There was some good, close racing all around tonight during the practices...and mine and Pumbaa's usual "which curve are we going to collide in?" expedition...
Birdki showed that keeping it on the track is key when he ran away that one race, without a single "off" to slow him down. Nice run, Birdski.
Couple suggestions for our newer guys...on the formation lap, drag your brakes a little to build up heat in them for the run down to the first turn. It'll help you stop much quicker than cold brakes will. You can cycle through the HUD to see brake temperatures to get an idea when they're nice and warm. Also, those hunks of rubber they called tires in 1985 need at least a lap or two to get up to a good temperature.
If you're starting back down the grid a bit and can't quite see the starting lights, you can cycle through the HUD to the screen that shows your track position...I think it has the Current and Fastest Lap indicators. When the red lights go out, signifying the start of the race, the clock on that screen will start....letting you know the exact point the red lights have gone out.
Remember, in a 51 lap race....you're not going to win it in the first couple of laps, but you sure can lose it in them by running into a wall because the tires and/or brakes weren't up to a good operatiing temperature.