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I ran a Silver Crown qualifying session just before the race, setting a 30.415 time. My qualifying time placed me in sixteenth position out of the eighteen runners, but with an iRating of eleventh, I expected to finish in that position, or better.

The guy infront bogged down at the start (he apologized afterwards, which was nice) and I was boxed in. I passed him in turn two, but was down in fifteenth place. Unfortunately I also had nobody to draft with and was caught fairly quickly by the group behind. I wanted them to stay in line and let me lead them back to the pack infront, but unfortunately they wouldn’t, so I ran high and let the guy behind pass, then tried to draft him… This worked pretty well because the third guy in our train understood what I was trying to do and as I followed the pack leader, he followed me.

On lap thirteen of sixty, we caught a guy who had just been in an accident. The guy infront (who didn’t know about drafting, remember?) started racing with him and their battle (which slowed us as a group enormously) raged while I sat there in total dismay. The new guy to the group was also putting his car in places that didn’t really sit well with me… I knew that if I attempted to pass, I’d be risking an incident.

After a few laps, I knew that my race for the top ten was over. I knew that the two guys infront wouldn’t stay in line so there was no chance of catching the lead group. The two guys infront also seemed to be all over the race track so I thought I’d try to get by them to stay out of the accident I thought would happen sometime soon. Lap thirty I made my move for twelfth and went to the inside of the guy infront (the guy who had been in an accident earlier) and he came down on my in turn three. I had to pull down onto the apron to avoid contact and fell to the back of the pack I was in.

I sat in fourteenth place for another thirteen laps, unwilling to risk my race by getting side by side. With seventeen laps to go I started to push and in the next three laps I passed the three cars ahead of me in our group. Unfortunately, the same guy came down on me, again, in turn three. After I passed the leader of our group, the guy who had came down on me then ran into the back of group leader and he crashed out… I led the ‘lucky guy’ back to the flag and finished in eleventh place.

I had two incidents in the race. My car contact, of course, and an off track penalty when I cut the tri-oval grass. My fastest lap was forty-one, this was when I started my charge to pass those infront.

It’s kind of frustrating when people don’t draft and seem more intent on racing for the position they can see. I guess I should be qualifying faster and I wouldn’t have to worry about this problem… But I qualified as fast as I could, don’t know what else I could have done… I’m faster in traffic.

34 thoughts on “2008S3 Week 2 – iRacing Silver Crown Cup – Atlanta

  1. [..YouTube..] It’s amazing to me when people so far in the back will refuse to draft to the leaders. Maybe that’s why they’re in the back.

  2. [..YouTube..] Yeah. Like I said on my blog, it drives me crazy… I guess I should be qualifying up front, but the setup just doesn’t seem to get me there. It’s great in traffic though! lol

  3. [..YouTube..] LOL..I know some peolpe are jsut boneheads, u give them room, u try to draft them, time after time, yet they race their own counterproductive race..loved seeing that guy wreck towards the end! serves him well lol

  4. [..YouTube..] Of course it is! lol. It just isn’t how they want it. Same with most things… IMHO they are better than in other sims, but not good enough for the iRacing devs to leave it alone.

  5. [..YouTube..] That’s great news :D…How much better is the ffb then it is in nkPro? The nkPro ffb feels extremely detached from the road at times/.

  6. [..YouTube..] It’s decent in iRacing, I personally feel that nKPro is still ahead in terms of FFB, although there are a few quirks, but I’ve only felt those when I was over-driving the cars. When you are really consistently driving the cars well in nKPro, it feels spot on.With all the resources that iRacing has at their disposal, eventually they will get it right, so while its good now, I would think its only going to get much better in the future.

  7. [..YouTube..] It’s decent in iRacing, I personally feel that nKPro is still ahead in terms of FFB, although there are a few quirks, but I’ve only felt those when I was over-driving the cars. When you are really consistently driving the cars well in nKPro, it feels spot on.

    With all the resources that iRacing has at their disposal, eventually they will get it right, so while its good now, I would think its only going to get much better in the future.

  8. [..YouTube..] i could bearly read the names but i can assume that they are forgien drivers, 1. they dont know to draft and 2. they love to mirror drive and you try to hold your own and if you touch the game is like CONTACT CONTACT!! -20000 MILLION PTS

  9. [..YouTube..] @XC0688 Or, 4. :)If you touch once in a whole race though your license will still normally increase.

  10. [..YouTube..] @XC0688 Or, 4. :)

    If you touch once in a whole race though your license will still normally increase.

  11. [..YouTube..] Or, 4. :)

    If you touch once in a whole race though your license will still normally increase.

  12. [..YouTube..] How much you paying a month now for the upgrades etc??I just have to norm package with Solstice and Legend car but i only upgrade the tracks lol

  13. [..YouTube..] How much you paying a month now for the upgrades etc??
    I just have to norm package with Solstice and Legend car but i only upgrade the tracks lol

  14. [..YouTube..] My question is, why don’t you let the throttle pedal on floor all the time? I mean, the car doesn’t seem like it will over or understeer if you hold it.

  15. [..YouTube..] My question is, why don’t you let the throttle pedal on floor all the time? I mean, the car doesn’t seem like it will over or understeer if you hold it. By the way nice save at 3:35.

  16. [..YouTube..] @mpelletier92 It did. By releasing and then putting it back down you induce a little loose into it which helps it turn. Without that it will run wider (and slower) out of the turn, also wearing the right front more.

  17. [..YouTube..] It did. By releasing and then putting it back down you induce a little loose into it which helps it turn. Without that it will run wider (and slower) out of the turn, also wearing the right front more.

  18. [..YouTube..] @TimWRacing I didn’t knew that the tires could wear during this kind of race… well I’m still trying to get rid of R license but the Solstices and Legends don’t seem to have this option. Reply again? Thanks.

  19. [..YouTube..] I didn’t knew that the tires could wear during this kind of race… well I’m still trying to get rid of R license but the Solstices and Legends don’t seem to have this option. Reply again? Thanks.

  20. [..YouTube..] @mpelletier92 You will get tire wear in the rookie races, too. They’re just not long enough for you to feel much effect. Best place to feel it would be Oxford in the Legends with the Basic setup… It’ll push and push and you’ll find it push more and more as the tire grip goes away.

  21. [..YouTube..] You will get tire wear in the rookie races, too. They’re just not long enough for you to feel much effect. Best place to feel it would be Oxford in the Legends with the Basic setup… It’ll push and push and you’ll find it push more and more as the tire grip goes away.

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