I'll write up a little bit of help for you in a few hours' time after the Formula 1 finishes. It won't be anything better than Kirika's guide though, cos I'm a bit of an irc noob too. Send me any questions you have via PM because this thread is getting a bit filled up eh.
(btw there's an "edit post" button if you want to add sevaral things in succession)
edit from the future
(btw it was a good race XD)