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Round 8: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - GP (6Jun17)

jeromef1

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Jan 25, 2017
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Nicolet, QC, Canada
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Jerome Berthiaume
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Race Settings
Weather Slots: 2 (Heavy Cloud / Clear)
Weather Progression: Sync to race
Starting Time: 14:00
Time Progression: Real
Laps: 29

Pre-Race Interview

1.How would you summarize your Night race last week?
2.What are your thoughts on Catalunya?
3.Have you done any real World racing?
 

Shneeb108

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Joined
Apr 9, 2017
Messages
139
Location
US, Florida, Boynton Beach
1.How would you summarize your Night race last week?
Had a hard time with the night vision.
2.What are your thoughts on Catalunya?
Great track for everything. My go-to test track. Turns 7 & 8 give me trouble, and the bumps after 15 are tricky too. hard for me to be consistent on the left hander (10) after the long straight.
3.Have you done any real World racing?
No real world racing yet. Just a couple of NASCAR drives and ride-along's.
 

Shneeb108

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Apr 9, 2017
Messages
139
Location
US, Florida, Boynton Beach
Practicing with AI

I haven't done much of this, but I should. The reason I joined a league is to learn to drive along with others and not crash or get in the way, or get out of the way effectively. Sometimes I loose concentration and I get into trouble. When a fast approaching driver comes up on me, I get real nervous about it. I need to learn how to keep my own line, but also be respectful of faster drivers who are on a better pace.
 

some evil dude

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Apr 7, 2017
Messages
29
Location
USA, CA, California City
1.How would you summarize your Night race last week?
Very exciting & lots of luck. I remember saying I was going conservative & the first thing I did was gun it at every opportunity. Had a few close calls with my friend McNasty, but we came out all right. Then the leader got some bad luck with fuel and gave us another place. Last thing I expected was to get a podium.
2.What are your thoughts on Catalunya?
I knew the track quite well as my official test course back on Forza 4, but I know it's been through some changes. I'm worried about throttle control through the slow corners and potentially dangerous curbing.
3.Have you done any real World racing?
:cry:  Only in the mountains. Only by myself in the mountains, but it's always fun getting sideways down the dirt. Never put it in the ditch so I feel I might have a good feel for it.
 

some evil dude

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Messages
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Location
USA, CA, California City
some evil dude said:
1.How would you summarize your Night race last week?
Very exciting & lots of luck. I remember saying I was going conservative & the first thing I did was gun it at every opportunity. Had a few close calls with my friend McNasty, but we came out all right. Then the leader got some bad luck with fuel and gave us another place. Last thing I expected was to get a podium.
2.What are your thoughts on Catalunya?
I knew the track quite well as my official test course back on Forza 4, but I know it's been through some changes. I'm worried about throttle control through the slow corners and potentially dangerous curbing.
3.Have you done any real World racing?
:cry:  Only in the mountains. Only by myself in the mountains, but it's always fun getting sideways down the dirt. Never put it in the ditch so I thinkl I might have a good feel for it.
 

some evil dude

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HookArrowD said:
I was wondering how many of you guys practice, or have practiced with AI as a training tool. I feel it is important to get quite a bit of track time with other cars on the road. Lap times are the heart of racing, but not the soul. You need good lap times to win a race, but you need to be able to run those fast laps in traffic.

I was pretty thrilled when Undead got in behind me in the last race, he settled in behind me and helped push my car, for about 3 laps we were both benefiting from his drafting. I was running pretty good when he came up on me. I was going fast enough that a couple of his pass attempts failed, at which point I got the impression he was an experienced enough driver to not get too impatient and make something bad happen. Eventually, I was a tad late into a corner and had to take a slower line opening the inside and he was gone.

That's the soul of racing. Sure you can run fast laps hitting all the quick lines with no cars on the road. But can you draft an opponent and help both cars run faster. Look, if the guy ahead of you is covering the inside well (making it difficult to pass), why not help him go a little faster while you are stuck in behind him. It helps keep others off your tail.

Anyway, just some of my thoughts... what's yours? Do you use AI as a training tool? If so, how do you set up the AI strength? I try to set it up so half the pack is faster. I will set the AI lower, around 75 when learning a track. Once I'm feeling comfortable enough with my lap times I'll bump it up to 85 and sometimes 90. At 100 the AI sets lap times that compete with, and sometimes break, real-world record times.

I like your methods and it rings true. Your tactic is something you see in Nascar all the time, to "break from the pack". Franky I'm a bit new with PC and put up with Forza for so many years. Inspite of really dumb AI, it works wonders for situational awareness. Something thats been very lacking for public lobbies. Such a trait helps wonders in avoiding conflict. You can watch the first 25min of my Twitch feed for a good example from last weeks race. I was overly aggressive, but thankfully McNasty was on par after he saw my sloppiness.

I really syked out there so I literally failed in safe habbits. Inspite of this, I had past experience to tell me I would have been at fault, lest he plow into me.
 

Shneeb108

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Messages
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Location
US, Florida, Boynton Beach
Been testing at Catalunya GP in Practice mode, then making a private lobby with myself to check the tune in MP mode so I don't get surprised at race time. Managed a 1.37.791 on first initial try.
 

McNasty0421

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Mar 28, 2017
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United States ,NC ,Fay
I used to use the ai mostly leaving them at 100.haven't tried them with these cars thou.always have to test because some cars they are very slow like the formula gulfs..I practiced almost daily for awhile trying to stay competitive .we had some aliens driving here in the past.lol and speaking of practice il be online around 900 930 est. Just join in
 

2pfspiff

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Apr 1, 2017
Messages
73
Location
New jersey
1.How would you summarize your Night race last week?

A)Good finished 4th with no Force Feed back.

2.What are your thoughts on Catalunya?

A) fun track

3.Have you done any real World racing?

A) Worked on a street stock crew for wall staduim.
 
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