MGL66

Member Since 01 Oct 2010
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In Topic: S21 R12 Phoenix International Raceway

17 September 2018 - 09:29 AM

I said it in post race chat and I'll say it again -- I am very impressed with everyone's performance at PIR. What the field lacked in quantity it made up for in quality. Lapped traffic behaved brilliantly. Everyone made room in good time. Everyone made smart decisions and communicated intent well. Often the lapping interrupted battles for position, yet lappees always showed the discipline to make room anyway. Sincere thanks! Apologies again to Michi for the contact I made with him on lap 40-something. My fault entirely.

Robert, as you led the pack from the inside lane, I remembered that you had earlier commented about pole position being on the inside. It wasn't until we gridded that I realized that your observation had been incorrect, but I understood completely what you were doing. It certainly wasn't an attempt to gain advantage. And in any case, your dominance in the race that followed made clear that such an advantage or disadvantage wouldn't have mattered. I'm glad Greg didn't adjust by moving to the outside, because it was unlikely that the whole field would have adjusted in the space of one pace lap. All-in-all, the start went quite well.

For me, a Q3 spot was good, only 0.001s (!) behind team mate, Greg. For the first 5-or-so laps, Greg, I, and Iestyn ran pretty closely until Iestyn wildly oversteered out of turn 3 and gave me a little breathing space. Greg opened up a little gap until his tires started going off song, signaled by little puffs of smoke from the rear tires on corner entry, then by what appeared to me to be understeer under power. By the time both I and Iestyn got past Greg, what had been a lost 3-second gap to Iestyn had been restored!

Before I took over 2nd place, two things had happened -- Robert had disappeared in 1st place with a 15-second lead, and we had already encountered our first lapped traffic. As we ticked off the laps and picked our way through traffic, I extended my lead over Iestyn to about 7 seconds by race's end.

Robert completed his lapping of the field when he lapped me on about lap 102. I exited the cockpit exhausted and a little dizzy :Oo: but happy. The little Brabham had been consistent and easy to drive all day.

Congratulations to EVERYONE for finishing this race. Congratulations to Robert for the win and Iestyn for joining us on the podium. Now we're off to what must be the polar opposite of Phoenix: Road America. Should be fun!

Michael

In Topic: Ferrari For Sale

09 September 2018 - 05:11 PM

Honey Badger would like to buy the Ferrari for 20 coins.

But the request is off the table as of tomorrow (Monday) evening at 6:00 pm EST (that's 22:00 UTC) My driver needs to know what he's racing at Phoenix. I can't spend time in a bidding war.

Michael

In Topic: Monza

08 September 2018 - 07:54 AM

Lap 27:
Oil temperatures = 94ºC - 96ºC
Oil pressure = a steady 79PSI
Water temperatures = 85ºC - 94ºC

Those number don't look so bad. I am convinced that either GPL gave me a random failure, or I was too abusive on Lap 1. If it's the former, then I can't do anything about that. If it's the latter, then at least I've learned that I can't allow my attention to stray too far from the tachometer even on Lap 1. I appreciate your help, Robert. Thanks for your specific target numbers on oil pressure. I have never paid much attention to that, but I will in the future.

I've always thought that Doni is right, GPL does employ a purely random engine failure algorithm. The odd thing is that I had three failures, two in training, then one in the race. Perhaps the three combined were some combination of random failure, too short a 5th gear, and too much abuse on Lap 1? I guess I'll never know for sure.


Thanks, guys,
Michael

In Topic: Monza

07 September 2018 - 10:17 AM

OK, wait a second, I'm an idiot. You asked for oil temperature and I'm pretty sure I gave you water temperatures. I'll check oil temps this evening and re-report.

Sorry about that!
Michael

In Topic: Monza

05 September 2018 - 08:35 PM

According to GPLRA, on lap 27 my Weslake recorded a high temperature of 94ºC approaching Parabolica, and a low temperature of 85ºC exiting Lesmo 2.

Apart from a random failure, the best guess I have at this point is that I may have stressed the engine too much on Lap 1. Keeping my head on a swivel to see other cars around me, and unable to clearly hear my own engine's note above everyone else's, I did stretch the tach needle past 12 o'clock. Perhaps it was too much for the Weslake to endure.

Michael

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