I don't have the track yet, so I can't give much sensible advice Crommi, but it is a very long lap, with a lot of 'straights' and fast-corners, so a lot of time can probably be won on your corner exits. 8 seconds is a lot though, I wonder what a really hardcore lap would look like
Meanwhile, I'm trying like a madman to break into the 1.48's with the rookie solstice, and I know that I can get a good 1.48.5 with my current technique quite easily... but the last 3 corners are different every single lap for me, I just can't find any consistency in them whatsoever. Sometimes I have a blistering lap and then I just seem to stall in the last corner - the car just won't turn at all.
The corner after the cork-screw, I either go narrow and have a mile to my right unused on my exit, or I slide wide and have to do some insane stunt-pilot sh*t to keep the rear wheels from losing traction coming over the kerbs and into the sand. I swear I've only done this corner right about 3 times, and each of those were in a horrible lap otherwise.
Then there's the fact that even though I've driven a 1.49.0xx (which was falsely marked as having an incident when my wheels brushed the corkscrew in a way the game felt was unfair) my consistent laps are nowhere near that time - I seem only be able to do ~1.51.5 in a consistent race. Now, I know I shouldn't cry about that because plenty of people don't drive so fast, but it's just so far off potential I feel like the track just has a hex on me I can't break.
Bleh. Going to do my third race tonight, last time I was fielded with at least 20 people that could drive 1.48's solid...
Okay maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but it does seems as if noone has qualified anywhere near their own potential :\
Nothing to see here folks!