Author Topic: My iRacing experiences  (Read 21132 times)

[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2008, 03:39:39 am »
Got another race in and is probably the best yet, very clean except fior one guy who didnt seem to understand why we all go late into T1.  Upped the graphics to max everything except for shadows and mirrors and the other cars look really good.  probably 75FPS at start with 4 cars in front (10 total).  About 95 in pits.

Got a 3rd out of 10 and broke into 1:53 racing, SR now 3.9.

Solstice can really be pushed around.  Even responds well to the scandinavian flick :)

Gary

[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2008, 05:44:14 am »
Weird points system sometimes.  Went to a time trial and exited(no laps) and got .01 SR added.

Did another time trial averaging 1:54.2 and SR went up .02 to 3.93

Joined the last race of the night for me, no real incidents and my SR jumped up to 4.44.

So basically it took me 10 races and 6 time trials with 3 or so minor in incidents in race.

Phew, starting to actually like the solstice and laguna but its time to part ways.  Theres only so much you can polish a turd lol

Tried to signup for skip barber series and cannot seem to, its supposed to be lime rock park so I should be good to go.

Will check again tomorrow

Gary

[SJ]Jett

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2008, 05:54:43 am »
Gary, did you buy the Skip Barber or are you just sticking with the regular cars? If you move up to the Skippy let me know and I will try and jump into a race with you at VIR this week. I haven't had a chance to run it yet..but looks like a great track. Next week is Infineon which I am really looking forward to.

Nice job getting up to the 3.9 already..Laguna is tough.


Edit. Just saw your post and the Lime Rock track was last week..this week is VIR Grand East. How are you doing on your SR for ovals?
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[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #28 on: July 14, 2008, 06:58:32 am »
I bought the skippy right out as I have heard nothing but praise about it.

I had a feeling that was the issue(not having the track), I had assumed the schedule would be week beginning, not week ending so it looks like I cannot do the skippy series for two weeks unless I want to cough up more money.

Me thinks I will spend the next week in the advanced solstice and going around the wrong way in a runabout with no exits lol

Gary


[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2008, 07:21:22 am »
Reading all these have definitely effected my opinions of the whole phenomenom.
Im allready before even trying starting to get second thoughts. Seems like cold serious pushing forward to next goal (which most likely requires extra payments). I hope they provide some sort of community support, i bet they wont because they are afraid people wouldnt use their system anymore.. but would run only community leagues instead.. so nay community support sounds like a business strategy more than anything, as odd as it sounds.

[SJ]Cato Larsen

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #30 on: July 14, 2008, 12:24:18 pm »
In theory the iRacing system sound sweet. Made for driver of all challenges but really favouring the ones that are fast or moving in ranks real fast.
Then there is the money object. Then there is licenses. Not being able to construct leagues in SJ is just the final nail in the coffin for my sake.
I do not mind spending money to keep SJ going but I really do mind spending money on simracing that sounds more like a corporate trademark then fun for the guys involved.
If you are going to spend money on trackdays then you might aswell get a cheap car and go live racing instead.

Is there anything to gain on this except reputation? will they use the money we spend on anything but their own company and employees(working to improve the sim or course)

I might just shut up on the whole iRacing thing since i am clearly very negative towards the whole concept, but I need to just but in and say something :biggrin:

[SJ]Dion Holzheimer

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #31 on: July 14, 2008, 01:52:07 pm »
Ive run a mid 1'48 with a time trail of a very low 49, might even have been a high 48.. so if you want some tips on how to drive laguna let me know. Im looking to get back into some Iracing over the next few days as things are settling down a bit lately... I had my biggest 3 days in a row friday-sat-sun. Sold 46,000 over the 3 days... or to put it in perspective.. 30% of my monthly budget...

The driving is awesome however im not a fan of the licenseing things, i was always a wheres my all cars/money cheat for racing games and just jump into the deep end with teh big boys.. but ultmiately i think the rating system will be good as it makes sure that you cant get into the big boys unless you are a big boy.. haha.

btw by big boys i dont mean world record times i mean awesome racers who race clean and are fun to drive with.

[SJ]Jett

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« Reply #32 on: July 14, 2008, 03:28:26 pm »
Dion..those times are very nice. I might need to take a lap with you to see your line as I am not that quick. Also do you have a good setup for the Skip Barbers at VIR Grand East?  Mine seems pretty slow so far.

About leagues..as I am sure Dion or Gary can tell you that is something that has been brought up many times in the forums at iRacing. From all we can read so far it does sound like that something they will implement down the road. I am not sure why waiting an entire week for one league race is so appealing but at least they are looking into it.



Hawkeye

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #33 on: July 14, 2008, 06:28:12 pm »
Your experience seems pretty similar to mine in that the more you drive and race in the sim you get a deeper appreciation for just how good the physics are.  The more I drive escpecially the skippy the more I love that car.  The racers that run in that series are some of the cleanest racers I have ever raced with.  Once I got out of Rookie I only raced advanced until I got to 4.0 and only care to race the skippy. 

I am using a TSW and don't seem to have the same braking issues being too sensitive; actually the braking is the best I have experienced in a sim. It may be a G25 issue? 

I am running all graphics maxed minus extra shadows at 1680X1050 and average 100 FPS.  The extra shadows dont seem to like my system which is weird being I am running a E8400 Wolfdale at 3.0 with an 8800 GT and 2 gigs of Corsair Pc8500 Ram. 

As much as I really like this sim the pricing of the tracks are still a huge turnoff for me.  Example; it will cost me 90 dollars to run a full LM series not to mention the monthly cost.  It will cost me 60 plus the monthly fee to run a full skippy series.  The kicker is I dont know if these tracks that I purchase will be run the next series.

If they want to keep me there they are gonna have to do more in pricing and more as far as leagues. They really need to give some options as far as longer races and weekend full blown races instead of the sprint races that are offered.  40 laps in oval racing just aint enough. 

Keep these little mini stories coming I enjoy reading them. :)

[SJ]Jett

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« Reply #34 on: July 14, 2008, 07:35:59 pm »
Hi Hawkeye..I enjoyed your post. I was thinking on the pricing issue myself and wondered if the current lineup will be repeated next season. I would assume it would be..but who knows. I take it week by week. I paid for the year to get the extra credit money and now with the bonus I believe I am paying around $11 per month or so. Not bad when I spend $4 at Starbucks each morning. Plus all the cars and tracks stay with me for the duration I stay at iRacing so it will even out..its just we are so use to free mods its hard to adjust.  What took me by suprise was the length of races jump up in the next series. The Skippys are about 40 minutes in length and the LM are 50 lap races. I really can only do a few in a day with what they take out of me both concentration wise and energy spent not trying to wreck myself. :) I have been leading some races and I spend the whole time thinking..dont wreck, dont wreck, dont wreck..its exhausting.  Anyway..getting back to league..I am sure it will be implemented but who knows when. As I said before waiting an entire week for a league race is the least of my worries right now. 

Hope to race with you in the Skippys sometime. They are a blast!

[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #35 on: July 14, 2008, 07:49:11 pm »
Actually the braking sensitivity is mentioned all over the place so its not just me here.  I do have the CST loadcell brakes which many say is the best pedals to use with this sim.  I adjusted the brakes for maximum required force and the brakes seem much less lock prone.  That being said, its definately an acquired feel but actually pretty realistic.  My miata with high friction race pads is just like this...once they are warm.

The shadows really bring down my system, from about 95FPS with everything max except mirrors with no shading to about 50FPS with the lowest level shading.  No biggie as I see shadows as eye candy.  Even with shadows off, the cars have shadows underneath them so they dont appear to be floating on the track.

Thanks for the invite Dion, might take you up on it.  I am pretty sure I can get down to 1:51 on my own as I have learned alot watching other people on track and on youtube.  Its all the subtle things you do in this game that seem to make the difference and I am working them out.

Its the subtle things in this sim that rock.  The harder I push the solstice at laguna the more i notice it.  The sensations I mentioned exiting rainer curve gets more extreme and you increase your speed there and by watching people inrace I have figured out how to go fast there.  I have also seen people spin there and I can see why as you have to get the car setup just right so the bump doesnt cause issues.  Thats were this sim really shines.  The skippy car being much more squirelly REALLY makes it apparent, you are all over the place with the wheel at lime rock just to keep it on track.

Also, love the laguna corkscrew!  You 'really' get the sense of the world droppin out underneath you.  Then there is the braking zone before the corkscrew.  I give a touch of brake just before I crest the hill and then more as the car settles after the rise.  Being on the rumblestrips and the weight transfer affect braking just the way I would expect.

I definately have issues with the pricing, yet dont really have an answer and its a shame that if I dont renew, this is all memories.  I do have lots of ideas here but dont think this is the place.

Think I will play on the circle track today and learn summit point in the advanced solstice and even qualify and see how close I am matched.  Would be great to see 10 cars online with a second of each other.  My current experience is no better your typical leaque race.

Seems to late to buy VIR for the skippy sessions this week so I might bite the bullet and by infineon in the next day or so.  Still chewing on that decision.

Gary


[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #36 on: July 15, 2008, 05:50:22 am »
Did a GTL TC-65 race @Zandvort at another league tonight and I must say, they feel is quite different.  You feel like your going twice as fast and floating over the pavement (FFB and physics wise).  The difference in netcode is apparent (not that GTL is the definition of netcode)

Put about 40 minutes in with the solstice advanced at summit point and I think i did 1:33+.

Decided to join the 11pm race and got P2, figured I would be at the end of the pack but kept P2 for about half of the race.  Had another guy being aggresive in the braking zones so I decided to let him by and just drive my own race and finish in P3.  Came up on a backmarker last lap and he overcooked it and I followed the backmarker to the finish with a P2 and best lap of 1:32.224.

I know I can be alot faster, just sharing the experience.  I will play with settings but will have to do some research on the iRacing forums as the tire temps dont seem up to snuff last time I checked.

The advanced solstice is alot more fun, much more oversteery.  Very similar to my miata minus 100hp.

Must say, the netcode seems pretty good.  Compared to GTL, this feels like watching racing on TV.  Cars do disappear/reappear but there are no jitters.

Felt like I did a track day, good memories tonight thumbs up, SR now at 4.51

Gary

[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2008, 04:41:37 am »
Did some good ol circle track racing at south boston in the rookie legends tonight to get up my SR oval track racing so I can up my license at the end of July, if not I have to wait till the end of september.

Did 4 TT's and a Qualy and a race.  Netcode is very apparent in this close racing although I did get behind someone who would blank out for 1-2 seconds twice a lap so I just hung back and let everyone take off and tried to complete a clean race to up my SR points.

About mid race, someone comes on voice comms and says 'gewt owta da way lapper jackass' with a corresponding text chat of 'bite me', two seconds later a car goes flying thru the air.  I swear I saw a pit maneuver (like the cops use).  I guess there are tards everywhere even in iRacing.

Just cruised the high line until two guys came up on me (not lapped) and kept them in sight till the end, averaging 18.7 with a bst lap of 18.35.

Again, great netcode...like watching TV, should be above 3.0 after the midnight race.

Me likes the circle track racing, its over quickly lol

Gary
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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2008, 05:02:18 am »
Not sure what just happened,spent 10 minutes updating post and only the last line shows up.  Not in the mood to do it again, will update tomorrow.

Gary


Bummer!  I enjoy reading the updates.  A little tip I use on everything I post online that is long winded.  If it's a long post, copy the text before you hit send.  That way if it times out, you can easily replace it.


[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #39 on: July 16, 2008, 06:37:27 am »
Did a few time TT's while waiting for the midnight race.  At 18.5 seconds a lap and 10 laps minimum, you can do alot quickly.  Saw my SR slowly go up .02 per TT until it reached 2.97 when it jumped to 3.40.

I will be jumping into the advanced legends after the next race.

Did the midnight race and it was a BLAST, lots of good voice comms and top quality racing.  Started 6th and ended 9th and actually tried pretty hard.  Its actually a pretty intense experience racing 41 laps flat out and I worked up a sweat.  Averaged 18.542 with a best of 18.199.  Very professional racing and goods comms after race.  It is apparent I was bumped up to a higher class and it shows in the position :( and professionalism thumbs up.

Oval SR of 3.55 now so I am set for the next license but just might play some more here tomorrow.

Gary


[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2008, 04:39:46 am »
Did a few more rookie legends TT's and races tonight and it has been alot of fun.  Seem to have best times in the 18.2's and TT averages(8 laps, no incidents) of 18.3-18.4.

Racing is definately intense in the cars as you are always at the limit and your arms actually get tired.  Actually quite sweaty after the race.  1 race had a pileup yet I drove thru it and got 4 incident points, so looks like the collision code needs some work.

Very well matched in both races, in the back in the pack in the first race and in P4 in the second but kept the leaders in sight the whole race.

Definately an intense experience going ALL out for 40 laps and not trying to make a single mistake as 1 mistake can cause you several positions.

A few more drinks and its time for the midnight show! and my oval SR should be above 4 (3.86 now).

Gary

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« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2008, 04:45:48 am »
Thanks for the update Gary.  :)  I can't wait to give this a spin myself.

[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #42 on: July 17, 2008, 05:14:14 am »
Well if its a spin your looking for, play with the legends cars (rookie and advanced).  They are boring by yourself but an absolute blast in a pack.  Twitchy as heck and FUN.

Definately see different styles here, Some flick it into the corner and some dont.  I seem to get the same results either way and trying to work out what technique works in what corners.  You will definately learn something driving these legends.

It would be bad for alfatina though, no time for a sip :biggrin:, Heck when my nose itches I have to plan on when to scratch it.

I am thinking I am going to go for a one year subscription simply because it will suit me in the next year and with the bonus dollars ($75) I can get all the tracks required for the skippy car for not much more.

It looks like I will be having weird hours due to a new job (hopefully an offer tomorrow), and the abilty to do quality pickup racing (which is what iRacing seems to be) is tempting.

Should be able to make the NASJ-GTL races but the alfatina's look iffy for the next month or so.

Gary


[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #43 on: July 17, 2008, 06:37:17 am »
Did the midnight race in the legends rookie and by the look of the 'Strength of field' I was doomed to be last.  Being alfatina'd only made it worse.

And that it was, had a great battle for last and almost pulled off a pass but blinked for 1msec too long 3 laps from the end and that was that :).

Oh well, 4.42 Oval SR rating so I met my goal of getting over 4.0, gonna focus on the solstice now.

Good night :hats off:

Gary

[SJ]Sh1te R1der

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #44 on: July 17, 2008, 09:23:16 am »
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Being alfatina'd only made it worse

 lol rofl enjoying reading this thread Gary; i don't reckon it's for me, simply because of the time it takes to progress... i mean, the missus is tolerant, but she has her limits!

[SJ]Pierre61

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2008, 10:06:14 am »
I'm with Dave .. I don't comment on the thread because it's not something I will be engaging in, but I'm definitely enjoying reading about it :)

Hawkeye

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« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2008, 12:52:43 pm »
Honestly it is very easy to progress and does not take long at all.  You just have to race clean as possble. and you will be at highest level in 1 to 2 weeks with minimal effort.

I got the lM last night and ran my first race at SoBo.  Man what a difference in driver skill and ettiquette.  Best cleanest racing I have participated in so far.  Also the best drivers I have ever raced against.  I didnt qualify and started 11th and managed to get to 9th in a 50 lap race.  I really had to work to get those 2 spots too.  I am strongly considering running the oval series full time but will run in it for a bit before I commit.  I am at at 4.99 in the ovals now and 4.51 in the road series.

Btw, did you ever get Infineon?  I would like some impressions before I get that track if you would mind.



[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #47 on: July 17, 2008, 03:29:55 pm »
Hopefully I am not giving the impression that all this effort is required for iRacing, being unemployed I frankly have nothing else to do so I saw an opportunity to dedicate every day to iRacing and post my experiences.

Being a rookie, you have race access to the Legends (rookie and advanced), solstice (rookie and advanced), the skip barber car and the Oval Late Model Car and could be content with those choices for quite awhile.  To move up to a class D license you only need a 3.0 Road and Oval rating which shouldnt take you more than 5 races and TT's to accomplish.

As Hawkeye mentions it is the best pickup racing to be had with alot of high quality drivers.  While humbling, it is making me better.

Didnt get infineon yet but if things go right, it will happen in the next day or so.

The posting will probably start dropping off as well as I feel like I am starting to repeat myself.

Gary

[SJ]Pierre61

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #48 on: July 17, 2008, 03:56:07 pm »
I'm with Dave .. I don't comment on the thread because it's not something I will be engaging in, but I'm definitely enjoying reading about it :)

[SJ]Stein

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #49 on: July 17, 2008, 04:34:06 pm »
As long as you dont repeat yourself Pete!



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