Quali – 3rd
Quali went okay. My first lap was pretty bad, but my second attempt felt much better, though it wasn’t enough to stand against Oli…on his primes :(. Went back out with 6-7 minutes to go, and managed to go 3 tenths quicker on my first run, I tried again, but lost a couple of tenths in the first sector and backed off completely to save the tyres.
I tried to go out again in the dying moments of the session, but the team didn’t get me out quick enough, and I missed a final run by about 10 seconds, leaving my third, 6 hundredths off of pole, and 1.5 hundredths behind Tom in second.
Race – 2nd
Got a very clean start off the line, out-dragging Tom into turn one, and getting very close to Oli. There was a bit of a kefuffle behind me, and Alfie emerged in third. I made an error, allowing him to close up, but then he decided to spin at turn (13?) and left me chasing down Oli. I wasn’t as quick as him, that was obvious, and by lap 4 he was a good 3-4 seconds in front, but then the SC came out. I gambled on a very early pit stop. In hindsight I should have gone for the primes, as they were a very good race tyre today, but I went straight for the options, hoping to prolong my time on the faster tyre and hopefully pick people off when their tyres went off.
I came back out in 4th, behind Harry and Electro. At the restart, Harry made a mistake into turn 1, gifting me third place immediately, and then on the next lap, Electro literally gifted me second at the same place, so thanks for that :P
My pace was very good at this point, and I started catching Oli. At one point, I was half a second behind him, but screwed up when I eventually got DRS, and lost almost 2 seconds.
I pitted on lap 17 for primes, and found that they felt really good. I closed a little on Oli during this time, and he came out just in front of me when he pitted a couple of laps later.
After that, there was no hope. He was on the faster tyre, and although my laps were very consistent, I just couldn’t match him. Second was definitely the best I could have hoped for today, so I should be happy about that.
Congrats to Oli, it was a dominant victory, and hopefully not too ominous :P