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Gammelt indlæg #1441 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 05:10:50 Citat 
Awesome you picked Elite Press up, Brad. Happy reads!
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Gammelt indlæg #1442 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 06:49:55 Citat 
Good job guys, enjoyed reading this !
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Gammelt indlæg #1443 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 10:45:24 Citat 
Well done Martin, very nice read.
Thank you.
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Gammelt indlæg #1444 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 10:54:45 Citat 
Well Done Guys, good read!

Although that black text is not so easy on the eye on this blue background
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Gammelt indlæg #1445 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 11:05:58 Citat 
Was just a matter of time Martin got interviewed for Elite Press.

Raced together in 3 seasons with him, one recently in elite and his first 2 seasons in the game, rookie-282 :D
Quick right from the start!
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Gammelt indlæg #1446 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 12:02:19 Citat 
Excellent read! Keep them coming, Brad :)
And good luck thru the rest of the season, Martin!
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Gammelt indlæg #1447 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 12:30:30 Citat 
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Gammelt indlæg #1448 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 13:16:52 Citat 
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Gammelt indlæg #1449 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 17:38:39 Citat 
An excellent interview by Brad & Martin. Well done guys. 👍
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Gammelt indlæg #1450 Skrevet Jan 15 2019, 19:34:12 Citat 
Waw""! i like it! :)
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Gammelt indlæg #1451 Skrevet Jan 16 2019, 03:16:58 Citat 
Great work Brad. Thanks a lot!
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Gammelt indlæg #1452 Skrevet i går kl. 10:56:55 (senest redigeret i går kl. 11:20:34 af Brad Marshall) Citat 
With over 1000 races spanning nearly 60 uninterrupted seasons, few managers have seen more GPRO than Janne Väänänen.


We figuratively sat down with the venerable Finn who, with characteristic forthrightness, shares his secret to retaining Elite, pleas for a former teammate, and explains how—unlike their grounded namesake—the Flying Dodo remains extant …
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Gammelt indlæg #1453 Skrevet i går kl. 10:57:03 Citat 


Janne Väänänen
Career start: S9
Elite since: S66 (additional stints S31 and 41)
Current standing: 16th with 5 points
Last season: 16th with 8 points

Victorious Secret
Established: S50
Highest finish: 9th (S59 and 60)
Top ten finishes: 3 (S59-61)
Current Standing: 16th
Last season: 26th


After two previous stints in Elite lasting one season apiece, you find yourself three seasons deep this go-around. What has been different this time? Do you plan to stay in Elite for a while?


The first time in Elite I didn't even try to retain so I guess that's the significant difference. Elite was a new, big scary thing for me in S31 and I thought my package wasn't quite enough, so I opted to instantly drop down and try to return stronger—retrospectively a mistake, because I didn't know that package was relatively strong given S31 Elite wasn't quite what it is now, and also because my return-stronger plan failed later.


My second and third attempts would be the results of emergency plans ending with the words "go full Sparta in Master and promote to Elite and, once there, use magic to miraculously retain somehow." So, the main difference with runs #2 and #3 was that the magic part just wouldn't work first time around (#2) but this time (#3), it did. And then, for last season, Vlad came up with this PHA change into which I kinda half stumbled at Avus.


By half stumbled, you mean you accidentally matched your car for the last race of S67? Was the podium there a big surprise?


Somewhat accidentally, yes. I mean I knew the PHA (matching) had been increased so my original plan was to build a competitive car that had a good match for the last few races so that I could potentially take advantage of good Conti weather. But mid-season, I had some difficulties with time and had to make a couple of emergency qualies & missed a race altogether so I couldn't follow my wear plan properly and only got my car together for Avus, really. At that point I wasn't quite aware of the effect wear had yet (my PHA was good but part wear was suitable for Avus purely by accident), so when I saw my driver's pace in praccy, it completely blew me away by surprise.


Ok, this season (68), making PHA work for me again was now less of a stumble and more of a controlled plan, but regardless, I've been just lucky since on merit I shouldn't be here. My entire package is extremely unsustainable. You would laugh if you heard when I last scored a sponsor. But here I am and I am fairly bored of everything else but Elite, to be frank, so I have no intention to stop lucking out for the next few seasons. :)


So just how does one sustain with no sponsors on the car?

I don't know the best way to do it but my method is always making a choice between going testing or going racing. (Low cost tyres / facilities / drivers also help to minimize the expenses.) So that's why I may have long uncompetitive periods, concentrating on clocking in the test miles to prepare for a good period, the only aim being to finish races. Then, when it's needed, I stop testing to be able to afford using CT again on the fresh test points I've gained. All this cause I don't find any financial sense going max CT every race, especially not in Elite, because without a good package the finishing position difference between 0 CT and max CT is usually just few places.


People may call my method OBP and unfair to those poor souls who finish 9th every race & relegate because of my one good result; and, if I went by their textbooks, I should have gone back to ammy long ago, because officially it's supposed to boring to play without pushing all the time and because racing without a large income is unsustainable in the long term. But I don’t really care about them anymore since, myself, I don't find playing the game like this any boring as this is how it seems to work for me.


Your record would suggest you enjoy taking on long-term driver projects when possible. Do you find the game more enjoyable this way?


I do, yes. Never really found much success with rental drivers, don't like the hassle of hiring a new driver every 2 seasons or so - and frankly, I probably wouldn't even know how to play the game with one anymore. :D


After an incredible 50 seasons racing with The Flying Dodos (originally United Managers) the team dissolved at the start of S68. What happened?


So yeah, in short, no drama really. As one of my team mates put it, "no matter how sexy the wife is, you will lose interest after 10 years."


Once upon a time, the Dodos were a brilliant GPRO team, active and a fun place to be in (which at least for me was the most important thing)—but for the past 10-20 seasons all that activity / enthusiasm had been steadily declining. We'd consistently start losing long term members due to their real life getting busy or just due to them getting tired with the game, and only found like 3 good replacements during the timeframe. The declining and getting lazy also reflected on that, as a team, we stopped being on the ball with the game changes, etc. and it just wasn't that much fun anymore.


I, as the ex-leader, bear much of the responsibility for it too because I had grown increasingly frustrated with recruiting people, to the point I just wouldn't do it anymore. We had, like, 3 good recruits for Dodos or, for our 2nd team, Koalas since S50, combined, but also about 15 failed ones, where after all our effort in trying to teach stuff and shit, the new guy would then just go AWOL and quit GPRO after a month or so. Maybe it was us as a core group becoming more "inside" and harder to "crack into" for the newbies, or maybe it was something else? I dunno.


So, the end result of the decline was that we had 6 guys playing the game at the end of the last season. I mean, we still were a close-knit bunch and I owe each of those guys a lot - but at that point I no longer thought the situation was gonna get any better with me having no motivation for recruitment anymore, and suggested a breath of fresh air would be a positive for us all. Cannot speak for the others but it has worked for me. Besides, we still have our communication channels up and alive & regularly keep in touch with many ex-members. So, while us mighty Dodos may no longer grace GPRO with our substantial presence, in spirit we will never go extinct :)


With the breakup of the Dodos came time to find a new team. Aside from the angel wings and pink livery, what attracted you to Victorious Secret? Were there other teams you considered?


It wasn't easy because I did receive several good offers and had to give 3 of them really serious consideration. Of them, I eventually chose VS in the end, partly because they were the most persuasive and very open to me about how they operated & partly because they had Matt (Kaser) who was a former Dodo as well. But mainly because of the pink livery, obviously.


Thank you for taking the time to interview with Elite Press. Is there anything else you would like to add before we close?


Yeah I would, thanks. Because I know opinions are more convincing and just generally cooler when they're said in the Elite Press, I'm just gonna use the space to voice my opinion about the recent PHA change since it is waaaay overpowered now. As you can probably gather from this interview, I'm surely one of the biggest beneficiaries of the change and I think my pace at Baku (R5) was one of the best examples of how ridiculous it has gotten. My car was like 27th best on level yet the thing was probably top 5 on track because of the good match.


I mean, I know Vlad has said he's happy and I do see the logic behind the changes, always thought the car match doesn't matter enough. But really, just please have another look at it. The impact of PHA/wear on pace has now gotten so ridiculously strong that in due time it will start affecting the game mechanics in a negative way. Hence, I would strongly suggest the admins to tone it down, and with a proper announcement about it, obviously.


Cheers
Janne.


p.s. Why won't any team have Mairo? He just keeps bothering me with his noob questions about max driver OA in Pro because he's a sad and lonely puppy with no one else to ask :(



And in the end, Janne traded his avian wings for those of a supermodel. We wish him good luck in keeping the retaining magic for as long as he desires.


For Elite Press, I’m Brad Marshall hoping you find your team (and partner) just as sexy in ten years.
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Gammelt indlæg #1454 Skrevet i går kl. 11:12:45 Citat 
Another fantastic article. Good read.
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Gammelt indlæg #1455 Skrevet i går kl. 11:17:07 Citat 
great article once more. good job!
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Gammelt indlæg #1456 Skrevet i går kl. 11:26:34 Citat 
Really good stuff, Brad!
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Gammelt indlæg #1457 Skrevet i går kl. 12:59:56 Citat 
Good stuff! Nice to see you in Elite for a longer stint Janne, and in a good team as well. Was a good time in the Dodo/Koala crew.
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Gammelt indlæg #1458 Skrevet i går kl. 14:12:23 Citat 
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Gammelt indlæg #1459 Skrevet i går kl. 14:22:40 Citat 
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Gammelt indlæg #1460 Skrevet i går kl. 15:41:54 Citat 
Quote ( Brad Marshall @ January 22nd 2019,10:57:03 )



p.s. Why won't any team have Mairo? He just keeps bothering me with his noob questions about max driver OA in Pro because he's a sad and lonely puppy with no one else to ask :(

Talk for yourself ! :D

All in all, Janne is a top lad, we went to GPRO Lithuanian meeting together.
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