Lonestar29

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  1. Driver Full Name: Don Baumbach Forum Name: Lonestar29 Class (GTE, LMP2): GTE Car Number: #89 Car Brand: 09LM Hankook Team Farnbacher #89, Ferrari donation: $10 sent
  2. Me. Should be there for most.
  3. I did the same thing... overheated engine in the pits... argh! Was having a good race with Rene.
  4. SCES series is running same day...so already committed. In past, Doug has usually hosted an indy 500 event at the more traditional timeframe (late May).
  5. Timing is okay for me... I should be able to participate in most. Throwing out some other ideas... Toban, Poznan, Bahrain
  6. Just saw this... happy to contribute to this great forum.
  7. The big story of my race was the GT pile up at exit of Indianapolis on lap 6. I got spooked with Alex spun in front of me, and braked too hard, losing back end. Trying to maneuver off the track, Alex had circled around and blocked me from backing off the track, so I was stuck in middle of track... apologies to Colin Moore for blocking the track. I was trying to move forward to clear track for traffic. Could not see anything to right and thought i had time to clear before you were on the scene. That collision removed my front wing. I did not repair it, which gave me great speed on straights, but not so good in corners. This took a few laps to get acclimated to. And had some good racing with Hallfarth in the next few laps... i was faster on straights, and he was faster in the corners, so it made for a fun battle. Good racing Manuel Congrats to Richard again.. he is running away with this.
  8. Prompted by Richard's report above... i'll share my perspective. As for different strategy, here's the background: At Suzuka, I was able to achieve a decent pace with minimal fuel burn, so i went with no-pit stop. It was a rather boring race ... just maintain a steady pace and avoid incidents. I could not really fight for position without compromising the strategy.... but was still able to get third. Practicing for Road America, i found two different strategies that were competitive. One was 'splash and dash', while the other was more aggressive (softs and hi boost). Yea, it meant more time in pits for tyres and fuel, but figured different strategy would be more exciting than my 'boring' race at Suzuka. Plus, I figured Richard would repeat the 'splash and dash'. He seemed too comfortable at Suzuka, so I hoped I could catch him napping. My qualify performance was poor. Just could not get the clean lap that I needed. This was a setback for my race strategy. Starting mid pack, so I had a number of GTs in front of me. I made my way to the front, but took longer than I could afford. I think I had something like 17-18s lead when I pitted after halfway point of race... I did not hit the target lead that I set to offset the additional time in pit, so knew i had to really push in second half of race. After the cycle of pit stops, I was 2nd . . . as Richard says, I think his lead was around 15s. All I was thinking .."it's hammer time"... The car felt really good. Going full tilt for duration of race was hypnotic... track was rubbering in nicely... Softs were at optimal temp... fuel load was minimal and setting fast lap times. Despite knowing that I was going to fall short (unless Richard stumbles), I was having a blast. I think I closed to within 5s with 2 laps remaining... and came to realization that there was not enough time left, and not wanting to risk a race ending crash in the final laps, I backed off to protect the position. In hindsight, a better qual position would have helped build a stronger lead in first half of race, and enabled a fight for the GT win. All in all, very happy with this race. Best race I've had in a while. And hats off to Richard for another win.
  9. You are very welcome Peter! Glad it work for you. Makes the race more enjoyable when you can control the car...
  10. Apologies to Jordy Zwiers . . . my fault for you off in turn 8 carousel on the penultimate lap. i was hanging out on left to let you pass on entrance to the turn. i should have just held the racing line. Glad it did not affect your overall position.
  11. I suppose safety car will set pace (100-120 kph). Maintain that pace up to the line? (Just want to be clear if the field expects to accelerate out of last turn. as i don't want to get rear ended.) http://simhqmotorsports.net/sim-racing-guidelines/#flying
  12. thanks doug for hosting tonight... only 3, but had a good 20min sprint race. see you next week.
  13. Wow... Great track Alex. Today was my first chance to download and do some laps. Got a baseline setup ready....Going to be a fun race next weekend. Couldn't get up early enough to join this mornings practice race (west coast US).. exhausted after yesterdays VEC race.
  14. goon = gareth? T8 is a very gnarly place to pass. Luckily, I found the gravel instead of a wall, and the car kept going. As I mentioned in earlier post, was doing my best to hold 2nd in class, but Hallfarth had caught me. He had a pace to get past, and I wasn't setup for to fight much...so the trip through the gravel just enabled it earlier. Hope Road America will give us more room
  15. Yea Matthew... we spent a few laps together. You were much better in braking zones (soft tyre?) and were catching me on straights. I was doing my best to make distance in corner sections. Enjoyed the racing ... until I missed my braking mark at the chicane. Was watching the P2 in my mirror, and forgot about the 100m board getting removed earlier. I setup the F430 for the non-stop . . . hard tyres, and gears/shift point set for fuel conserving. Maybe too conservative, as I had more than enough fuel for another race lap if needed. Exciting to see the variety in strategies in a 90min race. Its going to keep everyone guessing (no tyre markings/color visible?).