Archive for July, 2009

Pro Series Update

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Just two more weeks to go until the standings for the Pro standings are finalised. The Pro licence is a licence given to 250 drivers (for each category, road & oval) based on a qualification criteria that is 70% based on finishing results (and therefore outright speed), and 30% based on car safety (rewarding safe driving).

We’ve been getting weekly updates for the last few weeks and I’m currently sitting in the 90-120 range for the road licence. Large movement changes are possible (people regularly jump/drop > 100 places every week) but barring any huge mistakes I *should* be able to finish in the top 250, in time for the first Pro series starting August 2009.

There’ll only be three Pro races every week so it sounds like it’ll be fairly close to a league atmosphere, which I’m looking forward to participating in. I’m sure a sizable number of the 250 will either (a) not have an iRacing subscription any more, or (b) have no interest in Pro series, but even so I’d hope at least 150 people will actively participate in the series. With such a limited schedule of three races I secretely hoping for packed grids for each race…. fingers crossed!

Radical & Road Atlanta = perfect match

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Radical Sr8 Race Results

I had one of my most eventful races in iRacing this week when I raced the Radical at Road Atlanta. I started 6th of 25 and thanks to being over-cautious in turn one I made a stupid error and ran out of road. That mistake saw me bounce through the grass and rejoin the field in last place.

This saw me fall all the way to the back of a 25 car grid, but with a 50 minute, 35 lap race to get some positions back.

Even though I was destined to lose some iRating I still had a lot of fun chasing down cars, exercising some patience, and gaining positions slowly as I climbed up the order.

I even had a very fun chase down on 7th place in the last 15 laps (was gaining around 1 second a lap) but it was not to be as I just about caught him as we crossed the finish line together.

Road Atlanta is a great track for the Radical. There are a handful of tracks where the Radical is an absolute pig to drive, and others (Silverstone being another) where the combination is such a perfect match.