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Round 8: Austria - Red Bull Ring (21Jun17 @ 8pm BST)

AaronWebb85

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Harvey12

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just a quick few words from me:
got disqualified in qualification right when leaving the pits :D my horrible "season" with you guys continues - my brother was disturbing me so I didnt pay attention and ended up blocking pit lane.

i heard i am lagging for someone, but no one was lagging for me and i heard others say I am not lagging. it happened to me in the previous race where someone kept saying a name was lagging and he wasnt lagging for me so im sorry if I caused something bad to you with my lags, and im glad i got to fly over to the sky as someone said! :D
I want to apologize to Ulukbek(?), in like second lap you told me I gotta leave you some space, believe me, I am the last you would expect to be a dirty driver, I didnt even know you were there, but I lost a rear end a bit, thus pushing you off track and the moment I realized car is behind me I immediately turned away from you, so I hope I didnt make your race bad or anything! sorry also that I was not communicating but I am playing on wheel and have my push to talk on keyboard lol.

race was fine, was 10th while there was a safety car, then I screwed up a bit and ended up around 15th, I just cant race on rain, not possible, ever.

also I hate blue flags cuz I got to let you go and lost 20 seconds because of that! I lost two positions because of the blue flags and I had 20seconds gap to the car behind so that made me very angry. Good race everyone though, enjoyed it in the first few rounds.
 

jetzekoper

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Strange race. For my practice this week i qualified awesome in P7. I was glitching at the beginning of the race, i apologize if i knocked someone off. The race went OK until the Intermediate pitstop, i totally forgot i was on inters so i crashed in the wall and my race was over :(

I never finished a race with rain in it, argh it is really annoying :)

see you next week in Monaco, it will be a total disaster there hahah
 

Veoxic

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So. My pace is horrible around here in wet weather. my qualifying went okay but mistimed my dry run and ended in 6th. Had a great launch in race. was up to 4th and going for 3rd. i tried keeping it slow but got touched into t1 which made me spin and end up in p21. my fault that. so from there i started fighting. had an amazing move in the 2nd corner where i went from 16th to 11th while the guys were battling and i just ran it wide and passed them all. fought up to 9th and second safety car came out. i decided to go for a chance and went to inters and ended up in 2nd place. on the restart it was wet enough so it was a perfect call for me. so then the battle for 2-7 started. went into turn 3 a bit slow cause i knew phil would have the better line so decided i would let him pass. unfortunately that made estcube clip me and i went onto the gravel. not his fault. was just a normal racing incident. came back on the road in p9 so had to fight again. got up to 6th when enigma came up so i let him pass cause i owed him after belgium. the last 15 laps or so i was stuck behind dntxrage. he just knew where to place his car so i couldn't pass him at all. great driving from him. so on the 3rd last lap i passed him. or at least i think so since my game got glitchy and then kicked me afterwards. when i rejoined i was down to 8th place. i would have been happy with that but then i get the message that i need to be on either softs or supersofts. so its the mandatory nonsense but it was still wet weather so it shouldn't say that. so when i crossed the line it disqualified me for not using mandatory tires. hooray for a buggy race. I won't protest it. ill take the 4 point hit for last weeks touch on enigma that ruined his race.

See you all in monaco
 

ENiGMA

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My after action report :

Qualifying was great. I was fairly mediocre on the inters (around p6), but got P1 on the dries. I was pretty surprised. This was also my first pole at PRL, so I'm fairly happy with that.

The race started poorly, as I missed the start by a couple of tenths, so Estcube was able to pass me.Then the safety car out after the first corner.  I had -2 laps fuel, so I used this to save up. I also asked Jeff what the weather would be like and he said light rain in 15 minutes. I was abit surprised at this, as it said on the weather report that it'd be towards the end of the race. Safety car in at lap 4, and I was able to overtake Estcube round the outside at turn 2. I then pushed really hard, and extended the gap a lot to Estcube. Estcube then got overtaken by GiMP a couple of laps later, and I was able to keep the gap to GiMP at around 2 seconds.

Then another safety car at lap 13. At this point it had also begun to rain, so I dived into the pits for Inters. Then utter disaster. A drive through penalty for speeding into the pits. This was really gutting, as I felt that 25 points was on the horizon, but unfortunatley no.

The rest of the race was basically a recovery drive for me. I came out from my drive through at ~P11, so points were definitely on the table. I was able to close in on Karnak, and got past. I was pushing really hard, and was closing in at about 1.5 to 2 seconds per lap.  Next target was Kippetje, and I was able to overtake him aswell. Next up was a train of three cars, consisting of CrystalCatcha, Veoxic and dntxrage. I was once again able to close in on them and overtake. After last weeks incidents, Veoxic let me through without fighting, so cheers for that.

Finished the race at p5, so better than nothing, but I still consider it 25 points lost rather than 10 points gained. Hopefully my next race will go better.

Seeya at Monaco !


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GiMP

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Oaaaky. This race was just great! Qualifying was a big fail, i missed the run on slicks but on inters i was fairly quick, faster than Phill in sector 1 and 2 but made some mistakes in sector 3 so i was sitting in 2nd position with a hope i can make a run on US tires and go for a stop before the rain, but this strategy failed. So I had a hard time considering if SS tires will be enough until the rain arrives. I decided to go for S which at end paid off. When ENiGMA had mid-range damaged tires, he was faster by 0.04 per lap but at the end i was catching him and boom, safetycar came out. I wasnt sure if its worth it to go for Inters because conditions could calmly stay at the point they were, so i missed the pit opportunity at the first lap under the SC. Decided do take a risk and go for Inters right after and it paid of because some guys, luckily for me, havent pitted yet and they were running slicks. Unfortunatelly ENiGMA had a drive-through penalty, again luckily for me, I managed to be 1st after qualifying 10th :D I even had a 4 second gap to Millix and the first few laps i was driving very carefuly but Millix with Phill were slowly coming closer. When the gap was nearly 0.5 seconds, i decided to push as hard as i can, and that made a huge factor on my tyrewear. Millix and Phill had an amazing battle which helped me to create a gap and save the tires, I ended up with 85% i think it was, on the left rear, I was lucky again.

Definitely a great comeback, with big luck, but im surely getting back to where i was.
Unfortunatelly I am a reserve driver, so there is a small chance of racing at Monaco, but i would really love to:)
And a big thanks to Mull for inviting me at last second, appreciate that very very much, xoxo.
 

kippetjeTT

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Certainly a very interesting race!
Before the race, I had practiced a lot on dry tyres and a little on wets... Sadly it was inters, and I never drove this race on those before! Lucky for me, the track dried out at the end and I managed to get P8 (best qualifying so far by large margin!)
The start got me to P6 due to collision up front. I was on ultra's and felt like the first SC was a bad moment to pit due to rain being expected as well, so I gambled to go on a second set of ultras in lap 8/9 after also losing several positions. I didn't get to use those to their full extent due to traffic and second SC.
That said... it DID give me the opportunity to go for inters while the grid was forming behind SC before anyone else. That gave me so many positions I even got in P3 when race resumed!
Since I'm still a terrible driver, I quickly dropped positions again as the race went on. I decided not to contest most of them and instead aiming for P9-10. I was very close to losing P9 to karnak at one point, but got lucky and managed to hold P9 until the end :)
 

kxz

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got hit from behind heres the clip. didnt even go fast
https://youtu.be/_gecLD75Sww
 

Harvey12

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I am sorry I slowed down in front of you but the cars in front of me slowed a lot and as you can see I tried to go right but probably not enough, sorry, if I weren't there, the hit from behind might haven't spinned you
 

ztikes

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kxz said:
got hit from behind heres the clip. didnt even go fast
https://youtu.be/_gecLD75Sww

I'm also sorry for hitting you, I simply didn't calculate that they all would go so slow through that corner and I looked back quickly just to see if someone was catching/trying to overtake and then I suddenly saw everyone slow down, I tried my best to swerve around but simply couldn't since it was too late. I had no front wing after that and had to pit if that made the situation any better for you.

Tried adding you on steam to discuss it just after the race but you didn't seem to accept it.
 

SamsterHam

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Well that was certainly interesting... only just managed to collect my thoughts from it actually!

Quali went much better than expected, was 13th or 14th on the wet runs which was about where I had expected to be. After coming in I saw a few people coming out on slicks and Glenn was saying it was getting drier on the stream so I strapped on a set of Ultras and went for a run. First fast lap on them put me 2nd but I quickly got knocked back to 9th after subsequent laps from other people as I was still quite cautious through a few corners.

Start of the race I got a bit distracted trying to get into Rich mix to notice the lights go out until just before and was only able to get an okay start and moved up a place or two only thanks to Aiden's problems. SC came out soon after that and as I was still on worn Ultrasofts I came it and switched to Supers, which I think was the right decision but one I should have made a few laps later.

Next stint did go alright but (I think it was at this point, although it's all a bit of a blur) my front wing got knocked after the SC and I came back in as I got to red on my right-front and knew that would cost me time on the long infield corners so to stay competitive I came in and changed my wing and swapped to a new set of Supers. After that I think everything went okay until the next SC...

Okay, so SC No.2 came out at a perfect time for me as I was already coming in that lap and was on the straight before the pit entry. Working on the assumption (that I think is correct, although please do correct me as this could very much impact my future races on this game) that being red on your delta won't give you a penalty if you're go in the pits before the time runs out, I raced down towards pit entry and tried to break at the usual time with only a couple of seconds left when I almost ran into Yarm who was probably actually doing the right thing and coming in with a green delta, but it meant that I ended up with a Drive-through even though I was half-a-second away from the line. No hard feelings to Yarm though as that was my fault and I probably shouldn't have tried it :p

Anyway so after that I followed the SC around and after a couple of laps people started pitting for Inters, and when the SC came in I came in with a couple of others and tried to swap my tyres. However, I completely forgot about my Drive-through which meant I had to go through and come back around the next lap to go onto the Inters which meant 2 laps after the SC came in I was already down 40 seconds from the lead and down in 15th or so.

After that nothing really happened in my race as I couldn't catch the battle in front and I was getting rather distracted by Glenn and Aiden's screaming about the Phil/Millix battle and was having a great battle with someone who turned out to be a lap down! :roll: (Ulub, I think it was. Good race by the way, even if it didn't mean anything!)

Final bit of fun came on lap 35/36 when out of the final corner I put my foot down to early, veered across the circuit and brushed up (rather lightly I might add) to the pit-wall and broke off my front wheel which dragged my car to a halt; something which left my completely silent and with my mouth hanging open for about 2 minutes! :lol: Hilariously enough though, as my stricken car ended up across the start/finish line before it self-retired, I actually kept my position (12th) in the classification due to everyone else being a lap down. 

All in all, an interesting race it would've been both easy and nice to do better in. At the end of the day though it was fun and I'm looking forward to doing a lap in Monaco with the rest of you next week! ;)
 

CrystalCatcha

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Very crazy race!

Qualifying: Obviously it was wet for most of the session and I think I was sitting 7th/8th in the wet conditions but thought id try and get a lap in on slicks at the end. Both my 2 laps I managed to do were terrible but due to the timing I still managed to qualify 4th - my highest qualifying so far! :D so that was cool.

Race: I had phil to the side of me and knew that him and other quick drivers would be pressuring me from the off after missing out on the qualifying timing; so I tried to defend to the best of my ability, we had some good racing and managed to hold phil off before the SC came out on like lap2/3. By this point I wasn't sure whether to pit or not but decided to stay out, after the SC Gimp managed to get past both phil and myself and my tyres were starting to wear down a bit - i'm never too confident driving on worn tyres so I decided to try and undercut which worked as I came round after my outlap on softs in front of Estcube as he left the pits on supersofts, who had been ahead of me.

Unfortunately on that same lap the second SC came out - which would have been ok due to having the softs on in comparison to Estcubes supersofts, but that's when the rain decided to show up. I stayed out for a couple of laps but then caught up to Phil who was still on his first softs and decided I'd pit behind him to go on inters. This wasn't the best decision as I ended up behind DNT, Estcube and Phil after everybody else pitted for inters. Somehow Phil passed me under yellow flags as the safety car was heading in and from there on in I was just trying to catch him and the rest of the train infront.

After managing to hold onto the back of phil and overtake a couple of cars with him I found him battling my team mate veoxic on the straight up to turn 2 and pulled off a nice overtake on my team mate to gain 6th behind phil. Again, phil battled DNT which slowed them both down and I managed to almost catch them but after phil passed DNT I just couldn't replicate that and found myself following DNT around as my tyres got worse and worse. I made a mistake on turn 2 and let my team mate through to see if he could pass DNT but he had no luck either - great drive in the wet from the toro rosso! Enigma was approaching fast from behind and he clearly had fresher tyres or something because he was catching me like crazy so I decided not to fight and basically let him through dropping me down into 8th.

So on the last few laps veoxics game crashed which allowed me to pass him, ultimately putting me in 7th position to finish - shame for my team mate but overall a really interesting and fun race, loads of different strategies working/being ruined by the weather and SC's - don't think we've had a race quite like it so far!

I was pretty happy as that's two races in a row i'm back in the top ten after a run of 3 bad races for me so fingers crossed I can continue progressing!

Well done to everyone, Gimp for winning and "I'll look forward to Monaco" ... :roll: :lol: 
 
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