Saturday, September 24, 2016

V8CS DevSeries MoSport

Here's a video of my first race in the OSR V8 Development Series. This is the 2nd split and I think you'll find the last 10 minutes pretty entertaining as I was running in 7th with my team mate Thom behind me as we chased down 3 cars who hadn't taken fresh tyres at the pit stop.

2016 Season 4 Plans

Two weeks into the new season and I've had some time to run in the 3 hosted leagues which was I was interested in:

  • Aussie Racing Cars Championship
  • SEK Le Mans Series
  • OSR iKART V8 Development Series

    I posted previously to explain my excitement about the Aussie Cars series. While I've definitely enjoyed the car, it quickly became apparent that the racing wasn't actually going to be that great.

    The Le Mans league was an interesting idea, all drivers would run each of the 4 tracks for 3 weeks races each; first in a GT3 car in a 60 minute race, then GT1 in a 90 minute race, then HPD in a 120 minute race. While I don't have a lot of experience in the GT3 cars, I enjoyed running the Audi R8 at Le Mans. I did pretty well in the GT1 Aston where I have more experience. However with the HPD round coming up I came to the conclusion that I just can't commit to a 2 hour race + 30 minute qually session which starts at 9pm. I wouldn't be in bed until midnight.....

    The V8 Development Series is the feeder series into the main OSR V8 Supercar series and seemed like a good way to dip my toes into driving the Commodore. Long story short, I've really enjoyed learning to tame the beast and have decided that it will be my main focus for the season. My goal for the season is just to continue coming to grips with the Commodore and improving my times. I would be very happy to find myself making the top split in the dev series.

    I'll also be running in the official V8SC race which runs on 8:15pm Sunday night AEST time.

    I'll probably also try to run in the Kamel GT series race which runs after the V8's on Sunday night in the new Nissan ZX-T, as it is a boatload of fun.

    I dropped the Aussie Cars league because it runs on Thursday nights and that clashes with V8SC practice night for the team I've joined.... More on that in another post shortly.
  • Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Aussie Racing Cars Championships

    While hunting around for a league to join which runs during AEST evenings I came across the thread announcing that the Aussie Racing Cars Championships will be running for 13 weeks aligned with iRacing's 2016 Season 4. Sessions run from 8pm - 9pm Thursday nights, which is perfect. There's over 130 people who have shown interest and they'll be running two 60 slot sessions; participation should be very high!

    Here's the details:

    Time:8:00:00 PM AEST
    Warmup:20 minutes
    Qualifying:10 minutes
    Race:x Laps or 30 minutes
    Distance:~70 kms
    Split Size:60 or 50%
    No. Servers:Max 2
    Time of Day:Random
    Start Type:Standing
    Fast Repairs:1
    Track State:Random and Automatic
    Setup Type:Fixed

    1. Mount Panorama Circuit
    2. Road AtlantaShort
    3. Watkins Glen InternationalCup
    4. Phillip Island Circuit
    5. Long Beach Street Circuit
    6. Oulton Park CircuitIsland Historic
    7. Oran Park RacewayGrand Prix
    8. Summit Point Raceway
    9. Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayRoad Course
    10. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
    11. Autodromo Nazionale di MonzaJunior
    12. Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino FerrariGrand Prix

    I've put in a few practice sessions and I'm enjoying getting a handle on the Legends car with the setup the league has come up with. I even came up with a fake sponsorship deal with National Pies and whipped up a paint job:

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    G27 Force Map

    I read about the new force feedback forceMap option that was added to iRacing back in May 2016 on Ed Racing.

    I was interested in checking it out. The first thing I did was generate graphs of the forceMap.csv file which David Tucker from the iRacing dev team released and the one which Ed created.

    David's file:

    Ed's file:

    After looking at these two files and reading through David's posts in the thread I created my own. I doubled the number of data points in order to smooth out the transitions.

    My file:

    I've run a few practice sessions and races using this forceMap.csv file (save it into your /documents/iRacing folder). Like Ed's summation; I find driving when using my forceMap file I get better feedback as to what is going on with the rear of the car. Feeling when I'm on the edge of traction is a huge improvement. Along with this I get a better idea of weight transfer side to side in the car.

    Honestly, it is a big step up.

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Change of Plans

    I found out two things last week and over the weekend;

    1) I totally suck at the first and last corners of Sebring in the Spec Racer Ford.
    2) Australian prime time participation in the SRF isn't as good as I thought it would be.

    These two things combined led me to look around for another series to take part in. Unfortunately the site I used to use to check on participation across series has broken and the maintainer isn't interested in fixing it. The good news is someone else has stepped up to take it over, but the new site won't be up and running until next week (hopefully).

    I had to do it the old fashioned way, it became apparently that if I wanted a series which I could always find a decent race Friday or Saturday night at around 8pm to 10pm my time I had a handful of options:

    Global MX-5 Cup

    I basically have zero interest in learning how to be fast in the new MX-5. I've jumped into it a few times and have found that I simply detest the baseline setup which is in place for this series.

    Production Car Challenge

    There is essentially zero people driving the Solstice in this series, which is a shame because I did enjoy that. While the MX-5 has an open setup and I could get it to a put that I felt comfortable I detest a few of the tiny tracks they use in this series; Jefferson and Okayama Short aren't any fun.

    Formula Renault 2.0

    The numbers for this series are amazing. I jumped in and really enjoyed driving the FR2.0 around Philip Island and I think that this really could be a series that I get involved in at some stage.

    GT3 Sprint

    Again, the massive participation numbers make this a strong contender. The downside is that I'm frustratingly slow in these cars. I'm sure with more seat time I would improve, but would I enjoy it enough to warrant the time and effort?

    GT3 Enduro

    There is a race Saturday 7pm my time. I'm actually pretty interested in this, but would need to find a team to run with. Perhaps something for 2016 Season 4.

    Proto GT

    I saved this one for last because it is what I ended up running over the weekend. Initially I jumped into the Ford GT and really enjoyed driving it around Spa. However it became obvious that I'd need to strap into a GT1 car or the HPD to actually get in a decent field. The HPD has never grabbed me but the new Aston Martin DBR-9 has been calling my name ever since it was added to the service. Participation in the GT1 class is pretty good and I took a deep dive into it over the weekend, putting in ~3hrs of practice and setup tweaking before taking part in two races. I'll do up a separate race report for that.

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    2016 Season 3 Plans

    I spent some time over the weekend working out which series I'll be squeezing into the small amount of time I'm going to be able to set aside for racing each week. The winner is; Spec Racer Ford!

    The crucial reason ended up being the fact that it seems to be the only series on the list of my interests which has decent participation during the times I'm going to be able to race. Of course, the fact that I'm really enjoying learning more about this weird vehicle was rather important too.

    I had two very enjoyable races in the SRF around Watkins Glen over the weekend, one where I snagged a 3rd place finish after an intense 3 way battle over the final 5 laps. I still found myself pointing the wrong direction in both races, but these were outliers in otherwise rather consistently clean and quick-ish laps.

    My goal for 2016 Season 3 is to run at least 1 race each week after putting enough enough practice time to be safe and consistent. I feel that if I can focus on keeping the car pointed in the right direction I can happily battle for top 5 finishes and enjoy racing in the mid pack behind the actually quick guys.

    One thing I realised over the weekend was that no one seems to run the Solstice in the Production Car series any more, at least not at the times I'm racing. That makes me sad. The upside is that it'll force me to invest more seat time in the SRF rather than jumping into random Production Car races.

    Sunday, June 5, 2016

    End of 2016 Season 2: Road Career Stats

    To be honest; I was kind of amazed that my iRacing Stats application still worked. I'd noticed that the devs had made a number of changes to the stats on the members pages and figured that this would have included changes to the data which my app pulls. Turns out they didn't. Yay.

    I figured I'd post up a full career stats dump, mostly to highlight how very little time I've had to put into iRacing since the end of 2015 Season 2. That was when we moved back to Australia after living in the United States for 3 years.

    For the up coming 2016 Season 3 I do hope that I can set aside two hours each week so I can compete in a series. Most likely it would be Grand Touring, but the couple of Spec Racer Ford events I've stumbled into this weekend have been a real hoot.... Perhaps even the Ford GT in the revived Proto/GT series? Basically it'll come down to participation levels at the times I can set aside to drive.

    With that in mind, the hugely popular GT3 or Formula Renault 2.0 series need consideration. The downside of both of these is that my iRating would put me in the top split and it'd be a very humbling couple of races each week. The upside is that I'd be sure to get some interesting mid-pack action every time I strapped in for a drive.

    SeriesRacesWinsAvg PTSAvg Start PosAvg Fin PosAvg iRAvg SR
    Mazda Cup 17721473.35.611-0.02
    Adv Mazda MX-5 Cup (MX5-C) 763536.79.0-2-0.03
    Star Mazda 731379.29.4-90.09
    Grand Touring Cup (FR500) 7027771.92.7180.05
    Prod Car Challenge (SOL) 3619901.91.9420.04
    Spec Racer Ford Challenge 342426.47.32-0.05
    Skip Barber Race Series 2203211.711.0-27-0.05
    Grand Touring Cup (SOL) 226713.03.1180.04
    Ruf Cup 170366.611.7-54-0.06
    13th Week Mazda Cup 155573.08.1190.04
    Blancpain Endurance Series 1203516.717.8-370.15
    Global Challenge 602813.313.3-34-0.03
    13th Week SRF Challenge 304513.012.3-460.22
    IMSA Sportscar (R12C) 30392.33.0-460.04
    IMSA Sportscar (FGT) 21343.03.5-24-0.04
    Prod Car Challenge (MX5-R) 10601.03.0-3-0.24
    Road Warrior Series 107621.08.001.83
    Adv Mazda MX-5 Cup (MX16) 1021.017.0-131-0.11
    Global Challenge - Open 102110.010.0-380.03
    Corvette Challenge 10363.04.0-500.10
    Formula Renault 2.0 107020.014.0-7-0.02 MAZDA MX-5 Cup 10011.011.0-90-0.01

    Safety Rating3.28
    Corners Per Incident27.67
    Total Driving Time304 hrs 47 mins
    Race Starts575
    Race Finishes459
    Race Laps7845
    Race Incidents3785
    Podium Finishes209
    Top 5 Finishes277
    Average Finish Postion6.8
    Qualifying Sessions290
    Qualifying Laps2067
    Qualifying Incidents1325
    Time Trials Run44
    TT Laps907
    TT Incidents473

    Found time to race

    My life has been rather busy lately, what with buying a house and welcoming our second child into the world.

    I finally managed to find time to sneak in a couple of races, the first was a very enjoyable win at Bathurst in the Solstice in a Production Car race. The second was more entertaining; a 3rd at Lime Rock in the Spec Racer Ford.

    I wouldn't have every considered myself very good in the SRF, having not spent enough time in the seat to really get a good grip of the thing. Basically any time I get near the edge of the envelop I quickly find myself pointing in the wrong direction. Still, I decided to jump into a race at Lime Rock because that track has always been good to me.

    I qualified in 3rd in the top split and found myself in the lead after the left hander. I quickly messed it all up though and was dead last after the first lap.

    I managed to come to a some what stable lap time and managed to climb from 11th back up into 5th. With 10 laps remaining I felt confident of hunting down 4th and managed it a couple of laps later. I realised I was gaining on 3rd at a good rate and even though I was some 16 seconds behind him with 8 laps to go I maybe had a slim chance of catching him by the end of the race....

    With 6 laps to go I caught a glimpse of him down the main straight and each lap I was making big gains:

    I'd strung together 8 quick and clean laps and I pipped him as we crossed the finish line!

    Damn I've missed racing.

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    3000 iRating

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to run a whole stack of races in the Production Car Challenge and Grand Touring Cup. Good results in all my races resulted in me completing my little "how quickly can I get from 1350 to 3000 iRating". The answer was 50 races.

    The most enjoyable part of yesterday's races was that in 3 of them I had very tight, very clean, very exciting battles for the lead. For the majority of races in the 50 I've run during this experiment I've basically been running time trials. Most of the time I've just been lapping out in the lead on my own and the only "excitement" has come when people I'm lapping do stupid things.

    Now that I've climbed my way back up to where I believe my skill level is I'll probably start running more MX5 Cup races and will find myself in more tight battles.

    SeriesRacesWinsAvg PTSAvg Start PosAvg Fin PosAvg iRAvg SR
    Prod Car Challenge (SOL) 2414741.31.7410.03
    Mazda Cup 93703.34.290.10
    Prod Car Challenge (MX5-R) 85871.21.540-0.03
    Grand Touring Cup 61744.53.5210.23
    13th Week Mazda Cup 40453.010.8-29-0.04
    Spec Racer Ford Challenge 10775.03.0400.10

    Safety Rating3.56
    Corners Per Incident33.26
    Total Driving Time21 hrs 4 mins
    Race Starts52
    Race Finishes49
    Race Laps701
    Race Incidents271
    Podium Finishes43
    Top 5 Finishes45
    Average Finish Postion3.0
    Qualifying Sessions10
    Qualifying Laps88
    Qualifying Incidents29
    Time Trials Run0

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    D Class Challenge Stats

    I'm attempting to answer the question of "how long would it take me to get from 1350 iRating to 3000 iRating?" I'm running only D class events, mostly focusing on my pet series; Production Car Challenge. I've sprinkled in a few races from other series, most recently running the Solstice around Bathurst in the Grand Touring Cup.

    SeriesRacesWinsAvg PTSAvg Start PosAvg Fin PosAvg iRAvg SR
    Prod Car Challenge 2615691.21.6410.04
    Mazda Cup 124523.63.870.09
    Grand Touring Cup 63463.83.290.16
    13th Week Mazda Cup 73262.16.6-17-0.03
    Spec Racer Ford Challenge 10775.03.0400.10

    Safety Rating3.44
    Corners Per Incident30.73
    Total Driving Time16 hrs 44 mins
    Race Starts42
    Race Finishes39
    Race Laps583
    Race Incidents219
    Podium Finishes34
    Top 5 Finishes35
    Average Finish Postion3.3
    Qualifying Sessions10
    Qualifying Laps88
    Qualifying Incidents29
    Time Trials Run0