Post by Richard Wilks on Feb 12, 2020 21:51:40 GMT
Not the best of tracks for the audi. Race 1, very eventfull, unfortunally i tapped David's rear accidentally and spun him around. I waited for him, since it was even the beginning of the race. Then a massive battle with ray lasted the whole race until i could get through him and David. Still could "touch" Juha at the end, but no passing was possible.
Race 2 was a lot less exciting, David disappeared into the distance, i got harassed and eventually passed by Ryan, but then he made a mistake, and i cruised all the way to second.
Love these cars, shame not more people are taking part
I qualifed badly for race 1, but I found the right gaps on the opening laps to make it into the top 3. Jonatan was impossible to catch, whereas behind me Ray was keeping Richard and David busy so I didn't have to worry about them until the final laps. They got close, but not close enough and I made it home second, repeating the best result I've obtained in a Supertouring race.
For race 2 I qualified better and was running 4th until I botched an overtaking attempt on Ray and dropped into the lower half of the top 10. I then missed my braking point for turn 1 and lost even more places. I overtook Victor on track, after which I only took advantage of other people's incidents. It got more complicated when my Force Feedback called it a day halfway through the race, leaving me with a 900° wheel which required an Alt+Tab on the mainstraight to fix. I finished 7th, but it could have been better.
Post by Jacob Fredriksson on Feb 13, 2020 8:22:11 GMT
Glad to have this one over with. Worst track in Australia. Did not drive any laps before official practice and it showed. Very poor showing in qualifying, but then it was an amazingly tight field, the entire top 10 within 0.45 of a second.
Race 1, had an okay start but at the beginning of lap 2 i hit Ryan under braking, then i somehow managed to spear him later on in the lap, so sorry mate, i'm truly embarrassed. I also then managed to nudge my teammate and tap him off the road.
Race 2, a bad start, was slowly getting into a rhythm and was catching Ryan and Richard, had just set the then fastest lap but braking for turn 1 the engine blew
Was fun to race these cars, but i need to stop with the stupid mistakes. I thoroughly enjoyed teaming up with David S, and i hope we can do it again during the season.
A switch from Nissan to Ford Mondeo for me this round. The Ford felt bigger and heavier but it was much easier to drive.
Race 1 was running ok until going up the back straight to the flatout chicane and someone was re-joining from the right so I when on the grass on the left to avoid the chicane but I still got hit and sent into the wall. I had to make a pitstop but still finished.
Race 2 A better race and a few battles, I remember a tough one with Victor .
Its good fun having a teammate and another setup to look at.
Enjoyed last night and was happy with my pace but a case of what could of been.
Race 1: Qualified in the top 3 and not far off Richard or David. Got off to a great start then it just went downhill due to struggling with setup issues and ended up falling back through the pack but still finished in 11th so was ok I guess.
Race 2: Started 6th then got a rocket of a start off the line and was up into 3rd into turn 3 which shocked me but got my head down and was trying everything to get by Richard Wilks which I managed to do then stupid me threw it away and but still finished in the top 10 so wasn't to bad.
Would anyone else running the BMW 320i be willing to share their setup or pre-load setting as I figured out my issues were due to my pre-load setting being set to 1 which was causing lift oversteer into turn 1 and apologies to anyone if I was braking earlier then expected and caught them out.
Post by Alberto Ibanez on Feb 13, 2020 11:26:19 GMT
Diff preload will not cause as much lift oversteer as engine brake map setting. Maybe you are referring to the latter?
My own race was basically ruined for the lack of quality of the driver in charge but having had nil practice and screwing completely teh brake pressure did not help. My brakes did not lock at all, which is good, but lacked power and I had to brake earlier than I knew the car could do, so I was basically losing a dozen yards on each brake area, falling back all the time.
Post by Victor Alcocer on Feb 13, 2020 20:49:13 GMT
Well well guys...
Score 2 points with 10 and 10,my pace sucked but anyway that was cool especially Race 1,by the way the track is not very interesting.
I make a good start,pass some guys who where trapped by Turn 1 and collide in front of me,that was a real battlefiled seeing 4 or 5 cars in every sense,cool to avoid all of this and become 10 th,grap a well deserved point.
Race 2 was not so good,i was not enough fast to be on the pack,but anyway i had a good fight with David Sabre,with a ballsy move by my part on braking,he pass me cleverly after some attempts,and then just to wait to the finish,but i make a flat on a tyre and the cars was buzzing on the straight line,and on the braking at Turn 1,so i finish 20 second behind the last.
Post by Jonatan Acerclinth on Feb 13, 2020 22:32:59 GMT
Well, that was a difficult event, the Hyundai wasn't really suited to the drag-strip and it was difficult in traffic to make anything work but I'm happy to have been able to pull in a couple of points in the championship
Practice: It became apparent straight away in practice and I was down a good 5-6 kph at the end of the straight that I would have to make time on the infield to make up for the lack of pace on the long straight and while that's all well and good on your own, it's not prefferable to make time in the turns when there is other cars around as different makes of cars and drivers go about things differently...
Qualifying 1: I knew that a pole wasn't going to be possible but I reconed that a top 6 position should be possible and I was happy to set a PB in the qualifying session to line up 4th for the first race of the evening.
Race 1: Got a so-so start and while I were able to outdrag a couple of those in front while loosing out to the four wheel drive (AWD) of Ricardo I was a bit too cautious going into turn 1 and lost out to both Dave M and Ryan who were a bit braver going in there. I then got held up on the infield like I had feared and Ray got by the next time we hit the drag strip, that Alfa was a rocket ship
Going into Valvoline at the end of the straight, Richard and Ryan had their coming together and I could sneak past along with Ray and Dave.
I seem to remember that I got past Dave after he made a mistake at the Esses (3rd chicane) and then Richard W and David J had their coming together at Valvoline a few laps in and we were past them as well.
Ray I think then made a mistake at the Esses as well a lap or two later and I was suddenly in the lead of the race, a position I didn't think I would get anywhere near at this meeting.
Realized I had about a second lead on Juha in the Holden Vectra and knew that if I could open up the gap to around 6-8 seconds it would be difficult for anyone to catch me and I set about setting consistent laps and I don't think I dropped to slower than a flat 02 from lap 5 or 6 onwards until the final lap when I decided to take it a bit easier.
So a well needed win, although through the misfortune and mistakes of others, but a win is a win in the Hyundai, very happy with that result
Qualifying 2: Repeated my PB and even improved it by a tenth or so but everyone else had found more pace as usual so 6th I think was my starting position for the second race.
Race 2: My start was good and I could gain a couple of positions but Ryan had an even better start and flew past in his Bimmer.
Again got held up on the infield and this time it cost me dearly as Richard C broke up the inside at Glowave Corner (Final turn) and I was then outdragged by Ray as well in the Alfa. Next lap the same thing happened on the infield (technically the "back" of the track) and Dave Sabre flew past down the straight as well in the second of the Knight Fords.
Was sat behind David for a few laps unable to get past but in the end I went for an audacious outbraking manouver at the Esses and just about got the car stopped, sorry for the slight squeeze on the exit but had to go for it when I was so close after Coca Cola (2nd chicane).
Immediately opened up a bit of a gap to David and set after the trio ahead, I think it Jacob along with Ray and Ryan.
Caught up after a couple of laps of all out driving through the chicanes, I was really flying through there. Placed myself behind Ray and tried to find a way past but it was really diffucult, even with a 3 car draft I couldn't keep up down the drag strip.
In the end I think I made the move at the Esses, again through an aggressive move under braking, had been harassing Ray for many laps by then. Set about trying to find a way past Ryan who was sitting in 3rd place and the final podium position while trying to not let Ray get past, I knew that if I got held up through the twisty bits, he'd have me down the front stretch. In the end Ryan made the tiniest of errors at the Esses, I think it was, and I could make my way past but so did Ray.
Tried to open up the gap to Ray but he proved impervious and he stayed within 4-8 tenths, fluctuating along the lap, usually sitting around the 6-8 tenth range as we came out of the final turn and then around 4-5 tenths as we exited Valvoline.
I got lucky and was consistent enough to stay ahead and pick up 3rd and a good haul of points. Again, really good driving there Ray!
It is nice to read that, despite the simplistic nature of the track, everyone seem to have had a good battle along the way and the while field covered by 6 or so tenths in the second Qualifying was cool to see
Thanks to everyone who showed up and I hope to see you all in two weeks time when we visit the now defunct and housing destroyed, but great, Amaroo Park