Did some practice laps and things felt strange. Iracing is really one of those things that needs regular practice (duh). In the first race at Laguna, didn't get to qualify but had a nice pass into the corkscrew and another into the final corner. Best time was a 48.8 but was woefully inconsistant. Was headed for 3rd I think but lost concentration into the final corner of the race and ran wide onto the gravel and lost a place or two. Arghhhhh. The second race wasn't much better. It's the same problem I've had in other racing. When your on form and get a clean start, you can drive a perfect race pushing hard for every lap. But if you make a mistake and someone gets past, my decision making and "coolness under pressure" becomes awful. I ran wide again, another one slipped past. I overtook him back but then he dived back on the inside later in the lap. Then I tried to criss cross him getting a better exit but hit his rear. No damage but contact -4 SR. That bad exit gave more cars a run on me, and when I went to dive to the inside he was blocking and we both spun. This is the worst race I've had in iracing and copped a serious hit in SR points. STAY AWAY FROM ME if you want good SR.
I can relate to that well, happens to me too. Making a mistake usually happens from beeing out of rythm, a mistake is upsetting and I want to make up for the mistake in the next couple of corners/laps. But that leads to more mistakes. I first got to find back my rythm before I can push again.
I have read a very good book 'Speed secrets' from Ross Bentley, he also talks about this thing in the book and he recommends immediately forgetting the mistake, dont take the anger with you into the next couple of corners, because that doesnt help you at all. As soon as you made a mistake - you forget it already and move on and dont think about it anymore. Every second you think about the mistake will be bad for your concentration on whats following, so you just forget the mistake as soon as it happens and concentrate on whats next. Dont take any grudge with you on the following laps. I found that mind-state helped me alot when recovering from mistakes.