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Collantine Cup the Fourth

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    Well, I’m going to attempt to break down one of the craziest races I’ve ever been involved in.

    I put in a poor qualifying lap but followed it up with a mediocre one that was enough for provisional pole, although I was unhappy with the fact I cut the corner at Ascari. I went for a final run in an attempt to better my time with a ”clean” lap but ran into @slr into the first Lesmo.

    Made my customary poor start from pole and lost out to @sato113 into turn 1, but he got a poor exit out of turn 2 and I went around the outside of him through Curva Grande. As I pulled ahead, I started to feel the back end getting loose and braced myself for the inevitable and we lagged into each other. We both went into the gravel and hit the wall at ridiculously high speed which put us at the back.

    I then set about tentatively fighting my way from last to 4th before pitting at the end of lap 6 for primes. I rejoined behind @ed24f1 and quickly passed him as he was on pretty worn tyres, but unfortunately he accidentally spun me out at the della Roggia which meant I lost another large portion of time. I fought my way back through the field once more until I encountered @JamieFranklinF1 down the pit straight but he pushed me onto the grass as I pulled alongside across the finish line (I’m assuming there was lag and he didn’t know I was there) and as I panicked and rejoined the track we collided and I ended up arriving at turn 1 in reverse at 300km/h. Yet more time and positions lost!

    Passed @Bradley13 again and then dispatched a vomiting Jamie as the rain began to fall and we all pitted together for inters on lap 17. After our stops, I managed to drop the Lotus pair and catch up to slr in 2nd but he pitted for full wet tyres as I was lining up an overtake. I suddenly realised the track was too wet for inters which meant my in lap was pretty scary. I was hoping everyone hadn’t undercut me by getting onto the full wets earlier, but I was struggling to wrestle the car around the track.

    I exited the pits just ahead of slr and Bradley who were battling but outbraked myself into turn 1 and cut the corner. As I felt I’d gained an advantage, I let slr through before the della Roggia but Bradley outbraked himself and took us both out. I caught them again and passed Bradley through the Parabolica but knew he’d likely retake the position as he’d be in my slipstream. I used all my KERS, slr’s slipstream and then some of my newly recharged KERS to break Bradley’s tow which meant I reached top speed and drew level with slr into the braking zone for turn 1. In the spray and excitement, I missed my braking point, locked up and cut across his front wing. As I rejoined the track, I couldn’t see where he was and in my hesitation to get going, I allowed Bradley through once more whilst leaving slr behind which I’m sincerely sorry for! I probably should have stopped but I was very frustrated as I felt I’d already lost way too much time through accidents I didn’t feel I played any part in.

    I passed Bradley for what felt like the 10th time into turn 1 but couldn’t get any traction out of turn 2 and he breezed back past. From there, we had a few scrapes as I repeatedly tried to find a way through until I got a run down the pit straight and ceased the opportunity to complete a safe overtake. But as I edged ahead, he appeared to swerve to the right and I was sent spinning into the wall before turn 1 again. I tried the same thing again on the next lap but left even more room to be safe and he pushed me onto the grass before the braking zone where I lost control and careered into him. Unfortunately, that was my last chance and I couldn’t catch back up to him before the end of the final lap which meant I finished 3rd.

    My heart was pounding from the moment the lights went out to the moment I crossed the line to finish the race. I knew I had to win to have any chance of winning the championship so it was definitely one of the most intense races I can remember and I certainly don’t think I’ve been so nervous/shaky during a Collantine Cup race before! I also think I’ve set a new record for most lag-induced collisions during a race…

    Here’s the video. It’s my longest edit yet but I promise it’s worth it! Maybe I thought it was exceptionally exciting because I knew how important a good result was which made it intense but there’s a lot that happened. If you like crashes and funny collisions, you’ll enjoy this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4rLtEiimMk

    And Bradley, I know I couldn’t show you after Monaco, but all of our collisions during this race were basically carbon copies of our collisions in that race!

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    Common Monsoon
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    I passed Bradley for what felt like the tenth time into turn 1 but could not get any traction out of turn two and he breezed back past. From there, we had a few scrapes as I repeatedly tried to find a way through until I got a run down the pit straight and ceased the opportunity to complete a safe overtake. But as I edged ahead, he appeared to swerve to the right and I was sent spinning into the wall before turn one again.

    I tried the same thing again on the next lap but left even more room to be safe and he pushed me onto the grass before the braking zone where I lost control and careered into him. Unfortunately, that was my last chance and I could not catch back up to him before the end of the final lap which meant I finished third.

    My heart was pounding from the moment the lights went out to the moment I crossed the line to finish the race. I knew I had to win to have any chance of winning the championship so it was definitely one of the most intense races I can remember and I certainly don’t think I’ve been so nervous/shaky during a Collantine Cup race before! I also think I’ve set a new record for most lag-induced collisions during a race.

    Here’s the video. It’s my longest edit yet but I promise it’s worth it! Maybe I thought it was exceptionally exciting because I knew how important a good result was which made it intense but there’s a lot that happened. If you like crashes and funny collisions, you’ll enjoy this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4rLtEiimMk

    And Bradley, I know I couldn’t show you after Monaco, but all of our collisions during this race were basically carbon copies of our collisions in that race!

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