Thank you very much for a lovely game of racing…
The first few laps were totally bonkers, as they have been before in this race I think.Pretty sure I managed to find a Sauber’s width between two others on the way down to the first Mulsanne chicane. I lost it on the first lap stupidly taking to the grass before the Porsche curves to find some room, but with the boost I was quickly back in the mix. And then it was up and down from there as I kept on making mistakes and then coming back through.
I think I may have been one of the first to pit and that put me back a bit, but allowed for some space and after a few laps I found myself in the lead after Chopsman pitted. As the rain was coming down I was able to build a bit of a gap, though it didn’t feel like I was going especially fast. As my tyres went and Chopsman came back up my lead dwindled, and then I had a pretty awful lap with several errors (and I bit of a battle lapping Teo which didn’t help!).
Completely ignoring what Magnificent Geof said before the race, I opted for inters (they were already selected) but that was a terrible choice, so I did an awful lap on those before pitting again for more slicks and fuelling to the end of the race. By this point I was over 2 minutes off the lead. From there I managed to catch up a bit again, and had some good racing, but the all too frequent mistakes kept on pegging me back, especially at the first of the last two chicanes.
With a couple of laps to go I was just behind Slr vying for that final podium spot, but my tyres were quite old by then and it was very tough. I fell back from Slr, and and got caught up with Spud and Dan which was good fun. I got back ahead of them on the last lap for fourth, and had a bit of a cushion, but still locked up into the chicane and spun in a totally lame fashion letting them both through.
So, the rain was a big pain as has been discussed above, but it’s part of how we do it and Chopsman really, really deserved that win so well done to him. Thanks to Mag for organising it all, and everyone for taking part. Perhaps we can organise some more endurance races (Spa? Daytona? Nurburgring?) in the future – not sure I can take these type of races on a regular basis though!