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  1. BluecatRally

    Codemasters secures World Rally Championship license from 2023

    I think Dirt Rally 3 will land with a new engine born out of collaboration with SMS, most likely in 2022. The WRC game I think would make sense to me to be a refinement of DR3 with the additional cars and some added bits so that they get their platform, engine and hopefully cloud servers nailed down and working well. Then in 2024 when this first WRC game arrives I would expect to see it called something like Dirt WRC '24 with maybe some historic stuff included in a scenario style game play similar to the Colin McRae stuff recently put out. So you might find that you're knocking a Mitsubishi round Kielder in 89 as Pentti. A lot of the historic stuff though I'd expect to be dropping some coin for DLC as this is the stuff that doesn't have to be included for the game to sell, and it's what enthusiasts will happily pay handsomely for. Personally, I think the game will very much come from the Dirt Rally stable but I also think they'll factor in an 'easier to drive' mode for the pick-up-and-play gamers. As for the Toyota stuff, this surely has to bring some kind of relationship back together. I for one would love to see a Celica make its way in to DR3.. and unless Tommi has an imminent announcement to make then Toyota's WRC car will be in the new game and they will have to get along to some extent.
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    The Solberg World Cup

    This is quite simply pathetic now. The only chance I've had to play this week so I sit down to complete round 2 of the Solberg cup only to find that the servers are totally unusable again. There just is no point carrying on any more with club events. I'm absolutely furious that I cannot use what I've paid for. No point loggin anything with support as they won't acknowledge Codemasters epic fail in all of this. Believe me I've tried. Not much point putting this up here either as they either don't care or the Racenet system is so fundamentally flawed that it's not possible to scale it up to fix it. This is a cheap shot I know, but I'm just so frustrated and here's all fingers crossed for continuing progress and improvements of the 'other' rally game.
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    I need a new screen

    Unfortunately my 27” screen is starting to show signs of being on it’s way out, so I’m starting to research a replacement. I really can’t fit 3 screens in and VR doesn’t do anything for me as I can only tolerate it for brief periods. So I need a single, decent gaming screen and driving games are all I play on the PC. So I’ve started looking at the ultra wide, curved screens and wondering if any of the 144 1ms versions of those screens are any good? Specifically for DR2.0, is anyone running one of these types of screens and would recommend them? The alternative is I’ll just go for a standard 32”, but if I can get a bit more immersion then even better!
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    I need a new screen

    Wow.. good advice. And looks like they’re definitely rated highly. My limiting issue though by the sounds is going to be my old 980 so I’ll be looking at a fairly expensive upgrade before I can go for one of these types of monitors. Thanks for all the info everyone.
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    Colin McRae: FLAT OUT Pack

    Hey @PJTierney, does that mean that future DLC is still in the pipeline and this isn’t the end of the road? And broken record, but is there any plans to add any additional co-drivers in the future?
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    Colin McRae: FLAT OUT Pack

    MKII Escort too maybe
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    Colin McRae: FLAT OUT Pack

    Called it in the other thread! 😁 Shame no Derek Ringer @PJTierney?!
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    Something is coming closer...

    🙄
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    Something is coming closer...

    And the McRae rally challenge is back this year at Knockhill just down the road. Yep, something might just be coming this year thats a little more special, and that DR2.0 is onboard with and contributing to.. 🤞🏻 For UK viewers, look out for Chris Harris running L555 BAT in this series of Top Gear too
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    2020 FIA World Rally Championship

    Has anyone seen the image of Ott laid out at the side of the car? Hope he’s ok and they’re not keeping a lid on anything (for the sponsors) that’ll keep him out for any rallies. Hopefully just badly winded but raised concern in my head.. one h*ll of a crash. The WRC+ service was a must for me... and I don’t regret it but there are a couple of issues that they need to address as a priority. There’s a lot of in-car coverage and I realise the reasons for this.. Night, weather, cost etc. All impacts the use of the choppers and drones... but external shots are all important and can be lacking IMO. The second is the app. Last year it would reckon that multiple connections were in use and chuck you out (dismissed immediately as my problem by their support). This year, they’ve redesigned it and.. well.. it’s a mess. Signs you out between every launch, the layout is awful and directs you to buy a subscription even when you are logged in, and if you want to watch on iPad or iPhone, you can’t use AirPods as it thinks you are casting the stream and blanks out the video. I honestly want to support WRC all the way, hence the subscription. The more support, the more chance of enticing other manufacturers back after all and building the sport we all love. But they need to sack off whoever is being paid to build that app. Fingers crossed for some fixes before Sweden. Interested to hear how everyone else is getting on with the app?
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    Something is coming closer...

    Just saying! 😂 @PJTierney ‘questioning’ UK locations just ramped up my hopes.. Come on CM.. lets have a right good go through the Grizzlies or Dalby in a Legacy with Derek Ringer calling the shots!! All with a flutter in the stomach and a little bit of love for Mr ‘flat over crest’.. Spot on!
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    DRC | DiRT Rally Championship | The Forum's Club

    Thanks @ApexAzimuthand @Dytut. Good encouragement. I’ll see about how I sort a video of my plodding through a stage and post it. Well, where to start. I think I will have shortcomings in all of those areas and more. My speed on the straights depends on the location and how well I’ve managed to tune out the bounce of the car without turning it in to a sofa. I am however too cautious and often brake too early. Haven’t quite nailed putting it on it’s nose, just at the right braking point and all the while controlled. I think my cautious approach has come from taking the mentality of slower is quicker too far. My exit speed usually depends on whether I’ve made a minor mistake on entry or not. I’m not too shabby at hairpins but I am inconsistent in all corners. Think gliding out in corners... this is the biggy that jumped out at me. I’ve been moaning about my inability to understand and create setups. So I suffer a lot of understeer in AWD cars and drift out exactly as you describe. I’ve been rewatching the DR1 tutorials on weight transfer and I know I need to put the weight on the outside front corner, but my cautious style comes in again and sometimes my corner entry isn’t fast enough for the braking to cause enough weight transfer to the front. The lack of aggression is one thing, but then I don’t know how much understeer my setups are introducing. The 95 Impreza, despite being my ultimate rally car in history is also my nemesis in this game cos it’s a lump to get the nose in and start the slide. The last one, is probably the one I’ve just about got somewhere right. If I have the correct speed in to the corner, then feathering the throttle and left foot braking is a pretty natural instinct now. Not saying there is no room for improvement, but since I got the brake feeling a bit better I’ve dramatically improved. It seems odd, but I simply cannot right foot brake at all on DR. Muscle memory is just broken, but then I tried braking left foot in the road car and nearly ripped my face off. Bizarre how the brain works for muscle memory. Same task, same controls, different environment and the result is a learner driver who’s never touched a brake pedal in their lives. 😏 So I thank you again for giving me something to think about. The reassurances that you guys aren’t doing anything super human will give me the push to try harder. P.s. Fingers crossed for Ott Tanak that the media releases so far aren’t playing down the issue. The guy looked pretty rough on the tarmac at the side of that bent Hyundai. Hopefully nothing more than badly winded! 🤞🏻
  13. Keep it up PJT! Just found this thread and read with great interest and will continue to follow your progress. I too have a Fanatec setup which I struggled with setting up correctly recently so will be interested to see the tweaks a CM insider and more experienced sim racer continues to make to his setup. I'm trying to work out how to catch the guys in the forum club and have no idea how they've gotten so fast so might have a dabble at your control stage and see what time I can get. Good luck!
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    DRC | DiRT Rally Championship | The Forum's Club

    Jebus indeed. if you're spinning and still that fast I think I may as well sell up now. For the first time with the sierra I felt I'd got a setup that was working ok. I also had some off road time penalties but only a few. If I could look at how I was driving and know what I was doing to be nearly a full 4 minutes down then rolling the sleeves up and getting on would seem more worthwhile. If you guys at the top are driving to the notes and not from memory, and aren't literally taking every cut on the stage then I just wish I knew what on earth I needed to do just to improve a little bit. I know I'm slow and learning, but in a world where a few seconds is an eternity where do I find 3 minutes over 7 stages, especially when I can just about compete with the AI on 100%. 😆. Come on guys, tell me where the NOS button is!?
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    Fanatec CSW settings

    Ok thanks for the tip. Will give them settings a try and have a bit more of a play around and see if I can get it a bit better still
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    Fanatec CSW settings

    Hi everyone, I’ve recently retired my T300 in favour of a long planned upgrade to a CSW2.5 and R330 rim. I had tweaked and altered the settings on my T300 so many times since release and using a lot of others suggestions on YT and forums such as this one. Someone once said in a post somewhere that if you change your wheel it will be like learning to drive again and my word was that bang on the money. What I am struggling with a bit though is feel through the wheel, and there is much less suggestion out there on others settings that I can use as a starting point. I’ve tried one from YT but it didn’t feel right at all, so I ended up trying the Fanatec suggested settings and that was like wrestling an angry bear. Might be something like what the Group B class felt like but I’m pretty sure the R5 will be far lighter and more ‘flingable’. I’ve struck a balance at the moment using all Fanatecs recommendations but toned the self align in game right down to 25. So I’m putting this out there to see if anyone has a good setup that might help me get started and a bit closer to a more realistic feel without getting such a workout. I’ll be eternally grateful.
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    DRC | DiRT Rally Championship | The Forum's Club

    I’m still finding my way in the club and didn’t appreciate how many people were taking part. 🙂 I’m hooked far more than I should be on this game so I’ll be hoping to take part in the whole championship and future ones. I’ll be looking out for you now on the next rally. Now, how to get some more traction out of this lump of Cossie...
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    Fanatec CSW settings

    Ok, I have to leave mine on automatic as it seems to behave really oddly if I set the fanatec calibration to manual. How about in the game? or do you just calibrate in the game and leave it at whatever it sets?
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    DRC | DiRT Rally Championship | The Forum's Club

    Ah well, someone has to be last I guess? so I've fulfilled that place. And if you're gonna be last, may as well be badly last. 🙄 I know I have a long way to go yet, but can't help feeling I'm making a mess of the setup. Consistently slow, still some mistakes, absolutely no traction out of the corners and tires completely shredded at end of SS3 and SS6 in Sweden. I know nobody else's setups are ever gonna be a perfect fit for me as it's down to the driving style, but how come Skyrex's and GTR's setup philosophies are typically exactly the opposite? Both fast guys so I expected some similar looking setups but they are so different. I'm just trying to look at the settings, what others are doing, how the car feels and then trying to make sense of why. Guess it will click eventually?!
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    Fanatec CSW settings

    Yeah, I'd wondered about that, but suspect the softer one one just get totally stoved in after a few uses. I think the feel might be coming to me. It's definitely softening up a little bit now with use and I've tweaked the BRF on the wheel settings so I need a little less pressure. So now I have 60 in game saturation and 50 BRF on the wheel. With the softest combination on the BRK and the preload screwed right back to minimum and I'm actually starting to consistently get some weight on the front tyres. Do you mind if I ask what settings you've gone for for the brake pressure?
  21. BluecatRally

    DRC | DiRT Rally Championship | The Forum's Club

    Thank you @ApexAzimuth I'm a keen rally fan, but there has been a significant gap in my gaming history that I finally closed off last year (Colin McRae 2.0 before that). I keep telling myself that it'll come and I keep practicing. I do force myself to do the daily and weekly events, and like any true collector I had to get every rally car and have them all fully upgraded as another way to make me drive all cars. I agree that RWD helps my heavy right foot which then translates positively when I go back to my trusty Polo, which is my most competitive car. In fairness, I was perhaps a little more negative in my first post. I wiped out my rad 1/3 of the way in to the first stage at Monte Carlo which is the mistakes I mentioned I keep making. The Sierra is doing some miles at Sweden at the moment so if I can keep off the banks I'm hoping I will at least get a better idea of exactly how far off the pace I am. It's very easy to be disheartened with the daily events until you look and see one name 20+ seconds clear of the field, which is why I joined the club. I figure that at least I can be certain that all the times are honest. I don't fully understand setups yet either. I know what most settings do, and how they affect the car. But I can't necessarily feel how 3 or 4 different settings that should make up the full recipe are working. I could be making a total pig of the car for all I know. Skyrex's vids are getting many plays recently to help. See you in the snow later in the week!
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    DRC | DiRT Rally Championship | The Forum's Club

    I made many mistakes on many stages! Haha. I'm running at the highest difficulty in career and historic and I'm competitive, but I can't keep up with any of you guys! 🤨 I'm starting to feel frustrated that I just can't seem to find the key to unlock the next jump up in my skill level. I'm not short on practice, and I have recently changed my wheel, but I can't use that as an excuse. I know the philosophy of running through the stage slow, but even then there is an accident around the next corner just waiting to nail my radiator. The Montee was my first club rally so fingers crossed that I might one day get inside 5 minutes down on the winner.
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    Fanatec CSW settings

    I'm really struggling now with the brake pedal. I've put the softest combo from the brake performance kit back in, and my left knee is giving me some grief after an hour of driving. So stock bumpers are too soft, and the softest option on the BPK is too firm. Absolutely no feel at all and I'm not getting any better at driving because I'm focusing on stamping on the brake. I've tried tweaking the in game settings as well as the wheel setting. I've got the preload set at minimum and in game saturation at 55 with brake pressure on the wheel at 40. I like a bit of throw on the brake pedal which is what I think I'm missing. Who else on here is using these pedals and would you mind sharing how you have them configured please? Has anyone used the damper kit on the brake pedal with positive/negative results?
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    Something is coming closer...

    I'm still sticking to my guess too! 🤔 I think it's a possibility. There's the McRae event at Knockhill later in the year too this year which I'm sure will be a cracking event if they can deliver what they say. I just can't see Codemasters letting the 25 year mark just pass by without any kind of a mention.
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    Fanatec CSW settings

    I’m turning my attention now to the pedals and I can’t really get the brake right at the moment. I have the Clubsport V3s and the default feel is quite soft. I got the brake performance kit with the bundle and even with the softest configuration using that kit the brake is rock solid and giving me no feel at all. Looking at videos on left foot braking I see that most show quite a lot of movement on the brake pedal so I’m inclined to go back to the stock bumpers and dial in the tension screw a bit more.. That is unless has any tips? Are there any after market bumpers that anyone else has bought that they’ve found to be a good compromise?
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