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Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:15 am PostPost subject:
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They have just re laid the tarmac at croft so should be ultra smooth and grippy now !
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Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:28 pm PostPost subject:
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I have never driven Croft, in real life or even on a video game.

I have booked into the SLS Test on the Friday, just to try and learn the track a bit.

Does anyone know of any video games, or the likes that feature Croft?
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Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:47 pm PostPost subject:
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Croft can be added to rFactor2 and Assetto Corsa on the PC
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Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:00 pm PostPost subject:
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Croft can be added to rFactor2 and Assetto Corsa on the PC


Cheers.
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Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:27 pm PostPost subject:
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It'll be great fun - its a fairly fast track ( a lot of flat out corners in a class G-E car) that requires commitment. 4wd will be useful at the final hairpin - bloody tight.
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Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:33 am PostPost subject:
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It'll be great fun - its a fairly fast track ( a lot of flat out corners in a class G-E car) that requires commitment. 4wd will be useful at the final hairpin - bloody tight.


Curious to see how the MR2 gets on relative to the others. Fast and flowing should (in theory) suit the car more than Knockhill. However my lack of experience and talent might be the limiting factor in that. Confused
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Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:05 pm PostPost subject:
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Anyone with 2WD and without an LSD might want to do a buy before hand. The final hairpin is tight!
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Anyone with 2WD and without an LSD might want to do a buy before hand. The final hairpin is tight!


At darkside 3 days before hand getting on fitted Laughing
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Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:30 pm PostPost subject:
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I'll be away sunning it up in the Arctic Circle for SLS Round 2 Sad Would have liked to have competed at Croft again, but should make the round 3/4 double header.

Need to find somewhere to lose 40kg from.... a good few mph off the top of the speed traps (class G)
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Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:25 pm PostPost subject:
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Finally managed to sort time off work, so now booked up. Never done croft and won't be able to practice before the day - so it'll be fun day rather than anything too serious Smile
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:42 pm PostPost subject:
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Entries in for Croft?

The entries close on the 8th May
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:20 pm PostPost subject:
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I'm in, although I'm not too sure how the little Riot will do against the bigger powered cars around Croft.

Hopefully get my handling issues sorted out so I can fight at the sharp.
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Mon May 20, 2019 9:20 pm PostPost subject:
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Any reports/pics/vids?

Gutted i couldnt make it Sad
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Mon May 20, 2019 9:28 pm PostPost subject:
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I certainly won't forget Croft.

A weekend that cost 4 figures, for 5 laps of testing.
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Mon May 20, 2019 9:48 pm PostPost subject:
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Croft SLS Report

I’m used to Motorsport weekends not going to plan but this one was different - I just didn’t seem able to put a foot wrong. It was a leisurely departure and easy drive down and we were greeted by friendly Croft staff and Gordon Hay waiting to scrutineer my car. Even getting to the SLS dinner was easy after Gordon Hay arranged a mini bus taxi form the hotel! After a few drinks and dinner for free (thank you Super Lap Scotland) we made our way back to get a good night’s sleep.



A glorious sunny morning saw us all gather together for the track walk which was still a little damp from the previous day. It promised to be dry running by the time we would go out, but the new surface did have an open grain that seemed to hold the moisture . We then moved the car to a pit garage and waited for kick-off after the 1200 Sunday curfew.



There were no changes to the car from round 1 other than a couple of gurney strips to the front wing. With so much new stuff happening at this round I rolled back some development work I’d been doing to wings and suspension. Practice went OK - the track feeling epic! With a 1.33.825, after 10 laps, I was further up than I was expecting. The car felt good, but we added a little more rear wing for qualification as I felt we'd benefit from all the traction we could generate as I intended to use up some old tyres.



I can’t recall much of the qualifying session other than I was having trouble keeping up with the steep learning curve. I had the individual corners sorted to a degree, but I was struggling to put them in the correct order and the doubt of what came next really screwed up the braking zones. But I did get one noticeably quicker lap of 1.30.888, no particular sector, just a general improvement everywhere. That was third overall.

https://youtu.be/vUD5fcW0tgQ

As we parked up in the garage after qualifying a heavy shower moved in and completely soaked the track. With 45 minute before we were out for the final, I was hoping it would dry. But the new tarmac surface just soaked it up like a sponge and we really only had a dry line. That was enough to make the faster section a little too scary for me, at least without more experience at placing the car on the correct line.



As predicted by many, traffic was an issue in the final and the only clear(ish) lap was my very last, but a gremlin in the gearbox control decided to apply the blipper a couple of times in the hairpin barking zone. That pushed me clean off. I’ve still to understand why the blipper fired repeatedly but I suspect it may have been a few parameters, that should have overridden my poorly timed shift command, were not setup correctly. But my best lap (1.33.014) was good enough to give me second overall and full points in class, so I went home happy.

https://youtu.be/w0vg8xl6wqM



So what do I think of Croft? I liked the challenge, and it is good fun to drive. But it also feels like a collection of every possible type of corner just for the sake of it. I think I still prefer Knockhill’s use of the topography and the technically challenging corners that produces .
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