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24 Hours @ Spa: My Bucket List Attempt

Discussion in 'General Talk' started by Highbank, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Highbank

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    Well I'm late starting this...I started it Thursday, now I should explain that i'm not attempting to drive a 24 hour stint all in one sitting...I don't have that kind of time...so my plan was to just chip away at the race as much as I could as time allowed...

    So the first stint was 2 Hours. Went very well...especially since I really do not dig Spa at all...still I was getting more comfortable with it and though I started dead last (36th) I had worked my way up thru the grid pretty well in that first 20 laps. Usually, if you start out slowly you get ahead faster in the latter laps, BUT there is also that 1st lap premium on getting thru slow bunched up traffic. My practice had consisted o following another car to see what line they would be using and then finding my best passing zones...usually I'm a late braker and that is sufficient to get me thru some first lap congested traffic. Now I've stated before that my normal tactic is to let things settle and I hang back the first lap or two...I was attacking Spa very differently...

    My thinking was that if I could get thru the back of the back, you will see a quick break-away happening for the lead 10 or 15 cars. I want ted to get into the gap between the lead pack and rest of the field so I could settle in to run some time out without a lot of over using my tires.

    This plan was working well as the back of the pack was a tight furball. I didn't want any part of that so i fought my way thru as quickly as i could over the first four laps...then found the gap at P22 and settled in.

    There was a 7 second gap that I felt very comfortable riding around in. I just kept it under 7 seconds and ticked off laps, watching the gap to the car behind me. I want to see it, but not see it gaining aggressively.

    This was my plan and it was working well for the first 1 1/2 hours, then I began to catch the 21st car and three others that were battling very intensely, slowing them considerably. Two Ferrari and a BMW. The Ferrari were beating on the 19th place Beemer pretty hard. But they weren't getting by...I hung back and watched the battle for a couple laps or so, then decided to see if i could get thru. Turn 1 was my target passing zone on this first Ferrari. Just a matter of a hard late brake and get thru the hard right hander (La Source). It worked. But the Ferrari wasn't gonna let me go without a fight. The BMW had opened up a gap on the 2nd Ferrari in front of me, my plan was to take it in Turn 7-8-9 (Les Combes) it had proven a good spot to get around cars earlier. It worked and I was side by side with BMW as we got to Bruxelles (Turn 10-11) I was on the outside and made it work by not giving any room for the guy to accelerate off Turn 11.

    After dusting those three off I put down my fastest lap and proceeded to plan for my first stop. I had no idea where my pit stall was, which proved a major folly on my part. I eventually found it and lost 7 spots before deciding to save the race and take a break.

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  2. Highbank

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    Well to save a lot of typing...I ran 6 more hours in three more stints...the last hour and forty-five minute stint my race save seems to have failed...

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  3. Highbank

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    OK so I've recovered from my latest fail. So I'll start over...HOWEVER, I have decided to paint my own Viper as I'm going to be with this car for a long time....

    I need to find the template...I may already have it, but I need to sort it out...It's my favorite incarnation of the Viper too, so it's a long time coming to paint one.
    [​IMG]

    Isn't that sexy...
     
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    That happens to be the #51 but not my paint...soo I'm back to the paint booth...

    Here's another example of the Chrysler Viper
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    Since I'm going to start this over...if anyone else wants to also run (offline) and post their progress in this thread, please feel welcome to do that...

    OR if someone wants to submit a paint for me to stick in the game for me to run against that would be cool as well...
     
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  6. Highbank

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    OK found the Chrysler Viper template...looks like this...three more parts to it, a little mirroring, but not a bad one...
     

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    OH, I neglected mentioning that I'm using a 1997 FIA carset for this...
     
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  8. ti2blegrr

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    I'm still battling my frame rate issue.

    On-line, in the spring, 4 hours of Daytona!
     
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    Which sim are you using Dan, which mod too?
     
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    I could just scream...I've just spent hours painting the stupid Competition Coupe template...I hate the Viper CC...
     
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    ti2blegrr Well-Known Member

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    We have how many months to figure that out? Seriously I can be done with a little planing. Since this is primarily a NR2K3S site we'd get a better turn out on that, and those trucks we just did up with .pta physics.

    I can hard wire up my other PC and use that as a server.
     
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    An all day effort to get this right....some issues with extra parts needing to be figured out on separate templates...that didn't exist...but I'm happy with it..

    My old stand by...
    51.jpg

    Still needs a little fine tuning, but the overall affect works for me :)

    OK 24-Hours @ Spa here I come...
     
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