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2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:25 pm

I'm going to bite the bullet and enter the 8:45 race at Spa in the Skippy.

Wish me luck! What a Face
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:32 pm

Done deal....and I didn't die. alien

I qualified 7th in the top split out of 3 race groups. I ran a pretty quiet race other than swapping positions back and forth with 6th during the first half of the race, then he eventually made a mistake and I got by and had 5th in the bag. By lap 9 (of 10) I had a 35+ second lead on 6th....then I have a brain fart (I knew was coming) as I turn into Pouhon (which is very difficult in this car) and have a long lazy spin. Dammit man! I lose 25 seconds on 6th. No worries. I've still got 5th wrapped up.

As I enter the last lap and turn into Turn 1, I spin again. I thought...SERIOUSLY?? Yep. As I'm rejoining the track I get passed by 6th. He has a 1 second lead on me and I decide just to not press too hard and force myself into another mistake. Low and behold as we enter Pouhon for the last time he spins out and hands me 5th place again. I'll take it. Very Happy

All in all....I loved the race. It was very exciting; much more than the Stang as the car is consistent for the whole race. The biggest aspect of the race I'm happy about is racing a crazy difficult car and being somewhat competitive. I think I've found my car for Season 4.

Next week is Okayama Full, after Spa ended I went and turned a few laps there, and the Skippy does the track justice. It's actually fun to drive. If any of you have the Skippy maybe we'll share the track in practice.

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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  vkaifh on Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:04 am

********** BRAGGING ALERT **********

last night's race earned me the 3000 iRating award cheers

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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:19 am

vkaifh wrote:********** BRAGGING ALERT **********

last night's race earned me the 3000 iRating award cheers

Nice job VK!! DS representing!
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  clacksman on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:38 am

SpecMiata-JSW wrote:All in all....I loved the race. It was very exciting; much more than the Stang as the car is consistent for the whole race.

Wat happens to the Stang over a run?


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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:44 am

If you weren't super careful with the tires it would overheat the front by 3/4 of the way through the race. It would level off after a while, but the Skippy seemed to stay consistent through the whole race. It may have something to do with Spa's long straights too.
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  vkaifh on Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:50 pm

I just found on gtplanet the promo code for the Black Friday 1 year renewal for 49$: PR-BF2012 clap

I couldn't resist and bought it right away. I'm now set until 9/7/14. Using those promo codes you can basically use iRacing for 4$ per month. There is now doubt that I spend much more money on things that are just as unnecessary as iRacing but also much less fun. popcorn

EDIT:
just realized that it couldn't be promoted on the iRacing web page itself any bigger, but I still didn't see it until I went to gtplanet lol!

Maybe I'm somewhat advertising resistent, that would be a good thing Rolling Eyes

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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:44 pm

I signed up for a year on black Friday a year ago....I've been waiting for this!

Thanks!
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  clacksman on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:29 am

vkaifh wrote:I just found on gtplanet the promo code for the Black Friday 1 year renewal for 49$: PR-BF2012 clap

I got an email with that same deal and promo code.

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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  group44 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:50 am

Just ran a practice at LRP in the Spec. Tried the no brake method (cept T1 of course) and shaved nearly .4 off my previous best. Very interesting trying to be smooth enough to handle the momentum. Yea for four day weekends.
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Post  group44 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:48 pm

Been a great weekend of racing. Holiday seemed to have brought about some extra attrition (they have Thanksgiving in Brazil too? Razz ), but fun never the less. Oh, and Zandvoort is ultra cool What a Face
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  Forgetful on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:17 pm

I got assaulted by this guy http://www.bennysimonsen.com/ Evil or Very Mad Blamed me for it too. Tough weekend, but that's probably cause I'm rusty. I wrecked Andy at one point, which was actually kind of funny.
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  group44 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:34 am

Forgetful wrote:I got assaulted by this guy http://www.bennysimonsen.com/ Evil or Very Mad Blamed me for it too. Tough weekend, but that's probably cause I'm rusty. I wrecked Andy at one point, which was actually kind of funny.

Funny indeed. How you managed to wreck going straight and get past the car in between us was... impressive Razz Three wide didn't appear to work well when I tried it either. Took out Thomas and didn't make many friends in T1 pale
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  HWKII on Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:36 pm



Ermagerd! Interlergers!

The first thing I'm doing is checking to see if that gate is closed...

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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:02 pm

HWKII wrote:

Ermagerd! Interlergers!

The first thing I'm doing is checking to see if that gate is closed...

LOL! Poor Kimi.

If any of you guys don't own the Skippy yet, I'd recommend picking it up. It's crazy fun this week at Lime Rock. It's extra finicky, but once you get the hang of it it's fun.
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Post  HWKII on Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:41 pm

I adore the Skippy. I wish I was better at driving it... So little grip, so very all the time sideways... Embarassed

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Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:50 pm

It's taken a couple of pretty frustrating weeks to get the hang of it; the damn thing still loves to catch you out when you least expect it though. affraid

My times are getting to be pretty competitive; but it's the entire race consistency I'm trying to get a hold of. Good times!
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  Wallhugger60 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:24 pm

Question....if you win your class in a multi-class race does it count as a win or do you have to win the actuall race? Example: 1st in class, 4th overall.

Wall

Edit* Never mind, it took about an hour but it showed up Smile. Don't get many wins, so I was gonna be upset lol.

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Post  group44 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:09 pm

As you see, (congrats btw Thumbs Up! ) the win counts. But you don't get any laps led unless you are leading the entire field.

Also interesting, Tom pointed out something at Barber the other day that I hadn't noticed. The scoring tower actually works geek Now that's cool.
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  HWKII on Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:34 am

Took the Skippy out to Limerock... I am dangerous. Need to get back to practiced form...

This track. So bumpy.
This car. So slidey.

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Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:34 pm

I wanted to give the Skip a go because I felt like my iRating was 'falsely high' due to only focusing on what people consider the easier cars to drive, like the Mustang, Jetta, and MX-5. I have to say; the Skippy scared the crap out of me....and for good reason. The car is hard to drive, nuff said.

My thought was if I can learn to be quick and consistent in the Skip, I should be able to hop around and drive most anything in the sim. 4 weeks into the Skip, I'm finally getting the hang of it, in fact my last 3 races were incident free (I never imagined this happening).

After my Suzuka race last night I hopped in the SRF for some practice at Watkins. Needless to say the car is a joy to drive compared to the Skip, and I picked it up rather quickly. I guess my theory of 'work on the the hard car and everything else will fall in place' worked out.

I decided to jump into a qualifying session last night after practice and tonight I'm planning on popping my SRF cherry during the 7:45 race. Anyone interested in joining me? I know we have a lot of SRF fans in this place.

Hope to see some of you dudes on the track tonight!
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  group44 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:20 pm

Nice job on those incident free runs, as its just too easy to drop a wheel somewhere no matter what you're in.

I tried the learn the hard car mantra to some degree with the SRF (don't have the Skippy yet). My issue is I haven't become fast or consistent Laughing On the upside, I feel running a difficult car forces me to "learn" tracks I don't know quicker, most likely since I really have to concentrate. Whether or not it helps, I also like the idea of running different chassis' so I don't take on too many bad habits a particular car may not punish you for

Btw, I don't think your IR is inflated Spec Very Happy
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  vkaifh on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:40 pm

SpecMiata-JSW wrote:...

7:45 is too early for me, I'll plan to be in the 9:45 race. You would have kicked my a.. anyway Wink

I agree with group44, your iR is anything but too high. I watched your race last night; impressive driving - but I haven't expected anything else. clap


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Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:41 pm

Thanks guys. I guess I got a bit self conscience because the other forum I keep up with is the GTP iRacing forum and they were discussing how people who only focus on one car always have a higher iRating because the difficulty isn't there from switching from one car to the next. I thought I'd give something new a try to challenge that theory and now I'm glad I did; it really makes the sim more rewarding when you have to keep learning your craft.

The recent successes in the Skip have come with a lot of practice; and that damn car still wants to kill me all the time if I'm not 110% focused.

VK, I don't think I'd kill you, your recent races look super competitive and you've got some great speed, also from the looks of it these cars seem to draft well together, so they stick together in big groups. Especially at the Glen. It looks like a blast!

We'll see how things go with the wifey. If my son goes to bed on time I'll try and make the 7:45 race, if my wife is still busy with work I may be able to sneak on for the 9:45 race too so we can hook up and have some fun.

G44 - stick with the SRF, it will benefit you in everything else you drive; I'm quite confident of that.

Cheers!
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Re: 2012 Season 4 - Starts 10/30

Post  vkaifh on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:58 pm

Aliens will always be unbeatable for me (as long as they don't crash themself out); but I'm certainly not unhappy with my performance in the SRF Very Happy
I didn't imagine in my wildest dreams to be that close to the top.

Would be nice to share the track with you tonight. Thumbs Up!

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