Matej's Diary

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  1. Matej

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    Hello and welcome to Matej's Diary, a place where I record the best races I have raced in GT4. The point of this thread is to share my feelings and experiences encountered on numerous races that GT4 is filled with, and also to improve my writing and grammar.

    My reports will cover mostly Championship Events due to always entertaining and struggling point system, although... it is possible to make a detour elsewhere. All races will be done without cheating and blocking my opponents; just simple and fair racing. Sometimes you might find codes like T4, T1 or corner names bolded in italics; those are marks from AMG's track maps (big thanks to AMG :tup:), so in order to follow the race actions more carefully, you should refer to ditto map if a report has one.

    Also, I'm not focused on collecting A-spec points as I found pointless to adapt my car selection and tuning skills to the system that doesn't function properly, nor it rewards you anyhow. As long as the race is hard and challenging I won't bother even if I collect 1 A-spec point. Nonetheless, I am going to write assigned A-spec points just for statistic if someone is interested.

    I also recorded videos of some of my GT4 races gameplay with commentary, which serve mostly as a tribute to GT4. Links are below.

    Gran Turismo 2 also hosts few of my reports, so you can read them too! I didn't want to open another thread in GT2 sub-forum for efficiency reasons, everything can be found here.

    Many reports will have 'amusing' interviews working as mini-stories to cheer you up. Tell me if it works at all. :lol:

    Therefore, sit, relax and enjoy the reports from...

    GT4:

    All Japan GT Championship
    Car: Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00

    GT World Championship
    Car: BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97

    Japan Championship
    Car: Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89

    Japanese Compact Cup
    Car: Daihatsu Sirion CX 4WD '98

    Nürburgring Track Day, part I & part II & part III
    Car: Fiat Barchetta Giovane Due '00

    Videos of GT4:

    Lightweight Kei Cup, part 1
    Lightweight Kei Cup, part 2
    Special Conditions, part 1 & 2

    GT2:

    Event Synthesizer
    Car: Tommy Kaira m13

    GT300 Championship
    Car: [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Special '93

    Pikes Peak Hill Climb
    Car: [R]Ford Puma 1.7i Zetec

    Videos of GT2:

    Biston Reviews: Fiat 500R '72 in GT2
     
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  2. Matej

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    I think that every JGTC supporter has one unique dream; to be able to beat GT500 car with a GT300 car. While in real life this proves to be quite difficult, in GT4 this is possible due to some... hm...issues. So, in order to celebrate GT300 class I'll enter the competition with my lovely...

    [​IMG]
    Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S (JGTC)
    Power: 320 HP (oil)
    Weight: 1125 kg
    Tires: Racing Hard (R2/R2)


    However, I have to make sure that I avoid racing fast rabbits like Motul Pitwork Z, Xanavi Nismo GT-R or Woodone Tom's Supra. The reason is simple; I want to race with all cars, not with just one. After a bit searching I found ideal AI grid filled with ordinary JGTC cars:

    [​IMG]Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    [​IMG]Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    [​IMG]Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00
    [​IMG]au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    [​IMG]Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    [​IMG]Superautobacs APEX MR-S (JGTC) '00

    Current setup:
    Brakes: 5/4
    Springs: 11.0/11.0
    Ride Height: 75/75
    Bound: 4/8
    Rebound: 5/7
    Camber: 2.0/1.0
    Toe: 0/0
    Stabiliser: 5/5
    Downforce: 30/45
    LSD: 5/35/25
    TCS / ASM: 0/0


    The setup could be enhanced a little bit more but since it works great, I don't want to touch anything more then necessary. Understeer is at the minimum and oversteer is on tolerable level, except during braking where I have to be a little more careful.

    Race 1. Tokyo Route 246 (5 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 1'42.842
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    3rd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    4th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    5th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00

    Race report:
    Very bad acceleration (forgot to rev the engine high enough :ouch:), overtaken by almost anyone but somehow managed to retrieve 4th position on first corner. Uh, that was close :scared:. I'm now gaining Takata who dropped to 3rd place right from the start, it looks like the gap is closing on T6. Yep, I managed to pass her on T7 from the inside and now I'm after Tom's Supra :mischievous:. So far it's easy to catch up with the field since AI doesn't do well with cold tires. Hm, what will happen afterwards ? Well, now it's not time to think about that, rather think about how you failed to overtake Tom on last corner and how I'm losing him now :grumpy:. Moreover, Takata picked enough speed on that straightway (Lap 2; difference is +0'01.881 - I must hurry, otherwise Cerumo will disappear) , so now I'm again on 4th position. Would you believe me if I were to tell you that the next 2 laps will be fully edged battle just against Takata ? Well, it is and whenever I have managed to overtake her ass, she would regain previous position on the straightway. I think I had at least 3 unsuccessful attempts but all of them were so close. But being close is not enough Matej, you need to push it more :drool:!!! On lap 4 difference was +0'07.018. Yep, Cerumo is out of question, but who cares, now I need to think about securing that 4th position because our new guest is Pennzoil !!! This situation means only one thing; their tires are on optimal temperature and now, on final lap, I'm desperately trying to pull away but without success. Guess who pulled away ? Mrs. Takata, and she leaves me here with Pennzoil (who, by the way, overtook me on T4 from the inside ) and ... Mugen NSX :dunce:?! What's going on here ?! Even after T6 she was very close and I knew that I must hurry in order to stay (at least) on 5th position. Somehow I managed to overtook Pennzoil on T9 but car suddenly understeered (why now ?! :nervous:) and I had to brake in order to avoid hitting the outside wall. I never liked that corner, and now, on top of everything, it's working against me. Due to speed loss caused by hard braking, Pennzoil retrieved previous position and now we're exiting the final corner, and running towards the finish line. I tried to use as much slipstream as possible but it was useless; Pennzoil got away. Terrible. Oh, and do you know what happened to Mugen, that Mugen who crawled behind me like a snake ? Check the results, I'm to weak now, to speak [​IMG]...

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- 8'25.509
    2nd - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'01.161
    3rd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'08.581
    4th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'13.470
    5th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'14.878
    6th - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- + 0'14.897

    Conclusion:
    Actually, I was skeptical from the beginning, Tokyo 246 is the ultimate track for AI, so somehow it was quite obvious that I will watch everyone's taillights. It's also very difficult track especially for MR drivetrain. I didn't said that, but I actually sweated a lot, since MR-S has a bad habit of doing sudden handling maneuvers if pushed to far. At least it was fun, though. Anyway, time for Suzuka, things will be quite different there...

    Race 2. Suzuka Circuit East Course (10 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 0'50.747
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    3rd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    4th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00
    5th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    6th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99

    Race report:
    Nice start with excellent rev zone (you finally learned, haven't you ? :idea:), but despite this, Cerumo still managed to overtook me before we reached the first corner. Surprisingly, Mrs Takata had terrible acceleration so she slowed down everyone. Aaa ? What happened, did she forgot that we're racing not cruising :lol:... well who cares, at least I have one thing less to worry about. On first section of corners I'm closing up the gap between Cerumo and myself and I managed to overtook her on Dunlop curve corner from the inside. I'm first :dopey:!!! But straightway is coming so I'm starting to feel uncomfortable; can he reach me ? I had an excellent driving line on Last Curve but the straights are quite long here and if he brakes too late he we'll launch me to the sand traps :nervous:... No!! Stop doing that :mad:! Think positive, he's still far away, so don't panic. We entered the second lap and I saw -0'00.987 difference; I guess he can't reach me. But let's not celebrate yet. I could still lost control since this tracks requires surgical precision when releasing acceleration. My tires are already picking up enough grip and now I got little more confidence. Go, little MR-S !!! Lap 3 and difference is -0.02.638. Good, let's keep up. Oh, as a side note, Takata is constantly blocking other cars in the field :dunce:. Anyway, we're now entering lap 5 and gap has increased to -0'06 sec :). Yep, I think I'll do a good job here. And just when I thought that my Tokyo misery was finally eradicated I noticed that Cerumo is closing gap (Lap 7 -0'05.869 :scared:). Tires ? Could be but is too early to judge, for now it's important to stay focused. I guess that you're the real example of how focused driver should be as on lap 8 you managed to touch the grass between Dunlop and Last Curve, almost losing complete control :nervous:. Luckily, speed was quite low, so little countersteer and applied brakes managed to solve the issue. However speed loss occured and now let's take a look on split times; Lap 9 - -0'04.820. You're doing wonderful thing Matej, any more low-level surprises :rolleyes: ? Still, two laps to go and Cerumo is quite far away. Difference on final lap was -0'04.050. Well, time to relax. Why you wonder ? Obviously, because I won the race !! Yeaaah, time to celebrate. :cheers:

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 10'09.992
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- +0'03.263
    3rd - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'08.022
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'11.587
    5th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'17.479
    6th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'18.724

    Conclusion:
    Well, small tracks for small class. What else should I say ? It suits GT300 cars perfectly and honestly, it's the best track (along with Tsukuba and long Suzuka) for testing your driving and tuning skills. Anyway, I just need to improve my consistency when pressure is on max level, otherwise I will suffer great fail ; difficult tracks are coming, so it's mandatory to keep your head cool. See you at the Seoul !

    Race 3. Seoul Central (10 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 1'00.149
    2nd - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    3rd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    5th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00

    Race report:
    Rolling start, finally! This will give me some extra time to run away from the field on that straightway as much as possible. I guess I was right - only Pennzoil overtook me but somehow I've managed to stay near him on the first corner. More corners are coming and it's now time to make a move. However, after the second corner he began to increase the gap and now I'm afraid that I won't be able to find a good place for overtaking. Lap 2 and the difference is +0'00.690. Despite the fact that I love city tracks and that I'm tackling those corners with maximum precision :drool:, he's still very fast and if I can't get him on that first corner where he (or all of them) usually slows down too much, I will lose the race!! If we also include the fact that Cerumo is still far away, I think we can easily deduce Nissan's dominance on city tracks. Well, at least I'm still in front of Cerumo and that's all that matters for now :). To contradict myself now, I have managed to hit the inside wall on T4 corner which launched my car to the outside wall on T4 exit, resulting in a huge loss of speed :ouch:. I'm very impressed with your driving ignorance Matej, maybe you should let the Cerumo overtake you, so that we can stop with this reckless driving :grumpy:. Lap 3, difference is +0'01.628 and increasing. I guess this is over now, I just need to secure my 2nd place by driving as fast as possible in order to avoid Cerumo meeting. She is faster then me, but the last corner is where I usually gain some advantage. My only hope is that Cerumo will keep his mouth shut and that Pennzoil will do some mistake, but I guess I'm not that lucky (emphasis on last part of sentence). We're now on lap 8 and nothing changed really [​IMG], difference is now +0'04.201 and Cerumo still keeps the same distance from me. Obviously, I can start declaring my 2nd place [​IMG]. Final lap and difference is +0'05.573. Passed the finish line with silver trophy in my hands. Phew, what a race...

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- 9'51.064
    2nd - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- +0'05.985
    3rd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- +0.09.839
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'13.046
    5th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'17.859
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'24.396

    Since we had various winners from the start, I think it's now time to check our current placements:

    Current standings (after 3rd race):
    1st - [​IMG] au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 - 20pts
    2nd - [​IMG] Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 17pts
    3rd - [​IMG] Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- 14pts
    4th - [​IMG] Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- 12pts
    5th - [​IMG] Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- 10pts
    6th - [​IMG] Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- 5pts

    Conclusion:
    Honda underdogs are sharing last places while Toyota's are on top. I just hope I will gather some advantage once we reach Hong Kong, since Cerumo obviously, doesn't do well on city tracks. See you at the Fuji !!

    Race 4. Fuji Speedway 90's (6 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 1'31.388
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    3rd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    4th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    5th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00

    Race report:
    Great acceleration but as always, someone took advantage of his torque to overtake me; this time it was Cerumo and Pennzoil, almost Takata too :crazy: ! On first corner I've managed to remain on 3rd place and now I was hunting Pennzoil and Cerumo. This time they had quite nice driving line despite their cold tires, so I struggled up a bit to overtake Pennzoil on first couple of corners :nervous:. Straightway was not painful as I thought it would be, mainly due to their deceleration on last long corner, so using the slipstream I've managed to stick with him all the way up to the first corner on second lap :mischievous:. Finally, I made my move on T7 corner; super late braking and Poof !... Pennzoil was dispatched by taking the inside line almost launching myself out of the track :dunce: but luckily, nothing bad happened. He passed me on the straightway but previous position was retrieved by performing late braking (again !!! :sly:). We're now on lap 3 and I'm gradually loosing Pennzoil. Lap 4 and difference was +0'01.909 for Cerumo. Yep, she's not far away but I'm definitely far from 1st place. Even if I can keep up on the corners she always makes up for that on straights - like always. On T5 I touched the grass on the corner exit almost spi... well I did recovered but the gap was now +0'03.822 (lap 5). It doesn't matter actually (second place is secured), so I'll skip harsh words and personal abuse ;). Pennzoil is still far away which means that I can relax a bit. Finished the race 2nd with +0'06.307 difference. Solid race, I must say.

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- 9'08.818
    2nd - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- +0.06.307
    3rd - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'09.247
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'12.451
    5th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'14.566
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'19.882

    Conclusion:
    Cerumo is definitely the biggest threat here and I just can't find proper circuit to use my handling abilities. Well, the next track is even worse, so until we reach the Hong Kong I need to hold my breath. Next station, ugly Super Speedway!!

    Race 5. Twin Ring Motegi Super Speedway (12 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    2nd - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 0'37.572
    3rd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    4th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    5th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00

    Race report:
    Surprisingly, Takata is totally unbeatable here which is a good news if you know how to use such fact. Obviously I don't know, not with 300hp car and micro downforce. My progress here was based purely on drafting and nothing else. Well, back to topic. Cerumo overtook me but I retrieved position on the T2. Same thing on last corner. On Lap 2 Tom's joined the conference :nervous:, so now I had the same procedure with both Supra's. Triple battle of Toyota models, very interesting and unique :tup:. Lap 3 and difference was +0'01.971; maybe it's best to forget about Takata, who really cares when you're constantly in battle with Toyota sisters . Overtake on corner exits, watch being passed on corner entries; yeah, that used to be a routine up to the lap 7 (where tragedy occurred) but at least it was a very fun while it lasted. Just imagine endurance with JGTC cars on this track. Beautifully. But I guess PD's imagination is not on such level... yet. On lap 6 the difference between Cerumo and myself was +0'01.599. I started to think whether I (read: we , they are still near me!! :scared:) can reach Takata using only slipstream. But that hope passed away on lap 7 since I took the outside line (why are you doing this in a first place ?? Are you sick ? :dunce:) on the first corner and couldn't clear the whole corner without releasing the acceleration pedal. Now you think, should I hit the wall a bit, or should I say my prayers and release the acceleration pedal and cope with sudden... whatever it comes ?? I decided to hit the wall :ouch: and luckily, the hit was quite small, so I lost only a small fraction of speed. Of course that was more then enough to lose the Supra folks and now I'm, for the first time, sharing the 4th place with my MR-S :indiff:. Well, it's was a good experience at the end but without drafting MR_S is vulnerable here.

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- 7'23.871
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- +0'00.687
    3rd - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'02.048
    4th - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- +0'04.737
    5th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'09.372
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'17.360

    Conclusion:
    Our next location is Laguna Seca, it's time to raise up my points a bit!! I presume that both Laguna and Hong Kong will be my last chance to win this tournament. After that, well...

    Race 6. Laguna Seca (7 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 1'29.433
    2nd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    3rd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    4th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    5th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00
    6th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99

    Race report:
    This is going to be the shortest report I had made so far, for one simple reason; AI drives sooo slow here, are they on drugs or what :dunce:? And what JGTC events is doing in America in a first place ? Ok, let's forget about this things. Usually, this circuit is fun and challenging to drive but only if you have someone to race with. Honestly, I was racing alone for the whole race. On lap 2 difference was -0'04.487 sec while on lap 4 it was -0'09.462 . Only disturbing thing that happened was when the Takata was overtaken by Cerumo :grumpy: on lap 4 which is something I do not approve since it will affect my points, but in general it's ok, at least I'm first. rest of the race was pure boredom. Digging your nose (or someone's else) is more fun then this. You know how many people usually dig nose with small finger or forefinger ? Well, you can try digging with other fingers, I do believe that you will come up with an interesting results !! You'll receive +Rep if you can drive with other hand in the same time, too. You also have enough time to wash you hands before Cerumo overtakes you... :dunce:.

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 10'20.843
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- +0'12.326
    3rd - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'16.356
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'21.664
    5th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'23.823
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'31.445

    Conclusion:
    Takata glows on first couple of laps but then she gives up after that. Well, I don't mind as long as she keeps the 2nd place away from the Cerumo. Anyway, Hong Kong is next and is time to increase my standings even further. So far so good!!

    Race 7. Hong Kong (9 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 1'23.543
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    3rd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    4th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    5th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00

    Race report:
    This report is going to be short too, since the whole race was monotonous except the fact that I did had some things to worry about; Cerumo on my tail for example. On first couple of laps everything was fine, the gap was gradually increasing (on lap 2 difference was -0'02.288, on lap 4 -0'03.287) until we reached lap 7, when Cerumo suddenly started to close the gap. Luckily, on such narrow track there are no good overtaking places, so chances that you will be beaten on corners is minimal (straightways are different story, though). We reached the final lap and the difference was -0'01.414. Yep, another sure victory!! And another Takata's blocking actions :dunce:. I crossed the finish line with another gold trophy in my hand!! :tup:

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 12'28.938
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- +0'01.685
    3rd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'14.577
    4th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'15.907
    5th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'16.928
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'23.325

    Current standings (after 7th race):
    1st - [​IMG] au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 - 48pts
    2nd - [​IMG] Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 46pts
    3rd - [​IMG] Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- 30pts
    4th - [​IMG] Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- 25pts
    5th - [​IMG] Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- 24pts
    6th - [​IMG] Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- 9pts

    Conclusion:
    I still do not understand why Hong Kong is a such unpopular track :guilty:, it's narrow, it's beautiful (well, it's my personal opinion but those lights surely looks impressive) and it checks your driving and tuning skills on almost every corner. Anyway, ugly Motegi is next, so I have to take some sleep before going into this sunset boredom. After all, in terms of points, I'm right behind Cerumo!!! :drool:

    Race 8. Twin Ring Motegi - Road Course (6 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 1'57.108
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    3rd - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    4th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00
    5th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    6th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00

    Race report:
    Unfortunately, I can't win this one. It's a track made for speed, a factor that still needs to be unleashed from MR-S. For the whole first lap Cerumo was right behind me along with Pennzoil who obviously decided to pick up some extra points before retiring for good :grumpy:. Lap 2 and the difference is -0'00.478. Uhh I can't escape :scared:!! On Victory corner I finally got what I deserved - braked too late and my car understeered into sand traps resulting in a huge loss of speed and a definite pass of both Cerumo and Pennzoil :ouch:. Yeah Matej, I guess your old wound is still alive and kicking. You can only receive this from me = :tdown:, and nothing else. But I didn't had any chances here to be honest, sooner or later the same destiny would occur whether I like it or not. Luckily, rest of the field was still far enough, so 3rd place was definite. You know the rest of story; on lap 4 the difference was +0'09.066 while on final lap gap increased significantly to filthy +0'17.490 second difference. Finished the race on 3rd place. What a relief :rolleyes:.

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- 11'27.871
    2nd - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'04.683
    3rd - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- +0'20.897
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'23.369
    5th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'26.075
    6th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'26.218

    Conclusion:
    This ugly and boring track ruined my overall position but I still have some chance on Fuji and Suzuka. Hopefully...

    Race 9. Fuji Speedway 2005 GT (6 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 1'40.003
    2nd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    3rd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    4th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    5th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00
    6th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99

    Race report:
    Another easy race, another short report. And whoa, it's been a while since I had a start from a stand still. And despite the nice acceleration, both Takata and Cerumo overtook me before we reached the First corner. However, I've managed to retrieve 2nd place on Coca Cola and now I'm gaining on Cerumo. I guess AI stupidity shines again as I retrieved the 1st position on T4/5 from the outside :sly:. Now it's time for running away!! AI slows down quite more then necessary on final section of corners which means that I could save some time before reaching that painful long straightway. And it happened, just as I thought. On lap 2 the difference was -0'02.759, on lap 3 -0'04.154. On lap 4 the gap started to decrease a little bit but nothing too much comparing to Motegi or Tokyo for example. Final lap and the difference is -0'03.946. Yep, another pure victory, who would thought about that ?! :dopey:

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 10'01.421
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- +0'03.193
    3rd - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'06.136
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'12.460
    5th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'15.279
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'21.606

    Conclusion:
    I had a bad expectations on this track since I lost once on Fuji 90's, so I thought that the same situation would occur again on a newer version. But due to AI's pushovers skills I did a great job here, and I just hope that the same luck while shine up on me again, on the final race in Suzuka. I need to win 10 points in next race to equalize my states with Cerumo (if she wins 2nd place) and if that happens I'll win the championship right on the edge. Final race guys, I'm so nervous!! :scared:

    Race 10. Suzuka Circuit (5 laps):

    Qualification results:
    1st - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 2'07.527
    2nd - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01
    3rd - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03
    4th - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00
    5th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00

    Race report:
    Great acceleration but sadly, this time Takata failed to block the rest of the AI grid, sooo... everyone, yes, everyone :grumpy: overtook me which came like a shock to me. However, AI's stupidity rocks again :tup:, and I've managed to retrieve 4th position from the inside on 1st & 2nd Curve's exit. I also succeeded in overtaking Takata on Degner curve but she retrieved her previous position using her speed. But I'm still persistent, there is now way I would allow Cerumo's departure :nervous:!! I tried again on 200R straightway using slipstream tactics and finally managed to overtook her again on a Spoon curve from the inside by braking as late as possible. Whoa, I almost touched the outside sand traps but luck is on my side this time :sly:. Well not quite, as Takata swapped places again, on last straightway just before Casio Triangle. She also tried to compress me out of the track, right on the grass (no brain = much pain :dunce:) but I managed to save myself using the extra part of the track. Can you stop with this AI ?? Well, it doesn't matter, I finally secured my 3rd place by literally conquering the Casio Triangle corner (AI sucks there). Lap 2 and the difference is now +0'03.445 against Cerumo. Uh, I'm afraid that I'm out of this championship for good. I'm driving like a maniac and I still can't catch up with Cerumo :(. Well, at least, I'll keep my pride by defeating Tom's as I managed to close the gap on 130R during lap 2 (she made a mistake touching the outside sand traps). However, the procedure was quite the same as with Takata; overtaking maneuvers on corners, watching her ass on straights. Another two laps went by, and I totally forgot about Cerumo (and my trophy). Lap 4 and the difference is +0'05.829; I just need to keep up with Tom's so that I can overtake him on that mighty Casino corner. And it happened, just as I thought, on the final lap (difference is +0'08.043) I destroyed a bit of Supra's dominance by overtaking her on a ditto corner. She tried to use her speed to change the situation but I'm not giving up. Never!! Yahoo, 2nd place on palm of my hand :drool:. Am I happy ? Tough question, honestly...

    Race results (200 A-spec):
    1st - Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 --- 10'25.823
    2nd - Toyota Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- +0'10.324
    3rd - Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- +0'10.678
    4th - Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- +0'14.317
    5th - Nissan Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- +0'16.493
    6th - Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- +0'19.519

    Final standings:
    1st - [​IMG] au Cerumo Supra (JGTC) '01 - 74pts
    2nd - [​IMG] Superautobacs APEX MR-S '00 --- 66pts
    3rd - [​IMG] Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) '03 --- 39pts
    4th - [​IMG] Pennzoil Nismo GT-R (JGTC) '99 --- 35pts
    5th - [​IMG] Castrol Tom's Supra (JGTC) '00 --- 33pts
    6th - [​IMG] Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 --- 13pts

    Conclusion:
    I lost the trophy but I'm not sad. In fact, I really have enjoyed the racing, especially on Suzuka East, Hong Kong and Super Speedway where the battle was really intensive on some point. I need to try this again some time, maybe with Cusco Impreza against similar or same opponents :scared:? Well, until that happens see you around!! :)
     
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  3. Ignignoc N Err

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    Subscribe'd

    Looking forward to this... :D
     
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    I'll have a read.
    Sure you're not going for points? You should get 200 whether aiming for it or not, based on the fact that I did the same series with the faster Wedssport Celica on R3's specifically for 200 points against a similar grid.
     
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    2 races updated. Enjoy reading !! ;)
    Also, the first post has been updated with extra text.
    Yep, each race offers me 200 A-spec points, but what I meant to say was that I do not care about A-spec points but on competitiveness, so even if I don't win all the races with 200 points I will not care, really. :)
     
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    Good luck, the Ai are pretty speedy at Suzuka.
     
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    Dang. 2 points out of the lead and only Suzuka to go? You're gonna have to work hard to carry that championship home...

    Keep after it, Matej!
     
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    JGTC series is now completed!! I lost the trophy :D but I'm satisfied because I did searched for a close race and I found the satisfaction I was looking for.

    Now, before I move on to next series I'll need to take care of my college duties first, so this thread will have to wait for a while. :(

    However, World Compact Car or Pan Euro series should be next on my schedule, so I'll try to run it as soon as I find some spare time.
     
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    I haven't posted in this thread for a long time so I thought I could apologize by presenting the small video I have made. First part contains audio slideshow with subtitles while second part actual event with live commentary. Tell me what works the best, so that I could do part 2.

     
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    The live commentary works better than the slideshow.
     
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    Thanks for the input, I've finished the second part of the Kei Cup. Only live commentary in this one.

     
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    Another review but this time taped in Special Conditions Hall (part 1 and 2):



     
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    By using shortcut to get AI lineup of non-Group C Le Mans cars, I decided to complete GTWC with car of lower rank. My choice of weapon was stock BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97. I gave it nice, warm bath, new set of tires and went to compete against:

    Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01
    AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98

    Each race offered me 172 A-spec points. I didn't post qualification results and overall time results, but I hope split times of closest AI opponent (in case I won the race) or distance from the leader (in case AI won the race) will be sufficient. Below you can also read interesting interview I come up with.

    1.) Tokyo Route 246 (10 laps):

    1. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    2. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    3. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) -------- + 0'30.793 sec.
    4. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    5. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    A course where AI runs extremely fast. I managed to keep up with the two Toyota models, but after two laps, they just vanished from my screen. I wasn't really threatened by Vertigo or AMG either, so you could say my position was secured, in spite I was very sad being lonely on the track...


    2.) Twin Ring Motegi Super Speedway (21 laps):

    1. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    2. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    3. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    4. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------- + 0'29.256 sec.
    5. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    On this race everything can happen. Very dynamic and quite hard to track down position of your opponents on map, given the length of the circuit. I hoped the 7 would spin out and allow me to take advantage of that occurrence, but it didn't happen. The last 3 I fought neck and neck against the AMG. On the last corner of the last lap I was so nervous that I applied brakes in a way I shouldn't have applied them, allowing the AMG to monitor my spin on the track. Luckily, other opponents were still far away, so I finished fourth.


    3.) Hong Kong (18 laps):

    1. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------- cca - 20 sec.
    2. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    3. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    4. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    5. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    This was the first race during which I noticed my rear tires are warming more than the front ones, something I missed to deduce during qualification. I went into pits before half of the race and switched tires on the rear axle to harder compound. This allowed for loose entries on sharp corners, and I learned how to use it to my advantage. Toyota 7 allowed spectators some entertainment by slamming straight into wall at the end of the longest straightway. Luckily, I dodged this suicide attack by keeping myself on the left side of the section. The AMG was always around 6 to 9 seconds behind me, but once it decided to pit twice along with the Vertigo, I realized I'll be able to celebrate my first victory.

    Standings after Round 3:
    Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98 --- 22 pts
    Toyota 7 Race Car '70 --- 19 pts
    BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) --- 17 pts
    AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98 --- 11 pts
    Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04 --- 6 pts
    Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01 --- 3 pts​


    4.) Seoul Central Reverse (19 laps):

    1. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    2. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------- + 0'18.289 sec.
    3. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    4. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    5. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    I would have won the race if the Toyota 7 had pitted, but its good tire life didn't allow me to withstand another celebration of my victory. Other than that, the setup supporting my car was good enough for setting competitive laps. Tire wear on this track is very modest, I could run on R3 compound more than usual.


    5.) El Capitan (11 laps):

    1. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------ cca - 0'37 sec.
    2. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    3. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    4. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    5. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    Very tricky track. You are required to drive using softer suspension settings, but if you overdo it, you can disturb chassis of MR car on approach to a corner. I managed to find good balance by altering anti-roll bars. I thought the light Toyota 7 won't be very competitive on this bouncy course, but I was wrong. It went into pit box one lap prior the finish. I do admit I was sweating a lot before that moment because all indicators were implying it would complete the race without visiting pit crew. Usually it is very easy to score victory here and get away from others quickly while their tires are still cold. This was another race where different tire combo was required, but luckily, this time there wasn't any surprises, I noticed their wear progress on time.


    6.) New York (15 laps):

    1. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------ cca - 0'11 sec.
    2. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    3. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    4. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    5. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    This course was AMG's turf. It managed to stay 4 to 6 seconds behind me all the time and went into pit box at the same time I did. After switching my tires, I spend next two laps trying to overtake the Toyota 7, which was occasionally hitting walls and blocking my polite and desperate moves to overtake it. To visualize how fast that machine really is, imagine you have to slipstream it just to keep up with it! Again, it went into pits two laps before the race finished, allowing other cars to take advantage of that. The worst thing on this track is to worry whether AI will slam into you when coming from two high-speed sections or not. I used inside lines on first two laps to make sure such foolishness wouldn't happen.

    Standings after Round 6:
    BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) --- 43 pts
    Toyota 7 Race Car '70 --- 38 pts
    Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98 --- 33 pts
    AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98 --- 22 pts
    Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04 --- 14 pts
    Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01 --- 6 pts​


    7.) Opera Paris Reverse (18 laps):

    1. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------- - 0'09.942 sec.
    2. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    3. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    4. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    5. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    It was supposed to be an easygoing race, but when there is no trouble on horizon, you have to make on by yourself, no? Using suspension setup of the El Capitan race proved to be overly stiff for Opera Paris. The car was very nervous on bumps and I also had trouble accelerating given that I also had to use R2 tires on the back. The Toyota 7 managed to reduce distance between us up to the point where it was 0.500 sec behind me. Luckily, after I went into pit box, I find enough time to compose myself and start building distance again. I managed to win, but it wasn't easy at all. The AMG asked for pit crew assistance twice, I was quite surprised with that.


    8.) Suzuka Circuit (9 laps):

    1. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------- cca - 0'13 sec.
    2. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    3. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    4. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    5. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    Drivers operating MR cars should be careful on this track as poor brake balance and suspension settings can throw you out of the race quickly. At first, the AMG was keeping up with me, but after pitting procedure, the GT-One's little picture on split time sequences replaced AMG's. I wasn't really threatened by anyone, but I still had to be careful not to launch myself into sand traps. The Toyota 7 and Vertigo poorly acted on this stage, too bad the Camaro didn't overtake them both and score some points.


    9.) Grand Valley Speedway Reverse (11 laps):

    1. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------- - 0'07.756 sec.
    2. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    3. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    4. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    5. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    The Toyota 7 was very fast on this course, I barely managed to keep it off my vicinity. After I went into pit box to give my crew some business to take care of, the Toyota 7 started getting away step by step. I'm not sure how I managed to overtake it during pitting procedure, must have had problems with cornering once its tires became very hot.

    Standings after Round 9:
    BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) --- 73 pts
    Toyota 7 Race Car '70 --- 52 pts
    Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98 --- 47 pts
    AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98 --- 31 pts
    Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04 --- 22 pts
    Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01 --- 9 pts​


    10.) Circuit de la Sarthe I (4 laps):

    1. BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) ------- - 0'10.023 sec.
    2. Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04
    3. Toyota 7 Race Car '70
    4. AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98
    5. Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98
    6. Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01

    Because I already had enough points to brag about my victory, I decided to enter the race without qualifying and verifying my tire wear. As a result, I experienced another interesting race. Even though the Toyota 7 managed to run away from the pack I still had enough fun with the AMG, Vertigo and GT-One. It was a great slipstream between the three until one of these guys decided I should collect some sand particles for my pit crew to analyze. It happened during second lap on the second corner of the Mulsanne Straight when I got bumped from behind. Did I mention I hate AI in this game?
    Surprisingly, on third lap both Toyota 7 and Vertigo went into sand traps at those S-curves before pit box. Mind this, the GT-One also went into pit box even though I was positive it could handle the race on R3 tires (I did)!! Now I just had to catch the AMG. I was lucky that round because that guy also went into sand trap at the same place where the two had been playing during previous lap! I crossed the finish line and completed the championship happily.

    Final Results:
    BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 :) --- 83 pts
    Toyota 7 Race Car '70 --- 56 pts
    Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '98 --- 49 pts
    AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Race Car '98 --- 34 pts
    Gillet Vertigo Race Car '04 --- 28 pts
    Chevrolet Camaro LM Race Car '01 --- 10 pts

    Some journalist Biston visited me the other day and, I quote, 'demanded' some answers to his questions. Can you believe this impudence?!


    Hey, what is wrong with you. The F1 is certainly not slow, as you can see from my results. I just wanted to experience competitive racing. I turned out, I could have and should have used even slower vehicle.


    Both 'yes' and 'no' is correct. Oversteer issues aren't as dangerous as on other MR cars and the could keep tire wear fairly equal on both sides. On the other hand, understeer is often very annoying and more inherent than I would like. The car isn't bad, but it requires more pampering than one would think considering its reputation.


    Certainly not enough. I used around 4 to 5 laps in total to find good setup and prepare for the race. I learned my lesson after Opera Paris though.


    I doubt it. We are talking about consistent driver with harder tires, but overly too slow to use any of these advantages. Nevertheless, I believe in right hands it could be very dangerous opponent. I recall it being more friendlier in handling department than the C5R, another LM machine.


    Did I say I was going to use the Camaro? I don't remember saying such thing. This is the second time I hear you putting words into my mouth. Please, stop it.


    We're done talking about the Camaro. Next question or I leave.


    Toyota 7. It was always the 7, even though both AMG and GT-One had their own moments of fame. I would say they attack from shadow when the 7 is not capable of keeping constant pressure on you.


    Um, what do you want to know? The Motegi can be quite difficult if you drive sensitive high-powered cars. While El Capitan is technically very advanced course, it can hardly beat Suzuka or La Sarthe, courses where one mistake can jeopardize your entire race.


    Yes, but I need to rest for a while. This victory gave me enough peace not to look at LM machines for some time. Once I return, I'm going to use cars with different drivetrain. The GTS-R and C5R could be interesting choices.


    People appreciate 4WD cars only when traction becomes important factor. Outside that universe, they deliver nothing but understeer and inadequate tire wear. I haven't driven such LM machine on which lack of traction was that intolerable.


    Good question. When you're nervous, fighting for every millisecond and corner to beat your opponents, it can become very difficult to control acceleration and braking carefully. In such circumstances driving aids may be useful, otherwise they are just getting in your way.


    Cars slightly slower than the F1 GTR should give you the intense battle you always wanted to have. Maniacs should also consider upgraded JGTC or DTM cars.


    That went only for 4WD machin... You know what, we're done with this interview!


    Yeah, yeah...


    Comments, please. :)
     
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    I decided to taste thrilling competition in Japan Championship by using the stock Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89. Bought one directly from the dealership and visited GT Auto shop where new oil and bath was given. My lineup was:

    Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03
    Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03
    Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97

    Each race offered 191 (give or take one unit) A-spec points. As in my previous report, you can read interview regarding the championship below the report. No qualification results were posted and I only provide distance time of the closest AI opponent (if I won) or distance between my car and the leader (if AI won).


    1.) Fuji Speedway 90's (5 laps):

    1. Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) ---------- - 01.761 sec.
    2. Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00
    3. Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02
    4. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03
    5. Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03
    6. Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97

    Big straightaways are supposed to work in favor of cars with power upgrades, but AI opponents were never as fast as they should have been. The GT-R34 took advantage on the start and managed to run away from rest of us on the first lap. However, it applied brakes on the first corner of the second lap way too soon, allowing me to take care of the spectators and thrill everyone by overtaking the driver from the outside. None of this cars met my expectations, AI was really slow here. I politely managed to complete the race without much trouble.


    2.) Tsukuba Circuit (10 laps):

    1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03
    2. Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) ----------- + 03.489 sec.
    3. Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00
    4. Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02
    5. Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97
    6. Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03

    Our Evo8 used Tsukuba circuit to demonstrate its cornering abilities. It wasn't complaining until we reached half of the race; its tires at that moment were hot enough to speed up that cornering speed and eventually overtake me on the longest straightway. Other AI automatons increased their speed too, but luckily I had enough space to finish the race in second place. By the time I crossed finish line, the pack led by the GT-R34 was around half second behind me.

    Standings after Round 2:
    Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) --- 16 pts
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03 --- 13 pts
    Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00 --- 10 pts
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02 --- 7 pts
    Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97 --- 3 pts
    Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03 --- 3 pts​


    3.) Tokyo Route 246 Reverse (5 laps):

    1. Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97
    2. Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02
    3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03
    4. Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03
    5. Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00
    6. Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) --------- + 09.990 sec.

    Route 246 revealed all weakness of my car to the table of grand tourer fancy club. I was struggling to keep the pace other AI opponents were demanding as the car would often roll if speed even slightly exceed what the chassis could tolerate. Even though I qualified first, almost everyone successfully overtook me, with the exception of the two Skyline models that kept me occupied for some time as a result of that. The 350GT ran away first; after two laps it completely disappeared from my viewpoint. The GT-R34 was very slow, so its moment to show off came much later, on the final lap. Then I got replaced by that guy as well. Unexpectedly, this race brought us new pole keeper, the GT-R33.


    4.) Twin Ring Motegi - Road Course (4 laps):

    1. Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) --------- - 01.483 sec.
    2. Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00
    3. Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97
    4. Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03
    5. Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02
    6. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03

    Usually I want to finish competing on Motegi circuits as soon as possible due to tedious layout of the track, but this time, I wanted to finish it quickly because opponents were carefully approaching corner after corner. I'm glad the race lasted 4 laps as I wouldn't be able to withstand another lap. It is easy to build 2.5 second distance over other at first, but AI eventually shrinks that advantage. My movements on last two laps weren't as smooth as before, but I remained focused. The Evo8 failed to keep up with the rest of us, a bit unusual. My cornering wasn't that difficult as during the previous round, such big weight actually has some role on slower corners.

    Standings after Round 4:
    Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) --- 27 pts
    Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00 --- 18 pts
    Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97 --- 17 pts
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03 --- 17 pts
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02 --- 15 pts
    Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03 --- 9 pts

    5.) Suzuka Circuit (4 laps):

    Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00
    Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02
    Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03
    Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) ---------- + 11.969 sec.
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03

    Qualification result deceived me; around 4 seconds of advantage over others went into recycle bin as soon the race started. Before I reached the first corner, I was already at 4th position. The position gauge changed to 6th on the second lap, while I was trying to overtake the Impreza from the outside on the first corner. I went too wide and touched nearby sand trap. I still had slim chance against the Evo8, which once again failed to provide us a reason for his incompetence. The last, sharp corner of the final lap allowed me to overtake that Evo8 and reach 5th position. I clearly doubt I would be able to reach better that 5th in normal circumstances; on lap 3 the pack significantly increased their speed and distance of usual 6 seconds widened to 10 seconds immediately.

    Final Results:
    Nissan 300ZX 2seater (Z32) '89:) --- 29 pts
    Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) '00 --- 28 pts
    Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) '97 --- 23 pts
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) '02 --- 19 pts
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS '03 --- 18 pts
    Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT '03 --- 12 pts


    That journalist Biston paid me a visit again. He knows the matter, but I wish he wasn't that annoying.

    Wha...you're already starting with this? There was no deception in question, I just had that luck to withstand numerous changes on the grid. It rarely happens, but technically, it is possible as you can see anyway.

    What people, what fingers?! What the hell are you blabbing about?! Can't you count those points?

    I'm still thinking about what has happened. All of us raced flawlessly, without colliding or going off track. Why those two decided to reduce their pace when not required is a matter my brain still can't process.

    Statistically, those two were the fastest, yes. The reality though, displayed something else.

    Of course, that still tells us how older cars can be very competitive if they keep their consistency. I expected more from the newest Impreza, to be honest. I never fought side by side with it, but it should have been more competitive.

    Didn't expect much from that driver. This is a grand tourer after all, not that far from my car in cornering department either.

    As I said, this race delivered very unusual results.

    Mostly, yes. Interesting allocation of points made the race more unpredictable than any side by side competing. I didn't get much of the latter, actually.

    Nobody forced me, man. I have always loved 4th generation Z models. It occurred to me I could buy one and challenge whatever competitors appear first.

    For its visuals - yes, for its track performance - not quite. This is a grand tourer, quite vulnerable to high-speed driving. It requires much care before it can challenge serious competition.

    It would be a welcome support on Tokyo round, but I doubt it would change the result. On cars like this one, you start with weight reductions first.

    What?!

    Do you ever listen to yourself? I just won the championship, it would be great if other would start appreciating the car even more, there is nothing wrong in that.

    Yeah, the first generation raised the bar significantly. I doubt it will become as popular as the 4th generation was though.

    Ah...uh..(trying to stay calm)...humph... this sentence of mine will conclude this discussion, mark it well. I like to qualify to test my car and progress of competition, but on some tracks it means nothing if you start from stand still and opponents are highly powered.

    ...
     
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    Hello, everyone! Today we are going to see another great battle between compact cars of Japan. I decided to use lightly tuned Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98 against the following lineup:

    Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00
    Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00
    Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01
    Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02
    Toyota Vitz F '99

    Each race offered 104 A-spec points. I didn't qualify in order to get intense battle. I managed to note distance times of other opponents, but not on all races. If there is a blank space by a car, I didn't record it on time (I'll be more careful next time). Below the report you can find an interview to give you a good laughter. :)

    The Sirion was delivering 86 HP on 890 kg. Below are all installed parts:

    Semi-Racing Exhaust
    Racing Chip
    NA Tune Stage 1
    Port Polish
    Engine Balancing


    1.) Twin Ring Motegi - East Short Course (2 laps):

    1. Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01
    2. Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:) ---- + 0'05.055 sec.
    3. Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00 ----- + 0'07.703
    4. Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00 ----------- + 0'07.980
    5. Toyota Vitz F '99 ---------------- + 0'08.140
    6. Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02

    Small and compact Motegi circuit is ideal for city class raffling because it requires decent ratio between speed and handling. Small straightway by the pit lane allowed my opponents to use my poor ratio of ditto coefficients and run away. However, traffic ahead made decent confusion and allowed me to get closer. Our bB, unit responsible for the traffic jam, pestered both Jazz and Yaris RS until they all reached last corner of the first lap. Then it was the speedy section that took care of all three; Jazz was now allowed to demonstrate how fast family car should run. I easily dodged both bB and RS afterwards, but lack of decent speed to catch the Jazz resulted in second position.


    2.) Autumn Ring Mini Reverse (4 laps):

    1. Toyota Vitz F '99
    2. Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00 ---------- + 0'01.826 sec.
    3. Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:) --- + 0'03.680
    4. Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00 ---- + 0'07.260
    5. Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01 ---- + 0'07.656
    6. Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02 ---- + 0'10.728

    The Yaris duo was the one who arranged another traffic jam led by the bB to block me and Jazz. This time I was the one who used those wide corners effectively to get away from the traffic first. Very fast cornering on this track can be achieved by planning driving lines in advance, often attacking outside. This was particularly important on the last corner where outside line can overmatch opponent at the risk of pinning you down to the pit zone if you're not fast enough. If I attacked on the outside on every lap, I would've probably managed to catch up with the Yaris duo. Probably...


    Standings after Round 2:
    Toyota Vitz F '99 ------------------- 12 pts
    Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01 -------- 12 pts
    Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:) ------- 10 pts
    Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00 --------------- 9 pts
    Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00 --------- 7 pts
    Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02 -------- 2 pts
    3.) Tsukuba Circuit (3 laps):

    1. Toyota Vitz F '99
    2. Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00
    3. Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01
    4. Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:) ----- + 0'10.347 sec.
    5. Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00
    6. Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02

    Nothing encouraging can be said about this round. Tsukuba circuit features very long sections where extra ponies are priceless. I managed to overtake the Jazz once, on the second corner of the first lap, but my prayers didn't last for too long. Ten seconds distance over the leader is quite disturbing, more so because the bB was also very close by the time I crossed finish line.


    4.) Deep Forest Raceway Reverse (2 laps):

    1. Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:)
    2. Toyota Vitz F '99 ------------------ + 0'00.487 sec.
    3. Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00 ------------- + 0'02.641
    4. Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01 ------- + 0'04.685
    5. Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00 ------- + 0'13.354
    6. Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02 ------- + 0'14.648

    This race was all about catching up with the Yaris duo. When you know where key points on the track are this isn't really difficult to achieve. Mild corner surrounded by deep forest before the small tunnel was the place where the Yaris F went too wide into grassy part, allowing me to reach the first position with ease. I'm glad that happened as I probably wouldn't be able to score victory. I should point out how I accidentally bumped it from behind just before we entered the corner, but that collision was too weak to disturb its cornering line, I don't know what the guy was really doing anyway.


    Standings after Round 4:
    Toyota Vitz F '99 ------------------- 28 pts
    Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:) ------- 23 pts
    Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00 -------------- 19 pts
    Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01 -------- 19 pts
    Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00 -------- 11 pts
    Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02 --------- 4 pts​


    5.) Suzuka Circuit East Course (3 laps):

    1. Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:)
    2. Toyota Vitz F '99 ------------------ + 0'08.422 sec.
    3. Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00 ------------- + 0'09.673
    4. Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01 ------- + 0'09.823
    5. Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00
    6. Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02

    Very easy race, the entire pack was left behind on the very first lap, by skillfully maneuvering around that section of mild left and right corners. Mind you, the Yaris F this time doesn't belong to the 'pack', I was very close by the time we reached straightway, but because it run away, I used second lap to overtake it on the same place. Anyway, this was definitely the easiest race with no drama of any kind.


    Final Results:
    Toyota Vitz F '99 ------------------- 34 pts
    Daihatsu Storia CX 4WD '98:) ------- 33 pts
    Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 '00 -------------- 23 pts
    Honda Jazz 1.4 dsi Se Sp '01 -------- 22 pts
    Toyota bB 1.5Z X Version '00 -------- 13 pts
    Nissan Cube EX (FF/CVT) '02 --------- 5 pts​


    Journalist Biston was in good mood today, but that didn't stop him from being annoying again! Actually, he used everything he could use today to climb on top of my head.

    Not as popular as it should be. Races are quite short and average speed too low for majority of drivers. To experience decent challenge, you're required to carefully estimate potential of your vehicle as false judgment can make this challenge extremely easy or even hard.

    The speed itself shouldn't affect popularity. When the race is uptight, even slow cars seem as they are ridiculously fast.

    Well, your sensors are broken. Of course I noticed it, but I haven't really met one. I doubt it will appear, this is a 'compact' car event after all.

    Assuming all cars are equal in power-to-weight ratio - no. Compact cars often reside on longer wheelbase and wider track, which is really important in reducing negative side-effects of aggressive cornering. Few Kei cars may have decent tire life and good mobility, but outside specific conditions, they wouldn't be able to use those virtues effectively.

    Now I sense you're trying to throw in some 'Move' jokes, I won't allow it. Any wrong statement from now on and you'll be moving out of here faster than the Move could move around the track, capish?

    It wasn't a joke, I was being serious. Just keep pushing...

    Tsukuba round blended those points in favor of the Yaris duo, I was helpless. The round at Autumn was also questionable, I'm sure I would catch the RS if I had overtaken the bB way before.

    That driver was very persistent, it did a great job. You can't feel it unless you watch replay of the race.

    Excuse me?!

    Unbelievable, how can you allow yourself to bring such silly conclusions!!

    I don't conduct monkey business. I race fair and considerately, with no trump cards in my sleeves. Even though I didn't qualify, I'm satisfied because I acted heroically. Both Jazz and I did, actually.

    I would like to cry too, look how messy my face from all the coom is.

    [​IMG]
    Sirion and Yaris 'negotiating' for position.

    Yep, on straightway there was no such Yaris that could get away. CVT transmission is very tough, the car keeps its power high all the time.

    Don't blame me, blame cubism. Some shapes have no place on racing circuits.

    4WD doesn't only provide traction, it also allows for smooth torque distribution during deceleration. Instead of using only one axle I allocated my power on two axles, thus eliminating need for an LSD.

    Oh yes, the Sirion had no problem cornering at aggressive pace. Of course, as long as I didn't exceed limits set by its skinny tires.

    Lovely car, and like many Daihatsu models, it doesn't get the interest it really deserves. Lack of power in their lineup is the reason for that uncommonness - people can't really appreciate underpowered cars, even though they should.

    Get away with what? The collision was too mild to cause disturbance in his cornering. He probably got scared and acted unprofessionally. I'm not surprised though, this is a rookie event, many drivers still need to learn. But the point is - it was an accident that had no effect on the final result.

    Are you out of your mind, why?!

    Would you stop with this unrelated statements, do you really think I'm going to fall for this? And how would you know, you weren't even there. Y-You didn't see what really happened. The F went too wide...I-I-I was just behind, driving p-p-politely...I would never...H-HE STARTED IT!

    You bloody... don't you ever do this to me again!

    Grrr!
     
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  16. Matej

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    Hello again! This time I decided to find challenging competition in Gran Turismo 2. I understand this thread may not be the most appropriate place to post it, but I don't plan on making more than three of these, so I would like to ask moderators to let me keep them here. :)

    This time my destination was Event Synthesizer that can be awarded once you complete all 'S' license tests. My car was Tommy Kaira m13, tuned to produce 105 HP on 830 kg. Parts are listed below:

    Close Gearbox, Sports Clutch, Sports Flywheel and all those NA upgrades (including Racing muffler tip) to boost the power to the figure above. Though, I'm not sure if the car had around 115 HP or not, but it was around these two values. No turbo parts or weight reductions were used.

    My opponents:

    Mazda MX-5 Miata '89
    Toyota MR-S '99
    Elan S4 Sprint '71
    Starlet Glanza V '96
    Citroen Saxo VTS

    Below you can find another interview, probably the most interesting part of this post. ;)

    1.) Red Rock Valley Speedway Reverse (2 laps):

    1.) Mazda MX-5 Miata '89 ----- 3'22.963
    2.) Toyota MR-S '99 ---------- + 0'00.178
    3.) Elan S4 Sprint '71 --------- + 0'00.341
    4.) Starlet Glanza V '96 ------- + 0'00.989
    5.) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- + 0'00.999 :)
    6.) Citroen Saxo VTS --------- + 0'01.231

    Beautiful circuit with challenging speedy sections. Because it was obviously built to satisfy Le Mans competitions, it leaves plenty of space for city cars to show off their engine potential. Close gearbox worked surprisingly well, granted top speed almost perfectly fit to length of the longest straightway. At one point, the MX-5 managed to run away from the rest of us, but MR2 and Elan didn't wait too long for retaliating; near half of the second lap, all three cars were battling neck and neck, again. Starlet somehow overtook me just before we crossed finish line. Hopefully, next track will contain more corners.


    2.) Grindewald (2 laps):

    1.) Elan S4 Sprint '71 --------- 3'28.971
    2.) Toyota MR-S '99 ---------- + 0'00.422
    3.) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- + 0'01.424 :)
    4.) Mazda MX-5 Miata '89 ----- + 0'01.507
    5.) Citroen Saxo VTS --------- + 0'01.692
    6.) Starlet Glanza V '96 ------- + 0'01.769

    Elan was the one who took good care of this mountain paths and cottages, it was almost unstoppable. Both MX-5 and MR2 were fast, but not enough to pass by this veteran. Chain of high and medium-speed corners on the speedy downhill section is a good place for raising your speed and using it for overtaking maneuvers, but on the second lap, I couldn't find right path to avoid those moving obstacles, so I had to slow down, retire from overtaking and eventually give over second position to the MR2. Section running trough village before the finish line is another place where you can test your luck, but I failed to use that as well. Uh, difficult challenge, but extremely fun.


    Standings after Round 2:
    Elan S4 Sprint '71 --------- 12 pts
    Toyota MR-S -------------- 12 pts
    Mazda MX-5 Miata -------- 11 pts
    :) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- 6 pts
    Starlet Glanza V '96 -------- 4 pts
    Citroen Saxo VTS ---------- 3 pts

    3.) High Speed Ring Reverse (2 laps):

    1.) Mazda MX-5 Miata '89 ----- 2'36.633
    2.) Toyota MR-S '99 ---------- + 0'00.105
    3.) Elan S4 Sprint '71 --------- + 0'00.770
    4.) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- + 0'00.899 :)
    5.) Citroen Saxo VTS --------- + 0'00.903
    6.) Starlet Glanza V '96 ------- + 0'01.010

    For some reason I increased damper ratio to 4-3, allowing my car to become bouncy on those banked corners. I run the car without verifying its potential, believing how nothing bad would happen if I add more response to the front end. Poor judgement. I'm not sure if different setup would change the result, but I would certainly have better chances. Did I mention the AI pack was shockingly fast?


    4.) Clubman Stage Route 5 (2 laps):

    1.) Mazda MX-5 Miata '89 ----- 2'20.431
    2.) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- + 0'00.780 :)
    3.) Toyota MR-S '99 ---------- + 0'01.448
    4.) Elan S4 Sprint '71 --------- + 0'01.747
    5.) Citroen Saxo VTS --------- + 0'01.784
    6.) Starlet Glanza V '96 ------- + 0'01.923

    There are many places on this track where you can outpace your rivals, but those two last corners proved to be of big importance due to good exit speed that you can gain afterwards. I had enough skills (and luck) to cut them professionally, so I earned second place for my effort. The MX-5 was very fast this time, much faster than the Elan, that is for sure. Suspension setup worked flawlessly, it seems 3-3 damper ratio is the one I should use from now on. Hm, not that it can change anything, but at least one pole position would be nice...


    Standings after Round 4:
    Mazda MX-5 Miata -------- 27 pts
    Toyota MR-S -------------- 22 pts
    Elan S4 Sprint '71 --------- 19 pts
    :) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- 13 pts
    Citroen Saxo VTS ---------- 7 pts
    Starlet Glanza V '96 -------- 6 pts

    5.) Trial Mountain (2 laps):

    1.) Elan S4 Sprint '71 ------ 3'47.537
    2.) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- + 0'00.300 :)
    3.) Toyota MR-S '99 ---------- + 0'00.481
    4.) Mazda MX-5 Miata '89 ----- + 0'00.872
    5.) Starlet Glanza V '96 ------- + 0'01.255
    6.) Citroen Saxo VTS --------- + 0'01.933

    Elan was leading again, it seems that vintage cars are dominating subjects on tracks with ancient and complicated layouts. Plenty of places for overtaking, more than anywhere before, which led me to another second position. At one point, both MR2 and MX-5 pounced on those corners really hard, but that effort soon revealed itself as useless due to several medium sections prior finish line where AI often prefer to slow down more than necessary.


    Final Results:
    Mazda MX-5 Miata -------- 30 pts
    Elan S4 Sprint '71 --------- 27 pts
    Toyota MR-S -------------- 26 pts
    :) Tommy Kaira m13 --------- 19 pts
    Starlet Glanza V '96 -------- 8 pts
    Citroen Saxo VTS ---------- 8 pts

    Once again, our pit lane today was loaded with bothersome journalists, sponsors and so-called supporters. However, one particular obstacle overshadowed every other by large margin. Let's see who that may be.

    Oh, you would want that to happen, wouldn't you? So that you could pester me even more...

    Easily, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Winning and losing are natural conditions each driver has to face with time to time. Instead of worrying about these conditions, you have to think about what you can learn from them.

    Actually, I was thinking about hunting down annoying journalists.

    Judges do not disclose location of races until the last minute. All competitors are required to be driven in perfectly matched cars, to allow for unpredictable races. Engineers are working hard to balance those cars, you know.

    Of course, I hardly experienced anything but close, nail-biting racing.

    Yes, MX-5, MR2 and Elan had the edge over everything else. It is probably their drivetrain that made the difference.

    Well, obviously, it is still vital enough to teach us youngsters few lessons (laugh).

    As I told you before, desirable positions mean nothing if you don't learn something from all that experience. Even if I lose a race, I would try to absorb as much knowledge as possible and use it for future racing conditions if possible. Saxo and Starlet drivers obviously didn't posses enough skills to cope against us, hopefully they will use it in future to become even better. Their cars can take it, I'm certain.

    I don't care what you think. I'm sure people will realize what I'm talking about.

    I'll go public with statements against your Move. Believe me, even though I don't have spare time, I would do it.

    Deduct three numbers, it is m13, built by Tommy Kaira.

    What damn career?! I said Tommy Kaira, T-o-m-m-y K-a-i-r-a.

    I'm not going to be upset by your useless comments, not this time... it is a manufacturer, not a guy. Again, manufacturer, not a guy. Anything else I need to explain?

    Why do you have to be so mean...

    The m13 is an enhanced version of the K11 March generation. It features really wide tires, size 185 if I'm not mistaken, adjustable suspension and many interesting visual additions.

    Racing in difficult scenarios requires continuous, endless adjustments. For instance, the Close gearbox proved to be an excellent choice for this championship because the stock one was too wide. And suspension also required tweaks here and there despite it probably works better than that on the base model, G#.

    I don't have anything to complain about, it was okay. On certain tracks you could help it by altering few parts, but even if you had decided to keep it stock, it would have been be more than useful.

    All those high-speed races, my opponents simply had more power and that is what eventually managed to throw me out of the race for the title. As you can see, I had better performance on tracks with lots of corners.

    Exactly, now we're getting somewhere!

    You have seen my results, it is only you who talks nonsense. Tracks with lots of corners verify my claim.

    What can i say, it was very difficult. Too bad we didn't have more than 2 laps on our disposal, it would have been so much better.

    Yes, pick a car you want to drive and join the fun!

    Than why are you here anyway? Leave at once and don't come back!

    ...
     
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    Greetings, supporters! Another report below has been completed to give you an good idea of how competitive races can be found if adequate car is used. I decided to compete against GT300 machines using Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93, fully modded, using best and the most expensive parts your money can buy. That delivered 296 ponies on 1944 lbs.

    I fought against:

    [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99
    [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99
    [R]BP Trueno GT '99
    [R]Weds Celica GT '99
    [R]Momo MR2 GT '99

    As usual, below the report is interesting interview, to give you some chuckle, hopefully. :scared:

    1.) Grand Valley East Section (5 laps):

    1.) [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 ----------- 5'26.752
    2.) [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 ---------- + 0'00.735
    3.) [R]BP Trueno GT '99 ------------ + 0'01.945
    4.) [R]Weds Celica GT '99 ---------- + 0'03.999
    5.) [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 ----------- + 0'04.235
    6.) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 ----- + 0'09.283 :)

    The first race highlighted and separated threats from slowpokes. Both MR2 and Celica were securing back of the grid while FTO and Silvia were fighting for the lead, occasionally pestered by Trueno. S-turn prior small tunnel was a good place for closing the gap and preparing for some overtaking maneuvers at incoming S-turn past the tunnel. On final lap at that particular place, I accidentally lost control over the car and spun out due to aggressive weight transfer. Very bad occurrence, I could have placed third...


    2.) Laguna Seca Raceway (5 laps):

    1.) [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 ------------- 6'50.809
    2.) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 ------- + 0'00.978 :)
    3.) [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 ----------- + 0'01.880
    4.) [R]BP Trueno GT '99 ------------- + 0'02.273
    5.) [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 ------------- + 0'02.692
    6.) [R]Weds Celica GT '99 ------------ + 0'03.054

    Great battle against FTO for the first 4 laps. Other opponents weren't that far either, but they certainly weren't pushing as hard as the FTO. 'Corkscrew' corner was a really dangerous place for my MX-5 to hang around, the end rear would often become bouncy during braking sequences. On the final lap, Silvia discretely approached and before I could even realize, overtook everything that was standing in its way. I was pushing really hard, but that small straight section by the finish line was going in Silvia's favor. Too bad for the FTO, it would've mixed those points nicely.


    Standings after Round 2:
    [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 --------- 16 pts
    [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 --------- 10 pts
    :) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 --------- 7 pts
    [R]BP Trueno GT '99 ---------- 7 pts
    [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 --------- 4 pts
    [R]Weds Celica GT '99 --------- 4 pts


    3.) Deep Forest Raceway (5 laps):

    1.) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 ------ 6'11.508 :)
    2.) [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 --------- + 0'02.296
    3.) [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 --------- + 0'02.420
    4.) [R]BP Trueno GT '99 ----------- + 0'03.372
    5.) [R]Weds Celica GT '99 --------- + 0'07.055
    6.) [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 ---------- + 0'08.068

    Hours and hours of training on this track should leave some results, don't you agree? Those guys fought hard for some time, but after third lap, the tension reduced, allowing me to relax and enjoy beautiful sunset. No problems with setup or car behavior either, on my biggest surprise. Small mixture of top opponents' points gave me little hope that all is not lost yet...


    4.) Midfield Raceway (5 laps):

    1.) [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 --------------- 6'04.225
    2.) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 --------- + 0'00.322 :)
    3.) [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 ------------- + 0'01.020
    4.) [R]Weds Celica GT '99 ------------- + 0'01.794
    5.) [R]BP Trueno GT '99 --------------- + 0'02.427
    6.) [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 -------------- + 0'03.303

    Very unusual to see Celica beating Trueno, but such things do happen when you drive over sand traps for no reason. Keeping polite distance before the tunnel was necessary to compensate for the loss on the straightway prior finish line. Couldn't do it on the final lap, unfortunately. But it was a good battle, nevertheless!



    Standings after Round 4:
    [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 --------- 28 pts
    :) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 --------- 21 pts
    [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 --------- 20 pts
    [R]BP Trueno GT '99 ---------- 12 pts
    [R]Weds Celica GT '99 --------- 9 pts
    [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 --------- 6 pts


    5.) Apricot Hill Raceway (5 laps):

    1.) [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 ------------- 6'59.578
    2.) [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 ----------- + 0'00.878
    3.) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 ------- + 0'01.153 :)
    4.) [R]BP Trueno GT '99 -------------- + 0'01.709
    5.) [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 -------------- + 0'03.002
    6.) [R]Weds Celica GT '99 ------------- + 0'03.769

    Slow-paced S-turn surrounded by sand pits at the second half of the track was difficult to overcome due to intense squeezing initiated by other drivers trying to clean it as fast as possible. That, combined with incoming speedy section, prohibited scoring more than 4 points on this race. Overtaking FTO on this track was crucial in order to remain second overall - failed to do it, as you may have expected.

    Final Results:
    [R]Zanavi Silvia GT '99 --------- 36 pts
    [R]Taeivon FTO GT '99 --------- 26 pts
    :) [R]Mazda MX-5 V-Spec '93 --------- 25 pts
    [R]BP Trueno GT '99 ---------- 15 pts
    [R]Weds Celica GT '99 --------- 10 pts
    [R]Momo MR2 GT '99 --------- 8 pts

    I don't know what is more difficult; to engage in a championship with under-powered car or to face repulsive person, such as Biston, the journalist.


    In races where battle is constantly tense, it doesn't matter whether you lose or win because knowledge and pleasure you gain afterwards is really intoxicating!

    Of course! Unlike majority of drivers, I don't care about winning at all, neither that is something that encouraged me to join circuit racing in first place.

    I'm not going to 'pack my bags', will you give it a rest?!

    What now?

    I believe I have already answered this question to other colleagues of yours, I'm not really in mood for repeating...

    Okay... we were really lucky, to be honest. My manager stumbled across one of the Mazdaspeed engineers and they announced cooperation, out of the blue. They gave us the car and all the parts we requested. We were especially anxious upon seeing draft of the entire car once it was done. White body, blue stripes... it was really charming, you know.

    I never said that, are you even listening to my words? The exterior was certainly attractive element, but it didn't have any effect on our decision to race with MX-5. We just took it because our budget is limited and we gladly accept any friendly assistance.

    Nothing particularly, we just promised we'll do our best to complete the championship successfully.

    Hey, hey, show some respect, okay?


    [​IMG]
    My lovely chariot...

    It wasn't that good, to be honest. Because the engine isn't build to sustain that much power, installation of turbo kits created very steep power band. Its light weight wasn't very friendly either, the car would often jump here and there. Next time we'll test our skills with heavier machine.

    If you don't like it, you can leave.

    Yes, it is. Not something I can brag about, but I can't deny it either.

    Excuse me? Why would I spin on purpose?!

    Well, I didn't do it on purpose, what makes you think that?!

    My dear journalist, as you may know, once you lose control over your car there is absolutely nothing that can prevent an accident. Not your car or your skills. Once you do it, it is over.

    Then you must be playing too much of Gran Turismo, he-he.

    Never mind, just scratch that.

    For how long I'll have to stand this crap?!

    You do not deserve any answers, you realize that?

    It was downforce. Reducing rear value to allow for more agility and top speed helped on tracks where the car wasn't initially unstable. Surprisingly, gearbox and suspension didn't receive that much of our attention.

    Yes...?

    It suffered from some acceleration problems, its engine would constantly tremble while accelerating. I've never driven it, so I can't provide more details.

    Obviously.

    That guy wasn't in my team, as you have already said, neither it was competitive enough to put my overall position at stake. Should I really be concerned about these things?

    We both know answer on that. Besides, it is not that I could do something about it even I knew its capabilities.

    Yes, I'm sure! And I know what you're trying to pull here, so make sure it disappears right away, otherwise I may change my manner towards you...

    I think the former is the answer.

    I don't understand.

    What the hell are you blabbing about?! What kind of nonsense is this?!

    No, you hav... (interrupted...)

    I'm not going to be destabilized by nuisance like yourself. Besides, I find funny how you're accusing me of being 'corrupted', which is clearly pathetic and inconsiderate, yet you don't seem to notice deception other drivers managed to pull. Mind this, you didn't hear me complaining about that at all!

    Every single competitor apart from myself carries significantly more than 300 ponies beneath its hood.

    Excuse me?! GT300 event is supposed to prohibit power above that value! That is not response I was expecting.

    Aren't they?! So, what are you going to do about it?

    WHY?!!!! :mad:

    I'm done with this. (trying to leave...)

    Probably something that goes against me.

    And? That is not of your concern.

    He can't be serious... :indiff:

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    And that is it, for now. Did you find my interviews funny? Comments, please. :)
     
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    Best. Interviews. Ever. Seriously, I love them. +1
     
  19. BobK

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    Great report, @Matej!


    If you liked the report, click the "Like" button!
     
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    Thanks for the support, guys! Because English is not my prime language, I need to know if humor I create makes any sense and if I have a feel for it. :)

    I plan on doing another report featuring Pikes Peak course from GT2. I'll try to add more pics this time.
     
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    Pike Peak Hill Climb


    Another report written using GT2 disc as a template for the story. This time I made up the entire competition by running Pike Peak Uphill event several times with different cars. All cars had Racing modifications and majority of power upgrades. The idea was to pill up all the times and separate them by classes. In order to get consistency results, of the three runs which were fictitiously monitored, two were compiled using random numbers provided by a web randomizer.

    Below the results is the interview composed to entertain. Click the quote below to reveal the full results.


    No, I'm not happy to see you. What are you doing here?

    We are not friends and most certainly you're not superior to me! How did you get past security guards anyway?


    Journalists aren't supposed to be here. Leave this area and join the lodge, as the rest of your colleagues did.

    How encouraging...

    Look, man... I don't want to be interviewed by you right now.

    It means that I don't want to be pestered by any journalist right now. I have just finished racing and would appreciate if you could leave me in peace for some time. I need to rest and prepare for a trip back to my hometown.

    Hey, hey, forget about the microphone, I'm not doing this!

    Respect?! And what about my feelings?!

    You do realize that I'm the only one doing sacrifice here? Other drivers are currently resting in the restaurant or nearby cottage, they are not being interrogated. Have you ever considered that I should receive the same treatment? Our flight is arriving next day and we haven't even started preparations regarding clean up of our tools and cars - because you're in my way!

    Okay, but under once condition: if I find the article even slightly defamatory, I'm going to press heavy charges against you and your publishers. I'm not going to allow you to mock me.

    Yes, it is...

    Yes, it is!

    Do I look excited?!

    I'm not excited anymore because the event has already finished.

    I think it is the concept of competition. Uphill point-to-point races are always different, quite authentic if you want. What you do and how you do it is different from what you get on usual circuit events.

    Yes, in a way. Safety regulations and point-to-point paradigm seems to be the most related factors. But on Pikes Peak you get to drive far more powerful machines, on much steeper courses at that. So, even if may be the same, in most cases it just isn't.

    On this particular challenge - yes. Vehicles that appear in Unlimited class are beyond imagination of an ordinary men. That kind of brutality is not for everyone, really.

    Either you have what it takes to deal with it or you don't. That is what racing is all about.

    If that would ruin the concept of the challenge, than no. Different conditions, no matter how much they may compromise overall safety, are necessary to create diversity in motorsports.

    AT stake, at stake, at stake... I'm sorry, but nobody is forcing you to participate.

    I was speaking in general. By the way, you seem to be very concerned about safety. When did you become so fearful? I remember how you used to criticize my 'poor' performance on challenges. I would presume you have what it takes to function at high speeds...

    Seriously? I've been answering all of your questions without hesitating, even though I shouldn't have considering your behavior. How come you can't admit that you're just a chicken with big mouth?

    I don't like the way you're treating me.

    How about no?

    Hmph... there are four classes in the event, based on the engine displacement and body type. Vintage class is an exception though, they compete together regardless of the two criteria.

    Well, I can't order people what to drive.

    [​IMG]
    You can't order people what to drive but the Pulsar is what they would drive anyway.


    Some cars are too slow to keep up with high-tech machines. That is why they compete against members of their own class, thus increasing chances to win a title at least in one field.

    Not exactly. You can also aim for consistency between each run and win appropriate 'the most consistent team' title. That is why some drivers prefer using slower cars anyway, because they believe it is easier to control occurrences at lower speeds and achieve identical results on each of the three run.

    In most cases, yes. But some unexpected drivers can pull miracles even with high-powered cars that are naturally harder to control.

    It makes sense because we run shorter version of the track. It lasts around 2 minutes, so several rounds can be completed relatively quick. In addition, it wouldn't be possible to fight for the consistency the other way.

    That is how the system works. I try not to think about these details.

    I don't know, haven't heard anything about it.

    Again, I don't know anything about it. People must have brought such decision long before the challenge was announced, so naturally, none of us could do anything about it. Not that we care about it either.

    Well, paving roads would certainly increase safety of other competitors. It is hard to control 800+ hp machines on gravel, you know.

    Um, I guess.... but what difference does it make anyway? You drive on what you need to drive on. Real drivers wouldn't complain.

    That was a rhetorical question, what is wrong with you?!

    Yes, but you can't app- (interrupted)

    No, it was a Ford Puma. Franky, I don't see how could you have overlooked this, I'm standing right next to it!

    Reasons obviously inconceivable to me. Anyway, I gave you the answer.

    Our budget was a bit tight this year. At one point, we even considered entering N class in case we don't collect enough funds. Luckily, it all turned out well.

    Of course not. We just always tend to aim for higher classes.

    Quite extensive, yes. You cannot bypass some rules, but can still do plenty within them. We changed gearbox, engine and body, all to make the best use of regulations.

    Quite a lot, but not as much as one would think. It is important to get the gearbox right, especially on turbocharged cars. We also tried to find a good setup to allow the car to pull inwards on the way out of a corner. Racing uphill centers all of the car's weight on the back end, so at least we wanted to assure the car uses maximum grip potential of the front axle.

    Nope, we didn't use that option. Some people prefer tweaking their cars after each run in order to find the best setup for each additional round, by relying on the experience from previous run. However, I believe overall setup is not as important as consistency of your driving. We made one general setup and then switched all our focus on driving itself.

    Satisfactory.

    [​IMG]
    That is what I'm talking about - the Puma!


    If you're pointing at my overall position, I shall remind you how an ultimate victory is not what I'm aiming for.

    ...

    How long is this going to last? I'm starting to get sick of this interview, honestly.

    Forget it, I do not feel comfortable discussing my rivals. If you really need slanderous speech, you can always read your colleagues' work. Plenty of sick claims can be found there.

    What?! But that is the exactly the same thing!

    It can happen. It was a turbocharged kit car at that. If properly set, FF cars can be as fast as 4WD ones.

    Suspension of the stock Astra may not be, but I presume they did all they could to make it otherwise.

    If regulations allow - yes. Nobody complained so I presume it was okay.

    Likely possible. It is a muscle car, after all. But what I did like about that team is focus on clearing majority of corners in second gear. You can hear if they are doing it by listening to the engine.

    Yeah, abundant torque delivery can make it happen. Hence why they have to be careful when opening a throttle.

    I think the driver was British. Not sure about his crew though.

    I'm just saying that he is British. If you're coming with such pointless topics, at least make sure you got them right.

    In that case, yes, the Sporting was an Italian competitor. Like that would change anything...

    The Vivio team had issues with gearbox. Not sure what kind of issues, but they were there.

    Really...?

    Okay...

    Will you get to the point?!

    Was this really necessary?

    This has nothing to do with me. Besides, the team came 4th on consistency valuation. If anything, you should be happy about that, instead of provocatively putting this all on me for no reason whatsoever. My patience bar is at very critical level, I would like to remind.

    Get yourself together, man. I don't have time for this.

    If a better acceleration can shrink run times more effectively than higher top speed on straights, it does make sense. You say they made a compromise in speed, so I presume they had one of those affordable sports close gearboxes that cannot be adjusted as professional and expensive ones. Typical solution for teams operating with low budget. They managed to be very competitive at the end, though, so I believe they didn't regret it.

    Okay, okay, like I would care anyway...

    The Sporting was tuned to serve as a budget rally car, which means it could compete on traditional rally events that may be driven at night. There is no need to remove the headlights and do reconstruction of chassis and electronics once again.

    [​IMG]
    Here it is, the Sporting. What those headlights did to anyone, I don't understand...

    True, but how important these factors in rallying are, that is what you need to ask yourself. I clearly doubt they would compensate for the lack of visibility at night. Not to mention that you need to deal with reconstruction once again, as I said before you asked me this meaningless question.

    WOULD I DO WHAT?!

    Because I can't endure this any longer, it is so tiresome. Who would be interested in this kind of questions anyway?!

    Oh, yeah?! And what is the task?

    NO, I WOULD NOT REMOVE THE BLOODY HEADLIGHTS!!

    WH..?! I'm not going to elaborate anything. Get you stuff and get the hell out of here!

    That is not of my concern anymore. If you're not leaving, I am.

    Get your hands off me!!


    Ouch! This situation required response of the law enforcement. Luckily, few police officers were standing in vicinity when the incident occurred. Biston was arrested for troublesome behavior while Matej received a penalty for decimating Biston's microphone.

    Biston eventually left Matej alone, it is rumored that his occupation now is stalking Kei drivers and drivers that allegedly dislike Kei cars. He often monitors rally and endurance events. His articles are still gaining monstrous popularity.

    After hiatus caused by Biston's stressful approach, Matej continued to participate in motorsports events. He haven't lost a race since then.
     
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    Cool! Ill have to fire up GT4 and try taking my Escudo up Pike's Peak!
     
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    He-he, good luck with that, hardly any rally track in GT4 can substitute Pikes Peak from GT2. Okay, maybe Grand Canyon to a degree.
     
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    Pikes peak in Gt2 is tight but flowing if that makes sense, Grand canyon in GT4 is not flowing and would hence be terrible in the GT4 Escudo (turbo lag much) IMO, the only dirt track I'd attempt to drive the Escudo at in GT4, is Swiss Alps.
     
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    Part I


    After the embarrassing skirmish at Pikes Peak International Uphill challenge, Biston decided to run away from everything and travel to Germany to interview popular Schwarzwald Liga B driver, Augusto Montana. He didn't realize that peaceful recreation like this one will open a prologue to another glorious adventure that will hurt anyone involved in it.

    (...)

    Yes, Mr. Biston! If you want to try German sausages in cooperation with a bun you have to survive the race. Such motivation was all I needed to overcome plague of this deadly course. I like eating, you know.
    There are people. It might sound unbelievable, but it is a token of how skillful driver one really is.
    They said I was very slow. They actually tried to scold me, can you believe that?! :crazy:
    Of course. Out of 42 drivers, I finished 29th. That is quite a good result.
    Um...
    Hey, what kind of attitude is that? :grumpy:
    How? They can't speak.
    Already? But we haven't mentioned anything about my past achievements. Do you think your readers would be interested in those?
    Already? But I have plenty of things to say about my career.
    Already? Oh, come on, man. It will be fun! I presume you never heard a thing about Sunday Cup, yes? Oh, what a lovely challenge that was, I spent majority of my seas-

    At that point, a scene occupied Biston's attention...

    Hey, you previously said how I shouldn't interrupt you wh- (interrupted)
    There? (pointing at the car...)

    [​IMG]
    Forget about the car, the cones are important, the cones! Look how big they are!

    Well, that is a car.
    It belongs to a friend of mine, why?
    But why? :confused:
    Okay, okay, whoa :scared:... he used to compete on motorsport scene long time ago. Great driver. Now he just runs time trials for fun when no events are held.
    But why is that important?
    John. John Yellow.
    Yeah, that is the one. Journalists used to be crazy about him.
    He should be in the pit box, I think.
    But what about our interview?
    But you barely asked me anything!!

    Biston went to inspect the car. He inspected the car from all possible angles. He even used his pocket protractor to hunt down new angles and used them as a reference for future inspection. Seeing how the stranger is drooling over his car, John Yellow emerged from the pit box.

    May I help you, sir?
    Yes. And you are...?
    Sir, I haven't heard your name.
    Ah, yes... I think I heard of you.
    I heard mostly negative things. About your articles, to be exact. They seem to attract very boisterous group of people.
    How can slanderous speech benefit to discovering the values of motorsports?
    Ah, is that so?
    Sir, don't be offended by this, but I think that your cows haven't returned to the barn.
    May I ask you what do you want from me?
    (John):
    [​IMG]

    Sir, we're not friends. I would never hang out with a person of your character. I know what kind of odious reputation follows you.
    Sir, I don't know what do you want from me, but if you don't have anything clever to say, please, leave the place. I have better things to do.
    What I do and how I do it is none of your business.
    All I want to know is why are you stalking my car. I hope you're not a robber.
    Well, if all these previous years of my life haven't changed a thing in my life, I doubt you will.
    Race alongside me?
    So that you could publish the article and mock the coach, correct?
    Oh, really? You can drive?
    I apologize if I may sound a bit rude, but there is no way a person of your caliber could race well. Besides, driving for fun and racing for real is a completely different thing. Like fruits and vegetables.
    So, that is what you would like? To race side by side with me? That is why you're here?
    Hey...
    Yes?
    My 'ride'?
    My car?
    It is the yellow S4 over here. But why is my car important?
    It looks like we have something in common then.
    (Ignoring...) But aren't you into Kei cars? I read something related in an article a while ago, you we- (interrupted)
    But I wa- (interrupted)
    ...
    Um, yes.
    I don't like where you're going with this...
    I'm not going to sell you my S4. Besides, I don't think ownership of an Audi could heal you. You should rather seek professional help.
    No.
    Whatever you're searching for, I cannot help you. My car is not on sale.
    If the price is not important, why don't you buy your own S4? You can aim for newer generations, not to mention top RS models.
    Honestly sir, I don't know what to think.
    Look man, suddenly materializing from nowhere and persuading me to sell my car is not something 'normal' people do. At best, it is completely ridiculous.
    See? That is what I'm talking about. This approach is far from being 'normal'.
    Excuse me? :eek:
    No, I meant my family. You're in no position to discuss my private life.

    [​IMG]
    It clearly says 'Do not enter', yet he did it. I don't understand, why would he do such terrible thing?


    What is this?
    But this is a notorious neighborhood, what he was doing there?! How did you even get this photo?!
    P-Parking...? :boggled:

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    Of course you couldn't believe it. Who would expect Avanzato R to appear in Europe?

    'Big George'? What is that? Never heard of that.
    Aaa... :eek:
    Who gave you this photos, what is this?! :nervous:
    You do realize I can accuse you of disturbing my family and violating their privacy? I think I was clear enough when I said that I don't want media to lay their hands on my family.
    Behind my back...? No, there is no way I'm buying this! :ouch:
    You can't be serious...! :scared:

    [​IMG]
    Raise your hand if you want to drive on this track once again!


    So what? She often travels around the world.
    WHAT?! :scared::dunce:
    Oh, my... :sick:
    How could this have happened? :(
    Will you shut up for a moment? :nervous: I'm trying to think about this... oh, boy... my family is already gone... oh... I wish I knew... although... although it may not be anything serious ... maybe they were all just having fun. I haven't been around home for quite some time, after all... maybe that is what they wanted. To go out and explore the world. To silence the loneliness and go into the world...
    What should I do...? :(
    Your advice?
    Would you make a copy of those photos for me? I need to have them.
    You mean...?
    A car for the photos?
    Excuse me? What makes you think I would accept such request?
    So now racing alongside me isn't enough for you, but you want to compete against me? What makes you think you can win? I've been racing for more than 25 years.
    Hm...
    Uh... what kind of car do you drive?
    Hey...

    Forget it, it was no use. Biston swiftly disappeared and few minutes later returned with a staggering, brand-new Barchetta. Okay, it wasn't really a brand-new, Biston spent few years with it. Nobody knew why he decided to switch from Kei cars over to the Barchetta, but given the convertible nature of the car, there are good reasons we can believe in. Its sporty character allowed Biston to sharpen his driving skills over time. Of course, nothing that would beat a professional, but I guess that wasn't Biston's intention anyway.

    [​IMG]
    When was the last time you saw one of these? Tell us on 955-677-897. Big prizes await first-comers!


    Is that a Barchetta?
    That is what are you going to drive?
    Oh, it seems that I was really taken lightly...:indiff:
    Biston, have you ever been on a racing circuit before?
    Okay, but have you actually participated in an event as a driver?
    Basically, you have never raced against real drivers, nor you have any racing experience, yet you dare to challenge me and my S4 with this car.
    You know, it is hard not to get insulted by such approach. I've been driving as a professional for more than 25 years and have competed alongside the fastest drivers in Europe. Do you really think you can embarrass me like this?
    Will you answer to my question?!
    Oh, I'm sure that is true...
    Whatever. If we are going to do this, we'll do it my way. I'm going to rent a test car from Nürburgring officials.
    Please, wait here, I'll be back. I think one of the drivers just came out of the test car.

    Biston wasn't objecting. Not that he had much of a choice anyway. Few minutes later, Mr. Yellow returned with a silver Yaris RS 1.5. Just like many other test cars of this class, it is often used by amateurs when the driving school opens private lessons for all visitors.

    [​IMG]
    Notice the red RS badge on the grill. How can such tiny badge possibly compare to the big BMW one in the back?!


    (John):

    [​IMG]


    Now, since you're not used to this circuit and rules of track days, I'm briefly going to explain how we're going to do this.
    Once the big semaphore turns green, we're going. I start first, so make sure you follow me closely. Onc- (interrupted)
    Um... what?
    ...
    ...
    May I ask you something?
    Wanna do this or not?
    Then, may I continue?
    We're going to exit the pit zone once the semaphore above turns green. I go first, you follow me. I manage the pace of our run, you try to keep up with me. If I notice you're falling behind, I'll reduce my speed and allow you to catch up with me. Everything clear so far?
    Overtaking my presence is strictly forbidden. If we catch up with another car, pass him on either right or left, depending on the situation. If you crash or experience health difficulties, pull over to the side of the road and notify me of your condition. We'll use radio contact to communicate. Everything clear?
    That is how we are going to do it. Leave complaints for later.
    See the scoreboard over there? Nürburgring officials measure times of each participant. If you manage to finish 20th or better on your third try, I'll give you the S4 for a spin.
    I have checked, all track day participants driving today are amateurs, it won't be hard if you manage to use at least 80% of your car's potential. Big mouth like yours should be able to put this speech into practice, yes?
    We're considering giving you my car for a test, remember? I'm not letting anyone drive my car until he proves he can drive well.
    I'll get a copy of your photos. Although I think I'll demand taking photos regardless of your overall placement. This is my family anyway, I don't play any games.
    It makes controlling your flow much easier. I don't want you to get all worked up and make some stupid mistake that would endanger both of us. I would like to leave this place today alive, you know.
    Are you finished? Can we start?
    I rarely use my personal car for track days. I don't see a reason why should I, there are always number of track day cars around I want to test.
    (Ignoring...) Grab your gear and let's meet at the pit exit, please. Don't forget to close roof on the car. We'll continue our contact through radio device in the car. Good luck.


    The adventure continues...
     
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    Part II

    Biston arrived at Nürburgring to do another interview for his magazine. Instead, he ended up drooling over one particular car, which turned to be owned by John Yellow, a famous racing driver. His domestic problems gave Biston an opportunity to negotiate a race on this popular track under John's supervision. Preparations to go out on the track are almost ready. With important documents and John's car are at stake, the race must be taken seriously. What is going to happen?



    Radio contact:

    Is everything okay? Have you checked your seat belt, engine and safety equipment?
    Look man, I hope you understand that we're not playing around. Once we head out on the track, I would ask you to act with care. Dangerous things can happen out there.
    I wonder how confident you are going to be once we speed up...
    This is not a joke!! :mad:

    At that moment, Nürburgring officials signalized our drivers to move out of the pit. The road was completely clear.

    (Talking to himself in quiet) You enjoy being obnoxious, don't you? Well, how about this...

    Both cars were slowly moving towards the pit exit. But upon the exit, John stomped on the acceleration pedal and almost choked the car to death with all that power burst. Biston never had to accelerate so wildly in his life before, he was shocked!

    What's the matter, too fast for ya? Speed up, you're too slow!

    [​IMG]
    Tag, your turn.

    John reduced his pace on Kottenborn section and allowed Biston to catch up. Because Barchetta is a bit faster on straights than Yaris RS 1.5, closing the gap wasn't really difficult under such conditions.

    Nothing is going to happen, just keep steering inputs as minimum as possible and focus on the road ahead of you.
    Stop talking and concentrate on driving!

    Naturally, Biston disobeyed the order. All this excitement made him a temporary chatterbox. One would think that on sharp Aremberg corner such guy would learn the lesson, but he surprisingly tackled it fairly well. Mistake occurred on medium-speed C-curve just before another sharp Wehrseifen corner. Biston went too wide and barely managed to avoid hitting the guardrail.

    [​IMG]
    Go ahead, hit the guardrail. Insurance will cover it.
    I told you not to play around, but you didn't listen...
    Nope, you were talking too much.
    If you don't get yourself together, you'll go off the track once again. I tol- ... oh, this is going to be interesting!
    There is a driver ahead of us.
    Right in front of you, the black 106. He seems to be quite slow, you should be able to out-brake him on the corner before the bridge, just keep the inside line occupied.
    See you after the bridge, bye!

    John increased the speed a bit and passed the 106 on small downhill section just before the corner. The real problem was Biston because he caught up with the 106 right at the corner of the bridge. He hesitated at first, but once he recalled for what cause he came here, he quickly regained his bravery and attacked the 106 driver. Terrified and excited at the same time, he applied the brakes very late and dived into the corner - with success. As a matter of fact, it was a perfectly executed maneuver, which honestly, was a product of nothing but pure luck, but hey - those counts too, don't they? Biston was delighted.

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    No comment, just enjoy the show.

    What, you're still alive? Too bad.
    Ha-ha, I'm just joking. I wasn't looking closely, but judging the exit speed of yours on that corner, I think you couldn't have done it better. Well done, Biston.
    Yep, that was a good entry. But don't get so worked up, there are plenty of other dangerous corners out there. Good moves are often misleading, they provide fake sense of control over the scenario whereas in reality...

    But Biston wasn't listening. For the first time in his life, he experienced 'the thing' he had been evaluating from a spectator bench or VIP seats in private lodges. That experience had intoxicating effect on Biston, he never thought he could live long enough to touch the other side of the automotive world he treasures so much. He liked that of course. That made him believe how he can become even better, faster... predominant in the field! He even started doubting his job, whether he made a right choice or not...

    That is all good, just concentrate on the track.

    Of course, Biston wasn't concentrating on anything but his new-found learning. He increased his pace confidently and followed John more precisely, more closely. He started taking care of those traffic units with bravery. He first creamed interesting Spider model after the Bergwerk corner...

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    ... before taking the grease out of another Yaris model at the first slow-paced, right-turn corner after Klostertal.

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    No badges, no performance.

    Biston, you're being overly excited, you can't drive like that.

    But Biston was in overtaking mood. A moment after, another human became a victim of Biston's blessed-by-angel driving skills... right at Karussel corner.

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    To what purpose does the concrete side-part serve anyway?
    Hey, what are you doing?!
    You shouldn't have driven over that concrete part of the track. Do you want to involve us into trouble?!
    John continued to pay close attention to Biston. The fact that Biston wasn't aware of his own behavior on the track really upset John. What if the fool tries to pull something dangerous?

    Sadly, a disaster is always nearby, carefully listening to one's dark thoughts. Somewhere around Hohe Acht corner, one particular driver operating silver Honda Jazz stood among all other participants. He was slow at first, but increased his pace after spotting John and Biston in his rear view mirror. The presence and cornering pace of that Jazz discomposed Biston.

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    Seriously, I'm tired of these silver econo-boxes.

    Can't you just be calm and quiet?
    What do you want?!
    Beats me, why?
    Why?
    I think you're just trying to cause problems where they don't exist.
    Forget it.
    Because I did not come here to fool around and enforce justice on road. What is the point anyway, he just increased his pace to match ours, so it is not in our way.
    I said forget it!
    Will you stop with this?!

    Of course, he didn't. Biston kept on pushing even harder. In fact, in order to catch up with the Jazz, he began taking wider lines, steering aggressively and coming out from different angles in John's mirrors. He was all over the place.

    Biston, your cornering has become overly irregular, slow down!
    Slow down, you've lost your composure!

    At that moment, voice over the microphone shouted:

    >>> Car number 6 (Biston's Barchetta), reduce your speed. Increase distance between traffic units. <<<

    Fool, don't you see what you're doing?! Slow down immediately!! :mad:
    The officials are going to remove us from the race. You have to keep appropriate distance! Back off!
    Hey, reduce your pace, now!

    Nope, it won't work, Biston had something else in mind. He started calculating where to overtake, how to approach the Jazz easily without being pinned down by another nuisance he has revealed - John.

    What?!

    No time to answer that question, I'm afraid. On Eschbach corner Biston bumped John from behind, causing John to lose control a bit and touch the grass with outer tire. Luckily, his professional skills prevented the worst from happening.

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    Don't worry, in this game cars do not spin out that easily.
    WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING, YOU MORON?! :mad:
    That is it, we're quitting the race!
    HEY!!

    How useful is 'hey' in such situations anyway? Never mind that - because the Jazz driver was technically the one dictating the pace, all three cars had to drive at pace slower than cars of this class could handle. That is why taking the outside line on the first part of the 'C' Brünnchen corner was feasible, allowing Biston to even up with John.

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    WHERE ARE YOU GOING, I TOLD YOU TO STAY BEHIND! :mad:
    At this point most people would reconcile with the fact that Biston has gone nuts and that overtaking is inevitable. You know, leave the fool to do what he wants to do. But John couldn't accept it. He felt responsible for that lunatic and couldn't let him roam around carelessly. That is why he allowed his blood to boil and unleash potential that has been suffering within John for years. On the second part of the 'C' Brünnchen corner John rushed into the curve, aiming for the apex with the brakes lightly applied. That was a perfect move, he successfully restrained Biston from overtaking.

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    Vauuu... I couldn't do it better myself.

    PULL OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, NOW!!!! :banghead:

    HAVEN'T YOU HEARD WHAT I SAID?! PULL OVER IMMEDIATELY!!
    Somewhere around Pflanzgarten I section there is a fairly sharp right hand corner, surrounded by sand trap. This corner requires good braking skills as car can become unstable on small jump that precedes the corner. Naturally, due to construction of the corner overtaking is not recommended as it gets hard for two cars to keep inside and outside line without slowing down significantly. But why I'm saying all this?

    HOLD ON, YOU MUSTN'T OVERTAKE HERE!!!! :scared:
    Realizing what terrible mistake he has committed, Biston quickly tried to apply brakes and dodge the collision. Unsuccessfully, as you would expect. Biston punched John into the Yaris's side panel and sent both out of the course, into the sand pit.

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    Take him out, take John out!

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    ARRGGHHHH!! CURSE YOU, BISTON!! CURSE YOU!!! :banghead:
    And that wasn't all. Because John entered the sand pit from a different angle, he couldn't stop the car from returning to the course. John routed the car towards the right direction, just a moment before another Yaris suddenly appeared in the rear-view mirror.

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    Hold on - wasn't that supposed to be the PT Cruiser?

    The driver tried to brake, but the speed difference sent that effort in vain - the track day at Nordschleife was concluded by collision of the two Yaris models.




    The adventure continues...
     
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    Part III



    After spending two weeks at a local Italian hospital for trauma injuries, John was discharged from the facility and redirected to a rehabilitation center of his choice. Biston heard of the rumor from the internet and instantly took a flight to Italy. While John was waiting outside the hospital for a transportation, a man emerged from a nearby bush...


    What?! Biston?! Oh, my... :indiff:
    Of course not! What are you doing here?!
    No, I'm just not very pleased to see you here. In fact, I don't want you here.
    Well, I couldn't care less. You can freely turn around and disappear right at this instance.
    Do you want me to call police?
    BECAUSE YOU ALMOST RUINED MY LIFE!!
    Really, you want to argue with me? What do you want from me?! Can't you just leave me alone?!
    What?
    Oh, so you want to apologize, eh?
    Seriously? You think you can just come here and fix everything with that cheap apology of yours?! And what bloody friends?! I'm not your friend, nor I have been, nor I will be!
    Well, you can wipe something with it. Can't you see what you have done to me? Look at me, all in bandages!
    For your information, three weeks. That is, of course, under assumption that nothing will go wrong in the meantime. And I'm sure something just may happen because that is the kind of luck I have.
    What?
    It is easy for you to say...
    They were standing in peace for some time, gazing at the horizon.

    What?
    What?!
    I said what I think about your apology.
    Your problem.

    Another silence initiated by both.

    What now?
    I'm still having nightmares Biston. Please keep that topic away from me.
    JUST CUT IT OUT, OKAY?!

    And another one. This time it lasted for staggering 15 seconds.

    Can't you be quiet?!
    Because I'm not in mood. Besides, I'm waiting someone. I hope he gets here quickly...
    Here he goes again...:rolleyes:
    ... (:ouch:)
    Can't you just leave?!
    I hope you will be here for me when we both appear at the court next week.
    Yeah? And what do you mean by that?
    I know, I've spoken to my lawyer.
    So what? That is the least you should do. I hope you're not expecting pity on my part.

    Hopefully the last silence. It last for nearly 3 seconds, I believe.

    You have no money? I don't care.
    I wish I could say the same... :guilty:.
    What?
    So?
    So?
    So?
    So?
    Yeah? What are you going to do I wonder? Bring it on, I'm still strong enough to fight back.
    Come here and make a move!
    Oh, I see, yo-
    ...
    And a patient too.
    It doesn't really matter anymore, does it?
    So?
    Did you find that disturbing? Now you kn-
    You think?!
    All I will admit is that you need medical treatment.
    You fool, you were keeping up because I let you do it. You really think your careless and insecure driving can be match for me? If I wanted to, I could have left you in dust.
    You're becoming highly obnoxious. How dare you even think about me lending you ANYTHING?
    I don't need them anymore. When my dear family heard of this, we became bounded like nothing before.
    What?!
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    (Biston):
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    (John):
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    Really? Too bad.
    Are you finished?!
    You're still here?
    At that moment a car pulled over in front of the hospital. He couldn't find the parking spot, so he turned back and went uphill to park the car where some space was available.

    Finally, he is here! :nervous:
    My brother, he just arrived! You better run away because he will beat you completely if I tell him to.
    Biston finally noticed the car that pulled over.

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    Hm, he could have squeezed by that fence...
    What is what?!
    Yes, I see it. That is my brother's car.
    YES, I CAN SEE IT AND I'M LOOKING AT IT!! WILL YOU STOP WITH YOUR MENTAL RAMPAGES?! :mad:
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    SO?! :mad:
    Really?! And what about S4?!
    John:
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    The end.
     
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    Journalist Biston reviews the tiny 500R '72.

     
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    Some touge footages from different games with eurobeat music. ;)