I had some huge lags in the opening laps. And then I crashed stupidly on my own. I guess it's a sign that it wasn't a good idea to join this race after all Seriously, I think I'm rather dangerous tonight. Have a good 2nd race, I'm giving up.
Post by Richard Coxon on Feb 26, 2020 20:39:34 GMT
No problem Petr, but please come back for the next round. The Audi and this track are not the best to start out with. If you decide to return, the Nissan would be ideal and Jonatan will help you out with a setup.
Had great fun again last night. Feels great to finally get some decent success too.
2 2nd position starts, i knew i would drop places, but i was pleased to see me only drop a couple both times. Had some battles with Ricardo, very briefly mind you, so it was just about being consistent and not making any mistakes. Pleased to finish 4th and 3rd in both races respectively and be the top FWD car in both races, this track just didn't suit us at all.
Congrats to the winners great performances, see you all at Winton.
P.S Nice working again with David S, hopefully we can again.
Post by Alberto Ibanez on Feb 27, 2020 10:11:37 GMT
I have the feeling I could be moderately quicker if I had more time to prepare these races, the beemer feels good and predictable, it responds well to setup changes but I hit a limit at some point and know I would need focused practice to go beyond it, which I can't do for now. Looking forward to Bathurst where I will schedule things so I can devote to it the necessary time.
For the rest of tracks, maybe we could eliminate those stupid right-side turns that lead nowhere?
Post by Richard Wilks on Feb 27, 2020 13:49:57 GMT
Well, i surely did my best around here, and in hindsight, i should have setled for third in my second race again, but i tried to keep up with the BMWs, and then i made a mistake and threw my race away the steering was bent after that, and keeping the car on the right path was hard, but i tried to just go to the end.
Well done Ryan for finally cashing in on the quick pace you have since the season started, and for Coxon for showing how it's done with the mondeo.
Post by Jonatan Acerclinth on Feb 27, 2020 16:17:05 GMT
Compared to previous rounds this one ended up a bit lackluster results wise.
Had a decent couple of Qualifying sessions and lined up around where I've been the whole season, I think it was 5th and 6th respectively.
In R1 I had an ok start, got past Steve who had a nightmare start and stayed ahead of those behind I believe.
Ended up stuck behind the Jacob, that Volvo sure can pull along in a straight line but I felt quicker in the twisty bits. Ended up going for a move, could't get the gears down the way I wanted them, ended up in neutral and thinking I was still in 4th, geard down on me sequential setup and ended up in reverse slap bang on the racing line on the exit of Winfield Corner and Juha, with nowhere to go, promptly rear-ended me spinning me to the infield with damage and Juha faired little better with damage on two wheels dropping a few places.
Did my best to make my way up the field but the damaged rear made the car unpredictable and I slammed the barriers a couple more times, near enough collapsing the front left making the car want to go straight at every right hander...
Had a bit of luck and managed to get 10th I believe it ended up being as Dave came shot out of a cannon on the final lap to grab 9th away, a few nice battles up to that point though.
In Race2 my start was about the same but everyone else had decent starts as well. Ended up in no mans land a few laps in and bar Steve (sorry about my lackluster rejoin, thought I'd be able to slot in ahead and shut your pass off) and Richard running into problems and dropping back, not much else happened in the 2nd race, finishing it in 4th.
This track certainly didn't suit the FWD's and I dread our next visit as the Mondeo was clearly a faster car around here, as I believe would the Volvo be overall so we'll see what comes next time we come here.
Now onto Winton, where I hope the Hyundai will fare a bit better and I may be able to get another podium if I get a bit of luck to fall my way.
Had great fun last night and probably the most comfortable I've felt with the BMW 320i.
Surprised to finish 2nd in race 1 after a great race with DJ who seemed to be struggling with his car sliding around but decided to hang back and pull away from the others behind and wait until the closing stages to make a move which I tried to do but DJ defended very well so finished 2nd.
Race 2 I got off to a good start and tucked in behind DJ who again seemed to be struggling with rear end problems and got a chance earlier than expect and took it to move into the lead but started over driving and made a mistake so he got by. Decided to use the same plan as race 1 and wait for DJ to slip up which he did into the final corner heading on to the home straight and managed to hold on for the rest of the race to take my first win in the series and of the season which I'm thrilled with after struggling in the early rounds.
Thanks to Richard Coxon who helped me with the BMW after my disaster round at Calder. Roll on Winton, one of my favorite tracks.