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#3517505 - 02/13/12 03:14 AM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: guod]
Staniol Offline
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Hi all,
Thanks for all the effort to organise and facilitate this.
Also would like to say sorry to everyone I hit (well, simply everyone) but I had hard times to control the car, despite all the practice I made.
I assume, since this was my first big event, I was just clearly nervous. The more I tried to concentrate, the more mistakes I made.
Anyway, I had great fun, hope I wasn't a too big obstacle, I tried to stay away from the ideal line anytime someone showed up in the mirror...

I run a couple of laps after this at Daytona, man, what a completely different thing, it was almost relaxing...:)

Thanks again, and I clearly can say, I have the hooks in me, so I'll try to join most of the SimHQ events in the future.
Congrats to everyone, especially guys on the podium, looking forward to race with you again.
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#3517633 - 02/13/12 09:42 AM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: Staniol]
LugnutUSA Offline
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Registered: 08/11/08
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Originally Posted By: Staniol


I run a couple of laps after this at Daytona, man, what a completely different thing, it was almost relaxing...:)



This will change once you're in traffic, trust me wink
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#3517721 - 02/13/12 11:09 AM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: guod]
mr_hill Offline
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when we are all bump drafting i guarantee it will scare the living hell out of you :P and if one person spins, well just close your eyes and scream and pray you make it through the carnage LOL
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First Ever Win: STCC, Donnington Park, Race 2, 19th March 2012
First Ever Podium: 2nd, Silverstone SCES 2011
First Ever Pole: Race 1, Thruxton, SSTCC, 8th April 2012
First Ever Fastest Lap: Le Mans, SCES, 3:59.028, 3rd June 2012
Wins: 3 (3 SSTCC)
Podiums: 10 (3 SCES, 7 SSTCC)
Pole Positions: 3 (1 SCES, 2 SSTCC)
Fastest Laps: 1 (1 SCES)

3rd Overall SSTCC Great Britain Series, 2012.

Team: Ozjet Racing
Number(s): 26 (SCES) 27 (STCC)

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#3518060 - 02/13/12 07:22 PM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: guod]
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Hahaha! Yeah, I was just getting nervous with Stewart coming up and drafting me in a 2 person practice!

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#3518065 - 02/13/12 07:25 PM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: guod]
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Race report....

Qualy went a lot better than expected... I pulled out a PB and was on provisional pole for a few minutes before Darren smashed my time and left me scratching my head as to how he pulled it off... Because lap after lap, I'd be up in sector 1, lose a little through sector 2 and be around a second off in sector 3, which is JUST ONE CORNER!!!!... I managed to get as much as 0.8s up and keep it in through sector 2 on my final run, but had too much wheel spin and lost it coming out of the parabolica.... The insane lap from DB stood and I was left scratching my head after still being half a second off after being up by more than that at sector 1, but comfortable in the knowledge that I was on track for a podium...

For some reason these cars just suit my usually crappy standing start technique, and I nailed it ending up first before the T1 chicane and manage to lead the opening lap, only to have a turbo lag moment coming out of the 2nd chicane.. Letting both Apex and DB through... I then decided if I was going to make my strategy work I'd need to keep close to them both no matter how much better they were through Parabolica I'd make it my aim to be faster through sector 1, which worked a fair bit of the time, but I was 3-4 seconds back at this point... DB made a mistake around lap 4 which lead to him being in 4th behind Caana and me left to hunt down Apex... Which after a few laps I was on his tail, until the luck of the draw with traffic came into play and being the 2nd car lapping a car always gives an advantage in F1, as you can see where the leader has slowed, and where the lapped car is going to keep their car positioned... I think I split Apex and the slower car inbetween the 2 Lesmos...

Now I was in the lead I was checking everything, making sure I had the right strategy, that I had put enough fuel in the car, as I had taken 32 litres out, to my surprise my mileage had been supreme, some 0.4L better then in practice... Then I checked the cars on circuit, and to my surprise DB had already powered his way back up to 3rd and was challenging Apex... At this point I thought if they could battle for a bit I'd have a chance at pulling away from them both and making a lead that would be enough for me to go into cruise mode... But that wasn't to be, as a few laps later DB was hunting me down and was almost within a second when he pitted for the first time...

This left me around 7 seconds up the road from Apex, and while I was happy to be in the lead, I didn't know what strategy DB was on so I had to push, with Apex and I trading fast laps until his one and only pitstop... I believe it was around this time that I made contact with Staniol through the first chicane, as with every other lap I was right on the limits of adhesion through there and instead of taking a wider line which would of had me clear of Staniol who was clearly giving way, I slammed into the back of him, sorry about that... I knew my strat would pay off long term so I stuck to it, watching the tyre wear as I headed past the 30 lap mark, but then I got worried, as I saw DB closing in on me, so I started thinking of no stopping, and with the tyres holding out giving me decent grip still, I thought that was the best option.... But then Lap 35 happened, one turbo lag moment coming out of the second chicane, and another moment later in the lap saw my lead of 18 seconds vanish, and I jumped into pit lane taking on softs and hoping that I could run down DB on worn tyres...

I came out 5 seconds behind Apex, and knew that if I was to have any chance at a win, I'd have to chase him down and pass him quickly, luckily DB pitted for a second time the lap after I had, making my job all about defending from a closing DB behind and attacking Apex in front... I slowly brought him back into the 1 second range, before turbo lag caught him out coming out of the 2nd chicane and both DB and I had slipped past... 5 laps to go and a raging DB on my tail less then a second behind I knew I had to put in my best laps of the race... Which I almost managed... Every lap involved me telling myself to remain clam down each of the long straights...

With a few laps to go, I got held up a little through the Lesmos (the reversal of luck I had earlier with Apex) DB made a Button style move on the outside heading into Ascari, and blasted past, only to be caught out on the exit of the chicane by a lapped car and he lifted just enough for me to throw my car around the outside of him and retake the lead... Back to telling myself to remain calm and hit the braking, acceleration and turn in points... With DB hounding me and closing in lap after lap I knew it was going to be close, he had me lined up on the final lap, when a slower car coming out of the Parabolica took the fast line, I changed my throttle input and got my acceleration just right to take the inside line and speed to the line with DB less than half a second behind...

What a epic race indeed...

Thanks again to Doug and all the participants... Without you guys these races would not be possible biggrin
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#3518275 - 02/14/12 05:46 AM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: guod]
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wow, awesome report Pumbaa. biggrin

I can't really add much to that. Given that i'd not been anywhere near the 27's before Sat i was equally surprised at my qual time. That lap was actually the cooldown after a big push trying to beat your initial marker. I wasn't even looking at the times or even concentrating that much. I just kind of drive round without thinking until i came through Ascari and thought "hmm i was pretty quick through there lol"

Apart from doing a Webber at the start things mostly went pretty well. I had a couple of excursions when pushing to try and catch Apex and Pumbaa but thankfully nothing major. I knew from practice that i was pretty heavy on tyres and had initially planned to do two stops on lap 17&34. I also knew this would be hard to make work, especially when plenty of others would only stop once.

Pumbaa gave me a plenty to think about as he pitted very late - in fact i was starting to think he was going to do the distance. That made me stay out much longer than i intended. Thankfully he eventually stopped but it really turned my strategy upsude down and was a great tactical move on his part. Towards the end it was an awesome 3 way battle between myself, Apex and Pumbaa. All on different strategies yet still ending up nose to tail in the last few laps was awesome. Sadly Apex had a small mistake leaving Pumbaa and I scrapping for the win.

I pushed with everything i had for those last few laps but Pumba's perfect strategy and super consistent pace was unbeatable. That was truly great drive Pumbaa, grats. Well done to Apex for third place. A real shame about your little off near the end or that could have been a grandstand 3 way finish.

Well done to everyone else who stuck it out. I hope Kurt and Staniol enjoyed it and will join us on a regular basis. Really well done to both you guys. I hope we didn't make your first race too painful.

You both did really great considering you couldn't have picked a more difficult challenge for your first event. Please don't worry about being slow or getting in anyone's way. It's all part of the process and you guys have as much right to be out there as any of the rest of us. You both showed great composure and willingness to participate and learn which is the most important thing.
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#3518335 - 02/14/12 08:16 AM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: Darren_Blythe]
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Originally Posted By: Darren_Blythe

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Well done to everyone else who stuck it out. I hope Kurt and Staniol enjoyed it and will join us on a regular basis. Really well done to both you guys. I hope we didn't make your first race too painful.

You both did really great considering you couldn't have picked a more difficult challenge for your first event. Please don't worry about being slow or getting in anyone's way. It's all part of the process and you guys have as much right to be out there as any of the rest of us. You both showed great composure and willingness to participate and learn which is the most important thing.



Thanks!
I have this "Never Give Up, Never Surrender!" attitude, which can cause some headache sometimes. smile
I really enjoyed this, despite the feeling that I am blocking some of you. Now I think its part of the fun.
The main issue I faced, that I realised too late, that I weared off my tires, and I am spinning a lot because of that. I though I am tired, but I was just bad tire d. (sorry..)
I still need to learn a lot, but I already love virtual racing, looking forward to Daytona, with all fears you can imagine.
Thanks again, never had a warmer welcome in any kind of community in my life.
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#3518500 - 02/14/12 12:44 PM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: guod]
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DB i wondered what the hell happened at the start i was almost in the back of you!! did you just bog down or what?
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First Ever Win: STCC, Donnington Park, Race 2, 19th March 2012
First Ever Podium: 2nd, Silverstone SCES 2011
First Ever Pole: Race 1, Thruxton, SSTCC, 8th April 2012
First Ever Fastest Lap: Le Mans, SCES, 3:59.028, 3rd June 2012
Wins: 3 (3 SSTCC)
Podiums: 10 (3 SCES, 7 SSTCC)
Pole Positions: 3 (1 SCES, 2 SSTCC)
Fastest Laps: 1 (1 SCES)

3rd Overall SSTCC Great Britain Series, 2012.

Team: Ozjet Racing
Number(s): 26 (SCES) 27 (STCC)

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#3518611 - 02/14/12 03:01 PM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: mr_hill]
Darren_Blythe Offline
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Originally Posted By: mr_hill
DB i wondered what the hell happened at the start i was almost in the back of you!! did you just bog down or what?

Yea, Sorry bout that. I stuffed up the first phase of the start. Didn't quite have enuf revs so it just bogged down when i let go of the clutch. If you get the 'sweet spot' these things go off like a rocket but get it wrong and well, you scare the crap out of the guy behind lol
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#3518627 - 02/14/12 03:27 PM Re: SimHQ F1 Classic Racing - 1985 F1 Italian Grand Prix [Re: guod]
mr_hill Offline
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LOL i was like go go go! then like oh crap crap crap avoid avoid avoid LOL
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First Ever Win: STCC, Donnington Park, Race 2, 19th March 2012
First Ever Podium: 2nd, Silverstone SCES 2011
First Ever Pole: Race 1, Thruxton, SSTCC, 8th April 2012
First Ever Fastest Lap: Le Mans, SCES, 3:59.028, 3rd June 2012
Wins: 3 (3 SSTCC)
Podiums: 10 (3 SCES, 7 SSTCC)
Pole Positions: 3 (1 SCES, 2 SSTCC)
Fastest Laps: 1 (1 SCES)

3rd Overall SSTCC Great Britain Series, 2012.

Team: Ozjet Racing
Number(s): 26 (SCES) 27 (STCC)

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