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    #190002
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    I did a thesis last year on circuit design within not just Formula One but all motorsport. Anyway depending where your from you might find this helpful if you can visit them, I went last year and they were more than helpful! Try get in contact with them and I’m sure they will be more than happy to help! They design circuits across the world although currently none are used in the current F1 calender. http://www.apexcircuitdesign.co.uk/

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    When did you start Karting? March 2006 (Stopped Sept 2008 to go uni)
    How old are you? 21
    Where do you Race? Whilton Mill, GYG, 3 Sisters, Hooton Park
    What Chassis do you use? Venom Sidewinder
    What Engine do you use? TKM
    Sponsors? My Dad’s company
    Your best finish? Overall in race meetings….couple of 1st’s in Jr & Inters & 2nd in Seniors
    What are your future plans? Want to start racing again but have to see when I finish uni next year

    #165003
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    Yeh I read that article last year. It’s interesting, a couple of weeks ago I had an interview for my dissertation with Clive Bowen from Apex Circuit Design (he sits on the OWG) and during it we discussed all the principles they try to implement when constructing a circuit. We discussed Yas Marina and I mentioned that article about how Populous would re-design the track.

    The original problem would still remain with original turn 7 unless the apex and corner banking is changed sufficiently enough to allow the cars to have a sort transitional period on the throttle after the apex. Turn 9 is the same so the run to turn 10 wouldn’t be able to produce overtakes still, although the change in track width would allow for a change in racing lines and possible dives from drivers. But because the new turn 10 will be a tight slow corner the cars would spread on acceleration through the new bit.

    The most effective change would be the proposed new turn 5 and this would produce overtaking because the preceding corners are fast flowing corners which allow following cars to get closer, also because they aren’t taken at top speed the aero effect wont be at it’s strongest so cars get get closer than they would normally be able to if aero effect was in full flow. It does also come back to PM’s point of making it a reverse Eau Rouge which would be very challenging for the drivers and cause possible mistakes.

    #164999
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    For Abu Dhabi I’d try to open up turn’s 7 and 9. This might mean moving turn 7 further away from the stand to create the space thus that will allow a quicker run into the corner because there will be more run off. For both I’d make them slow speed corners with an early apex and a large radius exit with a small banking allowing the driver to just get on the throttle and stay on the throttle, meaning for a shorter transitional period to get on full throttle, so pretty much creating a parabola. It will stop the domino effect of the cars so the following car can get a better run round the corner and stay closer. Would use the same principle for turn 9, so drivers get a better run into turn 10.

    Turkey I think the last turn needs opening up so cars get a better run into turn 1, keep the left-right but then open up the last left in the sequence, means the drivers will still be able to fight and then re-fight back. Turn 9 is too slow aswell, needs to be abit quicker, so the cars don’t spread out onto the straight.

    #163873
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    I think Moto GP provides some amazing battles, pretty much all include Rossi and have a lot have been mentioned but the field is way too small, top 15 scoring points with only 17 starters is just stupid, but next year the regs are changing, with the engine size being increased and from what I’ve gathered there is going to be a lot more satellite teams. Moto 2 is good but the 125 class is immense, literally packs of them at the front and they’re constantly going at each other, yeh it does devalue overtaking but is fun to watch.

    Also if anyone does watch it then keep an eye out for Marc Marquez, hes just moved up from 125s to Moto 2, he’s already broke a lot of Rossi’s records in the 125 class and is only 17, maybe 18.

    #163226
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    Stereophonics – Bartender And The Thief

    Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell

    Cardigans – My Favourite Game (think somebodies already mentioned it)

    #162570
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    I think there are a combination of issues that have restricted the amount of overtaking in F1, mainly the aero issues and track design. Personally I wouldn’t have said that is one of them because a racers a racer, if he see’s the chance to overtake then their going to take it. Theirs no need to make the sport “cheaper” because then we’re just going to end up with something that’s a copy of another race series and not F1.

    Plus like slr said there was a good amount of overtaking in 2010…just look at these stats (you may have to register but it’s free and the stats are quite interesting).

    http://www.cliptheapex.com/community/pages/formula-one-overtaking/

    #161858
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    @ Ajokay

    What 3D modelling program will you be using to create the track?

    Btw…these are pretty awesome! I’m liking the UK track lol.

    #154156
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    @Asanator, yeh what he means is go to page 8, second post down. The pre-qualifying session.

    #147094
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    F1 2010 – awesome game.

    NFS Hot Pursuit – good game, fun to play but I think the driving area is limited compared to older releases such as NFS underground 2.

    Sports Champions – using the PS3 Move, addictive.

    Football Manager – possibly the most addictive of all the games!

    #156742
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    I’d be interested in a dirt2 championship. Only problem is like with truef1grit I’m busy often and can’t do weekends and some week nights.

    #143113
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    Never even saw this thread.

    PSN: Biggles22 (UK)

    #156689
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    Thanks, never saw that thread.

    #145608
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    Started 7 seasons on the hardest difficulty with Lotus, first season came 6th. Managed two race wins, should have been 4 but spa whilst leading at Spa & Monza.

    Second season signed a contract with Toro Rosso, was them or BMW Sauber and didn’t fancy them much based on their champ position. Anyway 6 races in won the first 3, then came 5th, 24th at Spain (nightmare!) and then 11th at Monaco.

    Looking forward to Turkey though, go well round there!

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