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  • #298434
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    Indeed.

    #298431
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    Wow, what a second race.

    In the first one, there was less action and even that centered around the start mostly – Valente didn’t leave much room for Michelisz off the line towards the wall, but it was unnecessary for Michelisz to counter and steer into the Chevy. Then it was Valente’s turn to be an… the bad guy with Monteiro before the North Curve. Valente wasn’t overly impressed with what happened (see interview).

    But the second race – what a race from Lopez. Even with the cards falling nicely for him with the blatant Citroen horsepower advantage (I wasn’t too surprised), and Ma’s accident. Factory Honda tactics didn’t work on the last lap (Tarquini backing off of Monteiro to avoid Lopez having a three-car slipstream).

    Van Lagen climbed nicely in both races, I wonder what might have been if he had kept his grid position.

    What did you make of the event, guys?

    #298429
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    @fastiesty Yeah, GPL here as well, although I’m not a pro by any means. I just load it in every now and then and go for a ride – I remember I used to just chase personal best hot laps when I first did it (and learnt the track) a few years ago. I can barely break the 9-minute barrier, GPL is actually one of my worst sims in terms of performance, I’m much better in GP4, for example.

    But I still know the circuit pretty well.

    The race is now only minutes away, so I’ll just shut up for now and wish you guys fun out there watching.

    #298409
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    @fastiesty Yeah, I thought about adding the Osterreichring, but I restricted myself to only add layouts that are still present. (And I don’t consider the Red Bull Ring good enough – I do in the current F1 calendar, compared to all those cookie-cutter Tilkedroms, but not compared to the other ‘members’ of this one schedule here.) And yeah, having the European GP in Silverstone does have that dimension – although it wasn’t intended, I just wanted to exploit every opportunity to bring in good tracks.

    #298408
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    Michelisz said it was a puncture, @keithcollantine.

    I completely agree with you @fer-no65, I just watch for those ‘very cool shots of the Nords.’ Usually I re-watch the races which my home hero, Norbert Michelisz does something spectacular though – I was there live at the Hungaroring when he took victory two weeks ago, it was amazing, you can imagine how much the crowds ugred him forward lap after lap.

    Also, one advantage of WTCC is, for one-off fans, that is, that it’s short. You just jump in and you can oversee a whole race easily – you can never do that with more prestigious Nordschleife events, such as the 24 hours or the 1000km. So that’s one big plus for the WTCC visit here.

    Now, I’m watching practice 2 and even I have problems recognising a lot of the track parts from the track cameras, despite the fact that I know the layout fairly well from sim racing, haha.

    #298356
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    @mfreire Good points. I pondered a lot about including the Hermanos Rodriguez, but I opted against it in the end because even its previous incarnation was a far cry from its original variant – and I don’t know much about the newest one in practice.

    As for the Argentine GP, I agree, I should have put it in – but I’d put it in between Kyalami and Long Beach near its traditional early season spot. And I’d race the No. 12 circuit – that’s a blast judging from what it’s like to drive in sim.

    #298324
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    1. South African GP – Kyalami (Perhaps the most traditional season opener location.)
    2. US GP West – Long Beach
    3. Monaco GP – Monaco
    4. Canadian GP – Mosport (Part one of a mid-summer American tour.)
    5. US GP East – Watkins Glen (Not in its traditional late fall spot – sun shines more in the summer.)
    6. French GP – Le Mans (Open that Mulsanne up.)
    7. British GP – Brands Hatch (One of the best circuits in the world, seriously…)
    8. German GP – Nurburgring Nordschleife (…behind this one, the pinnacle of all.)
    9. Belgian GP – Spa
    10. Italian GP – Monza (Open that first chicane up.)
    11. European GP – Silverstone (Would be fitting for it to regain its European GP status – the place where all begun.)
    12. Japanese GP – Suzuka
    13. Australian GP – Mount Panorama
    14. Singapore GP – Singapore
    15. Chinese GP – Macau (“Monaco on steroids.”)
    16. Brazilian GP – Interlagos (Scene of the most unpredictable title showdowns of all time, hands down.)

    My calendar would be short, but full of content. Lots of street circuits, but lots of high-speed classic road courses as well. I spared most of all the newer stuff from it, only the really really big hits were included – like Singapore and the Interlagos final. The hardest thing was to choose a track for countries which have many many great circuits – like the US and Great Britain. Hey, I can’t even say it’s Europe-heavy and it’s reasonably feasible logistically – I kind of followed well-oiled European and late season flyaway schedules.

    It would be nice to sum all the lists up after a while to see which are the most popular circuits around here.

    #298287
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    @vmaxmuffin It’d be cool – but it won’t happen. Problem is, WTCC already races on a Saturday – something they’re not used to – due to the round being a support race of the Nurburgring 24 hours, technically.

    And the WTCC is far too… standardized and by the rulebook type of thing compared to the Ozzies, for example, who can certainly made their crown jewel event(s) special in the V8 Supercars. (Or NASCAR, for that matter, which also spices thing up nicely with different formats for Daytona and the Charlotte week.)

    @carlitox Judging by the onboard lap, the WTCCs – currently, at least – don’t go airborne at Flugplatz; Loeb did the hump flat-out. The problem with the GT3s, as far as I know, was that they always have to lift for Flugplatz in the first place to avoid going airborne. They still go light. Also, although this may be an oversight on my part, I don’t think there’s any parts as critical as Flugplatz left on the Ring, they’ve smoothed out the most dramatic rises pretty well during the years. Flugplatz was always the most critical – hence the name – and I guess will always be.

    #298274
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    @keithcollantine Yeah, absolutely, it’s the same here. The faster chicane is epic, it’s more like the rest of the modern circuit, more flowing than most of the Tilkedroms – but then you arrive at the Nordschleife and you realise the modern circuit only flows compared to the even more ‘modern’ tracks and you suddenly understand why there were so many who’ve bemoaned it, when it opened. You arrive at said left-hander and realise that from now on it’s a different level entirely. It’s like the start of the Nurburgring proper – in fact, when I saw the video that was my thought when Loeb went through there, that ‘it starts now.’ And I smiled.

    I can’t wait for the weekend.

    #298263
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    Kvyat on Verstappen at the end of the main straight.

    #298261
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    Aside from having the best facilities to do the best preparation job out of every team out there, the monster Citroen horsepower should help them win by miles. So many long full throttle periods, not just the Döttinger Hohe. I wonder what’s the full throttle percentage of the lap is in a WTCC car (it takes a bit longer to measure than at a more standard track).

    Wonderful clip, thanks for sharing.

    #297335
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    @fastiesty Yes, I agree that in would be quite a job compiling all that data.

    #297330
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    1) Senna
    2) Gilles Villeneuve
    3) Clark
    4) Fangio
    5) Michael Schumacher

    My top 10 would include; Rosemeyer, Moss, Stewart, Lauda, Alonso (in that order).
    My top 15 would include; Prost, Cevert, Rindt, Nuvolari, Vettel (no order this time, this is kind of in flux).

    @fastiesty, your lists would me so much more intriguing (they are nice as they are too) if you would have counted wins/races ratios.

    #297268
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    I think even race 2 was magnificent, but yeah, race 3 was quite possibly the best door-to-door racing I have seen and will see this year.

    That guy, Josh Cook has some guts, he placed his car veery very smartly, he balanced perfectly on the edge of fair-but-hard defending. The way he came back on Smith at the exit of the Craner Curves the lap before they collided was simply out of this world.

    I don’t understand why Smith chose to run him off the road the next lap though – when he was, finally, all but beaten. Perhaps he feared Cook may do the slide job again at the exit of the Craner Curves. Smith got all worked up and lost his cool seeing the display Cook showed.

    That calamity when Smith and Cook returned to the track and managed to avoid everybody though… that was like the wildest scene I can imagine right now.

    It was a fabulous battle and a truly memorable race.

    #297266
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    Any one of Rosberg’s moves. Probably the one he pulled out on Vettel just when Lewis came back out of the pits right ahead of them was the best.

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