Previously on F1..
Qualifying – 5th on Grid. The car didn’t feel like it did when I practised the day before so couldn’t commit to the corners as much as I would have liked.
Start – Good start – got up to 3rd by turn 3. Rich overtook me around the outside of turn 4.
Lap 1- I went wide at turn 6 and again at turn 8. Lemon passes. On the run down to the chicane of turns 9 and 10 Lemon seemed slower on entry then I was. I slowed and took the tighter inside line so I could get my foot down for the next apex and have a chance of overtaking down the straight. However, turning too suddenly combined with a loss of traction and hitting the kerb too hard caused me to spin. Any hopes of a quick result evaporated.
Re-joined in last
lap 2 – Mistake at turn 15 – trying too hard to catch up.
Lap 3.- Almost did what I did on lap 1 through turns 9 and 10. Going through fast turn14 notice someone went into the gravel – may have been Hollis Graham.
Lap 4 – catching Hollis Graham. Pass Rich who spins on the back straight. Slow to avoid him.
See Hollis goes off at turn 15. Mnm Racer rejoins from other side of road – they almost hit each other. Pass mnm racer.
Lap 5 – Losing grip majorly. But decide to stay out 1 lap longer than planned. My thinking was to take the risk of a 1 stop strategy. Thought it was worth taking – I was at the back of the field.
Lap 6 – slow down to let the faster lemon on newer tyres past. We touch but I hope I didn’t put him off. Fall off track at turn 15 so think good time to pit for primes.
Lap 7 – Practicing in single player the day before my primes lasted for at least 12 – 15 laps so thought I would be ok until the end.. but I didn’t factor in the 40% race distance and the fact that tyre simulation would be scaled down. Around now thought that my set up wasn’t working like it did in single player.
Lap 8 – Rich uses DRS to pass into turn 1. Saw this coming so decided to go out wide in order to get good run down the straight to pass into turn 3. Thought I had him but he had better traction and re-passed. Saw him making mistakes ahead but wasn’t able to capitalise as I just didn’t have traction or grip.
Lap 9 – Got closer thanks to DRS. Almost had him on the run up to turn 13 but he moved to the right to defend so there was no room. Think I touch him slightly. Kvothe pits so move up to 7th
Lap 10- Use DRS again. Trying too hard to catch him. But he spins into gravel at fast chicane of turns 11 and 12. I get 6th. Struggling for grip. Keep missing the apex.
Lap 11 – up to 5th due to mnm racer pitting.
Lap 12 – mistakes, mistakes….
Lap 13 – ..and again…run wide. . Getting frustrated. Let mnm racer through as he’s much faster than me. Try to keep onto back of him for DRS later in the lap. Kevothe is behind me so I Slow to let me past. However he flys past me and goes down inside of mnm racer at turn 9. He clips his rear wheel. I knew something was going to happen. I repass kvothe but go wide to let him through on 2nd to last turn. There was no point fighting if I was to preserve tyres.
Lap 14 – now 7th
Lap 17- Cars pit. I’m Lapped.
18 – Tyres – Please don’t fall off the cliff !!! – currently 5th.
19 – Really losing grip now. Outbrake myself and spin into gravel right in front of kvothe. He passes. Fall off track trying to get out of the way of car lapping me. Thenslide in last corner. Maybe I wont be able to hold on. I’m passed by someone.
20- Now 7th again. Sliding all over the place. Tyres gone. See great battle with cars lapping me – Lemon on grass. Car so bad that Rich was catching and he was around 45 secs behind at one point. My 1 stop plan had failed. I needed to pit just in case Rich caught up. Didn’t realise he would later retire anyway. I spin 360 degrees at end of lap twice so stopped with only 2 laps to go.
21 – Lapped by mnm racer. My friends decide to come in and distract me by saying they’re leaving – can’t you see I’m racing!! lol
22 – Catch up mnm racer. He spins through fast turn 14 and kisses the back of me. Finish 1 lap behind leader
Conclusion – disaster of a race . The spin on lap 1 didn’t help but my set up didn’t seem to correspond to the practice I did in preparation for this event. Tyre wear with the 40 percent was also an issue.