Monday, May 25, 2015

Flying Mustangs at Mount Panorama

Triple Screens

I've purchased a new video card and 3 matching monitors in order to get iRacing up and running in a triple screen setup.

I knew that it would be an improvement, but oh boy I didn't fully comprehend just how awesome running iRacing at a 143 degree field of view would be.

One side effect was that I could not longer use my iRacing Session Info application in the same way I had in the past. Previously I ran iRacing in windowed mode on my main screen and other applications on my 2nd screen; Session Info, iSpeed.

I didn't want to be alt-tab'ing in and out of the iRacing application rather than warming up before a race, so I worked out a solution.

As you can see in my photo above, I have my android phone attached to the center of my steering wheel and display the speed delta and fuel info from iSpeed on it. I now also use an android app called Remote Launcher which I use to run a batch file that executes my Session Info app. When it finishes collecting all the data from the website it plays a wav file letting me know. Session Info now includes a feature to output to a html file and I run a simple webserver on my PC called Mongoose which allows me to load up that html file on my phone and check all the info out.

I'm doing final testing on all this at the moment and as soon as I'm confident it is all super solid I'll update my Session Info page with the new version and details.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grand Touring Cup (FR500) 2015 Season 2

Current championship standing: 7th out of 907 drivers

Avg PointsAvg Finish PosAvg IncAvg iRAvg SR

Weekly Average Per Race
WeekTrackRacesWinsTop3PtsFin PosiRSR
1:Phillip Island3231111.347.30.12
2:Okayama Full4331182.239.00.06
3:Homestead Miami Road A313952.032.70.00
4:Brands Hatch GP4231242.226.5-0.00
5:Road America Full8461224.421.10.04
6:Summit Point7461011.928.60.15
7:Monza GP10471084.226.6-0.03
8:Canadian Tire7041144.3-2.40.00
9:Watkins Glen Cup302977.7-12.0-0.00
10:Mount Panorama20110311.5-18.50.15

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Road 2015 S2 Week 8

SeriesRacesWinsPointsAvg StartAvg FinAvg iRAvg SR
Grand Touring Cup @ Canadian Tire701141.94.3-20.00
Adv Mazda MX-5 Cup @ Interlagos GP10986.02.048-0.02

Safety Rating3.27
Corners Per Incident39.71
Total Driving Time4 hrs 40 mins
Race Starts8
Race Finishes8
Qualify Sessions6
Time Trials0
Podium Finishes5
Top 5 Finishes6
Average Finish Postion4.0
Total Laps132

Road 2015 S2 Week 7

I thoroughly enjoyed racing the Mustang at Monza this week. While it is a very simple track, I found that much like Montreal the mix of long fast straights and tight chicanes led to some very exciting battles. My first 4 races there for the week weren't very productive points wise and since I was enjoying the racing so much I ended up putting in a total of 8 official races for the week. I then ran a couple of races in the Solstice in the Grand Touring Cup and found that Monza was almost as much fun in the slow little turtle as it was in the big pony.

This week also saw the MX5 at Mount Panorama in the Advanced series. I managed to run 3 races and they were all very awesome, especially the race with Hollis and Mick.

SeriesRacesWinsPointsAvg StartAvg FinAvg iRAvg SR
Grand Touring Cup @ Monza GP1041084.64.227-0.03
Adv Mazda MX-5 Cup @ Mount Panorama301075.03.7420.11
Production Car Challenge @ Okayama Full211058.56.040-0.02

Safety Rating3.46
Corners Per Incident44.91
Total Driving Time8 hrs 30 mins
Race Starts15
Race Finishes15
Qualify Sessions8
Time Trials0
Podium Finishes8
Top 5 Finishes11
Average Finish Postion4.3
Total Laps189

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Catch Up

I'd slipped out of the habit of posting weekly stats and a wrap up on Tuesdays. I've just dumped stats for the 4 weeks I missed.

The general overview is that I've continued to thoroughly enjoy driving the Mustang in the Grand Touring Cup and putting in solid results. I'm currently sitting 4th in the series, though that isn't exactly "true" because a number of the very quick guys have already missed a week or two. I'd say that all in all I'm currently in the top 10.

I have especially enjoyed the Mustang at Road America and Monza as both of these tracks have led to some incredibly tight races. I loved turning laps at Brands Hatch and Summit Point, but races at those two tracks didn't result in many passing opportunities.

Along with the GTC I've continued to run in the Ruf Cup, slowly learning how to tame the beast. Unlike the Mustang, I really haven't clicked in the Ruf C-Spec yet. I still feel as though I'm constantly on the edge of losing control, yet I'm always 2 seconds or more per lap off the pace. Its obvious that I need more practice, but I'm finding it difficult to muster up the motivation to dedicate seat time to the Ruf over the Mustang.

Road 2015 S2 Week 6

SeriesRacesWinsPointsAvg Start PosAvg Fin PosAvg iRAvg SR
Grand Touring Cup741011.61.9290.15
Ruf Cup30328.312.3-72-0.10
Mazda Cup20729.08.0-12-0.01
Production Car Challenge10857.07.043-0.08

Safety Rating3.48
Corners Per Incident45.52
Total Driving Time6 hrs 22 mins
Race Starts13
Race Finishes12
Qualify Sessions5
Time Trials0
Podium Finishes6
Top 5 Finishes7
Average Finish Postion5.6
Total Laps202

Road 2015 S2 Week 5

SeriesRacesWinsPointsAvg Start PosAvg Fin PosAvg iRAvg SR
Grand Touring Cup841221.44.4210.04
Ruf Cup20722.58.5-25-0.07
Production Car Challenge111181.01.0870.11

Safety Rating2.92
Corners Per Incident41.82
Total Driving Time6 hrs 29 mins
Race Starts11
Race Finishes8
Qualify Sessions5
Time Trials0
Podium Finishes7
Top 5 Finishes8
Average Finish Postion4.8
Total Laps181

Road 2015 S2 Week 4

SeriesRacesWinsPointsAvg Start PosAvg Fin PosAvg iRAvg SR
Grand Touring Cup421241.52.226-0.00
Skip Barber Race Series304812.711.7-38-0.07
Ruf Cup205311.513.0-520.06

Safety Rating3.18
Corners Per Incident37.33
Total Driving Time5 hrs 34 mins
Race Starts9
Race Finishes9
Qualify Sessions5
Time Trials0
Podium Finishes3
Top 5 Finishes4
Average Finish Postion7.8
Total Laps121