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3 hours ago, BayouRally said:

 

What tire compound did you use?  Do you think it might just have worn out after 3 stages?

I used wets. Also on the first leg with 2 dry stages. The tyres on that first leg were gone but on the second leg last stage they still had decent grip.

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6 hours ago, Janneman60 said:

I used wets. Also on the first leg with 2 dry stages. The tyres on that first leg were gone but on the second leg last stage they still had decent grip.

I'm really confused about tires.  I read about how they don't wear out as fast as they should so it's OK to use soft (or wet,  which has the same low durability as soft).  But I haven't played enough to really have a feel for it yet, and I'm trying to minimize risk in this thing, so I'm going conservative.  I did all the long stages on hards.  Didn't notice any real difference in grip between dry and wet roads, no doubt because I don't drive fast enough 😄  But I did use wets for the final, short stage.

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Finally I did rally with no big mistakes. A bit of tyre gamble for first loop as I chose softs and tried to push on first two stages to gain some time before going to SS3. And I had to be really careful as there was almost no grip. Just before the finish I had to reverse after bit too late braking. The rest went smooth so I am happy to finish first. Big shame that I could not start in first two rallies as they are my favourite locations.

It was good rally and we'll see what Monte will bring 😉

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30 minutes ago, BayouRally said:

I'm really confused about tires.  I read about how they don't wear out as fast as they should so it's OK to use soft (or wet,  which has the same low durability as soft).  But I haven't played enough to really have a feel for it yet, and I'm trying to minimize risk in this thing, so I'm going conservative.  I did all the long stages on hards.  Didn't notice any real difference in grip between dry and wet roads, no doubt because I don't drive fast enough 😄  But I did use wets for the final, short stage.

In this case of Spain, if you know how softs on wet handle, first 3 stages would've been on softs (i was before game removed my spare...) and then rest on wets, since they should have some boost on wet roads compared to any dry tires. The rule with Softs in general is Mostly easy 2 Longs + 1 Short, sometimes even 3 longs, depending on surface, which i think is easily possible on Tarmac.

 

suspect wets last longer, but only if it is all wet roads, than softs on dry roads. But yea, i lost the message i saw, but apparently the softs have longer life than originally planned due to some too late caught pre-release problems, and hence why Hards are literally useless, since similar life kinda extends to the medium vs hard tire comparison.

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5 hours ago, Snoopy43 said:

Finally I did rally with no big mistakes. A bit of tyre gamble for first loop as I chose softs and tried to push on first two stages to gain some time before going to SS3. And I had to be really careful as there was almost no grip. Just before the finish I had to reverse after bit too late braking. The rest went smooth so I am happy to finish first. Big shame that I could not start in first two rallies as they are my favourite locations.

It was good rally and we'll see what Monte will bring 😉

You were probably the only one in that rally without several huge mistakes.
I'm 3rd with only 6 seconds behind Yabby and lost way more than a minute on mistakes 😅

Had never thought of doing the first leg on softs, though.
Way too risky for SS3.

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5 hours ago, Snaky115 said:

suspect wets last longer, but only if it is all wet roads, than softs on dry roads. But yea, i lost the message i saw, but apparently the softs have longer life than originally planned due to some too late caught pre-release problems, and hence why Hards are literally useless, since similar life kinda extends to the medium vs hard tire comparison.

Thanks for the info.  I was just going by the number of bars in durability shown in the game.  Hards have all 3, mediums have 2, softs and wets have 1.   Also, I was kinda roleplaying with this.  But if there's no rule against going with whatever works, then I'll downsize my tires from here on 🙂

 

16 minutes ago, UnderclassGDfan said:

You were probably the only one in that rally without several huge mistakes.

Ahem.  I only barely kissed the walls twice.  Unless you consider ALL my driving 1 big mistake start-to-finish, with which I'd agree 😄

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Well, that didn't last long.  1st stage went OK.  2nd stage I slipped off the outside of a hairpin left (I hate hairpins) and got high-centered on the snowbank.  I did what I usually do in such circumstance in real life, switching from forward to reverse while rocking the wheels.  And after a bit of that, it said I was disqualified.  End of event.  Oh well.  You all will have to do without crawfish this time 😉

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Three stages of Monte done... and yikes, it's really hard to go fast with H-pattern + clutch. The downshifts on the icy downhill sections are a nightmare, difficult enough when using sequential :classic_angry:

On the upside, managed to at least get one or two heel-toe downshifts nailed, and have started to learn how to clutch kick a bit in the corners. But the speed is... not there 😛 

The seconds leg done, it's about the same. Slow allround, but the downhill on ice hairpins... yikes. Slid out once and spun twice on the last downhill in the dark 😛

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5 hours ago, UnderclassGDfan said:

No drama for me this time, a small mistake on SS2 cost me a few seconds and sometimes I was a bit too cautious, but a pretty good rally for my standards.

Damn, about 10sec faster every stage except the last. And that despite my run feeling quite solid and for once rather mistake-free. When Yabby does his run, maybe mine will still be enough to hold 3rd and get a podium once again.

I have to ask: Tyre-Choice? I took Winters and only softs for stage 7. Only on stage 7 I was on par with your time, so did you take softs everywhere, even with the ice?

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Got my run in last night. Pretty happy with it. Not knowing the stages inside out didn't help with the braking, lost a lot of time as I had no idea were the ice would be. Now the games finished, I'll put more time into it and hopefully gain that "local knowledge"  

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I finished Monte. It went okay but I have no idea how to drive snowy parts 😕 I am losing a lot of time in these sections. Always like 3-5 seconds in 2-3 splits. I don’t know what to do 😂

Last stage was funny because grip difference was soo huge that I could not find rhythm at all and almost crashed so I am lucky to finish the rally to be honest. 

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Phew! Managed to get through Monte without any major incidents. Lost focus on stage 6 and did a few mistakes, including a full-stop when I hit a bush. Lucky for me, it seems that @SkyRex was a bit off pace there as well so I managed to stay ahead of him. Since I never had more than a few secs lead on him throughout the rally I fully expected to mess up somewhere, but in the end I beat him with a whopping 0.362 seconds. That was intense, great fun. 😄

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12 hours ago, SkyRex said:

Damn, about 10sec faster every stage except the last. And that despite my run feeling quite solid and for once rather mistake-free. When Yabby does his run, maybe mine will still be enough to hold 3rd and get a podium once again.

Well... 😅

13 hours ago, SkyRex said:

I have to ask: Tyre-Choice? I took Winters and only softs for stage 7. Only on stage 7 I was on par with your time, so did you take softs everywhere, even with the ice?

No chance for that.
Winters for SS1 to SS6 as normal and softs on SS7.
SS7 was really strange, though. The huge amount of grip scared me a bit.

@Snoopy43 beat me by a few seconds, grr 😣😅
Now I have to wait for @ApexAzimuth and @Snaky115,
Maybe a podium in Monte, whohoo 😄 

 

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1 minute ago, UnderclassGDfan said:

Well... 😅

No chance for that.
Winters for SS1 to SS6 as normal and softs on SS7.
SS7 was really strange, though. The huge amount of grip scared me a bit.

@Snoopy43 beat me by a few seconds, grr 😣😅
Now I have to wait for @ApexAzimuth and @Snaky115,
Maybe a podium in Monte, whohoo 😄 

 

Haha same for me with last stage! It was good fight though! 🙂 

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I was seriously considering not even trying Monte because I hate it with a burning passion.

I should have listened to my hate.  Retire in SS2.  **** Tarmac.

I'm probably out of the running at this point.  2 Tarmac rallies in a row killed my spirit completely.

I've spent more time practicing on Monte Carlo than any other rally but it's done me no good at all.  I still crash and when I don't. I'm horribly slow even though I feel like I'm on the edge all the time.. HUGE waste of effort.  I can't feel the road, I'm always going from massive understeer to spinning out with no sign that it's happening.

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Wow, that could be a title deciding point in the championship.

Come on, @ApexAzimuth! I expect a huge push forward in the 2nd half of the season from you!
It could have been such a close, intense battle between Yabby, Apex, Snoopy and Snaky this season, but oh well, maybe next season.
And hopefully Kildog somethingthing and jnco89 come back to the party at some point.

I think it's to some extent Codemasters fault with their wonky RaceNet and their slow club website.
If all those thinks would work more consistent and fast, we would have more regular players.
And not to forget some options, who would do things more interesting.

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Yeah with another tarmac rally still left, I'm pretty sure there's no hope of a title for me this season.  I'd have to pull off a miracle to make up for 2 consecutive retirements.  The worst part is that I've lost motivation to drive after these last two.

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23 minutes ago, ApexAzimuth said:

Yeah with another tarmac rally still left, I'm pretty sure there's no hope of a title for me this season.  I'd have to pull off a miracle to make up for 2 consecutive retirements.  The worst part is that I've lost motivation to drive after these last two.

But next is USA! You have to win!
I heard, the winner get the best chicks at the finish line! 😀🤥

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4 hours ago, Snaky115 said:

Wanted to be a speedy boi without a spare, punctured before i even reached first haybale 😆 I feel like i am done.

Is it really that much faster without spares? For me it is way too risky and I see no point of going without at least one spare besides last stage which is short. 

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1 hour ago, Snoopy43 said:

Is it really that much faster without spares? For me it is way too risky and I see no point of going without at least one spare besides last stage which is short. 

Probably not, but i am limited to the Escort because i am a dumbass 😄

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Had a crack at this rally, slow and steady hanging in 8th, had a lapse of talent (of which is sadly lacking anyhow) clipped a rock, got puncture but of course it wouldn’t let me change, no prompt on screen, this at start of 4th stage, retired! 

Damn this game sometimes, but see you’s next time out

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Finished USA. It went okay, bit cautious in some places as I didn’t remember the stages so well.

Small drama on last stage where I almost rolled and had to reverse 😁 So it was little bit nervous after that. So far so good. 

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USA went ok I guess...
Well, I'm pretty disappointed to be honest. Pace was good, but I did sooooooo many mistakes!

On SS6 I crashed on the last corner (a "early 2 right" I believe) and spun, got even a puncture, lost 5-6 seconds there.
And after that I pushed hard on SS7 to get 2nd place back, but chrashed on the small jump right before the finish...
I smashed against a sign, to the other side against a tree and came to a full stop.
Had 1 or 2 punctures and lost well over 10 seconds there.
I was a second or two behind Yabby in 3rd sector before that crash, so I believe I wouldn't have made it without the crash anyway.

Pretty sure I could have been much better, but wasn't my day.

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Way off pace in Germany, really struggling with H-shift/clutch on tarmac. Didn't help that I had one puncture on SS2 on a place where I've never even thought there was something to hit 😛

Also, I got quite a few hairy moments when the default setup on the Legacy bit me hard. The sway bars are pretty hard, and touching the inside of a corner tends to put the car on two wheels. Ended up on my roof once, managed to keep on the road the other times but smashed my engine on SS4.

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That was an exciting rally. Managed to keep up with @SkyRex and @Janneman60 all the way through to stage 6 and we were swapping positions every stage. I even had a proper jump-scare on stage 6 where a deer decided to jump out of the bushes right before a fast R4/L5 combo.

Was too eager on stage 7 and ended up with a left-rear puncture halfway through the stage. Pushed on to the finish, but spun three times on my way there. Slightly disappointed.

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I crashed in SS2, but somehow didn't got a puncture.
It was really a typical crash were I usually get a puncture, but thought I am lucky.
Only lost a few seconds.

But then I "crashed" early on SS3: came way too fast into a 4 right and then onto the gras and slided way off the track.
Got 40 seconds time penalty.

After this I just finished the rally without motivation and several mistakes including a spin in SS4.
In SS6 I somehow got huge problems with the tyres, slided often more than expected causing some mistakes.
SS7 was ok, came onto the gras once and lost 2-3 seconds.

I somehow can't get a good rally in that location, always fail at some point.
Meh.
 

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Finally, my first event that wasn't catastrophic with H-shifter!

Was too slow on the pedals in one place and went off and had to reset, but otherwise it felt decent. Still won't be fast, but it's going to be interesting for me to compare with the times of you fast guys 🙂

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Was leading until late in SS5, were I crashed and got a rear left puncture.

All @baunau's fault, because he forced me to push hard wich resulted in a crash against a tree coming into the wooden area in late sector 6 I believe.
Was leading by 2-3 seconds by then, but I lost quite much time in the first run on that stage in that area, so I wanted to push a bit more.

Everytime I try to push more, I crash. Maybe I should focus on finishing with 90% of pace to avoid crashes from now on.
The next 2 rallies will be very important for me, because I doubt I can do anything in sweden...

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