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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by Dominic Mako on Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:15 pm

With qualifying finished, we only have the race left to do. I thought I could drop in a few words and reminders before tomorrow.

I think, as a goal, we should probably focus on not finishing last. I know that sounds silly, but it is what it is. At Road America, because there is so much run-off area all over, there are really only three ways to lose significant time.

First, the grass vortex. When you get a couple wheels off the pavement in these GTLM cars it has a habit of sucking you right off the track. I find getting off the accelerator will help to get you back onto the track more quickly.

Second, the curbs. Race slicks + slippery curbs = sliding. I've seen a lot of good drivers sideways off the track here because they got too much onto the curb and tried to turn and throttle at the same time. Usually, the problem is getting the rear tires on the curb and then getting on the gas, which causes the back end to come around too quickly to recover. Watch those outside curbs on the corner exit.

Third, the other cars. If you hadn't noticed, the gap in lap times is pretty significant, to the point that this is practically a multiclass race. The best way to handle being lapped is communication. If you make it clear you're going to stay on the left or right coming out of a turn, it will make it easier for you and the other car to negotiate each other without incident. Because this isn't actually multiclass, there won't be much of a difference in speed on the straight, so if you must don't be afraid to get off the gas a bit to allow that pass before the next turn. Again, just tell the other driver what you're doing in advance.

Finally, I wanted to mention the times posted for stints are in GMT, not BST. Please note there will be a one hour difference in the UK this weekend from BST and GMT.

Stint 1: 4PM - 6PM
Stint 2: 6PM - 8PM
Stint 3: 8PM - 10PM
Stint 4: 10PM - 12M

Good luck!
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Post by Ax4x Broomzke on Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:28 pm

Good luck guys do your best and most important of all have fun. Cool

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by paul299 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:37 pm

Dominic Mako wrote:Finally, I wanted to mention the times posted for stints are in GMT, not BST.  Please note there will be a one hour difference in the UK this weekend from BST and GMT.

Stint 1: 4PM - 6PM
Stint 2: 6PM - 8PM
Stint 3: 8PM - 10PM
Stint 4: 10PM - 12M

Good luck!

The UK hasn't switched to BST yet and it won't until after the event has finished, we're still using GMT. Just to confirm, will the race will be starting at 4pm GMT and finishing at midnight?

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by Dominic Mako on Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:01 pm

paul299 wrote:

The UK hasn't switched to BST yet and it won't until after the event has finished, we're still using GMT. Just to confirm, will the race will be starting at 4pm GMT and finishing at midnight?

I'm sorry, I misread the information that they were switching on Saturday and not Sunday. So GMT will be the same in UK then for this race. I have you down for Stint 3, which starts at 8pm GMT. Speed Dem0n 64 will follow you as the anchor. The total even will indeed go from 4pm to 12am GMT.
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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by paul299 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:51 pm

Thanks for the clarification, I'm usually online an hour or so before start time to make sure there aren't any console updates, sort out any connection issues and run some last minute laps.

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by itzz Darkside on Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:06 am

I absoultely hate to admit this, but with how slow I have been in this car and how inconsistent I have been. I have little to no interest in driving this opening stint tomorrow, but in the spirit of racing I will despite the fact that I don't really wanna. But I gave this team my word that I will and will soldier on tomorrow to a last place finish in my lobby because, well I'm not a fan of the car with my new wheel setup. I was 1.3 seconds off the pace last night during my qualifying session and out of the 15 laps I ran, only 3 of them were competitive. So I am not what you wanna call "happy"

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Post by Ax4x Broomzke on Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:10 am

Just do your best that all you can do you never now where you end up At the Bathurst round Adam Disconnected in both of his stints we still end up 16th not last

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Post by itzz Darkside on Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:58 pm

Welp, did my best, and stuffed it into a wall on lap 5, and lap 12, and lap 15, and totaling the car on lap 17.....

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by Dominic Mako on Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:02 pm

That's going to make it a bit difficult to avoid being the last place team, but there were 3 DNFs in the A lobby as well. I guess I'm up next.
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Post by Ax4x Broomzke on Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:29 pm

Give it your best shot

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by Dominic Mako on Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:05 pm

I started 12th and finished 9th.

The 11th place driver went off the track on the parade lap so we were far behind the pack at the start. Then on lap 2 I went off avoiding someone else coming back on. I still managed to make a few passes and around lap 17 my controller disconnected or something and I straight-lined off the track and softly into the wall with no damage, but it cost me a ton of time. I was rubber banding with 8th place and nearly passed him twice. On lap 29 I think the uneven wear of my tires was causing the car to act odd under breaking and I lost a second per lap until lap 37. By then I'd lost too much time to catch 8th again. I still hit my qually time of 2:06.3 in the race, but most laps were around 2:07 or so.

Good luck on the last two stints!
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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by paul299 on Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:13 pm

I'm really annoyed, out of the 9 cars that started I got up to 5th then lagged out on the very last lap on turn 3. Really sorry guys, I've only ever lagged out once before this and it has really annoyed me, especially since it was the last lap. Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Ax4x Broomzke on Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:24 pm

Solar lagged out on last lap as well

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by Speed Dem0n 64 on Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:13 am

Started 8th, and hit the wall on the first lap, meaning that I had to pit early and had do most of the stint of one set of tyres. Got close to finishing ahead of Franchitti Fan, but had to settle for 6th after overworking P Friks, and Manuel CR.

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by Dominic Mako on Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:56 am

Well, technically we didn't finish last overall despite bobbo's ragequite. Thanks you guys for showing up on time and participating.

This was a challenging race for sure. As I said earlier, these GT cars aren't my forte, so it was a struggle, but a learning experience too. I hope you had a little fun along the way.
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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by Flyin Mikey J on Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:07 am

Thanks Mako. I hope to be on XB1 before long so I can race with you guys again.

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by paul299 on Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:01 am

Yeah GTs aren't my speciality either but I really enjoyed the race and got into a good rhythm, just a shame I lagged out on the last fricken lap.
At least we carried on until the end and didn't give up, thank you everyone and let's hope we have more luck on P.CARS (if it ever gets released).

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Re: TORA Pro GT Road America 1,000 (FM5)

Post by itzz Darkside on Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:10 pm

You call it a rage quit.

I call it stuffing the rear of the car into the wall at the Kink and the car getting 100% engine, clutch and transmission damage thus meaning the car couldn't move

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