Lapping Zandvoort with Mitchell deJong in iRacing

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[MUSIC] The grass. No. [LAUGH] That didn't take long. [MUSIC] It's pretty rare that we get out there on the racetrack with the pros. Sure, they might take us around for a hot lap or that kind of thing, but when it comes to actually going wheel-to-wheel on the track, it's generally not allowed. The risk of damage to expensive cars or Expensive body parts is simply too high. But in the virtual world, the only thing you have to worry about is damaging your ego. Porsche was kind enough to give me an opportunity to get on the track with Michel Dion, one of the most successful sim racers right now, who's running the Porsche eSports supercup in 2020. It'll show me the quick way around Zan board. And he showed me a lot of his tail lights, too. [MUSIC] Hey, Mitchell, can you hear me? Yes, sir, how you doing? Hey, how are you? I'm doing well. All right, so why don't we just go out and run a couple installation laps here. And we'll have a little conversation, and we'll see how things go. We've got a 30-minute practice here And I'll see if I can stay off the wall for that long. Perfect, sounds good. [LAUGH] Do you know the layout of the track pretty well? Okay, so I have not driven much [UNKNOWN], I'm sorry to say. [LAUGH] So I spent this morning doing a couple of hours of practice, but that's about it. It's a cool layout. Very challenging, not very forgiving as you might have noticed. Yeah, see a lot of walls. Definitely. And the grass isn't too awful either when you dip a wheel There's a lot of camera which I've noticed which is good and helpful but there's also a lot of off camera which is difficult and then I got to be honest I'm not too familiar with driving the 911 I've done a few laps here and there with it but this season I've been doing the Insta Made GTE which is a very, very different beast from this thing. So I've been struggling to get this to turn and then it seems like when it starts turning, it's hard to get it to stop turning sometimes. Right? And also the braking is very difficult with this car not forgiving at all, especially compared to say a GT three car with ABS and Whatnot. This is just completely raw gnosis so And throwing you right in. Absolutely. Yeah, I would have loved a little more time to practice but so goes. So how many hours a week do you play I racing other Sims at this point. At this point. The last few days I've actually been putting in around six to eight hour days of drive time. Doesn't really include kind of setup work and all that, where you're outside of the car. I've actually been kinda caught up, qualifying for my NASCAR per license as well as Rallycross and also practicing for ->> You're out. For Supercuts. So, things just kinda Happened and certain opportunities came up and I'm a lot busier than I thought I would be. But it's very fun for me still. So I enjoy putting in the work. So it's just kinda right the way even go with it. So you've obviously had a huge amount of success in the Rallycross stuff so far this season, and that's kind of where you're coming from the real world as well. Right? You've had huge success in the real world too. Certainly, My last year is kind of in real racing. I've been in Rallycross So it is kind of my background when I got introduced into iRacing I was really excited. It just felt so natural the drive right away. So that's definitely more of my style and you know I've been fortunate enough to be invited into this invitational series, it just happened and take part in the world championship the last two years. It was a very cool thing. When did you start racing in the real world? I started when I was five years old. Wow. Started in carts, the normal route that kind of everyone takes moved on to some short course off road racing and say trucks and buggies did that until I was about 14. Also dipped into a bit of legend, oval racing, pavement. And when I was about 15, we kinda got the opportunity to put it all together and jump into rallycross. And a huge success at X Games, of course. Yeah, certainly. I mean, it's been a dream of mine to just take part in X Games and it's super cool to say that I have a golden silver medal like what I've ever dreamed of that I that's so cool. Yeah, it's an amazing, amazing competition. It's amazing series and yeah, that's huge. He's pretty awesome congratulations. Appreciate it. So, you know your family is racing as well. And that's probably what got you started early in the real world. But how long have you been sim racing for? Yeah, so I started sim racing. When I was about 13. You know, one of my friends back at the time when I was racing shortcuts offered stuff. He kind of came across high racing and was like, hey, come over and try this out. It's really fun and it's different than just a normal, easy video game. It's actually like a serious thing. And trying it once I kind of knew like Yeah, I really want to have a go with this. I kind of understood that. Real Racing is difficult with practice time. It's cost dependent, track availability, vehicle availability, or same racing like You have unlimited time to test you can do it from home. And that kinda is what, caught my eye. So using it for a training tool for Real Racing, basically. And then when did it kinda of start to become the more dominant side of equation or is it just been with all the global developments of late? For me, I would say Kind of 2017 I started taking it on a more equal level to my real racing. Opportunities come and go. And for me the last few years, some real world opportunities went away for me having a full time seat. And sim racing is always been there where You know, if you have the skills put in the time you can go as high as you want to go in terms of competition. So, for me at that point was kind of the, the, the big turning point for me just to really take it serious. Take the opportunities as they go and I've been pretty much full time and sim racing since then. So professional sim racer, this is what's paying the bills at this point. At this point. Yes, girl. That's amazing. And so you said time and skill, of course is there a ratio of the two that you need I mean that if somebody is, let's say lacking in skill a little bit like myself, how much time what I need to invest in an extra two Let me be able to catch up with you a little better than him.>> I think it just depends on the person. Some people are quick learners, some, you know need a bit more time. You know, I could think of a couple years ago where I couldn't drive more than maybe Two hours on the sim in a day before I just stop taking in information and stop improving. But nowadays I can pretty much strive for six hours and continue to make progress. You know, your mind develops over time. You, yourself, just to make sure you do, Good practice practicing the right habits, being fully focused and into it the whole time. And that will make a huge difference.>> And you set targets for yourself when you're out practicing for hours and hours. You have specific goals that you're going for or does it really depend on the scenario not sure what you're going for? Definitely for me I am a big list person, everything has to be have a reason for me doing something. [SOUND] Excuse me as i hit the wall here. [LAUGH] And yeaH to start the day I kinda make a list of things I wanna attest things I wanna work on. A lot of times a week in advance Even so, like today I have certain qualifying runs, Stinson things like that, that I need to hit as a target and try to improve on and you just keep trying to make little improvements each day because once you get to kind of the very high level of simracing You're not looking for seconds of gains anymore. You're looking for kind of hundredths over a two minute lap. So it's very difficult to map out exactly what's kind of going on, how your progress is going, but it's pretty important I find. Now how did this 911 drive Come for you because you'll be campaigning in this car through the night live series coming up. So, previously, we had a world championship in the Formula One car here on iracing. In a bit of a surprise announcement- They partnered with Porsche i-racing did and created this new series. And it's basically the pinnacle of road racing for us and in e-Sports right now and I racing so this became the new big thing. And you know, of course everyone wants to take part everyone likes the competition and They go for the the big money so kind of how it came about And how much money are we talking about? I believe this year it's looking at 200,000 for the total price full Wow, that is big money. It is indeed, for sure. The drive ints of air conditioning, no complaints. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] And so the first round is this weekend. Zenfort is the first track. How many hours have you spent lapping this track already this week to kinda get prepared? So my testing this week is Been a little bit late. I started on Monday. We're up to eight hours or so of driving, so, pretty decent work. I'm feeling fairly comfortable, but, still looking for a little speed, so, hopefully in a few more days' time, we'll be ready for the race. But I think we're in a good window. Everyone's right on top of each other. So any little gains you can make is very critical in the series. Less than probably half a second we'll cover the entire fields of 40 cars in qualifying. So you need to make sure you're on point by Saturday. And do you have a method for setup changes versus style changes, that kind of thing? Do you tell yourself, I'm not gonna make any setup changes for the first number of hours? Or is it kind of the back and forth thing for you? Yeah, it's a good question. Definitely depends on the car, I would say Certain cars that you might be very comfortable in, you might be ready to make changes within 10-15 minutes of running. There will be other times where maybe I need to put in a couple of hours to really get a good. Feel for the car to make sure I'm not developing it in the wrong way. So this is one of those where the setup is quite basic on the car just like it is. I think in the real world. It's not overly complicated, which is a good thing. Yeah, I think it's important to develop yourself as a driver first, before you start, kind of go into the options. [BLANK_AUDIO] And how much time does it take you to get comfortable going from a Rallycross car to the 911? I mean, this is a significantly different driving experience, not only because of the amount of grip but just the structure of the car and everything else. Does it take you a while to get Used to things? It is very different. I would say if you asked me, probably a few years ago, I would say it could take me up to an hour to kind of switch in between cars the depth driving sails. Nowadays After you kinda drive multiple things for some of the years, you kinda diversify yourself. And thankfully, I can say that it's a lot quicker now that I can make that switch, which is very handy to have with different conditions and things like that. So For example, I already was testing a bit of Rallycross this morning, right before this, so I would say within a couple laps of each combo, you can pretty much make the switch. And is there any overlap between the two? I mean, it does feel like this car almost likes to be kind of rear end pushed a little bit to slide a little bit, so is there any overlap? Little bit. You don't need to drive both cars quite on the edge. Both of the cars say Rallycross in this one, very easy to overdrive and lose a significant amount of time. So you need to be right on that fine edge, perhaps just a couple of percent below 100% Just to make sure you don't overdo it. And there are similarities like that, braking is also quite difficult to get right in both. So it's definitely closer than some other road cars that we have. It feels like trail braking is very important in just about all cars now racing but in particular feels like you really need to be lingering on the brake for a long time to keep the nose down. Is that Right. Certainly, this car doesn't have really any downforce it not a huge amount of grip. So you need to kind of control the weight of the car really well. And that way it is oddly balanced of course, because we've got a motor that's hanging back behind us That's correct. Yeah, anything he can do to kind of manage that well can pay off dividends and some of these high speed corners and things like that. Alright, so let's do a lap together here if you want. Let's get back to the start finish and then maybe you can walk me through and point out all the places where I'm losing a lot of time. Obviously, I can see where I'm, Wasn't a lot of time but maybe walk me through any kind of cues that you have and maybe help me pick up a couple tenths here and there.>> Yeah sure. Shall I go behind you at the start of the lap? Okay that's intimidating sure. Probably the last time I'll get to see you on mirrors. Might be easier for me to pick out things. The grass. That didn't take long. You didn't push me? Nope, nope. Everyone was placed on the struggling to keep the nose keep the nose gripping because it feels like you get to drag the brakes again to there but I want to maintain so much speed and then write the same thing through here. I pretty much trail brake until you're about ready to pick up the throttle at that point. Okay mile One thing you might have noticed that this car there's a lot of slow in fast out kind of corners that you can do with this. Hm-hm That is quite critical. Making sure an overdrive in the entry. Another thing this car also likes to kind of be fed into the corner turning in kind of early, Okay And drill breaking it down. Who made those tire tracks? [LAUGH] Let's say I'd say you have a pretty good handle on it, though. Well thank you very much. Appreciate that. It's more than a little intimidating to see you. filling up my mirror there. This corner is pretty remarkable. It feels like you're about to take off and go over the ridge there. And then just sliding your way through the whole thing this track is a lot of fun. I gotta say I haven't I haven't really done too many laps here before. I find it to be a very difficult track to completely nail a lap a lot like, you know, say something like the Nordschleife, even though it's much longer. There's just so much sign that you can Gain out of this track despite doing something a little bit different. I appreciate you saying it's very difficult it makes me feel a little bit better about myself. [BLANK_AUDIO] All right, coach, tell me everything I'm doing wrong. I would say make sure you're being very positive on your inputs, picking up the throttle early. Loading hard out using all the track. Definitely have the right idea for the lines and stuff. So, Okay, let something give me guidance on braking technique because that's really where I'm struggling to. It feels like you have to run a lot of rear brake bias which is a challenge to begin with it with this car But feels like I'm trying to just fight the rear end from coming around every time I go in a braking zone, and then I'm struggling to get the nose to stay stuck because I'm going to the corner. For sure. So a GT car like this will be a little bit different say than we'd have with a downforce car where you want your pressure initially and then to bleed off Due to all your downforce with this, you want to kinda beat it a little bit slower. Maybe not hit your peak pressure instantly as you hit the pedal but maybe tiny bit after. And you don't wanna break as hard as you possibly can. It's okay to brake a little bit lighter, kind of roll a little bit more speed through the braking zone and pick up the throttle pretty early. It's also quite easy to overheat the tire. So with this new to small lockups, they're slides and things like that which can cost you up to half a second to a second pure lap over race. Now seems to me like this race is potentially going to be a lot of carnage with all these walls around. You know, not only people running into walls but then coming back on the track. Do you have any strategies for surviving that all important first laughing getting through clean? Yeah, surviving is the key word. I think the most critical thing will be qualifying as is usually the case with the series. overtaking definitely happens a lot, but it's very difficult. Usually it comes from someone makes a mistake, which is easy to do in this car. So qualifying well Ideally you wanna be kind of eight thing qualifying because we have a eight car invert. If you can manage that finish well in your heat race and just kind of stay out of the trouble. If you qualify somewhere in the mid pack. It's just a game of survival of trying not to be caught up in it and try to pick your battles wisely to move forward. I've been on the losing end of many bows lately which is very frustrating if you spend a couple hours practicing and somebody gets the redness go on and that ends your day.>> For sure it's easy to do easy to do. Good say Thank you had a great view of that. Now, what setup are you driving on steering wheel pedals, that kind of thing? So I have a 8020 aluminum profile rig, very modular stuff like DC. [COUGH] Young CNC routers and all of that. I have a direct drive wheel. And basically it's just a big servo motor with a steering wheel attached to it. So it basically is much detail as you could possibly ever get. Pedals that feel like the real car have the ability to output the force or Require you to put the force in to simulate, say an IndyCar brake pedal if you really wanted. So for me, I have to drive with shoes. I have to drive with gloves. Otherwise I'll throw up my hands and feet with all of this, but, you know it's feeling very realistic I would say. Are you okay talking brands or would you rather leave those out? Yeah, I'm okay with it. So the stuff I'm using now it's all of our VRS stuff. Blue that one. I'm on the right continue, you're good. I'm actually on a VRS, prototype wheel and pedal set. Basically quite similar to some of the others and Yeah, that's a very good, very good setup. It's basically as much detail as you get everyone kind of a setup. It's nice.>> And that's just coming into the market right now right or very soon?>> It is. I want to say it's being shipped out for Europe about right now and I think the US is coming very soon. So that'll be exciting for everyone because I think in these times everyone's looking for a set of controls. And that's kind of the pinnacle right there. Yeah, it's been amazing to watch so many wheel and pedal setup spilling out through everybody, but it's also you're on great see so many people getting on board and so your work with VRS as a coach because I mean people who are running the 911 can download your setups and that kind of thing that season. They can so for me I do all the the Rallycross data. So we have other coaches that handle kind of like say this car for example, on the on the surface. And yeah, no it's basically anyone can just jump in, look at the data. Compare, certainly stack up and learn so it's a very useful tool. All right, so any parting thoughts? Anything I should keep in mind as I'm going into my qualifying last year? I think just make sure you hit all your apex is be positive on the controls, pick up the throttle as early as you can, and kind of manage the slide, you know we only have a couple laps here, so tire where it's not an issue so you can kind of just go all out, just make sure you hit your mark, so. All right, here we go. Good luck. Thank you. Good luck to you. Thank you. Should I be asking you lots of complicated questions now to try to slow you down or are you immune to such distraction techniques? [LAUGH] Nowadays, I guess we're kind of used to it, I guess. Yeah, I would imagine. So,what is your favorite? Do you like more qualifying or recession Definitely a session. Yeah, that's, that's kind of why I'm in this. Qualifying is fun, but I'm actually never very good at qualifying. I don't tend to be any quicker with a qualifying setup than I am with a race setup. I don't know if that tells anything about my driving style or abilities, but I usually just try to survive qualifying and yeah, I'm more of a- Unbelievable stuff, so Yep, gotcha How are you? I go back and forth I would say. It is fun to really nail that lap and qualifying. It's a very good feeling. But nothing gets the heart going like a good race you know? Yeah That's one thing that I think a lot of people don't appreciate about sim racing those who've never tried it or never kinda of done it at a higher level, just how thrilling that can be and how close to the same thrill that you get out of a real race that you get in a sim race because it's still Real people it's still the same tricks the same undercutting over cutting the same changing lives to try to get by somebody and it's definitely the same rush. No doubt. Say for example, I've worn a heartrate monitor quite a few times during my world championship races, even though I'm not really doing too much physically You know, outside of the wheel and pedals, my RV so it gets up to 145 ish just due to the pressure. Wow. The intensity of everything. It's basically the same as whenever I would check into the real car. So you know, you finish a race and you're still sweating. You're still- Look like you just got out of the car but, I think that's just a sign of how real it is. And you know if you can fully get past that immersion kind of factor of not having that feel seat of the pants feel [UNKNOWN] Then it's pretty much the same Something tells me you probably won't be hitting 145 today, but please do tell me if I'm incorrect and that assumption. Yeah, no, I'm not sure. [LAUGH] Perhaps you never know. You could have a really good battle. I hope so. I'll do my best anyway. The way this first qualifying laps going though, well, we'll see. Though good, that's all we have to Kick it off the grass anyway. Perfect. Usually my goal was the first lap is no incidents, get a time in and then I kind of send it to. That's a good strategy but down to pinker nothing worse than having no time at all. [LAUGH] [BLANK_AUDIO] Well, that was that Spin well my slow safety laps gonna have to count which was a 42 seven, which is about a second slower than I was running before. So that's a little disappointing for me. I gotta say. That's all right. I think the first slam the tires are a little bit cool. So the gains a bit. I appreciate you giving me any excuse you can get me thank you very much If you have any more you wanna share feel free. [LAUGH] All right, remember the load the race setup. All right, so we got a 25 minute race so it's probably gonna be 110 15 laps, something like that. Yep, about that. My goal is to not get lapped by you. Does that sound like a good goal? Yeah, you'll be fine. Honestly, you're actually not too far off at all. So thank you very much. [LAUGH] On the grid, second place, Yes. Michel Dion. And way too much wheel spin. All right, good luck. Thank you. You need it. Do I get points for style? Absolutely. Awesome. You might have noticed that our lap is quite tricky. The cold tires Yes, I have noticed both on entry and exit. Have you seen the 80s movie race for chances a little bit for your time? I might have I am not very good at names but I I feel like I might have. It's about basically a ghost Street Racer who comes back to kind of avenge his death. And his whole thing is that he challenges the rival gang that ultimately killed him and he races against them and his super duper futuristic ghost car and disappears over the corner and then they come around the corner and they find in parts of the mill the road and they run into them and everybody blows up and dies. Okay. And I just keep expecting to come around a corner and see you sitting in the middle of the road waiting for me to run into you and then kill me in a giant ball of virtual fire. It is a strategy that's for sure. [LAUGH] At around this point in the run, you'll probably notice that car starting to lose a little bit of grip. Definitely is that the tire starting to get warm or just the lack of fuel over the front end. Mostly tires are just starting to go to go away by the end of this is actually where quite a bit to where that you couldn't go too much longer if this was an endurance race, so They the wear is quite high with this. And how long is the feature race that you'll be doing? How many laps or how long? How many minutes? So our sprint race will be 15 minutes in the actual feature will be 30. So just a little bit longer than this one. So willpower conservation then play a part of the game. It could definitely, if you're sliding around a lot trying to get everything out of it in the beginning, by the end of the feature, it actually does make a bit of a difference which is something that we haven't had the last, I would say year this car, so It would be nice to have that little bit of strategy even though it's a bit of a sprint race. There's still a bit of strategy you can have. What's your favorite car in iracing at this point? Hmm, that's a tough question. I'm good. It'll slow down. [LAUGH] I I have to say I love all the Rallycross cars. But I think that's an easy one for me to say. I'm a big fan of the prototypes, say an LMP one car, like the Porsche 919. It's always a good one. Very fast. So I would say that's probably the the most fun just to drive to me. But it's not a lemon does offer a lot of challenge. It's definitely, you can feel the car really well. The balance of the car is very different than just about anything else in the game. And that makes a huge soundtoys for me coming from something big heavy in front wheel drive front engine. It's been a bit of a learning process today. Yeah, no doubt. This car is a big confidence car, I would say you need to be really comfortable in it to just kind of shave off the time. It's so crucial to have a good feel of like what the limit is under braking the corners and how to make it do what you want because it's easy for not to do exactly what you want. So So confidence is when I get to work out all right. I'll add that to my my checklist of things to focus on. What would be your dream drive in the real world? Where do you hope to wind up someday? Honestly, I'd love to. o a bit of racing in a GT car. I think those are very fun to drive. You know, that's kind of the top level of GT racing. That's definitely a goal of mine one day. I think you certainly opened a lot of eyes with your sim racing performance of late. So maybe once all this fun is over and everybody can get back to her real racing on the real world. Maybe some doors will open up for you to hope so. That'd be cool. That's the crazy part nowadays. If you take a few years back [BLANK_AUDIO] Something like that would never be possible. But, nowadays it's definitely been taken more serious.People kind of realise that it is kind of a real thing and it is transferable, having someone like Porsche who are [UNKNOWN] Investing so much into a series like this is, showing that they take it serious too, which is super cool thing for everyone involved. Yeah, it's been amazing to watch eSports in general grow over the past couple of years, but simracing of course with just the past couple years has really blown up. Now it's world class on broadcast TV. It's pretty incredible. It is Yeah. Yeah, I can definitely feel the tires are not as happy as they used to be. which probably means I've been overdriving things. Is it mostly front tires or rear so that you're feeling? Mostly front, yes. Pushing even more than it was before. Yeah, having that issue too. I'm. Trying to back up my corners a little bit under braking and getting in the throttle a little bit sooner just to kind of use the rear to make the car turn.>> I'm glad this is productive time for you. There you go. [LAUGH] Ready to go for the weekend now. Nice. I think we got two laps left. If you're gonna catch me you better hurry up. Doing my best. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] I'm trying to make it easy for you. [LAUGH] My dog just came in to watch me cross the finish line. Lovely. [LAUGH] Have an audience. Like a fan at least. [LAUGH] I'll blame that Miss corner on him. [SOUND] We have a few cats, and for some of my races, I actually need to put up a wall blocking off the room that I'm driving in, because- [LAUGH] One of them likes to lay on top of my computer and onto the power button, so- Yeah, that would be problematic. Yeah, that's a big one to avoid. [LAUGH] One way to go viral, but probably not the way you'd like to Yeah. I'm coming, I'm coming. Thanks for waiting. Alright, well, I survived and I didn't get labs. So I'm pretty proud of that. Very good. [LAUGH] Mitchell, thank you so much for taking some time. I know you've got a really busy week. That was a pleasure. Any final bits of advice for me? Honestly, just keep at it. Seriously, you did actually really well, so for being so new in the car. So yeah, you're doing your thing. Thanks for having me. Yeah, I really appreciate. Thanks so much and good luck this weekend. Thank you. Bye bye. Well, that was quite a race. I definitely didn't expect to [UNKNOWN] couldn't, but I have a relatively clean race given it was a new car to me, a new track to me. But man I learned a lot just watching the lines of missile I've got a lot of practice a lot of time I need to put in this best of luck to Mitchell the new series and I think I'm gonna change my shirt.

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Tempur-Pedic Adapt Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy

Casper Snow Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy
The Casper Snow mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background with a man smiling in the front.

Casper Snow Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy