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  1. Haven't seen any shots of Monday night's MX-5 race yet, so here's some in an attempt to lure some lurkers into the fun A full grid. Strong slipstream leads to interesting turn 1 shenanigans. @mexos on his way to victory. Took it by a nose. (I know that's not for the win, but for some reason the guy wasn't waving the chequered flag for mexos ) ...Join us!
  2. If you don't have a suitable Gr1, there are a couple of other options (but they both need a fairly expensive car to start with...) The Le Mans race in the Red Bull X2014 gets you 330k for 3 clean laps (9 minutes or so driving). The definition of clean is interesting here, as you can be literally spun around on the Mulsanne Straight by one of the AIs and still get the bonus, but one minor excursion off track is enough to lose it. Still at Le Mans, the Nostalgic 1979 event is good value too, if you've got something that'll win it. I have the Ferrari 330 P4 cos I'm a lucky git... This gets you 240k for 2 clean laps (about 7 minutes). So if you're looking at pure credits/minute, then the Gr1 Monza race is best (roughly 40k/minute) and then it's the X2014s (~37k/minute) and then the Nostalgic 1979 (~34k/minute). (I preferred the Nostalgic 1979 since the P4 is a hoot to drive, and if you screw up and lose the clean bonus on the last lap you've only spent 7 minutes on it, not 9 or 11 )
  3. fretnoise

    F1 2020

    I'm a sucker... Waded through the "My Team" stuff for a while before admitting that I really just wanted to go and do time trials, so spent a decent amount of time pounding around Interlagos using the in-cockpit view and with all the hud off. It's pretty immersive, and much more involved than GT Sport - my forearms were noticeably more tired after half an hour on this than after any of the recent Monday Night Rllmuk Endurance GT Sport races, for instance. I started and restarted the first My Team race a couple of times to get the AI difficulty adjusted - I think I ended up with it on 70% and brought my brand new car home in 16th, which felt pretty good, following an all-race to and fro battle with Giovinazzi and my teammate (who eventually retired... doh!). I had one bug in time trial mode where it just sat on the loading screen for ages, possibly because I changed the time of day whilst it was loading. A quick game restart fixed that. Also, the sound seems really quiet, especially the pit-to-car radio stuff which comes out of the PS4 controller if you're using one, or out of the TV if you're on a wheel. I'd turned the big distracting HUD off by this point so I was really struggling to hear the updates on how far ahead / behind people I was in the race. I may have missed a setting somewhere I guess - but my TV is usually on volume '8' for gaming... I had it on 22 for this and it was still too quiet. It's the first F1 I've bought for ages, and I'm pretty impressed so far - a good sense of speed and involvement in the driving with the FFB letting you know about all the bumps on the straights. I like the feeling when you lose front end grip too - it exaggerates the steering going light so you can really tell when you go past the limit (but you can switch that off if you want).
  4. It's got to the point where my boy (who doesn't know very much about these cars at all) can look at the silhouettes and call out which one I'm going to get because "it's the one without any spoilers".
  5. I got the 20 million Ferrari a while back. I think I've been paying for it ever since...
  6. Yep - great fun as always @beenabadbunny and I shared a (now-sacked) strategist so I was looking after tyres and fuel saving for nearly the whole race... so whilst I carried out my one-stop strategy successfully, I don't think I can say I made it "work" as such. I probably should have got the message after being overtaken by @GwiDan about 4 times in my second / final stint as he pitted and caught up, pitted and caught up, and so on ad nauseum, but by then I was fully in the short-shifting, tyre-saving mode and I suspect changing to softs would have seen me in the kitty litter most laps. Sorry for being a bit of a mobile chicane - I tried to keep out of the way of people on obviously different strategies, but was glad to only see the @Varnsen go past once towards the end of the last lap. The MX-5 warm up race was excellent. I particularly liked the calls of "that's not a left!" by at least one creature of habit every lap, and the strong slipstream made for some 'interesting' moments at turn 1!
  7. Shame @Jonster we’d have opened another lobby and split between them if we’d known you were trying to get in. Couple of regulars down this week meant we all just about squeezed into one room. Most of the game chat (rooms, party invites etc) is in a PSN message group - I’m sure @McSpeed will add you when he gets a minute
  8. That was an amazing race. Felt like I was battling like that for the whole 12 laps. Bad luck for @Batmobile on the last corner - out of fuel?
  9. Oh and <obligatory> join us! </obligatory> (Monday night, 8pm UK time, an hour or two of friendly races. 90 minute endurance at Interlagos tonight.)
  10. And sometimes it just doesn't work due to a bug https://www.gtplanet.net/gt-sport-players-hit-by-daily-workout-gift-bug/ (If that's affecting you then you're probably not missing much - it usually taunts me with 3 interesting looking racers and a Fiat 500 or something, and I always get the Fiat...)
  11. The Aston Martin V12 was great for this at Bathurst, turn 2. You want to get the power back on as early as possible to carry the momentum up the hill, but too early and the back steps out. The GTR would spit me backwards into the left hand barrier at that point, whilst with the Aston Martin you can keep the throttle nailed and drift your way up the hill. Slower, but you arrive at the next corner with a massive grin on your face so it doesn't matter as much
  12. @beenabadbunny Being a relative newcomer I have similar feelings when we're in a full lobby - surely I should make way for one of the old faces... so you're not alone - we just need to lobby for bigger lobbies... or mount a massive recruitment campaign so we have 30-35 regular racers After Monday night I spent ages in the X-Bow at Brands Hatch Indy trying to get a handle on its oversteer. I find with the wheel I can correct small mistakes before they happen but any big oversteer moments usually result in some manic fishtailing followed by a spin ("straight to the scene of the accident" as they say). I guess this is where the game used to help me out when I was on the pad. I ended up doing lap after lap at Brands, trying to keep it tidy but not backing out of oversteer when it happened, especially at the exit of Clark Curve onto the pit straight. In my case, I think I was trying to be too restrained with the opposite lock. It's like you need to let the front wheels find their natural angle (which is always greater than I expect), but then use some muscle to keep it there to prevent the fishtailing. That's when stuff like this starts to happen (I know it's not quick, but it looks cool and feels great!)
  13. Me too - I got it down to a 2:04.123 in the end before I started missing my braking points through tiredness... Optimum said 2:03.3, which is faintly annoying! (Though I'm not completely convinced I trust it - at one point it was telling me my optimum time was a tenth slower than my PB, which I'd just set in that session... ) @marsh that was on a pad?! This was a particular bogey track of mine on the pad since it's so difficult to do anything other than all or nothing braking. I had some amazing races at Bathurst though. The chicane at the bottom of Conrod Straight is excellent - you can make moves stick on the inside and the outside with a decent opponent - I had a particularly memorable tussle against a Mustang where we were side by side through the kink and the first bit of the chicane, and I just managed to hold the line through the exit of the chicane to take the place - proper heart pounding stuff. Actually, this race photo was from that encounter - flat out side-by-side into the kink
  14. Bathurst is an odd fish. I'd written it off earlier in the week as a lost cause, with a 2:10.something and seemingly nowhere to improve, but a few sessions later I'm down to a low 2:05. If you give it a chance it seems to be a track where you'll unlock a tenth here and there every lap, and when you hook up the last fiddly corner (the Elbow?) it's like you've got rocket boosters for the straight. Pretty good (clean) races too, though I'm not sure I like the fact my half-decent qualy time has me up against A and S class drivers in some races!
  15. Did we reach a consensus on the next endurance race? I believe the suggestions (here and in the PSN chat) were something like: Red Bull in Red Bulls (I'm assuming the Juniors, since they're 'only' 350k credits compared to the full-fat versions which are 3 million a pop) Brands Hatch GP in F-1500s (GP length, grid start, no refuelling, just tyre stops, with an MX-5 support race) (@beenabadbunny just likes Brands, and had given it thought ) Monza (in anything, I guess... Noble suggested the no chicane version for some 'mega slipstream fun') Nurburgring in Gr4s (we've already done this once) or in randomly assigned German Gr3s so that everyone doesn't just take the Porsche Catalunya in the Merc F1 NOT Bathurst Did I miss any?
  16. Who was it who called out "oh, black screen" or something heading into the first corner, first lap at Fuji? I didn't get the joke and backed off thinking we were going to restart again, which ended up getting me out of the ensuing mayhem ahead of me - kind of like that scene in Back To The Future where Marty shifts into reverse at the lights. So thanks, whoever it was (Forgot about that till I watched the replay)
  17. It doesn't help when you forget how to change gear in the heat of the moment. I'd still be driving backwards round the grass at T1 at Fuji had the game not shown a bit of pity...
  18. Synchronised moments for Badger and me. I proceeded to spend at least 10 seconds trying to find reverse, and then another 10 seconds trying to find anything except reverse, before the game took pity and reset me. Kiroquai chasing Badger chasing me. Love these races. Just amazing
  19. Here are the full results. There was a suggestion, allegation confirmation in the chat that Lobby A was running different fuel and tyre multipliers (mutterings like 'I only stopped twice' merely add weight to that!) so the collated results might not mean much, but I've typed them all in now so... meh! # Lobby Driver Laps Time 1 A Pimpalicioius_MZ 58 1:30:49.824 2 A TheRallyBart 58 1:30:57.201 3 A scarliley 58 1:31:14.773 4 A mexos3 58 1:31:15.971 5 A Batmobile 57 1:30:02.991 6 A Derk-Luiskoe47 57 1:30:18.871 7 A Joe_McSpeed 57 1:30:27.374 8 A luukyluuk18 57 1:30:51.121 9 A JUNKERDENB 57 1:30:56.370 10 B mrmorcs 57 1:31:10.616 11 B vladthegimp10 56 1:30:04.212 12 B GwiDan 56 1:30:37.800 13 A TheBaukster 56 1:30:41.645 14 B kiroquai 56 1:30:48.621 15 A themagicviking 56 1:31:13.864 16 B Count_Buffalos 56 1:31:27.271 17 B Corranga 56 1:31:30.195 18 B Badger_GT 56 1:31:30.273 19 B Fretnoise 55 1:30:06.459 20 B fighterdj 55 1:31:20.898 21 B EffectiveTripod 54 1:30:19.113 22 B beenabadbunny 53 1:30:54.050
  20. So, I’ve had a couple of sessions with the G29 / Playseat combo now and coming from a much lower tech DualShock 4 / Sofa setup I can say it is just awesome. I’m about 4 tenths faster than I was on the pad around Autopolis (though still way off the frankly incredible times being set by you guys), so very happy with that, and really looking forward to Fuji tomorrow night. In races the wheel lets you really *race* because you can make such small adjustments. I’ve made controlled, precise passes at T1 at Autopolis when I’d never have even tried on the pad, because the range of input you have and the feedback you get back means that it’s actually possible without just barrelling into the other guy. I’ve also found I’m picking up fewer track limits penalties which I used to get for misjudging my turn-in points and cutting apexes. On the pad, once you turn in you’re committed, pretty much. With the wheel, you can actually make corrections. It’s a revelation! I was a bit worried about the PlaySeat to be honest. I’m 6’1” and, well, let’s say “not exactly svelte”. It’s snug, but I fit, and with the wheel platform adjusted to be as far away as you can make it, and the seat reclined a little bit more than standard, it’s more or less perfect. It’s really sturdy, but it folds away with everything still attached in a minute or two, and is small enough (when folded) to pass the Wife Approval Test. I had a pretty hefty session last night (well in excess of the 90 minutes we’re planning for Fuji) and the only complaint is my left ankle isn’t used to braking; I’d say that’s a problem with me rather than the setup. In comparison, I’d have to have stopped much earlier if I’d been using the pad as my fingers start to cramp after a while. I suspect I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but it really is great. If you’re playing and enjoying the game with a pad, I whole heartedly recommend getting some kind of wheel setup. Roll on Fuji!
  21. There are 2 main multiplayer modes - lobby races and daily races. Lobby races are the more traditional idea where someone starts a server, chooses a track and maybe some car limitations, and away you go. You need to own the car in these races. This is what we do on Monday nights. Daily races are set by the game and change every week (they used to change every day, hence the name...). There are 3 different races, and one of them is usually in a provided car (where you can't use your own car, even if you want to... As @Freeman says, you can also sign a contract with a manufacturer, and this gives you a loaner GR3 and GR4 car from that manufacturer. Those cars get added to your garage and you can't chop and change them for each race. FTFY
  22. That’s ridiculously close to being my dad’s name on the number plate. (It’s not his, he doesn’t drive any more.)
  23. Yep - last wheel I had was the Microsoft PC one, but got rid during a house move about 15 years ago. Picking the wheel up at lunchtime, and Playseat should be here tomorrow... excitement++
  24. In response to my parting shot rant, and as a "goodwill gesture", they've kindly refunded one of the year's worth of EA Access subs... that's nice of them. I hope they don't expect me to go round social media telling everyone how nice they are.
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