First of all I would like to say Im perfectly happy with the format and concept of this wonderful online league as it is ,Im absolutely loving it as the commercial says. But Im really impressed by this patch by Olaf and I would like to propose it as an option to be considered for the future. Its a patch with a "lock" so if the host is running it you wont be able to join races anc vice versa. Im sure most of you already know about this patch.
In short this patch introduces 3 things : Tirewear , dirty tires effect and pitstop repair. (well also change tires so I guess thats four). The tirewear function is not gonna apply to us unless we want it to. Its set to kick in after approx one hour in pro mode and two hours of GP mode. So if our pro race is an hour and five minutes we would feel the tirewear effect in the last five minutes. In the GP`s not at all. In free practice it kicks in after approx 30 min of running this patch. The effect is subtle and nice , I did a stint on Imola and when the tires started to go I dropped about a sec a lap , car was still fine to drive but with slightly more slip. The wear does depends on how hard you drive the car though , it might kick in sooner.
The dirty tires effect is somewhat the same as other games , If you go off and get dirt and grass on the tires you will feel slightly reduced grip for a few corners.
Then there is the repair option. If you can get to the pit , stop at the pitboard with your name and put the car in reverse. It will be jacked up and remain that way for 15 sec. When jacked up you can put the car in 1st gear and be ready to go as soon as it drops. You can also change tires by remaining in the pit and putting the car in a different gear than reverse , this takes an additional 15 sec. You cannot fix a blown engine.
This repair option would be great for Geli I think. If you can get yourself to the pits you can finish the race. If you have damage that costs you time you can evaluate if you wanna stay in the race with it or drop by the pits and fix it. Its either way gonna cost time and it would be the same for everyone.
I struggled a little to find it but found it in the gplweekly archives.
So thats my two cents , let me know what you guys think about this.
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