Spotlight On… – Michal Ringes
The man behind the wheel: a short interview with Sim Racing System racers. Let’s know a little more of the guys that are always one place ahead.
Would you briefly introduce yourself for the site’s readers?
Hi, my name is Michal Ringes, I’m 41, I live in Prague now, but I’m from Most, yeah, that is where that track is, where I spent a lot of time with free pit pass when I was younger. I currently work as PPC specialist, doing campaigns for big corporations (data analysis, strategic decisions and execution), but I really consider myself astronomer and astrophotographer. Can’t do that at the moment because I injuried my back some years ago when lifting my very large telescope, so instead I do more simracing now.
What’s your racing wheel?
T150 with default pedals, it’s pretty good and when it dies from too many km you just get a new one 🙂
Which are your favourite simracing games?
I only drive Assetto Corsa at the moment, because I think it is the best current sim.
I love historic Formula cars, from the old bathtubs of death, through the aero era, to the turbo era, and beginning of modern cars, after 2000 not so much 🙂 Also some prototype cars like Group C and such plus some historic more “normal” cars like Alfa 33 Stradale.
I like historic tracks the most, like Rouen Les Essarts, Nordschleife, old Brno, Circuit de Charade and similar tracks.
Since when are you playing simracing games?
I think around 2004, did several seasons in Czech GPL league (1 hour long races with realistic rules and damage).
Which was your first racing game ever?
I think it was Grand Prix Circuit from Accolade and also Indianapolis 500.
“I did maybe 3 millions km during the last 20 years.”
How do you prepare for a race and/or a championship?
I practice for every race (50 laps maybe), depends on how much free time I have and how much fun the car is. Mostly hotlapping in shorter stints pushing hard, on the server I do not push so much, just few tenths off the maximum attack makes virtually no difference in Q or race but it is big difference in consistency and it also means that I will have almost zero crashes.
Are you good in setupping cars? 🙂
I would say yes, but not in a way that makes the car like super fast. I would make the car behave exactly as I like in critical parts of the track (difficult spots, places where you wanna be fast because it will affect you overall laptime a lot and such), just making the car suit my driving style as much as possible.
Do you race in real life too?
I got an offer to try real endurance racing, but it’s pay drive and if you destroy the car you are paying the repairs… so, no 🙂
What is your best result in SRS?
I won 4 championships so far (Lotus 98T, F1 1970, historic Formula Ford, Skip Barber series). Out of 126 races I won 81.
“I consider myself a gentleman driver (weak point and strong point at the same time).”
What you do like and what you don’t like in SRS races?
I like everything, it’s easy to join the racing no matter how experienced you are, there is great community you can have chat and fun with, by the way thanks for the practice server, guys, I really enjoy that. There is drama, action and good racing mostly, sometimes crashes but that is also part of the racing so I kinda count that as a plus 🙂 The only thing I do not like is bad sporstmanship but this is really rare here.
Is there a particular moment in SRS races – funny, dramatic, adrenaline-filled – that you like to remind?
I had many very good and close races (312T with Marco in Imola or with Ted in 98T), it’s pretty fun to be 5 metres away from someone for the whole race, pushing hard but still keeping it clean.
You are one of the strongest racers in SRS. How do you came up with this results? Practice, skills, both?
It’s like everything in life, the more you practice the better you get, if you are willing to learn you will improve. I did maybe 3 millions km during the last 20 years with different cars on many tracks.
Which are your strongest and your weakest points in racing?
I am fast and consistent, and I leave a bit of perf for when I really need it, I make very few mistakes. And I consider myself a gentleman driver (weak point and strong point at the same time), I will try to leave extra room, won’t go for super aggressive moves and won’t do stupid shit like blocking, changing lines and pushing people off the track and such.
How would you define your racing style?
Slow in – fast out, clean line, easy on brake, letting the car flow, not forcing it to do anything, just showing the car the way I wanna go 🙂 Of course when I need it, I push hard 🙂
Thanks to Michal for kindly answering our questions!