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 Post subject: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 21:37 
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So on bagwaa's recommendation I've taken out a one month subscription for this. I'm very impressed so far, even if my 360 wheel doesn't support FF on the PC (Microsoft never bothered to release drivers).

So far I've raced three times around Charlotte International Raceway in the Street Stock Class and I'm just about to race an MX-5 around Lime Rock Park. You are rewarded more for clean driving than for winning, and you need to prove you are a safe driver before you can get a better licence, which unlocks more series with more powerful cars.

I can see it being a complete time sink - I've played it for about five hours alone this evening, just with one track and one car!

http://www.iracing.com if anyone is interested (membership is half-price until the end of July).


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 21:38 
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One of my friends earns money from being good at this.

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 23:28 
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I've never heard of this before, which is a bit surprising because a cursory glance at the website makes it looks like a mature and compelling game (if you like driving sims obviously). Is this totally flying under the radar or am I just a complete idiot? Note: I fully admit that those two options are not mutually exclusive.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 23:30 
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I think it's more of a big deal over the pond. The testimonials page is chock full of NASCAR and IndyCar drivers singing its praises.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:36 
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Is it all oval tracks and endless lefts?

Also, did that trailer call Williams F1 "The Best" ?


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:02 
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It is reasonably US-centric at the moment, but they are committed to adding more and more European circuits and series. Check out the website for what's currently available.


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 Post subject: Re: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 19:11 
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The Last Salmon Man wrote:
I've taken out a one month subscription for this.

About fucking time! Playing Forza after playing this will seem properly shit.

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 22:24 
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Oooh, custom leagues now available.

Some more interest in this would be awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 23:38 
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I added you as a friend but it had said you had completed one race. :shrug:


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 0:17 
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ha, thats probably about right. I think I have spent 99% of my time on there doing practice laps. :D

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 0:19 
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Ramsea wrote:
ha, thats probably about right. I think I have spent 99% of my time on there doing practice laps. :D

You're missing out - the racing is very very good!


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:00 
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The Last Salmon Man wrote:
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ha, thats probably about right. I think I have spent 99% of my time on there doing practice laps. :D

You're missing out - the racing is very very good!

I have no doubt it is, but I dont want to race unless I can win, or at the very least, not fuck it up for someone else.

I definitely need to get my wheel setup again and put some time into this. Would be good if we could get a league going tho...would probably need 6 to keep it interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:09 
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We have three already...


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 15:45 
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Oh look, I started a thread about this the first time I tried it.

I'm racing reasonably well in the iRacing NASCAR Late Model series this season. I've only raced in four out of the 7 available weeks and I'm third in my division (out of 81 racers). Five top 5 positions and one win.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 15:47 
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Well done! They actually show people playing this on TV now.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 16:01 
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markg wrote:
Well done! They actually show people playing this on TV now.

It's as fun as watching real-life racing, so how ever much you enjoy that. There are YT channels devoted to it with proper commentators and everything. I watched a full Australian V8 Supercars race at Bathurst a couple of weeks ago and it was very enjoyable.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 16:10 
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I found it to be not as much fun as watching proper racing, the excitement and the spectacle that comes from seeing big machines hurtling round at speed is somewhat tempered by the knowledge that nothing is actually going anywhere. Also it still doesn't look that great, like when they collide it still all looks a bit like matchbox cars bouncing off each other. But it looks excellent to play.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 15:12 
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Moved up to second in my division now (I had dropped slightly last week down to 5th). Hopefully can improve on this later, I'm only 25 points behind the leader, so just need one high points-scoring race to take the lead.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 23:51 
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Currently one point behind the leader with one week left! Reeling him in. :metul:


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 21:49 
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The season isn't quite over but I'm not sure if anyone will catch me at this stage.
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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 19:27 
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What sort of calculation puts you on top?


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 20:28 
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DavPaz wrote:
What sort of calculation puts you on top?

Letters in driver name?


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 20:58 
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DavPaz wrote:
What sort of calculation puts you on top?

Championship points. There's 12 weeks in a season, but only eight count - your worst four weeks are discarded. You get points based on where you finish in the race but you get more points the stronger the field is. For example I got more points for finishing 4th in a strong race than I did for winning a relatively weak race.

If you race just once during the week then the points you receive in that race is your total. However, if you race twice then it takes your best score. It takes an average of the top half of your results that week, so if I race ten times it'll take my top-scoring five races and give me the average of those (rounding down so if you race three times it only takes your best score).

What division you are placed in is based on your iRating (how good you are basically). I am currently in Division 9 of 10. As my iRating has gone up considerably this season I would expect to go up a few divisions next season.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 20:38 
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So after winning Division 9 in the NASCAR Late Model Tour, I narrowly missed out on licence promotion due to my Safety Rating (SR) being slightly too low, but as my iRating has improved I'll be running in Division 7 this time. So I'm running D-Class licence again this season. I'll probably do some more Late Model races but will primarily concentrate on the NASCAR SK Modified championship this time. Instead of being big heavy lumps like the LMs, these are grippy, light and faster around a short track than even the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 20:40 
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Brum, brum, brum.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 20:55 
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Brum, brum, brum.


I don't think NASCAR race there

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 21:18 
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Curiositree wrote:
Santanalian wrote:
Brum, brum, brum.


I don't think NASCAR race there

Alabama? Probably


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 21:42 
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Nice one! How long is a season?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 22:12 
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Nice one! How long is a season?

12 weeks.


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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 21:51 
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2016 Season 1 midway report!

So I've won 3 races from 11 starts so far this season, which is an improvement on my 1 win from 39 starts last season. I've also led 106 laps out of a total of 451, as opposed to 16/1232 last time round.

Running two series is slightly problematic as the cars are wildly different, but I'm doing reasonably well; I'm 14th out of 100 competitors in Division 7 of the SK Modifieds series and 10th/158 in the Late Model tour. Not bad considering I've only raced 4 out of the 6 weeks so far.


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