Quali – DNQ
Started – 10th
Race – 5th
I knew participating in this would ruin my strategy, so didn’t bother.
Made a very cautious start, trying to avoid tagging anyone into turn 1. I did tag someone, but checked that neither of us had gone off, and neither of us did, so it’s all okay. Continued on, still very cautions, and cam up against Spud, who was defending vigorously, though I had no problem with it. I made it past and then came up to Shane. At the penultimate corner on lap 3, I just ever so slightly tagged the back, and it put me into spin, (don’t worry mate, it was totally my fault). I think Spud hit me and damaged his wing here (sorry mate, the spin was my fault and thus I feel responsible) and then as I got going I saw Nic smash into the wall, and also saw that Abbmacher had gone out.
We then had the safety car and I was ahead only of my team-mate and Shane, who had pitted. I let Oli through quite soon and then just continued, trying to attack and keep out of everyone’s way. When Moss pitted he came out just ahead, I attacked through the DRS zone and went to go down the inside into turn 4, but Moss braked later and very thoughtfully left me room up the inside in case I went for it, I didn’t though and let him go. I then let Shyguy through at the final corner by pulling wide so I didn’t hold him up as I felt I wasn’t in a fight with him.
I pitted on lap 15 for options to take me to the end of the race. I caught Electrolite about two seconds a lap and as I passed him at the penultimate corner (I owe you quite a bit here mate, you could have easily closed the door) we must had touched as I got given a penalty, which I felt was really rather unfair :(.
I then set about catching David, but he kept matching me so I backed off a bit and held 5th, then missed my braking point, cut a corner and got another time penalty. Nooooo :(. I then saw someone coming back towards me very quickly, and saw it was long time leader Shyguy. I was quite clearly quicker and as we approached turn 5 on the last lap he pulled to the inside and I had a great run, I thought he was returning the favour from earlier and letting me through as I was quicker but apparently not. Although I didn’t feel a hit I felt I might have caught him at turn 5 and he’s just confirmed I did take him out. I am very sorry but like I said, I thought you were returning my favour from earlier.
I then finished in a brilliant 4th, only 3 seconds off of the podium, only to be demoted to 5th with my two penalties. I would however like to ask @electrolite if we did touch when I passed him, and whether he thinks I deserve a penalty for it or whether he would mind if it were reversed, which would give me back 4th and put him back into 5th? :/