifting. Which is why I had much more mis-shifts than usual!
TL;DR: I was great at saving tyres, I need time to get used to the steering wheel/pedals, I don't practice, I had great fun! Wroom Wroom! and I beat the Swede.