Well that was a learning experience that has me re-thinking my entire approach to S5 at R2P.
The plan was to find a car in each class that was fun to drive with the default setup, then tweak that to get a stock setup that fits me, then only adjust as needed to solve specific problems at specific tracks. Since i didn't expect to be a front runner, i decided i wouldn't worry too much about whether or not the car was.
Figured i could have a lot more fun running a lot more races with this approach and become a better driver in the process.
Sounds good on paper, as they say.
In practice, i managed to turn a very forgiving and fun to drive Vette (especially with the incredible sound mod i found at no-grip) into a tempermental vindictive and rebellious beast with multiple personality disorder.
Entirely my fault of course, i continued to prod it for more pace thru the chicanes and less understeer at Piratella long after it began to protest that it was getting bored with it all.
But i pushed and pushed and pushed and it quietly took all the grief i gave it, knowing full well that it would teach me my lesson come race time.
And it did. I quickly discovered that even the slightest deviation from the line or pace i'd taught it in practice would result in understeer here, oversteer there, and instability everywhere. And then it started stepping out on me in the bumpy bits, where it had always been faithful before. It felt like i was driving a car with all it's weight hanging off its bumpers.
Eventually, all this bickering led to my breakdown. As i tried to come out of my pit, i found myself driving in my mirrors for several laps and causing problems for others. i'm sorry for this. i just wasn't myself at that point and the nature of the side to side line at Imola combined with my fear of further Vette revenge only made things worse.
When i finally pulled it together again i realized that the only way to get thru this was to do everything exactly the way the Vette wanted it. I did slip up a few times by suggesting minor changes, but it slapped my face every time.
Now I'm not sure i have the character to make this kind of relationship last, or even if i want it to. But at least i can say it taught me something.
Congrats to Kent on the win, Tolga and Tristan for the podium.