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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:54 
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Yeah, with a few Jettas thrown in the mix.


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Yeah, with a few Jettas thrown in the mix.

An automatic diesel, the best kind of racing car

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 Post subject: Re: iRacing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 20:16 
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Still loving this game. Mostly just driving the Mazdas and the spec racer Fords so I get to use my h-pattern shifter and toe and heel my way down the gears, feels so good. Also was sharing a track practicing with Carlos Sainz Jr. the other day. At the time I thought it was probably just someone else called Carlos Sainz but it was actually the McLaren F1 driver.


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Yep, I’ve been in the same session as Rubens Barrichello before. And raced in a V8 Supercars championship with BTCC driver Ash Sutton.

I hope you’re using the H pattern on the correct side for the car, else you’ll be putting your hand out the door. ;)

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Gear stick on the left but I can't say it bothers me when the car in the game is LHD. Much prefer to just use my cack hand for shifting gears and the right one on the wheel.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 23:08 
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But teh reelismz

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Just learned an ex-teammate of mine won the sprint car world championship last year and is in a good position to win it again this year! Alex Bergeron. We mainly drove NASCAR together for Apex Racing UK.

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Reupped for 3 months. Downloading 40GB of updates.

Installed SODE Fuel Calculator, Crew Chief, Trading Paints, and irFFB.

Let’s go!

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Boo: the NASCAR A and B cars have now been replaced with the new versions

Yay: iRacing has given me $15 credit to put towards them

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 17:33 
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Yay!

I was on the other night actually having not played for a month or two. Really enjoyed it, just need to find the time to work up a track/car combo to the point where I can race again.


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Yay!

I was on the other night actually having not played for a month or two. Really enjoyed it, just need to find the time to work up a track/car combo to the point where I can race again.

I would not stress about too much practice. Of course it helps, but as long as you’re safe and your race craft is good, you should finish well.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 18:31 
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I don't hate practicing and racing my ghost, though. Also I just find that the nearer I am to actually quick then the closer the racing is. If my braking points are still a bit inconsistent and I'm racing with people the same then more accidents will tend to happen.


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I don't hate practicing and racing my ghost, though. Also I just find that the nearer I am to actually quick then the closer the racing is. If my braking points are still a bit inconsistent and I'm racing with people the same then more accidents will tend to happen.

The more practice the better, but if you have limited time then try to do at least one race a week in a couple of series. That way you’ll get participation credits and not have to spend real money on more content

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I’m doing the Road to Indy starting from next week. First up the 175bhp Tatuus USF-17 in the US F2000 series. A mix of road and oval courses.

I’ve never really driven open wheelers before so it’ll be something a bit different. If I do well this season I’ll move up to the second rung of the ladder next season, which is the Indy Pro 2000 series featuring the Tatuus PM-18 that outputs 275bhp! If not, I’ll stay at the entry-level series until I feel I’m ready to move up.

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I’m doing the Road to Indy starting from next week. First up the 175bhp Tatuus USF-17 in the US F2000 series. A mix of road and oval courses.

I’ve never really driven open wheelers before so it’ll be something a bit different. If I do well this season I’ll move up to the second rung of the ladder next season, which is the Indy Pro 2000 series featuring the Tatuus PM-18 that outputs 275bhp! If not, I’ll stay at the entry-level series until I feel I’m ready to move up.

I am very slow in these cars. :(

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Just had a 2nd-place finish in the NASCAR trucks at Chicacoland. Stuck it on pole, led for the first 7 laps and then three other drivers got past me as I was saving tyres. No yellow flags at all in the race so I was able to repass 2nd and 3rd and had a ding-dong fight to the end with the leader! Sadly I lost time twice trying to pass him (second time on the last lap) and had to settle for second.

I can still do this apparently!

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2nd place is 1st loser.


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2nd place is 1st loser.

True, and I’m a bit gutted I didn’t win, considering I was faster, but it’s the best result I’ve had since coming back (a lot of 12ths).

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My first win on tarmac where you have to turn right as well as left - only took 134 starts! Quite an eventful race. I qualified on pole, then on the (rolling) start, P2 and P3 jumped it when the pace car went in and got black flags. I then got first place back on lap 2 and didn't give it up again. I had a close call when running wide at one corner on lap 5, but apart from that I kept a nice gap to second place until the end.


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Excellent stuff, I've not won one yet. Had every chance twice and blew it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 21:28 
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I need to get back into this, I think it might be more of a winter thing, though.


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So, it appears I’m back into this properly. I’m not a very good road racer so I picked the newly released low-powered USF2000, which is considered the first rung on the Road to Indy ladder. I wanted to learn how to drive an open-wheeled car as my experience has mainly been driving oval tintops (aka NASCAR). They run a mix of road and oval courses at North American tracks, so I thought my oval experience would also help in this series.

I started the season very slowly, and while I still wouldn’t consider myself fast, I’m definitely making progress and getting increasingly better results. In 23 starts I’ve had one win (at the Homestead-Miami roval), 10 top 5 finishes, and 15 top 10s.

They’re only 15-min sprint races so my strategy has been to keep out of any carnage on the first lap and then just consistently run decent lap times while not trying to overheat the tyres. Wear isn’t an issue, but I was finding I was losing a lot of grip if I got the back end sliding too much. You can’t really spin the tyres as they’re so low-powered (175bhp), but you can really throw it into the corners with off-throttle oversteer, which seems fine until you can’t keep it on the track anymore. So I learnt to be smoother with my inputs. I’ve realised it doesn’t need a lot of steering input at all, and max 60% brakes or the fronts lock up. It’s a fun car!

I’m still driving NASCAR, focusing on the C-class trucks this season, plus the ARCA feeder series. I seem not to have lost any of my race craft or tyre-saving skills in these cars in the two years I was off the service. I’m catching people fast at the end of a run. My technique isn’t as useful in these shorter races, but if I decide to enter the NASCAR iRacing Series again, those races are 50-100% race distance, so I should do reasonably well.

TL;DR, I’m enjoying iRacing again.

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Not seen that car before, it looks great. I love racing the Skip Barbers but the wings feel more decorative than anything, that looks more like a proper wings and slicks car. Got a new GPU coming tomorrow so once that arrives I'm going to get back racing.


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It’s new for this season. I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s at Watkins Glen this week.

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Just had a look and I think the only thing that puts me off them a bit is some of the tracks they race on. Not being into ovals I don't really want to buy any only to race on some of the slightly iffy infield circuits. Going to try and get to grips with the Cayman GT4, such a hard car to get quick with. Still love the Mazdas and Skip Barbers, though. Slower cars usually mean better racing.


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Yeah it’s an American-based series so they do run some rovals (and ovals). But some of them are really good; Daytona, Pocono, Homestead, New Hampshire. Some are definitely shit though.

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Popped my new GPU in last night and fired this up for some AI races in the GT4 Porsche around Brands Hatch. Way better with the new graphics card and I'd forgotten how good it is. Those cars, though. The interval between recognising the back getting loose and an unrecoverable spin is so small but once you get that timing down they're really fun around the corners.


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A Gigabyte RTX2060 Windforce 6G. I ended up in a right fucking rabbit hole of YouTube reviews and Reddit threads for two straight evenings, it was awful. I wanted something that was decent for VR and it seems Nvidia is the preferred option due to the game engine some VR titles use. Also it seems like there are "gaming" versions of most cards (like wtf else is everyone buying them for?) that have three fans and wouldn't fit in my case, they're meant to run a bit cooler or something and cost an extra seventy quid. But I've always had decent luck with things not overheating so I just went for the cheaper one and am hoping for the best.

I get a free copy of Death Stranding with it too so that swayed me a little.


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like wtf else is everyone buying them for?

Crypto mining.

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like wtf else is everyone buying them for?

Crypto mining.

It’s not even worth it anymore.

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like wtf else is everyone buying them for?

Crypto mining.

It’s not even worth it anymore.

Yeah, my last card was a retired miner. There were loads of them on ebay at the time.


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Grim... wrote:
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like wtf else is everyone buying them for?

Crypto mining.

It’s not even worth it anymore.

Sure, but that's a good chunk of the reason.

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