Friday, February 26, 2021

Testing at Dundrod

 One of the greatest racetracks in the world. Dundrod is a beautiful, subtle, challenging high speed roller coaster. I adore this track. We're in the Ferrari this time, it's a great car with great balance and power. Putting 29 gallons in it sure makes a difference though, and a few tweaks are needed to keep the car steady, particularly under braking. But even more important is getting the lines exactly right, and being steady. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Season 38: GT Cup: Round 3 at Stardust (30 laps)

This will be a depressingly short one.  Ready for the race Saturday morning, but could not connect to the server.  Turns out my ping was too high for the server, something that should not have been set.  I left a message on the official forums but the event had already started.  So, that was that.  Axel says they won't have a maximum ping again, but I may have to wake up earlier and test the live server before the event.  Shame, I had a good setup and could have won the race.  The rules do allow for two skipped events over the season, but it's a shame we've had to use one already.  Tris won again.


Open - Drivers Championship (scoring)
RankDriversPPTotalVehicleRiverside
January 15, 2021, 10:36:02 PM +0000
United StatesGoodwood (Circuit)
January 29, 2021, 10:36:47 PM +0000
United KingdomStardust
February 12, 2021, 10:36:53 PM +0000
United StatesDundrod
February 26, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomSpa (1947-78)
March 12, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
BelgiumBrands Hatch (GP)
March 26, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomRoad America (Full)
April 23, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
United StatesHockenheim (1965-2001)
May 07, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
GermanyIsle of Man (Mountain Course (Full))
May 21, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomLe Mans (Sarthe (1932-67))
June 04, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
France
1Alain Maurice (FT)130.0*Mixture*37.050.043.0
2MagicArsouille (FT)100.0*Mixture*50.050.0
3Enrique Farina (FT)88.0*Mixture*28.023.037.0
4Mark Jones (FT)80.0Lola T70 MkIII43.037.0
5Phil Thornton (R1)75.0*Mixture*15.028.032.0
6philippe GIRARD (FT)69.0*Mixture*21.025.023.0
7Cookie (FT)64.0Lola T70 MkIII32.032.0
8fpolicardi (FT)60.0Ferrari 330/P417.043.0
9Rainier (FT)57.0*Mixture*13.019.025.0
10Doni Yourth (FT)57.0Lola T70 MkIII19.021.017.0
11Pete Bennett (FT)30.0*Mixture*9.021.0
12maddog (R1)28.0Lola T70 MkIII28.0
13francesco (FT)28.0*Mixture*11.017.0
14EvilClive (FT)25.0Ferrari 330/P425.0
15Markus Friedrich (R1)23.0Lola T70 MkIII23.0
16PaulV (FT)19.0Ferrari 330/P419.0

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Testing in Vegas, Baby

To Stardust, which is a small technical track built behind a casino in 1966.  It's a mixture of chicanes and hairpins, not really my kind of thing but it's still a challenge.  The Lola I think is the better choice here, it's a bit more nimble that the Ferrari, and it's not a fast racetrack.  I'm using the setup from Goodwood but there's a bit more understeer here in the slower corners so I'm working on lowering and stiffening the car up a bit to deal with the roll.  The car is feeling better and better and I hope to be competitive.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Season 38: GT Cup: Round 2 at Goodwood 65 (39 laps)

So, to Goodwood then.  It's a really nicely flowing track that I don't have a lot of experience at.  After a lot of testing and adjustments I found the Lola has a nice balance and if you really drift it through a couple of the key corners it delivers a great lap time.  However in qualifying I couldn't quite wind the car up to it's maximum.  So fourth quickest behind Tristin, Alain and Axel.  

After a steady start, the end of lap one brought some changes.  Tristin ran wide in the second last corner and had a screen freeze, and Axel ran wide through the chicane.  I had a moment there too and unfortunately clipped him into a spin - but I was able to continue behind Alain in the Ferrari.  Things settled down, and I found I could run behind Alain ok, with Policardi a few seconds behind.  I don't think you can actually pass on this track though.  Fortunately Alain made a mistake and ran slightly wide, and I took the lead.  Things were going well.  And then I lost my concentration.  

The last part of Fordwater is difficult, but I had a rhythm going.  Lost my concentration just in the tricky part and instantly the car spun away and into the hedge.  Lost the lead but got going again only to make the same mistake again, this time getting stuck in the hedge.  Rules state you can do a reset without needing to do a stop and go so I got going again, albeit on cold tyres and a full tank, now too far behind first and second to catch them.  So I settled in to run the race to it's finish.  Really annoyed I dropped that, I could have won it.  Alain took the win just ahead of Policardi, so now he leads the championship.  Onto Vegas.


RankDriversPPTotalVehicleRiverside
January 15, 2021, 10:36:02 PM +0000
United StatesGoodwood (Circuit)
January 29, 2021, 10:36:47 PM +0000
United KingdomStardust
February 12, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United StatesDundrod
February 26, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomSpa (1947-78)
March 12, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
BelgiumBrands Hatch (GP)
March 26, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomRoad America (Full)
April 23, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
United StatesHockenheim (1965-2001)
May 07, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
GermanyIsle of Man (Mountain Course (Full))
May 21, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomLe Mans (Sarthe (1932-67))
June 04, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
France
1Alain Maurice (FT)87.0Ferrari 330/P437.050.0
2Mark Jones (FT)80.0Lola T70 MkIII43.037.0
3Cookie (FT)64.0Lola T70 MkIII32.032.0
4fpolicardi (FT)60.0Ferrari 330/P417.043.0
5Enrique Farina (FT)51.0*Mixture*28.023.0
6MagicArsouille (FT)50.0Lola T70 MkIII50.0
7philippe GIRARD (FT)46.0*Mixture*21.025.0
8Phil Thornton (R1)43.0*Mixture*15.028.0
9Doni Yourth (FT)40.0Lola T70 MkIII19.021.0
10Rainier (FT)32.0*Mixture*13.019.0
11francesco (FT)28.0*Mixture*11.017.0
12EvilClive (FT)25.0Ferrari 330/P425.0
13Markus Friedrich (R1)23.0Lola T70 MkIII23.0
14Pete Bennett (FT)9.0Lola T70 MkIII9.0

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Testing at Goodwood. In 1965.

 So the Lola is brought to the Goodwood estate for a spot of testing, and immediately there's a problem. I don't really know this track all that well. It's a subtle track with lots of different types of right handers. So the car is a little bit soft, bu I really need to get this track right in my head before I start mucking about with the setup. Definitely don't need fifth gear on the straight. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Season 38: GT cup: Round 1 at Riverside (28 laps)

So we kick off the season at Riverside, and nice to see 16 drivers take to the track.  Most of us are in Lolas for the first race.  Maybe the track suits that car more but I think the Ferrari is slightly faster and didn't want to use one up for the first round.  Managed to get into the 1.43's at the end of qualifying but only good enough for third behind Tristain and Raoni.  That will have to do.

Surprised at the start with the car bogging down a little, I guess we're carrying a lot more fuel than usual.  Everybody played it safe into turn 1 and as it shook out I ran third behind Raoni with Tristain comfortably in the lead.  Alain Maurice was behind me in one of the few Ferrari's.  I could see Raoni having a few slides here and there and on the second lap he skated wide in turn 7 and I could take 2nd spot.  The gap to Tris steadied at around 4-5 seconds for a few laps and I thought maybe I could start to reel him in a little.  But around lap 10 it seems Tris decided to get on with it and started pulling away.  He was driving really hard, even throwing the Lola into the slower corners, and I couldn't really match his pace.

I was safe in second, and also noticed as the race wound on I started to pick up some understeer in the slower corners.  I suspect in testing I was more aggressive with pitching the car around, sliding the rears and keeping them hot.  In the race I may have been a bit more careful and hence not heating the rear tyres as much.  Anyway it was controllable.

So that was really it, I did have a silly quick spin and touched the fence in the difficult braking into turn 8.  I was on the wrong line and got caught out.  The car wasn't really affected and it didn't cost me that much time.  So the race ground out to the end.  Not a spectacular race but I'm glad I survived and got some good points.  Concerning about how quick Tris is though.


Open - Drivers Championship (scoring)
RankDriversPPTotalVehicleRiverside
January 15, 2021, 10:36:02 PM +0000
United StatesGoodwood (Circuit)
January 29, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomStardust
February 12, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United StatesDundrod
February 26, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomSpa (1947-78)
March 12, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
BelgiumBrands Hatch (GP)
March 26, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0000 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomRoad America (Full)
April 23, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
United StatesHockenheim (1965-2001)
May 07, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
GermanyIsle of Man (Mountain Course (Full))
May 21, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
United KingdomLe Mans (Sarthe (1932-67))
June 04, 2021, 09:00:00 PM +0100 (to be confirmed)
France
1MagicArsouille (FT)50.0Lola T70 MkIII50.0
2Mark Jones (FT)43.0Lola T70 MkIII43.0
3Alain Maurice (FT)37.0Ferrari 330/P437.0
4Cookie (FT)32.0Lola T70 MkIII32.0
5Enrique Farina (FT)28.0Lola T70 MkIII28.0
6EvilClive (FT)25.0Ferrari 330/P425.0
7Markus Friedrich (R1)23.0Lola T70 MkIII23.0
8philippe GIRARD (FT)21.0Lola T70 MkIII21.0
9Doni Yourth (FT)19.0Lola T70 MkIII19.0
10fpolicardi (FT)17.0Ferrari 330/P417.0
11Phil Thornton (R1)15.0Lola T70 MkIII15.0
12Rainier (FT)13.0Ferrari 330/P413.0
13francesco (FT)11.0Lola T70 MkIII11.0
14Pete Bennett (FT)9.0Lola T70 MkIII9.0
PaulV (FT) 
GregT (R1) 
Raoni Frizzo (R1) 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Testing at Riverside

Preparing for the new season, I've chosen the Lola to start with. It's a nicely agile car for this track. I'm not the biggest fan of this track but this car is really a lot of fun and makes it better.