RDHGP S6 - Round 1 - Mosport Park - 100km - 11th Nov 2010

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  1. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    RaceDepartment Historic Grand Prix Season 6 is Go - Welcome to 1972

    Welcome to Season 6 of the RaceDepartment Historic Grand Prix (RDHGP), covering the Autumn / Winter session of 2010/2011. After last season’s (successful) breaking of the “mod car” vehicle availability, this coming season also navigates into previously uncharted waters. This season we are running a class not included in GT Legends by default - the GTC-72 class. Comprising of the cars that were not really on a par with the fastest in GTC-76, and some high quality mod cars deliberately made to compete in this class, we may have come across the closest set of vehicles (in performance terms) that we’ve ever been able to assemble for an RDHGP season. Additionally, we race on the African continent for the first time in RDHGP, and also visit Japan and Sweden for their first RDHGP events. Our final “first” is actually a repeat oddly enough, as we return for the first time to a track we have used in RDHGP previously - since I’ve been running at least.

    I hope that the testing event we held recently is a genuine indicator of the closeness we will experience throughout the season. The individual cars showed their (relative) strengths and weaknesses over the 2 test events, but the overall pace was pretty well matched across all the cars. I’m hopeful of it being a classic season, with multiple drivers challenging for the title and battles right the way through the field.

    The season opener takes us to North America, specifically to Bowmanville, Ontario in Canada and the legendary Mosport Park.
    Circuit Notes
    Located about 10 miles North of Lake Ontario, Mosport (pronounced “Moe-sport”) was Canada’s second purpose built road racing circuit, after Westwood Park in British Columbia. Designed and built in the late 1950’s, it’s first major race was held in 1961, the Player’s 200 sports car event, won by Stirling Moss in a Lotus 19. At Moss’s suggestion, the proposed hairpin was expanded into two discrete corners, to challenge the drivers more and to increase the excitement for the spectators. The two corners are collectively named “Moss” in his honour. Mosport held the Canadian F1 Grand prix for 10 years, from 1967-1977, the Can-Am series every year of it’s history from 1966 except 1968, as well as events in the American Le Mans Series, The World Sportscar Championship, Formula 5000 and the Nascar Canadian Tyre Series.

    Unlike so many legendary and historically significant motor racing venues, Mosport’s track layout has remained almost completely unchanged from its original form. With 10 turns in a just over 4km length, Mosport is one of the higher speed circuits we are running during our season, but don’t think that it’s simple or toothless, as it uses some impressive gradients to add degrees of difficulty to it’s generally high speed corners.

    Mosport starts on a fairly short straight, short enough that some of the lower placed qualifiers may actually be lined up around the final corner. T1R is an absolute monster of a corner to start the League season on, diving away down and right, the inside being both obscured and guarded by the pit wall. The first lap will mean this is extra crowded through here, so caution will be required to not ruin several peoples races straight out of the gate. Accelerating out of T1 downhill, you reach a good speed before coming to T2L – Clayton. Clayton is highly crested and blind on approach because of the gradient, turning down, away and left just as the car crests and is at its lightest and most skittish.

    Once settled out of T2L, it’s full acceleration towards T3R - Quebec. This is the most classic corner on the front half of the circuit, high speed, but not too heavily graded. A flatout burst of acceleration out of Quebec before the straight drops away steeply into the relatively shallow radiused T4L, but the radius is not the real issue here as, at exit, the track suddenly switches to a steep uphill section and into the heavy braking zone for T5R – Moss 1. A lot of cars will be slithering through Moss 1 on the limits of adhesion, trying to make the corner and get the car settled before the even tighter T6R – Moss 2. A very tight 90 degree right, trying to straighten the corner by running across the inside is fraught with dangers, as the inside kerb is very steep and will throw cars off it, unsettling them and spinning them, generally leaving them stranded in the middle of the circuit.

    Out of T6R, it’s flat out acceleration through the slight uphill curve of T7L, and onto the long, double crested Andretti Straightaway. The higher powered cars will be able to stretch their legs here, with the more manoueverable cars hopefully getting close enough for a tow, before getting settled for T8R & T9L – The Esses. A couple of decreasing radius turns that need the car to be stable whilst changing directions at still fairly high speed before T10R – Whites.

    The pitlane starts just before Whites, meaning that the pitlane can give the impression of a shallower turn than it actually is, especially when the pit wall suddenly starts on the apex. In addition, there is no positive camber on Whites, so cars coming in too hot will slide off the outside of the corner and into the waiting traps, and walls. Too much acceleration will conversely throw the rear of the car around, and shove the nose into the pit wall on the inside.

    Get this corner right and it’s a dash for the S/F line and another lap of Mosport Park.


    The Race Director has some notes for drivers.

    Please see the track map above for location of Race Direction note:-

    All Corners Without Exception – The kerbs are not deemed as track, therefore 2 wheels must be within the white lines, on the tarmac, At All Times. Again, there are NO exceptions to this rule at any point on the circuit. Any exception to this rule is deemed illegal, any advantage gained by this method must be ceded immediately. Report people deliberately and excessively cutting.

    T1R – Especially on Lap 1. Be aware of people as you turn in here, it has the possibility to cause huge problems if drivers don’t respect each other. I am really tempted to put a “no-pass” rule in place for this corner on Lap1, but I will give the benefit of the doubt to you all. Do not make me regret my decision. Be aware, however, that any incidents caused by reckless or over aggressive driving in Turn 1 during the first lap will be dealt with severely, probably with a “no quali” penalty for Round 2.

    T2L – Clayton. As mentioned in the Circuit Notes, this is heavily graded, and it is very easy to slide off the outside here. On the outside of the corner is a tyre barrier, but it is all too easy to go into the end of this barrier and completely kill your engine.

    T5R & T6R – Moss. This complex is approached under heavy braking after the high speed T4L, so you will need to be aware of the differences in braking distances and relative manoueverability of the cars around you as you go into T5R. Conversely, be aware of cars trying to take too much inside kerb through T6R, as the kerbs are very steep and can unsettle the accelerating car into a spin, right on the racing line.

    T10R – Whites. Drivers missing this to the outside must be aware of traffic as they try to rejoin. Selfishness and overeagerness here could well ruin more than one person’s race, so exercise prudence through this section.

    All points on the track – General Items
    No lights are to be flashed at any stage, under any circumstances, during the race.
    No Chat during the Quali or Race except by Race Control for information.
    The Track must be re-entered safely so as not to ruin other peoples races.
    Car damage must be assessed realistically to know if it is possible to make the pits or not.

    Incidents, Investigations and Penalties
    As it’s Round 1 of a new season, everyone comes into it with a completely clean slate.

    Giorgio Migazzi has missed the vehicle choice deadline for Round 1 and so will not be permitted to take part in Round 1. It will become No-show infraction if he misses the race without allocating his status correctly.

    As a change from last season, 2 consecutive no-shows will mean removal from the League.

    Please remember, the League staff will only review incidents if they are reported to them.

    No report = no review.

    Please try and remember the incident reporting guidelines: review, cool off, review again. Only after following the above process, and if you are convinced you still need to report it, should you let the League staff know. Please give as much information as possible during the report (time of incident, drivers involved etc.) Accident reports made within 24 hours of race completion will be ignored.

    Any accusations or complaints aired in the Chat during or after a race will mean a penalty levied on the person complaining or making the accusations, even if a subsequent official complaint gets found in their favour. I simply will NOT tolerate any post race finger pointing.


    You have chosen your car and livery already, and you must only drive your chosen car at any time during an RDHGP event. Every driver has a unique livery in this season of RDHGP.

    Scoring System
    Points are scored down to P20 (75% distance completion required) so people can fight for some points no matter where they are on the track, and hopefully have a season long battle with people around them in the League.
    The Distribution is as follows for 100km events :
    P1 - 25 pts
    P2 - 22
    P3 - 20
    P4 - 18
    P5 - 16
    P6 - 15
    P7 - 14
    P8 - 13
    P9 - 12
    P10 - 11
    P11 - 10
    P12 - 9
    P13 - 8
    P14 - 7
    P15 - 6
    P16 - 5
    P17 - 4
    P18 - 3
    P19 - 2
    P20 - 1

    1 point for fastest race lap
    1 point for qualifying on Pole
  2. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    Thread open.

    Welcome to 1972. :good:
  3. Ondrej Kapal

    Ondrej Kapal

    Great stuff again Mr. :thumb:

    I will make time for this one
  4. Nigel Atkins

    Nigel Atkins

    Superb race preview Stu :D
  5. Gary Lennon

    Gary Lennon

    Tis indeed like a breathe of fresh air,its like some kind of strange natural order of things in the world are properly back in place again,a lovely comforting feeling pouring slowly over every word of the intro,so glad the waiting is almost over now and we resume GTL league business with S6,very best of luck to all drivers.
  6. Philip Antonia

    Philip Antonia

    Woohoo. I'm not expecting much from my performances, but I'm thinking it's gonna be an enjoyable league:good:.
  7. Fernando Porteiro

    Fernando Porteiro

    After my arrival in Toronto Airport, called my friend Jen to pick me up and have lunch after such a long time without meeting her. She came on her yellow Mustang, just to impress me since her daily drive is a '68 Beetle. But being a fan of racing cars herself, and the lucky daughter of an ex-director of Texaco, she could have some "interesting toys".

    - So, how sad are you after the Beatles breaking up?, she asked

    - Well... I hope they'll get together again someday. But I've already bought George's new LP, pretty good work!

    - Oh, really? I didn't have the chance to listen to it more than on the radio. And how are you feeling for the race at the Mo'Sport Park?

    - Don't know yet... the car is good and we've been testing it in Italy and France, but I still miss the stability of the Formula-2's, to be frank. Now with wings and all that, we've got much better control on Formulas. I still need to learn how to deal with Touring Cars, and it's the only thing left for me now, after BRM turning down my contract renewal towards Formula-1...

    - But weren't you trying something with Lotus, with that friend of yours... Fitting... Fittipaldi! With Fittipaldi's help?

    - Yeah, and we met one month ago in São Paulo, when he told me he was trying to bring me to Colin Chapman's cars, but with no luck. And I was having some financial problems in Brazil as well, besides the stormy political moment, so now I'm definitely moving to Europe.

    - Where to?

    - Spain, I guess... but I'll talk about that after lunch.

    We had already arrived to the restaurant, and after lunch she took me to her place in Orilla. I've always loved that town: when I had to race the Indy 500, I preferred to drive all the way to Orilla rather than staying anywhere in Indiana. A long way driving of course, but no problem at all.

    I'll probably go to the race track tomorrow or on Wednesday morning, when the team and I will have the chance to prepare the car a little for the race on Thursday. Meanwhile, time to enjoy my stay in Orilla with Jen...
  8. Bob Hutchins

    Bob Hutchins

    1972, what a year, hot, the racing was excellent & the world was a safe place. Now we come to S6 of the RDHGP Championship & it's good to be back. This will be awesome as the cars are so well matched with alot of returning drivers. Well done Thommo on the race review, as always top draw stuff. Now I'm off to join Lenno in his tranquil world awaiting the sound of engines firing up in readyness for the coming season. Ta Ta........
  9. Jack Smith

    Jack Smith

    Fine preview Stu. It seems to be a time to reflect so ...as the start date edges ever closer I find myself waiting like a lightweight boxer who is about to take on the heavyweights but I am not afraid and quite prepared to take my lumps. After reading the impressions of some of the drivers, I also wonder how a virtual world can become so real. It is quite amazing and I'm excited to be a part of it. Let's see what the season brings.
  10. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    All - please go here as there is a slight typo issue with the League skinpack which needs your attention.
  11. Kris Leeten

    Kris Leeten

    I just can't wait for the season to start though I'm only confident in the first 4 rounds:
    after that GT5 will probably be released, an addiction way older then GTL...

    (1972-mode) I just can't wait for the season to start though I'm only confident in the first 3 rounds:
    after that Pong will be released!
  12. Hans Sneep

    Hans Sneep

    Great story Stuart,

    Mosport reminds me of GPL it was a very tricky track than, found lots of threes on my way lol

    I´m glad that we use these old tracks, it give just that extra feeling with the GTL cars:good:
  13. Carlos Diaz

    Carlos Diaz
    Happily driving a "girly" car

    I know it's been said already, but awesome briefing sir.

    Nice little story there Mac, hehe. You have a good imagination, something rare nowadays.

    Really looking forward to this season. Last season I had to miss two events, I'm aiming to be present at all eight this time.
  14. Erling Bøhmer

    Erling Bøhmer

    Today my first test in the Escort .

    [edited by Stuart - no laptime discussions before the event]

    Looking forward to this event, can be a very hard track to get past other drivers.
    Last test race, i was hit in the rear and lost much time and places. As it was a test race
    i didnt fill in a report.
  15. Bob Miley

    Bob Miley

    This will be my first run in the RDHGP and boy am I looking forward to it, brilliant write up Mr. Thommo, now just have to tame the Capri and all will be well in the world.

    Good luck and good racing to all
  16. Knut Omdal Tveito

    Knut Omdal Tveito

    Nice briefing Stuart:good: Love the track, especially the Moss corner. Looking forward to the race!
  17. Krzysztof Babij

    Krzysztof Babij

    As usual Stuart keeps high level both league administration and motivation of the participants. It will be great to start again in the best league on this planet :). I only regret I joined here so late.

    See you on track mates!
  18. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    OK Gents - reminder time for Thursdays race.

    1. The RDHGP server password is NOT the same as the Club password. It has changed since the Test Event, as well.
    2. The RDHGP server password is ONLY available via GPCOS. It will not be passed on via PM or in a post.
    3. So far there are only 8 Allocations (out of 32) for Thursday's race.
    4. From the Intro & Info Thread:-
    Please - Don't leave it until Thursday to try and find all this out - Carlos & I will purely be drivers from 18.00UK time on Race Day.

    We are there to enjoy the racing just like you, NOT to sort people's problems out that they could have raised earlier.
  19. Ivo Simons

    Ivo Simons

    Could change some things in my work schedule so could rejoin the League. Thanks to Stu for letting me in again. :)
  20. Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson
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    Well, you'd already chosen your car, you haven't changed vehicle (you've only gone with the default to make it easier for me)and you only dropped because of your work, not because you didn't fancy it or whatever.

    It's good you can make it.
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