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Hello one and all. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my 21st blog for SimRace247.com
This has been a very difficult week for all kinds of reasons. It literally has been physically and mentally draining. The reasons for that are very simple. I’ve been streaming non-stop over on Twitch now since making the switch of platforms from Youtube two months ago, and I’m starting to feel completely burned out and exhausted.
Also, the number of viewers that tune into my streams is getting smaller and smaller. At times, it doesn’t make this venture worthwhile. I’m starting to have a couple of doubts in my mind and wondering: A) If the move to Twitch from Youtube was a good idea. B) If I should stop this content creating venture all together. C) Do people actually care anymore?
I was hoping that, after enduring bad luck for the past 16 years, this would finally be the year where I can grow further and get my life back on track. But so far, 2022 already feels like it’s a lot worse compared to last year. It’s been far more challenging than I could have imagined, and it’s been having an effect on my mental wellbeing.
The way I feel atm, I’m very tempted to just stop and call it a day. I’ve been trying so hard for the past 3 years since I’ve started this venture into content creating. I always put my heart and soul into all the streams & videos. And I’ve always done my upmost to be myself. To be positive, genuine, kind, welcoming and honest with everyone.
Is there something that I’m doing wrong with my content which people don’t like? Or is it something about me personally? I don’t know. Maybe I’m just not cut out for all this anymore. So, whilst I’m trying my very best to carry on as normal with my streaming schedule and typing up every blog for SimRace247, I’m contemplating in my mind whether this is all worth it anymore. It’s something I’m still not sure on and will need a lot of time to think about.
Anyway, let’s talk you through the streams I went live with during the past week on Twitch.
Monday 30th May – RCI British Masters Championship Round 2 at Silverstone
If you read my previous blog, I was meant to be doing 5 streams during this past week. But unfortunately, due to feeling exhausted, burned out and fatigued, I decided to reduce that down to just 3.
Starting on Monday, we had the second round of the RCI British Masters from the home of British Motorsport. Silverstone! I’ve always loved the challenge of this wonderful racetrack. Although, prior to this event, the last time I had actually driven around Silverstone was in November 2021 just before version 1.8 patch of ACC was released (with the updated tire model). So, I wasn’t sure how I would fair against the opposition around here.
One thing which is definitely certain was that the McLaren 720S GT3’s would be the class of the field at Silverstone. Sure enough, three of the top four on the grid were the McLaren’s whereas I ended up 3rd, but only 0.075 seconds away from pole position which I was gutted about. I was hoping if I could qualify ahead of them, I could dictate my pace and control the field. But it wasn’t meant to be.
During the first stint, I managed to climb up to second place, but I didn’t have the pace to keep up with the race leader, Kuisma, in one of many pesky 720S’s in the race. I was struggling to keep ahead of another McLaren in the hands of talented racer, Ben Mullard. But I managed to hold on until it was time to make the mandatory pitstop.
Sadly (for me), Ben managed to leapfrog ahead by not changing his tires in the stops. However, with my fresh rubber, I was confident that I would chase him down and reclaim the second place in the event. But unfortunately, during my out lap, I received a hit to the side and thrown off circuit by the number 260 McLaren of Campbell as we were going through the loop section just before the Wellington straight.
At that point of the race, I had dropped all the way down to P10. I knew that some cars ahead needed to make their mandatory pitstop anyway, but I didn’t honestly believe that I could achieve a higher result. But half way through the final stint, a four car train was starting to form (myself included) which meant that if I timed my overtakes right, I could gain a lot of positions. Sure enough, within the space of 1 lap, I jumped ahead of all of them which propelled me back into P4. That then became third place when the 260 McLaren received a drive through penalty after spinning me earlier in the stint.
By the chequered flag, I was absolutely pumped and delighted to have reached the third step of the podium after all the drama I endured in this race. I was extremely happy with my recovery drive in this event.
If you want to rewatch the RCI event at Silverstone how I managed to recover back into P3, here is the live stream for you to view.
RCI ACC STREAM
Tuesday 31st May – What If Multi-Multiclass Racing Competed Here? Episode 6: Misano
For this episode of What If, we travelled to a venue which is amongst the best tracks to drive and race around in Assetto Corsa Competizione. It’s certainly a favourite with all the sim racing competitors in the game and I was very keen to see what Misano would be like with single seaters with the Formula One, F2 & F3 cars competing at the same time.
It was certainly an interesting experiment. Very technical circuit which isn’t easy to get right in these machines which requires precision and fast reactions. If you want to find out for yourself what Misano is like at hosting a multiclass single seater racing series, you can view the stream here. I hope you’ll enjoy.
WHAT IF STREAM
Thursday 2nd June – AMR DANI3L Community Rally Series: Event 6 at Spain
Finally, on Thursday, I had my attempt at our latest community rally around the awesome tarmac stages of Spain in the old WRC category vehicles. I was very excited for this one, as I decided to pilot the 1998 Subaru Impreza S4 once again. As driven of course by my rally hero, Colin McRae.
Behind the scenes, I had spent a bit of time with the Subaru because for once, I wanted one of my rally attempts to go smoothly without any major incidents, hiccups, crashes, punctures, damage etc. I really wanted to break the jinx and see if I could execute a really good rally.
Apart from a couple of engine stalls which cost me a couple of seconds each time, the rally itself (for once) went absolutely, tremendously well. Nothing major happened at all and I was super happy to cross the finish line at the end of the 12th and final stage of the event. Who knows if I’ve done good enough to either clinch victory or finish high up? I’ll have to wait until the end of June when everyone else has put in their efforts for the rally.
If you folks want to rewatch my runs of all 12 stages of our community rally around Spain in the iconic and wonderful Subaru, here is the live stream for you to rewatch.
What’s happening this week on the Twitch channel?
On Monday, we’ll have the third round of the RCI British Masters Championship from Donington Park. The pre-qualifiers for this championship were contested at Donington and the times looked incredibly close. If that’s anything to go by (in terms of predictions), I have a feeling that this will be another hotly contested event.
As the championship leader, I will try my upmost to produce another great result. However, it will be difficult to keep those pesky McLaren 720S’s behind me. But, I’m determined to give it everything I’ve got in the pursuit of this championship. Can I claim my second win of the season? Or will I have a settle for a podium? Or will one of the other drivers in the field have a say as to how my race will go? Well, we will soon find out!
On Tuesday, we will have our next fun stream with the seventh episode of my “What If Multi-Multiclass Racing Competed Here?” series. This time, we’ll be pitching the F1, F2 and F3 cars around a former Formula One venue which the sport hasn’t visited since 1993. It’s also another circuit which is amongst some of the most popular in Assetto Corsa Competizione. For experiment number seven, we’ll be testing out the Kyalami circuit in South Africa.
Speaking of Kyalami, we’ll be visiting the racing venue twice this week as I’ll be contesting the penultimate round of the RDC Sprintathon series. But for races five and six, we’re all switching cars again. This time, to the new Porsche 992 GT3 Cup car. OH JOY! A sporty Volkswagen Beetle. Mind you, I say that but in the brief time I had a go in it, the 992 Cup car isn’t that bad to drive.
Despite claiming 2 wins, I’ve endured some bad luck so far in this championship and I’m sitting second in the series. Only 7 points away from the leader Alex Nunes. So, I’ll give it my best to reclaim the top position. But can I execute a perfect race meeting and claim the top spot? Let’s hope so.
There won’t be a rally stream this week. However, this weekend sees another edition of the worlds greatest endurance race. The 24 Heures Du Mans. So, to celebrate another edition, I will be hosting the latest in my one off “Pedal To The Metal” specials in Assetto Corsa. I’ll be driving various cars from the races history, and it’s up to the viewers to decide the laptimes which the cars can produce around the Circuit De La Sarthe. This will be a fun stream which everyone will enjoy (I hope).
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!!
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