This was a pretty good week for me, I was upgraded to a class D license and I gained a couple of spots in the Championship standings to put myself 1396 out of 8581 drivers. Not bad for my first season on iracing. I’m only going to get better! I have to keep reminding myself that it’s just a training tool for the real thing, but it is awesome! The video highlights are below, if you prefer to read, keep on!
My first attempt at Summit Point Raceway was a huge success. I got the hang of this track right away and was able to qualify 4th. I know I’m still a rookie and the strength of field is not too high but that was pretty good for the first time at this track. I managed to run a pretty clean race, the only incident that was major was someone ran into the back of me and tried to take me out. I’m becoming a much better driver and I was able to save it. This really is just like driving a real car. It behaves very similar. What a great tool! Other than that and a little bit of very clean racing, all went well. I managed to finish 5th, gain a couple of points in SR and collect 41 Championship points. I think I can do better. I’ll run this one again; maybe even a couple of times!
Second run at Summit Point, what an awesome race I had. It was clean, with one off where I lost control but saved the car and didn’t hit anything. It allowed one of the drivers to pass me but I think he was a lap down, or I lost 2nd place there. He didn’t pass me while I lost control but was able to catch me because of it. This was my first podium finish with a 3rd place! It’s only my 3rd week in and I’ve now finished on the podium! This is awesome news! I qualified terrible for this race, started 7th and moved up through the field to finish 3rd! Some people crashed, while others I was just able to get around. I’m really getting the hand of how the car handles and it is super realistic. What a safe environment to push a car to its limits without worry of injury. I’m a fan of iracing! I also collected 56 Championship points and .15 SR! That puts me at 2.85! If I get to 3.0 I think I’ll get my D license! Woot!
My third run at Summit point did not go too well. I qualified 6th and finished 7th. I was running 5th for a long time but ended up crashing pretty bad attempting to reel in 4th place. Because I only crashed myself I did manage to increase my SR which puts me at a 2.97. I’m almost out of Rookies! All my requirements are met except for that one. I think I will try another race tonight and see if I can improve my times at all. I’ll sign up and start practicing.
Fourth Race! Got promoted to a D License! I am officially out of Rookies! I qualified 9th for this race and finished 5th. It was a great run and I had 0 Incident points. This is what boosted me up to the D License. There was good clean racing and it was a blast. So now I’m just running the MX-5 cup to finish the series since none of the races count towards my improved license. That’s Awesome. I even have an irating now and it is 1305! Nice!
5th time around was not too good. I finished 7th and qualified 9th. I lost 29 points of irating and my SR dropped .01. I had a couple of off track events and I had a collision in one of the turns. I was trying to gain positions but was unable to because I was pushing so hard and losing control of the car. Not a good race! I was in a race with all class D drivers so I am definitely out of rookies!
The 6th race in this series went well too. I finished 3rd, gained SR and irating! The race was real clean and I was chasing the lead pack the whole race. They pulled away from me but I was running a solid 5th the entire time. I ended up battling with a couple of cars behind me for a while but I was able to get back in my groove and pull away from them later in the race. Fortunately for me, 2 cars in the lead pack mixed it up and I was able to pass their crashed cars and finish 3rd.
I then jumped straight into a Cadillac cup race……this did not go well. I thought it was on the same track as the MX-5 cup races but it ended up being at the same location but a different circuit. So I was racing a car I’ve never driven on a track that I did not know! I thought I would only have the one variable but I was wrong.. I ended up disqualified for too many incident points. My SR has been knocked back down to what it was before the last race. Maybe I should have practiced first.