Hey everyone, I found this thread and decided to revive it, so Im gonna run the Trial Mountain 30 lap race tonight, in the Sprinter Trueno AE86...might not be able to get on here and put the report up as it happens, but report will appear here...wish me luck EDIT: Okay, here we go, ladies and gentlemen, I present... The Trial Mountain 30-lap challenge OR Is Power really nothing without control? Thanks as always to AMG for the track map The car: Nissan Sil-Eighty Horsepower: 202hp Weight: 1170kg Modifications: sports suspension/brakes. Up against this grid: 1. Alfa Romeo 166 2. Alfa Romeo 156 3. Renault Megane Coupe 4. Lotus Elise 190 5. Ford Focus Ghia 6. Nissan SilEighty (moi) Prior predictions make this a potentially close race, so here we go, for the rolling start...the flag drops, the revs climb, the engines crescendo, and the field charges towards the opening series of corners. Updates to come every 10 laps. Segment 1: Lap 1-10 Through the first few corners, I manage to squeeze my way up the running order, as a bit of a meleé ensues. The 156 and Megane jostle for 2nd going into the tunnel corner, and the 156 goes badly wide, enabling me to slip by. The Megane falls on the next corner, the downhill right, and I slipstream by the 166 on the straightaway. I begin to pull out an advantage, for I know I'll need it - unless I can make these tyres last for at least 15 laps, I'll have to pit twice, as opposed to the Elise 190's 1. I begin to eke out an advantage, with a 1:40.546 laptime on lap 5 the best I'm gonna get on this stint. Meanwhile, the Elise 190 has carved his way through the field, and is matching me move for move - the gap back is neither decreasing nor increasing, leading to some tension from my end. I'd rather he was up here with me, battling, so I could tell what he was doing - because GT2 doesn't tell you the gap back to 2nd place, you never know how far behind 2nd place is Im guessing, judging by the map, its about 10 seconds. The front tyres begin to fade, and by lap 10 Im up near 1:42 territory. I start lap 11 with roughly an 11-second lead on the Elise, and with the front tyres a very pale green Segment 2: Lap 11-20 I have an appalling Lap 11 - the front tyres are turning yellow now, and I understeer all over the place on the way to a low 1:43 laptime. I've noticed that the Elise 190 is closing as well. Right, the gloves are off now. I really go for it, no-holds-barred, and let loose a banzai lap, taking the fastest lap of the race in the process - a 1.40.339, which is done despite the fact that all my tyres are now yellow. But this is well and truely a one-off - my tyres are getting shredded now, and I'm really struggling through the next few laps, going into the 1:44s at one point But the key thing is, I've been able to survive up until the end of lap 15, meaning I can go to the end from here with no more pitstops. This should hopefully help out in the battle against the Elise 190, which interestingly doesn't seem to have closed the gap that much despite my errors on worn rubber. I'm also pretty pleased with my inlap, which was probably heading for a 1:41 had I not been desperatly diving into the pits, yelling at my pitcrew to gimme some new goddamn tyres! They oblige, and just as I exit the pits, the Elise 190 speeds past. By the first checkpoint hes up to 5 seconds ahead, but as my tyres warm up, that gap drops, until its below a second by the end of the lap. I shadow him through lap 17 before drifting round the outside of him at turn 10. I then go on to post a new record, a 1:39.813, on lap 18. My lead is extending all the time, and I'm actually feeling a bit gutted - I was expecting a closer race than this, but this is looking a little bit easy Having said that, there's still 11 laps to go, don't get cocky just yet...the Lotus pits in at the end of lap 19, I lap the 166 on this lap, and I finish lap 20 with about a 20-second lead over the Elise. Segment 3: Lap 21-finish These final 10 laps kinda pass me by a bit - the realisation dawns that, bar an act of God or Microsoft Windows, I've got this one in the bag. So I instead attempt to beat my previous best laptime, but all that achieves is a spectacular, 120mph spin on lap 24! I hit the rumble strip on turn 2 at exactly the wrong angle, so that when all four wheels left the tarmac, the car was pointed sideways when it landed again! My spot of crowd-pleasing over, I run a string of comfortable laps up until lap 28, when the Focus comes out of the pits right in front of me. Hmm...Focus on fresh rubber, versus me on shot tyres...time for a little duel methinks Though it doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things, it is real fun, and we end up having a right ding-dong battle. I pass him in mid-air across the rumble strips on turn 2, he repasses me in T4, I pass him through the final esses, but he gets the better exit off and grabs it back on the straight, I finally pass him for what I think is for good at T6 on the next lap, only to be repassed in the esses again...etc etc. I FINALLY pass him for good at T6 on the final lap, and he stays there now. With that spot of fun done, my attention focuses back to the race - and more importantly, the victory, which I achieve by the relativly comfortable margin of 19.562 seconds. And no wonder - have a look at the results, and see if you can spot the reason why I won so well... Final Results 1. Nissan SilEighty - 51minutes21.806 2. Lotus Elise 111S + 19.562 3. Renault Megane 2.0 16V +1:23.564 4. Ford Focus Ghia 2.0 + 1 lap 5. Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 V6 + 1 lap 6. Alfa Romeo 166 2.5 V6 + 1 lap I knew that Elise was too slow to be a 190, but I couldn't get a proper look at the front of it, so I couldn't tell if it was or not Oh well, wins a win, plus it just gives me an excuse to come back here again and wait until the 190 shows up for REAL, and THEN we'll see what happens! Until then, thanks for reading, and be sure to tune in next time!