So, after today, I reckon @mrgrieves might be in 2nd in the championship all of a sudden?! Awesome stuff.
I’m also now not a million miles away from Snake, but will do well to hold off @strunk27 and @mcwoblin for 4th methinks.
Had a really annoying race today. Great qualifying. Did a lap on primes that would have got me 3rd place and then went out and nailed a lap on the options for 2nd place and my best ever qualifying.
My race started well, decided that caution was the way forwards on the first corner and settled into 2nd place, and was going well until lap 2 where I dipped a wheel in to the sand on the outside of the first degna and lost the rear of the car and was back down in 9th. Nightmare.
Still, my pace was good and before lap 4 was over I caught up with Snake, who by all accounts had very little pace and grip it would have to be said! I was cautious as I was a lot quicker in the first sector, but then I made my second costly mistake, which was after the Degnas into the hairpin, I ran wide and span in to the barrier trying to put the power down. Ridiculous error, and at that point I knew I was in trouble.
I made a rage induced decision to try and make a 1 stop work, and having originally planned on stopping on lap 7, I tried to eek it out to lap 8. @ljkobrien passed me going into the first corner, which I didn’t fight too hard as I had no grip, but then made a mistake at the Spoon curb, with no grip spinning and losing a load of time in that lap.
My 2nd and 3rd stints were pretty uncomplicated, and my pace was pretty good. In the final stint I was in 7th and catching 6th at between 2 and 4 seconds a lap, mainly just going to see how fast I could go, but in the end I got pretty close to gaining 6th place due to a penalty for @MadDogMolloy.
Really annoying race, because a couple of stupid mistakes cost me an almost certain podium with the pace I had today. Wouldn’t have won, but 2nd or 3rd was definitely on the cards.
I feel like I’ll be pretty strong again at India next week, so hopefully I can cut out the mistakes and deliver a decent result to try and solidify my championship position ahead of Brazil, where I expect to be relatively weak.
Videos of the race, and the sprint races afterwards will be up in the next couple of days.