Fuji 1000km A-spec

Discussion in 'GT4 Race Reports' started by flyingkiwi, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. flyingkiwi

    flyingkiwi

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    Lineup: 37pts
    Nissan R92CP Race Car 1001hp, 900kg
    Audi R8 Race Car 834hp, 900kg
    Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car 987hp, 893kg
    Ford GT40 Race Car 525hp, 998kg
    Mazda 787B Race Car 843hp, 830kg
    Toyota 7 Race Car 840hp, 620kg

    Rules
    Each tyre variety (R1, R2, and R3) must be used for at least 20% (46 laps) of the race.

    Laps 1-20
    The Sauber takes the lead immediately from the R92. The Audi falls back to 4th and then I pass him at the chicane. I end the lap in 4th, 2.4s down on the Sauber. I pass the 787B on the exit of turn 1 and post a 1:21 flat for my first flying lap. I pass the R92 at the hairpin and I am right on the Sauber's tail for the lead as we end lap 3. We battle for the lead for a couple of laps before the Sauber starts to pull away. He is faster down the straight and can also brake later into the turns but I am faster through the twisty sections. By the end of lap 10, he is 3.9s in front. I lose another 1.5s after I run wide at turn 4 on lap 11.

    The R92 slowly sneaks up on me and gets into my slipsteam as we start lap 15. I brake earlier than him and he taps me into a spin which sends me into the sandtrap.:grumpy: I scramble back onto the track behind the 787B. When the two leaders pit at the end of the lap, the 787B and I are elevated to 1st and 2nd. I do a series of 1:18s laps before the 787B pits on lap 19.

    Laps 20-39
    I finally pit on lap 21 when my rear tyres turn reddish. The Audi follows me in from his 4th position. I put on R3 tyres and short-fuel in an attempt to jump the Sauber but I exit just behind him. We battle for the lead over the next 9 laps. Every time I pass him I make a bad error which lets him back through. I should have been 7-8 seconds up the road by lap 30, but instead the Sauber is only 2s behind me when he pits for the second time. I am now in a clear lead and post some 1:16 laps and pit again on lap 35 for more R3s. I rejoin in 2nd, 11s down on the 787B. The Sauber is some 20s back. The 787B pits on lap 38, which leaves me with a comfortable lead over the Sauber.

    Laps 40-59
    I lap the Audi on lap 42. I am cruising along in the low 1:17s. The Sauber and R92 pit on lap 45. The R92 goes a lap down and I am very close to lapping the Sauber. I now have a 52s lead over the 787B. The Sauber resists for half a lap before going a lap down. The Audi, too, goes down another lap. However, my R3 tyres are now past their use-by-date, so I head into the pits on lap 51, letting the Audi, Sauber, and R92 regain their laps. I change to R2s. I rejoin 15s in front of the 787B. I revert back to lapping in the 1:18s and 1:19s. When the 787B pits, I have a lead of 37s over the Sauber.

    Standings after 60 laps (265km)
    1. Toyota 7 Race Car (3 stops)
    2. Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car +37s (3 stops)
    3. Nissan R92C Race Car +55s (3 stops)
    4. Mazda 787B Race Car +56s (3 stops)
    5. Audi R8 Race Car +1 lap (2 stops)
    6. Ford GT40 Race Car +est.8 laps (1 stop)

    Laps 61-80
    The Sauber and the R92 pit on lap 60, the R92 going a lap down once again. I am now 58s ahead of the 787B. The gap stays constant for the next 12 laps before I pit for R1 tyres on Lap 72. This will be a crucial stage of the race. How much time will I lose to my competitors? I rejoin 15s in front of the 787B. He cuts into my lead at 3s a lap until he is right on my bumper as we start lap 78. I thought he would have pitted before then but instead he pulls up alongside me. I am already on the far left of the track but he moves over on me and sends me onto the grass! :crazy: I brake on the grass, which of course, isn't that effective and I end up in the sandtrap again, only this time not as deep. I lose some 6 seconds and, you guessed it, the Mazda pits at the end of the lap. :grumpy: He rejoins 31s behind me.

    Laps 81-100
    I lap in the 1:21s and eventually improve to 1:20s as the fuel-load goes down. The 787B gains ground on me and I pit on lap 95 from a 12s lead. I rejoin 22s behind the 787B. He extends his lead to 28s before pitting on lap 98 (a 20-lap stint). He rejoins 6s behind me.

    Laps 101-120
    The 787B closes up on me, together with the Sauber and the lapped Audi. We have a good 4-way battle for 2 laps before the 787B passes me for the lead, and the Sauber pits. The 787B extends his lead to 17s before pitting on lap 117. I pit one later and change back to R2s. I rejoin in 3rd, about 12s from the lead.

    Standings after 120 laps (525km)
    1. Mazda 787B Race Car (6 stops)
    2. Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car +4s (7 stops)
    3. Toyota 7 Race Car +12s (6 stops)
    4. Nissan R92C Race Car +40s (7 stops)
    5. Audi R8 Race Car +2 laps (5 stops)
    6. Ford GT40 Race Car +est.15 laps (3 stops)

    Laps 121-140
    The Sauber pits on lap 123, which puts me in 2nd, now 9s behind the 787B. I seem to have his measure on R2 tyres. I have a good battle with the lapped R92 but he punts me off at turn 1 after getting in my slipstream. It is a reminder to me that I should move over to the inside line when someone is coming up fast behind me. The gap to the 787B reminds constant over the next 15 laps and I inherit the lead when he pits on lap 137. I stay out until lap 140 and then I change to R3s, which I will stay on for the remainder of the race. I rejoin just behind the Mazda.

    Laps 141-160
    As expected, I close up on the Mazda and pass him at the hairpin on lap 142. However, I go off the track at the chicane and let him back through.:yuck: I pass him again, hopefully for good this time, at turn 4 three laps later. In the next 10 laps, I pull out a 19s lead before pitting on lap 155. The Mazda pits a lap later.

    Laps 161-180
    I extend my lead to one minute before pitting again on lap 170. I decide to change back to R2 tyres for the remainder of the race, since I just want to finish the race without having to make too many pitstops. R2 tyres will also give me a chance to race some other cars to make last few laps semi-interesting.:)

    Standings after 180 laps (790km)
    1. Toyota 7 Race Car (9 stops)
    2. Mazda 787B Race Car +1.10s (9 stops)
    3. Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car +1 lap (11 stops)
    4. Nissan R92C Race Car +2 laps (11 stops)
    5. Audi R8 Race Car +3 laps (8 stops)
    6. Ford GT40 Race Car +est.23 laps (est.5 stops)

    Laps 181-200
    I get close to lapping the Mazda but I have a stupid spin at turn 1. I pit again on lap 190 for more R2s. Only one more pitstop to make. I get close to lapping the Mazda again but once again I have a spin, this time in the sweeper after the chicane.:banghead:

    laps 201-228
    I finally lap the 787B on lap 207 before pitting for the final time on lap 210. The final laps are spent battling with the Sauber and the R92. I cross the final line just behind the Sauber. He carries on up the road whilst I slow down to enjoy the applause of the crowd.:gtpflag:

    Waiting for me in victory lane is a brand-new Nissan R92!

    Final Standings
    1. Toyota 7 Race Car 5:09:40 (11 stops)
    2. Mazda 787B Race Car +1 lap (11 stops)
    3. Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car +1 lap (14 stops)
    4. Nissan R92C Race Car +3 laps (14 stops)
    5. Audi R8 Race Car +3 laps (10 stops)
    6. Ford GT40 Race Car +est.30 laps (est.6 stops)
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011
  2. flyingkiwi

    flyingkiwi

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    Race Fastest Laps:
    1. Toyota 7 Race Car 1:16.411
    2. Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car 1:18.655
    3. Nissan R92C Race Car 1:18.854
    4. Mazda 787B Race Car 1:19.207
    5. Audi R8 Race Car 1:20.805
    6. Ford GT40 Race Car 1:30.766
     
  3. Smallhorses

    Smallhorses Staff Emeritus

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    How did you figure out the fastest laps for the other cars?
    If you can only watch the first few hours of replay, they're not necessarily the fastest race laps for the other cars.
    Or have I missed a way that you can look at the other cars' readouts just prior to the end of the race?
     
  4. flyingkiwi

    flyingkiwi

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    I just watched the first hour of the replay.

    It is highly unlikely that the fastest lap for each car would improve that much in the remainder of the race.:)