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Automation Sunday Cup - Race 3: ATT


#292

Doing even better than in Tsukuba? Fantastic!

Actually beating the EVO? Anna is satisfied with her tuning but also secretly devastated inside :joy: (also haha to even more of you slower than a sofa :stuck_out_tongue: )

Also the continued strong MM showing will quite possibly be a reputation boost for the brand, I didn’t expect them to be all up the pointy end!


#293

Sundgaü Motorsports, which are, by the way, totally not endorsed by FAAL in any way, may I remind you

On the radio, mid race:

Loïc: "Deborah Taj Anapol (1951–2015) was an American clinical psychologist and one of the founders of the polyamory movement,[1] which started in the 1980s.[2] Known for her work in erotic spirituality, ecosex,[3] neotantra and Pelvic-Heart Integration,[4] she was an advocate for multiple love and sacred sexuality. Her work made early use of the Internet to gather and organize like-minded people. She was also the co-founder of the magazine Loving More[5] and its conferences. She wrote one of the first books on polyamory, Love Without Limits (1992); which was expanded and reissued as Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits, in 1997. An expert columnist for Psychology Today,[6] she blogged at “Love Without Limits, Reports from the relationship frontier.”

Julien: “Dude are you literally reading the encyclopedia while driving?..”

Loïc: “I’M TRYING TO EMPHASIZE HOW THE CAR IS SO EASY TO DRIVE AT THE LIMIT, YET I’M STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK.”

Julien: “Won’t say that I told you, but I fucking told you. You wanted a reasonable tune, you got a reasonable tune. Enjoy your reasonable results. I could have gotten 314hp out of this but nooooo, fuel economy my boy. By the way, you know the lead Keika does better than you in that department?”

Loïc: angry Alsacian noises


#294

CSM's Tales, Episode 2: Best laid plan? Not so much.

The place is Fuji’s pitlanes, the time is sunset. You know, those really epic sunsets that appear at the end of the manliest anime episodes from the past? No? Well, at least the context is there…

Charlie: (sighs) Well, so much for the main straight plan, Manny.

Manny: Ok, perhaps I was a little too… joyed with the prospect of a faster track and our turbo?

Charlie: Yeah, we’ll go with “joyed”. Once again the best we could manage is a top 30…

Manny: Nashie I know this is one of my classic silver linings, but you did outlast the Mystery Machine. One of Ross’s biggest rivals! And you did it with a sputtering car, no less.

Charlie: Thanks to your blasted turbo, smart ass. What goes does this powerless thing do if it can’t even manage fuel economy?

Manny: …beat Eric Johnrosh?

Charlie: When the chakras align in the Heavens, maybe. As for beating Oliver, on the other hand…

Manny: Yep, we’ve seen the Sagitta’s true colors. The crimson colors of a true oni, thirsty for blood.

Charlie: I think you had too much sake for one Asian weekend, Manny. So, what’s next…?

Manny: Ok, let’s be realistic. We don’t have the pace, we don’t have the fuel economy. The car is neither nimble on short circuits, nor fast on long ones.
Let’s focus on the one thing this car has done consistently. You do you and bring that Kyori home every race. We won’t be known for speed, but we can be known for tenacity. Whaddaya think?

Charlie: …fine, it’s as a good start as any. Onwards to the Killrob Raceway…

To be continued!


#295

Throwback Club - Race 2 (Fuji)

Lap 98, Oliver is sweating as he tries to nail the lines through the track. He loses focus for a second, victim of tunel vision; the radio suddenly beeps.

Flores: “Careful, careful, inside, inside, INSIDE!”

Oliver corrected, just barely missing the ERA he seemed to be destined to crash into. Braking into the next corner, Oliver recovers the racing line before letting more time be wasted.

Oliver: “That was close. Didn’t see him. Tell Mountain Pass this is my bad.”

The two last laps were mostly uneventful, without Oliver being able to get anywhere near Williams. He crosses the finish line in second place after a final sprint at the last straight. After a enthusiastic celebration at the podium and congratulating Williams and Faulkner for a great race, Oliver returned to the pits, hugging and celebrating with his teammates. After the morale had died down, Chen started checking the championship standings.

Chen: “You went from last to sixth in the championship standings in just one race. Great job out there, Oliver.”

Oliver grabbed a towel to clean the sweat in his forehead.

Oliver: “Thank you. What’s next?”

Chan: “New Zealand. The Automation Test Track.”

Oliver: “We better get ready, I’ve heard it’s not precisely an easy one…if you excuse me, I’m gonna pay Mountain Pass a visit and apologize for nearly hitting them.”

Chen: “Sure, don’t take long though, we’re gonna start packing up soon.”

Oliver put his beloved cap on, before walking down the pits. As he walked past the CSM pits, he saluted Charlie and his crew friendly before resuming his stroll. He was soon in front of the pits chosen by Mountain Pass.

Oliver: “Hello. Who’s Andrew?”

One of Andrew’s teammates gestured towards the driver, who was helping pack up for the day.

Oliver: “Hey, I’m the driver of the Sagitta…sorry about what happened out there. Tunnel vision almost made me crash into you.”

To be continued.

(@HighOctaneLove this part is on you :wink:)


#296

Andrew: Hey, no worries man. It was kinda my fault for bringing a .22 rifle to a 50 cal sniper rifle match! I’m just glad I don’t have to catch the bus home again… Apology accepted!

Andrew then turned back to his task, packing the stolen toilet paper from the racers lounge into the front compartment of his Maglev…

(@Mr.Computah thanks for the RP opportunity!)


#297

TRAFIKJOURNALEN WEB

The race at Fuji can best be described with one word - disaster! After a start that was looking promising, I was out after a crash already in the beginning of the race. I am sure that the Miro can be repaired to be ready for the next race at Automation test track though. See you then!


#298

Race 3 - Automation Test Track - 100 laps

Welcome to race 3 of the Automation Sunday Cup! Today’s race takes place on the Automation Test track. Although it has some history in motorsports, the ATT is known worldwide as one of the best destinations to test cars due to its very challenging and varied layout. This course will be demanding for drivers at all skill levels.


A little nostalgia for you

Family Pictures! (I was missing a couple so sorry if you don't see your car in here.)

Laps 1-25

3…2…1…START
The familiar roar of 32 tuned cars flooring it signals the beginning of race. Only 50 seconds in, the first wreck of the race occurs when one of the Tsumori’s wheels seize just after exiting the carousel. Braithewaite finishes the first lap in 7th place, having an excellent start. Williams and Ross again pull away from the pack early in the race. Jimmy Beijer struggles to advance through the pack as Donahaugh and Whitestone give him a tough battle. Faulkner overshoots the final turn of lap 3, kissing the wall and dropping back a few positions. Hurley attempts a risky move to the inside of Carlen in Killrob Chicane, but clips the tire wall. Connor Jones skillfully makes his way up to 7th passing a few rivals from this series after a rough start. Miles Phillips is following not far behind gaining ground in the corners. Jonrosh has difficulties pushing the Mystery Machine as fast as before after last race’s troubles. Braithewaite’s takes a bad line through the Bavarian Bend and leaves 15th place open for Shinomiya. Schwob and B1 make quick work of Jonrosh in lap 21, taking 17th and 18th respectively. Martin takes the inside on Adam’s Apex passing Nash on lap 24.



Laps 26-50

By lap 25, the top 5 racers have settled into their positions while the midpack continues to shuffle. Wilford slides into the wall and is the third car taken out of the race by just lap 29. Turini makes it back to 12th place after losing control earlier in the race, now closing in on Prior. Rusty Kuntz can’t find a way past the inexplicably fast Sofa while Cooper bides his time just behind the two of them. Eric Jonrosh’s bad luck continues as he loses control of his van in the carousel crushing the back end. Bugsy Malone passes Agregaatti on the difficult Bavarian Bend in lap 47.


Laps 51-75

The second half of the race was sadly very uneventful as most of the racers have found themselves comfortably in their positions. Prior claims 10th place from Phillips in the back straight while Kuntz and Cooper finally make it past the Sofa. Barnes passes Newman in the first turn after nearly 10 laps of blocked attempts. Bugsy claws his way past Martin to gain another position, determined to get a better finish than past rounds.

Laps 76-100

In Lap 80, the Sofa strikes back as Braithewaite catches Kuntz and Cooper battling ahead off-guard on an inside pass. Faulkner, disappointed in his performance this race, makes a final push to catch up to Donahaugh while he is in the pits but is unable to cover enough ground in time. The aggressively green Keika crosses the finish line nearly a full lap ahead Ross, followed by Beijer, Donahaugh, Faulkner, and Hunter in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th, respectively. With 4 cars out of the race, Morgan has his best finish yet in 28th.

Finish

Results:

  1. Patrick Williams (#46 Twist) - 25 points
  2. Oliver Ross (#109 Sagitta) - 21 points
  3. Jimmy Beijer (#175 MM) - 18 points
  4. Matthew Donahaugh (#128 MM) - 15 points
  5. Lawrence Faulkner (#129 MM) - 12 points
  6. Alfred Hunter (#48 Twist) - 10 points
  7. Tina Whitestone (#07 MM) - 9 points
  8. Connor Jones (#134 Harrier) - 8 points
  9. Erik Carlén (#1 Miro) - 7 points
  10. Luke ‘Impossible’ Prior (#149 Venture) - 6 points
  11. Miles Phillips (#36 Arrow) - 5 points
  12. Jean Turini (#165 Caliban) - 4 points
  13. Elena Braithewaite (#21 Sofa) - 3 points
  14. Rusty Kuntz (#25 Caliban) - 2 points
  15. Richard Cooper (#136 EVO) - 1 point
  16. Walter Thompson (#37 Arrow) - 1 point
  17. Kai Shinomiya (#89 Zeppelin) - 1 point
  18. Loïc Schwob (#91 M10 Ansom) - 1 point
  19. Jimmy Barnes (#167 Hermes) - 1 point
  20. B1 (#101 Erin Merna) - 1 point
  21. Skyler Newman (#11 LLA Comet)
  22. James Nurse (#16 Horven) - 1 point
  23. Marvin Callaway (#49 Twist) - 1 point
  24. Charlie “Guile” Nash (#176 Kyori) - 1 point
  25. Lewis Martin (#38 Arrow) - 1 point
  26. James “Bugsy” Malone (#86 Mesaia) - 1 point
  27. Aki Agregaatti (#55 280 Sport) - 1 point
  28. Andrew Morgan (#86 ERA) - 1 point
  29. Eric Jonrosh (#81 Mystery Machine) - 0 points
  30. Scott Wilford (#17 Horven) - 0 points
  31. James Hurley (#132 Xenus) - 0 points
  32. Alex Young (#72 Tsumori) - 0 points

Standings:

  1. Patrick Williams (#46 Twist) - 75 points
  2. Lawrence Faulkner (#129 MM) - 51 points
  3. Matthew Donahaugh (#128 MM) - 48 points
  4. Oliver Ross (#109 Sagitta) - 42 points
  5. Jimmy Beijer (#175 MM) - 40 points
  6. Alfred Hunter (#48 Twist) - 32 points
  7. Tina Whitestone (#07 MM) - 28 points
  8. Connor Jones (#134 Harrier) - 16 points
  9. Erik Carlén (#1 Miro) - 16 points
  10. Miles Phillips (#36 Arrow) - 15 points
  11. Rusty Kuntz (#25 Caliban) - 14 points
  12. Luke ‘Impossible’ Prior (#149 Venture) - 14 points
  13. James Hurley (#132 Xenus) - 13 points
  14. Jean Turini (#165 Caliban) - 13 points
  15. Elena Braithewaite (#21 Sofa) - 8 point
  16. Kai Shinomiya (#89 Zeppelin) - 6 points
  17. Richard Cooper (#136 EVO) - 4 points
  18. Walter Thompson (#37 Arrow) - 3 point
  19. Loïc Schwob (#91 M10 Ansom) - 3 points
  20. Skyler Newman (#11 LLA Comet) - 3 points
  21. Jimmy Barnes (#167 Hermes) - 3 points
  22. B1 (#101 Erin Merna) - 3 points
  23. James Nurse (#16 Horven) - 3 points
  24. Marvin Callaway (#49 Twist) - 3 points
  25. Aki Agregaatti (#55 280 Sport) - 3 points
  26. James “Bugsy” Malone (#86 Mesaia) - 3 points
  27. Charlie “Guile” Nash (#176 Kyori) - 3 points
  28. Lewis Martin (#38 Arrow) - 3 points
  29. Scott Wilford (#17 Horven) - 2 points
  30. Alex Young (#72 Tsumori) - 2 points
  31. Andrew Morgan (#86 ERA) - 2 points
  32. Eric Jonrosh (#81 Mystery Machine) - 1 point

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1940EQUB37H9uoGrXBM2Z2UziKCBoA1mc


#299

Team Mountain Pass

Race Three: Automation Test Track
Last weeks Blog

Thanks to the money I was able to make bootlegging the TP I “appropriated” from Fuji Speedway I was able to bribe a RAAF aircrew into transporting me and my ERA to New Zealand. Once I arrived I prepared myself and the Maglev for the big race. I managed a few stolen laps of the track the night before the big race and I knew I was experiencing deja vu… A large track with a massively long straight and a lack of tight corners to slow the high speed cars down, just like Fuji Speedway!

My premonition was correct for the most part. I was fundamentally outclassed by all the other entrants who simply left me behind on the long back straight. I was wrong in one area though; I didn’t come last! A total of four entrants failed to finish which meant that I achieved my greatest result yet… 28th!!! I managed to avoid the shenanigans this time around, which is great, because ERA parts are rather rare here in the land of the long white cloud…

At the end of the race I knew I needed something special to get my car onto a USAAF cargo plane headed to California. A couple slabs of L&P soft drink and a few jars of Marmite ought to do the trick. Now where did I stow my lockpicking kit?


#300

No wonder this race took a bit longer to be posted, the Beam photos were a very cool (and rather unexpected) surprise. That first family should definitely be used as the thread’s cover photo!

Also, how were those on-track shots done? Was the race actively simulated in Beam with AI drivers?


#301

Fantastic usage of Beam right there, 10/10 effort :+1:

Also, the Sofa still beating the EVO by 2 positions TRIGGERED. Can’t believe I’m actually scoring points with the thing now that the dampers and springs are at appropriate values the car isn’t nearly as twitchy as it was, but still, really don’t lift off and stamp on the brakes in a corner, that’s asking to die…


#302

Team Sunday Strikers, Post-Race 3

Again the Arrow finished in the middle of the pack, just as the team had been expecting. It was clear that their engine’s lack of capacity was limiting the car’s potential compared to the Drunken Dragons’ all-conquering, lime-green, V6-powered Twist, but the team persisted. With two races to go, anything could happen… but before that, the Sunday Strikers had to regroup yet again and prepare the Arrow for its next outing.

Walter felt obliged to remark on the immense performance of the Twist which had just claimed a hat-trick. “How on earth are they still unbeaten?” he asked Henry.

“I don’t know what they’ve done to it, but whatever it was, it’s not just unbeatable, but also untouchable. The fact that its driver is one of the best on the grid only makes things even worse for the other teams - including us.”

Reluctantly, Walter nodded in acknowledgement of the fact that the Twist in question was just too good for its own good - just as he had suspected all along. Not even the fact that he had stayed out of trouble could make him feel better. But he remained as optimistic as ever about the Arrow’s competitiveness. For now, hopes were high, but whether or not his prayers would be answered would have to wait until the next race.