Bloody disaster today. I had a nightmare trying to join, and missed quali.
Looking at the laptimes, I reckon I would have posted a late 1:08, so would’ve been around 6th or 7th. So starting 10th, wasn’t a disaster.
Start was poor, then on the first corner I ran wide, and lost about 4 seconds. Was then running around in 10th, around 3 seconds behind 9th place. Caught up and made a couple of places as people span etc.
I had super fresh tyres due to the no qualifying, so started on Primes, deciding to go Prime/Option/Option. My pace was really poor in the first stint, best lap around 1:12.00 and then I made a couple of big errors too. Spinning at the end of the first chicane, and again after turn 5 (?), losing a bunch of time.
I wasn’t pitting until lap 11, and a sign of how bad my pace / spinning was that when people pitted for their first stops on lap 8 they came out in front of me! Fuck!
I pitted at the end of lap 11 for some fresh options, which immediately got me into the low 1:11s, but again, I wasn’t quick. Not sure if I picked the wrong set up, but my gearing was awful, I know it’s not a track about straights, but I was only hittin 180 at the end of the two straights, losing me loads of time… :-(
My 2nd stint was decent and consistent, but I did have another half spin, and that lost me more time. Got lapped by @lemon on lap 18 – disaster.
Came in at the end of lap 20 for my final stop, which was as planned and then nailed up the fuel mix and maxed it out until the end. This was a cock tease of a stint, because I was immediately in the 1:09.6 – 1:10.3 range for the whole of the stint, which was competitive place for a mid-field 5/6/7th place finish. I caught @McWoblin by 8 seconds in my last 8 laps and after being lapped by @agentmulder actually caught him back up and briefly was close enough to consider unlapping myself from him!! :-)
So I play my dropped 8th place, which is 4 points and takes me over 100 points for the season, which is great really. 12 races, 102 points. That’s over 8 points per race average, which I can’t complain about.
Am really gutted / pissed off about how today went. The qualifying / connection thing got me angry, and then that affected my race. I would have loved to have been able to fight it out properly with the guys that were in the battle for 2nd place in the championship.
As it is, I’m quite delighted with my pace for most of the second half of the season, the improvement from last season, my several podiums and 5th in the championship. Would have loved 4th, but I’ll take it.
Will have to get 2012 now and practice like hell for the new season, whenever that may be.
Well done to @MadDogMolloy for managing a great season so well.
Thanks to @McWoblin for all his statistical prowess and keeping the Wiki up to scratch.
Congratulations to @lemon for his PERFECT season. Incredible effort.
And finally, its been good to have a great team mate in @strunk27 this season. Hopefully 3rd and 5th will be good enough for us to get ourselves in a better team as team mates again next season.
Ps. sorry I didn’t join the sprint race, I was actually really dispondent and pissed off and just wanted to chill out. Very stressful evening! Not going to both upping my videos, there’s nothing noteworthy in terms of stewards, and it’s just a boring and occasionally annoying race with mistakes etc!!