October 23, 2015 Darren

Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series – Round 1, Sebring

After ordering new Fanatec pedals and managing to short calibrate my G27 pedals, I sat down on Friday to complete a race stint in our Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype. I was hitting the time targets set by my team mates and improving on my consistency when I spotted that my G27 steering wheel was drifting and losing its centre point – disaster!

I picked up my G27 in 2011 and I am not surprised that the optical sensor has failed after the hours of use it has had. With a race the next day, I ordered a Thrustmaster T300 GTE from Amazon with ‘guaranteed’ Saturday delivery.

T300Ferrari-1

The T300 did arrive on Saturday, unfortunately at 6:30pm in the evening – just in time for qualification. I would only be driving in the race if I had managed to run some laps beforehand. It was clear this was not going to be the case, so a strategy was put in place for Dean and LJ to complete the race.

Dean qualified the car on the front row of the grid in second place and would be starting the race. Despite falling back to third for a few laps, Dean quickly took control of the lead over the first two stints in the race. We had a scary moment involving brushing a BMW and receiving a small amount of rear wing damage, but the car was still drivable and on pace.

After two stints, our first driver swap was upon us. LJ, due to get into the car, discovered that his dog had managed to knock the USB connection to his pedals (clearly unimpressed with the Bones 4 Pablo sponsorship on the car). Plugging it back in, and reconnecting to the session, LJ jumped into the car and left the pitlane.

LJ's Dog

LJ’s Dog

Disaster struck when LJ pressed the brake pedal for turn 2 – nothing happened. Faced with a choice of hitting a race ending armco barrier, or aiming for a gap in the fence and seeing what happened – LJ managed to thread the needle and the car reset to the pitlane with no damage, albeit with a 3 minute tow time.

After the tow, Dean went back out again to try and claw back some of the time lost. LJ was then able to get back into the race but by this point, and with the quality of the competition it was unlikely we would have been able to regain the positions lost. LJ did have an incident at sunset bend which put us further back. We crossed the line 12th in class, but were promoted to 11th after the race.

The G27 will hopefully live on – I gave it to a new owner who wants to get more involved in sim racing after dipping his toe into the water. Once we’ve replaced the optical sensor, hopefully the G27 will live on for many more years.