Season 3 of Race Club would kick off with a 1hr race at Brands Hatch before moving on to the more usual 30 minute sprints. For this season I’d be sticking with the Lamborghini Huraçan GT3 and teaming up with Ben in #TeamLambo (teams being a new addition to season 3). After a busy week at work and spending the weekend at Bayford Meadows and Buckmore Park I’d not done very much practice at all. Fortuitously it wasn’t that long since we’d been at Brands in Season 2 so at least I had a setup still.Continue reading
Round 4 of the championship took us to Misano, the tight and technical track perhaps more suited to bikes than big GT3 cars. Once again we were running a pair of 30 minute sprints and unlike the previous round I’d actually done some practice. I was hoping for some 5th and 6th place finishes this week.Continue reading
The final round of the championship was an 80 minute endurance at Silverstone on a cold evening. Sitting in 4th in the table I needed a good result in order to keep it. with black306mi not taking part in the final race, I was only really worried about B_Rated.Continue reading
I knew I was going to struggle this week – a set track combined with little practice meant it was always going to be a big ask. The two sprints would be all about staying on track, finishing and collecting points. I didn’t get a lot of opportunity to practice during the week – starting a new job meant I was exhausted in the evenings. I did manage to get some laps in on Friday morning and over lunch and was able to lap around 2:16 without making too many mistakes.Continue reading
For some reason, Imola isn’t a circuit I do well at (even by my standards!) and no matter how much I enjoy driving it I always seem to get caught in other peoples accidents, hit or make a silly mistake and it’s all over. After a couple of practice races during the week against both the AI and some real opponents I knew I had some consistency and if I could hold it together I’d be able to finish in the top 10.Continue reading
The 9th round of the championship brought us to California and the legendary Laguna Seca circuit. Sadly, there wasn’t a lot of sunshine and the race would be run at dusk, finishing in the dark. It was also going to be a single 80 minute endurance rather than a pair of sprints.Continue reading
Mount Panorama has always been one of my favourite circuits – it looks really impressive, with two long straights up and down the mountain and then the fast and technical section at the top. There’s almost no error for margin and when it bites, it bites hard. An 80 minute endurance race was always going to be a big ask, even if it was in the daylight and after the ESR race at the same track.Continue reading
Mount Panorama has always been one of my favourite tracks for Sim racing on. It’s tough and doesn’t take any prisoners but a good lap around the mountain feels awesome when you pull it off. After taking ownership of the ESR league I wanted to make the Mount Panorama round a bit different to the others. While we still did qualifying on the Saturday afternoon (in game) I moved the race start so that it would be dark and the sun would come up while we raced – just like the start of the real 12hr race.Continue reading
Round 5 of the ESR league took us to the short Belgian track of Zolder. The track has lots of long straights and hard braking points and, with plenty of laps under my belt I was feeling quite good about the race.
I’d done quite a lot of practice, initially concentrating on getting my tire pressures consistent and then making a few other smaller changes. I’d done some calculations on fuel and even tested them out in a full race length successfully.
After the 80 minute endurance race that was round 2, the following week saw round 3 still at Spa but this time for 2 30 minute sprints in the wet. With another 50 minute race at Spa coming up with the ESR crew I’d done a lot of mileage at the track over the last 2 weeks. While I wasn’t especially confident of a strong result I didn’t think I’d make a fool of myself either. After a mid week wobble when I nearly didn’t take part I set aside a couple of evenings for some wet practice and found that I wasn’t as bad as I’d feared.Continue reading