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Hello everyone. Welcome to my eighteenth blog that I’ve produced for SimRace247.com in 2022.
Normally, when I spend my time to write these blogs on a weekend, I’m always feeling upbeat and willing to express the good and bad things that I endure every week with content creating. I always like to be honest with everyone that I speak or write to. And this blog in particular is no exception, especially after what has been a character-building week. I’ve literally opened my eyes.
The reason why this blog has a different tone is because of a stream which I broadcasted on Thursday (which has long since been deleted) which not one person tuned in to watch at all. To say that I was feeling disheartened is a bit of an understatement. I hope people realise just how hard I try with my content, streaming and all the work and preparation that goes on behind the scenes, to which I don’t receive any help or assistance from anyone. I have been trying so hard over this past 3 years. And no matter what I do, and with all the bad stuff I’ve endured and had to deal with, which I won’t discuss openly in this or any of my blogs, nothing makes any difference because a vast majority of people do not care!!
As a result of this, I’ve made a couple of changes. Firstly, I’ve decided that I’m going to have a change of approach to my sim racing. There will be far less of the community aspect, which I’ve tried so hard to promote. I’ll be concentrating more on doing solo races in Assetto Corsa Competizione, events in DiRT Rally 2.0 and many other opportunities which might occur. There will still be fun streams in there, so my “What If” series will continue and when the game is released, I’ll be streaming F1 22 as well. Also, my community events are still available for you to partake as well (if anyone’s interested). But otherwise, my main priority will now be on solo events in ACC.
Secondly, I’m no longer on social media platform of any kind. If I’m honest, I really dislike the whole idea of social media all together and have never been comfortable with it. No matter what I did, it really didn’t make any difference in terms of promotion with my channel at all. It was also affecting my mental health in a bad way. With very little to no interest, there was literally no point in keeping my Twitter or Instagram pages going.
Anyway, now that I’ve shared that, let’s talk you through the two streams (three including the canned WRC 10 stream which I won’t discuss) that I’ve done during this past week on Twitch.
Monday 9th May – What If Multi-Multiclass Racing Competed Here? Series 2 Episode 3 at Toronto
Starting on Monday, we had episode 3 of the “What If” series from the streets of Toronto in Canada. I know of this street circuit from my times watching the Champ Car & Indycar series, but I’ve never actually driven it in any sim racing title before….until Monday’s stream that is.
Because it’s been a while since I’ve seen the track, I didn’t honestly remember just how short the Toronto street circuit actually is. During practise, my best laps around the venue was just under a minute. 58 seconds to be precise.
Also, the mod which I used is a bit exaggerated because of how bumpy the track was compared to the real life equivalent. With the 2022 F1 machines, because of the ground effect, the cars have to be stiffly setup with their suspensions. As a result, the cars are not very good over the bumps and kerbs. And whilst driving around Toronto, as you might have witnesses if you watched the stream live or during the rerun (link below for the “What If” Toronto stream), it was almost impossible to drive, even with the suspension on the softest settings. It was certainly interesting to pilot a bouncy castle with downforce, that’s for sure.
Apart from the exaggerated bumps on the Toronto mod, the experiment itself was extremely good fun. It was certainly one of the most enjoyable that I’ve done to date during this second series of “What If”. It’ll be intriguing to see how the rest of the circuits I have lined up for the remainder of this awesome series. If you want to rewatch episode 3 around Toronto, here’s a link of the stream:
Wednesday 11th May – Rapid Drivers Club Sprintathon Races 1 & 2 at Nurburgring
Wednesday saw the start of a very intriguing championship which I was exciting to participate in. It was another championship hosted by RDC (Rapid Drivers Club) called the Sprintathon series. What was fascinating about this wasn’t the race format with 2x 25 minute sprints during each meeting. But, after each round, we will be swapping cars. So, for this first round, everyone drove the new Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO 2 at the Nurburgring. Round 2 sees the Ferrari 488 Challenge around Paul Ricard (EWWW!1), Round 3 with the Porsche 992 GT3 Cup Cars at Kyalami and then concluding with the BMW M2 CS TCX’s around Oulton Park. So, this is literally a test of driver’s abilities and skill to see how we all cope with a change of car.
Honestly, I was delighted to drive the Lamborghini Huracan ST because I have a soft spot for the car after my exploits with “Andie The Lab” in the old ST during season 3 of the More Female Racers Championship. It was a pleasure to be driving the new one.
Trying to set the car up was as tricky as ever though. The main issue with the Lambo is that the rear tires tend to wear out and go off very quickly. So, trying to balance the front and rear tire wear as even as possible, or very close to, was quite a task. Much time had been spent testing the car and I was a bit nervous of how it would pan out.
I needn’t have worried however, because in qualifying, I managed to place my car on pole position by 8 tenths of a second which was better than expected. And apart from having a slow start and almost losing the lead in the first four corners, I managed to pull away and claim victory in the first race by 11.4 seconds.
Race 2 was a little bit trickier. In qualifying, I was only able to set 1 qualifying lap after I made a mistake and needed to keep 1 set of new tires for the upcoming race. I could have gone quicker but I started P3 on the grid. The start was a very scrappy one and it had taken a couple of laps for the tires to get into the right operating window. Once they had done so, WOW! What a race it was. I slipped back to P5 in the early stages but soon climbed to P4. Then, the top 3 were in close company to which I was soon on the tail of. Within one lap, I managed to pull off 2 overtakes to get back into 2nd place.
P1 was in site and for the majority of the race, I couldn’t find a way past Andrea Masiero who defended his race lead so very well. With just under 7 minutes to go, I made my move and dived inside of Andrea into turn 1. Unfortunately, I left my braking just a tad too late, couldn’t slow the car down and tagged Masiero’s car, which sent me into a spin. And then, whist I was trying to recover the Lambo, I was hit by another competitor which caused front end damage.
The rest of the race was spent trying to recover back to P3, but the car was too damaged to make any impact. In the end, I finished in fourth place but it could have been another victory if I didn’t end up making that tiny mistake. But, it’s one of those things and I still thoroughly enjoyed this entire first meeting. We’ll move onto Paul Ricard (OH NO!) for the next round and see how we fair in the Ferrari 488 Challenge cars. If you folks want to rewatch this event back, here’s a link of the stream which I uploaded to Youtube:
Let’s talk you through all of the content that I have lined up for this week as I go live once more on my Twitch channel.
On Monday, we will have episode number 4 of “What If Multi-Mulitclass Racing Competed Here?”. We’ll be staying in the continent of North America but in the USA rather than Canada for the latest instalment of this series. I’ll be testing former Formula One Grand Prix venue in New York state which hasn’t been used in the sport since the early 1980’s. The circuit in question this time will be Watkins Glen.
On Wednesday, I will be taking part in round 3 of the RDC 2point4 World Tour Championship around my favourite tracks in Assetto Corsa Competizione. The wonderful circuit of Imola.
After finishing third in the first two races in the championship, can I keep up the progress of maintaining a podium position or could I potentially achieve an even greater result in this upcoming race around Imola? We’ll wait and see.
As part of the theme of Rally Thursday, I will be competing in the latest instalment of the Mastercup rally series. This time, we’ll be down-under in Australia. Hopefully, I won’t end upside down at some point! Ha Ha! For this rally, I’ll be driving the 1998 Subaru Impreza WRC, one of the most iconic rally cars ever made. As piloted by my rally hero, Colin McRae of course. I can’t wait to tackle this one. It should be great fun!
Finally on Friday, I’ll be participating in my first even with Low Fuel Motorsports to see how long it will take me to climb out of the “Rookie” ranks. I haven’t participated in this kind of competition in ACC since the Daily Races with The Sim Grid. So, it will be very interesting to see what this alternative has on offer and whether I can gain driver rating in this event with LFM.
If you want to, please be sure to follow me on Twitch for my live streams as well as subscribe to my Youtube channel for future video projects. You can also join our DiRT Rally 2.0 club for fun, monthly rally events and see how you fair against other members of the community.
That’s about wraps things up for this week’s blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to read. Take care, stay safe & happy sim racing!!