Alfa races at front of field for win in Bahrain International GP Multiclass

Image by April Dillon
The starting grid, before someone didn't get the memo about the start procedure. Taken by Kyran Parkin

Anstey races through field from back of grid

Image by Kyran Parkin
The Gibson 1-2 celebrate with donuts of a synchronized kind. Also booping.
G.E.A.R. Bahrain International GP Multiclass
16 Nov 2016
RACING HOST
John van der Geest

16 Nov 2016 — Sanio Alfa held the ES_GTE class lead for 16 laps in a run to first place in the G.E.A.R. Bahrain International GP Multiclass.

Alfa traded positions with Rui Santos in a long and persistent fight for the race lead starting early on, running within a turn of each other over a range of 39 laps. Alfa drove the majority pursuing Santos after being challenged and passed by him on the fifth lap. Alfa passed Santos and into first place on lap 34, and kept it the remaining 11 laps to the conclusion.

From the 10th spot on the starting grid, Paul Anstey worked through the field of 10 to claim fourth place in the ES_P2 class at the finish.

Anstey traded positions multiple rounds with Nigel Middleton in a long and persistent fight for sixth from the middle stages, running within car lengths of each other over a range of 20 laps. Anstey ran the majority pursuing Middleton after targeting him on the fifth lap, coming from as many as four positions back. Driving the Ligier JS P2, Anstey launched an extended challenge at Middleton in the beginning, staying within an apex behind him and gaining ground over a continuous run of nine laps. Anstey passed Middleton for the second time and into fourth place on lap 23, and controlled it the remaining 24 laps to the checkered flag.

Kyran Parkin controlled the lead in the ES_P2 class most of all, leading 45 of 48 laps on a run to first place.

Driving the Gibson 015S, Parkin traded positions with John Van Der Geest in a drawn-out fight for the race lead late in the action, fighting over a range of 24 laps. Parkin ran nearly all leading Van Der Geest after being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 33, Parkin cleared Van Der Geest and into first place on lap 36, and controlled it the remaining dozen laps to the conclusion.

A tight 0.276 seconds separated Manuel Alves ahead of Rob Milliken at the checkered flag for Alves to take sixth place in the ES_GTE class.

John Van Der Geest held the ES_P2 class lead for three laps in a run to third place.

Alves spent nearly equal parts of 13 laps total leading Barrett Erickson after being caught by him on lap 18. Driving the Ferrari F430 GT, Alves fended off a prolonged challenge by Erickson in the middle stages, staying just a couple turns ahead of him over a continuous run of five laps. Ultimately Alves lost the spot on lap 23 and settled into sixth the couple laps running to the checkered flag, holding off Milliken by the narrow margin at the line.

Driving the Oreca 03, Van Der Geest traded positions multiple rounds with April Dillon in a long and tense battle for second starting early on, running within a car length of each other over a range of 39 laps. Van Der Geest ran nearly equal parts leading Dillon after being engaged by her on the first lap. Van Der Geest fended off an extended attack by Dillon in the middle stages, staying just a bumper ahead of her over a solid run of five laps. Ultimately Van Der Geest lost the spot on lap 41 and settled into third the eight laps running to the finish.

April Dillon took second place in the ES_P2 class.

Reinhard Berger captured second place in the ES_GTE class.

Dillon traded positions back and forth with John Van Der Geest in a long and tense fight for second from the early stages, running within a bumper of each other over a span of 39 laps. Driving the Gibson 015S, Dillon spent nearly equal parts leading Van Der Geest after challenging and passing him on lap 10. Dillon fended off an extended challenge by Van Der Geest in the early stages, staying just car lengths ahead of him over an unbroken run of seven laps. After losing the spot on lap 32, Dillon passed Van Der Geest for the fourth time and into second place on lap 41, and defended it against pressure by Van Der Geest the remaining eight laps to the conclusion.

Berger traded positions multiple rounds with Rui Santos in a lengthy and unrelenting battle for second in the late stages, running within a car length of each other over a range of 14 laps. Driving the Flat6 RSR, Berger ran the majority pursuing Santos after targeting him on the first lap. Berger cleared Santos for the second time and into second place when Santos retired on lap 43, and controlled it the final couple laps to the checkered flag.

Ricardo Gomes took fifth place in the ES_P2 class.

Rui Santos led all drivers in the ES_GTE class most for 29 of 45 laps but ultimately settled for eighth place.

Mark Hightree captured third place in the ES_GTE class.

Gomes swapped leads with Nigel Middleton in a determined battle for fifth from the middle stages, running within a straightaway of each other over a range of seven laps and changing positions two times. Gomes drove nearly equal parts leading Middleton after being caught by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 6, Gomes passed Middleton and into fifth place when Middleton retired on lap 24, and controlled it another 0 laps till his own early retirement due to engine trouble.

Santos traded positions with Reinhard Berger in a lengthy and determined fight for second in the late stages, running within a turn of each other over a span of 13 laps. Driving the Ferrari F430 GT, Santos drove nearly equal parts leading Berger after being caught by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 34, Santos got around Berger and into second place on lap 39, and defended it against pressure by Berger the remaining four laps to the checkered flag before retiring early due to dnf trouble.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
ES_P2 1 Kyran Parkin 48 1:31:23.868
ES_P2 2 April Dillon Atlantic Motorsport International 48 1:31:31.704
ES_P2 3 John van der Geest G.E.A.R. 48 1:31:32.538
ES_P2 4 Paul Anstey SimMadRacers 47 1:31:47.008
ES_GTE 1 Sanio Alfa Speedworks 45 1:31:45.827
ES_GTE 2 Reinhard Berger JamaicaBoyz SpeedWerkz 45 1:31:57.862
ES_GTE 3 Mark Hightree Bad Voices Racing 44 1:31:39.378
ES_GTE 4 Xavier Eugeni Phoenix Racing 44 1:31:45.922
ES_GTE 5 Barrett Erickson Bad Voices Racing 44 1:31:57.717
ES_GTE 6 Manuel Alves Moonshine Runners 44 1:32:44.648
ES_GTE 7 Rob Milliken Flying Krobar Racing 44 1:32:44.924
ES_GTE 8 Rui Santos Speedworks 42 Computer
ES_GTE 9 Tony Carl Christensen Atlantic Motorsport International 33 Engine
ES_P2 5 Ricardo Gomes Riders on the Storm Racing 24 Engine
ES_P2 6 Nigel Middleton Over 50 Racing Team 23 DNF
ES_P2 7 Joe Nathan Moonshine Runners 18 DNF
ES_P2 8 Carl Middleton Speedworks 16 Engine
ES_P2 9 Pedra Junior 13 DNF
ES_P2 10 Erik Czakoi 8 DNF
ES_GTE 10 Juan Puyo 8 Accident
Image by April Dillon
Taken by Kyran Parkin
Image by April Dillon
The P2 podium at the end Taken by Kyran Parkin
POSTRACE

INT
–3 L
FIN
8
Q
2
REP
+8
CLASS
ES_GTE
CAR
Ferrari F430 GT
Posted by Rui Santos at 09:56 PM on Wed Nov 16 UTC

rFactor2 stopped working with 4 minutes left when i was going 2nd... GREAT #$%$%&#$%&!!

I'm sorry all for my start, didn't knew we had a gentleman "formation lap", first time on Endurance "thing". I just saw the lights counting and put gas on. Anyway i waited for the pack so my apologies...

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
1
REP
+10
CLASS
ES_P2
CAR
Gibson 015S
Posted by Kyran Parkin at 10:03 PM on Wed Nov 16 UTC

Fairly enjoyable run around. Took pole comfortably, and could've blitzed it even more but oh well.

Juking between the traffic was great fun, I hope that aside from nearly murdering Barrett late in the race I was fair with my overtaking.

While I'm on the subject; a complete brain fade from me Barrett, was checking my mirrors to see if I'd cleared the GTE behind when I saw your brake lights come on. Instinct took over then, glad I didn't severely impact your race.

Shame to see Rui 'Safety Car' Santos DNF right at the end, but that start. What a guy. :D

Congrats April, John, Sanio, Reinhard and Mark! \o/

INT
–30 L
FIN
7
Q
7
REP
+8
CLASS
ES_P2
CAR
Gibson 015S
Posted by Joe Nathan at 10:04 PM on Wed Nov 16 UTC

I made some passes, I spun out some times, I completed some laps. I don't really remember much of this memorable race, but it was a very appropriate sending off for R2P.

Rest in pepperonis R2P.

INT
–7.835
FIN
2
Q
4
REP
+10
CLASS
ES_P2
CAR
Gibson 015S
Posted by April Dillon at 11:01 PM on Wed Nov 16 UTC

That ended up being a very tense race in the end. I was expecting something more processional, but I don't think I was ever more than 3 seconds away from John, except during our pit stop offset.

The battle for 2nd started pretty much immediately between me, John and Carl. I know I had one embarrassing moment (sorry Carl ^^;) but it was a lot of fun. Kyran got lucky and managed to just open up a small gap at the start which meant we couldn't reel him into the battle with attacks, leaving him secure in 1st for pretty much the whole race while we kept each other busy instead of hunting Kyran down.

It's also fun in these endurance races when overtaking strategies have to take. During the first half of the race I managed to outbrake John into T1, and so he spent the 2nd half of the race covering that. And so I needed a new trick if I was going to get past. And that just so happened to be a lunge into T10. I've never done that, and I may never do that again, so there's my memorable moment in this race I guess! :P

I'm still not a fan of the mod. Although the racing ended up being great today, I did get into rF2 in the first place because I wanted more than that.

Congrats Kyran on the win, and thank you John for a tense race from beginning to end. :D

INT
–1 L
FIN
4
Q
10
REP
+9
CLASS
ES_P2
CAR
Ligier JS P2
Posted by Paul Anstey at 06:07 AM on Thu Nov 17 UTC

Qualy was a disaster as rF2 died on me twice just as the car started up in the pit garage. This happened to me 4 times in practice as well. I have just installed GID and the TrackMap plugins and I'm wondering whether this is causing me these CTD's.

In the race my car felt like a magnet as a fair few cars decided they wanted to bash me up a little. Survived all of this without any battle scares. Those cars that did hit me seemed to fall by the wayside early on and I had a fairly lonely run to the flag. Love these cars but several spins whilst on my own my have shown me one of the problems with this mod talked about in the PreRace section. Still I think it's a good mod and hopefully it will be sorted out in the next version.

Well done to the winners :)

John can you please organise a few more events using this mod before the END

INT
–3 L
FIN
8
Q
2
REP
+8
CLASS
ES_GTE
CAR
Ferrari F430 GT
Posted by Rui Santos at 08:51 AM on Thu Nov 17 UTC

I had same problem and i also use trackmap. Black screens during practice a day before and CTD in race. Just wondering if it's track related (outdated/bugged) or trackmap related. Anyway, chatting with a friend yesterday after the race, he told me to turn OFF "Enable Controllers" on Trackmap plugin menu inside game. Didn't tested yet, but he's almost sure is that. Try it Paul ;)

INT
–1 L
FIN
4
Q
10
REP
+9
CLASS
ES_P2
CAR
Ligier JS P2
Posted by Paul Anstey at 09:05 AM on Thu Nov 17 UTC

Thanks for the info Rui. I'll give it a go.

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
1
REP
+9
CLASS
ES_GTE
CAR
Ferrari F430 GT
Posted by Sanio Alfa at 09:11 AM on Thu Nov 17 UTC

nice to see old boys on track. good race with Rui and Reinhard. tire management is crucial for this mod, like and in AM FIA GT3 and EGT as usual on rf2 simulator. I was on boost 1 all race, only last 2 lap on 3. I was expecting a fight with Reinhard, but Rui was my target. :D
when Rui was going to pit, I have 18l in tank. in my pit stop take only 11l. Tire was for all race. in the end front left tire was on 44%. so, I think, this medium tires can be good for 90min races and maybe can be for 120min races. maybe not on track like this, on gently track for tires I think will go for 120min.

Congets all who finish. P2 drivers was good tonight.

@Rui
You sad was have sometimes black screen, and last few lap your rf2 go down. what is your graphics cards and nvidia have 15/11/2016 last update of driver. maybe is there some problem.

Ctrl+F(3 times)
maybe this help problem with CTD.
with this on some track my GID not blinking.

INT
–3 L
FIN
8
Q
2
REP
+8
CLASS
ES_GTE
CAR
Ferrari F430 GT
Posted by Rui Santos at 09:55 AM on Thu Nov 17 UTC

I know that Sanio, trackmap flicker on some tracks, i just hit CTRL+F one time (FPS) and it's fine ;)

I have nVidia GTX 980 and latest driver installed, that you mentioned.

Cheers!

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
1
REP
+9
CLASS
ES_GTE
CAR
Ferrari F430 GT
Posted by Sanio Alfa at 11:11 AM on Thu Nov 17 UTC

sometimes when I not give more air in my pc with fans, me to have black screen.
but always try put more speed on fans for intake and out air on pc.
something like not enough cold air in pc and graphics card have problem. graphics driver extreme is set on turbo and work good. temp on graphics card in game is from 49C to 53C. in summer time not go over 57-58C. my ex graphics card was go over 70-71C. but never problem.

or is simply problems like maybe you have some process on pc when you drive.
some programs. I turn off firewall and stop my antivirus program. they can make sometimes problem in the background when you drive.
and yes, always restart my router before race for have clear net stream.

maybe this help for someone if you know for this tips.
;)


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