Traditionally, I don’t get on with Spa. I always think of it as an F1 circuit and as that’s not my main interest I don’t drive it much. It’s also a long lap and takes a lot of effort to learn it. However, with an 80 minute race, a 50 minute race and a pair of 30 minute (wet) sprints coming up I thought I’d invest some time in it this time.Continue reading
With the January rounds of the SuperPro championship put on hold, 6 of us got together to do some racing on Assetto Corsa Competitzione on PS4. Although most of us race regularly on Gran Turismo Sport, Assetto Corsa encourages drivers to setup their car correctly and is less forgiving to drivers. As a result it’s more difficult to drive but more rewarding. We thought we’d use it as an opportunity to learn the game together. Jason and Reece would drive the Ferrari, Doug and Chris the AMG and Dan and Ben chose the McLaren.Continue reading
Round 2 of the championship saw us visiting the Hungaroring, a track I’d initially dismissed as dull but is now becoming one of my favourites.
I did quite a lot of work for this race and was actually feeling pretty confident going into it. I’d done a practice qualifying and race session the day before with a few other drivers and had a comparable pace. I’d also done a lot of laps and, with the exception of Turn 4 where I often exceeded track limits, could lap consistently and cleanly.
This was my first race with the Mature Racing Club and I was looking forward to a long season mixing 30 minute sprints and 90 minute endurance races at a mix of tracks and conditions. Once again I’d be driving the Dorset liveried AMG. I don’t have the time to learn a second car!Continue reading
Initially planned as the final round of Season 2, this race was now the first of eight rounds that would make up Season 3. Like the previous season, these would be 50 minute races with a mandatory pit stop for fuel and tires. Before each race there’d be a 60 minute practice and qualifying session. I decided to keep my AMG from Seasons 1 and 2 rather than try and learn a new car.Continue reading
fter delaying the Catalunya round by a week, we’d run out of time to run the 5th round at Suzuka so this would be the championship final round. 14 drivers lined up for qualifying and would start a race that I had high hopes for.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
After a delay of a week caused by organisational issues we reconvened the championship with a smaller than usual grid for the night race at Barcelona. 9 Drivers qualified with 8 taking the start. With 2 weeks to get ready for the race I was keen to have a better result than I had in round 2 at Mount Panorama.Continue reading
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.
Round 3 of the championship saw us visit the streets of Tokyo for a night race on the longest trackContinue reading