S6 R04 Toban - Jan 15/09


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#1 lukewarm54

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 08:34 PM

Well had one hell of a fun race going.
I got boxed in behind an Alfa at the start.got going in P11 or something and worked my way forward, was having an absolute blast.
I had one hell of a fight going with Kinst for a while until I got loose under braking on the first downhill turn. I didn't want to take him out so i dove to the inside to avoid contact. Got pushed back to P9 and started the pursuit again.
It took my quite a few laps to catch him and then after a few laps he came up on a back marker and they took each other out unfortunately.
I was through and set my sights on Cesare, I had been slowly reeling him in all along with my pursuit of Kinst.
Unfortunately in my pursuit of Kinst I also got reeled in by a Mr Mudrak and looked into the mirrors only to miss my braking mark and loose the tail end.
I ended up nailing the nose into the inside guard rail and now had to deal with a significant push. After a few dicey turns and some 'agro' racing decided to get off the track and go to bed.
I seem to have more speed this season but lack the consistency I usually rely upon for a good finish.
I guess I need to work on that to compete with the deep talent pool here.
I really like this track, I just found myself posting great segment times( just a few tenths off) until the last segment and then lost tons of time there.
I guess I still need to work on my driving.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 08:43 PM

Another moving pylon race. Sorry for getting in the way. On to next race.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:15 PM

a little bit messy at the start.. i was in the left line, and when the lights went green i see the right lane of cars is bogged some, feeling like 'ok, i can gain some spots here'... noticed too late that now the line ahead has bogged and i stomped the brakes too late to avoid tapping the car ahead and getting tapped myself in the rear. minor damage, but enough to cause me to be cautious for a few laps and then when i felt i could drive normal, noticed i couldn't get the lap times down.

not that it mattered - for some reason i was way off pace tonite. i'm not a fan of fantasy tracks, regardless of how good they are, and this one is very good... but i didn't feel motivated.

watched for the lead cars coming up, and was able to see Gunny 3 times :P  congrats Roberto~  
toward the end, Kinst and Kent gifted me a top 10~  other than that uneventful.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:23 PM

Well, given the circumstances on which I run this race, I must say that a 5th place is a very nice finish! :clap:

First, I had to start from pits (something painful, cause during the week I was very close to Gunny and Boni laptimes on race pace)

Second, I thought that pit lights would go green at 30 seconds, but they changed at 20, and I had my engine turned off, so Augusto simply rocketed by me and I was dead last by far.

Third, before midway of the race, I brainfarted and lost it on T2 and bented the car, something that threw my pace back a full second :(

I managed to climb some positions, thankfully most of drivers moved out of the way, even Gusto, glad to see again that I'm running in a league full of gentlemen :bowdown: It wasn't necessary to do it, but thanks!

I had some close calls with lapped cars, something I expected on this extremely tough and twisty track, nothing to claim really, they did what they could :thumbup:

Second half of the race was about chasing CA, after some silly offs I thought I couldn't catch him, but on the last laps I managed to get some consistent 27s, and closed on him. On the last lap I was right on his tail and my heart was pounding as if I had 1000 horses galloping inside my chest :blink: Following him into the hairpin, he went a little wide and I sneaked on the inside. Coming into the esses, I think I closed into him and slighty touched, but we could continue towards the finish without trouble. Hope you are not angry with that Cesare.

Congrats to Gunny (again??? :alien:) Boni (he's really strong on this season) and my teamie Joseph! WTG buddy! :gpler:

And to everybody who finished this monster, lower attrition than I expected by far :bowdown:

Mid Ohio, here we go! :gpler:

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:41 PM

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 10:10 PM

View Postpai, on Jan 15 2009, 10:23 PM, said:

...lapped cars... did what they could ...
Make mine your words! Had no problem at all when passing lapped ones...and I KNOW how difficult it is to be lapped, specially in this kind of track, ...well, last season Daniel and other :alien: :alien:  passed me like 3 or 4 times per race!  :P
Gunny was like Eliot Ness...UNTOUCHABLE! Great qualy/race, mate!
I decided to add a bit more rear wing just before the green, because today my concentration wasnīt the same it was on practicing days (work...no money...bills...work...no money...kids..dog...bills...work..no money...bills...)...
So I was a bit slower then I wished, but it allowed me to keep the car in-track if Iīd made any stupid mistake...
Seeing Gunny fly to another dimension ("WARP 5, Mr. SCOTTY"!), I had to take care of the guys behind me and...man, I must say: they didnīt give me a break! It was just like that TV show: DANGEROUS PERSUITES!! ...Larry and Joseph in my mirrors all race long! Need to see sPhilberg video for that (a lot of crazy donuts at the end Phil!)...
By the way, are you OK, Mudrak? After watching your spetacular flight at Nords I thought you were in an hospital bed, surounded by a bunch of beatiful  blondie german nurses!!! :ladywinks:  :ladywinks:  :ladywinks:
Thanks and congrats to all!
Mid-Ohio will be a nightmare for me...VLN tracks just donīt run well in my comp...that f...fps again...
Iīll try to do my best to get to the end...letīs see how itīll go!

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 10:45 PM

Congratulations to Gunny, Boni and Joseph!   :thumbup:  Edit: I just watched the replay and truly enjoyed watching some of the ooba-smooth laps you guys were putting in, great stuff!!

I finally found my rhythm during the last 2 minutes of qualifying and felt that I could place well at Toban.  After the dog pile start, I was running comfortably in 5th with Eric Shappach running right behind me.  That lasted for 6-7 laps until Eric spun out after some hard braking at the kamikaze downhill righty.   :mellow:   I thought for sure I would have to suffer the humiliation of being 4th position's exhaust catcher for the rest of the race.  By lap 11 Eric was behind me again, and this time I could tell he was on the war path.  Both of us were starting to catch up to CA who was still running 4th.  Then on lap 14 on the T3/T4, we were just flying through this section by the seat of my pants an then panic set it as Phil appeared at a snails pace at the quasi-chicane area.  I tried everything not to collide, but moving off the racing line at top speed was near impossible, punting me back into the Pits for repairs while everyone gained a lap on my sorry arse.  :weeping:  I reentered the race and set sites on Gomez and Disdarevic, catching them after 6-7 laps but then on lap 32, Disdarevic spins out in front of me on the kamikaze downhill righty, which took out my front wheel as I was already in full brake/arrest mode, and so ended my race.   :weeping: I'm just grateful that I didn't disco but wish this track was a bit wider to allow more room to navigate around any road hazards.  Oh well.

Cheers!

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:34 AM

View PostBoniPiket, on Jan 15 2009, 11:10 PM, said:

By the way, are you OK, Mudrak? After watching your spetacular flight at Nords I thought you were in an hospital bed, surounded by a bunch of beatiful  blondie german nurses!!! :ladywinks:  :ladywinks:  :ladywinks:
It looks like it was just the rehabilitation I needed. ;)

At the start, I was wondering if everyone would get off the line alright, and I decided not to just gun it out of the blocks. My fears were validated by a stalled car two rows ahead of me and missed front-end damage, but took a shot from behind and was left with a dent on my tail. Attempting to climb my way up the field, I half-spun into a wall and slid to a halt in the grass. It was nearly a 90 degree angle of attack and I had seen a blue scrap of metal fly by, so I knew I had shed a wing, but all of my wheels were intact, so I continued on, deciding that if times fell too far, I would go ahead and have the wing put back on. To my delight, the contrary occurred. I actually set a session personal best, and decided to continue on with my new found dart.

One by one, I caught up to my victims and let them choose whether to fight me for the position or to remove themselves from my path. The decisions were evenly split. I eventually found myself within a few seconds of Larry Sheehy and a podium finish with at least a quarter of the race still to go, but the gap had stagnated and with a shilling of a race to go, I stepped on the throttle a touch too heavily and sent the car into a graze with the wall. I had lost at least two seconds in the incident, having fallen back to five seconds behind with laps sliding away. I decided then that I could not be satisfied with fourth. To come so close to a podium and leave it at the exit of a hairpin would be unacceptable.

I let off the gas for the first turn as I resolved to either catch Larry and pass him or throw it off the road in my pursuit. My braking points shifted forward while turn-in points did the reverse. Crossing the start/finish line, the gap had halved, and there was a new name under the heading of "Fastest Lap." Finishing the next lap, the time under that heading dropped, but the name was the same. The gap, however, had only dropped by a second. Larry had clearly taken notice. I closed the gap again and on the penultimate lap was breathing his exhaust into the final complex. He slid maybe only a foot from the ideal line, but it had cost him precious speed into the lap's final apex. I threw my foot into the throttle for that near flat-out corner and dove out of his slipstream as we received the one-to-go notification together. I eased ahead and claimed the first turn of the last lap for myself. Knowing the hard part was over, I cruised home to my podium spot, pleased and perspiring.



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Posted 16 January 2009 - 05:50 AM

View PostKinst VonSterga, on Jan 15 2009, 11:45 PM, said:

Then on lap 14 on the T3/T4, we were just flying through this section by the seat of my pants an then panic set it as Phil appeared at a snails pace at the quasi-chicane area.  I tried everything not to collide, but moving off the racing line at top speed was near impossible,
Sorry about that. The last thing I want to do is cause problems for the better drivers.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:36 AM

What a gruelling 43 laps of sweat, sore wrist and blurring vision that was ! Wow !

First off, Pai, your pass was fine, I knew you were there and I was just pushing to see what you would do. At the time, I was mad that i let you by so easily. As i said after the race, heading into the hairpin, I thought you were right up beside me for some reason, so I quickly checked my right side, and saw nothing, but it was enough to throw me deeper into that corner than i wanted to be and you slid inside and got a better run out of it than me. Was a well earned postion man, fine racing by any standard ! :thumbup:

Other than that long battle watching Pai trying to catch me, hehehe, and i was watching Pai, believe me hehehe. Nothing elese really took place for me. I was having fun staying with Larry for the opening 2 or 3 laps, but his pace was quicker in qualifying and seeing as it was such a long race, the last thing I wanted to do was push myself into a situation that would leave me bent, and plastered to a wall. So I opted for the possibility that someone out of the top 4 might have problems I could capitilize on. Didn't happen apparently hehe.

Mudrak came out of nowhere and would not take long to fly by me as well ! Bastard !!  Awesome driving Jo !

Grats to the top 3 !! :1a: :2a: :3a:
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:50 AM

View PostKardum31, on Jan 16 2009, 01:34 AM, said:

Pulitzer please. B)

Sorry Jo, your text is fine, but if there is a Pulitzer to be earned if for the one who writes MRC Main Page race resumes (CA???)! (and now with interviews!!)
Great funny reading, I think that after the racing itself, that is the best part of MRC!
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:19 PM

View PostPhil Ashio, on Jan 16 2009, 03:50 AM, said:

Sorry about that. The last thing I want to do is cause problems for the better drivers.

No problem Phil ... as I blame this narrow track for leaving us no emergency lane to navigate in, reminds me of Road America in a way.  It was still fun while it lasted, as I was only "fast" due to showing up on-time for qualifying, otherwise, I arrive late and have to start in the back, where I belong.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:45 PM

Man that was a pretty intense race. There wasn't too many places to rest so my full attention was on the race. I didnt know I was on my last lap until the white flag came out (never took my eye's off the track!)
Funny how things come together right at the end, I had some good practice sessions but was off the pace Boni was running. I made a change or two on the Green Machine and then I found the magic to make the car go fast! Now I'm prolly giving away Lotus secrets but I changed the rake of the car and wow it came to life! It (the setup/car) took a hand full of laps to come in but once it did I was able to push pretty hard when I wanted to and the tires stayed good the whole race.
Off to Mid-Ohio (a track I really like) to see if I can get the Green Machine tuned up.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 02:49 PM

Race recap and interview are really good, cool stuff! :thumbup:
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:35 PM

Well, before track choices for S6 were made, someone got me a tip: Go with renault. It is a blast and you will be leaving the guys on the straits by miles... Fast forward last night. Here I am at TOBAN. A place that gives term curves fully new meaning. Hard work to get heavy renault arround.
First of all big thanx to Kimmo for giving me advice how to drive. Othervise I most likelly would not even try last night... 9. place last night is for you Kimmo. Hope i could offer something better but guys ahead were absolutely mad last night...
Due to different circumstances I was only one scheduled to drive renault. Team management broke down in tears when they were aware that they have only me as a driver. Trough tears, they said something in french that I did not understood. It must be something about happines...
The good thing about last night is that I finished. 9. on such track with renault should be for me a good result. Daniel must have had a damaged car last night or CA talked Alfa to supply 2.5 liter engines to Berni.. As a consequence, he had to endure my company for most of the race last night. We swaped positions multiple times due to getting a flower off track as a small attention sign to the Lotus fans.
On one occasinon after Daniel dived to overtake, I made mistake and spun the car. Knist has no were to go and we had a colision that took heis wheel off and damaged my suspension. I still had a chance to catch Daniel but not to overtake him.
All in all it was difficult but fun race. Hope I can do better in next one (yea, yea, I might got spoiled with some qualy performaces latelly and want to have a decent race finish).
Grats to Podium, another great race for Lotus guys and of course for Jo.

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P.S. Interview and race report are fantastic!

Edited by Adnan Dizdarevic, 16 January 2009 - 06:35 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 06:17 PM

I agree with most everyone else....It turned out to be a fantastic race from start to finish. Gunny and Boni were pretty much in a league of their own. Started P3 with CA on my tail for the first few laps. I wasn't feeling very comfortable around this track and was just hoping to hold him off until I could get a grip on who was going to be faster. After a few laps I was gradually pulling away and started feeling pretty comfortable about getting a podium. Then Joe passed CA and I knew I had a fight on my hands to be able to hold him off. I was close to 10 seconds up at that point just keeping an eye on the gap...which was steadily dropping. So I tried to crank it up a notch and take a few more chances and still I was only able to keep the gap the same with some of my best laps...then on the slower laps Joe would close the gap quite a bit. The last 10 laps it was flat out qualifying laps...smoking the tires and brakes and anything else I could find to smoke. :blink: but Joe was right on my bumper and like Gunny I wasn't really for sure how many laps were left since I didn't have time to look. Joe made his run on me on the front straight and right when I knew he had me the 1 lap to go sign came on.....So I bumped it up another notch to see if he might slip up but I promptly spun going down the hill.......Awesome race Joe!!!!...Congrats to Gunny on two in a row and also to Boni for a nice race. :beerchug:
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 07:01 AM

View PostAdnan Dizdarevic, on Jan 16 2009, 07:35 PM, said:

Daniel must have had a damaged car last night or CA talked Alfa to supply 2.5 liter engines to Berni.. As a consequence, he had to endure my company for most of the race last night.

My car was perfect and unscratched. It's me that cannot go faster than that
Better start to get used to have me around you this season.

Nice dice there friend, sadly you've spun after my dive.
We'll have more chances to have fun on track, that's for sure.

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