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IBS Racing - Dags Duncan Oz Report
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28
A healthy looking Dags Duncan arrives at the track in the early hours of the morning. When questioned on his winter testing, he stuns the audience with, "Winter testing? Haven't been in the bloody car since the last race mate! Got a wife now - been busy practicing the art of making babies."
Maybe that's why he looked so fit and healthy.
FRIDAY MARCH 1
The pit lane opens and Dags is first out. Promptly plants the car into the wall at turn one. Ooops. Back to the pit for some setup adjustments. Back out, scrapes the wall on turn two. Damn. Seems Dags has forgotten how hard sim racing is. Dags is heard on his mobile calling his team mate about different setups. Alfy Romeo, team manager, is not amused ... babes not as good as last year or so he tells us.
Back out for another try - Dags finally completes a crappy 1:34.xxx lap after 20 odd attempts. IBS Racing sponsors, who are out in force, look worried. So they should be.
SATURDAY MARCH 2
More practicing. The sleep seems to have done Dags some good. He's looking a lot more lively on the track, throwing the car niftily around the corners. Breaks the 1:31 barrier during practicing.
Nobody can understand how Dags didn't die when he barrel rolls his car into the pit lane wall after coming together with a Jag at the end of the session.
Alfy looks happier, he's managed to trade the Renault babes for his own.
SUNDAY MARCH 3
As the rules were declared last year, Qualifying and Race are run back to back again.
There's a complete race simulation first for Dags as he's still trying out about 5 different setups. He completes 80 laps nearly getting into the 1:29s. When asked about the setup choice he replies, "The one that my team mate isn't using cos, as he will later find out, it's crap!". <Sorry Michael, should have told you that before you ran your race>
The softs are on, the setup chosen and Dags is out. First flying lap, loses the back end at turn one and aborts into the gravel. 3 Flyers left.
Second flying lap, loses the back end at turn one and aborts into the gravel. 2 Flyers left.
Third flying lap and what looks to be a new reworked setup - gets 8th with a 1:32.xxx
Alfy not happy. Dags looks worried. Sponsors panicky.
Fourth and final flying lap - a 1:30.553. Pole position! Dags goes into the gravel at turn one when his pit crew go unexpectedly wild over the radio and announce the pole to him. "Scared the s**t out of me, that did - told them to calm down and get Michael and Gareth sorted out." Alfy wipes brow. Sheepskin Jacket looks hot for this time of year.
Dags is on pole - the setup is said to be a wee bit slow on the straights but stable. Lights go on 1,2,3,4,5 - it's GO GO GO.
Dags crawls off the grid and immediately takes M Schumacher out! Good one. He's first into the first corner. Keeps the back end and doesn't have to abort into the gravel. Starts to pull out a lead straight away. Must be feeling a bit guilty about pulling ahead so quickly because he then proceeds to take a short cut across the grass and nearly into the wall before the first lap is up, allowing the rest of the pack to catch him up. DC second, Rhubarb third.
Dags holds first place by seven seconds until the pitstops. He elects to come in early. A quicky - out in 8th. Two laps later, just as he's closing in on R Schumacher, his team mate pops out of the pits from nowhere and slows him down for half a lap. Harsh words were apparently said after the race. He reels Schumacher's Williams in and from lap 20 to 27 they have a classic battle. Weaving in and out of Ralfy's slipstream Dags can't quite get through. Ralf blocks Dags badly on lap 25 and they make contact. Nothing comes off. Dags is being investigated for showing Ralfy the finger.
Then on lap 27 Dags goes past on the long straight after the extremely quick and nerve jangling fast chicane. The crown roar. He's in 2nd, due to pit stops, with Raikkonen some 4 secs ahead. Looks like Kimi is on a non-stopper. Has he got enough left in his tyres to hold onto the win? Can Dags take him?
No he can't, cos he loses the back end and shows marvelous skill in controlling his skid at the extremely quick and nerve jangling fast chicane. Dags crosses the line 3 seconds down and so mentally drained he .......
loses the back end at turn one and slides into the gravel.
Another hard race fought and the time is looking good.
AFTER RACE INTERVIEWS
Alfy: "We never lost our trust or faith in him - he fought hard and it's only cos those w*****s at McClaren opted for a non stopper that we lost this race. The babes are better in Malaysia anyway."
Dags: "I'm looking forward to Malaysia. Australia doesn't suit me but I enjoy the track. I did what I'm paid to do and if my team mate could comply a bit more then maybe I could have snatched first place."
Pit Babe: "I love this team - the sex is good too! What does IBS stand for? Intelligent Brave Soldiers?"
As a souvenir, Dags is keeping some of the gravel from turn one as he likes it so much. He doesn't want to believe that their relationship is at last over.
A TopGear Press Release
Posted on Mar 6, 2002, 9:47 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Help how do i import the menu art which ive just downloaded
Just downloaded the carsets and menuart from the web site.
ive installed the carsets but im unsure how to download the menuart using Artform. The 11 team art bmps i thought i could just swap them for the ones in gp32k but i cant find them in any of the folders
Any suggestions please
Posted on Mar 6, 2002, 4:13 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Did what the instructions said but an error messagfe came up saying that the team art file is not fully expanded. So i when to the edit function and clicked on expand team. this then gave a new gp2000v1.bin file called new_gp2000v1.bin
I then went back to edit and load team art. i typed the no. of the team ie 1 and a new screen came up with open a bitmap file with Team 1 in the box so i clicked on open and got the message
Cannot open file C:\Program Files\Infogrames\GP2000 season add on\Bitmaps\TeamArt1
Posted on Mar 6, 2002, 9:03 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
After some preliminary investigation, I think I know why the graph wasn't being generated. It got broken when I upgraded my version of RedHat before the season started. I should be able to get it back up and working in the next few days.
BTW, I enjoyed it as much as you guys
Posted on Mar 6, 2002, 7:57 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Please read the GP3Form.txt file inside the zip file for installation instructions.
Note: There will be a 2002name file available from the Load Drivers screen. Please load it for the correct team and driver names. You should then re-edit your own team and driver name back in under Minardi and driver 21.
Please post any bugs to the forum.
Posted on Mar 5, 2002, 8:31 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
So far there are only 6 of us that have submitted races. Mark? Vance? You out there?
Scott Kerr (who would like to race) can't get hold of GP3-2000 anywhere. He's in Oz. Can anyone help him out?
Any other friends or last season regulars that might want to join? Tell 'em to hurry up.
I will post the official IBS Race review and season opening statement tomorrow night. I bet you all can't wait eh?
The new 2002 season graphics update is finished on the hardware graphics side and has been submitted to Dan and Jan for final testing. I know Gareth runs in software mode due to his crap laptop but does anyone else?
Hopefully the update will be fine with no more bugs and will be available later this week. So far I've put together:
2002 Pit crews
2002 Team & driver names
2002 Menu Art
There is no point in releasing a performance file just yet.
Good luck everyone!
Posted on Mar 4, 2002, 11:41 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Is the calendar correct in stating that we have until Tuesday midnight EST to submit? Because I planned on running it tonight as I had a busy weekend and figured I had the time. Hope I didn't miss the deadline.
BTW I will contact Scott.
CanWal United Racing
Posted on Mar 4, 2002, 2:31 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
I'm here. With months of no practise, the Irish dark horse will once again be hobbling into the traps.
Now...where's the ignition? Who left that can of Guinness under the accelerator? That is the accelerator isn't it? Hmmm.
Good Luck to everyone.
Posted on Feb 28, 2002, 7:33 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
The Constructors Championship will have a new contender in 2002 as two drivers from last years Championship have come together to form CanWal United Racing. David Lyon and Vance Hone will take the wheel of the CW01 in a bid for the Constructors title, and both drivers feel they have a great chance at taking the Drivers titles as well.
CanWal is a concept of both Canadian and Wales engineering, and should have the financial backing needed to make an impressive debut in 2002. The teams has yet to comment on a possible third driver, but sources close to the team say the idea of adding a third driver has not been ruled out.
CanWal United wishes all teams and drivers the best in 2002.
Posted on Feb 25, 2002, 9:56 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Well, that was quite easy. GPxPatch seems to be working better than ever. That other thing is goofed up though, won't let me save carsets, crashes on export... Don't matter, my save file was accepted so I'm ready to race.
Now, if I can only remember to get the race in before the deadline.
If I get a vote, here's two:
1. Deadlines on Monday nights.
2. No changes for the rest of the season. (Carset and tracks are fine the way they are.)
Looking good guys, great thing you've got here. Thanks again, and see you on the track.
Posted on Feb 23, 2002, 7:34 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Happy New Year to everyone. Got my gloves & helmet all set & ready to go...
2002...another Schumacher-dominated season methinks. It's the battle for second which will be great this year. DC, Ralf, Raikonnen, JPM and Rubens all seem capable of winning at least once or twice in the year - an evenly-matched group. I'm going for JPM as pick of the bunch. I watched him at Suzuka and he was the only one who could keep the awesome Schuey in sight. (Other drivers who impressed me that day were Mika and JV - who were both a cut above the rest... especially through spoon, which Mika glided round like an ice-skater, and JV tore round with his back-end everywhere....)
Well Michael...I hope your predictions are wrong. Not sure if I can handle another year of listening to my wife's uncle (Italian, Ferrari, Schum freak) let me know who is No. 1
I believe this will be DC's year..and that Williams will win the constructors title. (JPM and Ralf will share victories and possible collisions on and off track which will hand the drivers title to DC)
MS will have a decent year...but his focus and drive to win will have deminished some this year. Top 3 for sure.
Jacques will finish in the top 6 this year (I say this because I am Canadian and I really must stay true to my favorite) The Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanely Cup as well....but that's another story.
Enough for now.....must race!!!
Posted on Feb 17, 2002, 11:40 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
That's enough Ferrari wins for me, thank you very much(unless Jacques Villeneuve happened to drive for Ferrari, of course )
Although I am not confident DC will have what it takes, eqpt wise, to consistently beat MS, I am still rooting for him to pull it off this year. I think the Williams will be the car putting the challenge to Ferrari this season, but with two drivers like Ralph and JPM, they might end up splitting the points, giving MS the championship.
I really hope JPM puts the boots to Ralph this season and shuts him up with all his whining for #1 status. JPM is the 2nd driver I'll be rooting for, and of course I have to hope for the best for Jacques, but only time will tell whether BAR will improve any with the departure of Craig Pollock...
Posted on Feb 21, 2002, 2:17 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Former Cloak Racing manager and driver Vance Hone of Canada is still in the hunt for a seat in the 2002 season.
After an up and down season last year, Hone appears focused and ready to go.
He is no stranger to the podium, and won at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2002 in the NA/Pro class.
When asked about a preference Vance had this to say.
"I would be more than happy to drive with any team for 2002. I don't have a preference, we'll just have to see how many return this year, and what teams might be looking to fill any vacancies. I'm open for offers!"
I have recently signed up at GP3Championship.com in the Formula Ford series (until I get a drive) and they are using GP3-2000 as soon as Rene releases the new HOFxLap.
If this league continues, I will be back here for sure.
Have you looked at other leagues at all? They just don't compare to this one. The website at Topgear is topnotch, and the drivers are all mature enough to have decent communication with. I find, over at GP3Champs, the forum is basically used to complain a lot hehe.
Well...here's hoping that Topgear is back in action for 2002!!
Posted on Jan 29, 2002, 3:38 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Well...I have not brought back my team (Cloak Racing) as I plan to team up this year and hopefully take a run at the constructors championship with someone <wink, wink>.
This season will be very insane as I have also registered at the SimRacing League World Series (formerly GP3GL) which is using F1-2001! So I am going to take a stab at running in 2 leagues with 2 different sims. Talk about crazy eh?
Anyhow...Good to see ol' Dan, Dags and Nick again.
Posted on Feb 14, 2002, 3:51 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Does any one have this sim? I think Jan does - any others?
If so give me a shout and we'll get some races up. Michael and I have been having a great time with the online play and it works very well indeed. I think it's a better all round sim than GP3. You need a monster machine to get the best out of it though.
I saw this in the stores and have been debating whether to pick it up (I haven't even given F1RC an honest run since I bought IT several months ago...) You'll no doubt be kicking my ass, but maybe I'll pick up a copy over the Christmas Holidays...
Posted on Dec 21, 2001, 9:42 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Because I'm still running a V3 (unsupported in the game) in my system. Have seriously considered putting in the TNT2 Ultra, but so far thought the better of it as you doubted it would run stable on my 230W power supply. I still have a 350W one on order, but this supplier has a minimum purchase amount we haven't reached yet. I'm trying to order it through the electronics shop I work for because I don't have time to look for a computer shop who sells power supplies seperately. All of 'm prefer to sell cases, but I have no intention of getting stuck with a leftover case (resell value with my weedy PSU in it would be nill).
Anyhow, heard some good things about this sim and it's definately on my to play list. Just can't afford the downtime associated with tinkering with the box right now.
Posted on Jan 11, 2002, 4:35 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Looks like my service provider finally followed through on it's promise to take away my static IP. The Main website of topgear.dhs.org is no longer reachable and I'm now looking into converting my server to dynamic IP. This may take a while as I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet, but you can keep checking here for updates and I'll email everyone once everything is set up.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Posted on Dec 21, 2001, 9:39 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Just thought i'd drop a line and see how everone is doing. I have been playing a MMORPG called Dark age of Camelot recently and have totally neglected my poor lonely wheel/pedal. But I have had an urge to fire up the old Cloak Racing machine and take her out for a few laps (maybe tonight).
I have yet to pick up the GP3 add-on yet. Not sure if they sell it out here. At least, I haven't seen it anywhere.
Well...hope some of you still come here and take a look at the board..cya
Posted on Dec 13, 2001, 3:27 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
My wheel is gathering dust at the moment as well. Just finished paying off the mortgage this past August and have been stocking up on many toys from my wishlist including a 53" highdef TV and satellite dish. Formula 1 never looked so great!! So rather than spending hours in front of the PC I now spend hours in front of the boob tube.
I upgraded my PC as well (mostly geared for video capture) and haven't even installed any games on it yet, but I get a funny feeling that will change over the Christmas holidays
Posted on Dec 17, 2001, 5:06 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Yes, you can expect to see a new season here for 2002, but the game we use for the upcoming season will very much depend on what tools I can find for extracting the data from the savegame files (hofxlap in the case of GP3).
I'm hoping that SDI (aka Rene Smit) will eventually come on board and update hofxlap to support GP3 2000. The reasons for him not doing so are completely political (vs technical) so we have to wait and see what he decides.
I think what it essentially boils down to is:
If we get support for GP3 2000, we'll go with that, if not we'll use the original GP3 again.
Posted on Nov 6, 2001, 11:15 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest "Thank you" to both my league co-chairmen (in alphabetical order, not to offend anyone Darren Duncan and Jan Verschueren. The last couple months have been extremely busy for me and without the generosity and dedication of these two gentlemen who were consistently helping out behind the scenes, the league would have literally fallen flat on it's face. I especially thank you both for all the hours of work involved in preparing and testing the carsets/tracks throughout this past season. We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
I also would like to thank Rene Smit (aka SDI) who gave us the necessary tools to run our league. Where would we be without GPxPatch and HOFxlap? Rene was kind enough to accomodate us by making some changes to his linux-based hofxlap tool. This allowed the high level of automation you all experienced here this past season. Thanx again Rene.
Finally I would like to thank all the drivers who participated in our "fun little league" and congratulate those who made it to the end of the season. A race every two weeks can be quite grueling (imagine how the real F1 drivers must feel!), but following the real F1 season is the only way to do it, in my opinion. I have made some great new friends this past season, and afterall, that's what it's all about.
Our congratulations go out to all the Champions including:
Kestel Guillermo - Aids/Semi-Pro
Tom Stephanskirchner - Aids/Pro
Dubravko Brezancic - NoAids/Pro
David Lyon - NoAids/Ace
Team Graminger Racing - Constructor's Championship
(2nd place in the constructor's championship was extremely close with a 2-way tie between Dragon Racing and IBS Racing!!)
One final note: As many of you already know, I run my league website off a machine in my home that is permanently connected to the net via a cable modem. Last Friday I received an email from my ISP stating that I urgently needed to change from my static IP address to a dynamic one or risk an interruption in service (talk about perfect timing - just enough time to get the season completed, phew! What this will mean is topgear.dhs.org may soon disappear (I plan on waiting till my static IP no longer works before taking any action, so the site should remain up in the short-term) and I hope to replace it with something like topgear.dyn.dhs.org once I am forced to go dynamic. I will send you all an email once the change has taken place.
Enjoy your winter testing ban
Posted on Oct 16, 2001, 4:44 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
the season is over, and we want to say a big thank for to the league-admin Dan, Darren & Jan. You put in a lot of work to make it an enjoyable season for us. I want to say thanks, too, to all others who participated who gave a great competition.
Of course congrats to all winners and all others who took part in this league
Thanks to all involved for making this, my first season of GP3, a thoroughly enjoyable one. Thought the league had the right blend of competition and fun and look forward to the next. All the best for the winter.
PS will there be a few races over the closed season?
Posted on Oct 18, 2001, 2:01 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Its been a ball !!
Thanks to Dan, Jan and Dags, great job guys.
Thanks also to my team mate Soren for helping Dragon Racing to second spot. Hope we can team up next year and give everyone a run for their money !!
I hope we can all meet up next year and do it all again!!
GP3 2000 season is already installed and practice underway at Melbourne (sad guy !!).
If anyone needs help to aquire GP2000 then mail me.
Have a great winter (summer !) wherever you are in the world.
Posted on Oct 18, 2001, 3:23 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Dan has done a superb job keeping things running in the background. We've had a lot of fun (and duress) putting it all together but overall it is definitely the best league I have been involved in. It has been a pleasure to help out and be part of it all.
Congrats to all the winners too! Especially the battle I had with David Lyon. If I knew you were going to DNF a bit towards the end there, I may have done a bit more practice to make the finish a bit tighter. You still would have got me though. You are an exceptional driver David. We should hook up in some multiplayer races sometime. Well done and I'll get you next year. Maybe.
As for GP32K - I acquired my version when I went home last month. It certainly is a step up from GP3 I am looking forward to a bit of winter leage racing if we can get some checking programs sorted out. I fired up F1RC last night and while the graphics and presentation are top notch the physics and AI let it down some what. I think F1-2001 by EA is also out of the question due to the ease of editing its structure.
Everyone should stay tuned for news.
Also guys, do Dan a favour - get as many friends, family, enemies involved as you can. I expect the format to be a bit different next time with more drivers in each class. The more the merrier I say.
Well done Soren for most improved driver too! Brezza is another to beat. Good racing guys. If we can get Vance back, an on form Mario and Dan back up to speed then it should be close racing all round. Also let's not forget Jan, Michael and Andy who also put in some good races throughout the season and made it worth racing in the PRO division. If Mark / Hobbes could have got his time zones sorted out then he could have delivered the pasting he showed in his first few races as well! Well done everyone.
As for the digital / Aids guys - you had some good close racing there too. Nick showed Tom up a good few times and it was nice to see some friendly rivalry over there. Shaun and Grant kept plugging away. Gareth came on strong in the end and the others had their day too. The Argentinians from Pikel Racing dominated the podium quite a few times and newcomer Ulli looks promising too.
One last award - Congrats to Tom, Jan, David and myself for being the only drivers to compete in all 17 races. David and Tom managed an amazing 603 laps each! Think about that - 603 laps of on the edge driving.
Keep in touch,
Posted on Oct 18, 2001, 11:28 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Thank you all for such a great time. I kind of had a slow down at the end of the season, but I still plan on racing next year if all goes well with the server issues.
Congrats to all the winners ,the admin. team and Dan the Man! I must find a way to get GP3 2000 add-on. Is it true it is a european release only?
Thanks again, and see you all soon.
p.s. I may have convinced a couple more guys to try racing for next season.
Posted on Oct 18, 2001, 3:36 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
First time in the league and what an addiction! I'd like to thank all those who have put time and effort into keeping everything running smoothly behind the scenes while the rest of us simply submit our races.
Posted on Oct 20, 2001, 9:39 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Congratulations to Kestal, Tom, Dubravko, and David.
Thank you Dan, Jan, Darren, and Rene. I'm fully stoked that you guys could automate so much information. The instantaneous stats and cheater checking are amazing. I guess the save format gave you opportunities, but the initiative and follow through on your parts was, and is, pure excellence. I was caught off guard this year with a third league in my life, but if there is a next year (GP32K, that is) I will be able to attend all races... and I intend to, as well...
Great, really cool...
Posted on Oct 20, 2001, 1:53 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Ever since the 11th of september attack on the world trade center, there has been problems for me to surf over the net to this site, i've not been able to connect since last time I wrote (what is it 4-5 weeks?)
Anyway, my troubles should not be mentioned when speaking about the attack on world trade center, maybe.
Thanks to all for good times and bad. Every time I came in second or lower there was bad times here at topgear. And I hate all of you for going faster than me. flat smiley :-I
I vote for a rematch season in 2002! Hopefully I can get my hands on gp3-2k...
Posted on Nov 4, 2001, 9:15 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168