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Thread: Croft Results & Discussion

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    Hutch is offline Michael Kolar
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    Default Croft Results & Discussion

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    1. Hernan Zamora
    2. Mihaly Marton
    3. Michael Kolar
    4. Ken Baldwin
    5. Patrice Cote
    6. Ray Nelson

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    Hutch is offline Michael Kolar
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    These cars make for great close racing! The entire first half of the race, five of us were bunched up in the final hairpin, it was so refreshing and a real adrenaline rush to be that close!

    Patrice and Ken and I traded a lot of positions, a bit of paint, and even some bumper chrome here and there (that was me, twice, sorry guys!), and had a blast the whole time. The pit cycle spread everybody out a little; some took tires and some didn't. Keeping the old rubber won the day today, but I'd say the jury is still out on what the perfect strategy is with these cars.

    Congrats on the win Hernan! Great pace everyone! Should be an intense season!
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    That would be the 5 of you who remembered to reset to race fuel. I on the other hand had to pit after 3 or 4 laps, didn't have a preset to match conditions, took fuel and tires, and served a 17 second penalty. Thank goodness these cars are fun to drive. I guess the silver lining is I didn't get lapped....
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    kcheeb is offline Ken Baldwin
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    As Michael said, the first half of the race was super intense! So much fun to have that kind of racing for a half hour, this is going to be an awesome season.

    Coming in I didn't have high expectations, practice went well till the big hitters showed up In qualy I couldn't get settled and never turned a fast lap.
    It's been a while since I raced and I think the adrenalin got the better of me. At any rate, qualified 5th, but knew there was more.

    Got an oddly good start and jumped to 3rd and the race was on! Mihaly and Hernan's battle made it easier to keep up with them, some amazing laps put in
    by the both of them. It was such a treat to be racing hard, swapping positions and returning the favour, so good. There was more than one instance of
    being able to throw a blanket over the five of us!

    My strategy was to split the race in half, take most of my fuel at race start, a splash and tires at the pitstop. Well ... I overshot my pit box, zipped it into reverse,
    triggered the pit sequence and then panicked trying to get out of reverse when the pitstop ended, forgot to use the clutch and crawled out of the pits. My wife
    said I need a new crew, not sure that was there fault though!

    The second half of the race was spent watching Patrice shrink the gap to me in 4th and trying like crazy to do the same to Michael. With about 5 minutes left
    Patrice dropped way back, not sure if he had an off or pitted so now I could focus on Michael, he wouldn't make a mistake and I did the old one good lap, one
    bad lap thing and finished about 4 seconds back.

    Once again, thanks for the racing and congrats to the podium!!!

    I think I'm going to go with the split strategy again next race. I found the car getting super slippy after a half hour on the rubber. Not sure if anyone else noticed that.
    Another thing, the car is so much more stable with a fuel load on, it's so easy to unsettle the car with a low fuel load.

    A big thanks to Patrice for the setup, made the car so much more predictable

    See you all at the next one!
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    If I'd known how the day would develop, I'd have raced the 917K's (rF2) over at simracers4life, instead of wasting my time watching the Denver Broncos...at least 32 of whom can go F&&& themselves. But I didn't find out until halftime, so I missed out on the racing.

    Had to bow out just before the end of qual just before the Historics because I was about to blow a gasket in the head area, and I can already feel another one coming on today. I may not get a lot done before I need more aspirin (and to lie back down). But despite that, I'm looking ahead now to Sundays which are free of football (for life)...and I suspect I'll be able to fit a lot more racing in instead.

    So this could be good...and It'll certainly be more flexible....
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    Yeah, first half was touring car racing heaven! We were so close I had a hard time seeing my brake marker for T1!
    This was the very best racing action I had in a long while, but it was exhausting! On the edge with cars around all the time!

    I went for tires and fuel at the pits. By the way, having both at the same time is not lenghting the stop if you dial the fuel to match the tire change time. Around 17 liters seems to take about exactly the same time.
    I went out looking to catch Ken 10 sec or so in front. The gap close fast enough to set up a show down, but at 2-3 seconds Ken wasn't going to make this easy for me, we were both pushing as hard as possible! It all ended when I made a near fatal mistake at the chicane when I clipped the tire wall... I'm very lucky it didn't kill the car completely.

    Sorry Michael for the start, it seemed you bogged down so I went to split you and Ken. It was very risky as you got some grip quicker than it initially seemed, it turned out OK out of T1 but it wasn't my best idea. A close call.

    I'm glad you all liked the setup! I don't think of myself as a good setup maker, as this takes me quite some time to figure out. Hopefully sharing setups make it more fun for anyone to jump in even with less practice time.
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    Well, I at least used my own setup, lol, intense, I bet all of us finished the race with a lot of sweat all over, Great battle with Mihaly, he was a bit faster so in the beginning the hope was to win by the strategy, but in the second lap he went wide in a corner and I pass him, then 20 minutes of battle, a real hard but clean one. At last he pass me minutes before the mid race point so I decide to pit early than expected. I exit the pits and the difference was like 16 seconds, that diff increase to 18 when he pit but he took tires en the final result was that I was ahead like 6 seconds with 10 minutes to go, but with fresh tires you could imagine Mihaly pushing hard in my mirror. So I needed to make my Escort big and wide to prevent him to pass, the last 2 laps were thrilling, just a minor incident in the last lap, a little bump that changes nothing. I need to start practice for the next one. See ya guys.
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    This was an intense race, got a pretty good start and was able to pull away. Then I went wide and Hernan passed me. We had a good battle, allowing Ken to catch up and even pass me. It took me lot of work to get my lost positions back, it's not easy to pass on this track, and Hernan had a really wide car

    Once in lead again I saw Hernan pitting, I tried to get as much as a gap as I could, I suspected he was only putting the minimum fuel, and I was going for a tire change/refuel. Didn't really manage to get the gap big enough, I'v done a few mistakes, so he was in the front when I got out of the pits. But with fresh tires I hoped I can catch him, which I did, but also knew that passing him will be a much tougher job, even with him on worn tires. I pushed him as hard as I could, but he was defending very well.

    I had a last chance in the very last lap when I managed to get a better exit speed out from the first Sunny turn, I went for the gap, but he closed it, resulting in a contact. I wasn't expecting him to come across the track that much, it happened fast and I wasn't sure how much it was my fault, so I decided to wait him up and let him pass.

    Overall it was a great race, hope to see the same intense battles in the upcoming races.

    Thanks everyone for the great race, and special thanks to Patrice for his setup, I think it made everyone's race more enjoyable, Hernan you should really give it a go, I think it will be a good base for all upcoming races.

    I think I will keep my pit strategy for at least the next race, I think it would have worked very well if I hadn't make so many mistakes.
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    Detailed results link added to first post.

    Race charts added too. The positions zigzag lines pretty much sums it up!
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    Hutch is offline Michael Kolar
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    Haha, I've never seen one with so many place changes, that's a riot!
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