On a more serious note on this sombre day in history, I fear for our USA members who may well be in the sights of Hurricane Florence. I do beleive that Tom and RJ are in the Carolinas and at risk. Take very good care, gys.
I think that engine failures can be completely random and not with a shred of sense at times. I recall a race with the UKGPL in GP65 cars at Montjuich several years ago under pro rules. The GP65 cars are robust re engine durability. I joined the grid and started warming the engine of my Brabham/BRM not exceeding 7k revolutions. After about 7-10s, KERBLAM! Engine bits scattered all over the grid without me moving so much as a millimetre. I escaped to the menu without even seeing the green flag and effectively scored a DNS.
Clearly, there are those who have concerns over a start on a short oval but I for one do not share them. At least, not here at PIR67. The front straight is bone flat and the spacing of 10m per car gives every bit as much room as we typically employ. Looks like SOP to me. Standard Operating Procedure.
If you want a roller, I'm fine with that, too, but as Bob mentions, we'd do well to have some practice starts.
Recent events in two prominent GPL leagues have lead me to quit them altogether. Banzai driving tactics seemed to have become the rule, not the exception. Not so much sim racing but rather, arcade. A mindset of win at any cost put respect for others in the back seat.
The most excellent 1955 mod for GPL features cars which, in period, had zero safety accomodations for drivers. A shunt, even a relatively minor one, could mark the end. Brake fade was a common complaint and over-reaching the stopping power of the cars is all too easy. Accordingly, applying my philosophy of 'drive to survive', I endeavour to go only as fast as I dare and which the car can comfortably manage. While not immune to the odd error, they are few and far between and generally of a minor nature.
The ADC/VOR is the only place that I run the '55 mod now. After our two events at Monaco this week where I was savaged by over-eager drivers in each race, I'd like to see a quantum shift in attitude. This is as well for others as I witnessed but avoided monumental shunts involving a number of members. This simply is not on, gents. Time spent in pre-race practice and races online to enjoy the simulation of driving these old bangers seems to becoming a waste of time.
I emplore you all to adopt a more moderate approach with your participation. I'll have no qualms at all about deleting the mod altogether if things don't improve.