I must have some kind of curse, when driving in this league.
Seriously, without fail, every single time I have a car I'm happy with, something happens that throws me all out of whack and by race time it's impossible to think any longer.
Yesterday, it was some strange server gremlins.
Noticed in practice I was getting some discos. Thought it was because I was alt-tabbing as it seemed to occur when I'd return, so I figured, I just won't do that all will be fine.
Wasn't actually the alt-tabbing doing it though. Seemed that simply escaping from track to pits, then trying to go back on track, was causing it. Other times, was random and just dropped me.
I sort of had a feeling it wasn't on my end, but no one else was saying anything about such issues, so I started thinking it WAS on my end.
Steam verify...wait forever, all verified ok...and now all my display/video settings are back at defaults.
Sorted that, went back in, same issues.
Ok, let's create a new player profile, sometimes that fixes weird stuff. (That required way too much work with only 20 mins to race)...had to manually redo all my button mapping, etc etc.
Missed 10 mins or so of quali, then was feeling hurried and didn't perform well. Ok, P6 ain't so bad.
Race 1 was mostly good. Trying to fight with what was around me but found myself stuck. Car doesn't draft (basically not at all) and overtaking opportunities were few and far between.
Made a mistake getting by a lap car in the final turn, about half way through. In hindsight, that probably cost me a podium spot. Just got crossed up trying to go inside, too hard in the brakes and I let the rear go light, froze like deer in headlights and around she went.
Lost spots, spent next laps cursing myself and regaining them. P4 in the end, no so bad considering.
Race 2...worried again. Got dropped from server when Q2 went to warmup.
That second one didn't go so well. Had a decent run going, Grant had fell back after so troubles and I could tell he had some damage to the car. I started pushing, and got the spot, but he wasn't giving it up without a fight (but by this point, neither was I)....and, in the end, it cost us both.
We came out of the final turn with Grant diving to the inside of me. Lap car ahead and I'm in a really bad spot, directly behind the lap car...Grant already has the nose in, I can't really move.
As we approached T1 I started trying to move over slightly. I was not backing out.
After watching the replay, I think it was just a racing incident. Just two cars going for same spot in the track at the same time, and we nearly made it. I think we got over a bump or two in the road just as we were closest, and it bounced both cars towards each other (because it looks like we both sort of turned in slightly on each other...but I didn't, I don't think Grant did, and I think the wheels locked and most of what is seen was after that, whether they had visually locked in the replay yet or not....ie, could feel it in the car as well)
In hindsight, perhaps I should have backed out.
Oh well, was fun. I love these little cars
Grats to David on the wins, and thanks to admin and broadcast for the work