It's different from person to person though, some make it faster and easier then others, some keeps ending up in wrecks (which seems to be the case with Franky from what I can read), to those the "get out of the rookie races asap" advice is a good advice. Get yourself in to the class C races and then start grinding iRating.
Going to compare the first season of iRacing to now, k. Not only is everyone in rookie at that time, but you couldn't even advance licenses until after the season is over with. So basically can't tell if trolling or if you are being that ignorant.
Ignorant: lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
Wasn't really going for an insult, just wondering how on Earth you were trying to make that comparison.
Personally, iRating doesn't mean all that much at that low of a level. Gaining iRating in D class would probably be easier than gaining in rookie, as the chances of you being taken out have dropped some. You can start from the pits and still either gain iRating or remain the same. In most rookie races you'll have drivers dropping like rocks, allowing you to gain positions. It only takes four races I believe and you can be out of rookie, so why not take that opportunity, evening out your iRating as your worst possible outcome and just move to D? If you believe you won't be gaining iRating at D class level, then it isn't entirely other cars to blame.
When quite a few of my team mates were moving from LFS to iRacing, they went from Rookie to A class in 3-4 days, only buying the Star Mazda outside of the F1 car. They got out of rookie ASAP, and then gained all their iRating using the Star Mazda so they could reach the top split races in F1 by the next weekend. Trying to juice everything out of the rookie class just isn't worth it in the end.
So I guess I'm the only LFSer that doesn't mind sitting on high-Class C and being matchmaked with Class A drivers, because I'm interested in the RUF Cup anyway. I thought about going up to Class A just for the F1 league, but meh... I don't think I can do anything significiant there.
Ok, it's a geneal/vague impression of not handling as good as one would expect, but you can't yet put your fingers on what precisely is not right. Usually a few weeks after a new build, specific issues are raised in the forums. Maybe in this case it's taking longer because the model is more refined and the issues (legitimate or not) are subtler.
I was thinking about jumping up to Class A and starting the FW, but it seems to be extremely fast and I'm afraid I would be just a backmarker. How hard is it to jump into that league? What are the "proes"? How can you even reach Pro licence?
It's as hard as you make it. If you practice a lot and try doing a lot of setup work, then it can pay off well and you can do pretty good. But to qualify, you want to finish in the top 10 in points in either season 1, 2, or 3. Season 4 you then have pro series, where I believe you must finish in the top 20 in order to obtain a DWC license. Pro series is a 10 week season (skips Xmas and New Years) that is normally messy as people scramble to get points. In the past, playing it safe in Pro can almost ensure you a DWC license. Please note though, that pace in the Class A series does not always relate to the Pro/DWC level whatsoever. Rarely you have a top driver go through A class anymore, most of them currently aren't top 10 material (no offense to them, just being honest).
In the end, you would have to see if you even like the car. Being consistent in it as well with good pace is probably the most important thing. If you can't stay concentrated for 60-90 minutes straight, you're going to have problems later on when racing.
I don't think I'd have problem concentrating for that ammount of time in a quick car after decent ammount of practice. I'm rather concerned about the skill levels in those Class A series races. I seriously mean I'm disappointed with people I've been matched with that had A licence and 4.5-5k iRating, but of course that's in the RUF Cspec. I'm wondering how does that relate to the Class A Williams cup.
In the A class series on the road side atleast the competition won't be that high because people usually get the black stripe then don't race the series anymore. But in the black stripe series the standard will be much higher, it's practicing for 1 race a week/every other week so people are much more focused for that than in the lower series, imo
It's an investment in the time you put into it, having a good race in the pro or dwc series that come after A class is as rewarding as anything I've done in simracing, but there is a price to get there in terms of time and effort and for most people that's not worth it.