Wednesday, June 10, 2009

TORCS Championships 2009 - Forza

Gentlemen, start your engines! The TORCS Racing Board Championship 2009 racing has started at last, on the fast Forza track. As I have issues with my laptop, I had to borrow a PC to run the race, but it meant it was a clean setup for sure :)

Kilo 1 & 2 qualified as #11 and #12, then came Dotty and Fuzzy. In the first lap both Kilos were involved in a small crash with one of the JDIs and by lap 10 Fuzzy was 10th, while Dotty, Kilo 1 and Kilo 2 were running 14th and further back.

On lap 14 Dotty Doe and Lobo Malo were heavily damaged in an accident and both spent about a minute in the pits - too bad Dotty smashed into the horrid wall 4 laps later, together with Bender 09.
Fuzzy Foe was driving smoothly in poisiton 7, then 6, then after pitting it came back as #9.

On lap 27 Kilo 1 called it a day and joined Dotty resting in the wall.
On lap 32 Berniw 1 & 2 both ran out of fuel and drove slowly midlane, Fuzzy was stuck behind both quite a bit, Wolverine 1, 2, JDI 1,2 passed him easily and that left him in pos #10. Then in lap 37 R.Giskard passed Fuzzy as he wanted to let Lobo Malo & Lupo Bianco lap him. This is something that happens quite often to my robots :(

Lap 55 almost made my heart stop, Fuzzy (#11) wanted to overtake Giskard and slammed into the wall, but escaped it luckily - phew. Meanwhile Kilo 2 was running as 12th, a lap behind Fuzzy.
In lap 78 Kilo 2 wanted to take a lap back from Fuzzy, causing Fuzzy to go into the wall again, but this time he was able to recover quickly. Then Kilo 2 had a pit stop, so Fuzzy lapped him again, and they almost repeated the previous scene in lap 85, but Fuzzy missed the wall by inches this time. Slow learner :D
As a closing act, Kilo 2 set his own best lap in the last lap of the race while Lupo Bianco snatched the silver medal from Dummy.

So that means Kilo 1 and Dotty was lost due to the wall, Fuzzy Foe finished #11 and Kilo 2 #12. It was a fun race to watch, Wdbee's, USR and dummy robots seem very strong, while JDI is reaching up to their level soon. Team Polimi's Wolverinnes can be caught if my teams don't do all these silly strategical errors. As both Hymies slammed into the wall, I can not decide what they are able to do yet. Check the results here.

Main issues to deal with: get back on road from the wall, take over very slow cars more easily, handle situations when being overlapped a little bit smarter.

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