Firstly - Huge apology to Jani. Got stuuck on the bales at the last right hander and couldn't shift R!!
Just sat and watched poor Jani have no option but hit me and loose his lead to Clive L.
It's been a while since have used GPL and boy has it shown. Still had the force way to high on my wheel and after 1 hour my arm pump gave up. Next time I'll switch the force off(or maybe use the force
Well done all the finishers - and apologies again to Jani
Dead chuffed to get pole......unfortunately that was the high point.
In one of the early laps I managed to lose it sideways across the track and poor Clive who was running second spun trying to avoid me, sorry mate.
After that, a blown engine, cramp, pinball impersonations, you name it.......with eight laps to go my enthusiasm cried enough and I quit.
Still, what with the back to front points system, I thought the idea was to start at the front and work your way backwards.... rofl
PS..is 12 Shift-R's in a 42 lap race a record?
I feel stiff in my legs which is the best sign that yesterday it was a fantastic race!
Qually went well and p3 on the grid was ok, though the grid itself was dauntingly tight. First few laps was not so clear that I wanted but soon I got the rhythm and bit later I was on the lead. At third of race I got a pleasent 30 secs gap behind, so it was time to have some spins, offs and engine blow... I used up all the shift-Rs from my pocket and CliveL turned up in my mirrors. The 2-3 secs gap did not narrowed in the next laps, I just started to feel I could handle the problem when I met Mike in the hairpin... He couldn't reset the car, I couldn't avoid the contact. Bad luck. And a last shift-R. Clive passed me and it was the start of a good 10-12 laps chase and battle. We got some hair-raising moments but finally I got ahead and earn my first proper victory in the series. Thanks all.
First race in groundhog series , for some reason i have not been able to be around for the others.
Just for the hell of it thought I would battle the Honda as well as you guys, bad move "a bridge too far".
Qually went well enough with a second spot, which gave me hope for the race.
Started well enough and followed Sid for a few laps until he lost it and in my haste to avoid him I stuck it in the scenery!
This was to be a recurring problem, and one which I am sure others discovered aboout this otherwise great circuit. When a car goes off...IT DOESN'T...it bounces from side to side like a pinball, just daring you to choose a line before blocking it!
I got caught more than once, and I am sure I caught one or two others when I clipped straw bales etc.
For some reason after about 12 laps all communication between my brain and the steering wheel ceased and I had a nightmare for sveral laps with offs and spins just about everywhere. the slower I drove the worse I got, until I thought "sod it" and went for broke. Suddenly I got my consistency back ( well a little) and was priveleged to watch Clive and Jani tussle for the lead for several laps.
Came in well down the field but really enjoyed the longer race, grats to all who took part andf to those who took the podium.
Great fun again in these long races. Bremgarten is a mad place for a race. It seemed that near the end everyone else bunched up together and I was alone on another part of the track. When I managed to tear myself away from watching the awesome battles up front on pribluda, I managed a decent pb. Great feeling of speed through the trees and nowhere to go if you get it wrong.
Grats to all.
Thought I'd count up the shift-R's from the race report (and I know it misses some). For those who didn't turn up - imagine all this carnage and such close racing too :-
Mr. A 5
Total resets detected 52
Well it was an experience i took the BRM for the reason it takes damage better due to the brick sh-t house building material.
I was well slow like 10 + sec a lap slower than the rest but still kept catching quick guys having moments while i plodded along.
I lasted longer than i would ever have imagined b4 a Shift R. then i blew my first engine which again lasted longer than expected.
Started to get tired so retired after being lapped by everone else.
I turned up in the chat room expecting the usual Saturday fun night
only to find a bunch of masochists intent on 42 laps of Bremgarten.
"Crivens!" thought I "That's going to be hard on the bum!" I had
raced the track recently but only in an Eagle and didn't have a
setup sorted for anything else. I plumped for a Brabham as I seem
to drive that the most and I think that the setup was a Wilke
Nurburgring in almost new condition.
I managed one clean lap in practice and bagged 5th on the grid.
People started spinning in various directions in the opening laps,
including me, and I found myself in second spot chasing after Jani.
He was 32 seconds up the road to start with but Bremgarten had a go
at him and soon brought him into view.
It seemed to me that I was gradually catching him but nothing
dramatic when all of a sudden I found him doing a country dance
routine with a Ferrari at that evil hairpin after the long green
tunnel. By the time Jani had finished the final "does doe your
partner" I think that I had about seven seconds on him but chucked
half that away against a wall somewhere.
Suddenly Jani was faster than me and I had to be very wide to keep
him behind. At the time I thought that he had been sandbagging but
looking at the mechanical report I see that I had an engine problem
from about lap 33 onward. On one occasion he loomed large in my
mirrors into the hairpin. I went wide but we tangled, though
luckily I managed to get clear before he did. All this was going on
whilst we attempted to lap the Evil Honda.
In the end Jani binned it, probably trying not to hit me and it
looked as though I might make it to the finish. Nope! The engine
cut and by the time that I had reset, Jani was past. By the time
that I had stopped hitting all the walls and fences due to cold
tyres and heavy fuel load, Milan had passed me for second spot and
AA gave me a hard time all the way to the flag.
My back is killing me today. ;-(