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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:57 
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My miniplates and paddles have arrived!


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Well, I've changed the paddles and attached the NASCAR wheel. It wasn't plain sailing, sadly. I snapped the circuit board removing it and now it won't downshift in paddle mode and one of the buttons doesn't work, so I've had to order a new circuit board. Wheel feels much better though.


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Love it! Especially the Zipstick.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
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Isn't it a Competition Pro?

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
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Isn't it a Competition Pro?

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
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You are correct! My mistake.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
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Zipstiks were black and yellow.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
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And had square buttons.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
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Zipstiks were black and yellow.


They were. I bought an Amiga a few years ago and that came with a Zipstick. Someone had painted the buttons silver with nail varnish....


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 21:18 
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Well, iRacing has just released dirt oval racing. I'm hilariously bad! But it's so much fun.



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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 16:03 
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As we approach the Easter break where NASCAR traditionally doesn't have a race, I thought I'd give you an update on how my season in the officially-sanctioned NASCAR iRacing Series is going.

Week 1 - Daytona 500 @ Daytona International Speedway (200 laps, 500 miles)
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Qualified: 1
Race finish: 7

Got pole in the first and most prestigious race of the year. Led 70 laps including the first 50. Was on course for a top 5 and potentially even a win, but sadly I made a mess of my last pit stop, colliding with my teammate as we both went into the pits too hot. Ended up with a speeding penalty and had to settle for 7th.

Week 2 - Folds of Honor QuikTrip 250 @ Atlanta Motor Speedway (167 laps, 250 miles)
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Q: 13
R: 16

Struggled in qualifying, but made good progress throughout the race, despite becoming a car magnet for much of it. Luckily even though I wasn't able to avoid car contact for a lot of the race, I didn't really incur much damage. However, my luck ran out on the final restart in P6 with 3 laps to go when the outside line checked up and we all collided in a concertina effect. I was disqualified from the race for too many incident points and finished 16th.

Week 3 - Kobalt 200 @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway (134 laps, 200 miles)
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Q: 5
R: 15

Happy with qualifying 5th. Sadly I had early contact with someone on lap 5 and this put me down to 10th or so. Then on lap 48 my internet took a shit and I got disconnected from the server. Ended up 15th - a race to forget.

Week 4 - Camping World 250 @ Phoenix International Raceway (156 laps, 156 miles)
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Q: 2
R: 19

Despite my disappointing start to the season I went into the race at Phoenix in good spirits as it was the first short track of the season and I seem to favour those. Put the car on the front row and led 24 laps, avoiding the cautions up until 30 laps to go. Then a backmarker decides to stay out on old tyres, putting me back in 3rd for the restart. The outcome was predictable: he spun up his tyres on the restart, hooked left and dumped me into the inside wall. Engine blown and race over.

Week 5 - Auto Club 200 @ Auto Club Speedway (100 laps, 200 miles)
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Q: 20
R: 29

The nadir of my season so far. Not a track I'm particularly fond of, lots of car contact and cautions. Ended up trying to manage a car with damage for most of it, before going for a spin all by myself and destroying the engine. Basically my season up until this point has been quite shit.

Week 6 - STP 250 @ Martinsville Speedway (250 laps, 250 miles)
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Q: 19
R: 4

By this point I was starting to question whether I wanted to continue in this series. A combination of my own errors, plus poor driving standards of others and a bit of bad luck had put me into a position where I'd gained one top 10 finish in five races (and that race was disappointing in itself for not being a win!). However iRacing put out a patch which tweaked the car's physics and coupled with another short track this propelled me to a top 5 finish for the first time this season! I really felt the car was under me during this race. Maybe I've turned a corner here!

Week 7 - O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 @ Texas Motor Speedway (167 laps, 250 miles)
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Q: 5
R: 3

Ok, my season is back on track! I was provided a great setup by my team and it showed - we finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in this race. The winner was a teammate of NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series competitor Matt Bussa, so no shame finishing behind him. This is after being punted by a notoriously aggressive backmarker and dropping from 2nd to 16th! I went full tilt after this and got myself back up to 4th with ten laps to go. My spotter was getting a bit nervous by this point, and I don't blame him - I was pretty pissed off and being quite aggressive. To top the race off, I managed a last lap pass on my teammate to snatch 3rd - I got a better exit coming out of T4 and outdragged him to the line! My best result and performance of the season by far.

As for the standings, this currently leaves me 29th out of 438 drivers in Division 3 (272nd of 2077 overall). My aim is to finish top 10 in my division and in the top 100 overall, so I've got some work to do. Hopefully my last two finishes will become the norm and I can rise up the championship tables! Anyway, thanks for reading.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 16:25 
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I enjoyed reading that. Thank you.

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I enjoyed reading that. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:31 
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So, it's the 24 Hours of Nürburgring kicking off at 2pm today. My team is running the Porsche 911 (991.2) GT3 Cup in this multiclass race. Been practicing for weeks but still don't feel ready for the Green Hell. I've got two double stints - one is starting at 19:45 tonight and then another at 06:35 tomorrow morning.

It's the combined 24h circuit which is a smidge under 25km, 170 corners. Each stint will be 8 or 9 laps depending on fuel burn. Wish me luck (I'm going to need it).


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:48 
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Good luck! (Getting up tomorrow)

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Just get drunk and see how many you can take out at the first corner.

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 0:22 
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Curiosity wrote:
Just get drunk and see how many you can take out at the first corner.

This isn't you playing Forza.

First stint went ok. Struggled for pace initially, balance of the car didn't feel right and I was getting some lag issues. However I kept the car in good shape and made some brake bias adjustments which brought the car back to me. Got out of the car in P6 in our class, P8 overall.

Time to get my head down for a bit before the early breakfast shift!


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:43 
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Got up at 6 to find out we had made it up to P3 in class (P5 overall) overnight, but then our fastest driver had equipment failure (computer crashed) so we had to get a 6 min tow. Then our engineer had to get in the car and run an almost-full double stint as all the drivers were asleep!

One of our other driver has woken up with a sickness bug and is currently bravely trying to complete one more stint. Then it's me until midday.

We've dropped to 6th in class (9th overall) with just under 7 hours left.


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Christ, what a nightmare.

Good luck!

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Grim... wrote:
Christ, what a nightmare.

Good luck!

It got worse. I crashed into the barriers twice and needed repairs each time - the Nordschleife is pretty unforgiving when you've had five hours sleep. :( We recovered well to finish 14th overall and 7th in class out of 58 and 18 respectively, but it was definitely a learning experience for me. I still didn't feel like I knew the track well enough until my second stint. More practice needed next year.

24 Heures du Mans next! We're driving the old GT1 class Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, which is not an easy car to drive. Great top speed though, which is what you need at Le Mans.


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Is it the "old" Le Mans track without the chicane?

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Grim... wrote:
Is it the "old" Le Mans track without the chicane?

No, it'll be the modern version (although you can use the historic layout in iRacing).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 0:04 
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Got up at 6 to find out we had made it up to P3 in class (P5 overall) overnight, but then our fastest driver had equipment failure (computer crashed) so we had to get a 6 min tow. Then our engineer had to get in the car and run an almost-full double stint as all the drivers were asleep!

One of our other driver has woken up with a sickness bug and is currently bravely trying to complete one more stint. Then it's me until midday.

We've dropped to 6th in class (9th overall) with just under 7 hours left.


How bad are all these other teams if you can spend half of it crashed/repairing or being towed and you still beat most of them? Are crashes and long repairs really commonplace?

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Curiosity wrote:
Lonewolves wrote:
Got up at 6 to find out we had made it up to P3 in class (P5 overall) overnight, but then our fastest driver had equipment failure (computer crashed) so we had to get a 6 min tow. Then our engineer had to get in the car and run an almost-full double stint as all the drivers were asleep!

One of our other driver has woken up with a sickness bug and is currently bravely trying to complete one more stint. Then it's me until midday.

We've dropped to 6th in class (9th overall) with just under 7 hours left.


How bad are all these other teams if you can spend half of it crashed/repairing or being towed and you still beat most of them? Are crashes and long repairs really commonplace?

Oh yes. I don't think I saw an undamaged car out there. I think maybe one quarter of the teams in our split had quit by 8 hours in.

Half the time getting repaired is a bit of an exaggeration though. I think we needed under 1 hour of repairs in total in the full 24 hours.

This is not a normal endurance race on a regular track. This is the Green Hell. I probably did 20 hours of practice running up to it and I should've done closer to 50 to make sure I knew the track. I wasn't exactly reacting to corners rally-style, but I couldn't tell you what was 2-3 corners ahead. Now I probably could.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:31 
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The only bits I got to know off by heart while playing on Forza 4 were the very start, the uphill through the trees to the carousel, and the end.

You know what you should do while the track is still fresh in your brain, of course...

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Grim... wrote:
The only bits I got to know off by heart while playing on Forza 4 were the very start, the uphill through the trees to the carousel, and the end.

You know what you should do while the track is still fresh in your brain, of course...

Oh I know. And I plan on doing it at some point. Then again I plan on doing this race next year so as long as I book it for May/June time it'll be fine.

Also I want to be sure my car has all the gremlins removed first.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 15:00 
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Curiosity wrote:
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Got up at 6 to find out we had made it up to P3 in class (P5 overall) overnight, but then our fastest driver had equipment failure (computer crashed) so we had to get a 6 min tow. Then our engineer had to get in the car and run an almost-full double stint as all the drivers were asleep!

One of our other driver has woken up with a sickness bug and is currently bravely trying to complete one more stint. Then it's me until midday.

We've dropped to 6th in class (9th overall) with just under 7 hours left.


How bad are all these other teams if you can spend half of it crashed/repairing or being towed and you still beat most of them? Are crashes and long repairs really commonplace?

Also I forgot to mention, we were in the 2nd fastest class. There were 19 Mazda MX-5s in our split. They were almost dangerously slow if you caught them up on the straights!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 22:16 
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Final thoughts: I managed to compete 37 laps of the Nürburgring! I couldn't string three laps together earlier in the week so I think this is a decent achievement - I did two full stints of 9 laps each at one point with no damage incurred!

Final result is that I finished 156th out of 483 Porsche drivers with 106 points. This total is worked out using the average iRating of the split and my finishing position using some fancy formula. So, top third - I'll take that.


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Nice work!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:09 
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I've just found out someone I regularly compete with in NASCAR has died after suffering fatal injuries at the Tandragee 100 road race in Co Armagh, Ireland.

The last race we competed in I remember he tapped me accidentally from behind and sent me into a half-spin. Instead of taking advantage, he gave up two spots waiting for me so he could give the place back. :'(


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