WTCC 06/07 @ Brands Hatch 06- Sunday April 25th, 2010

Eric Nelson



Class: WTCC 06/07

Track: Brands Hatch 06

Weather: Dry

Start Time: 21:00 EDST / 18:00 WDST / 01:00 GMT (Saturday)

Practice: Open server
Qualification: 15mins (9:00 PM EDST)
Warmup: 10mins
Race: 2x15 laps

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Eric Nelson

The ever popular Touring Cars on the classic Brands Hatch circuit! The excitement of public racing without the torpedo pilots trying to kill you should touch them in anyway ever...................

Entry List:

  1. Eric Nelson
  2. Jarrod Keen
  3. Corey Theman
  4. Andrew MacPherson
  5. Peter Bartfai (stealing an Alfa)
  6. Joao Borges
  7. Ryan Callan
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Hooray, sign me up :) I've been waiting for a change like this for awhile as I miss racing the touring cars, but can rarely make the great friday events anymore :( Hopefully the turnout will be at least half of what a normal friday is!
Sorry gents - having a few computer problems at the moment. Half my RAM failed yesterday and now my 9800GT, which has been on the blink, has gone - put my old 7800GT in but too late of course.

Off to order RAM, GFX and PSU stuff tomorrow then :/
Thanks guys - that was INTENSE! An eventful introduction to club racing for me. Maybe I'll do a race report later, for now I think I need to lie down!

Eric Nelson

Well that was fun and thanks for showing up guys!

Quali. Managed to steal POle from Peter on the last lap for aPB of 1:34.114. It was as perfect a lap I have ever driven here and it has been some time since I last drove this track. I love it because it reminds me of a longer Limerock Park which is my home track form my IRL racing days.

R1 Managed to get a good start but the car was acting completely different than warmup on full fuel which wasn't good.Peter and I have a door to door battle to Druids and he slips by me off the green tarmac by inches! Beauty PEter! Dropped to 4th for a low at one point on LAP 1 when I looped it off DINGLE DELL like a rookie! than had to battle my balls off w/ Stefan for 3 laps I think before I finally got past on a sick move in GRaham hill bend after Druids for P4. Had to chase down Yves the rest of the race but to no avail. HE would get eaten in Sturlings where I would gain a .5 on him but a couple slips and I'd give it back. At one point I had Yves to 1.5 but couldn't close anymore. Great battle Yves! One slip and your off P2 but you drove a very good race!

R2: I get a fantastic jump on Stefan and Andrew to get P3 right off. Jarrod And Corey are P2 and 1 respectively. I pressure Jarrod and finally pass him when he goes wide in Druids to get P2 on lap 2. Corey goes wide entering the back straight and I am P1 and keep it for race 2.

Ties with Yves for Overall honors when Peter cannot get P3 in race 2.

Fun racing guys and thanks for joining us at American Racing Club!

here's a video of my battle with Stefan. It was amazing but I smoked my tires trying to get by him. one of the truly fun battles I have had in recent memory!

My Report:

Qualified 5th. Race 1, I was somehow mesmerized by the starting lights and had a half second delay putting the car in gear. Jarrod got past and I slipped in behind him in 6th. I kept the pressure on for a lap or two until I had an excursion and dropped back a few seconds. After that I settled in for a while, as Corey had had some troubles of his own, leaving me with no one around. On about lap 8 I started to find that the car didn't corner as I expected - I guess this was tire wear coming into play (I hadn't practiced any long races). I had a number of minor incidents and Corey ended up closing most of the gap, until he had a crash and retired. After that I just tried to be consistent and stay on the track.

Starting race 2 I knew there would some action starting in 2nd with 5 race horses chomping at the bit behind me. I got an ok start but was really getting panicked with so much pressure behind me. When I hit the brake point for the Surtees my mind went blank and I had no idea what turn it was, so I slowed down way too much. At that point I was 4th with a pack of three cars very tight on me, but I did my best to hold them off until an incident in that pack gave me some breathing room. Yves soon closed the gap and put the pressure on for a lap or so until I slid wide into the sand and let him by (in the replay I noticed that Peter was within sight and slid wide at the same place - sorry for putting the idea into your head!). Shortly thereafter, Corey went wide up ahead, allowing both Yves and I to get by. I settled back into 4th, and as Peter and Stefan battled it out behind me for several laps I was determined to hang on to my spot for as long as possible. Sadly, this determination manifested itself as an unforced error as I hit the sand (and the wall) at Dingle Dell, letting them both by. I kept the pressure on and ended up getting a good run on Stefan going into Hawthorn on lap 9. I got the inside on him but there was contact resulting in him going off. I figured it was probably my fault so I gave back the position, although I think the replay exonerates me. After another minor excursion on my own, I settled into 6th and finished the race.

Anyway, like I said this was my first club race and I had a blast. The pressure got to me a little, but that's the beauty of good racing.
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