Category: GTSport

Bayfords Tour of Japan – Round 5/5 Suzuka

Monday saw the 5th and final round of our Tour of Japan and 11 drivers taking part in the 30 minute race at Suzuka. Until the day of the race I’d not done any practice since I’d been concentrating on ACC. I put that aside and did some practice in a test lobby and after watching a few YouTube videos got my times down to 2:01 which I was fairly happy with. In the practice before qualifying I was quicker than Dan and only about 1.5s off the quickest drivers.

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Bayfords Tour of Japan – Round 4/5 Fuji

We only had 10 drivers for the penultimate round with regular front runners Loui and Ant not able to make it. This made it a straight fight between Jono and Graham. Graham took the pole but Jono took the win and the points. For me, it was a race to forget and a valuable lesson learned.
This is a quick section….. foolishly assuming I knew this track I spent all week preparing for a race on ACC around Barcelona. I didn’t know it half as well as I thought I did, paying a heavy price and qualifying 7th behind my championship rival Dan.

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Eldar Sim Racing 1hr Endurance League – Round 7 Dragon Trail Seaside

The penultimate round of the ESR Endurance League was held at the GTSport original track “Dragon Trail Seaside” – a fictional track based on the Croatian coast. It’s a popular track in the game with a nice hairpin at Turn 11, some sweeping esses and the famous “chicane of death” just before a short tunnel.

As it’s one of the launch tracks from 2017, Dragon Trail Seaside is a track I know fairly well so I didn’t do a lot of practice. The sessions I did were mainly based around strategy and working out how long I could make a set of RSS tires last before they went off. After some testing I decided they were at their best for up to 6 laps although I could get 8 if I needed to. After doing some maths and working out the race would be 36 laps I decided to run a 4 stop race using 4 sets of RSS tires for 6 or 7 laps and then run the last stint when the field would be more spread out on a set of RS tires.

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Eldar Sim Racing 1hr Endurance League – Round 6 Lago Maggiore

After last weeks race I’d not done much driving on GTSport at all, preferring to try Assetto Corsa Competizione instead. I had done a lot of driving in traffic though and was hopeful I’d be able to avoid any silly mistakes.

Without a lot of practice I did several sessions on Monday and played around with the RM and RS tires, eventually deciding to do 10 laps on the RM tire and the remainder of the race on the faster RS tire. I reckoned the race would be 30 laps (I was right) and that I could do 20 laps on 3 sets of RS tires – either 6 or 7 per set or even stretch out the RM tires if they weren’t totally shot.

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Bayford Meadows Gran Turismo GT3 Summer Cup

With agreement from Ian at the track I ran a 3 round, 6 race league over the summer using Gran Turismo. The league was open to all Bayford drivers. With the return to real racing in the summer it wasn’t as well attended as the championship I’d run over lockdown but we still had some good racing and I hope everyone had a good time. While the lockdown league had been a series of 30 minute races with qualifying each week, these would be 10 lap sprints on 2 circuits once a month. To cap it all off, the circuit would provide actual trophies.

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