OK, this thing. Had a pretty busy weekend, so it’s a miracle this went ahead without any problems. I did the OP, Steve did the rest, so it’s to his credit that it even worked because I really neglected this whole thing. Not very good organisation at all!
The race was weird and over very quickly. I made Steve start (hadn’t played GT5 in months!) to avoid any big crashes, before taking over at the first round of stops on lap 3 (I think). We ran the whole race on hard tyres, each time doing 3 lap stints. Steve did try one 4 lap stint, but the tyres died and he lost about 2 minutes in the process!
My first stint was a bit of a disaster. I had no idea what I was doing or what any of the buttons on Steve’s wheel did, and I think I spun about 10 times. I lost a minute or two, but by the end of the stint, I was keeping it on the road, albeit at a very slow pace. We alternated at each stop (with me concentrating on a video I was editing while Steve drove, so I wasn’t really able to follow the race) for a while before at around half-distance we did double stints. After we’d both done our double stints (mine was last) I gave the car to Steve and he drove the last 3 laps.
But I really ruined any chance of Steve mounting a challenge. I lost a huge amount of time, which he made up for in his stints, and when we were just about to catch back up to the pack, Steve did that extra lap that cost us more time. We were about 1 and a half minutes off the lead, and I was trying to make some time up in my last stints before Steve finished it for us. But I wasn’t very fast and the gap was pretty much static.
Steve’s final stint was fun. He had to make up 90 seconds in 3 laps and I was a little bit amazed by how fast he was going without crashing! He managed to get within about 15 seconds by the time the flag dropped, I believe, so a valiant effort!
I could have made that a lot easier. And as a consequence of my driving, we had no idea what happened at the front!