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Trying to relearn the 70s cars with this one and the dirty forumers league. The Kadett was so much easier to drive than the Stratos, so went decently well. 
Except for the spins... oh so many spins. And only on the safe and fast corners, where I usually don't have any problems. And each time spinning around so I was pointing backwards and had to do the bumper cars manouver to get back in the right direction, so at least 10-15 seconds lost each time.

Oh well, will try to do better in Sweden.
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I'm a RL friend of Headquakes. He has no idea why he's been banned from the forum, he tried to login this morning and found out he got banned for some unknown reason. He also has no idea who to ask or what to do to get unbanned. Anyway just letting you guys in his league know somethings wrong somewhere.

Sludge
Probably has a similar IP to the forum spammers. 
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I was running in 4th, and then I went off the side and automatically retired in SS4 :( 
Clipped the rock wall on the inside of a corner, which sent my car on a slight bounce, enough for the momentum to take me over a very low wall. 

Massively disappointed with such a bs way to go out, because I was going pretty fast and feeling good. 
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Very happy with my performance in the Fiat. I surprised myself, I have to say. Unfortunately, in the last stage, I had a spin and it took an eternity to get moving again (and in the right direction). I lost one place and at least 10 seconds there. Apart from that, a good start to the season.
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That could have gone better... I could have actually finished a stage. :D

Clipped a snow bank just after the first hairpin and ended up sliding a good 500 metres or so with the car on its side and coming to a rest still on the side. Had to take a recovery penalty to get upright and going again so thought you know what, I'll just go full-on for the rest of the stage and perhaps make up some time - nothing to lose at this point. A large number of spins and rolls later and that car was in no state to continue. Result: retired before the end of stage 1. Better luck everyone else!
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Massively disappointing rally. 

Until I can afford the time to practice the Swedish stages a lot more, I'll continue to heavily dislike driving the stages, especially in RWD cars. 
There are quite a lot of occasions where I'm in the zone, and have the feel of the stage, but then it all goes wrong and I have a spin, which then destroys my rhythm and I never can recover. 

I just don't understand how people can drive so fast on these stages. I have 0 confidence, and my setups have so far all been a hindrance. 

Bring on the next rally, ffs. 
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After my breakthrough performance in Monte Carlo (ahem), I was all set for a weak outing in Sweden.

To my pleasant surprise, Sweden was even better, considering it's usually my worst rally. For the first time I found a balance between safety and speed that worked. Only one spin and one overshoot for the whole event. Normally I have that per stage.

I'm sure I won't stay on the podium, but it was a great ride. And I have to give credit to the Fiat. It's not as slow as many think and acts more predictable than the Escort in my opinion.

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@thecraicbear i feel you, i'm starting to get the hang now, i was just like you though.  I came to realise, and i still don't get it right now, that i wasn't using the brakes enough, just generally to slow down, you've probably realised it needs more precision than speed, that seems to come after precision.
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@thecraicbear i feel you, i'm starting to get the hang now, i was just like you though.  I came to realise, and i still don't get it right now, that i wasn't using the brakes enough, just generally to slow down, you've probably realised it needs more precision than speed, that seems to come after precision.
Yeah absolutely, I'm really not used to using the brakes so much, but it's something I've started to notice myself. 
I'll have to address other setup issues too, such as the diff, because sometimes I lose the rear end inexplicably in this rally. 
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Yeah, as i've continued to begrudgingly race there, i think it's the snow effect, it makes me think i don't need to slow as much, or that i think i already have done.

Setups aside, RWD can be *nasty* there!  the grip level between the icy gravel and the softer snow is *very* different, worth trying to keep an eye on it, if only because the slides, particularly in RWD, are very different in the way you have to set the cars attitude.
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KevM said:
It was the front of the wee Mk2 that I couldn't get to behave.  That, & a 30second setup that I thought I'd be able to tweak, but no, stuck with it :(
I was understeering quite a bit with the Mk2 at times. On other occasions I'd be belting down a straight, and all of a sudden my car would turn into a snake! 
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teknoid85 said:
@SkyRex :    i save after 3 S.S  but when i do the other 4 stages  setup was default.....   needs to be fixed imo ;) 
That's to prevent people from hotlapping. I mean saving at service park, hotlap the track + weather in custom event, and join de league again. Same thing happens if you quit during a stage. The car resets to default setup. 
ahh, i see 

it's bad being forced to do al 7 (long stages) at once :(
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Well, Greece is probably one of my strongest events, and it started out okay, feeling comfortable with the car... 

I went into stage 3, and I was going about my normal business, until my car spun out randomly like I had just hit an auto-spin curb from one of the old F1 games; infuriating! Not only that, I got put down the hill a bit, and I almost made it back onto the road, and then the game's stupid reset function kicked in, which had me losing even more time. 

The rest of the stage was horrid, filled with many sloppy mistakes due to my rhythm being shattered through anger at how stupid that moment was. 

Any hope of a podium has already gone unless the front runners make mistakes as well. 
I'll do stage 4 when I'm less angry. 


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More than my fair share of mistakes in the last two stages - in particular the last long stage was a complete shambles. Nevertheless, the earlier stages went fairly well, and I had so much fun driving I really don't mind whatever place I end up in!

Enjoying this format so much B)
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Unintentionally retired from this one, however whilst i like the long stages, the super tough enforced service areas, per real life, don't work in a game setup to have them every two.

It's interesting as an experiment, but when every time is the same, it's a whole heap of F%$k it and retire :(
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I finished up in 4th. 

After a grim and dismal start, I eventually clawed back a decent chunk of the time that I lost in Stage 3, and closed in on Cerique quite quickly, but not quick enough; finished 11 seconds off podium. 

I ended up enjoying the event, but I was still a lot slower than the top 2 placed drivers. My lack of confidence in hairpins with the RWD cars loses me a lot per stage. 
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Started out too cautious and finished a little too optimistic. In between there were a few mistakes, mostly those nasty spins in tight places, and some good stages. My gearing felt a little too short, but it might have helped to compensate for the Fiat's lack of power, especially in the uphill passages.

It was great fun to fight for third place, regularly swapping positions with Ivy, Mr. Jolly, Cerique and Bear. See you in Finland!

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Just finished the Greece event in 8th. First stage went completly crazy. I did three rolls in stratos and somehow kept on going without puncture or reset. That was my first league event so far. Don't know how you do it, guys, i lost five minutes somewhere :)
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YoMrWhite said:

8th place and 5 minutes back in the Stratos is actually not bad, as it's surely the most difficult car to drive in the 70's class.

Welcome to the league!

Well, i just got used to stratos and now enjoying the way it handles. Nevertheless, thanks.
P.S. but it bites quite hard on a bumpy road.
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