I recently did some track comparisons in iRacing, comparing real world photos to carefully reconstructed iRacing versions, created in the new camera tool.
Click the links below to see the comparisons.
After having a pretty good start to the inaugural Pro series, I scored my first DNF this week at Infineon Long.
It was quite disappointed as I had unusually good pace here – from checking the laptimes of some of the other Pro races I had a reasonable chance of scoring 150+ points, which would have been a tremendous result.
As it was, I took damage towards the end of lap 2 from a car that had spun out and rejoined the track haphazardly (tagging at least four cars in his race to get back on the racing surface).
It was just a tap, but it was enough to break the alignment, and I had to park it. Only a 0x contact though, so there was some small positive.
Just the 8 points this week then (my third lowest tally since I started iRacing). I’m currently stationed 79th out of the 154 racers currently scored.
We return to Infineon Long for the penultimate race of the series, in week 24.
With the excitement of the new build still at the forefront my mind I was eager to do a lot of racing this week. iRacing didn’t disappoint!
Had a good first race in the Star Mazda for 2009. The season started with a new track for me, Road America, and being a larger circuit I was looking forward to racing here. The track is nice to drive, with a good variety of corner types, speeds, and elevation changes.
19 cars took to the grid (one off the maximum grid size) and I began the race 8th, in a SOF of 2817. I had a good first lap, climbing to 5th and soon found myself in a very competitive gaggle of cars racing hard.
On lap 2 I made a mistake following someone closely through a corner (a fast sweeping right hander) where they slowed more than I anticipated and I didn’t slow enough and caused a gentle spin for both of us. I was able to press on with minor steering damage, and recovered a 5th place position for much of the race.
The only other moment of note was a gradual chase down of 4th, which was finalised with a nice turn 1 pass.
So a 4th place finish and 146 points – a great start to the season.
I made a small highlights reel of my first two laps, and my late pass to take 4th place :
I was a bit reticent about this first race at Daytona – it’s quite a high pressure ride and crashes/incidents are all to easy to collect. I was happy that I didn’t need to work on a setup here though, as at this superspeedway it’s all about the draft and not so much the setup.
I joined a race with no qualifying time and started 11th (last). It was a pretty good race, and a lot of fun – there was an early caution on lap 10 (I avoided the crash by a wide margin but still picked up a 4x incident) and I was one of the 3 or 4 cars who pit for fuel. The rest of the race I pottered around the back, just hoping that the race would stay green to the end. Sure enough, (somehow) we ran the rest of the way under green and I scoffed when I passed the cars ahead splutter and run out of fuel and I took a good 3rd place finish, for 123 points.
I’m also having thoughts about running a Skippy season too, but I realise that it is really unlikely I’ll put in 12 weeks of racing…. hopefully I’ll get at least 8 in but we’ll see how it pans out. The first week for the Skippy was at Infineon Long, and with a short amount of practice (10 laps or so) I was comfortably beating last seasons time by a good few tenths. I went into a race (with a high strength of field) and had a good, but uneventful race for 5th place, and 118 points.
All in all, three really good races and very high scores for week 1 (146, 123, 118)!