Author Topic: My iRacing experiences  (Read 21493 times)

[SJ]GizMoTo

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #50 on: July 17, 2008, 05:40:00 pm »
that podium in the P&G run has gone to Pete's head I think and put him in a loop so he can redo it over and over along with his posts  rofl rofl rofl

[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #51 on: July 17, 2008, 05:41:36 pm »
Got two job offers today within minutes of each other so I had to celebrate somehow. :biggrin:

I bit the bullet and signed up for the annual subscription for $156.  With the $60 credit I can get VIR and infineon for free with $5 left over so it seems like a good deal to me for a year of quality skippy racing.

I have always wanted to own a formula ford type car and just might someday and I feel like the fidelity in this sim is the closest I will ever get to the actual experience.

Gary

[SJ]Jett

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #52 on: July 17, 2008, 06:43:32 pm »
Gary, good to see you doing so well. Just a quick clarification on your post. As a Rookie and the basic subscription you have access to the Solstice and Legends car. When you achieve a 3.0 SR rating you have access to the Advanced Solstice and Advanced Legends. When you achieve a 4.0 rating and have purchased the Late Model and Skip Barber you can advance to those races even as a Rookie. When the season changes at the end of the month and you have your 4.0 rating in both Solstice and Legends you move from Rookie to Class D.  I am sure you mentioned this before so I have no idea why I am repeating it.

Great news about your job situation and I look forward to seeing you in the Skippys at Infineon. It is a magnificant track in iRacing and after a trip around it in the Skippy's you can't wait for more. Late Models have been fun as well and South Boston is almost as much fun as Martinsville.

[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #53 on: July 17, 2008, 07:52:19 pm »
Am I doing well :-|, its humbling but I just keep on telling myself its just that everone else is an alien lol

So what exactly does the class D license get you?  I skimmed the sporting code but it wasnt 100% clear unless I missed something.

Getting updates now and decided to get the radical...just because :)

Gary

[SJ]Tornado

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #54 on: July 17, 2008, 08:12:53 pm »
Everything sounds all well and good till ya get to the "PRICES" 156$ would get me my 8800 card !! Then the gaming can REALLY begin ;)

On the other note , long as you guys are having fun thats all that matters ;)

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P.S. This is apparently and definately for folks with the deep pockets, just listening to Hawkeyes settings made me cringe lol .

I'll stick to rF ;) .
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[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #55 on: July 17, 2008, 08:49:32 pm »
Yeah, the price takes sometime to digest but when you look at the price of racing in leagues (I participate in two) and paying server fees or even something like race2play it isnt such a bad deal.  I was actually considering race2play just so they would be sanctioned but figured that was too serious for me and I now have the ability to get on at any reasonable hour and have a good race (there were 90 guys waiting for the 10pm legends event last night).  My life is gong to be hectic for the next year and this jiust makes sense to me.

Once I mucked over all of this, I figured what the heck...lets be part of history :salute:

In the scheme of my life, its one of the cheapest things I do.

Not at all trying to defend their pricing, something about it just irritates me.  If it was just a one time fee or just a monthly fee, it would seem about right.  But both.....just eats at me, like the thought of leasing a car.

Back on subject....the radical is uhhhmmm, RADICAL, wow.

So is VIR grand east thumbs up

Yeah, I know I havnt donated to SJ yet, the check is in the mail :)

Gary


[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #56 on: July 18, 2008, 01:04:02 am »
HURRY TODAY, ACT NOW, GET 6 MONTHS OF IRACING FOR FREE, THIS OFFER IS ONLY VALID FOR THE NEXT 60 SECONDS.  OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY.

Are you tired of trying to the get the latest updates for the next race, with only minutes to spare only to find out you missed the race because the track caused your machine to reboot (Insert video of some clutz fumbling on websites and then his computer crashes, you know the silly videos infomercials always show of complete idiots trying to do simple things).

If you want to spend more time racing than iRacing 'IS FOR YOU' so ACT NOW.

Seriously, just noticed it is actually cheaper to do 1 year than 6 months if you want to play in the skippy series and have a playcar (i.e. radical).

6 months:
   $90 for subscription
   $25 for Infineon
   $20 for VIR
   $15 for Radical

   Total of $150

12 months
  $156 for subscription - gets you 60 iRacing bucks
  Infineon and VIR and radical $54 out of you 60 iRacing bucks with 6 bucks left over

  Total of $150

IN THIS SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER, GET  6 MONTHS FOR FREE.

Note: iRactions lasting more than 4 hours is not considered normal , if your iRaction last more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help. rofl rofl rofl rofl

Gary
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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #57 on: July 18, 2008, 02:06:14 am »
Btw, did you ever get Infineon?  I would like some impressions before I get that track if you would mind.


So far I have only done the club version in the radical and skippy.

Its an awesome track with alot of challenges due to some radical camber and elevation changes (sometimes at the same time) and lots of bumps.  Definately a Roller Coaster ride...weeeeeeeeee in the radical. thumbs up  The combination of car/track really highlights the FFB.

Did notice something unique to this car, when you really get out of shape (like your second attempted spin recover that only seems to be getting worse) sometimes the steering gets really firm at just the right time time preventing you from overcorrecting, me wonders if its the tires catching at a certain point relative to how the car is rotating.

Have yet to finish a lap at Lime Rock in the radical as the bumps really upset the car, I think I have seen every possible view of the uphill right hander except straight.

Gary
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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #58 on: July 18, 2008, 02:19:16 am »
HURRY TODAY, ACT NOW, GET 6 MONTHS OF IRACING FOR FREE, THIS OFFER IS ONLY VALID FOR THE NEXT 60 SECONDS.  OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY.


IN THIS SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER, GET  6 MONTHS FOR FREE.

Note: iRactions lasting more than 4 hours is not considered normal , if your iRaction last more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help. rofl rofl rofl rofl

Gary



Quite teasing me and give me the damn phone number to call,  :yep:
I think there's 10 seconds left rofl

Been waiting for my invite but my inbox is empty  :cry:

No turtles allowed I guess rofl

[SJ]Jett

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #59 on: July 18, 2008, 02:52:50 am »
Gary I would be interested to know what your best time is at Infineon (Cup) with the Skippy. It is the track for next week and it certainly is fun. Also..try the IRL circuit as that is quite tricky.

Hopefully OldGreazy checks his pm's as Santa might have come early. :)

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« Reply #60 on: July 18, 2008, 03:32:48 am »

Hopefully OldGreazy checks his pm's as Santa might have come early. :)


 :ty:  :salute:

 :turtle:

[SJ]linklemming

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #61 on: July 18, 2008, 03:32:58 am »
Only done about 10 laps so I wont post them at this time, maybe this weekend.

Gary

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #62 on: July 18, 2008, 04:51:57 am »
Thanks for the donation Gary. :salute:

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« Reply #63 on: July 18, 2008, 05:08:01 am »
Ok, laptimes in the skippy at infineon club.

Did about 10 more laps and got a 1:30.8x (Hey beavis, he said 1:30.8 rofl) on a stock setup.  Quick Read on the forums seem to imply that low/mid 1:27 are good.  I dont see any problems getting into the 28's by monday perhaps with some setup.

Did notice something yesterday in a legends race and that was the NOTICABLE effect tire wear has on racing.  I was pushing quite hard and relying on tire scrub to bleed off speed instead of throttle lifts(trying a new technique) and about 3 laps from the end, everybody kinda just walked away.

gary

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #64 on: July 18, 2008, 05:24:36 am »
Just looked up some stats and Greger Huttu is doing it in the mid 1:24 (#1 in the series), the #25 guy is doing mid 1:27's.

Navigating around the stats is pretty easy and cool.

Gary
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[SJ]Cato Larsen

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #65 on: July 18, 2008, 06:16:18 am »
Do you mention GOD by name?.

That bloke is some serious shit...... Wherever there is Simracing you will find GH on top.

[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #66 on: July 19, 2008, 01:48:55 pm »
Did a Advanced solstice race at summit raceway to up my SR after the alfatina last night and it was alot of fun.  I am not at all that fast here but did take the time to qualy and it seemed to pay off as I was pretty well matched.  If I hadnt had two silly minor getoffs, I would have gotten P3.  It really is nice being matched up and having races every two hours in case something happens in a race.

Many complain on the lack of brake lights but I dont really see a need for them as the net code seems clean enough that you can key off of the cars diving when the brakes are applied.

Of course joining the NASJ-GTL server last night was a blast as well.

Gary
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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #67 on: July 20, 2008, 06:37:16 am »
After the NASJ-GTL race, I decided to let the sweat evaporate and hang out at iRacing.

Well, its saturday so all the tracks have changed.  Tried the advanced solstice and didnt like the jefferson course so I went over to the rookie solstice and did a few laps at lime rock and only managed 1:05 and there were no races for awhile, joined a few practice sessions and didnt see Marcus so I decided to go around in circles and try the midnight race.

This week, the rookie legends is at Lanier and its a fun course, seems a little faster than south boston and ALOT more forgiving when you cross the apron (inside yellow line), due to less camber change at the transition.

Did a TT and then a race, race was alot of fun.  There seems to be two distinct styles, flickers and non flickers.  Flickers flick the car into the corner and countersteer out and non flickers dont.  Followed a flicker for about half the race and went for the pass and pulled it off.  Another guy came up and took the inside line and I settled in behind.  Kept close for about 4 laps, made a small mistake and that was that.

Definately fun racing, will qualify in the legends car tomorrow and focus on the skippy car at infineon and maybe the solstice rookie at lime rock.

Showed incidence points at 4, not sure why but I did get an invalid pit exit warning during warmup, will have to figure out what that means.

Gary
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« Reply #68 on: July 21, 2008, 01:53:13 am »
Decided to try to join up with Marcus for the 01:00GMT race so I did some qualy, TT and then signed up for the race.

Saw marcus in the pre-race chat and we had a few words (good ones), we did not get put in the same race.

Got a P4 start, kinda timid at the start as I dont want to run into the guy in front.  Me thinks just go for it and pray like others do.  We all made it thru the inital part of T1 and then someone blatantly tries to cut in at the apex and bunts me off.  Luckily no damage and on 3 incident point so I am off and the fangs are out and I am in last place and a good 20+ seconds down

Starting catching up on the slower guys and got up to about P8 were two guys were battling it out.  Definately a slower car in front who was blatantly blockin a guy named carlos(apparent from his banged up rear end) and I followed these two for about 3 laps and carlos attempted a move which was blocked and carlos went off trying to recover so now its my time to play with this baboon.  Started playing with his head, showing him the inside and pretty much bump drafting him down the straight, pulling along side and trying to force him to screw up T1 (alfatina practice helping here lol).  Saw I was kindof controlling his lines now and we were coming up on a backmarker so I dove to the inside 2 turns from the straight and so did he, so violently he got crossed up and we were side by side in the downhiller with me on the inside and another car in front of him, I think the backmarker twitched when I came by and took both of them out.  Carlos came up on me, blantanly faster and I let him by and got a thank you and good race voice message afterwards.

It is really a trip driving the cars thru T1, you are definately on the limit of trail braking oversteer all the way to the apex and you feel it.

SR only went up from 3.65 to 3.66, hope to do the 03:00GMT race.

Gary

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #69 on: July 21, 2008, 02:13:43 am »
I'll look for you again at 0300 Gary.  :)

Man this game is addictive.  Worse than porn, but better than porn.

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« Reply #70 on: July 21, 2008, 05:37:41 am »
Did a few more laps before the 5:00GMT race and broke into the high 1:04's pretty much by taking T3 faster than usual on entry and trail braking to touch the nose on the iside to get good drive out of T4, which is hugely important here.  I noticed that in my first outlap I was redlining before the uphill(but not during race) because I was slower in T3 and got a good line out of T4.  Also taking the last turn pretty much flat out with only a small lift on turn in.

Did the 5:00GMT race, started in P1 and was very agressive on the start, somone looked into the inside but was a gentleman when all things were said and done.  Pretty much slowly pulled away about 1 second per lap and all the backmarkers were 'perfect' gentlemen.  Man its hard leading a race, I kept on expecting Caspar to come out of nowhere and take me on the last lap lol.

Kept it togeteher for my first iRacing win :toast:

Love the brake modeling, especially with my CST pedals.  It actually showed me some errors in my technique which I think will help me come next track day.  I think I will order the optional harder brake pedal load cell soon.

SR now at 4.82 road.

Thinking of maxing out my SR road rating before jumping into the skippy with the big boys.

Gonna go go around in circle for 20 minutes lol

Gary
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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #71 on: July 22, 2008, 06:04:12 am »
Changed my mind again and decided to work on infineon in the skippy.  It most certainly is a challenging combo especially trying to heel/toe because the skippy is hugely sensitive to brake pressure and it seems like a few times you have to do it while cornering in T1.  Looking at real life footage, I think I need to correct my lines to allow for this and not blindly follow the 'apparent line'.

Want to comment more turn by turn but have yet to find a map of the club circuit and not all corners are clear (lots of 3a, 3b stuff).  Suffice to say I have T1-T3 prety well figured out and coming over the ridge with throttle out of T3 and nailing it is a GREAT feeling, like the first big drop in a roller coaster.  Only 7 more turns to figure out.

Read a little on setups and there was lots of variations/opinions but it was pretty clear to lower the pressures to around 24F/25 rear so thats all I did.  Spent about 40 minutes in test mode and got down to a 1:29.4 and am really happy with that.  I have watched videos and said, yup thats what I want to do but cant seem to pull of the line combos unless I really slow down because you really cant manhandle this car around or it just spins, you really need to plan 3 turns ahead, in a careful ballot dance.

I practiced this track a few weeks ago for a NASJ-GTL event which never happened and it feels pretty similar, I know the course but am struggling to get the car where I need it on the track.

Decided to go to GTL and practice in the cortina at St. Jovite North for about 20 minutes and must say,  all said and done GTL is still just bloody brilliant,  the visual things the car does/responds and the sounds is still top rate but you feel so disconnected from the car, almost like driving a hovercraft and you dont get those at limit sensations from the tires like iRacing, Historix or LFS.

Gary






[SJ]Dion Holzheimer

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Re: My iRacing experiences
« Reply #72 on: July 22, 2008, 12:29:17 pm »
Had a spin today.. Havnt raced in ages and thought id give it another go since i was feeling ok and felt like a race.

Fired up limerock and within 3 laps was down to my 1'04.0's so i was all good for a race.. Didnt have a qualify time but with times like that i wasnt to worried.

Started about 6th on the grid and quickly worked my way upto 4th by corner 3 then passed into 3rd after the uphill corner. Then 2 corners later 2nd was half sideways and passed him.. So just before start / finish i was already 2nd, with no hits or incident points. Not bad for a "public" race. Quickly closed the gap to 1st over the next 3 laps and before i knew it was right behind him. However no need to make stupid moves as their was another 15 laps to go.. Soon enough i got my chance when he got sideways on the uphill corner and i got a run and moved to the inside... further up a lapped car was half stopped on the outside so he had no choice but to back off and file in behind me to take inside to miss the guy, though even if the guy wasnt their no way in hell would I get outbraked on the outside haha. So was in 1st now and then i proceded to run a 1'03.5 to show whos boss... Anyway settled down and ran consistent till the end, though 2 corners from the finish my inside front burst and i ran slightly wide getting 1 incident point... bugger almost a perfect race... but at least i won and increased my SR to 3.67 or so.

So i had some nice overtakes and diceing but i still cant wait to get out of the solice... not showing the full potential of this game. But im still loving the physics i mean just low angle 4 wheel drifts and once they get a tad too sideways just dialling in a slight countersteer and its just so smooth. Love it.

Did another race...
this time i started about 7th though the top 2 guys were 1'03's... so bugger.. Caught them eventually (ran about 11 1'03's in a row) fought to 1st but then braked a tad bit late and went off!! damn. all that work.. anyway near the end of the race the guy in 2nd fell off and we joined up! i got him on the inside into the corner up the hill but Pisswank decided to take the outside... no way we can go 2 wide through that, sure enough he tapped my car and it just went straight... both of us straight into the barrier... finished 9th... bah honestly i passed him.. i was IN FRONT and he should have yeilded, simply cant go 2 wide around that corner in these cars... Sure enough... ends in tears lol
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[SJ]linklemming

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« Reply #73 on: July 22, 2008, 09:13:11 pm »
Hey wasnt this about my experiences lol

Its all good :), good to hear about your good race and times.  I have watched videos and know what I need to do but just havent pulled it off yet.  That being said its really great being able to race with people at a similar level even being where I am at.  It doesnt always work out that way but it seems better since I took the time to qualify and sometimes its fun just being in the pack and having good battles rather than winning (yeah thats what all non winners say :innocent:).

Gary

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« Reply #74 on: July 25, 2008, 04:38:09 am »
Dion I would love to run a few laps with you.  I'm getting my lap times down to into the 1:05's but really want to get them lower.  For the first time ever I'm actually starting to get excited when I can shave 2/10ths off of a lap time.  I would REALLY love to shave a second or so off.