GT-MES - Season 6 (Finale: 26.07.2019)

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  1. Nilsemann2002

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    Welcome to the Gran Turismo - Mixed Endurance Series!
    After a 3 seasons with Gr.3/Gr.2 cars, we‘ve decided to switch back to where we started: Gr.3/Gr.4 multiclass racing!
    With „we“ our 4 organisers @sota59 ,@Nilsemann2002, @NJ72, and @thunderpigeon are meant and if you’ve questions about the series just post them here or dm us and we’ll try to answer them :)
     
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    The GT-MES is a 8-race weekly series including cars from the Gr.3 and Gr.4 classes, competing in 40-minute endurance races. The Gr.3 class is scheduled as the „Pro“-class with the fastest drivers and the Gr.4 class is scheduled for „gentlemen drivers“ who want to enjoy the driving and not to push it to the limit every lap. As missing races is very likely, only points from 5 best finishes will count for the championship. Thanks to @sota59 and there are also small money-’’rewards’’ for titles, see more in the end.

    While balance of performance will be off, all cars will have manually adjusted weight settings. After a race, weight adjustments will be distributed to the drivers, with more of each going to the higher-placed competitors. A maximum of 2 drivers can race with the same car manufacturer per class, and a manufacturer can only appear in one class.
    Race Type: 40-minute endurance race (1h for the final race)
    Start Type: Standing start with false start check
    Tire/Fuel settings: 4x/4x
    Mechanical damage: Heavy
    Visible damage: On
    Tuning: On
    Tires: RH-RS
    Corner cutting penalties: Weak
    Flags and other penalties: On
    Boost: Off
    Slipstream: Realistic
    To get on the entry list, please dm me, @NJ72 or @sota59
    You should tell the following information:
    -Car (make sure it’s available)
    -Category
    -PSN
    -Number
    Round 1: Nürburgring GP, 07.06.2019
    Round 2: Mt. Panorama, 14.06.2019
    Round 3: Interlagos, 21.06.2019
    Round 4: Kyoto Driving Park - Yamagiwa, 28.06.2019
    Round 5: Autopolis, 05.07.2019
    Round 6: Dragon Trail Seaside, 12.07.2019
    Round 7: Lago Maggiore GP, 19.07.2019
    Round 8: Circuit de la Sarthe, 26.07.2019
    All times are in GMT
    7:00 PM - Lobby opens and Qualifying begins
    7:25 PM - Qualifying ends, and short Warm Up starts
    7:30 PM - Race begins
    8:10 PM - Race ends.Penalties given, Race result confirmed and points given shortly after the race
    All Gr.3 Cars:
    Only BMW, Nissan, Mercedes, and Subaru are allowed
    Max. 650 HP, Min. 1.100kg
    Black window-sticker, black number plate, yellow front lights and race number on the roof.

    All Gr.4 Cars:
    Only Audi, Alfa Romeo, Honda, and Mazda are allowed
    Max. 450 HP, Min. 1100kg*
    White window-sticker, white number plate, white front lights and race number on the roof.
    *1000kg for the Audi TT Cup
    Gr.3 Numberplate: https://www.gran-turismo.com/de/gts.../activities/decal/1310715/6134563581109208080

    Gr.3 Numberplate (Champion): https://www.gran-turismo.com/de/gts.../activities/decal/1310715/6125556372727661584

    Gr.4 Numberplate: https://www.gran-turismo.com/de/gts.../activities/decal/1310715/6134563574129885208

    Gr.4 Numberplate (Champion): https://www.gran-turismo.com/de/gts.../activities/decal/1310715/6134563582854037528
    Position/Points
    1st/18
    2nd/14
    3rd/11
    4th/8
    5th/6
    6th/4
    7th/2
    8th/1
    At the end of any race, drivers need to adjust the weight of the car (driver’s choice) to accommodate to all skill levels across a particular class and will be applied as follows:

    Place in category/ticks
    1st: +5
    2nd: +3
    3rd: +2
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    8th: -1
    (Gr.4)

    All ticks represent weight added.
    Ticks stay for next 4 races started.
    Penalties are only given if participant reports it to race conductors, and after they have been investigated after the race.
    Each accident will be judged by stewards, and they will give penalty they see fitting to crime. Previous accidents during season will work as preferences as season goes on. Repeating crime will mean harsher penalties.

    Causing an avoidable engine damage: Drive Through (DT), Point Deduction (PD) + DT
    Causing an avoidable engine damage with 2 or more victims: Retirement from the Current Race (RET), PD + RET
    Causing an avoidable wreck (no engine damage) with 2 or more victims: 2 Drive Throughs
    Causing an avoidable wreck: Warning (W), PD.
    Failing to race under weight restriction: W + RET, RET + PD
    Unsporting behaviour: W + RET, PD + RET, DQ from the series
    DRIVE THROUGH PENALTY: Penalty will be served during drivers next race after penalty was given. It must be served end of the first lap, tyre and refueling is not allowed. If penalty cannot be served, it will result as -3 penalty points.

    SLOW DOWN PENALTY:Standard GTS Penalty for cutting corners, must be served before the race finish and will be served off the racing line, in a safe spot.

    LAPPING CARS: Penalty for a lapping accident will fall normally for lapping car. Do not force yourself past a slower car and do not block a faster car.

    RACE RESTARTS:. Race can be restarted during first lap: 1) Huge crash because the lag 2) Driver disconnects (allowed once).

    If there is a driver causing a restart, he will start last. Also restarts because of a disconnection are only allowed once.

    BYE WEEKS: Drivers will only obtain points from their 5 best finishes from 8 races, allowing some drivers to miss the race. Unless driver does not inform conductors about missing a race, he will be given warning. 2nd offense is DT-penalty and 3rd is DSQ or 2nd DT.

    MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP: Manufacturer will get points from its best result in class race, and unlike the drivers championship, manufacturer will get points from all 8 races.
    - The qualification period is for all drivers to put in the fastest lap they can to qualify for the race start.
    - All drivers must respect other drivers on track and if they are not on a 'hot lap' must be aware of other cars on the track and make best efforts to move off of the racing line for another approaching competitor.
    - Race conditions still apply - cars may not stop on track with the exception of recovering from a spin and waiting for an oncoming car to pass.
    - Race conditions still apply - Cars must continue around the track in the regulated direction.
    - If no longer qualifying, please return to the pits - this can either be done through pause>exit or by driving around to the pits.
    - Overtaking of slower cars is to be the sole responsibility of the faster car.

    - Any drivers seen in contravention of the qualification etiquette will be given a warning and may also be given a grid penalty for multiple offences
     
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  3. Nilsemann2002

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    Gr.3:
    BMW [all models] (2/2) N/A
    Nissan GTR GT3 (2/2) N/A
    Mercedes [all models] (2/2) N/A
    Subaru WRX Gr.3 (2/2) N/A

    Gr.4
    Audi TT Cup (2/2) N/A
    Alfa Romeo 4C Gr.4 (1/2) A
    Honda NSX Gr.4 (2/2) N/A
    Mazda Atenza Gr.4 (1/2) A
    Gr.3
    GTS-DANGEROUSNIP #7 - BMW M6 GT3
    xZePhyR96x #11 - Subaru WRX Gr.3
    CSX_Axel #17 - Subaru WRX Gr.3
    road2fury #29 - Mercedes AMG GT3
    sota59 #59 - Nissan GTR GT3
    GT_EAGLE65 #65 - BMW M3 GT
    CSX_Benjeet #81 - Mercedes AMG GT3
    jonirune91 #91 - Nissan GTR GT3

    Gr.4
    farin79 #33 - Audi TT Cup
    thunder-pigeon #57 - Honda NSX Gr.4
    Nilsemann2002 #62 - Alfa Romeo 4C Gr.4
    doc-shipman #72 - Honda NSX Gr.4
    TaZZ_1990 #88 - Audi TT Cup
    alexmccabe #90 - Mazda Atenza Gr.4
    Season 1:
    Gr.3 - GT-EAGLE65
    Gr.4 - sota59

    Season 2:
    Gr.3 - sota59
    Gr.4 - Nilsemann2002

    Season 3:
    Gr.2 - sota59
    Gr.3 - xZePhyR96x

    Offseason Cup (December 2018, N100/N200/N300):
    Nilsemann2002 #62

    Season 4:
    Gr.2 - sota59
    Gr.3 - xZephyrR96x

    Mazda Roadster Cup (March 2019, N100)
    Nilsemann2002 #62

    Season 5:
    Gr.2 - sota59
    Gr.3 - thunder-pigeon
     
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  4. NJ72

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    Super stoked to be back this season. After an OK finish to last season I'm hoping that a seat in the Gr.4 Honda can do wonders! And of course Honda team mate @thunderpigeon is back to try and defend his title!
     
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    As season opener gets closer, i will post highlights from previous seasons.



    We have couple places still open, PM me, or other admins if interested
     
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    Hi guys,
    I am new to this series and love the ideal of Multi-Class racing.
    I am looking forward to race with you next friday. :)

    The car is ready

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    Highlights from Season 2, last time we saw Gr4-class:




    We have couple places still open, PM me, or other admins if interested
     
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    Beautiful livery!
    Let's have some great racing on Friday, see you there ;)
     
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    Season 3 was first season with Gr2 as top-class:



    We have couple places still open, PM me, or other admins if interested
     
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    Only 3 cars left this season! Come on, it would be awesome to have a full roster!
     
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    Look to Season 4 highlights:



    We have couple places still open, PM me, or other admins if interested.
     
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    And finaly, highlights from last season, witch was last season with Gr2 cars, as Gr4 returns for Season 6,



    We have couple places still open, PM me, or other admins if interested.
     
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    Look to all time stats, before the new season.

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    We have couple places still open, PM me, or other admins if interested.
     
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    Race day! I am looking forward. :)
     
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    Excited for today's race.
    Hoping for podium to start the season, and helping my teammate and team to score maximum points!
     
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    GT MES Season 6 - Round 1 Preview

    Season 6 is finally here! We have another exciting line up in both drivers and manufactures. With the class of cars changing from GR2 and GR3 to GR3 and GR4, the pace might feel slower, but the competition will certainly be as fierce.

    Gr.3

    Season 5 champion sota59 takes on the Nissan GTR, along with teammate Jonirune91. The Nissan is known for its size and speed and is second in the all time number of race wins. Expect more wins from Nissan with Sota59 looking to defend his top tier crown. Jonirune91 will be providing stiff competition from within team Nissan, he has the speed, experience and ability to win races.

    Season 5 lower tier (GR3) runner up road2fury takes on the brilliant Mercedes AMG, and the challenge of the promotion to the top tier. A very fast driver in GR3 cars and winner of 2 races in his debut season, including the Le Mans finale. Will he be able to hold his own in the top tier of the championship? He is joined by AK84-LFC, another debut racer last season. We only saw him in action for 2 races, but showed his pace in quali and was unfortunate not to get better results due to damage.

    We only have one driver in the Subaru WRX - xZePhyR96x. Winner of 3 of the first 4 races last season, and he missed one of those races too! With 2 titles and multiple wins to his name, he is a favourite to take the fight to reigning champion sota59 for the season 6 crown.

    Team BMW have managed to convince driver and season 1 GR3 champion GT_Eagle to come out of retirement. Eagle has made the transition from controller to wheel, during his hiatus and should be fast. He will be driving last season's drivers winning championship car, the BMW M3. There is still an open driver slot in team BMW.

    Gr.4

    The second tier in GR4 has the rookie champion thunder-pigeon opting to drive for Honda. Honda have lots of success in GT MES, and are hoping their driver line up can perform. Thunder-Pigeon won 2 races including his debut, along with 3 podiums to take him to glory, overshadowing some rookie errors during last season. He will be hoping to overcome these to mount a strong defence of the second tier championship. He is joined by former BMW teammate, doc-shipman. Doc-shipman had the speed, just not the consistency to challenge his teammate despite a race win last season, along with a podium in his opening race. Doc is more at home in this class of car, and is keen to challenge his teammate for the season 6 crown.

    GT MES veteran Nilsemann2002 has left with team Mazda for season 6 due to poor engine development and joined Alfa Romeo. Second only to Sota59 in race wins, and unfortunate not to win a race last season. He was Mr Consistent in season 5, finishing 2nd 6 times in a row. Missed an opportunity to win at Autopolis with a race bye where the Mazda was the superior machine. Arguably last season's moral victor by getting results from the Mazda despite the lack of top end speed. He is joined by new entrant GTP_Guido. We don't know much about the newcomer, but they will have a strong car to compete in for the season.

    Farin79 has also left Mazda after being let down by the lack of a 320Km/h engine and has taken on the front wheel drive Audi TT. Winner of 2 races, including a brilliant one in Spain with a fantastic strategy, he has a fast car to try to add to his win tally. He is able to capitalise and react to outside events and get the most from the car when it matters. TaZZ_1990 takes the other Audi - after only 3 races in season 5, we haven't seen the most of TaZZ, but his second race did herald a strong win at Red Bull Ring, adding to the total number of race winners.

    Team Mazda has remained in the lower tier and has a different package on offer with the 4wd Atenza and newcomer Alexmccabe is at the helm. Alex will be hoping Mazda have a competitive car at all tracks with a lot fast tracks on this season's calendar.

    The Race

    Race one will be on the Nurburgring GP circuit. 40 minute race with 4x fuel and 4x tyre should bring out a variety of strategies. This race last season saw team BMW and Mazda in GR3 use a 2 stop to great effect, while the GR2 cars splitting the strategy with 3 cars on opposite strategies fighting for 2nd place on the final corner of the final lap! We will have to see how the top tier drivers manage the race. GR4 cars are less demanding on fuel, so effective tyre management and harder compound could see a one stop as the best option. However, the recent GT Sport update has seen changes to the physics so the 2 stop might be the safer option, exploiting the softer tyre choice available. There are plenty of race winners in this season's line up, we are sure of an exciting and competitive season!

    There are still a couple of cars available, so if you want to jump in on the action then there’s still time to get on track in Germany tonight!
     
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    Important notice: Mt. Panorama will be a NIGHT RACE, practice is king ;)
     
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    Round 1 - Nurburgring or Neverbeen?


    Season 6 started with the regular return to the Nurburgring. Qualifying was close in both GR3 and GR4. GT_Eagle and thunder-pigeon were both on class pole by only a couple of tenths after a tense and close session.


    The opening lap was scrappy. The M3 had a typically good launch, but was out accelerated by the mighty Mercedes. Turn 1 saw a few minor bumps and cars off line, bit the real drama happened at T3. GR4 favourites thunder-pigeon, doc-shipman and Nilsemann2002 all came together and doc-shipman and Jonirune collided on T4, resulting in damage to multiple drivers. Pole sitter GT_Eagle and road2fury got away to begin their battle for the race, while gr4 saw the pace setters all out of position. Doc-shipman lead GR4 with thunder-pigeon down in last place after just 4 corners. He was able to take the damaged NSX from last to 3rd in class with some excellent driving and overtakes on the Audi's, alfa and mazda to be 3rd in class after 4 laps. Thunder-pigeon was in a good position to watch Nilsemann2002 chase down doc-shipman for the GR4 lead, when doc-shipman made a mistake at the Schumacher esseses which caused Nilsemann2002 to take evasive action. Thunder-pigeon inherited the lead and with the top 3 GR4 drivers with damage, was still able to set a reasonable pace and build a gap. At this point, GT_Eagle was leading comfortably in GR3 after breaking away from road2fury who was running a 1 stop strategy. GT_Eagle on the 2 stop had the pace, but road2fury had the position.

    Most of the field continued around in typical fashion, until the last 10 minutes where the Audi's and Mazda in GR4 started to battle, and GT_Eagle was hunting down road2fury after his final stop. For the final few laps, GT_Eagle was on the gearbox of road2fury, but road2fury pulled off a "defensive masterclass", according to his challenger, who was unable to get the position and make it stick. Road2Fury lead GT_Eagle over the line by less than a quarter of a second with Sota59 taking the final step on the GR3 podium after a quiet race.


    Thunder-pigeon comfortably won in GR4 with the one stop, while Nilsemann2002, on the two stop, took second place. Doc-shipman took third to match the result of last season's opening race.

    Up next is Mount Panorama - but as it’s the 40th race of the GT-MES series it needed a twist, so the next race will be a glorious spectacle - at night! This will be the toughest race on the calendar, where keeping it clean will pay dividends. Road2Fury has home advantage in gr3, but will arrive with a +5 weight penalty. With overtaking only likely on the 2 main straights, top speed will be key. Sota_59 and GT_Eagle will be keen to take the title fight by the reigns in this week's race. Team Subaru has recruited CSX_Axel, a driver who is said to be very fast. A tough race to make your debut in...

    GR4 will see team Honda absent, and the Audi's straight line speed come in to play. Alexmccabe said he struggled to overtake the Audi's due to their performance in a line, and with no additional weight they are ready to challenge for a win - if they can keep the tyre wear in check!
     
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    GR4 will see team Honda absent, and the Audi's straight line speed come in to play. Alexmccabe said he struggled to overtake the Audi's due to their performance in a line, and with no additional weight they are ready to challenge for a win - if they can keep the tyre wear in check![/QUOTE] an Audi win in Mount Panorama? I dont think so. In addition the alfa is to fast also has Alfa with Nilsemann an absolute Top Driver so I do not think that Audi has a chanche if it runs normally but good in the race can happen a lot and just on this route with the challening middle section. So lets see Will be exciting :)
     
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    Sorry guys, I could not make it tonight. :(

    I hope you had some great racing tonight.
     
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    Standings after Round 2:

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    Notice regarding the BoP of the Audi; due to the massive lack of performance the minimum weight for this car will be lowered from 1100kg to 1000kg. The BoP for other cars remains untouched by this.
     
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    Round 2 - Master of the Night


    The 40th race of GT MES gave a special challenge to our competitors, a night race at Bathurst. Damage, high closing speeds over the mountain and unpredictability would always be inevitable at Bathurst, but the nighttime darkness would certainly amplify it.

    GR3 qualifying concluded with xZePhyR96x on pole, with his competition amazed at his pace in the dark. The lap was over 2 seconds faster than Subaru teammate CSX_Axel. Home favourite Road2Fury had a close battle with Sota59 and GT_Eagle65 with only a few tenths separating the drivers.

    The GR4 field was looking a bit thin with drivers missing this race for other commitments. Nilsemann2002 and thunder-pigeon were closely match, with the Alfa driver taking pole after thunder-pigeon was unable to get a lap in with minimal fuel. The two Audi drivers were around 4 seconds off the qualifying pace of Nilsemann2002.

    As the race began, turn 1 saw some GR3 drivers colliding and damage to cars from the start. GR4 drivers were able to stay clear of the crashes but ended up ahead of GR3 cars early on. Passing over the mountain top for GR3 cars would be tough. Early parts of the race saw thunder-pigeon on medium tyres defending against Nilsemann2002 on softs, with Nilsemann2002 unable to pass the Honda on the straights despite his superior speed over the mountain. Nilsemann2002 eventually made the pass on thunder-pigeon after pressuring him into a mistake. During this time, the GR3 field had spread out due to drivers pitting for repairs and getting stuck behind the GR4 cars. xZePhyR96x drove a clean race start to finish, with jonirune91 fighting from the back to finish in a well earned second. CSX_Axel had plenty of speed, but a couple of mistakes cost him a potential second, with a similar fate for Road2Fury and Sota59 who was celebrating the 40th race of his GT MES career. GT_Eagle also showed speed, but the challenge of the darkness claimed many victims.

    At the one third mark, thunder-pigeon pitted to repair damage and make a switch to a two stop strategy with Nilsemann2002 and farin79 pulling away. GR3 saw xZePhyR96x controlling the race with ease. As the race continued, the inevitable happened, a collision between a GR3 and GR4 over the mountain, with Sota59 and thunder-pigeon making contact. Both drivers were due to pit, so the impact on their races wasn't too dramatic.

    After the second round of stops for thunder-pigeon and Nilsemann2002, the sprint to the finish was on. A likely battle between Nilsemann and thunder-pigeon fell away after Nilsemann made some uncharacteristical errors and thunder-pigeon set some blistering pace to chase down the leading Audi of farin79. Thunder-pigeon closed the gap from 12s to under 1 before crashing over the mountain with a GR3 car in his mirrors. Farin79 drove a controlled and consistent race to take the win, with thunder-pigeon and Nilsemann taking second and third respectively.

    The win for xZePhyR96x saw him tie with Nilsemann for total wins and looks in a good position to go second on the all time number of wins in GT MES. xZePhyR96x is the form driver, with 13 wins from 20 starts.

    Up next is Interlagos. BoP changes in GR4 will see the Audi drivers with a 100kg weight removal, so expect to see them battling at the front. GR3 competition is fierce, so picking a favourite from our driver line up is tough. Time will reveal who is leading the pack when the race begins on Friday evening. Interlagos will favour handling over top speed for lap times, but the best overtaking opportunities will be into heavy braking zones at the end of the 2 main straights.
     
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  26. sota59

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    Results from Round 3:

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    Round 3 - Brazilian Fuel Crisis

    GTMES took the long flight from Australia to Brazil. GR3 was running a grid of only 4 this week, giving a high podium chance to our drivers. After putting his Subaru on pole last week, xZePhyR96x stormed to his second consecutive pole position. His lap was over 1.5s ahead of road2fury who put his Mercedes-Benz on the front row as well. Sota59 was marginally behind in 3rd and jonirune91 was off the pace due to a late arrival and unable to burn off enough fuel for a lightweight lap. GR4 had Nilsemann2002 setting a blistering pace, out qualifying championship rivals by nearly a second. Thunder-pigeon would join him on the front row, with doc-shipman taking 3rd, awmccabe challenging the Honda's throughout qualifying but was unable to get his final lap to match the speed he was showing in practice. The two Audi drivers, with their 100kg BoP advantage were showing pace, but no-one could get close to the speed of the Alfa!


    As the race began, the top 3 GR3 drivers got away cleanly with jonirune91 jumping the lights by the tightest of margins, sending him to the back of the race. Both GR4 Honda drivers started well, coming out of the Senna Esses ahead of the Alfa. As turn 4 approached, jonirune91 had caught up which caused GR4 leader thunder-pigeon to make a mistake, allowing doc-shipman and Nilsemann2002 through. Jonirune91 then went about hunting down 3rd, while thunder-pigeon fell further down the order trying to rejoin the track. At the end of lap one, he was sitting in class 5th, 4 seconds off the battle for 3rd, and 8 seconds off the class lead.


    As the race developed, xZePhyR96x drove a superb controlled race from the front, a familiar sight for all. Sota59 was running in second, trying to hold off road2fury and allow teammate jonirune91 to join the fight for second and maximize team points. Doc-shipman was trying a similar tactic in GR4, leading Nilsemann2002 but with his teammate so far behind and with the speed that Nilsemann had already shown in qualifying, it was inevitable that the Alfa driver would pass. Thunder-pigeon joined the three way fight for third, first passing awmccabe but the Mazda driver used his superior brakes to comeback at the Honda. After a couple more laps, thunder-pigeon made the move stick then set his sights on the Audi of tazz. A move into turn 4 got the job done, then awmccabe also made his way through a short while later. Awmccabe would stay around 1-3 seconds behind thunder-pigeon for the rest of the stint, both unable to catch Nilsemann but kept pace with the 2nd place Honda. Then, with a sign of things to come, Nilsemann pitted on the 18th minute! The team radios in GR4 wondering how he would make this work on a one stop… both Honda drivers stuck to their strategy and pit on the 21 minute mark 2 laps later with clearly enough fuel to go to the end, with thunder-pigeon overfilling and missing an opportunity to close the gap on his teammate after fuel saving over doc-shipman. By this time, Nilsemann had used fresh tyres to increase the gap to team Honda, doc-shipman now 8 seconds behind the German. Awmccabe had fallen off the back of thunder-pigeon and with 10 mins to go, it looked to be nothing more than a formality of bringing the cars home in GR4.

    GR3 cars were on the two stop which made for some clean air between both groups of cars for a large proportion of the race. The grid remained largely unchanged as the race ticked by, Sota59 managing to hold road2fury at bay for the majority of the second and then in to the third stint. As the clocked ticked in to the final minutes of the race all looked sewn up in Group 3, but alas that was not how it was to end… Fuel and the timing stewards were the main issues for Sota59 in Brazil... He thought he had planned it perfectly, crossing the line in second as the timer hit 40 minutes, running practically no fuel - perfect! Or so he thought... expecting that to be it he breathed a sigh of relief, but the timing officials had other plans. He found himself in the position of having to complete another whole lap - with no fuel! This allowed road2fury through to steal second off the Nissan driver. An unfortunate turn of events here when the race was largely a ‘done deal’ until those closing minutes. Some decisions go your way, and others do not; Sota59 will need to put that behind him and turn his focus to Kyoto this week with hopes of utilising the pace he has clearly shown in the early races this season.

    As the final 10 minutes went on a similar story unfolded in Group 4, until Nilsemann’s early pit strategy began to haunt him. Doc was gaining on Nilsemann who had dropped off the pace in order to save fuel, losing around 1-2 seconds a lap with everyone in Gr.4 realising how close a battle to the finish it would be. Thunder-pigeon looked too far back to challenge Nilsemann and had a 40 second gap to awmccabe in 4th, so pitted for fresh rubber to attempt the fastest lap for a championship point. Nilsemann had set the benchmark high for this, so it wasn't a guarantee. On the final lap, Nilsemann encountered the back marker of farin79 with doc-shipman immediately behind him. With 5 corners to go, Nilsemann ran out of fuel, allowing doc-shipman into the GR4 lead. A bit of contact between the Audi and Alfa slowed everyone down, and suddenly the Honda of thunder-pigeon, flying around on low fuel and fresh soft tyres, came across the slow moving Alfa of Nilsemann and took second on the home straight. Awmccabe was now pushing to try and steal an unlikely 3rd. Luckily for Nilsemann, he crossed the line a few seconds ahead of the Mazda to take the final step on the podium; an incredibly tense end to an otherwise well driven race for Nilsemann.

    Next up is Kyoto, Japan. High tyre wear with the long left handers will cause trouble for our drivers if they're not careful. xZePhyR96x will have another 5 weight ticks applied to add to his challenge. Will the additional weight allow one of the other drivers to take a win here? We are welcoming GTS_DANGEROUSNIP into team BMW. A debut win could be on the cards here for this high speed track which should favour the M6.

    The common theme of GR4 is a one stop strategy, but the Alfa looks like the car to beat on pure speed - will a two stop favour the thirsty Alfa with the short pit lane at Kyoto? With Honda a man down, and Mazda absent for the whole race, it could make for an interesting grid in Gr.4.

    We’re not quite at the mid-point of the season just yet, but with the number of races left meaning that any weight ticks gained won’t clear before Le Mans, we are definitely at the point of no return for the front runners.
     
  28. sota59

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    Round 4 took GT MES to Kyoto for the first leg of the Japanese tour. Qualifying started in the usual fashion, with GR4 driver Nilsemann2002 setting an early pace and a sign of things to come. GR3 new-comer GTP-DangerousNip was setting a great pace in the larger BMW M6, but was pipped to pole by xZePhyR96x. xZePhyR96x's pace seems to be unaffected by his race wins weight penalties! GR4 saw Nilsemann on pole with a clear margin, with farin79 losing out to thunder-pigeon by less than 1/100th of a second!

    As the race began, xZePhyR96x had a poor run to turn one and dropped down the order. The BMW M6 lead the way after one lap, with road2fury and xZePhyR96x having a minor collision causing damage to the front and rear of road2fury's Mercedes. xZePhyR96x would inherit the lead in a few laps after GTP-DangerousNip crashed on his own, causing significant damage. Road2fury also pitted for repairs and the two drivers were battling for 3rd when another collision saw GTP-DangerousNip into the wall at the bottom of the hill. More damage for the new comer.

    As the GR3 battles raged on, Nilsemann had gapped 2nd place by a few seconds over the first few laps and farin79 had taken 2nd place from thunder-pigeon. Thunder-pigeon followed the Audi for a few laps before taking advantage of tyre wear on the Audi. Both the Audi and Alfa would be on a two stop due to fuel and tyre wear, whereas the honda could just about make a 1 stop work. Things were looking close by the halfway mark as to whose strategy would be successful.

    GR3 drivers had settled down, allowing the Nissan's of Sota59 and jonirune91 to continue a relatively quiet race behind the lead Subaru of xZePhyR96x. xZePhyR96x looked untouchable and he remained that way throughout the remainder of the race. The pit strategy for the Subaru and Nissan drivers varied slightly, but no-one could match the pace of the WRX. The BMW M6 would take 4th ahead of road2fury in the Mercedes.

    The GR4 race sadly didn't give us the close battle we were expecting at the halfway mark. In the second stint, thunder-pigeon put a wheel on the grass and spun off, causing major damage. This put him behind GTP_Guido who was also on the one stop. Then, on his outlap after the repairs, thunder-pigeon spun it again in the same manner! Again, major damage and any chance of a podium were in tatters. He then lost control through the high speed esses, then was rear ended by GTP-DANGEROUSNIP for yet more damage! The driver's came in behind race winner Nilsemann - finally winning a race after a run of podiums throughout this season and last.

    At the halfway point, the GR3 title fight has xZePhyR96x as the outright leader with a good battle for runner up. Sota, jonirune91 and road2fury separated by a handful of points. They can all still win overall, with the double points race at the end of the season still to come.

    The GR4 title battle is very close between Nilsemann and thunder-pigeon. Thunder-pigeon leads Nilsemann due to his 3 fastest laps points Vs Nilsemann 1 extra point. If these points weren't available, the driver's would be tied. Nilsemann leads thunder-pigeon on the qualifying 3-1. This battle should be good for the rest of the season but there is still plenty to play for with numerous other drivers having ‘used’ their “bye”s already this season.

    Up next is the second leg of the Japanese tour at Autopolis. This is a handling based track so top speed won't help you here. Will xZePhyR96x’s weight penalties allow the lighter cars to a race win in GR3? GR4 could be anyone's race, with reports that doc-shipman is hoping for a second win this season.
     
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  30. GTP_Guido

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    I can‘t make it tomorrow. Good luck and have fun everyone. :tup:
     
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