Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:22 AM
2nd time it happened to me....
Almost smashed my kayboard out of frustration....
Mood: pissed off!!!
Small note: no video recordings...
I had issues with the recording software casuing it to crash GPL...
I did manage to record some of the practise.... but that video renderer setting in combination with the actual race.. causes the game to crash when i'm trying to join the lobby...
Edited by MK3424, 11 August 2018 - 01:24 PM.
Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:33 AM
Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:09 AM
"Psychic Hotline? You know why I'm calling, right?"
"Of course. I'm afraid this isn't going to work out for you today. I don't see that you'll go much more than five laps."
In the practice pre-qualifying I couldn't do anything right. On the last lap, however, I could do no wrong (at least viewed from my rather modest standards). I chunked through the corners like Oliver Twist running from the cops with a 5:48.54, a PB by 2.5 seconds. Psychic Hotline, my ass.
About 60% of the way through the first qualifying lap I managed to slide off the track. I didn't hit anything, but although I'd downshifted and was still sliding at less than a geriatric's walking speed, I came up next to a bale. We were immediately pronounced man and wife. I swear, I could not have touched that thing with more than 0.0024 foot/pounds of force, if that. So confused and distracted was I that I immediately did a SHFT-R and began another lap. At some point during that lap I realized that I was breaking about 26 different rules, so I left the server, returned, changed my helmet color, and waited for the five-minute mark. I got one lap in and was gridded 10th. That was a lot of drama for a mundane starting position, I thought.
On the sixth lap I slid out going through the first village, flipped upside down, and called the Psychic Hotline to renew my annual membership.
Edited by Pepe Higdon, 11 August 2018 - 02:08 PM.
Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:31 AM
race - at the start was able to jump RonnieN for 8th and then saw 3 offs ahead so by end of lap1 i was p5
George C must have been one of those as he came back strong about mid race and hounded me for a lap - respectfully, but RIGHT THERE
i finally caved to the pressure and slid wide - he was by - thank me very much
shortly after i went wide in those fast bend corners... the 2d one i think, and hit a 'tree/bale' head on! no idea how i was able to continue, and then struggled with 'should i stop or not?' for 2 or 3 laps.. then on last lap i was down to 2.5 gal and not sure i'd make it - so with a +30 on RonnieN i pitted for a splash and go
glad this one is over!
very happy to have finished.
Pepe... doing a Sh-R in qual: you are correct, not allowed. HOWEVER! as long as you didn't improve your lap, or get in anyone's way ... you could have returned to the pits. thus saving your PB Qual time ~
"you know who this is - right?" hahhahaaha you are Soooo entertaining!
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:10 PM
I knew the start was my Achilles heal having gone for quite a tall 1st gear but once rolling was able to edge out Mick's Brabham on the run down to Bosonohy. Over the 1st few laps I was able to use the superior speed of the Eagle to slowly pull away on the long straights although Mick was definitely recovering some of the gap through the towns and villages. I never quite lost the sound of his Brabham behind and could see the gap extend to 300yds+ and then drop back to less than 100yds during the slower corners. But I figured (Hoped) Mick was throwing everything at trying to keep in touch. I think it was a bit of role reversal of what happened to me at Spa when I was staying just close enough to Bob S to keep me interested but was way out of my comfort zone, whereas Bob was pushing but always had a bit in reserve.
Mick's pace finally took it's toll on Lap 4 and I suddenly found myself running alone with a very healthy lead over Tames and Bob S. It should have all been plain sailing from that point onwards so I eased off a bit and suddenly found myself with some very ragged laps. The slower speed upset my braking and turn in points and also let some heat out of the tyres. It completely upset my rhythm for a while. Sorry to see Roberto crash as I was coming around to lap him. I had no intention of making any pass until the next straight but he misjudged the turn trying to get out of the way and went into the trees.
I really like this track but I can't say I'm not glad it's now behind us. It's definitely a challenge but can't really be considered a race track. (at least not in F1 cars).
Congrats to all finishers, Bob S and Tames for the other podium spots and commiserations to the retirees.
Off to Aintree, I've not even turned a wheel there in this direction.
Fast, Cheap, Reliable. Choose any 2.
Beat it to fit, paint it to match..
1 in 4 people in the world are mentally unbalanced.
Look closely at 3 of your closest friends. If they seem OK it's probably you.
Posted 13 August 2018 - 02:10 PM
Started at the grid bottom I was quite calm without pressure i finding my rhithm. Around half race I saw John approaching me at an impressive speed: having well in mind that for about 8 miles it is practically impossible overtaking on this track without risk, I decided to find a secure place to stop or slow down to allow John lapping. Unfortunately, while making these thoughts I lost my concentration, flying on a tree.
No problem John, thanks for your understanding, it was a good thing that there was no consequences for you.
It was great to restart the second half of the season; Congratulations to John for the clear win and the "triplete", as well as the podium
to the next
Edited by Baldassarri, 13 August 2018 - 02:15 PM.
Posted 13 August 2018 - 06:07 PM
Luckily the carnage in the villages wasn't as bad as it could have been. From viewing the replay I figured about 9 people needed to be taken to a hospital. Probably a few more because of debris. Not our finest hour.
Edited by bobho-in, 13 August 2018 - 06:10 PM.
Posted 14 August 2018 - 12:50 PM
To make matters worst, since I was using the loaner Honda, I couldn't take part in qualifs, so I chose to start from the back, mainly to avoid making all of you guys wait for me to complete my "flying" lap...
Had a pretty good start and gain some positions before the village then to my surprise more cars were off the road so by the end of the lap I was 10th
from then on I started to get the hang of it and steadily improve my lap time; spun twice without damage and touched the bales once, benefit from other retirements to score 7th...
I actually enjoyed that track, did bring back the Honda almost intact, gain some coins and championship points, Life is good !
Edited by Aljones, 14 August 2018 - 12:52 PM.
Posted 18 August 2018 - 01:00 AM
Knowing what a challenge the track posed I had tried to get my ducks in a row, doing all I could to garner extra coins during the break so that I could race without worry, prepping into the early hours of Saturday morning and ended up with a decent feeling on race fuel. Ultimately I knew John would be too fast but I figured the others were fair game provided I could get into the 38s early. The start was decent and safe by all around me and then I decided to be that guy who gets it wrong at the first big stop. Wasn't even braking late - just too much for a short bit and couldn't get it back. I tried to ease the car around but grabbed the bales and bounced back into the track. I ended up last with a bent front axle. While Spun out I think a Brabham or Cooper made contact with me but I recorded no rear damage (sorry for being in the way).
About the only good thing at that point was that I didn't panic. At first it seemed like I might be able to get back up to George but after the first lap I was a minute down to JH and George soon became Bo. Some of the overtakes were given to me (thanks Andy and Bob) and some were well fought for. Considering I was making it up on the fly I was quite pleased with the raceability of the track layout. Prior to the start I don't think I had passed anyone here in any session. The fight with Dan took a lap and was great fun. A couple of corners after passing him I got a snap near the first chicane, and ended up airborne for a moment. I was completely disoriented for a while thereafter thinking I'd taken Dan out or landed on him. My race ended on lap 7 when I locked up late in the same general area and got stuck in the bales. I should have hit it harder and bounced back onto the track rather than what I did but it is what it is at this point. The first lap damage made it difficult to get my braking right and when I did finally get a clear lap I messed up a couple of stops and ended up overly cautious in the remaining braking areas. The car had been good for a 35 so its a bit rough being 11s off but I know who to blame.
Grumpiness aside, I love these types of tracks. The sheer volume of corners and the variety keep you on your toes right way round the lap. I'd love a do-over next year.
Congrats to the finishers. JH was untouchable (again) and it was good to see Mick up there challenging as well as the return of George and Tames. I'm envious of GC getting what he did in the Honda.
See you wherever next is for me,
Edited by Andrew Hutchinson, 18 August 2018 - 01:17 AM.