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I started of with 2 trips out in the forest and it gave me resets. It was just at the start of stage 1, in about the same distance that the shakedown is 😄

Luckily I didnt hit any trees so it was not much damage to the car. Miraculously I wasnt the only one that had issues and managed to catch up but it was a very close one.

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1 hour ago, Janneman60 said:

You can argue about mediums but the hard tire is pointless anyway.

Hm, on a 12 stage event without any service areas with every stage being a long stage?
I'm in a club were that is the case, using H3 RWDs.
I used hards in all rallies so far.
Having dead tyres with RWD cars isn't much fun.


I tested now mediums.
Replicated everything as close as possible and...I was much faster.
I was 14 seconds faster on SS7 alone.

The problem is: I was also much faster on the first two stages with new mediums against new softs, wich is strange.
I was definitely more confident and was driving the car more on the limit, so I would probably need to do the same again on softs, too.
But I just can't anymore, it's too exhausting driving that car 😄 

I was 4 seconds in SS3, 9 seconds in SS4, 24 seconds in SS5, 4 seconds in SS6 and 14 seconds in SS7 faster.
But I had always medium deg I believe, but at least 1 or 2 of them were heavy deg in the club run.

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The Soft vs Medium debate is an odd one. IIRC something happened pre-release that forced them to make softs last a bit longer, but it's been a very long while since i've kept the debate in my mind.

 

In my testing, the brutal understeer of old Softs kicks in around the 3 long stage marker, while mediums were only 1.5 long stages stronger, sometimes. It does seem to vary with gravel surface or stage degradation. I think i am more confident in saying its 3.5 longs for Softs/Tarmac, and like, 5 to 5.5 longs on Mediums/Tarmac.

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Did leg 1 of NZ, went OK except overpushing a few times so had at least one off per stage.

Then thought I'd make use of the sun today, went out climbing, came home, decided to vacuum since I dragged a lot of dirt inside. When I vacuumed around the wheel I got a sudden flash from static electricity, and then it wouldn't work....

 

So I'll try to order a new PSU for it, but will probably not be able to drive for a little while.

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19 hours ago, Dytut said:

Did leg 1 of NZ, went OK except overpushing a few times so had at least one off per stage.

Then thought I'd make use of the sun today, went out climbing, came home, decided to vacuum since I dragged a lot of dirt inside. When I vacuumed around the wheel I got a sudden flash from static electricity, and then it wouldn't work....

 

So I'll try to order a new PSU for it, but will probably not be able to drive for a little while.

Beklagar sorgen! 😞

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New Zealand was over very quickly. Didn't have much time to spare, so I rushed in and of course that didn't work. Punctured the left rear tire after only two sectors. Tried to go on, crashed and punctured the right front tire. With two and a half stages to go and only one spare, I did the sensible thing and retired. Need more spares, need more spare time. Spare, Shmare, Nightmare.

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Greece was quite embarrassing. I started quick, then began to lose time and started to take more risks - the result was predictable.

Germany started bad, with a false start, although I thought the car was actually moving backwards at the line. Is that even possible? Anyway, I was so baffled I waited a few more seconds before I got going. The rest of SS1 was okay, then there were spins in SS2 and SS3 and some minor mistakes, but nothing too serious, until a freakish accident in SS6, where I hit - a pole maybe? I don't really know. It cost a few seconds for the crash and 9 seconds reset, as I landed on top of a spectator. So, could have been better, could have been worse. At least I finally finished again.

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First leg of germany done. Managed to touch the inside of a corner on SS1 that made the car go up on two wheels, smashed slowly but firmly into a hinkelstein on the outside. Lucky go not get any serious damage. SS2-3 felt fine.

Got to the end, but three mistakes that cost a lot of time. SS4 I managed to touch something on the inside and I spun, and on SS6 I was overoptimistic and overshot a fast corner and got stuck on a hinkelstein, SS7 I spun once again from touching something on the inside. 

But on a good note, all spins were due to me driving badly, so car felt really nice all the way 🙂

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Germany did bite me 😈

After a decent ss1 I crashed in ss2 losing about 10 seconds. Then I started to do very well winning 2 stages. After ss6 I was second wirh a bit more than 10 seconds behind, the 10 seconds I lost on ss2.

Then came ss7. It was good untill I crashed in THE LAST corner. Pointing in the wrong direction I took an extra 15 seconds to make the last 20 meters. Outch, that hurts... now in 3th place.

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I could kick myself right now in the face, really.

After having a good SS1 and okish SS2 (one big mistake, but no crash), I had a terrible SS3 filled with mistakes.
But still leading.

Had a pretty good SS4 and then came SS5.
Everything was fine until the veeeeeeeery long straight close to the end.
I lost the car under braking and was jumping towards the crowd.
28 seconds time penalty. 

But the car was ok, but I just did more and more mistakes in SS6.
Was behind @Dytut by 00:00.060.

Then SS7.
I was giving everything, was leading 0.5s after sector 1, 0.5s behind after sector 2.
Then I got nervous and lost the car in a corner, just sliding to the outside and got 24 seconds time penalty.
What I didn't knew, I was 0.5s behind @denim398, not @Dytut, so I would have won it, if I had not pushed so hard.

FML! 😡😭

 

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That has to be the fastest puncture I ever had. First stage, I touched a bank less than 15 seconds in. After that and the tyre change I was completely out of sync, hitting nearly everything in sight. When the car slowly rolled and then got stuck behind an obstacle somewhere in the middle of the stage I took a deep breath and decided to call it a day.

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Started rally Spain with a real bad setup. The 6R4 was very tricky so I had one or 2 spins in every one of the first 3 stages. Lucky I was not to hit something in those spins.

After I changed some things in the setup it was a lot better. Still not the fastest but it was decent. Then @denim398 retired and @Dytut had his own troubles so I finished an unexpected second.

Looking back at this season I just regret I didn't drove the Audi.

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