Qualifying was mainly just getting used to 2011 again. I had planned to do some practice, but I had too much to do for that to happen. My lap times tumbled, but I was never able to match Shane, who beat me by about 7 tenths of a second.
I got a pretty good start off the line, @shaneb12345678910 took the inside line, but I was able to get a better exit, which combined with half of my KERS, pulled me alongside him, I thought about backing off, but I had the inside line going into Eau Rouge, and with my better exit, was almost positive that I could pull in front.
We entered the corner together, I moved as far to the left as possible, without running off the track too much, though I still had two wheels off the track, but nevertheless, on the exit, Shane swept to the left, hitting into me and sending me crashing into the barriers. I was lucky to only lose my front wing, but I knew that it was my race over, after 3 corners…
I lost at least 10 seconds on that lap alone as I trailed back to the pits, with huge amounts of understeer, and pitted for options, hoping that with a fresh set, I would be able to close the gap for when the others stopped. This worked to some extent, as on lap 5, I was able to pass Electrolite, though I think this was partly due to him having troubles and eventually crashing out. I was still 30 seconds down on @Abboracing, but I was closing the gap. Some laps quicker than others. This could have been due to the two front runners fighting, or Abbmacher making mistakes, I’m not sure.
I think I pitted on lap 9 for Primes, so that I could run to the end, but I was never able to get that close. At one point, I was 5 seconds behind @Abboracing but with him on fresh tyres, I had no real chance of catching, and as my tyres started to wear, I found myself pushing too hard, and having a couple of off-track moments, meaning that I finished 20 seconds behind second place.
Congrats to Shane, he was pretty fast today. Little bit confused about the lag, as he wasn’t lagging to me whatsoever, and since moving, I have much better connection now (In the region of 15-19Mbps), so I don’t see how I could have been lagging, but oh well. Little bit of a disappointing race, as I think I could have done more to challenge for the victory.
Looking forward to 2012!