Difficult race, but no harm done and a (short) fun race tonight. Had a good start (19th to 5th) but couldnt keep a clean pace. I had a wrong driving style with the brakes in the beginning, but improved during the race (first lows 1.31). Tyres were really good though. Fingers crossed now for the second Jordan
Post by Victor Alcocer on Jan 5, 2020 20:41:58 GMT
Too much struggling to set the car correctly,come pretty well then,but no time to really train my Q lap and doing some simrace. 16 th on Q,4 sec behind Pascal,hum... On the warm up lap,i struggled a lot to warm the back tires,the start was good but tyre were so much burn on braking,flatting them slighlty,and just turn the curve,mega understeer,try to avoid the wall but too late,at least i crash on a shady way,on the little rectangular run off on the right.
Dommage very well rendered i have to say ! Should be better on more normal tracks
The hardest race of my life! I searched for a pace around 1:33 and got it, but a little distraction made me hit a tire barrier. I lost the car's nozzle and the car was damaged in the left front suspension. Okay, I managed to get the car to the box and repairs done, I went back to the race and everything was fine until the sky decided to fall. Initially a heavy hailstorm and then a thunderstorm with strong winds. It was a terrible fight to maintain concentration, the energy threatening to run out but there I was, firm, slow and strong, managing to drive the car until Mr. Jundt appeared very slow in front of me. As I passed him, I completely lost my concentration and headed straight for the tire barrier. Mr. Jundt must have laughed, because it was a totally stupid accident on my part, my ability to concentrate had run out completely. Well, despite all that, sixth place fell very, very well on my lap. Congratulations to Mr. Coxon for the brilliant victory.
I knew i'd struggle in qualifying, my banker lap ended up being my best but i focused mainly on race prep during the week.
Had a clean and decent start, managed to pass a few cars including David Jundt, i then set about closing the gap to the leading 4 (Miller, Jaques, Wilks and Janik) but 2 of them made costly errors so that was me up to 3rd. While following closely behind Brian it looked at though he spun under acceleration or on the bumps, but if somehow i made contact with you (Nothing on my screen) i deeply apologise. I know i was very close to you.
So then just Dave Miller was in front, we had a bit of a battle but then he lost a bit of traction and i was past. From them on it was just about driving within myself at about 90%. David Jundt pitted before me and i could see he was gaining so i decided to pit also around half distance, then it was about managing the gap again. Only issue i had was about lap 50-55 (I can't remember exactly) but the balance of the car suddenly changed, probably due to the lower fuel amount, so i had to back off and reacquaint myself with the car, this enable David to close in, but i knew i had a bit in reserve to push if needed, but the pressure is never too enjoyable. From when he dropped back with his brake issues i knew i just had to bring the car home, so like everyone else i imagine we dropped the effort again to about 80% and just brought the car home. I was hoping for a points finish, but i never thought a win was possible. I know i was aided though by quick guys dropping out.
Thanks to everyone who showed up, it was a great start to our first proper ISO season, i hope we continue in this form! Thanks to Jason and Alberto, a top quality job as always in the broadcast booth. And thanks to Ray Riddall for the setup, it worked great for me.
See you all in Brazil!
**EDIT: Admin hat on now. There was a few drivers driving on 3 wheels, in this mod you cannot regain lost wheels. So in future if you lose one, please stop in a safe place and retire.**
After what was, perhaps, one of my worst quali efforts (kept breaking the car and having to sit and wait on the crew to fix it) in a while, I thought I was gaining ground during the race, quickly moving from P15 starting position to P10, all the way down to P8 [attrition] and working towards more.
Trying to be patient along the way. I'd opted for softs and intended to change them around the halfway point. I knew the car had very good pace after some of the initial fuel burned off, and I was [hoping to] bid my time and wait for the race to come to me.
Car was super stable and I was having no issues at the pace I was running...but apparently the increase I made in size of brake ducts was not enough (lesson learned) and I started to experience some scary moments where fade was an issue. I thought I was keeping it under control, until I wasn't. Suddenly, brakes completely failed (as in, did nothing at all) and I shunted a tire barrier. I did manage to slow down some and crew chief was telling me it was just 'small body damage' and that I should stay out
Ummm...no thanks, I'll come get this sorted while you guys put new tires on this pup. ...I could tell straight away the car was not 'right'. Fiddling with pit menu stuff as I came around, and I somehow hung a tire on a barrier and got turned nose first into the wall track left. I backed up, I pulled forward...I kept worrying I was going to come out in front of someone (and damn near did just that )
After waiting for the leading pack to clear, I almost had myself freed and pointed the right way.....and the engine popped due to overheating. Knew it was coming, was trying to hurry the process, but was for nil, just couldn't manage it. A shame.
Quite clear this was a brutal race for many. Big congrats to Richard on the win, to the podium, and to all finishers! Hopefully round 2 goes better for me (and for most of the field...lol)
Still yet to check out the broadcast, will do so this evening. I'm sure it's great, as always, so big thanks to the broadcast crew as well for sacrificing their time for our entertainment.
While following closely behind Brian it looked at though he spun under acceleration or on the bumps, but if somehow i made contact with you (Nothing on my screen) i deeply apologise. I know i was very close to you.
Yep, solid kick in the arse spun me round. Kind of strange too, seemed like we were at a similar speed compared to how it felt No worries, and no damage.
Avoided damage a second time while having a spin onto Washington street and avoiding the magnetic tire barrier (@ the fast left corner)
Spent second half of race balancing heavy caution with desire to catch Wilks, who had his foot down all race.
Due to some misfortune of others I ended up back in 2nd. Right where I was before the original butt kicking. Except now Coxon was in front instead of behind. WAAAAAYYYY in front. Congrats dude Congrats to anyone that made it close to the finish. (both the time limit and the extra 2 laps) BRUTAL
Good broadcast guys, kept it interesting even after mass attrition. Sweet camera work too
Post by Gabriele Del Piccolo on Jan 7, 2020 18:16:49 GMT
Brakes and tires test race. Uncompetitive on lap times, I've made an huge amount of mistakes on second half of the race, but I never hit the wall. Finally I scored 2 points. Congrats to R.Coxon for the win and two Minardis for good race. 1 Italian Tub (Dallara) 2-4 Italian Engine and Tub (Minardi-Ferrari) 5 Italian driver. Not bad for Italian flag
Post by Timo Vermeersch on Jan 22, 2020 17:04:55 GMT
Very early draft WIP sneak preview excerpt :
"In front of Voigt, everyone had flown away and the New Yorker had an empty road ahead of him. He even started enjoying the whole thing.
The Judd squealing at the top of its pistons made his ears numb. Full on the brakes he went, just under the Iceberg-board hanging over the track. Gently caressing the steering wheel left-right to keep the car straight. Then plunge for the apex of right hand turn 1, onto 1st Avenue. There were some serious bumps in the road immediately after the turn. Voigt fought like a son-of-a-bitch just to keep the car straight on the left side while already stomping the accelerator down. Then threw the car to the other side of the track to set it up for turn 2.
The Lotus chassis buffeted hard over them cursed bumps. Voigt was even convinced that his wheels took off for short jumps. He felt like that ten-year-old kid all over again, romping down the ice covered stairs in front of his parent’s house on his mother’s ironing board. Convinced that he was firmly in control. When actually, on a track like this, control was even less than the illusion shimmering in an empty bottle of Chasse Spleen. Except if you were privileged enough to go by a name like Coxon or Jaques."