iRacing delta challenge #15/20: Tsukuba 1000 Reverse

There are a bunch of free tracks I’ve never driven in iRacing. Every few days I’m going to drive one with zero preparation and then post the fastest lap time here. That’s the delta time. Your mission, should you accept it, is to beat it (and then call me names in the comment section).

Here are the rules.

  1. Global Mazda MX-5 Cup, baseline setup
  2. Default Weather (78F, 2 MPH N, 55%, afternoon)
  3. 30 minutes or 20 laps, whichever comes first

Tsukuba 1000 Full Reverse

Tsukuba 1000 didn’t get much praise from me in the forward direction, so I didn’t expect much in reverse. Earlier this year, I got to drive Thunderhill West in reverse, and I was shocked at how completely different it was. While I prefer the forward direction, there are others who prefer reverse. In either case, Thunderhill West is great. But 1000 is sort of a crap foundation, so I didn’t expect much in the other direction.

Delta = 40.878

The reverse configuration is somehow more interesting to me. It’s still a flat track without much going on, but it’s much improved in reverse. I’m sure there’s another driver somewhere with the opposite opinion. Some people like decreasing radii while others like increasing.

Track Rank

In this section I’m ranking the tracks in the order of my preference. I tend to like technical tracks with some elevation, short straights, and corners that are blind, off camber, decreasing radius, and connected.

Rank Track Delta Lap Priority Pits
1 Summit Jefferson Reverse 0:56.191 20 0 20
2 Pocono 2009 East 1:12.321 12 0 31
3 Charlotte Legends RC Medium 1:10.825 20 0 60
4 TMS 2009 Combined 0:40.538 9 0 43
5 Charlotte 2008 Infield 0:47.637 20 0 60
6 Daytona 2008 Short 0:46.709 14 0 28
7 TMS 2009 Short B 0:27.062 18 0 60
8 Silverstone 2008 Southern 1:21.643 15 0 62
9 Phoenix 2008 Road 1:09.739 17 0 51
10 Tsukuba 1000 Full Reverse 0:40.878 17 0 60
11 Pocono 2009 South 0:50.291 14 0 15
12 Tsukuba 1000 Chicane 0:42.149 15 0 60
13 TMS 2009 Short A 0:24.995 8 0 23
14 Silverstone 2008 National 1:08.867 7 0 62
15 Pocono 2009 North 0:59.714 20 0 51

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