Miata Enduro

Discussion in 'GT3 Race Reports' started by Bulldozer, May 22, 2007.

  1. Bulldozer


    My second Endurance race (and first report) is the Roadster Enduro at Apricot Hill.

    They say if you want an easy win, go with T2 tires and pit only twice, or even once, but I thought I might be lonely that way. I went with T5 tires instead, thinking I'd get 7 or 8 laps between pit stops. Maybe a couple of AI's will be on the same schedule and I'll have pit buddies. (It didn't work out that way.) Still, I'm not too confident, so I use the Miata LS.

    I notice the lineup includes 2 other LS models. Their names are 'blue" and "light-blue".

    After the first 2 laps those two LS's are far far gone. I expected them to pull away, but +12:00 secs seems like a lot. Both of them pit at lap 3 however, so I might have a chance. The non-LS cars fall far behind and didn't really figure in the race. I didn't work out their pit schedules because I couldn't tell which was which.

    At the start of lap 8 my front right tire is orange, but not dark, so I skip the pit stop. If I can stretch it to 10 laps I'll only have to pit 3 times.
    Lap 8 was 1:49.xxx, 3 secs worse than average, so maybe 8 laps is the limit.
    At the first turn of lap 9 I nearly go into the sand. I pit at the end of lap 9, and come out of the pits retaining my lead.

    Until Lap 11, when blue catches up and passes me. And halfway through the lap light-blue passes me in a turn. I didn't even know he was there until the BANG when he sideswiped me. He entered the turn too fast, though, and I passed him again on exit. So I was only in third place for about 1/2 a second.

    Lap 12 I was chasing the blue rabbit. Trying to regain the lead I drove my best lap so far - 1:43.937.

    On lap 17 I come out of the pits with a 5 sec lead. Good. I'm wondering if I can keep the lead on cold tires when I see a flash of blue in the rear-view immediately followed by another BANG! I guess 5 seconds isn't much when you're just pulling out of the pits and the other guy is barrelling down the long straight flat out. But he doesn't get past me, instead he gives me a nice speed boost. I block him for a couple turns, but he slips ahead by the end of the lap. I keep up with him pretty well, but I don't manage to pass him before he pits again on lap 18.

    Laps 19 through 25 I didn't see any other cars. I'm beginning to think they all went home. I'm getting sloppy and turning in poor times; even ran off the track when the front right tire turned orange again. And just as I'm telling myself to get my head together, I forget to pit on lap 26 and have to run a lap with an almost red tire. Sheesh.

    I come out of the pits with 13 laps to go and 30 seconds lead time. I'll need to make just 1 more pit stop - blue and light-blue will make 4 or 5. Things are looking good.

    On lap 37 I spy another car in the distance. I guess they didn't go home after all. Chasing him I get another another 1:43.xxx lap time. I guess I only drive fast when there's a carrot dangled in front of me. He was the only guy I lapped.

    End result:
    Me - 1:12'36.479" (best lap 1'43.345")
    blue - 1:13'23.815"
    light-blue - 1:13'30.280"
    Miata (J) - 1:13'55.517"
    Miata 1.8 RS - 1:13'56.841"
    Miata (J) - +1 lap

    My prize Miata is a color called "Mica Merlot", which I kind of like. (I'd call it plum.)
  2. crooky369


    Id thought it would have been harder on the (T5= Super soft??) as the cars as so evenly matched, when i tried it when i used to play GT3 i thought it was the hardest race on the game because back then i didn't realy know what a pit strategy was :dunce:
  3. Bulldozer


    Nah, T5 is medium. Super-soft would be T8. That's probably what the Ai is running when they pit every 3 laps.

    Now that might be an interesting race. :) Use T8's and pit every 3 laps, just like the AI.
  4. Parnelli Bone

    Parnelli Bone Premium

    United States
    T8 is super soft. T5 is medium.

    Anyways, YOU ARE THE MAN Bulldozer! :tup: === I like the BANG parts! And then the Ai went home! :lol: Congrats on a long awaited match, too. I'm taking a break from Gt for a few days but i'll be back on it sooon.
  5. KAMKA-Z


    Yeah, that's a fun event. I always do my best laps when I'm in pursuit.

    And I'm more likely to choke when I'm being pursued. I have gotten much better at keeping a cool head under pressure over the course of the game though.

    What, No F1 car for your trouble? Guess I was just lucky.
  6. Duke

    Duke Staff Emeritus

    United States
    Yeah, I never got an F1 car for running that race, ever.
  7. Zero-Offset


    man, you can get F1 cars!? uh-oh, looks like a loong night tonight :D