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Title: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 11, 2008, 01:38:58 am
Thought I would start my own thread on this:

Post from another thread for Day1

Got an invite today and decided to try it out.  Had hoped to do 3 months but it wasnt an option.  Ran the auto config for graphics.

Basically I have a Dell XPS 410
2.4 Ghz Duo 2
2 Gig memory
TH2GO running at 3840x1024
8800 GTX

First try with the solstice rookie at laguna had me thinking it was a waste of money.  Felt like I was never going over 10mph.  Changed the FOV to 130 and that made a huge difference in the sense of speed which is one of the big things with a TH2GO setup.  Did about 20 laps in the solstice and got to 1:57 (nothing to brag about by any means...just reference).  Graphics FPS seemed the be about 45 and at the limit of what I considered acceptable.  Went in and tweaked graphics setup to get it around 75.  Even at some of the lowest settings, graphics seemed pretty good.

Since everyone talks about the skippy car, I decided to buy it.  Man what a difference compared to the solstice.  The skippy is definately a tail happy car to the likes of a 911 in that you better be on the gas when you turn in and fast once you figure it out.  Definately takes some getting used to.  Another advantage of the skippy is that the FPS go up by an easy 10FPS with my setup.

Took the skippy to lime rock and started getting the hang of the sim.  Notice the subtle things in physics where this game is excellent, control right at/over the limit and the effects of bumps/camber and curbs on the car.  DId a 1:03x and got bored with the track (usually happens at lime rock).  The big thing lime rock showed was behavior on a bumpy circuit....which is EXCELLENT.

Took the skippy to summit point and really liked it.  Started getting the hang of sliding/recovering the car.  Definately reminds me of real track days in all the subtle things you due (especially trail braking and picking lines based on bumps and camber).  One thing I really noticed is how sensitive the brakes are.  I have a CST pedal setup with a load cell brake which is supposed to be really good in this sim and it is still way touchy but ok once you get the hang of it.

Brought out the solstice rookie at summit and liked it alot more here than laguna and started sliding it around.  Immediately noticed the lack of speed sensation compare to real life and decided for something else.

Now its the skippy at laguna.  I love this combo, especially the camber sensation in all the corners and how the car loads up during different phases of the corner based of the line you choose respective to the camber.

So far, love the physics and the laser scanned tracks.  Makes you realize how far off many tracks are.  That being said, eastern creek laser for rfactor seems just as good to me.  Dont like the lack of sensation of speed.

Not sure if I will renew my subscription, while its good...I am not sure if its THAT good.  Time will tell.

Will try some online races next week and see what that is like.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 11, 2008, 02:09:10 am
Day2:

Once the coffee kicked in, I couldnt take it anymore and started iRacing.

The skippy car is just awesome thumbs up.  Definately a momentum car and once you figure it out, you can really carry alot of speed.  Spent about 1 hour at summit, laguna and lime rock.  Love it the most at laguna.  Not sure what time I was doing but it was fun.  Pretty impressive crash damage modeling lol

Figured I would try out the legends car and after 20 laps, I didnt see the point.  Its an absolute boring by yourself when your laptimes are 17 seconds.

Spent about 2 hours in the solstice rookie at laguna, lime rock and summit and decided to start trying to up my rating.

Time trial mode in the solstice rookie:  very interesting yet frustrating.  You have 1/2 hour to do as many laps as you want.  The average of your best 8 consecutive no penalty laps is recorded.  I would get about 5 good laps in then spin off in T1.  Note to self....dont check lap times before T1 as you will miss your braking point.  Did a best of mid 1:06 with an average in the mid 1:07s.  My rating only went from 2.50 to 2.51 due to the get-offs.

First race in the solstice rookie:  Didnt even bother to qualify and just see what it is about.  Got in a grid of 10 cars.  Everyone was being pretty easy in the back doing 1:06-1:08's and I just brought up the rear although I could see where I could have passed,  Also didnt have chat or teamspeak  setup (or even know how to use it) so I didnt want to get involved in any incidents.The online code seemed pretty solid although there was a car disappearing/reappearing every so often.  Just followed the pack around for 20 laps and got my rating up to 2.65. and a best in the low 2:06's.  The leader was at 2:03x.

Graphics seem pretty good even at the lowest settings, seeing 51 FPS with 10 cars online which is what it is capped at.  Need to play more with this (I could have sworn it had more eye candy setup).  Will set it up for the next race in an hour and report back.

Nags/Cons so far:
Not sure if you can access forums and such from another computer.  Will look into this.
FFB gives a nice weighted feel to the wheel but there seems to no effects on curbs and such.
Not obvious how to setup chat.
Did have a complete computer crash while running it.

Pros
PHYSICS!!!!!!, yes they are really that good which is good as you really have to go right to /past the limits of adhesion to get good speed in the solstice which felt alot like my miata when it was stock in the handling department.  In fact, my first iRacing online race felt like my first track day in the miata.

Gary



Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]ski9600 on July 11, 2008, 03:18:25 am
wow, it sound really nice.  I don't know what to ask, but here goes!

If the cars you like in rFactor are a 5 out of 10 how would you rate this "skippy"?
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 11, 2008, 04:11:40 am
Assuming your talking about the historix mod, I would give the skippy a 5 and the solstice a 3.

Its the physics and tracks that make this game excellent moreso than the cars for me but so far the skippy is at the top if the list.  I just like driving the older cars.  If they could implement the FIA-TC65, FIA_GTC65 and FIA GTC-76 in iRacing, it would get a 10.

Imagine a LFS Fox with less downforce...that would be the skippy.

Just did another online race with 15 people and saw 100-115FPS with car detail on medium, track details on low, no shadows and 4xAA and AF.  Not to bad as I dont have a cutting edge system but am pushing alot of pixels.

Unfortunately somebody spun in front of me costing me SR points and taking off my front wheel :grrr: and I had no idea how to fix it in the pits :grrr:, gonna probably take 20 races to qualify to compete in the skippy thumbs down.

While iRacing claims to match you to your lap times, it isnt really happening at the moment,,,,, I am seeing 6 second diffrnces at Lime Rock which is HUGE. 

Do miss the league environment and Petes calming yet authorative voice :think:  Oh well thats what alfatina is for :hats off:

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 11, 2008, 06:08:45 am
Did some practice and got the solstice rookie down to 1:05.2x in practice at Lime rock and decided to join the next race at 05:00 GMT.

Really starting to like this game now, physics is spot on.  The rookie solstice feels like a 180hp miata on track tires.....which is exactly what it is...only uglier and heavier and made in murica rofl.  Dont get me wrong, nothing better than a solstice......in my rearview  :knockout:.  Watching my replays shows how accurate it is.  Great tire model.


39 registered but only 10 showed up for the race, I got grid at P7.  Excellent racing, very clean.  Just decided to stick to bumber hugger mode and ended up P5 out of 10.  Mighta been a P4 but I backed off to make sure I didnt go off and ruin my SR rating.

I noticed something in this race.  My on track experience took over my sim experience, the physics seem that real to me.

Things I noticed:
Braking pressure is very sensitive, I was getting lockups when blipping throttle while heel/toeing.  Using a stock G25 might need some adjustments.

Got a loss of FFB just like GTL, luckily it was in warmup and I just exited an re-entered event.

Ran about 100FPS with 10 cars with AA/AF at 4x, details at maximum and shadows still off.

Got a SR of 2.85 after the race, looking forward to tomorrow

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on July 11, 2008, 06:23:09 am
I dont doubt a second that the physics are best there is, knowing the maker..
damnit, i really wanna play it.
Even if i get an invite i dont have money right now. :(
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 11, 2008, 06:32:33 am
I dont doubt a second that the physics are best there is, knowing the maker..
damnit, i really wanna play it.
Even if i get an invite i dont have money right now. :(


Not really a problem if you are used to the current ISI sims which are still EXCELLENT.  If I had to choose between SJ and iRacing, iRacing would be a memory...although a good one.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on July 11, 2008, 07:10:20 am
Well, im hoping i dont have to choose.
Gonna have to fit Simjunkies, Trellet and iRacing to calendar. :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on July 11, 2008, 09:56:09 am
I've done a 1'03.5 in the solice @ limerock with consistent high 03's to very low 04's over a race distance.

I will do a write up of my thoughts in the next few days.. lately ive been way to busy.. even to play racing games! :?: :cry:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 11, 2008, 08:38:34 pm
Those are excellent times Dion, I hoping to crack into the 1:04's this weekend.  I only have about 6 hours(all tracks) so far with about 3 in the solstice and I am pretty happy with my progress.

Surprisingly transitioning from 1:06's to 1:05's was pretty easy, just push it harder than you think you can at the limit.  You can slide this game so much more than in GTL and get away with it.  I am pretty sure I dont need the brakes at all from T3 until T1, still trying to convince my subconscious.

Downloaded the iRacing installer on the machine it is installed on and transferrd the .exe file to another machine and ran it and now I can access all the website features from my couch.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 12, 2008, 06:24:12 am
Spent some time today working on the force feedback in iRacing.  I had heard all the great things about it yet all I felt was a nicely weighted wheel.  As it turns out FFB wasnt enabled.  Got it working pretty well with the default control panel->game controller menu and must say, the FFB feels really good.  Tried to get it working with the logitech profiler and have yet to suceed as the profiler doesnt seem to put the FFB settings into place until the executable is called and iRacing doesnt have an executable as its started from a web page.  Will look more into that tomorrow.

DId two races in the solstice tonight and its quite a difference from the alfatina by far, it felt like SLOWMO.  Just putzed around during the first race and got a P2(alot of guys went off) and my SR jumped up from about 2.75 to 3.46.

Tried to be more aggresive during the second race but there seemed to be alot of slow guys just blocking the track.  Finally got the momentum to pass a slower guy in the front straight and was actually ahead of him and on the inside at the approach to T1 and he forced the issue, not sure why as he was VERY SLOW in T1, anyways we bumped and I got the majority of incident points although in the real world I doubt it would have worked out that way.  It was pretty minor contact but I decided to press on.  About 8 laps later a tire blew (I suspect from the damage) :grrr:

Hard to figure out the drivers when you dont know them.  The SJ league environment is looking better to me.  I love you guys thumbs up.

Getting tired of Lime Rock :think:

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Stein on July 12, 2008, 06:46:35 am
. lately ive been way to busy.. even to play racing games! :?: :cry:



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Whoops ~ Woof


 :can of worms:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 12, 2008, 07:05:35 am
If you are using a G25 try these settings

900 degrees of rotation
Check on
Overall Feedback 101%
Spring effect 0%
Damper 0%

Check on
Centering Spring 0%

Ade Allen who made the Real Feel Plugin stated that 101% took the non-linearity out of the wheel. Dale Jr who did switch from the TSW to the G25 uses less FFB but all the rest are the same. Using less FFB in the control panel allows you to use more in the sim. Hope that helps.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 12, 2008, 07:37:27 am
Thanks for the info, thats pretty close to my settings.  Will have to try overall feedback at 101%.  Dale Jrs. settings seemed a little (for the lack of a better term)....limp :biggrin:

I do like some centering spring though, damn all those who say otherwise, 20% seems about right.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Stein on July 12, 2008, 07:54:10 am
damn all those who say otherwise, 20% seems about right.

Gary


Well ill be damned ... then...


Hey Jett.. does that FFB thing work for other games as well then? or just Iracing... as it seems purdy interesting!


Feels like it's a sort of reverse Psychology fix?
..


Woof  ~WOof

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 12, 2008, 08:04:38 am
Well, my SR rating allowed me to move up to the advanced solstice challenge, so I played around a little with that.  Basically you can adjust Front Rear camber/caster/tire pressure but I wasnt sure sure what to shoot for so I just went back to the solstice rookie.

Did another race in the solstice rookie, just to sit back and accumulate some SR points (I was totally blitzed).  I got a P4 with no incidents and my SR is now 3.52, this whole SR thing seems confusing :ttth:

It was actually a fun race, If I had planned it right I might have got P3 just at the finish line but I am to blitzed for that (alfattina ended about 4 hours ago).

Should be competing in the skippy by monday.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 12, 2008, 03:25:45 pm
Stein, I believe you are referring to the 101% Overall strength issue..and no I believe that is a only for iRacing. I haven't seen and Ade didn't seem to think it had to be that way in anything else. By the way those are Ade's settings as well. I believe he uses 8-15 FFB in the iRacing sim for Road Courses and anywhere from 5-20 on Ovals. I will recheck with him later today.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 13, 2008, 06:29:58 am
Once the coffee kicked in today, I decided to get on and cruise some laps and wouldnt you know it, I just missed the lime rock sessions and now we have to do laguna for the next week...great :grrr: (you only do one track a week and it changes on saturday midnight GMT)

For those of you doing the math, yeah....I am not fully awake until ~3pm lol

Spent half an hour doing the solstice rookie at laguna and REALLY hated it and could barely top 1:59.x.  Decided to do the NASJ-GTL VLM-lemans funrun instead and during offline practice I hear a bang while braking at top speed in the 906 when a bolt came loose on my CST pedals and I lost the brakes(spectacular crash).  By the time I got it sorted out/fixed/recalibrated, they were 30 minutes into the race.  Compared to iRacing, I felt like I was doing 300mph.

Got in the iRacing forums, read some suggestions on the car/track combo and watched some videos and figured I could never master this car/track combo and that would be the end of this.

Decided to have a few drinks and just cruise the track, focus on a good line and be smooth.  All of a sudden I broke into the 1:54's after about 30 minutes practice.  This sim/car/track combo really makes you work at getting speed and appreciate you accomplishments.

Figured out I should just join a race and up my SR rating.  Lots of friendly pre-race chat and suggestions.

Somehow I got put into P1 and it was an interesting start.  2 guys come sailing by in T1 like they didnt know the track and went off(luckily no incidents).  Saw two more getoffs in race and I ended up in P3 out of 10.  Otherwise all 10 guys seemed pretty well matched.  My SR only went up only .10 from 3.52 to 3.62 with a best lap of 1:55.0x (normal guys do 1:51-1:53).  Should take 3 races to get to the skippy.

Got voice chat working which I hear is based off of teamspeak, its ok but Vent sounds sooo much better.  Not much said other than good luck and good race.

Nuther race in 30 minutes, might be too alfatina'd lol, will report tomorrow.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 13, 2008, 07:39:54 am
Well it looks like I made the next race, pretty alfatina'd but figure I can get it around the track to the finish line.

Get P1 again(not sure why as I am slow).  Pretty good race but about 5 laps in, someone bbbbblantanly cuts in on the corkscrew forcing me off track with no sorry or anything.  I recover but get a warning and press on.  1-2 laps later I am removed due to not obeying the black flag and not doing a stop/go, why should I do a stop/go due to the mistake of someone else??

Post race results show me out due to tire??? WTF.  SR now at 3.67.

SR sounds like a great idea, but needs some work.

I will do a few TT tomorrow to get my SR up as racing online doesnt seem any more courteous than pubs in GTL/GTR2.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 13, 2008, 05:11:31 pm
Have you done a Qualifying session at that track? Check the Grid tab when you get in the server next time and it will show you where you will be comparative to the others times. Also I had posted the rules relating to the incidents. The server does not assign blame so that is why you were given a black flag for cutting course I am sure when you went off. I assume that you actually read the Sporting Code to see the rules and how it applies to the racing. Remember this is to simulate a online racing career and is not just jumping in a GTR2 server and running for 20 minutes. It is different and that is why some are angry about the rules. You are also running in the Rookie races and as you progress up you will be placed with more competent and experienced drivers. Will it be perfect no..humans are involved and no one is perfect. I find some races are full of great, nice drivers and some are regular folks coming over and giving it a go.

Good luck.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]RockyC on July 13, 2008, 05:12:34 pm
Well, I signed up, so I guess I just wait for an invite, correct?
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 13, 2008, 05:16:59 pm
Invites are still being sent out. iRacing is still in a Pre-release Candidate form. When iRacing is opened up to the General public could be later this month or next month. That build still won't be a final version but should be a upgrade from what we have currently. If you have signed up then you could get in before General signups depending on how long the list is. The next season starts in a few weeks.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 13, 2008, 11:28:33 pm
Have you done a Qualifying session at that track? Check the Grid tab when you get in the server next time and it will show you where you will be comparative to the others times. Also I had posted the rules relating to the incidents. The server does not assign blame so that is why you were given a black flag for cutting course I am sure when you went off. I assume that you actually read the Sporting Code to see the rules and how it applies to the racing. Remember this is to simulate a online racing career and is not just jumping in a GTR2 server and running for 20 minutes. It is different and that is why some are angry about the rules. You are also running in the Rookie races and as you progress up you will be placed with more competent and experienced drivers. Will it be perfect no..humans are involved and no one is perfect. I find some races are full of great, nice drivers and some are regular folks coming over and giving it a go.

Good luck.


Yes, I am familiar with the sporting code and the rules regarding incidents.  I am describing the experiences so others will understand.  I see what they are trying to accomplish with the SR rating but IMHO it needs some of work if it seems to be the fundamental concept of the experience.  I have a high enough rating to be in the advanced solstice but figured out I would just putz around in the rookie until I got my SR up over 4, also because incident reports are not allowed in the rookie class.

I also understand how the qualifying works but have not done it as so far I seem to be with people with similar skills.  I am only racing at about 80% right now so it doesnt really matter who I am with, I am just doing my time.

It just seems hit or miss on the people you are racing.  Most are great but there are those who are super timid and those who are very aggressive (although less so than on public servers).

Most of my experiences have been great.  I have done about 5 or so online races in the last two days and that is/was my only really bad experience.

Yeah I am sure it will get better when I get into the skippy.  I will be reporting my experiences when i arrive.

Gary

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 14, 2008, 12:28:11 am
Sorry Gary. I couldn't check your stats so I wasn't sure if you had run Q's or not. I was just trying to help if you hadn't seen where that info was..some hadn't.

All the best..hope to see you in the Skippy and Late Model races soon.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 14, 2008, 01:39:53 am
No problem.  Please don look at stats, they are embarrasing.

The timing of qualifying puts me off (10 minutes later than a race) so I have just be opting to race.

Actually had a good race today and was well matched.  Almost had another getoff in the corskcrew due to a pass but managed to keep it on track,

Got a 1:53 in TT and 1:54 in race.  Gotta get creative to squuuuueek out those seconds.

Sure do love the physics modeling, there is this bump exiting rainey curve that feels so real in the FFB, it feels like the rear suspension bottoms out over it.

SR of 3.8 now

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett 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?
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki 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.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen 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:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer 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.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett 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.


Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Hawkeye 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. :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett 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!
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus 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.

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 17, 2008, 04:45:48 am
Thanks for the update Gary.  :)  I can't wait to give this a spin myself.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Sh1te R1der on July 17, 2008, 09:23:16 am
Quote
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!
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Pierre61 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 :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Hawkeye 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.


Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Pierre61 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 :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Stein on July 17, 2008, 04:34:06 pm
As long as you dont repeat yourself Pete!



Woof ~ Woof

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]GizMoTo 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett 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.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Tornado 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 ;)

:toker:

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 ;) .
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett 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. :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy on July 18, 2008, 03:32:48 am

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


 :ty:  :salute:

 :turtle:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 18, 2008, 04:51:57 am
Thanks for the donation Gary. :salute:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen 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.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus 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.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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





Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming 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
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus 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.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy on July 25, 2008, 02:37:47 pm
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.


I'd love to get in on that run too...  :yep: :yep:
I've been so busy this week haven't had a chance to run iracing since Monday. :nope:
Hope to have some time soon to get out there with you guys and then sit down and give my views.  thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up
Sounds like your doing great Marcus. I haven't hit the 1:05 yet.
Still trying to get my G25 to feel rcomfortable with these cars.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 25, 2008, 07:22:34 pm
I got my DFP to feel better by dropping spring and damper down to 25 percent in profiler.  Also check to make sure the game is set to 900 degrees rotation and that your wheel is too (in profiler).  Makes a HUGE difference.  I'm sure you have done this already, but thought it was worth mentioning. 

Getting control of the car is an amazing thing.  I haven't had any (self inflicted) incidents in my last few races.  I want to go faster now! lol
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 25, 2008, 08:06:27 pm
Tom,

try these settings with the G25. I am not sure if I mentioned it before to you or not..so sorry if this is repetitive.

900 degrees of rotation
101% on overall FFB
Everything else set to 0% but check mark all boxes except Combined pedals.


Do not run the profiler as it will screw up some settings in iRacing. Also the 101% takes out a small problem that Logitech has with the Dead Zone of the wheel.

Hope that helps.


Please let me know when you guys are going to run some laps..I would love to jump in as well.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy on July 26, 2008, 12:48:09 am
I have been using the Profiler to get some functions out of the buttons on the shifter. I'll try it without and see how it feels.

It took me a while to try the 900 degree setting and that by itself made a big difference.

What exactly does the Profiler mess up. By the way has anyone tried to setup Quick Chats with any third party software yet?? I've read something about that in the iracing forum but have had no time to dabble into it yet.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 27, 2008, 10:38:36 pm
Has anybody raced in the new series this week, the only free option(for me) seems to be the battle of the titans yet only seem to be able to select the solstice.  Does this series allow mixed cars on the track.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 27, 2008, 10:40:38 pm
Yes it does Gary.  At the top of your screen where you can click select session and you see your car.  Look right underneath your car.  It says:

Info|Change|Paint   Just click Change, and you can switch to the Coupe. 

Good luck
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 28, 2008, 04:54:12 am
Thanks marcus, I was selecting to car itself and not the little icon on the right of the screen called 'select'. :oops:

Well this week is kind of a free for all on events.  They are running:
Clash of the titans - solstice vs legends, free for me
Late model - would cost me $15 for the car
SK modified - would love to try this car but it looks like ~$50 for car and tracks
Radical Sabatical - Radical at road america and siverstone ~50 for tracks.

No incidence points and no SR ratings this week.

Tempting to do many of the $ options but will just stick with the free ones and jump back in the skippy next week once I get my SR above 4.0 again.  Upgraded class D license took 1.0 off my SR.

Did a race at summit raceway in the solstice and it felt so SLOW compared to the NASJ-GTL race I did last night, definately an acquired feel.  Really slow compared to trying the BB 76 vette at paul richard 75 but at least it has brakes thumbs up

The legends car is way faster at summit compared to the solstice, I am easily 3 seconds faster and I know there is at least another couple of seconds (fastest solstice in the race was 1:32 (me) and the fastest legends was 1:24).

Noticed new updates for the solstice, the brake lights now work thumbs up

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 28, 2008, 05:09:20 am
I couldn't bring myself to buy the content for a one week run.  When a season comes that I'm going to race in, then I'll take the dive.

I had already bought Infineon, and I picked up VIR when I knew I'd get my Class D license.  So I'll be doing the Skippy's and Advanced Solstice.  Throw in a bit of a Legends over the next few months to get my SR back up to par.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 28, 2008, 07:59:47 am
Definately try the legends car on the road coarses, its quite a trip...and fast if you can keep it on the road lol.  No incidence points this week so you have no excuses...and neither do I lol

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy on July 28, 2008, 02:15:23 pm
I couldn't bring myself to buy the content for a one week run.  When a season comes that I'm going to race in, then I'll take the dive.

I had already bought Infineon, and I picked up VIR when I knew I'd get my Class D license.  So I'll be doing the Skippy's and Advanced Solstice.  Throw in a bit of a Legends over the next few months to get my SR back up to par.



Marcus, I'm not sure that driving the Solstice or legends series will effect your class D license SR. Look at section 2.4.3 of the Sporting Code. Pretty sure it's saying SR will be for Class D series participation. Not sure about this, maybe I'm reading it incorrectly.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 28, 2008, 02:54:54 pm
I'm gping to have to read up too.  I know as a rookie you needed a 4.0 SR to race the Skippy.  Now I'm a class D but the promotion cost me about 1 SR point. So I guess I still qualify for the Skippy as a class D, but I was also looking forward to the Advaned Solstice.   

Maybe I messed up by rushing to get my D in one week?  lol
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 28, 2008, 03:44:23 pm
As a 4.0 SR rating even as a Rookie you would qualify for the Skippys. At a 3.0 SR you qualified for the Advanced Solstice. Now that you are a Class D you can then race all of the series. Yes you lost one SR point but you know have 12 weeks to get it above a 4.0 to move to Class C. Even as a Class D license holder when you get to a 4.0 you can then start racing the Formula Mazda series!! First week of Formula Mazda is Road America..then Silverstone!!! wooohooo...I am guessing those will be 30-40 lap races as well.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 28, 2008, 04:28:53 pm
Thanks Dave.  That is good news.  Should take longoing to get to 4.0.  I'm stoked for the new season next week.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Hawkeye on July 28, 2008, 04:46:22 pm
I honestly don't see me driving the slotstice anymore.  I am going to stay in the skippy and will run the LM full time this season.  2 series is quite enough for me being that I have limited time.  I picked up USA today and cant wait to race the LM there.
BTW got a win in the LM today at Lowes. Woot

We need to set up some practice sessions together so we can have some fun and improve skills. 
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 28, 2008, 05:48:39 pm
Agreed Hawkeye.  Dave and I are taking about a couple things.

What kind of times are good for the Skippy at Infineon and VIR?  I'm going to run some laps tonight.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Hawkeye on July 28, 2008, 06:35:10 pm
I have only run a couple of laps at Infineon long so my times arent even close and I am only getting 3:10 at vir full but I honestly havent really run either so that is what I will be doing this week to get ready. Practice Practice
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 29, 2008, 12:32:05 am
Bruce..you and I were pretty close during Infineon Cup week. Lets see if we can work together on a better setup.

I need some help with my Formula Mazda/ Road America setup too!

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on July 29, 2008, 12:46:11 am
You two willing to share that setup with me?
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy on July 29, 2008, 02:29:21 am
You two willing to share that setup with me?


Can I get in on this too  :?:  I'm sorry I haven't been posting anything but I've hardly had time to race these past couple of weeks. I've been real busy getting my Mom setup in a nursing home but that's almost wrapped up now so I'm hoping to be able to start practicing for next week's season opener in the Skippy real soon :yep:
I'm thinking of trying the LM's too but haven't had a chance to drive it yet this week. I'll be watchung your posts here and try to join in on some practice with you all if that's Ok :?: :?: :?:

I managed to get my Class D license but my starting SR is 2.46x in both Oval and Road Course so I'm looking forward to some hard work but it should be fun.

Good luck all  thumbs up thumbs up
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 29, 2008, 02:40:00 am
congrats on the D license..you can now tell your mom how excited you were to get a D!  rofl Anyway..I will pm my set to you guys.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on July 29, 2008, 12:28:24 pm
Just purchased a years subscription plus the following..

Skippy Barber car
Birmingham
Virgina
Infineon
Road America
Silverstone

Woo...

Should be set up for some road racing yeah! :hats off:
BTW i got my D license too woo :twit:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Stein on July 29, 2008, 04:43:50 pm

 I'll be watchung



Bless you!      :twit:


Woof ~ Woof

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on July 29, 2008, 08:08:41 pm
couldn't attach this setup in a pm so here it is. Again this is for Infineon Cup layout.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy on July 29, 2008, 11:02:12 pm
Thank you Sir !!!  :salute: :salute: :salute:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on July 31, 2008, 05:31:01 am
Thanks for the setup Jett, will give it a go tomorrow.

So where do you put the setup files.  I searched for the file extension used for setup and didnt see any files although I do have 1 setup saved.

I am totally exhausted from my first day on the job, nothing harder than pretending to be intelligent for 8 hours.  Work is way overrated lol

Sat down and started practicing with the skippy at Infineon Long.  WOW thumbs up.  I didnt like the downhill sections in the Cup version but the Long version is totally different and a blast in the skippy, especially on the long downhill left hander which really highlights the physics being on the edge of control yet not causing too much tire scrub.  The subsequent double apex right hairpin is just sooooo much fun, even if you dont get it right.

First laps without going off were 1:55's and I whittled it down to 1:52.8 after an hour.  Still lots of work to go

Using a setup of 60% bbias, 24/25 tire pressure and the rear bar set at 4 out of 8. and stock setup spring perch settings.

Not sure I will be in the competitive 1:49-1:49 mentioned in other threads but I think a 1:51.x would be a good goal by sunday.  I am totally happy with that time/goal and just hope that I am matched well with people having the same times.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on August 01, 2008, 11:59:24 am
Well thought id give the skippy a go after buying it... and also Infineon.. After 30mins i managed a 1'50.8 then 1'50.7 then 1'50.6 in consequtive laps.. Can see a high 1'49 for sure... I really enjoy this car.. In fact this game is just awesome, but personally im still waiting for something faster.. cant wait for daytona prototype....
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 02, 2008, 04:59:35 am
Good times Dion thumbs up

Curious, are you using left foot braking or right foot heel/toe and clutch.

I refuse to do left foot as it doesnt mimick the real world experience I am trying to replicate/practice for.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on August 03, 2008, 06:49:46 am
I Left foot brake lol. oh well..

On another note.. i ran a time trail today..

6: 1'49.006
7: 1'49.220
8: 1'48.742
9: 1'49.119

not bad....

I'll attach my setup thanks to Mr Huttu...

Edit...
Qualified with a 1'48.6

Top time is a 1'47.1 soooo i think considering ive played for about an hour on this combo i think i can make it into the high 1'47's but not sure i can go much faster than that.. Low 47's and probably high 46's are true alien territory...
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 03, 2008, 07:10:47 am
More power to ya  thumbs up, it is what it is.

One day I will perfect this at the track and incorporate it into my simracing.  Too say its intimidating in the real world doesnt do it justice.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 06, 2008, 03:13:06 am
Hate to crash in on the post/thread but is there another post for all of Dions best lap stuff.  I dont really feel like it meshes with this thread/post.  I never posted my laptimes other than reference on MY progress.  If thats slow, so be it.  I dont expect to be Huttu in an hour :biggrin: , especially using his setups which rely on left foot braking.  If that is the goal of others, start some thread on that please.  Thanx

Havent really played any in about a week, but decided to sit down and play for a good 40 minutes or so.  Finally broke into the mid 1:51's and will probably get online tonight and do qualifying to see who I get placed with tomorrow.

Heel/Toe right foot braking is just downright difficult with this car/track combo even with my CST pedals.  I dont see how anybody could do it with G25 pedals.  Decided to get an upgraded load cell for these pedals which requires more braking effort and see how that goes.

I have some pretty powerful brakes on my street/track car and high friction racing pads and heel/toe just isnt that sensitive to brake pressure in the real world (even the real life skippy car is quoted as being in the 120-140 pound range).  I think the stock CST load cell is about 60 lbs and the upgraded load cell is around 90 lbs.

Might play around tomorrow with not worrying about heel/toe and just slamming the shifter without the clutch and using just right foot braking.  I would be surprised if I didnt cut a second off.

Which brings me to my next point:

So this is supposed to be the sim that is closest to real racing, I think they need to model much of this better, word is they are updating the transmission code to require more precise use of the pedals/shifter like in real life.  Not that I am against left foot braking as real race drivers do it in the real life and oneday I hope to as well in a realistic manner.

Better yet would be to match players together who were using the same level of realism of controls (i.e. mandated clutch use).  I dont care if I ever see Huttu on iRacing but I would like to see myself pitted against people at the same level of realism that I am trying to accomplish.

If that never happens, it would be a shame and in many ways would be just like all other sims but with better physics and laser scanned tracks.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]OldGreazy on August 06, 2008, 02:33:40 pm
Hate to crash in on the post/thread but is there another post for all of Dions best lap stuff.  I dont really feel like it meshes with this thread/post.  I never posted my laptimes other than reference on MY progress.  If thats slow, so be it.  I dont expect to be Huttu in an hour :biggrin: , especially using his setups which rely on left foot braking.  If that is the goal of others, start some thread on that please.  Thanx

Havent really played any in about a week, but decided to sit down and play for a good 40 minutes or so.  Finally broke into the mid 1:51's and will probably get online tonight and do qualifying to see who I get placed with tomorrow.

Heel/Toe right foot braking is just downright difficult with this car/track combo even with my CST pedals.  I dont see how anybody could do it with G25 pedals.  Decided to get an upgraded load cell for these pedals which requires more braking effort and see how that goes.

I have some pretty powerful brakes on my street/track car and high friction racing pads and heel/toe just isnt that sensitive to brake pressure in the real world (even the real life skippy car is quoted as being in the 120-140 pound range).  I think the stock CST load cell is about 60 lbs and the upgraded load cell is around 90 lbs.

Might play around tomorrow with not worrying about heel/toe and just slamming the shifter without the clutch and using just right foot braking.  I would be surprised if I didnt cut a second off.

Which brings me to my next point:

So this is supposed to be the sim that is closest to real racing, I think they need to model much of this better, word is they are updating the transmission code to require more precise use of the pedals/shifter like in real life.  Not that I am against left foot braking as real race drivers do it in the real life and oneday I hope to as well in a realistic manner.

Better yet would be to match players together who were using the same level of realism of controls (i.e. mandated clutch use).  I dont care if I ever see Huttu on iRacing but I would like to see myself pitted against people at the same level of realism that I am trying to accomplish.

If that never happens, it would be a shame and in many ways would be just like all other sims but with better physics and laser scanned tracks.

Gary


You raise some very valid points Gary. Hopefully the guys at iracing can figure out a way to make some of your ideas on matching players a reality. I personally left foot brake with auto clutch on because I cannot get anywhere near a realistic feel for H&T with the G25 pedals. Maybe some new pedals in the future....
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]dirtyvfr on August 06, 2008, 04:10:39 pm
where abouts are the iRacing servers located at

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on August 06, 2008, 04:14:11 pm
where abouts are the iRacing servers located at




Mars, only alien drivers allowed. lol

I think they are in US m8. :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Kristof Huyck on August 06, 2008, 06:28:58 pm
You raise some very valid points Gary. Hopefully the guys at iracing can figure out a way to make some of your ideas on matching players a reality. I personally left foot brake with auto clutch on because I cannot get anywhere near a realistic feel for H&T with the G25 pedals. Maybe some new pedals in the future....


Indeed, G25 pedals are better than DFP pedals, but still not the way I would like it and also (like you mention) not really well-suited to H&T. So like most guys (I suppose) I use left foot braking. Another thing that makes it more realistic (in most cars) but (slightly) more difficult is the use of an H-shifter or sequential shifter (depending on the car you're racing), I'd like to see what other racers use (pedal shift (the easy way) or H-shifter/sequential shifter)
However all of this depends on which setup you've got, f.e. a DFP doesn't got an H-shifter and only a very lousy seq. one, and pedals aren't suited for H&T...
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 07, 2008, 03:38:37 am
Well, my goal this week was to get into the 1:51's in the skippy/infineon combo and I did that in qualifying so it was race time :biggrin:

Got to join a race with Allison Hine of GTL fame.  Started 9th and saw a big mishap in T1 and then in the downhill right hander and jumped to 4th.  Did about 4 laps and went off in the downhill right hander but luckily had no damage and got back on the track in P7 and after an incident or two got back up to P4 and then went off again in the downhill left hander, required a car reset/damage fix and I got back on the track in P8 and finished there.

Oh well, not too bad for my first skippy race, hard to concentrate width this car/track combo for 16 laps.

I am definately hooked on this series, well matched race and mostly clean racing.

Nuther race in 45 minutes.

SR seems really hard to make budge now, TT's only raise it .02 even when it is at 3.96.

Dont think you need sub 1:48's to run/have fun with this car/track combo.  Best times ranged from 1:49 to 1:53 and I was smack dab in the middle.

Gary

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 07, 2008, 05:20:48 am
So what aspect of the G25 pedals do you guys not like for heel and toe.  I had always used mine for that since day 1.  Is it spacing that is causing you problems??  Perhaps pedal height? (both easily fixed).  I initially raised the clutch and brake by 3/4" and moved the brake towards the gas about 1 finger and I found that was great for heel/toe.  Until I went to the real track and tried to do my sim H/T moves and the gas/brake pedal spacing was different and I almost went off.  As it turns out the G25 brake/gas spacing (not height) is pretty much what my track car is but the use of socks(sim) vs driving shoes(real life) made me think otherwise, so it became stock G25 spacing, with brake and clutch raised 3/4" and driving shoes untill I got my CST's.

For all the Simbin, ISI and LFS sims, the G25 was fine for heel toe but had better modulation with the CST's.

iRacing is much more sensitive, especially in he skippy.  Me thinks the NSXSIM mod would be a good idea with perhaps some parameter  tweaking via DIView.

Gary

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 07, 2008, 05:27:30 am
Missed the next skippy race by just a few seconds :grrr:

So it was up the SR rating time.

SR goes up VERY SLOWLY now with the D class license. Initially at 3.96, did a TT and got it to 3.98, then another and it was 3.99 and finally a third and it jumped to 4.41, phew  I just crawled around the track.

Probably play on the circles in the legend tomorrow for fun and then its practice for the NASJ-GTL event and next weeks iRacing skippy @VIR full.

Gary

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 11, 2008, 03:36:32 am
Well I have been having fun with the skippy at VIR full.  Its such a beautiful track, especially when you look to your right after the big oak tree as your going down the straight.  Really shows off the graphics of this sim.

Started practicing saturday night and figured I would be good to go when I reached the 2:16's.  Took about 1/2 hour to do that so maybe I set the bar too low.  I would be happy being in the 14's this week.

SR before was 4.41

First race, started last and that was fine with me.  Typical first lap mayhem and now I am in fourth but that only happened for about 4 laps when I went off were everyone does (downhill right hander before front straight).  Reset car, worked back up to 4th and did the same exact thing :grrr:  Reset again and finished last I think.    SR went down to 4.38, did a TT and got it back up to a whole .01 to 4.39.  That was enough for saturday.

Did two races today.

Practice first, got into the 14's (yes 14.949 is in the 14's :biggrin:) so I am happy with my progress.

First race - got caught up in the first lap mayhem with bad damage so I had to reset car.  Got back on about 6th-8th and was getting in the groove when I somehow dropped a wheel on the front straight.  Forgot how many times I spun and just when I thought I was OK, I hit a wall.  Back to the pits :grrr:  Finished 10th. SR now 4.39.

Second race - Just wanted to keep it clean.   Started 7th, managed to miss a few incidents and moved up to sixth.  The downhill right hander claimed me again (everybody seems to go off here), luckilly no damage.  Got behind another driver who was easily 2-3 seconds slower than me.  It was frustrating for awhile as I was faster in sections were it was hard to pass and he would always get a good drive leading into the back straight although I could always pull alongside by the start of the braking zone.  Wanting to just finish this race, I hung back and just played with lines and didnt harass too much.  Was going to go for the pass in the final lap in the deadly downhill right hander but he was really slow there and I anticipated all wrong.  All in all it was a blast thumbs up.  SR up to 4.46.  Think I will just sit in the back this week and learn what I can and perhaps do an online race in the 14's.

The skippy VIR reminds me of the 911 RSR/VIR combo in GTL. The gas IS your friend and if your having problems its because your not on the gas.  If you have a memory lapse for a second, thats it.  Hard to focus for that long in the skippy, exhausting actually.

I seem to catch everyone on the back straight, me thinks its because I have the front dropped all the way down via shock collars.

The graphics in this game are just so much better than anything else I have tried, GTL seems like a cartoon.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Hawkeye on August 11, 2008, 04:36:47 pm
I have yet to break the 1:50 at Vir Long.  Having lots of problems find good reference braking zones at this place which is killing my consistency.  I may just drive slow at this place and protect points this week :(
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on August 11, 2008, 05:52:10 pm
Hawkeye said
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I have yet to break the 1:50 at Vir Long.


WOW! :jawdrop: I checked the stats page at iRacing and 2:10 is about the best on the Leaderboard for VIR Full. I am not in that range at all.

Post your setup for sure..please!!!
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Hawkeye on August 12, 2008, 01:07:14 pm
Wow, was that a typo I meant 2:15
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 16, 2008, 04:37:05 pm
Havnt really been motivated(way too tired after work) much since the last update to get behind the wheel but did manage to do a few more races using Jarkkos setup.

Never did get into the 14's in race (best of 2:15.002) but did manage it in TT so I will take it.

That being said, the races I had were great.  DIdnt do any qualy but being matched with people according to iRatings seems to be just fine.

Learned alot just by following people around the track and was content just showing up, staying on track and watching my SR increase.

At this point, I think this thread is pretty much done.  I will be doing the skippy pretty much this whole season. If you end up in a race with me, please wave as you go by :)

Not sure what to do next season...either the LM or the radical.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 18, 2008, 05:41:33 am
Interesting twist of fate, I am considering writing iRacing tomorrow and asking to only be billed for two months and cancelling my year subsciption.

Its a great sim with great physics and track but I am just thinking it is too hard core for me.  Feeling like I have to put 2 hours a day in to get my moneys worth and be reasonably competitive.

Will see how I feel about it tomorrow.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Sh1te R1der on August 18, 2008, 07:49:58 am
It is for that reason that i would not consider iracing (and a lack of skill).  I recently purchased NFS, and have not played it since.  Real life is a right bitch, tiring me out to the point that i can't even be arsed to set my wheel up... maybe when my Rinoseat arrives, i will be more motivated to race with everything all set up and ready to go.  Truth is, to be good at any of the sims we race, you have to practice, and that is a luxury i cannot afford.

Good thread by the way.  ;)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 19, 2008, 05:52:08 am
Well, the response I got back was "No refunds, Sorry" despite giving them a pretty good reason and saying how great the game was.  Will definately keep this attitude in mind come renewal time.  Just got to resist the urge to buy more stuff.  The response just seems kinda arrogant to me.

Really frustrating time with the game yesterday.  Seemed to be able to touch 1:23's in the skippy (my goal) at summit so I went online and it just wasnt pretty.  Incidents in 2 TT's and Qualy...and they even werent that bad, nonetheless SR dropped enough to piss me off.

FIne, I will do a race...take off and the game is only letting me use 1-2 gear and doesnt recognize anything else, which caused a pile up....and you guessed it..more incident points.  Determined to just finish and get those ole so tasty SR points, I patiently reset car and recalibrate the shifter in the pits and return to the track and someone spins...I BARELY graze him....and more incident points.  At this point I am at my wits end and go off the track 2 more times, 1 requiring a reset.....and more incident points.

Tonight was a little better, just figure I am going to be at the back this season so lets just enjoy it and it worked out pretty well and I did 2 races.  First seemed full of a few bozos who would agressively pass then go off..only to repeat the same thing several laps later.  Second was really refreshing, perfect clean racing and good communication on comms.  DId MISS a spin but got incident points but no damage so SR only went up a whole .01.

Hoping to get a 4.99 SR by the end of the week, but we will see.  It pretty much seems to be a factor of luck at this point.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen on August 19, 2008, 12:40:11 pm
I have just cancelled my billing for the future now.
It is a good game and all, but just not enough content that suits my likes in driving.
Also I have not enough time on my hand to really get into it.

If they in the future are able to put some touring cars or something in the area of european racing(not openwheelers) then I will get back into it.
I will definately follow the evolvement of this sim, it is very good.

Legends cars are very nice to drive, but they will be out for rfactor soon, and for free that is :) so I think I will enjoy that more than here.

Thank you very much Jarkko for the invite though, giving me the chance to test this game.

I hope it will evolve to something that suits me better. On the other hand, Simjunkies can provide me with all my racing needs anyway, and I would rather race with all of you guys in our server anyways :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Mario-C on August 20, 2008, 07:06:41 pm
Yep I have to say I think the same way,good as it is.
Its just far to yankee for me.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on August 20, 2008, 07:09:58 pm
They just today promised there will be European tracks in the future. :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Kristof Huyck on August 20, 2008, 07:22:22 pm
They just today promised there will be European tracks in the future. :)


That's a very wise decision of them  :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]GT_Raycer on August 20, 2008, 07:37:03 pm
I finally finished a Solstice Rookie race at Lime Rock last night.  thumbs up I finished 5th with only 1 incident point (self inflicted).

The first 2 races I joined i didn't actually finish. The first one was a disconnect brought on by a screen freeze up. In the second one, I got punted by some fool trying to pass in the braking zone before the corkscrew at Laguna Seca!  :jawdrop:

My screen freeze problem is fixed, and MAY have been self inflicted. I had in-game graphics set to limit framerates. Resetting it to unlimited framerates has resulted in excellent framerates and (so far) no more screen freezes.

I'm seriously considering a one year subscription, but I have limited seat time, AND I know that the $156 subscription fee is just the BEGINNING.

With tracks costing $50 or so, cars  :dunno:

BUT, I probably will opt in for a year.  :-|

EDIT: I checked the car and track prices tonight (8-21-08) and the HIGHEST price I saw was $25 for one of the tracks. I just wanted to clear up the above misinformation.   ;)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on August 20, 2008, 08:09:10 pm
They just today promised there will be European tracks in the future. :)


That's a very wise decision of them  :)


Heres the quote:

Quote from: Timothy Wheatley
I helped with Silverstone and was in the UK at the
time (I'm British). I can assure you that the ONLY
reason for a focus on U.S. tracks is because it's
more financially viable at the moment. It's nothing
to do with anybody being thought of as second rate...
Infact, I believe Dave's love isn't with ovals... We
will get there guys, but each time will have to be a
multi-car/track scan, no way is it right to fly over
for one track. Patience

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]GT_Raycer on August 20, 2008, 08:15:23 pm
I think I said something similar on that subject.  There is a large investment in laser scanning tracks, and as they haven't even gone to public release yet, they need to invest prudently.

After public release the they will have more revenues to invest in expanding car and track options. It will take time, but I think it will come.  thumbs up
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]DucmanS2R on August 20, 2008, 11:44:38 pm
Dejavu of WWIIOL.   lol

We want Tiger Tanks!  No we want Sherman Tanks!  My shit is nerfed! No your shit is uber! You suck! No you suck!  The developers suck!  Developers, "Time out! We're working on them, but we're only two guys in a garage. It'll take time!"

Internetz games. They're funny.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]JavierFactor on August 22, 2008, 03:52:22 am
Well... after 19 starts, several 3rd places and top 5. Today I won my first race at Lime Rock with the Solstice.  It was a blast!  I am currently ranked on place 262 or something like that, this thing is adictive!!  chocks away
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]hOt6o4bOi on August 22, 2008, 06:00:57 am
got put into the deep end on an oval race
2.60 rating, had a 18.015 qualy

put into a strength of 2505 for my first race starting 3rd

i was doomed from the start lol!

oval racing is crazy with the good guys
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Sh1te R1der on August 22, 2008, 08:04:43 am
Slightly off topic, but some time ago i emailed the following to iRacing
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Hello all at iRacing

 

I am UK based, and interested in signing up for iRacing.  However, in the past, when I have purchased other games listed in $, the actual cost has simply been transposed into £Sterling; for example, $20US becomes £20Sterling, taking no notice whatsoever of exchange rates.  My questions are at what rate will iRacing be charged in the UK, and how will payments be made from UK based accounts.

 

Look forward to your reply



More than a month later, this was their reply
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Dear Racing Enthusiasts,

            We at iRacing.com would like to apologize for not getting back to your e-mail soon. It is always our intention to get back to our community members as fast as we possibly can. We have been working hard on getting our simulator open for launch on August 26th. If you are not already racing with us please make sure you sign up on the 26th and get ready to enjoy the finest wheel to wheel racing you will find in any sim. I look forward to seeing you on the track. Best wishes – Jay G.



Well, that was a waste of time then! Maybe there is subliminal message in there, and come August 26th i will experience an insatiable urge to purchase iRacing... or maybe not lol rofl
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on August 22, 2008, 08:06:43 am
lol
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on August 22, 2008, 11:07:33 pm
lol @ Sh1te

BTW nice sig Jarkko
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]JavierFactor on August 23, 2008, 02:01:00 am
ha!   :biggrin:   
This is the first time - and probably the ONLY time - I am ranked "better" than Rocky.  I know... I know...same points and he has better stats, but I love how the current standings show.. (got a feeling will not last long)

cya there  chocks away
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on August 27, 2008, 03:25:36 am
Well this week my modest goal was to be under a minute at lime rock in the skippy and I didnt have much enthusiam and just felt I would endure in the back.  My last memories of this combo were not good.  Almost considered taking a week off of iRacing.

For some reason, I was really enjoying this track/car combo ALOT and after about an hour offline felt I was good to go online.  So far have done a qualy and TT about 1:00.5x using a huttu setup with the front raised a few clicks and softer rear bar.

Just before racetime tonight, I started getting 0:59's and was staying on track.

Got a P2 at the start but mucked up the start and was in P7 and figured that was fine, just cruise with the crowd and stay on the track for 31 laps.  Worked my way up to P3, would get about ready to figure out a passing strategy for P2 and then make a mistake and loose a few seconds.  The P2 guy was having the same issues so I would catch back up to him...and repeat.  Ended up lapping some other traffic and they were all really courteous and didnt really slow us down.  Slowly caught up to P2 in the final laps as the tires were worn and saw the opportunity for a P2.  P2 slowed down a little more than I expected in the last turn and I almost took us both out but recovered to finish only .15 seconds back in P3.

Figured Lime rock would be lame this week but must say this was the best and  most intensive online race I have ever had while sober.  Not a moment to rest at this track and 31 laps seem to take forever, and in the end it was down to the last lap.

Want to do another tonight but think I am too fried from the earlier race.

SR now up to 4.71 D class license.

Gary

Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]GT_Raycer on August 28, 2008, 04:51:56 am
I raced one race at Laguna Sega tonight.  I started 8th (I think) and finished 6th.  That's about par for me.  :yep:

I'm still running the rookie Solstice, though I was eligable for the advanced until a qualifying session the other day.  AJ Almendinger (at least, that's his in game name) misjudged a pass on turn exit and hit me.  Funny thing is...I never felt a thing!  It was the +4 incident points that caught my attention to it.

I hope to find the time to get myself out of the rookie ranks because I'm getting a WEE BIT frustrated by A) Faster guys that don't have the control to drive CLEANLY  :grrr: , and B) me not being fast enough to stay ahead of them so they CAN'T hit me!   lol

Oh, well...Someday, with more track time, I might work my way up to being the fastest snail on the track.  lol
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on September 20, 2008, 12:16:50 am
well getting back into Iracing.

Just trying to bring my SR over 4.0 so i can drive the mazdas! though unfortantly ive been in 3 races now where ive been going brilliantly only to be taken out by other drivers and put into the wall... Getting this SR up is time consuming stuff!!

So who else is activly racing this game still
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Kristof Huyck on September 20, 2008, 01:14:29 am
I am, but it depends on which track... I wasn't racing this week, maybe next week's track is better... didn't checked yet.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on September 21, 2008, 12:42:33 am
Well ive had a few good runs lately and my SR has gone from Class D 2.5 to 3.5 now.

One race worth mentioning i started 8th in the skippy @ infineon IRL in a feild with an avg strenght of 2100 and i managed to work my up and finally win the race!! yay. 8th - 1st. though this is very risky as more than once starting down in the pack has caused incidents that are not my fault, yet obviously reflect on my SR. So im gonna make sure i qualify as much as possible to give myself a good field + keep out of trouble!!

What ratings are you guys at?

Class D 3.45
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Marc Loukas on September 21, 2008, 03:47:12 am
Meeeh...I think I'll leave iRacing on the shelf for a while. During the invitation period i was really happy with it. Everyone took it seriously enough to promote fellow driver respect, but didn't take it over the edge. Nowadays I've noticed a lot of banging and reckless driving. Won a race the other day simply because everyone in front of me spun or hit someone they were lapping. Funny thing is, i even got points off my SR because i was either T-boned, bumped, rammed off track and hell knows what else rofl. I later noticed that there were guys in the field with rookie ratings of 1.20-1.35 or so rofl. Also, because of things like that, my SR has been jumping from (rookie) 4.56 to 4.42 and vice versa. I still believe iRacing is very good indeed (since I'm also an ex-Papyrus fanatic), but there are many things that turn me off at the moment(mostly by the human factor), at least in the rookie series.

cheers
 silly arse
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on September 21, 2008, 04:34:18 am
I stopped playing and visiting the site.  Not sure why.  Just lost interest I guess.  Having plenty of real life issues to keep me preoccupied.

:( 

Maybe later this fall I will pick it up again.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on September 21, 2008, 05:39:51 am
the trick is to just get upto the higher classes, once their the drivers are far better. Just have to tough it out for a bit.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Kristof Huyck on September 21, 2008, 06:08:55 am
the trick is to just get upto the higher classes, once their the drivers are far better. Just have to tough it out for a bit.


Well, I don't think that's the issue as in the Skip Barber races I am one of the few rookies against a field consisting of more class C & D drivers mostly... I also believe the classes are stupid, why do you have to wait 12 weeks to get a promotion to a higher class? I've been at 4.7 rating or higher for weeks now...
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Hawkeye on September 26, 2008, 09:59:45 pm
But it is true unfortunately. Once you get away from the Rookie class things start to get better. I am racing the Mazdas now and there is a huge difference in sportsmanship and clean racing.  I dont get why the rookie class seems to have such a bunch of a$$holes. Even when you race in D class in the Skippies the idiots from Rookie that can race there will still divebomb you and think its perfectly ok to do so.  It seems the last wave of invites brought some aggressive drivers in.

I am looking forward to getting my class C so I wont have to deal with rookie class anymore.
With the release of the Truck in class C things are going to get better.  Dont think for a minute that we wont be getting some type of tin top because there are too many people that want it for them not to give it to paying customers.

Oh yeah I got Evo, *cough  can I have my money back*
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on September 29, 2008, 07:25:36 am
SR is 3.59 now.. and my Irating is over 2,000 finally im getting put into the top feilds!! That also makes a big difference... Higher Irating combined with higher SR = better chance of good racing. Hell i had a skippy race @ laguna and the guy i raced with was able to run high 1'38's while im stuck in the low - mid 1'39's, i got in front due to his mistake, but he chased me down and we had a great battle for a few laps going 2 wide around multiple corners with NO touches. Damn thats fun.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]linklemming on October 02, 2008, 02:50:29 am
I havent been doing much with iRacing or any online racing for the last month or so, been to busy mucking with house improvements/maintenance and working on my cars.
 
Seems to be a crapshoot as to the quality of races I get.  Usually my first race of the week is with drivers much better and I end up in the back so my iRating goes down and subsequent races I do much better.  Had some of my best experiences and alot of frustrating ones when rookies spin in front and my SR goes down.  Had a race at limerock chicane last week and it was so intense, thats all I did for the week.  Too bad I collided with a rookie who spun in the chicane which put me two laps down.

Favorite car is still the skippy and I would love to race it in a non-rookie class.

SR at 4.68, iRating at 1611 and last time I checked I was about 477 out of 1500 or so.  Considering how much time I have not been spending racing, I am ok with the ratings.

Will race more in the next month.

Gary
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on October 02, 2008, 02:58:54 am
Yeah ive been sticking to my rules and now im sitting on a SR of 3.9 Class D with irating of 2600.

Especially racing the skippy @ laguna im getting good feilds and races almost every time. Easily the most fun and the best racing ive ever had out side of league racing, and in some cases almost as good.

Certainly once you get out of the solice and into things that require skill and clean driving (higher classes better iratings) the quality increases dramatically.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 15, 2008, 11:45:38 pm
Any info on patches or other game developments? Im planning to join in again at the start of next year.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on December 16, 2008, 02:58:51 am
The late models are now Chevy's.  There's a couple new tracks, and a lot of patching on the cars I own.  I don't know what they've changed though.  I am planning on firing it up over Christmas/New Years. 
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]DucmanS2R on December 17, 2008, 12:03:25 am
Believe they should have the Corvette C6R out soon.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 17, 2008, 12:24:56 am
Believe they should have the Corvette C6R out soon.


Not soon, but next year though.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Kristof Huyck on December 17, 2008, 12:52:26 am
I forgot to cancel, and a few weeks back I was automatically charged for another 3 months... So I might perhaps do a few races than.
Those will be my last few races than as almost all new things they've announced or released are aimed at Americans, so unless that changes I won't renew my subscription.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 17, 2008, 08:21:00 am
Woot.
Subscribed again (for one month until start of new year, actually had to go to bank to put some money on my account for this.. grrr).

And while i was away.. ive been promoted to class D.
 :funk:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]DucmanS2R on December 17, 2008, 09:56:45 pm
Believe they should have the Corvette C6R out soon.


Not soon, but next year though.


Ah, but therein lies the beauty of the word 'soon' when quantifiying time as it is open ended and can denote any ammount.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 17, 2008, 10:00:42 pm
So.. you in politics? lol
I subscribed this morning, enjoying it plenty again.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]hendrix on December 17, 2008, 11:00:40 pm
think i will give  iracing a go next year found out I will get a bonus this year :D my boss is full of suprises this year, he bought me a g25 now xmas bonus woot. thanks Jarkko for the reply to my question :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 18, 2008, 07:41:09 am
thanks Jarkko for the reply to my question :)


Could have made the reply a mile long, theres so many things that are unique in iRacing, but like i said.. only 20$.. a one month test and you can see it all yourself, cant go wrong with that.

:)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 18, 2008, 02:06:37 pm
Arrrrgh.. now that i resubscribed, and have proper time and energy to race... ITS DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE.. And this fucker dont run when the member site is down.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: Marcus on December 18, 2008, 02:46:53 pm
Looks like it's up now Jarkko.  :)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 18, 2008, 02:51:29 pm
 :yep:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on December 21, 2008, 10:56:43 am
Had my worse race so far :(

stop & go, someone spun infront.. 4xincident, spun 2-3 times.. and had full fuel, and even took more on my stop&go visit..
:(

Well.. happily this sort of failure is rare.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on December 31, 2008, 11:51:46 pm
http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=370838&custid=19318 (http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=370838&custid=19318)

Good results Jarkko  and OldGreazy!
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on January 01, 2009, 11:40:58 am
Was ok :)
I lack a bit of pace at Road America, theres no other game where you need to push so much on the limit all the time to finish well.. Ive had way too little races too, definitely need to do more racing..
Its always fun! Yesterday i spent 250$ on content (i guess im with iRacing to stay this time).. then noticed i got 150€ (209$) less money than i was supposed!!!! kinda screwed now because of that.. Its not the first time that happens though, but it sucksucksucks pretty hard. :(
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on January 01, 2009, 07:31:08 pm
Im driving like a fucking idiot with this damned Mazda @ Road America, ive cocked up 3-4 races badly.. Need to wait until next track me thinks.. or just bloody practice more.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jett on January 01, 2009, 08:20:56 pm
Quote
Yesterday i spent 250$ on content (i guess im with iRacing to stay this time).. then noticed i got 150€ (209$) less money than i was supposed!!!! kinda screwed now because of that..



Jarkko..I am sure you already sent in a complaint to customer support..but if you haven't you should. I have not heard of this problem before getting the discount but from what I read someone from iRacing should fix your credit issue pretty quickly. I have read they will call or email within a couple hours of getting the complaint.

Can't hurt as you would be eligible for a hefty discount with your amount total.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on January 01, 2009, 08:27:34 pm
You misunderstood m8, i have no probs with iRacing, i just forgot to calculate the holidays on my income.
:)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 02, 2009, 07:47:49 pm
We had a good truck race was only 12th in iRating but i have pretty good quali time and got 2nd right behind another finnish friend. It was hilarious to hear Americanos planning how they attempt to drop me lower on the grid (thats what i at least thought they were talking about) and how i would lose it on last turn if i kept going as tightly on low.. I guess they werent happy about it, but we pulled it off and got a great 1-2 finish.

http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=424314&custid=19318 (http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=424314&custid=19318)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 04, 2009, 05:09:31 pm
On my third truck race i finally got a win! Ive been on podium in each of my races so far.. fingers crossed.

http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=430045&custid=19318 (http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=430045&custid=19318)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen on February 04, 2009, 06:16:12 pm
Finally bothered to upgrade to D class in road racing, and now I need the bloody OVALS up aswell to race the trucks.

I just hate iRacing in some ways....... I upped my Road because thats what I like...  :grr: :grr: :grr: :grr:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 04, 2009, 06:20:22 pm
Finally bothered to upgrade to D class in road racing, and now I need the bloody OVALS up aswell to race the trucks.

I just hate iRacing in some ways....... I upped my Road because thats what I like...  :grr: :grr: :grr: :grr:


Well.. Dont take pressure of it.. If you buy a long subscription its worth it even if you only race a bit every other week for example.. And getting licence up is easy, just takes bit of time.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 04, 2009, 06:21:58 pm
Truck races are mad! Cars on two lanes, need to hold your line, try to fight your way up only couple meters from eachother.. If you are too close you cant see anything, and the trucks bounce all over the places.. Most intensive racing experience ive ever had.. you need to be razor sharp for the whole race.. great fun, and very challenging.
:)
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen on February 04, 2009, 06:32:51 pm
Truck races are mad! Cars on two lanes, need to hold your line, try to fight your way up only couple meters from eachother.. If you are too close you cant see anything, and the trucks bounce all over the places.. Most intensive racing experience ive ever had.. you need to be razor sharp for the whole race.. great fun, and very challenging.
:)


i have bought and tested them, but when I get my licence I guess the series is finished :(
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 04, 2009, 06:34:57 pm
Truck races are mad! Cars on two lanes, need to hold your line, try to fight your way up only couple meters from eachother.. If you are too close you cant see anything, and the trucks bounce all over the places.. Most intensive racing experience ive ever had.. you need to be razor sharp for the whole race.. great fun, and very challenging.
:)


i have bought and tested them, but when I get my licence I guess the series is finished :(


And starts again :D
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen on February 04, 2009, 06:35:54 pm
Truck races are mad! Cars on two lanes, need to hold your line, try to fight your way up only couple meters from eachother.. If you are too close you cant see anything, and the trucks bounce all over the places.. Most intensive racing experience ive ever had.. you need to be razor sharp for the whole race.. great fun, and very challenging.
:)


i have bought and tested them, but when I get my licence I guess the series is finished :(


And starts again :D


I am not much into the iRacing world, but are there leagues for every car all the time?
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 04, 2009, 06:39:14 pm
Truck races are mad! Cars on two lanes, need to hold your line, try to fight your way up only couple meters from eachother.. If you are too close you cant see anything, and the trucks bounce all over the places.. Most intensive racing experience ive ever had.. you need to be razor sharp for the whole race.. great fun, and very challenging.
:)


i have bought and tested them, but when I get my licence I guess the series is finished :(


And starts again :D


I am not much into the iRacing world, but are there leagues for every car all the time?


Yep. 4 seasons in a year. After the season theres one week break and new seasons start..
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen on February 06, 2009, 08:34:22 am
Well I am getting there. met my first wreckers in legends oval.

NOT fun. he did not hit me but still not fun.

He had done it 2 times in 2 races to the same guy apparantly.
Anyway. Also met a great guy. Shawn Haverly if someone know him. very helpful and gentlemans driver.

Anyway.... I am doing legends to get out of rookie score. thats all. I wanna truck race........
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 06, 2009, 08:42:32 am
Well I am getting there. met my first wreckers in legends oval.

NOT fun. he did not hit me but still not fun.

He had done it 2 times in 2 races to the same guy apparantly.
Anyway. Also met a great guy. Shawn Haverly if someone know him. very helpful and gentlemans driver.

Anyway.... I am doing legends to get out of rookie score. thats all. I wanna truck race........


Haha! :)
The trucks are great.. Also got Impala now.. 3 seconds faster in Daytona..
Legends races can be a bit of a mess.. but i dont believe they are that much as people suggest.
Ive done 26 oval races total, finished in top5 in 22 of them.. been wrecked.. once.. other races i was just too slow to be in top5..
and 22 of those races are Legends oval races.. so its not bad.. just need to learn to see trouble and avoud it, whenever even slightly
possible.
:)

EDIT:I might also add, that theres lot of inexperienced oval racers in the rookies, they are learning class and licence level after all.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Dion Holzheimer on February 06, 2009, 11:36:16 am
So what are people upto now then?

Road class C 4.5
Oval Rookie 3.4

As you can see im quite the oval guy!
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 06, 2009, 11:54:32 am
So what are people upto now then?

Road class C 4.5
Oval Rookie 3.4

As you can see im quite the oval guy!


Road C 4.55 (havent done any sessions after promotion thats why its so low)
Oval C 4.99
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen on February 06, 2009, 12:22:50 pm
Right. bought Impala, skip barber and sebring track.


Now gotta use the cars for something. need more legends races to go higher up...

Had one no wher someone stopped in front of me in formation lap, I got damaged and needed to start from pit. Great... got 5th after starting in 12th, so not to bad, but I should have been fighting for pole  :grr:
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Cato Larsen on February 12, 2009, 09:06:18 pm
Hmmm. Well I am a bit annoyed about the 2 last legends races...
Where does all these KIDS get the money to race here??
Not just do they make pile ups on the track. some even seems to just crash to gain places. And BEING RUDE ABOUT IT AFTERWARDS....

I was actually very close to disconnecting........ Luckily the ones that actually did come here to race did good and we did manage to avoid the traffic, but everything almost vent straight down on the last lap....... due to some kid... ALAN COLLINS, doing some strange things.. Actually when he spoke, he sounded like my daughter. And she is 3 years old... well in a few weeks. She might even be a pitch darker in the tone as well..


I hope this is not developing. Anyway. I have enough races to get me to next class when series end, but I also do wanna get a 4.00 rating (3.72 now)

I dunno. I dont like what I am seing. Maybe it is my pace that leaves me with these kids. I dunno.

Hope my next race will be better.
Title: Re: My iRacing experiences
Post by: [SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki on February 12, 2009, 09:25:12 pm
Nah its the rookie races m8, youll get on better grids soon.