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I write this post because I think we have a new species among us. The guy that really "forced" me to write this is CAPTAINRAVE, which you will find in the week challenge leaderboards. Already in there you can see how he became smarter. In the Hot Hatch competition, which was the 1st I saw he doing, he was not very smart and did something that can easaly be considered cheating, but on all others, just check it out... Most he is just among the top, not the fastest, others he is top of the "fair" drivers, only a few tenths faster but clearly far from the ones you can see without doubt that they are cheaters.
I already had the pleasure to get this guy online 2 times. In the 1st, he was the guy with more points on the room, so he would be pole position. I started to notest that he would disappear into the distance in the start, but then in the end he would be just ahead and most times he wouldnt even do the fastest lap! So, in other words, he would gain about 4-5s on every one in the start, even in situations where the guys behind wouldnt crash to each others (probably doing his fastest race lap then), and then you would gain on him, but you would never win. His performance would be based on how strong the competition in the room was, basically. So, he would be super-human on the 1st lap and just average in the next.
In the 2nd time, if any doubt was there, it got removed. On this occasion it was reverse, I was starting from close to the pole and he had to start in the end. Basically, what he would do, would be to overtake almost everyone at the start and then he would stick in the rear of whoever was 1st and would overtake him in the start/finish straight on the end of the race, like clockwork. I only stayed for a 3 or 4 races and on a couple of them I was the guy that break away. One of those races was in Algarve. It was that class where you can choose between X-Bow and Atom V8. I took the loaner X-Bow and he took the loaner Atom V8. In the start something happened to him, because he lost a lot of seconds... But that as not an issue, by the end of the lap he was already in my exhaust. Then he stayed behind me until the s/f straight of the last lap, I mean, I could see him breaking to not overtake me in that same straight in previous laps, was hilarious. When we got to the exit of the last corner, he just overtook me and put almost 2s on me before the finish line and won.
When I first saw him I thought he had some kind of speed hack, but after racing directly to him that doesnt seem to be the case. What he seems to have is a hack that gives him increadible grip and a way to reach the top speed of the car a lot faster, but without going over it. What it felt like was that I had tires with 10% and he had tires with 100% while was slipstreaming.
In case you are wondering, I am not a slow driver... I am Top 1% on all challenges and with exception to the Fun Mode (which I had fun restarting 15 times in order to be able to do an attempt in a track I didnt know previously) I didnt actually invested much time. I used loaner cars or own cars without setups.
We dont see the final leaderboard standings, but it would be interesting to see if CM would only remove him from the Hot Hatch board or if will remove him from all of them.
Anyway, at this moment, it seems that on the currend challenges, we have cheaters on:
Touring - 1, 2, 4 and 7.
Endurance - 1, 2 and 26.
Open Wheel - 1 to 6.
Tuner - 1 to 4 and 21.
Street - 1 to 3.
Party - 1 to 5.
Oh well, the thing is: if I am right, we can have cheaters in the middle of us, that we cant spot because they dont stand out. All we needed was cheaters that are not greed and think... :S