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Assetto Corsa Competizione | Season 11 | Round 4 @ Brands Hatch


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Sorry about that, windows did an update at the start of the race - I had no headset, no FFB in my wheel and then I decided to reboot again for Race 2. At that point my wheel was not detected in the game so was late (again) for qualifying lap. Start of race and once again no wheel - got it detected after the start, and when I tried to catch up got a drive though for speeding before the green light, still no FFB and at that point I gave up because it was no fun.

 

Sorry in race 1 for the dive bomb into turn one (whoever avoided me good driving)- I will like to blame my flakey USB devices but that was just bad driving.

 

 

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ah damn @winky I was wondering what happened to you. We got a bunch of drive-throughs at the end so it would've been interesting to see where you might have got to with functioning controls. I wonder what's going on with your USB, have you tried changing port? My wheel doesn't like the usb plug to be touched at all, crashes the whole PC if it gets jiggled.

 

Fun race 1 for me, managed a quali lap that for my lack of practice I was very happy with, and then it seemed like a lot of people made a mistake or got caught up and suddenly I was in second place. Had absolutely no chance of catching @SneakyNinja (maybe kept you honest for about a lap?) but watching @Meers gradually haul me in and glancing at the time left in the race got rather tense, especially as I was on my final track cuts warning after 15 minutes. 

 

Want to see my amazing manoeuvre to get into second?

 

In race 2 I failed to make a qualifying lap valid and basically had a ringside seat for some good battles without actually being involved in them myself. Then I sort of finally got the hang of the two corners after the chicane at last, and caught up with @Valver. I hadn't really planned to actually go on the attack hard yet when I kind of accidentally got a great exit followed by a late braking corner I didn't think I could make but did, and I was through! Was that a bit of a dive-bomb? I braked in a straight line but really thought I was going to slide through the corner and out, was quite surprised to find myself nicely on the apex. It was about half a lap later when I let a wheel stray fractionally over a line and got my drive through penalty :lol:

 

 

 

 

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Race 1... mess up the start and get a drive through.  Oh dear.

 

Race 2... no qualifying time due to understeering off the track in first lap and then crossing the line a second too late for the second.  Carve through the field and get into first position then get a drive through on the second to last lap for track limits.

 

This game gives you massive highs then kicks you right in the nads.

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I wasn't particularly competitive this evening as I just hadn't found the time to practice much, but despite that had some great duels with @winky at the start of Race 1 and then @SharkyOB in Race2.  Enjoyed my evenings racing a lot.  Good clean close stuff!

 

I managed to finish 5th and then 6th - I think simply by consistently staying on track and not getting a drive through, while all around seemingly got one :lol:

 

Race 1 Highlights:

 

Race2 Highlights:  

 

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Really enjoyed last night as always, despite my lack of pace and consistency!  Hopefully I'll have more time to practice this week and I can improve for round 1.

 

As we were chatting about it, if anyone else is interested this is my band:

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ToolShedUK/

 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbBgYNTknFkEotlHAJahvwA 

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I love the GT4s and last night's races! Hopefully I can keep up being competitive in them in the new season.

 

As I was not used to start from pole in the 2nd race, I didn't have the right speed when the speed limit section kicked in just before the green lights. Lesson learned.

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13 minutes ago, Meers said:

As I was not used to start from pole in the 2nd race, I didn't have the right speed when the speed limit section kicked in just before the green lights. Lesson learned.

The gearing in the GT4 Porsche is set such that 1st gear, bouncing off the rev limiter, is 43mph - which is the perfect starting speed :lol:

 

This is interesting too (the bit about speeding at the start - the Drive Throughs are calculated on an average value)

https://felixdicit.com/how-to-optimise-your-starts-acc/

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Meers said:

I love the GT4s and last night's races! Hopefully I can keep up being competitive in them in the new season.

 

As I was not used to start from pole in the 2nd race, I didn't have the right speed when the speed limit section kicked in just before the green lights. Lesson learned.

 

I had the right speed for race 1, but I wonder if I was in the orange section rather than the green... I guess my brain would usually see the cars in front of me, so a definite brain fart ensued there.  Gutted :( 

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9 minutes ago, davejm said:

 

I had the right speed for race 1, but I wonder if I was in the orange section rather than the green... I guess my brain would usually see the cars in front of me, so a definite brain fart ensued there.  Gutted :( 

 

It was weird - I was in 2nd place on the grid and maintaining a gap to you before I noticed the RED! arrow telling me I was too far ahead of my place so I had to brake quite hard just before it switched to the speed monitoring phase, hence you being a way ahead when the lights went green.

 

Gutted for you in race two. I was a bit too cautious in defence and you got past, then I was struggling to keep up but just about managing it when you got a drive through. Noooo...  If it makes you feel better (it won't) the sparks you threw up as you clobbered the chicane looked really cool from my point of view.

 

For comparison, I got 1 track limit warning over both races, which was from running wide after the blind left hander at the top of the hill. 

 

As mentioned though, I'll trade you a bit of my consistency for a dab of your raw speed :) 

 

 

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37 minutes ago, Valver said:

The gearing in the GT4 Porsche is set such that 1st gear, bouncing off the rev limiter, is 43mph - which is the perfect starting speed :lol:

 

Yeah, I always take the start in second because of this!

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25 minutes ago, SneakyNinja said:

 

It was weird - I was in 2nd place on the grid and maintaining a gap to you before I noticed the RED! arrow telling me I was too far ahead of my place so I had to brake quite hard just before it switched to the speed monitoring phase, hence you being a way ahead when the lights went green.

 

Gutted for you in race two. I was a bit too cautious in defence and you got past, then I was struggling to keep up but just about managing it when you got a drive through. Noooo...  If it makes you feel better (it won't) the sparks you threw up as you clobbered the chicane looked really cool from my point of view.

 

For comparison, I got 1 track limit warning over both races, which was from running wide after the blind left hander at the top of the hill. 

 

As mentioned though, I'll trade you a bit of my consistency for a dab of your raw speed :) 

 

 

 

Yeah you should have taken the inside line on the left hander towards the end of the lap. :)  I'd got quite close to you and once I was able to move on the inside the corner was mine.  I got @Meers in the same way the lap before.

 

3 of my warnings for track limits were for understeering off track (which definitely didn't gain me any time); but although my consistency was massively improved this week I definitely need to cut out the silly mistakes. 

 

EDIT: or did I take the outside line and then have the inside on the last corner? :D  my brain!

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Some of you may have noticed that the server host website now has a Championship section.  It lets me create the championships and individual races within them; and add in how many points to allocate to each position (and for fastest lap and pole).  Might be worth sticking to the spreadsheet as it won't let me choose a different points for the final endurance race; but I'll add them in anyway :)

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@Valver this was my 'move' on you which I felt a bit iffy about because I hadn't really intended to do it at the time. Obviously you saw me coming and didn't turn in (thankyou!). I'd be grateful for any feedback/opinions on whether people think I had any business being there in the first place. Originally I'd only pulled to the side to try and see my braking point better after getting a lot closer out of the preceding turn than I'd expected. 

 

 

So, was that shoddy novice racecraft or a steely-eyed snipe of an overtake that I should be proud of (if I didn't have to inwardly admit it was at least partly a mistake)? With my freshly-earned "most improved driver" trophy I find myself in more and more of these situations and I probably still have a lot to learn about how to deal with them.

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5 minutes ago, milko said:

So, was that shoddy novice racecraft or a steely-eyed snipe of an overtake that I should be proud of (if I didn't have to inwardly admit it was at least partly a mistake)? With my freshly-earned "most improved driver" trophy I find myself in more and more of these situations and I probably still have a lot to learn about how to deal with them.

 

Looks fine to me mate.  You had a better run through the previous corner and if you're not going to use that to attempt a pass into the next turn, especially as @Valver didn't defend by moving to the inside, you'll never pass anyone!

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10 minutes ago, milko said:

@Valver this was my 'move' on you which I felt a bit iffy about because I hadn't really intended to do it at the time. Obviously you saw me coming and didn't turn in (thankyou!). I'd be grateful for any feedback/opinions on whether people think I had any business being there in the first place. Originally I'd only pulled to the side to try and see my braking point better after getting a lot closer out of the preceding turn than I'd expected. 

 

 

So, was that shoddy novice racecraft or a steely-eyed snipe of an overtake that I should be proud of (if I didn't have to inwardly admit it was at least partly a mistake)? With my freshly-earned "most improved driver" trophy I find myself in more and more of these situations and I probably still have a lot to learn about how to deal with them.

I was absolutely fine with that and was expecting it.  Wasn't a dive at all.  As Sharky spotted, I missed the previous apex so was slow out of that corner, and knew you had a run on me.  I figured I'd keep left rather than defend and compromise the right at the end...  (when I do that and take a new line I find that I tend to brake or turn at the wrong point and then go wide/off)    So, a perfectly fine pass from my perspective

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2 minutes ago, Valver said:

I was absolutely fine with that and was expecting it.  Wasn't a dive at all.  As Sharky spotted, I missed the previous apex so was slow out of that corner, and knew you had a run on me.  I figured I'd keep left rather than defend and compromise the right at the end...  (when I do that and take a new line I find that I tend to brake or turn at the wrong point and then go wide/off)    So, a perfectly fine pass from my perspective

 

I'd have kept left in that situation too, just because I'd have known the mistake in the previous turn was mine and I wouldn't want to turn it into someone else's problem.  I had a run on someone coming out of the final quick chicane at Bathurst in a league race once, because the other driver had made a mistake.  I was already just about alongside him on the run down to the final corner and he defended to the left and drove me off the track :facepalm:

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ok phew. At the time I really thought I'd outbraked myself, it was quite a surprise to find myself comfortably turning at the apex. Also I only got alongside as we were braking rather than in the acceleration part of the straight, that feels a bit divey. Maybe next time we race Hungary I'll actually figure out this damn track!

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53 minutes ago, milko said:

@Valver this was my 'move' on you which I felt a bit iffy about because I hadn't really intended to do it at the time.

 

 

I did something waaay more clumsy/dive bomb-y than you.  You were sitting behind me to witness it too.  :blush:

 

I'd caught up to @SharkyOB and was getting all excited that I seemed to be able to close the gap at certain points on the track.  Hammering down the start/finish straight I got a red mist on, and failed to spot my braking point, resulting in an unintentional dive bomb lunge down the inside.  Fortunately Sharky was on the ball and stayed left to let me sail pass.  I had no chance of turning in at that speed, so went wide of the apex, and he simply retook the place. 

 

No harm done.  But I felt foolish, and was grateful that at least one of us was concentrating :doh:

 

 

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Looks like Hungaroring was great fun after all! Some of the corners are very tricky indeed and need practice to not go wide in exit or cut too much. 

 

Tomorrow Saturday 15th 14.30 UTC or 15.30 UK time our team will drive in RCI Endurance World Tour race 5, 6 hours of Paul Ricard. This is a GT3 class endurance race with 3 drivers in each car, divided between Silver and AM classes. Race will have video stewarding and about 30 entrants. Challenge here is high tyre wear combined to only 5 sets of slick tyres allowed for qualifying and race, so we have to use worn tyres in race and managing the tyres will be crucial. Unless if it rains.

 

Only the invite split race, with the aliens and youtubers, is broadcasted on RCI's Youtube channel, but our race will have online live timing and be streamed by multiple drivers and teams including these:

 

101 AM AMG: https://www.twitch.tv/dumous/ 412 AM AMG: https://www.twitch.tv/lokilogaming/

102 Silver Aston Martin: https://www.twitch.tv/sacame/ 13 AM Ferrari: https://www.twitch.tv/cybershrike/

79 AM McLaren: https://www.twitch.tv/valmathor/

 

We drive the #99 Bentley 2018 in Silver class. I have no idea what to expect besides many track limits warnings, problems overtaking and lapping because everyone except the lone Porsche and maybe McLarens are faster than us on the long straight, and horrific rate of tyre wear. I'm still somewhat uncomfortable with the track but we should have allright pace in the 1:55 to 1:56s range with race fuel for 70 minutes. I havent seen other silver teams in practice but probably some are faster and some slower than us. I will myself probably drive about 2 hours and 40-45 min, mostly or entirely in the final 3 hours.

 

Spoiler

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