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It was a hot day on the south coast for our June digital Saturday. Despite the baking heat outside, we had a cool breeze blowing through the Barn and we'd built a fabulous Dadson track to enjoy a leisurely day of digital racing.
During the day -
Nascar team race
The main aim of the day -
For the first ten minutes we got use to driving the cars with the basic RCS64 software and the Truspeed wireless controllers. Mike and Jean, colleagues at the local woodwind factory (hence the team name "Not The Pink Oboe") got off to a monster start, clocking up 42 laps. The other four teams were bunched together, five laps back.
We introduced fuel burn and pit stops in the second ten minutes, with at least three
pit stops required. After a short demonstration and practice session, all the racers
seemed to pick up the interface and button-
The lead was just a lap going into the penultimate segment. Fuel burn was removed
and replaced by tyres -
It looked like Mike and Jean had the race wrapped up, even before we started the
final ten minutes where racers had to think about both fuel burn and tyre wear. It
was a lot of fun and the whole RCS64 package seemed to click, all the teams running
lap scores pretty much the same as in the first feature-
After Simon and sous-
The day was a learning experience for us all and we soon learned that when you're out of fuel or your tyre condition is down to 0%, your car ceases to score laps in RCS64. When you've got to pit, you've got to pit. During the entire race, there were a handful of laps that didn't count. Most of them were early on and Mike was certainly clobbered for a few. Would that cost him?
Ash was the first to complete his six races, using all of the six WHO GT club cars.
His score of 111 laps looked under threat by Andy, who was scoring twenty laps and
above, until a scrappy final race in the green Aston Martin left him on 122 laps
Jean and Simon had both scored consistently well, Simon's 22 laps was equal best of the race with Andy. However, both of them needed to get 23 laps to tie Andy for the race win. Despite their utmost efforts, neither managed a top score. Jean got 20 and Simon 19, to finish second and third. Mike finished with a 21 lap score to finish fourth, six laps off the lead and ruing those early missed laps. Duncan also finished on 21 laps, his best of the race, but only enough for fifth overall. Jonathon was sixth and Ash seventh. Terry came in eighth, ahead of Dave, both recovering well from difficult starts as they got the hang of the pit stops. Dave's sequence of 11, 15, 14, 17, 18 and 17 showing perfectly that learning process.
Goodwood Revival race
We took a bit of time out, grabbed a cup of tea and set up a Goodwood Revival race
to finish the main part of the day. Ned joined us to give ten racers. We decided
to run it as an individual race, rather than the usual pairs format. That meant a
few racers requiring 'loaners' -
It was Andy who won the first qualifying heat in his 1969 Camaro, scoring 39.50 laps,
despite a stop-
The second qualifying heat was much faster. Mike finished out of fuel, but won the heat with 41.75 laps and qualified first for the feature race. Second was another Dadson car, Jonathon driving the #88 Camaro to 39.75 laps and second qualifying position. Terry drove Simon's Ferrari to third qualifying position, equalling Andy's score in the first heat, but setting a quicker fastest lap. Jean's fourth place was just enough for the fifth spot in the feature race, but Ned failed to make the cut, leaving Dave in the final qualifying place and Simon, Duncan and Ash missing out.
With spare time on our hands, we ran a five-
Dave switched to Mike's Mustang for the feature race. Off the line it was Andy and
Jonathon who lead the way, but Mike was soon right up there, passing Andy before
the first pit stops and pulled out a healthy lead, Jonathon moving up to second and
Terry hanging on to the front-
The different strategies left Jonathon and Andy battling it out after the final pit
stops, Andy moving up into second and having to fight more than he'd anticipated.
Andy's blue Camaro ran out of fuel and was heading to the pits as the race ended,
Jonathon was just a quarter of a lap back and would have taken runner-
The win was Mike's -
Digital Saturday -
That was it for "normal time" and we said goodbye to Ash, Dave, Jonathon, Ned, Duncan and Terry. The remaining four racers were joined by John and Alex for a bit of extra time action. First and foremost, John and Alex needed their RCS64 training. Then we wanted to try out some 'wet weather' running and to debut the new DiSCA GT4 class that we hope to introduce into our regular WHO/digital events.
The format we came up with was to run a dual-
In the individual race, Mike drove his Corvette CR6 hard, with Andy following him
closely in a borrowed (from Mike) Aston Martin Vantage. On slightly different strategies,
Mike made two extra stops and was able to push hard at the end to finish three laps
RCS64 offers a superb weather simulation. We'd run all day on a dry track -
Strategy in the wet was to drive a little more carefully and to take fuel on the
pit stops -
Tyre strategy came into play as the rain stopped and the track started to dry -
Mike coached Alex perfectly after the change -
In the end, Alex's mature drive preserved the full four lap lead Mike had handed over at half way. John brought the Audi in second, just a lap ahead of Andy. All three pairs had made twelve pit stops and the three fast laps were covered by 0.25 of a second. After a long day, the endurance had given us all a second wind and was the perfect end to an awesome day of racing.
At the end of a brilliant day at the Barn, what had we learned? First, that RCS64
works perfectly on the big tracks at the Barn, with various formats and with racers
with different levels of experience. Mike's quick, hand-
There's still plenty to tweak and introduce over the next few months, ready for the digital Saturdays in September and December, plus the Wednesday evenings in July and November. We're pretty excited by RCS64 and about the future of WHO/digital. A big thanks to everyone who came along, helped out and made it such an excellent day.