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Erik

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  1. Might be. Most teams have a lot of experience and speed, but they dont care about anyone else. The start already had a car dive bomb from 6th or 7th to 2nd, making cars ahead dodge out of the way. Its been the same every race now. I suspect the lack of live stewarding also plays a role. It hurts more to get a 30 s stop-and-go during the race than losing 1 spot in post race penalties.
  2. TBH I was expecting to get punted and then go a lap down early. Some of those people are very aggressive. What sealed the deal however was the evasion slide, track cut and automatic DSQ that put us almost 4 laps down from the 2nd to last GT3.
  3. Probably not many more, because I was so much faster in the wet, and I didnt have trouble staying on track. Just with pace and sliding
  4. It rained for final 2 h or so, but at that point I was out of the 2 h 40 min driving time because I double stinted.
  5. I didnt get to drive in the wet, but it wasnt too bad in the practice. Judging by Thursday practice I was much faster in the wet than I was in the dry, relative to other teams and Nicolas. My immense dislike of the McLaren and its handling, FFB and inability to touch curbs and not slide continues.
  6. If you dont have anything better to do tomorrow, you can watch us fail in Misano. Zero confidence in the car and it will almost certainly rain a lot. Quali starts 10:30 and race itself 11:00 GMT channel is https://www.twitch.tv/erikm_
  7. Thanks. I tried to find old replays or my recorded videos and these two migh help to demonstrate a bit. I drive Bentley in Monza in them both. First one is from June 2020. I'm chasing a Nissan, but I'm a bit sloppy and indecisive behind it. Laptimes in the 1:50s. I clearly dont have the track quite nailed down and I'm not attacking corners or using all of the track. In many corners I cant put the power down until car length or two after the apex, and becuase of the Nissan I cant see my braking markers. https://streamable.com/1zfuj2 The second one is from our Monza endurance race last April. We had a fast and safe setup and I had learned the track, now being able to use all of it even when running close to a car ahead and taking alternative lines. Confident with both the car and the track. At this point I had been driving 60 laps on the same set of tyres, averaging in the 1:48s, and had just caught the race leader(white Lamborghini) and backmarkers(McLaren and Merc)ahead. https://streamable.com/nlieoa
  8. Hey, safe isnt necessarily slow. If the car is safe and predictable enough that you can push hard in it, in my opinion one probably ends up faster than in a theoretically faster but more loose and nervous setup. For this race my setup was also very safe: car was quite high, near max rear wing and so understeery that unlike the rest of you I needed to use 2nd gear to get around Piratella - the off-camber left hand corner before Acqua Minerale. Alien setups tend to be loose because for their car control skills they are stable and safe enough. For extreme example see Tortellini's Porsche hotlaps: he does minimal steering inputs and the car turns mostly by throttle and brake inputs. Very fun, very efficient, very fast, but also extremely difficult to drive. But even he uses safe setups in races.
  9. I wonder if hot, slidey conditions caught many a bit off guard. I was not expecting to be quite this fast. I had blistering in rear tyres, probably everyone did, and I had maxed out brake ducts and high wing setup to reduce sliding. New tyres were over a second quicker for me so the fastest strategy was probably to start with fuel for 45 min and swap tyres with pressure adjustments. Dave had his fastest race laps in the 1:42s. You need to drop the sandbags earlier! Didnt you do a low 1:43 in practice, with fuel I presume? And you have shown hints of speed in previous races too, in quali and best race laptimes at least. Maybe you know what to do, but being in a race and cars around you distracts you a bit. I think you would benefit a lot from practicing just 30 min or so more before or day before race to build consistency.
  10. Is it only 8 of us in tonight's race? Sad. If someone is interested in watching a stream, I could test if I can stream without too great a performance loss. Also looks like its starting an hour earlier than usual. Must be daylight savings.
  11. They dont, but these events have tended to not have too many of them. Out of the currently signed up people fastest ones are about my pace.
  12. Here is an upcoming non-RCI endurance race. November 28 10 hours at Barcelona GT3 and GT4 Its arranged by Yellow Flag, which is mostly German. There is live stewarding, no aliens(fastest handful of drivers are approx my pace) and I'd say their races have been cleaner than RCI's. There are currently 16 entries but these have typically had over 30 teams. https://raceapp.eu/YFLAG/Series/2501 I want to take part and drive some new, fun car. I might even do it solo if I cant get anyone to drive with me. Rllmuk drivers can join me(/us) or you guys could sign up a team or two of your own.
  13. 1:41.8 and a 1.42.1. First faster lap is not particularly clean and has some missed apexes and me not using all of the track. The latter slower lap was over a tenth up until the final chicane, where I lost a lot of time. https://streamable.com/his5yw
  14. Which car would you like to have in a one make series? Personally I cant stand the Super Trofeo, its tyres turn into noodles in about 5 laps, regardless of track.
  15. They'll do it. Racing has been secondary to "The Spectacle" for a very long time now. They know the audience demands blood and drama, so they will arrange those artificially if needed. So we have and will have elimination qualifying, sprint, standing starts after red flags, stages and overtime.
  16. Its not from simracing this time. Driving felt good yesterday so its not that range of motion. I blame my shoes and weather. At least its now much better than week ago and I just tested that I can run on even ground without it hurting. Downhill and downstairs it hurts in ankle, knee and shin when extending right foot below left.
  17. You could go a bit higher still for front rideheight. Lets say 56 front. Try the endurance Misano dry setup, but go 2 mm higher both front and rear and lower wing 1 or 2 clicks, that will probably work pretty well for Imola and should be softer and safer over kerbs. Once you get more confident in the chicanes and arent afraid to touch kerbs you will find a lot more speed and consistency.
  18. No I dont think its a spur. Maybe being outdoors and moving, walking, hiking a lot with a new pair of shoes and boots past couple of weeks combined to something else. Regardless of what I do with the race itself I do intent to improve my time a little.
  19. Use a bit of throttle and try to have the wheel more or less centered when touching them. I dont know if I will be able to race yet. I managed to catch tendinosis/tennis elbow on an ankle, foot and knee, and it hasnt healed enough during the past week. I have no clue what I did to get it.
  20. The colder the better, as long as you can keep some temperature in tyres so depends a bit on car and track I think. I want to say around 10, maybe even lower?
  21. Quite a bit slower. I think more than a second, because Ive turned a 1:42.2 with the McLaren carrying race fuel in something like 21/25 temperatures.
  22. This is even weirder than reverse layout
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