Had a mixed race. Hungary is a track that I like, and am decent at, but was worried that everyone would feel the same.
Was therefore pleased with my Qualifying lap of 1:15.5s to get 4th on the grid. I had done no full race practice (too busy watching the Olympics!) so had no idea what tyre wear would be like….
Had a decent start and briefly took @Matt (Snake) for 3rd place, but he got me back in an eventful, but clean first lap, so I was back in 4th. Then had a great battle with @kvothe (gameprotage), side by side for about 4 corners without taking each other off at all – great clean racing, and really good fun! Unfortunately he got the better of me then and I was relegated to 5th.
Decided to pit early on Lap 4 to get an undercut, as tyres were screwed anyway. Disaster though as I came out of the pits, missed my braking for Turn 1, and then spun on my cold primes. Lost me about 8 to 10 seconds, and places to @jlkobrien (LtAlfred) and @MadDogMolloy. Just about managed to fend of @mrgrieves and @infernikus and was running around in 7th place.
Caught @MadDogMolloy towards middle of my 3rdd stint, and he pulled in to the pits just as I was going to get in DRS. Managed to stay out until lap 23 and was running 4th, but when I came out of the pits I was back down in 8th place behind @kvothe, aboiut 3.5 seconds back, but with brand new options on and lap 24 to 28 remaining. GAME ON!
Caught to the back of the Red Bull midway around lap 26, and then had a complete disaster on the final corner. I carried more pace than @kvothe and nudged very gently the back of him, and somehow ended up hitting the end of the pitlane!! This was a double disaster as firstly, it lost me a chance to take 7th on the track, and secondly I then got lapped by @Lemon, meaning I had only 1 lap to catch back up, rather than 2.
I got lucky as @Gameprotage had a penalty, and ended up in 7th place. My joint worst finish of the season (not counting getting DSQ from Australia)….. If I’d not had my spin out of the pitlane I think 6th was possible, but it was probably the best I could have done today….
I have recorded Quali and the race and will be posting them shortly. The first stint of my race in particular had some great wheel to wheel action, so worth a watch!