@Moss-611 – Why don’t you have the patch yet?
Well, we finally got underway, just over half an hour after we were meant to start, though there weren’t many here, not too sure why as there is a calendar on the wiki to show when each race is.
Having done my only practice for COTA a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t sure that I’d do too well. This plus the fact that during the week I had sliced my finger open, so my index finger is completely bandaged up, making it very difficult to use the brakes (L2).
Did a few practice laps on primes, before coming in for options and doing two more laps, finishing 0.311 seconds behind Shane. Considering how difficult I was finding it to play the game, I was pretty pleased with this.
I got a decent start, probably just slightly better than Shane, but Bradley had the best start, knocking me into the first turn so that my back end slip out, and he went up to first. I somehow kept second.
I was mainly trying to get to grips with the track and the car in the first few laps, before Bradley spun on lap (3?) leaving me and Shane to fight it out. We were having a great scrap, with some passing and re-passing going on in the DRS zone, and just after as well.
Shane then made a mistake, not sure what happened. All I saw was some tyre smoke on the right front and then a small spin. This gave me the lead back, but then a few laps later, I had a spin as well, coming out of the final corner.
I pitted on lap 10 for a second set of options. I was meant to pit on lap 12 and go to primes, but being 8 seconds down on Shane, and not going any quicker, I needed to try something different. Plus, rain was expected as well.
I had a lot of spare fuel and when Shane came into the pits, I had closed the gap to 5-6 seconds. I wasn’t sure what tyres he was on, but our pace was very even, despite my few mistakes, eventually extending the gap to 10 seconds or so.
The rain eventually came, and Brad pitted too early. Shane and I seemed to get it just right, though it was tricky. The gap was something like 17 seconds now, I’m not sure, but I had no hope of winning. Heavy rain then came, and I finally decided to take a risk and pit for wets. I think I was a lap too early, but it seemed to help after a while, as with 3 laps to go, I was closing in fast.
I thought Shane had skipped wets and was now suffering, and I had closed the gap enough to see him pit, as I came round go the penultimate lap. I pretty much cruised home from there, going pretty slow on the final lap to not make any mistakes.
2. Shane – +15 seconds
3. Bradley – +2 laps