OK, if you're one of those folks obsessed with thrashing the competion by miles, keeping a 100% win ratio or doing the 229 Day thing, look away now. This write up is not for you. If, however, you've enjoyed the excitement of reading one of the PD cup reviews by Neon_Duke, Der Alta, Mustang-Man, etc and are into seriously challenging racing then, strap yourself in, and be my guest as I take you through my hardest and yet most enjoyable run of the Polophony Digital Cup yet..... On my old mem card, I've got a Nissan Z concept, Jag XKR and Skyline R33 GT-R with 520 miles on from running this, but they all seemed to eclipse the competition after the 2nd round of pit stops and I'd end up running the last few laps miles out in front on my own. I'd already done this championship on my exisiting memory card in the S2000 Type V and while it was a challenge, I was still finishing somewhere around 10 and 50s in front of the competition. I wanted some more excitement. (I also needed to complete my F1 collection without having to wait for 100% complete, so I was hoping to win F094/S ) Looking at the Power to weight ratio of a car in the dealer is generally a good way to go, and since for PD cup the rest of the field is generally populated with Japanese cars like the RX7 or Skyline which post about 4.5 - 4.9 PWR, I'd figured the S2000 at 5.1 would be tricky. Even that proved not to be nail-biting enough and I went off in search of something else. That's when I came across Nissan's Fatboy. At 1580kg, the 2by2 version of the 300ZX is heavier than most Skylines! It also comes with only 276HP, (some cars say 276 in the dealer and have greater than 300HP when you get them home!) which gives a PWR of 5.724. So I bought a black 300ZX TwinTurbo 2by2 and christened it Fatboy. As its a 500 mile + series, I decided to begin with to give the car a bath and some new oil. This done, I went to see who'd like to earn some easy money by racing the Fatboy. Looking shiny & black with the Gold 5-spoke wheels with Silver rim from OZ racing, I arrived at Trial Mountain with 281HP and PWR of 5.662. I fitted it up with some T2 Super-slicks, turned off ASM and TCS completely ('cos I always race without them. Its all down to driver skill now!) Sitting at the back of the grid for the first race, my competition filled in the spots in front of me. 1) Toyota Supra RZ(J) according to dealer has PWR of 4.631 2) Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II(R32,J) according to dealer has PWR of 4.885 3) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR(J) according to dealer has PWR of 4.358 4) Subaru Impreza 22B-STi Version(J) according to dealer has PWR of 4.379 5) Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec(R33,J) according to dealer has PWR of 4.904 Looked like a nice bunch of guys, and an all Japanese flavour to the championship. Even though I was giving away over 1 whole point of PWR to 3 of the competiors cars it looked as though it was Game-On! (I did reload a few times to get contestants that'd be close enough to keep up with, knew from past experience that the Nissan Z concept, NSX, or Elise 190 would just trounce the Fatboy hands down!) Trial Mountain II (20 Laps) Chose not to qualify, as I knew it would be fruitless, even starting at the front of the grid, in an FR car with no TCS I knew I'd get smoked by the 4WD competitors right away. Also assumed the Supra which was 70kg lighter than the Fatboy would have TCS on and leave me for dead of the line too! So as the lights went green for the 1st time in 10, I was left in 5 puffs of tyre smoke as they piled off into the 1st bend.... (and besides, Fatboy wasn't quick enough to qualify 1st! ) OK I'm not going to carry on in this longwinded way for 20 laps of each race or it'll be Christmas by the time I'm done, and as I write I'm itching to get back to racing instead of typing! Suffice to say I'll post the results as they came in and any interesting points from each race! On a 1 stop strategy at trial mountain I was able to swap the lead with the Supra and R33 Skyline a few times during the race They stopped after 5 laps each, and R33 Skyline after 6laps. R32 Skyline & Evo VI were noticably quicker for 1st 3 laps, but pitted after a much slower lap each on lap 4, which allowed the rest of us to catch up. On lap 15 after pitting again for tyres the Supra & Impreza surrendered the lead and 2nd place to the Fatboy and R33 Skyline, but as R33 Skyline pitted on lap 18 he was passed by the Supra. Supra was gaining hand-over-fist on me after their last stop but was able to remain as a cucumber and put in some clean laps on degrading tyres to win by a slender margin. Results for Race 1 (Cumulative points follow in brackets) 1) Nissan 300ZX TwinTurbo 2by2(J) 34'12.132 (10) 2) Toyota Supra RZ(J) +4.670s (6) 3) Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec(R33,J) +17.580s (4) 4) Subaru Impreza 22B-STi Version(J) +19.493s (3) 5) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR(J) +51.380s (2) 6) Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II(R32,J) + 51.623s (1) Midfield Raceway II (20 Laps) A relatively uneventful race in which the same pit strategy as the previous race led to another win for the Fatboy, except the R33 Skyline wasn't able to capitalise on the Impreza's 3rd stop and settled for 4th place. (I did reload and restart this race, as the 1st time I was unceremoniously dumped off the track at the tight hairpin by one of the Skylines and lost a lot of time! Since the races are so close in the Fatboy, it has to be 20 near perfect laps to even come close to finishing 1st so I decided to only count unforced errors against me.) I got a much better idea of things to come from this race, as the gulf in straight line speed between me and them became more apparent down the long straight. Results for Race 2 (Cumulative points follow in brackets) 1) Nissan 300ZX TwinTurbo 2by2(J) 29'30.281 (20) 2) Toyota Supra RZ(J) +9.064s (12) 3) Subaru Impreza 22B-STi Version(J) +11.966s (7) 4) Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec(R33,J) +23.604s (7) 5) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR(J) +52.777s (4) 6) Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II(R32,J) + 56.470s (2) That's all for now folks , will post the rest of this story later on.... Wife has just called to say she's out shopping and drinking after work with her mates, so it sounds like its time to put in another 2hr run around Rome in the Mini. I'll take notes this time so I can post it, now I know there's other people out there who're interested in good racing experiences.