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Round 2: Tsukuba Circuit - 2000 Full (10 Jan)

TRG

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Time of day: Morning
Race Length: 45 minutes
Max Incidents: 24
Max. Fuel: 40%
Start: Standing
Fast Repair: 0

Pre-Race Interview:

1- After a race in Belgium with a long, fast lap, we head to Tsukuba in Japan, where a very short, technical lap awaits us!  Are you excited for the challenge this track will bring, or worried about navigating traffic on such a tight track?

2- The Radical is proving to be a challenging car to drive!  Are you having to change your driving style at all to tame it, or was it a natural fit for you?

3- Its early in the season, but did you have any close racing and build any rivalrys?

Bonus- Did you watch the broadcast after?  If you do, I encourage everyone to like the videos and even subscribe to GSRC, it really helps get exposure for the races!
 

mclachlanol

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Owen McLachlan
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I'm actually starting to love this track. It's pretty easy to learn, really only 4 turns, maybe 4.5, but it's a fantastic rhythm track! Here is an early set:
 

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CajunGrit

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Hot lapping here is super fun! Worried about the traffic, but it seemed to go smoothly in Kenny’s practice session for the 12 laps i was in it.
 

Kenny Duval

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Well except for the chaos caused by a few the ventured in. It's just going to be busy and there can be no loss of focus or you will pay dearly for it. Pit stops will be an adventure as well.
 

eshhh

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What were times like? I assume track state was morning and low usage?
 

DEADZERO

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mclachlanol said:
I'm actually starting to love this track. It's pretty easy to learn, really only 4 turns, maybe 4.5, but it's a fantastic rhythm track! Here is an early set:

Trust me, after 30 minutes of racing, you will get tired of pushing the brake lol
 

mclachlanol

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I'm in the mid 50s for lap times for a clean morning track (that first lap is tough to keep it straight). Fast guys maybe can get to 49s?

Qualifying could be like an oval track where we are all within a few tenths of each other.
 

TRG

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Yeah - next year you really need to make it to the PRL meetup in Monaco. We had a great time with Max and Daniel, Seb even showed up for a bit. We were almost certain that the guy passed out on the couch was Kimi....


/s
 

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1- After a race in Belgium with a long, fast lap, we head to Tsukuba in Japan, where a very short, technical lap awaits us!  Are you excited for the challenge this track will bring, or worried about navigating traffic on such a tight track?
I'm hoping I do better on this track since it's probably better to use a high downforce setup which means I could possibly have less spins. Setup could play a big roll during this race.

2- The Radical is proving to be a challenging car to drive!  Are you having to change your driving style at all to tame it, or was it a natural fit for you?
I have to change my style completely from the Skippy of last season. I feel like the quality of your pedals can give you a huge advantage with this car. The braking is a little troublesome and the throttle needs to be played with as the power can sometimes come unexpectedly. A load cell plus a spring under your accelerator would make a huge difference in the Radical... i don't have either in my setup.

3- Its early in the season, but did you have any close racing and build any rivalrys?
I don't know yet if I have any rivals but I feel like Overbay might hate me for slowing him down and then ultimately taking him out of the running for podium. We will see if any natural rivalries come up. I would need to find someone who's around my skill level but ever so slightly faster than me.

Bonus- Did you watch the broadcast after?  If you do, I encourage everyone to like the videos and even subscribe to GSRC, it really helps get exposure for the races!
I watched it a few times I'll admit. I have gotten a few friends and family members interested in watching the next race or 2, but they wil mostly likely only watch for me so i better preform if I want them to keep watching.
 

Seb212

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1- After a race in Belgium with a long, fast lap, we head to Tsukuba in Japan, where a very short, technical lap awaits us!  Are you excited for the challenge this track will bring, or worried about navigating traffic on such a tight track?

Ans: Both. On one hand I am indeed excited about the challenge of racing here, but on the other hand, I am a bit concerned about the traffic. This is a Rhythm track for me, and the braking seems to be the most important part of it as far as my driving style. I have not been able to sort out my braking as of this writing. There is still much work to be done, but I am still excited about the challenge.

2- The Radical is proving to be a challenging car to drive!  Are you having to change your driving style at all to tame it, or was it a natural fit for you?

Ans: I have to change a few things in my driving style for this car. Most critical change for me is throttle control and figuring out the braking.

3- Its early in the season, but did you have any close racing and build any rivalrys?

Ans: The first race saw me race closely with Duval, Overbay, Stephens, Mclachlan. These guys are very quick and I am not sure that I am on their level, we shall see how the season unfolds. 

Bonus- Did you watch the broadcast after?  If you do, I encourage everyone to like the videos and even subscribe to GSRC, it really helps get exposure for the races!

Ans: I watched the broadcast for sure and sent to link to some of my Colleagues. The final lap was epic. 
 

paulwildridge

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1- After a race in Belgium with a long, fast lap, we head to Tsukuba in Japan, where a very short, technical lap awaits us! Are you excited for the challenge this track will bring, or worried about navigating traffic on such a tight track?

I enjoy the more technical tighter tracks. So I am looking forward to it. Spa has always been 1 of my 2 worst tracks (Interlagos being the other) so it will be nice.

2- The Radical is proving to be a challenging car to drive! Are you having to change your driving style at all to tame it, or was it a natural fit for you?

The radical is a much nicer fit for me over the skippy. I like a car that the pedal can control the back in and one that requires more driver input vs niche driving. Me and the skippy just did not gel well.

3- Its early in the season, but did you have any close racing and build any rivalrys?

Always Matt! Mark and myself battled a lot (a little too much thanks to the different setups) but I wouldn't say it created a rivalry. After it got down to the 2 of us I was gonna work with him but then my internet went to poop so it didn't happen.

Bonus- Did you watch the broadcast after? If you do, I encourage everyone to like the videos and even subscribe to GSRC, it really helps get exposure for the races!

Yes, It added a really cool aspect to the racing. I enjoy it and believe it will draw in more drivers if others drop out.
 

bonaduce

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1- No idea as of yet, still haven't turned a lap, I never worry about traffic they need to worry about me and I be packing the heat.
2- I was still learning how to control this thing during spa, definitely not a smash the loud pedal friendly corner exit car though
3- No rivals, maybe the errant bunny or squirrel that wanders onto the track, but nothing serious
bonus: Always watch replay, need something to do at work
 

bonaduce

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mclachlanol said:
I'm in the mid 50s for lap times for a clean morning track (that first lap is tough to keep it straight). Fast guys maybe can get to 49s?

Qualifying could be like an oval track where we are all within a few tenths of each other.

We all know I am not fast, was able to get to 53.1 with iracing default setup, definitely need more down force.

dan
 

Kenny Duval

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I don't think everyone is prepared for the mess this could be...certainly not the guys that have to call the race...good luck GSRC.
 

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Kenny Duval said:
I don't think everyone is prepared for the mess this could be...certainly not the guys that have to call the race...good luck GSRC.

The broadcast will just be replays of all the accidents, like 10% of the race will be live.
 

Kenny Duval

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DEADZERO said:
Kenny Duval said:
I don't think everyone is prepared for the mess this could be...certainly not the guys that have to call the race...good luck GSRC.

The broadcast will just be replays of all the accidents, like 10% of the race will be live.

You're not planning to be in most of them are you...? Spa was pretty rough on you. :D
 

CajunGrit

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1- After a race in Belgium with a long, fast lap, we head to Tsukuba in Japan, where a very short, technical lap awaits us!  Are you excited for the challenge this track will bring, or worried about navigating traffic on such a tight track?

I love Tsukuba!  It’s the track i learned to race on back in the Gran Turismo day’s. I’ve spent hours hot lapping here trying to match pace with my buddy Tao, it’s also the first track i ever drove with a racing wheel after graduating from controllers. And so far practice has been going well. I ran one practice session with some of you fast boi’s and they seemed to be able to pass me without too much chaos. But to be honest there’s still a lot of drivers that’s may not possess the ability to be patient and choose the right moments to pass. So i think it will be a game of chance out there. My prediction is anothe race with high attrition.

2- The Radical is proving to be a challenging car to drive!  Are you having to change your driving style at all to tame it, or was it a natural fit for you?

Yeah, for sure, after driving the skippy exclusively for so long I’ve had to change it up with the radical. But my approach is still the same as always.  Try to run the lap as fast as possible while not crashing. I wouldn’t say it’s a natural fit for me at all.

3- Its early in the season, but did you have any close racing and build any rivalrys?

Nah, not really. The goals are the same as always.  Just trying to stay ahead of Barnett, playing tortoise vs the hare with Chris, and whenever possible trying to take points away from Tyler.  

Bonus- Did you watch the broadcast after?  If you do, I encourage everyone to like the videos and even subscribe to GSRC, it really helps get exposure for the races!

I watched it and liked the video. I love being in a broadcast race (it was my goal from the beginning), and i think the GSRC guys are very talented announcers. After making the race replays the last couple seasons i realize how difficult it is to follow story lines during the race, especially live. But i was disappointed that they missed the pile up coming out of Eau Rouge on lap 1 (they even claimed that everyone made it through cleanly before correcting and saying they would give us a replay of the incident just to never follow through).  I understand why they mainly focus on the front runners, but i feel like a lot of good racing was missed in the midfield (which is where most of the good stuff has happened the past two seasons here in Thursday night PRL).  They also mispronounced my last name 😭
 
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