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On 8/29/2020 at 9:27 AM, Snaky115 said:

I went airborne unexpectedly in SS2 as well, or whichever had the fast uncuttable right 6 left 6. Couldve jumped over a 1.5m tall person there. I wasn't even near an edge, i was middle of road preparing for the chicane o-o. After SS3 i went to bed and..  - rage quit on SS4 due to forgetting its wet and not double checking the spares going away after an 'exit to menu' bug. Rest in pieces both rear tyres, TURN ONE.

 

This game is ridiculously unfun lol.

I wonder if those weird air stunts could be avoided by raising ride height. I was at about 2/3, which felt real good but might be necessary to be a bit over the top on ride height with the the R5s. Never really pushed hard with them so not used to setups.

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Completely messed up the setup for leg 1. Wasn't completely awful in the dry on SS1 (but got a spin from it being slightly understeery anyways). But on SS2 it was pure **** in the wet. Spun three times, had awful understeer mid-to-late in the corners, kept sliding out and really hard to judge the angle of attack.

Did some on-the-fly adjustments at service, and leg 2 it was much nicer to drive, luckily my tweaks were correct. One mistake on SS7 that cost me a bit, but nothing major for leg 2 and could push a little bit.

Anyone doing a clean run can beat me with about a minute or so, but apparently everyone as issues here.

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Issues, indeed. In my case a crash, a blown tyre and a badly damaged engine. Australia is one of my least favourite rallies and I crash regularly, so I started out a bit tentative in SS1. SS2 was better and just as I began to feel comfortable, I crashed in SS3. Limped home without changing the tyre, but the engine (and turbo and radiator and wheel geometry... you get the picture) was so badly damaged I couldn't repair it without penalty. So I just fixed the radiator and a few other parts.

SS 4 to 6 were a lesson in patience, the engine sounding awful and the car getting slower and slower. At least I avoided terminal damage and made it to the end.

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On 8/30/2020 at 10:14 PM, YoMrWhite said:

SS 4 to 6 were a lesson in patience, the engine sounding awful and the car getting slower and slower. At least I avoided terminal damage and made it to the end.

Was obviously the right decision, 3rd place is not bad for so many problems with the car!

 

I had a solid run.
SS3 was very difficult, felt no grip at all and crashed twice before half of the stage was over, so I stopped pushing hard and made it to the end.
Still had 1-2 smaller mistakes, but was very happy seeing the finish then 😄 

2nd leg @Dytut was definitely faster, but had a good gap to him.
Last stage he did a mistake, so easy to defend first place.

Overall it was obviously good for me, but was definitely not the fastest here.
 

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I really suck at setting up the Skoda. First leg I was once again suffering from understeer, made a lot of adjustments at mid service that made it a bit better but went far too soft so was wobbly and hard to control at times. Never managed to push, but happy to have made it through.

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I never even try to really set up the car. Sometimes I change the gear ratios and adjust the brake balance, but that's it. In most cases, it's just the stock setup and go.

Greece (stock setup and soft tyres) was quite good. After the two rocky events down under I really wanted a clean rally, so I tried to be precise and avoid any big risks in the first three stages. In the second part I tried to open up a bit more, but had one roll in SS4 and a spin in SS5, so I reverted to my initial tactic. Beating @Snaky115was out of the question. A really dominant performance.

About the tyres: I had the feeling they were already losing some grip in the second half of the second stages, but maybe that was just my imagination. In the third stage, the loss of grip was obvious, but manageable.

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Wohoohoo! That was close @YoMrWhite!

No chance against @Snaky115 here, he is just too fast.
And that on mediums? Crazy!

@Dytut Same picture here like in Australia I guess: Faster in the 2nd leg, but lost too much time in the first.

I did my run last night and I was pretty tired. At the beginning I thought I was ok, but lost a bit focus going through.
Did several mistakes in the 2nd leg, one of them was not far away from being a fatal crash: Was already on the cliff going down, but managed to save it last minute.

The tyres were ok, had a bit grip loss in SS3 & 6, but not as bad as in Australia.

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Yeah, i had a similar "hold on now" about the tyres losing grip MrWhite, but then they recovered a corner or two later and kept going for the most part, other than braking distance faltering.

 

And yea, since this club is usually 'high degradation' gravel, as a little self-challenge and to have that extra half stage or so of pushing available i plan to run mediums on most gravel events

It does help that i had very mild practice on high deg to get that Solberg Club Greece top30 way back 😂 (rants about how physics made him lose a top 15 spot...)

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Felt quite OK in Spain, but made a really silly mistake in SS6. Lost concentration since it all felt easy, kept a bit too much speed in a corner and the car slid wide and touched the armco. Spun, and then a really slow slide off the road that I couldn't get up from so a heavy reset time when I auto reset 😕 don't have the timing UI on, so don't know exactly, but I guess about 30-40 seconds penalty.

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I just did a Dytut on stage 3, lost track that my braking grip is severely reduced and went from -7 lead to +33 deficit in final 4 corners 😂

 

EDIT: *****, your penalty must've been 40 seconds on SS6.

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4 hours ago, Snaky115 said:

I just did a Dytut on stage 3, lost track that my braking grip is severely reduced and went from -7 lead to +33 deficit in final 4 corners 😂

 

EDIT: *****, your penalty must've been 40 seconds on SS6.

Yeah I think it was one of the really bad places 😕

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Spain is one of my least favourite locations in DR2. Kind of boring, but nevertheless I often crash.

SS1 was quite good, in SS2 I left the road for a few seconds, in SS3 I crashed heavily. As in Australia, two tyres were gone and in the service I couldn't repair everything and had to drive SS4 to 6 seriously underpowered. At least I was so slow I was literally unable to have another accident.

Did repairs, but had to leave the game, and when I continued I didn't check - repairs were gone and I had to start SS7 with a badly damaged car and worn tyres. Of course then I finally managed to have another crash, puncturing another tyre and dropping another place. Very stupid.

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Started decent in SS1, in SS2 I had one of those annoying automatic resets when I hit a wooden barrier with the left rear. 8 seconds gone, plus the loss of speed. In SS3 I somehow completely lost my rhythm and picked up a puncture halfway through the stage. SS4 to SS7 went much better, roughly matching @Dytut. Too little too late but better than Spain. Now I really hope to avoid punctures in the next few events.

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Understeered into a low wall on SS3 flipped over it and 'Terminal Damage Unrecoverable position' or whatever came up.

Years ago I would have Rage Quit in this situation, now I just quietly come out of the game, shut down the computer and go out into the garden and scream.

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I definitely have to work on my concentration, New England being a new low. After two thirds of the first stage (not brilliant, but solid), I had to take a short break to tend to the first of two family requests of - let's say varying - importance. Shortly after the first break, I had a crash, of course with the obligatory puncture. Here we go again! The second break completely destroyed what was left of my concentration. I reached service with a badly damaged car, did some repairs and promptly crashed again in SS4. This one was worse, as you can tell by a look at my stage times in SS4 to SS6. I was surprised I even reached service, but I didn't want to give up. It's endurance after all, isn't it? Some repairs later, I started SS7 and instantly made a major mistake, crashing heavily into a fence. Another tyre was gone and the game suggested retirement. No way! I was able to nurse the car home, crawling over the finish line in second gear, as the car wouldn't go any faster. Quite the painful experience, I have to say.

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58 minutes ago, Snaky115 said:

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Stage 5 - Fortunately i got out of this pickle instantly to continue this bumpy run of USA. Lost 2-3 in each stage since i kept cussing out High deg+Wet combo the entire time i was driving.

I managed to go even worse in SS5. Not my season 😛

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Sooo, now a little review of the last 3 events 😄 

Spain:

Only one bigger mistake in SS3, were I touched a white pole(?), I don't know how they were called in english, lol.
I spun in 90°, but could Immidiately continue. Cost a few seconds, but not many.

Monaco:

No big mistakes, but sometimes a bit too cautious.
@Snoopy43 destroyed my time quite heavily, a little frustrating, but ok 😄 

USA:

Big drama here!
Was pretty tired, but still managed to run the first 3 stages smoothly.

And on SS4 I crashed twice.
Had some sort of a black out and just drived straight into rocks on corner exit, really strange.
On the last corner, a 5 or 6 left I touched a tree with the rear left and slided into the woods.

Had no puncture but the car smoked quite a bit.

I pushed hard in SS5 & 6, because I hoped to rescue 2nd place.
I lost 1-2 seconds each sector until the 5th, were I started gaining time back.
In the end I was in front, so I pushed even harder in SS6.

The car had definitely some power lost, but it didn't got worse strangely.
In service area I could repair everything, the engine was down by around 70%.

On SS7 I just tried to bring it home with that small lead and it worked, wohoo! 😃
 

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A good event for me, too. I wasn't sure about the grip level in the rain, so I held back too much in SS1. SS2 and SS3 were better, but it really started to click after service. I managed to reduce the gap to @Dytut to 5 seconds, then lost 2 again in SS6. I pushed hard in SS7, although I knew I was probably too far back. Gained 2 seconds in the first two sectors, then I was too optimistic in a fast righthander and left the road. I managed to get the car sideways before I hit a rock, so I just lost a few seconds and didn't even get a puncture. Finally some good luck and a very inspiring fight till the end. That's the way it should be!

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I've come to the conclusion that I really, really, *really* don't like the Fabia in gravel spec. Tarmac seems to work fine, but whatever I do the gravel spec car just randomly tries to kill me. This time I went with pretty much vanilla settings, and it worked fine until it suddenly tried to kill me. Then tried to remedy that with some settings at service, which made it try to kill me in different ways. Then tried adjust that for the last stage, and it tried to kill me in other ways.

I've driven a bit with the Fiesta R5 and the Polo R5, and both of them are so much easier and less random than the Fabia for me. The Fiesta is the most kind, the Polo slightly more twitchy but can be handled. The Fabia is just completely schizo, feeling even more mellow and controlled than even the Fiesta until provoked just slightly and it suddenly just bites my head off.

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R5 wheelbases are sensitive to high stage degradation, i honestly want to uninstall while driving SS3, i am hitting the bump stop every 100 meters! With +3 bumps and max ride height and 2 clicks stiffer suspension! -_- I haven't even finished the stage i am so fed up. 🤣

 

EDIT: forgot to record the SS3 front somersault i had on the sharp double jump around mid-stage, ditch on right, fence on left. Just, somersault out of nowhere. I am going to bed.

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I feel you @Snaky115. I front flipped pretty much on complete random aswell. And not the first time with the Fabia.

That's one thing that pretty much never has happened to me with the Fiesta, so at least not as prevalent with that R5 chassi. But then again, I've pretty much no experience with the pug or space star R5s, so no idea how they behave.

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I am back after (a great) 3 weeks holiday.

Ss1 a bit rusty and uncomfortable and lost 12 seconds. From there on it went better and better and slowly I made up on @Snaky115, past him and got a 9,4 seconds gap on him after ss6.

Then ss7 on the last corner going through the water I ended in the fence...

Lost 9,1 seconds and beat him with just 0,3 seconds. 😀

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Decent start in SS1, then I rolled in SS2 when the Peugeot reacted quite strangely after touching the concrete gravel at the side of the road. After that, a few more near crashes in SS3. Took a break, had dinner and a glass of wine and that obviously worked. The second half of the rally was much smoother and my times not too far off. Hmmm...

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Another review:

Germany:

Was a close battle till the end and I throwed away the chance of winning it right at the beginning of SS7 by touching the gras on the outside with the back of the car and spun, lost a few seconds there.

Wales:

Clipped the inside of a corner in 7th sector in SS6 and got a puncture. Did the rest on 3 wheels, but lost around 10 seconds due to this...meh.
Another almost win lost.

Poland:

Clipped the inside of a hay bale chicane in SS2...puncture. Had to do the rest of SS2 and SS3 on 3 wheels.
Another chance to win ruined. These mistakes always...arrgh 😄 

Scotland:

I had two moments were I could have ruined the rally again, but I had luck this time.
First was in SS2 were I run over a big rock with both left wheels and even got in the air, but no puncture or big damage.
Second was early in SS4 were I clipped the inside AGAIN and hit some logs, but got away with it again.
Felt I got slower and slower losing faith from stage to stage, but made it to the end without any big trouble.
Could have been faster, but also MUCH worse 😄 


And for next season, do we wanna do a Ford Fiesta MkII R5 only season or better a different class?
I also think about voting for Group B 4WD if I win and not using one of the two obvious choices.

What do you guys think?
 

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51 minutes ago, Snaky115 said:

Shame we don't have car whitelisting like DR1 clubs, but we can try our best when the time comes.

Yeah, that would be a really helpful feature.

But, if we all manage to stick to a single car per championship, I don't see why we can't exclude cars internally.
The only problem is to make the non-forum-users aware we have that rule.

I know, there is the textbox on the website with infos about the club, but is this also shown on the clubs-page in-game?
And if yes, would people see this before they choose the car?
Hm...

I really, really would like to do a Group B 4WD championship without the Delta and 205.
Or a Escort RS Cosworth championship! The new sound is awesome, a shame I still don't drive the car often, not to say almost never...

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Excluding the Lancia Delta might be enough. It's far superior to the Peugeot in my opinion and much easier to drive on the limit.

In other news, I didn't expect much from Scotland because of my still quite limited knowledge of the track and it showed. A puncture near the end of SS1, a spin and a roll in the next two stages. In SS4 I crashed and punctured right at the start, so I had to change the tyre. In SS5 and 6 I had to slow down to avoid further punctures and the car was once again severely damaged and down on power. Quickfixed everything and had a nice last stage. Far too many mistakes this season. But to be honest, a podium in Scotland was out of the question, even with a clean rally.

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