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#1 Ronnie Nilsson

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:06 AM

Quickest race ever. Lap 1, punted up the rear at Mirabeau, flipped over, hit by multiple cars. FFS.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:26 AM

Knowing you Don Dodge, you might be feelin crap etc.....so just incase....You did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG!!!  

My bad sorry. Hope your car was drivable.  Was a relief to see you continue.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:41 AM

Grats on the pole, Mick.  Sorry to see you out so early.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:43 AM

I'm sorry, too, Mick.  I had no idea that you were going to make a move there.  I'm sure it was hard for you to imagine anyone taking that corner as slowly as I did.  I feel badly about being in at the end of your superb performance.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:56 AM

Disconnection, it happened during classification and I was worried. There were only a few laps to go and with my teammate we had an almost certain 3rd and 4th. A pity.
My apologies Bruce for my torpidity in qualifying.
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Posted 13 April 2019 - 10:09 AM

disco w/ 4 laps to go... heartbroken
qual was good p6...  lots of traffic affected all of us i'm sure :P

start was clean.... then i lost it in the downhill after merribeau (?) back to p10
with Mick's exit, and overtake of (?) i was p8.. chasing TimF.. for 100 laps i was on his tail.. he made an error in the chicane and i was thru.
someone else retired and i was p6!  and it seemed i was catching DuLima.. from 17s back to 6s.. but he was behind a backmarker i think...
then BLACK SCREEN...
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Posted 13 April 2019 - 10:21 AM

So sorry for all who could not finish. And happy for everybody who had a good race! Gratualtions to the podiium.
I really don't like drivin there and my Performance was poor. Tried to drive with my old Converse shoes as I had Problems during my last practice session. That ended up in a couple of seizures in my Breaking foot and was really annoying. Thank you Enzo for Building me a tank as requested: Although I crashed About 10 times the car was great. And in the end I had some great racing with Pepe :)
The last lap was really close. Grats Pepe and sorry for the freindly bummer Right after the race. I was just thankfull to have had some fun in the end after an exhausting race. :beerchug: :thumbs:

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 10:26 AM

View PostDDodge, on 13 April 2019 - 09:43 AM, said:

I'm sorry, too, Mick.  I had no idea that you were going to make a move there.  I'm sure it was hard for you to imagine anyone taking that corner as slowly as I did.  I feel badly about being in at the end of your superb performance.

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I had no intention of making a move there, I was just placing my car to your left as that was my prefered side to pass if u decided to, but I was simply way too close, I left myself no room (and room for you....)  Down the hill would have been much better, but I an a bit of a twit.....Like I said....my bad...100%

And thx ex-comrade Ronnie.....I am totaly baffled how I pulled that off.....If anything, I put it down to the G27 wheel and momo pedals combo.......Also, I think my dodgy leg helped in that it was difficult to brake hard so the car was always settled, and I could focus on turning in and powering down.

And I had not slept for 30 hours, but I barely blinked,and going by the time stamp replying to Hammonds post, it wa 9 hours before qualy stared that I got track installed successfully.  ALthough I did start practicing the original yesterday.  

My pb @ monacane was 1 31 75 before Q.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 12:01 PM

I rear-ended Ronnie at Mirabeau on L1, causing a mass collision that eventually took in Don, Niky, Ricardo, Bob and maybe one or two others. It was entirely my fault. With about nine laps to go, knowing that Tames (the leader) was behind me, I nonetheless spun at Massenet and managed to negate all of his efforts to keep out of my way. I wouldn't be surprised if the damage I caused him cost him the win. To say that I am embarrassed and disgusted by my performance, if you can call it that, today doesn't begin to describe my feeling. This is the sort of race that makes people walk away from the damned game.

That being said, with the coins/damage structure that underlies the entire format of this league, holding races at tracks like this is senseless. Our team had 55 coins going into the D1 race and had 22 when it was over. This is the kind of setting that can single-handedly wreck a team's season. I won't go near this place again. I don't have the skill that it requires.

Again, I apologize for my ineptitude. I didn't give a single damn about finishing position. All I wanted to do was run without appreciable damage to my car. I succeeded there. It's too bad I wasn't so caring about the cars around me.

Edited by Pepe Higdon, 13 April 2019 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 12:24 PM

Man... what a race!

A lot of incidents...

At the chicane either i punted the Ferrari in fornt of me.. or he just clipped the inside of the chicane... anyways he took me with him and the entire field was involved too...

Anyways.. i continued.. making mistakes here and there.. you have to be on edge all the time.. it wasn't untill late in the race that i felt that i was 'in the zone' and was gaining on others in front of me.. especially at the chicane...

Am i the only one who takes the chicane in 3rd gear? All others seem to slow down much more than i did...

Also.. i passed a car that disappeared and re-appeared behind me... lag? Connection issues?...

Had a fight with Dulima at the end and knocked off my right front wheel at the last corner.. i limped back to pits, reset and continued on..

Anyways.. you will see it all in the video....

Hmm i wonder.. should i do a premiere this evening? I can't do it tomorrow because of another race i'm participating in...
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#11 Ronnie Nilsson

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 12:35 PM

Pepe - love you, man. Don't beat yourself up - at least I didn't have to endure 40 laps of this track! :P

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 12:51 PM

No worries Pepe, we all make mistakes ;)

PS: nice Pole Mick, unlucky. Grats to Dan for his first (?) win in oAo!

Edited by Robert Fleurke, 13 April 2019 - 01:01 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 01:13 PM

What a race! During practicing I was happy with my pace, but not so much with consistency. In practice my Pb was 1:30:01, but I never got close to that in qualifying. It was also pretty hard to get a descent lap in with so many cars on the track. Excellent job by Mick to make pole position.

Did not have the greatest start and was happy to be able to stay in second with Francois very close behind me. Both Mick and Francois appeared very gittery in my view and that kinda kept me busy for a while. It got better after lap 1 and I started to make an effort to close in on Mick. That worked until I brushed the guard rail in lap 5 where I lost a few meters again. Then in lap 8 I saw Micks car on fire and one wheel rolling over the track.

Suddenly I found myself with a 20 second lead and slowed a bit to keep the car healthy. I noticed Daniel closing in and lost some seconds in traffic. By the way, as far as I am concerned everybody behaved OK in this phase of the race. I was able to keep Daniel somewhere between 10 and 13 seconds behind me with 10 laps to go. Saw the yellow flags and Pepe’s car on the side of the road. Pepe continued his psychological warfare he started last race in qualifying. This time it ended up sending me up and bouncing into the palmtree on the side of the track. Came down in a pile of debris and was sure my race was over. But then the car started to drive again much to my amazement. Daniel was now 10 meters behind me and half a lap later I went wide in the last turn before the finish line, still a bit shaken by the event. During the chase for Daniel made a few mistakes before getting back into a good pace. Then ran my best lap of the race and still had a chance to get back to Daniel. But I got held up by two cars, I think R Bush and Niky. Not that I blame them, but it did cost me about 5 seconds. I then settled for second. Amazing I made it to the finish in one piece with only minor damage.

Pepe, thanks for the apology. But not necessary. Looking at the replay it looked like you were getting of the sidewalk and I came a bit into you as well. Why it ended up as such a big crash is beyond me. Had I not gone to the left and had you waited half a second it would have been fine. Shit happens. Hope you keep your sense of humor, since it make racing here a much better experience.

Daniel did a great job in taking the opportunity to win the race. Congratulations. And great job Roberto, congrats on your third place as well. See you guys in 2 week again. Thanks for another great race.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 01:13 PM

I had a great time in the opening 15 laps or so trying to chase down Pepe. He was just a little faster then me on the straights. Everytime I was close enough to think I could challenge Pepe. the leaders would be behind me and I'd lose a few seconds or so,  but would catch up during the next 6-7 laps, then lose it again with the leaders. It was the most fun I've had in a while with GPL.
I had a real mess up at Mirabeau about halfway, when I spun and ended up against the right wall. A Ferrari ended up next to me. Sorry mate. I tried to get out as nicely as I could, but popped a piston or something and limped around to the pits smoking. Did a shift-r and continued. Not sure if I could do that, so I'll take the penalty if needed.
After that it was just try to stay on track and let everyone through.

That was the hardest race I've had only to finish in 12th, but it was fun.
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Posted 13 April 2019 - 01:36 PM

Okay, video edited and uploading with the intention of premiering tonight at midnight CET or 10PM GMT

link: https://youtu.be/9QEYPIvJxp0

Edited by MK3424, 13 April 2019 - 02:12 PM.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 01:37 PM

despite the difficulty of this track, and the few that enjoy it - D2 had 13 of 19 take the checker!  and 2 of the 'dnfs' were due to disco's!!  all in all, a good result.

Pepe, you're far from the only one who dislikes the place. in the past, there have been drivers who skip this one, for the very reasons or similar so, that you feel.
for myself, its the first time i've ever felt "there's no place to overtake!" ... so that was new - and had Tim not clipped the chicane to slow him, i would not have gotten by.

Congrats to DanD!  both D1/D2 having first time winners :o  
i'm still not happy with a disco - but calming slowly.  just so annoying to not know why!
i thought it was a good race despite that
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Posted 13 April 2019 - 02:39 PM

Hi guys, well that was fun, no really great fun, couple of years ago I was one of those who hated this place, with a passion, but today , racing with Bruce was just great, he is just one of those guys you know you can race with without worrying that he might take one risk too many, OK, he was quicker than me , we must have been nose to tail for half the race, havenít counted how many but it seemed like that, very disappointed at hitting the straw bails at the chicane and letting him through, but the lesson here is not to loose concentration and just drive the line, oh well.

Congratulations to the podium, whatís that about Tames, you lost one he he, well canít win them all mate.

                                             Regards Tim.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 03:10 PM

With all the traffic during the qualif I couldn't make as good a time as in practice (1:30.08) but managed P4.
Had a very good start where I passed T. AFX and was in position to pass T. Oud P2 but didn't take a chance not knowing if T.Afx was far enough behind me. So
I fell back to P4.
Managed to avoid a few incidents. Got to P2 because of problems of other competitors.
Was forced on the sidewalk, lapping P.H. on lap29 after he hit T.Oud But I managed not to be hit and kept on going and pass T.O. at the end of lap 31 to get P1.
Then I was driving carefully to make sure to make it to the finish.

Hard race.

Thanks for all those who made it clean to be lapped. Not an easy track.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 01:24 AM

John , my team leader , gave me his setup , easy and fast .
Too much traffic during qualifs but in my last round , I've done the 3rd time .
Don't loose my position at start , but Daniel is pressing hard in my mirrors .
At lap6 I've made the mistake at the chicane ...
Now it was a long chase behind Eduardo's Ferrari till he spined at Casino .
Finishing with cool driving to 4th place .
Not good , not bad , but the sensation I've missed my race...
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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:44 PM

Congrats to Dan for his first oAo win !  for me, I had a good pace but made too many errors...happy with 9th..

On a different note, can't say I am impressed by a Cooper driver on the first lap in the chicane, looks like there was a melee and he was perpendicular to the track; I had plenty of room to pass safely on the inside until he moved forward and hit my rear wheel, sending me into a spin that took me at least 15 seconds to recover :yucky:  even worst, he sped away like nothing happened...

Maybe it didn't change the outcome of my race although I lost concentration for a few laps but isn't it good sportsmanship in this scenario when you are involve in such melee to wait until there is nobody else coming before moving away,
especially on the first lap of such a tight course ?

To add insult to the injury, after reviewing the replay, he clearly caused the incident by hitting the Ferrari ahead of him under braking for the chicane.... too bad there is no black flag rule...

Edited by Aljones, 14 April 2019 - 12:45 PM.

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