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Mixed experience in Sweden. On some stages, especially SS1 and SS3, I was only a passenger and the MkII felt terribly unstable. On other stages the feeling was completely different and I could even push sometimes without being spun around by the snowbanks too often.

Setup was the same all the way. Maybe I'm better going downhill than uphill? Or was it the other way round? Anyway, I beat @Snaky115 and the gap to third place is currently only 30 seconds. I can live with that.

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Results from Sweden:
Pos.  NameVehicleTimeDiff 1st
1 FounderbaunauOpel Kadett GT/E 16v42:44.778--
2 FounderAreteLancia Stratos42:50.376+00:05.598
3EinsZweiFord Escort Mk II43:56.024+01:11.246
4 FounderPanicLancia Stratos44:07.691+01:22.913
5 FounderFerranisFiat 131 Abarth44:12.791+01:28.013
6 FounderJan #NoControlOpel Kadett GT/E 16v44:17.673+01:32.895
7 FounderDaryl WillcoxFord Escort Mk II44:27.357+01:42.579
8 FounderSnaky115Opel Kadett GT/E 16v44:31.907+01:47.129
9 FounderkildogOpel Kadett GT/E 16v44:40.955+01:56.177
10 FounderMETAL666nzOpel Kadett GT/E 16v46:46.750+04:01.972

And league standings:
RankNamePoints
1baunau33
2Dannyboy25
3EinsZwei25
4Arete22
5Ferranis22
6Snaky11522
7?.15
8Panic14
9Daryl Willcox12
10Jan #NoControl8

@baunau pulls away a bit in the lead, but then there's five of us separated by 3 points :-)

Onwards to the Greek wreckfest!

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Ooof.. speak about inconsistent... Thanks to Kathodo 'I FORGOT THE DOWNHILL BRAKING POINT' Leontiou for helping on the inconsistency part too. :D On first Kathodo a bad spin because of aforementioned braking point and a very early 20 second reset on second Kathodo. And some minor unclean driving on other stages due to Opel just being.. weird? It really wants to spin out, something i don't think ive experienced before.

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Hello all, hope you don't mind me re-joining the league, i wanted to have a bit more DirtRally to play each week.

I realize i missed the 1st couple events in this season, but i'll jump in to Greece here.
I picked the 60's Renault to see how it compared, i like the feel of it but i'm not sure how much slower it is than the 70's.
Thought it would be a fun challenge.

GREECE
S1-S3 felt pretty good, quite consistent with no crashes though i was being a little safe.
S4 is one of my favourite stages. I had a great feel here and pushed quite hard.
Feeling good from that stage i went into S5 too fast at times and ended up rolling. I landed on the wheels and kept going but lost some time, cracked the windshield all up, and busted half the lights making the end half of the stage much harder.
S6 and S7 were sloppy but OK.
:)

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Well, that was not the most pleasant experience.

SS1-3 were quite good, only one roll along the way, without losing much time.

In SS4, everything began to fell apart. Near the end, I had a high speed spin that I controlled quite well - at least I thought so, because just as the car was pointing in the right direction again, I was hit with an automatic reset. Maybe a spectator near the road, I don't know. 20 seconds lost.

In SS5, two more resets followed, in SS6, I bumped into everything in sight, with another reset and a roll thrown in for good measure and a last spin about 10 meters from the finish line. Aaaargh!!!!!

SS7 was without drama, although my driving was very very sloppy by then.


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You're one of my measuring sticks to see if I've been fast @Headquake, so great to have you here :-)

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I hate when it happens, but I had to split this rally into two sessions again. Fortunately, I was able to get right back into the groove and keep up the good pace from SS1-3 (which were incident-free, btw). Apart from a real close call during a high-speed downhill section on SS5 and a half-spin/full stop on SS6, today's driving was clean, and most importantly, a whole lot of fun. The RWDs have become my favourite cars to drive, for sure, and I think that 037 challenge I had with @Dytut a few seasons back is to blame. :D

Got to admit it was kinda intimidating to see @Headquake on the leaderboard so I was quite pleased to see that I was able to hold my own against his times (granted, he's in the Alpine). That said, welcome back to the league!

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Well well. Was out on christmas party with work on friday, and was still hung over today. Had to Greece, and so I did. Let's just say that the result was quite unprecise and prone to cuddling with rocks and leave it at that.

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Did this as early as i could just 2 hours after event start... which means i am typing this at 0321 hours. :D
Give myself more resting time.

A fair chunk of low time loss spins and crashes, i'd guesstimate about 35 seconds lost. Stage 3 and 6 were pretty difficult, having accumulated enough suspension damage since last repair point for it to start change my handling, much earlier braking due to decreased stability. Before stage 7 i had 44% Suspension remaining, extremely close to retirement due to 2 high speed low time loss T-Bones i had.

Stage 7 was worst, though, as my arm gave out completely, again. Extremely lucky to not retire.

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Snaky115 said:
Did this as early as i could just 2 hours after event start... which means i am typing this at 0321 hours. :D
Give myself more resting time.

A fair chunk of low time loss spins and crashes, i'd guesstimate about 35 seconds lost. Stage 3 and 6 were pretty difficult, having accumulated enough suspension damage since last repair point for it to start change my handling, much earlier braking due to decreased stability. Before stage 7 i had 44% Suspension remaining, extremely close to retirement due to 2 high speed low time loss T-Bones i had.

Stage 7 was worst, though, as my arm gave out completely, again. Extremely lucky to not retire.

Hope your arm gets better soon. What exactly is your problem, if I may ask?

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Results from Greece:
Pos.  NameVehicleTimeDiff 1st
1 FounderbaunauOpel Kadett GT/E 16v41:10.697--
2 Founder VIPHeadquake137Renault Alpine A11041:17.648+00:06.951
3 FounderSnaky115Opel Kadett GT/E 16v42:04.412+00:53.715
4 FounderFerranisFiat 131 Abarth42:58.495+01:47.798
5 FounderAreteLancia Stratos43:37.094+02:26.397
6 FounderkildogOpel Kadett GT/E 16v44:24.174+03:13.477
7 FounderJan #NoControlOpel Kadett GT/E 16v44:41.074+03:30.377
8 FounderDaryl WillcoxFord Escort Mk II44:44.157+03:33.460
9 FounderPanicLancia Stratos46:01.441+04:50.744
10EinsZweiOpel Kadett GT/E 16v46:10.090+04:59.393

And championship standings after Greece:

RankNamePoints
1baunau58
2Snaky11537
3Ferranis34
4Arete32
5EinsZwei26
6Dannyboy25
7Headquake13718
8Daryl Willcox16
9Panic16
10?.15

Baunau takes a solid hold of the championship, while it's still very open below. We'll see if anyone can close the gap a bit in Finland :-)

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YoMrWhite said:
Snaky115 said:
Did this as early as i could just 2 hours after event start... which means i am typing this at 0321 hours. :D
Give myself more resting time.

A fair chunk of low time loss spins and crashes, i'd guesstimate about 35 seconds lost. Stage 3 and 6 were pretty difficult, having accumulated enough suspension damage since last repair point for it to start change my handling, much earlier braking due to decreased stability. Before stage 7 i had 44% Suspension remaining, extremely close to retirement due to 2 high speed low time loss T-Bones i had.

Stage 7 was worst, though, as my arm gave out completely, again. Extremely lucky to not retire.

Hope your arm gets better soon. What exactly is your problem, if I may ask?
One of the muscles near the elbow keeps overstraining by the sheer fact i drive so much with the Keyboard, hasn't really shown itself before DiRT Rally came out. This game's intense, yo. :D I think i'll skip the next season at this rate.

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Thanks for the welcome guys. :)
Did the Finland events today. Man, i was cruising along really good. Had a calm and smooth feel, not super fast but clean and enjoyable. Finland is usually my quickest location, and i'm digging the old Alpine so it was going well. Made it through all 6 long stages without an incident, then a quick lack of concentration on S7 slid me wide and i smacked the rear into a tree. Unfortunately busting the rear right tire not far into the stage. I continued on the rim for a bit but it wasn't going well so i stopped, changed the tire and took the penalty.
Oh well, still a fun time.

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Did a solid SS1, 2 and 3. Took a 15 second penalty and another spin on SS4. But then I did extremely well (for my skills that is..) on the rest. Because of the misfortune of Headquake on SS7 currently leader but it is all very close.

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Sorry for not participating guys, upcoming exams don't allow enough time for a whole season for me currently.
Just driving once or twice a week and trying to get my cars upgraded again or doing things like you see in the gossip thread. 
I will probably be back in the Seasons coming the mid of january or february,
just as a headsup, haven't abandoned you guys ;) 

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Solid run with the abarth through finland! Made two mistakes which cost about 45 seconds (understeer - or to be exact NoSteer).

Drove the later stages with a destroyed suspension, that was ... bumpy...

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My Finland run was mixed. I started off really slow, with no real confidence. Then I tried to learn how to go faster, with the end result of going faster but getting caught off guard by the suspension of these old cars. A great deal of going off track and crashing ensued. But at least I started to learn how to drive the Stratos decently fast in Finland, which was my goal. If I could only remove the crashing....

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Snaky115 said:
One of the muscles near the elbow keeps overstraining by the sheer fact i drive so much with the Keyboard, hasn't really shown itself before DiRT Rally came out. This game's intense, yo. :D I think i'll skip the next season at this rate.

Ah, the dreaded Dirt Rally elbow...

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Finland in a short summary: Decent start, SS3 from hell, one minute lost to the lead and lots of damage. Staggered on to the end, hoping the car would last. It did.

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Got off to a rough start in Finland with a crash/roll on SS1, but managed to keep it clean on the next stage. Lost control again on SS3 and bounced off the road into a bunch of rocks which I was unable to get out of, so I was hit with a forced reset. The remaining stages were decent and due to @Headquake's misfortune (sorry to hear), I managed to finish on top.

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Ah, yes, Germany. Can wind up on these straights. Apart from annoying sudden oversteer in literally random places, this was a pretty good run.

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So the results from Finland:
Pos.  NameVehicleTimeDiff 1st
1 FounderbaunauOpel Kadett GT/E 16v45:22.420--
2 FounderFerranisFiat 131 Abarth45:43.605+00:21.185
3 FounderPanicLancia Stratos45:51.435+00:29.015
4EinsZweiFiat 131 Abarth46:03.770+00:41.350
5 FounderJan #NoControlOpel Kadett GT/E 16v46:08.986+00:46.566
6 Founder VIPHeadquake137Renault Alpine A11046:09.238+00:46.818
7 FounderAreteLancia Stratos46:37.485+01:15.065
8 FounderSnaky115Opel Kadett GT/E 16v46:40.683+01:18.263
9 FounderDaryl WillcoxFord Escort Mk II47:19.400+01:56.980
10 FounderkildogOpel Kadett GT/E 16v47:59.614+02:37.194

And championship standings:
RankNamePoints
1baunau83
2Ferranis52
3Snaky11541
4Arete38
5EinsZwei38
6Panic31
7Headquake13726
8Dannyboy25
9Jan #NoControl24
10Daryl Willcox18

@baunau takes a commanding lead for the last two events and will be hard to catch now. @Ferranis takes a slight hold on 2nd, but it's still very open for the runner up spot.

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Well i really paid for picking the Alpine here. Germany is my weakest of the 6 locations anyhow, but i was losing 20 per stage to Snaky while having pretty clean yet sloppy runs. I was having really weak acceleration and all the sharp corner/stop starts really added up.
Oh well, i got a good feeling for Wales.
:)

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Pushed as hard as I dared in Germany and was on my way to a solid 3rd place but two spins on SS7, one of them into some spectators, put a quick stop to that. Currently in 5th, which I'm still happy with.
On to Wales for some proper sideways action! :)

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