Here's some footage of one of my latest races in the FF1600... Racing against a duratec powered car (should be about 3-4sec faster ), we've taken leaps and bounds in our cars development regarding braking and accelerating...
What I found is that it has no where near enough psi, which is making it lose like 7km/h down the back straight which is a lot of time loss just there! It's also very understeery so it's not very direct on change of directions... Well not so much understeery because the fronts don't really push, but you definitely have to use a lot more steering lock to get it round the corner and to change direction.
I think the best thing to remember is if they car feels easy to drive, it's usually slow. The best thing to do is to be able to have a fast set (usually a bit oversteery) and drive it right on it's limit just before it breaks rear traction all the time. That will feel better anyway, and you'll just be overall faster everywhere because you can carry more entry speed, so more apex speed and you can drive the car straighter on the exit too because you're not struggling to get round the corner and it won't bog down, or have that 'too much friction' effect you mentioned...
That's just what I found anyway everyone has a different opinion
It started out ironically enough me (and another small group of guys) getting in trouble for being too fast in media sessions my fastest lap would have put me just outside the top 10 even though I was carrying a passenger!
Straight away in p1 we were p1 my fastest lap was set in the middle of the session. I came in after that and let the car rest and cool down before going out in the last few minutes to put another lap down, but many drivers wanted to play funner buggers and mind games with me, finding it somewhat amusing to block me and push me into the grass while on their cool down lap... :/
Going into q1, my engineer told me that the track might be slower, so if you don't go any faster than p1 don't worry just keep driving and punching out the laps... On my very first lap I went 0.6 faster than my p1 fastest, over the radio I go "whoooo!". I had another shot again after but I had to back out because of traffic, even though I was 0.8 up on my first lap. I went back in to the pit box and had a bit of a rest, re set the tyre pressures and had another shot with a few minutes to go, but again drivers decided that I was not allowed to go any faster and made a seemingly conscious decision to block my fast laps. It didn't matter, I had half a second over them anyway
My goal into q2 was to go even faster and possibly break the lap record which I was half a second off in q1. We waited to see if my lap was under threat before we went out onto the track. About 10 minutes through the session we saw jozza hop into the low 49's, so we thought we better do a lap. Once again, drivers made it very very hard for me to make my way through (for example on my first flying lap - which would have been a mid 48 again - a driver sat right on the racing line going through t11, and had every opportunity to get off the race line but didn't forcing me to go round the outside), so I came into the pits, re set the tyres again, and went out again. I could only manage a 49.2, same as jozza, my lap was filled from mistakes... In saying that a low 49 was a good time for that session. I was happy to top every time sheet on saturday and was looking forward to sunday.
Sunday, we get to the track. It's raining... great. I was slightly nervous about the weather not knowing how everyone else will go about it and hoping I can get the thing off the line.
Race 1, I did get it off the line. Not initially, but the second part of my start was good enough to give me the lead into t1. Parker went around the outside of me at t1, I lost traction and didn't fight him for the position. I tried to hold off Lloyd for a lap or two but ended up opening the door for him because he had a little bit more pace than me. I sat with the two for a couple of laps but they were driving way too fast in greasy conditions for my liking, so I sat back in my comfort zone and scored an easy third, which gave me the championship lead.
Race 2, top 10 reverse grid so I was off 8th. I got an awesome start and passed a few before t1. I was making sure I picked the drivers off 1 by 1 and not make any silly decisions, any points are good from 8th. I ended up getting passed a few drivers then Dommo fell off the track trying to pass Beechey. I caught Beechey up heaps then made a pretty ballsy pass into t1 on the wet side of the track. I made a quick gap on him concentrating on my corner exits and straight line speed, then Bates decided he still wanted to play funny games and pushed me onto the kerb at t1 almost in the grass and continued to not give me the racing line into t2 even with the blue flags... I was not impressed. On my last lap I just put my head down, I had a good lead and just made sure I hit all my braking markers, got the throttle on at the right points and found all my track references. I did so, and set a time only 0.2 off my pole lap time on the last lap of the race! I was so happy with my first race win, it was the best feeling in the world, especially at this level.
Race 3, I was off pole... it stayed dry but we didn't quite set the car up right. Our bars were set for a damp/wet track, and it didn't quite have the speed it did and pushed quite a lot. I was still the fastest (not time wise but race wise the car was the fastest), and I didn't get it off the line quite right. I dropped back to 3rd by the end of lap 1, then I made another pretty spur of the moment pass on Beechy going into Siberia, then hunted down Parker. I had a good race with him but I just couldn't quite get the business done without pushing him off the track (there was many times where I could have had an easy win by doing that), so I settled for second and now I'm leading the championship by 15 points
I have been given a fantastic opportunity to test drive a V8 Supercar again this year, and it will be happening in the next couple of months. The team is Jay Motorsport, and they are a top team in the Fujitsu V8 series.
Unfortunately, we are very very tight on budget and I won't be able to afford the relatively cheap ($5,000 for this test, usually they are $10k +). We will have to miss one of my championship rounds in Commodore Cup to take on this opportunity, even then I will still fall slightly short.
I know that this is a real long shot, and I totally understand how hard it is to get sponsorship as I've been trying for a while. I have succeeded a couple of times, but the sums that the businesses and I agreed on aren't exactly what you'd call 'season savers', to be blunt.
The Commodore Cup national series I run at the moment is televised and also nationally recognized, but in reality it has nothing on the coverage, press and media attention that the V8's get.
I'm still hoping to be in a Fujitsu V8 Supercar by 2011, I have not given up on that dream yet. Obviously once I get there the sponsors will get more advertising for their business, and therefore be willing to spend more money with us as a team.
What I am searching for is if anybody in here owns a big company or knows someone who does, who are willing to dip their toes in a new way of marketing their business with myself, and Andrews Motorsport. If you know of anyone please let me know, either drop me a pm or you can email me @ scott.andrews _at_ andrewsmotorsport.com
Thanks in advance, and thankyou for taking the time to read this.
yeah it's so sad, I sorta feel I have a connection with that track, as it was my first career pole position and all that... Great track to drive too, it's got some really tricky places and some cool highspeed stuff
hmm, well I'm starting work experience with a well known supercar hotlaps company called 'Fastrack racing' and I can tell you they are definitely not stickered up ss's. Having said that, they are not v8supercar spec... v8's cost a lot of money to run, and things need to be replaced often. If the cars I think you will be going in are the same, then if you haven't been on a racetrack before, then you're in for a surprise
problem is mate, is that for insurance and safety reasons they can only go 70-80% pace anyway... and if the stewards see them getting out of shape of locking brakes or anything like that they will get slapped with a massive fine.
Last race I raced it was my first time to the track and my first session was a sponsor/media ride where I took my dad. The track was wet as, and the window was so fogged up I couldn't see a thing - I was going about 50% pace, I ran off the track a little bit and after that I was called up and I was lucky enough to sweet talk my way out of it - but they were going to slap me with a pretty hefty fine (something around $3,000, I think)...
Anyway, I've taken people for drives in my car doing about 80% and scared the hell out of them, and my car is no where near a supercar spec, so I reckon it will be a blast they are amazing things you'll have a ball. Have fun
Yeah so close to the first win... In the first race I had almost the straight length on them before the SC came out then I made a silly mistake...
In that and the second race many times I could have made a move to win, but I just didn't put myself in the right position. I was easily the fastest car on the day I just didn't want to push anybody out of the way - I don't want that kind of reputation
I was being very patient, probably too patient. But it's still early days...
Last year’s Commodore Cup Rookie of the Year, Scott Andrews, has taken his second career pole position, qualifying fastest for the opening round of the 2010 series at Wakefield Park today.
Andrews was second in opening practice and dropped to fifth in the first qualifying session after being held up by slower traffic and making some driving errors, but the 19-year-old improved his lap-times by more than half a second for the second session to snatch away top spot.
“I hit all the apexes and found the perfect racing line around Wakefield Park,” he said.
“I reckon there was even more in the car, and I probably could have done a 1:07. The car is definitely very strong.”
Scott’s second pole position also comes in his first visit to the Wakefield Park circuit, echoing his effort at Oran Park last year.
“The best way to learn new tracks is to find the limit early, which is why I’ve gone so well at new tracks,” he said.
“The car is consistently very quick, so it should be competitive for tomorrow’s three races. Hopefully I can bring it home for a podium finish or better still, a round-win,” he concluded.
Scott Andrews has taken his best overall result in the Commodore Cup national series, second place, and missed out on an overall victory by the narrowest of margins, in the first round of the 2010 season at Wakefield Park over the weekend.
The 2009 Commodore Cup rookie of the year qualified on pole position and had arguably the fastest car over the course of the weekend, but a variety of minor indiscretions cost Andrews some positions in the races and he ultimately fell just two points short of a round-winning pointscore.
In Race 1, Andrews was beaten off the start by Adam Lloyd, but he recaptured the race lead within half a lap and sprinted away from the field, only for a safety-car to be deployed as a result of Josh Hughes experiencing a gearbox failure and stopping in a precarious position at the side of the circuit.
At the restart, Andrews was the first driver to cop the oil left on the circuit by Hughes’s car, and he slid wide at Turn 2, allowing Jason Domaschenz to overtake him. He was then shuffled back two more positions when Tony Bates tapped him into the final corner, again forcing him wide and letting Bates and Nick Parker through.
An incident between Bates and Parker allowed Andrews to move back up to second and he set the fastest lap of the race in his pursuit of Domaschenz, but ultimately fell just short.
“I went for Domaschenz too early,” Andrews said. “If I had been more patient, I would have had him. My car was about half a second a lap quicker than his.
Andrews almost stalled on the grid in Race 2, and lost a spot to Adam Beechey off the line. He moved back into second place when Domaschenz’s car developed a gearbox problem, and started pressuring Beechey.
“Adam drove really well in that race,” he said. “I really only had one chance to overtake him, but I missed a gear and the car oversteered, so I wasn’t able to make the move stick.
Race 3 was held on a very wet track. Scott made a very good start and led the field into the first corner, but locked the rear brakes into Turn 2 and ran wide, losing a lot of positions.
“I really struggled at the start of the race to get the hang of the track in the wet, and I was overtaken by a lot of cars,” he said.
“As the race went on, I became more comfortable and made up positions when a few other drivers had some incidents. Towards the end, I had an awesome battle with Chris Stevenson. We both gave each other a lot of room and it was a lot of fun.”
Andrews finished seventh in Race 3, with round-winner Adam Beechey finishing fifth.
“Overall, it was a very good weekend. It was my first podium finish and I’m now second in the series, which is a great start to the season.”
The next round of the Commodore Cup national series is at Phillip Island, May 1-2.