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    I built this for my Fanatec pedals, but the concept can apply to pretty much any brand.

    It's actually quite simple. I used a 3/4" piece of plywood as the base, placed it under the frame, traced out the shape, cut it out with a jigsaw and then covered ...
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    Starting with Suzuka race SimHQ Motorsports (SHQM) cars now have a new look along with new official sponsors. Both LM-P1 ...
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    F1 2017 Career / #1 Driver for Sauber

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    Pre-Race
    This is the last race of the 2017 season and I'm looking forward to taking a short break at seasons end. To date, the season has been an overwhelming success and I've only finished outside of the top 15 four times. Unfortunately, two of those came in the previous two races and my driver reputation has taken a massive hit. Plus, it didn't help that I lost the head-to-head battle against Romain GROSJEAN. In hindsight, I should never have been competing against GROSJEAN, because in the real world, the Sauber isn't very good.

    Most of my success can be attributed to starting the season with a difficulty level that was too low, but I was simply making an educated guess at the time. Right now I'm at 85% and this seems to be a happy medium between my actual skill level, a more realistic expectation of the Sauber F1 team, and keeping it fun without it becoming a grind. However, now that I'm on the verge of completing my first full season, I'm going to be fully focused on improving the car from here on out. As the car improves, I will monitor my progress and increase the difficulty level as necessary. Also, I now have a new rival, Stoffel VANDOORNE.

    Practice
    I completed all my practice objectives in the first two sessions, but I was really struggling to get the car on pace. Midway through the final practice, I decided to scrap my setup completely and started over with my SPA setup as base. I was immediately quicker and after a couple minor tweaks, finished practice with a lot of confidence. I'm not sure I'll have the pace to get out of Q1, but the car is a lot better than it was at Mexico and Brazil, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

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    by Published on 11-06-2017 11:32 PM
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    F1 2017 Career / #1 Driver for Sauber

    Pre-Race
    Finally, a track that I'm intimately familiar with. However, I am very concerned about the longevity of engine parts. I've already went through 3 ICU's, MGU's, Turbos', etc... and I'm only half way through the season. At some point I fear this is really going to come back to haunt me, but I'm so close to my current rival in points, it's very hard to resist the urge to upgrade to more dependable parts. I fear I will eventually have to dig some of the used parts back out of the garbage bin and put them back on the car.

    Practice
    It didn't take me long to develop a decent setup and after P1 I was confident that I would be able to get out of Q1, not so sure I'll have the pace to finish in the top ten again. The forecast is calling for rain during the race though, so I may be able to take advantage of the conditions. Consequently, I think I'm going to have to sacrifice qualifying speed to ensure that I have a solid wet setup for the race. Softer springs, ARB, and more downforce are what I need and if I can get out of Q1 with a wet setup in the dry, I should have an advantage on race day.

    Qualifying
    Goals, 18th grid spot, beat rival (Romain Grosjean).
    Certain that it is going to rain, I went with the wet setup option and still managed to get out of Q1...barely. Q2 didn't really go any better than Q1 and I finished he session in 14th position. However, Massa had to served a grid penalty, so I'll be starting 13th. This is a big advantage, as I'll be on the racing line for the start.

    Q2/P14 (1:34.237 SS/Tires) Starting 13th due to Massa's grid penalty.
    Pole: Kimi Raikkonen 1:32.043

    Race
    Goals, finish 16th or higher, beat Romain Grosjean.
    Weather Forecast: Rain and lot's of it. Forecast is calling for a wet race from start to finish.
    Race Strategy: One stop strategy. It's going to be wet, so I'll probably be on wets for the entire race, unless the rain let's up. Either way, the plan is to stop for tires on lap thirteen.

    by Published on 11-01-2017 09:30 AM
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    F1 2017 Career / #1 Driver for Sauber

    Pre-Race
    I'm still concentrating on trying to make the Sauber more durable, but it's a slow and tedious process. I generally earn a little more than 500-600 resource points a weekend, which I immediately put right back into the development of the car. However, I'm going through parts much quicker than I anticipated and I need to change the ICU, both MGU's and the electronics yet again. I'm certain that I'm going to have to invest in additional parts just to make it to the end of the season, which is going to result in penalties, but it seems unavoidable at this point.

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    Practice
    I really like this track, despite having never driven it before. It's short, but it's got a really nice flow to it and once I got the car to behave in turn two, I was really pleased with the handling. This was one of those tracks that I managed to get all my practice objectives done in P1, so I used P2 and P3 to experiment with different setups. Not surprisingly, the car handles fantastic on the ultra soft compounds, so I'm considering a two-stop race strategy, but I won't decide on that until just before the race. The team doesn't expect much in qualifying, but I'm confident I can get out of Q1 and possibly into Q3 if I can pull off a perfect lap. I'm going to need to qualfy as high as possible though, as I'm certain to get a 5-spot grid penalty for changing out the ICU.

    Qualifying
    Goals, 18th grid spot, beat rival (Romain Grosjean).
    Car is rock solid and I easily advanced to Q2 with a 1:10.778, which is only about a half second off the eventual pole time. However, I feel ...
    by Published on 11-01-2017 09:29 AM
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    F1 2017 Career / #1 Driver for Sauber

    Pre-Race
    Car is running well, but I am really worried about the gearbox. It seems they self destruct after only four races and this will be the fourth race with the 2nd gearbox. From an R&D perspective, I'm still trying to concentrate on improving durability, but it can be frustrating to be so under powered at every venue.

    Practice
    This track is amazingly quick and fun to drive, but difficult to master. This was the first practice session that I was unable to get a perfect score for my qualifying objective, but that is because I didn't have a qualifying set of tires for the final practice session. However, I found something in practice and I think it's going to payoff in qualifying. I have a good feeling going into the qualifying session.

    Qualifying
    Goals, 18th grid spot, beat (Romain Grosjean).
    As I anticipated, I was able to get out of Q1 with little effort, posting the 10th best time with a 1:47.023. Q2 was a repeat performance and I finished the session with a 1:46.292, which put me in seventh overall for the session. Q3 was only slightly better and my 1:46.241 once again put me seventh on the starting grid.

    Note: A poor or average performance in the practice qualifying objective will have a direct impact on the team's qualifying expectations. Likewise, your final qualifying position will impact the team's race expectations.

    Q3/P7 (1:46.241 US/Tires)
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    by Published on 09-30-2017 09:57 AM
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    Whats up everybody, first time posting something not related to Sim Racing and rather real racing.

    So last ...
    by Published on 08-15-2017 06:15 PM
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    Quick update from the CMS Texas Based Racing Team. We haven't posted in a while but that doesn't mean we don't have some updates and fun things planned to share with you all. For starters, we are continuing to run our Miatas locally in our Regional SCCA Autocross Championship. David and Phil have been competing in the same car most of the time, and our times are just about identical most weekends making for some great fun and pushing each other to do better. We have 3 races left against some stiff competition. David is currently 3rd in points, with a clear line of sight to 2nd, and Phil is currently 5th with a shot at as high as 2nd as well.

    David will be competing again this year for the 3rd year straight at SCCA solo nationals in early September. This time he will be partnering up though for something a bit different. The car will be a 2017 Ford Focus Bright Red ST with our friend, teammate, and CMS member Phil Osborne. The past two weekends David has had an opportunity to test the car, and shake it down before the trip to Lincoln, and times have been encouraging. First time out the raw time was good enough for 4th in PAX on the day potentially but there was a cone. Second time out in drying conditions from a wet surface he put up a time for 11th in PAX of 125 car field.

    Here is a video of the car



    Also on the very high bucket list, and just before Nationals actually we will have the opportunity to drive COTA (Circuit of Americas) Full GP Circuit in our Miatas as part of a very special Pirelli World Challenge Track Night for the Texas SCCA.



    We are headed down August 30th and 31 to drive the track and will definitely share a report ...

    In addition to the COTA and Nationals Events we are also registered for the MSR Cresson (Texas) 1.3 Mile Club Trials on August 26th. David will be running the Miata and Phil hopefully in the second Miata as well as we are still finalizing Phil's entry. This is a Championship we have been running in some this year that is very similar to NASA time trials, and our cars are running on an E-Street PAX index per SCCA rules for Solo in the Club Time Trial. David had an event earlier this year that was shared here on the forums at the larger 1.7 mile MSR Cresson circuit, so now we will have an opportunity to run on the 1.3.

    Here is a great video of one of our friends on the 1.3 in an NA Miata to give you a feel for what we have upcoming on the 26th.



    More soon ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 10:21 AM
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    The cmsracing.com Autocross team of David Anderson, Phil Elmore and Colin Elmore had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Tire Rack Mineral Wells Texas Pro Solo last weekend. Our second National Event with SCCA of the year, but our first Pro Solo format in the 2001 Miata. Colin would not be driving a Miata as he's just too big for the car, so he would pair up with our good friend and fellow CMS member Zach Lemoine in the Subaru BRZ in D-Street.

    The weekend was defined by a lot of rain. From the time David got to the site on Friday around 11:30 it rained almost continuously through Saturday mid day. This would mean our first and second heat runs on Saturday would be in wet conditions for all of the drivers in our E-Street class. Speaking of, we had 12 drivers in the class and a really nice representation. There were 3 Toyota MR2 Drivers and 9 Miata Drivers. There was a nice mix of cars in D-Street as well, but Colin and Zach would have their work cut out for them against some Subaru WRX entries which were very quick in these conditions!

    After Day One, we set in 4th and 5th place with David holding a narrow half second lead over Phil in our own car. We knew that after a nice dinner on Saturday night that it would be time to get some rest and deal with a morning Sunday shootout where everything would change, as it was forecast to be a lot more dry.

    Colin was down a bit further in D-Street, in the standings, but really taking to and learning the car so he was optimistic about his opportunity to improve on Sunday.

    Sunday morning came and the Weather did indeed hold up. The Way Pro Solo works is that you are re-seeded after every heat, and so this would mean that the fastest cars go out first, followed by the slower cars. David was seeded 4th so would go out early. Because Phil was the 2nd driver in the same car he would go about 30 minutes later. Colin would run right around the same time Phil would in D-Street.

    Pretty much everyone would go faster as we predicted. David is not the best rain driver, although his skills have been improving quite a bit this year, with lots of opportunities to practice in the rain. So, he was excited for some better conditions. After his runs he would have the Miata holding in a solid 5th place. Phil would follow and it's amazing how much we are able to push each other and have the car respond. Phil would end up less than 1 tenth behind David for 6th place in the standings, in a wild set of changing conditions in the weekend. We were a bit disappointed that we got passed by a co-drive team in a 1999 Miata Sport, but we felt we drove the car decent -- and held respectable times. David And Phil were the fastest two local Dallas Chapter folks as well in E-Street, so we left amongst all of our buddies with local bragging rights.

    Colin would take his shot on Sunday in D-Street and definitely improve the times. He would have raw times faster than both Phil and David in the BRZ, and in the end he would be the meat in the sandwhich on all 3 of our PAX Rankings that were within just a few mere positions of each other.

    On Sunday after class competition competes, the way things work in a pro solo is that there is then a run off match bracket type format where everyone races heads-up. The top ladies in their own bracket, the top 32 from the event weekend in the super challenge bracket, and then 8 drivers in a bonus bracket based on draw. All three winners receive gifts and trophies that are substantial. This year David and Colin both got draws in the Bonus Challenge and we had the vision of possibly racing each other in the final between the Miata and the BRZ. Unfortunately we were both knocked out in the first round due to self inflicted mistakes. Colin had a DNF on course after coming in too hot at the finish on his right side run. David, would have an even more painful situation where he raw timed his matched competitor by 1.6 seconds, but a cone call on the right side, would give the win to the Abarth Driver.

    Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was that in all the runs and all the entries, there was one .500 perfect launch light and it was by Colin! So he would receive a trophy for the perfect tree light, and a free entry into an SCCA National Event!!!

    We stopped for a nice dinner on the way home Sunday and created another great set of memories!!!

    Here are a few pictures






    Event Page 2017 Mineral Wells Pro Solo

    Class Results
    Bonus Challenge Bracket

    In other team news, for Fathers Day Weekend David will be back out at the same site with the 2017 SCCA CAM Challenge Match Tour format at Mineral Wells. He got an invite to co-drive with another SCCA driver a 2015 Chevrolet SS and with wife approval and a little luck he will be smiliing ear to ear slinging muscle around the same site!

    We are also in the midst of some great racing in our Regional Series with 3 events of the 9 race season in the books, so in our next updates we will provide some news on how things are going in the local chapter.
    by Published on 05-11-2017 10:35 PM
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    I am pleased to announce and add a new fun thing for CMS members. If you own, play or desire to get involved with American Truck Simulator on Steam, this is for you. I have created a company for us here at CMS on "Virtual Trucking Manager" the company is named Champion Trucking. ...
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