Hello everyone, time to go on a journey 🙂
I've been a pad player in racing games ever since I started playing back in the 1990s, and I've gotten quite decent at it; never quite esports ready but good enough to set the occasionally solid Leaderboard time.
In 2019 I decided to move away from a long-serving job in trading card games to pursue a career in motorsport. I'll never be a professional racing driver (I'm far too old to start) but I do want to get better at sim racing and, although I'm strong on a pad, take on a tougher challenge...
...this is that tougher challenge.
Outside of a few 10 minute sessions on office rigs I have never used a wheel before.
In this thread I'll post updates as I play with the rig throughout 2020.
A busy job plus other personal ambitions means I won't be playing every day, but over time I do plan to improve and get to a point where I am competitive.
In the interest of setting some goals for the year, here's where I'd like to end up:
COMPLETE - Day 34 - Win a DiRT Rally 2.0 Career Rally Championship at Masters Difficulty
NOT COMPLETE - Win a DiRT Rally 2.0 Career Rallycross Championship at Masters Difficulty*
COMPLETE - Day 13 - Set a DiRT Rally 2.0 Time Trial rally time that I cannot beat on a pad.
* I abandoned this once the Colin McRae: FLAT OUT Pack was released, and instead focused on completing all of the Scenarios on Very Hard difficulty, which I managed to do.
Let's see how I get on.
For those curious, this is the rig. It's pricey but I was fortunate enough to get a few discounts shortly after joining Codemasters.
Playseat Sensation Pro Black / Cockpit
Fanatec CSL Elite / Wheel Base
Fanatec ClubSport Formula V2 / Wheel Rim
Fanatec CSL Elite Pedals LC / Pedals
Sparco Hypergrip / Gloves
Logitech G433 / Headset
Samsung UE43RU7100K / Monitor
I'm playing DiRT Rally 2.0 on Xbox One X though the rig is set up to be compatible on PlayStation 4 and PC as well, and I eventually plan to play various circuit racing games (hence why I opted for the Formula rim). I'm using a 2 pedal setup, having removed the clutch.