Good races yesterday. Well done Sid and Brett and Monkey, you guys were too good for the rest of us.
Regarding the penalty system, while it is obviously keeping the race more fair and clean. It has one huge downside, the fact that a bump equals damaged wheels and axels which sometimes makes no sense. Cars get beat up a lot in real races and some get bumped hard but receive only cosmetic damage something GT does not simulate very well(the damage aspect I mean). Damage should be present, but maybe bumping down the penalty duration down would benefit the race/racers.
An even bigger reason that the damage penalty system should be changed is the fact that not everyone in the room is very good at the game. Different skill sets need to be taken into account to create a more competetive and fun experience for everyone not just a select few. I do not mind losing or even coming last, that is not what GT5 is about, to me it is about having fun and competing.
As an extreme example lets say you practise driving the Ring, you get great times and qualify fairly well. So you dedicated a few hours to learn the track and car, all for it to go down the drain in the first corner because somebody did not brake at the right time, did not follow racing ettiquete or just made a normal human mistake. Now you pay for it for the whole duration of the race with no chance to compete unless you pit(which in a 6 lap race is completely useless). This full damage model is fine for me and for some of the other drivers but maybe it would be better if we had a vote or something on the amount of damage and the duration it lasts in order that everyone can compete. I was only really effected by damage in race 2 I think.
Now I would vote to decrease damage duration one level below what it currently sits at. If the group decide that the way it is, is fine then I have no problem with the decision. Its just a suggestion for the good of community.
P.s. I was way too slow on that "inside" track, Also I was not really actively seeking out to slow Sid and Brett down, was just racing a bit more defensive than usual and in the end they still overtook me Lol. Good races again, we shall convene next week for round 2. 500pp should be interesting, hoping I can find a more competitive automobile.