Daily comments from a Pro Sim Driver

PET250 Race Car returns to the pitside workshop

The boys removing the vehicle

The boys removing the vehicle

After a heavy race schedule over the last two weeks the PET250 returns to the workshop Sunday evening for a few days of software updates, mechanical updates and in house driver training. We will be out on the road again shortly so I look forward to meeting you all on a Grid. Yesterday Daniel Greenwood called in to meet up at the SAKS store. Daniel has been active developing a range of rFactor tracks for the public and clients and so it was nice to finally attach a face to the name. Hopefully in the future we can involve some of the local talent from the sim community. Keep up the good work Daniel.

SAKS Fashion Virtual Grand Prix in Newmarket

Instore Photo Gallery of some of the visitors who took on the challenge.

On track race time is the only way to improve race time. During this current week whilst we have been running the SAKS Fashion Virtual Grand Prix I have managed to achieve a improved lap time of 46.47 sec lap time racing a Formula Fox in the South City Classic Circuit in LFS. A later attempt saw a 46.74 sec lap time in the 9 car race. At 46.47 sec gave a 3rd position win whilst a second race saw a dismal 8th placing. Cameron Brewer, “mayor” of Newmarket and head of the Newmarket Business Association, attempted to qualify for a rookie position in the recently established SimDeck race team, by showing off his race driving ability. As we say in the business we will call you.

The SAKS sponsored Formula FOX model race car.

The SAKS sponsored Formula FOX model race car.

The colours of the virtual car Cameron raced, matched office his tie collection he holds in the office – Red for meeting Labour party politicians and Blue for National party ploticians…. and logos by SAKS, host of the virtual GP

High Speed action with high profile fashion brands

High Speed action with high profile fashion brands

Consistent high lap times is the key to winning an overall higher place in the race. Due to the agressive nature of the other AI drivers careful timing and placing of the car to overtake is crucial with only a few places where overtaking can be achieved…principally the corner at the end of the main straight is a key area which 2-3 positions can be achieved if one drives into the corner at high speed with a very late braking allows me to sneak into one of the few gaps, however  it can all be lost if coming out of the corner  if the car is not maintained in a straight line or the gear is dropped to low causing the back end to swing. With the other cars hard on the tail also means a real risk of a tyre clipping or a nudge turning the whole attempt into an ego  challenging 360 spin.

The closest lap time by any other driver has been the ocassional mid 50 seconds. Members of the public are welcome to visit the SAKS Fashion store  at 254 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland during the week up until 3.30pm 24 August to race in the SimDeck PET250 car.

My Challenge To all you budding Formula One Drivers:

Contribute to this blog in a meaningful way and you’re welcome to challenge my speed for free when you see us out in a public event. I’ll regularly come back to this page to list my latest time racing in a FOX Open Cockpit Car in the Live For Speed South City Classic Circuit.

Saturday Morning Stop Press I have been pipped in my lap times with a visitor to the store on Friday who managed 46.46sec.

Young folk loved the chance to race in a full simulator free of charge courtesy of SAKS

Young folk loved the chance to race in a full simulator free of charge courtesy of SAKS