Quali – 14th
Went out on primes to see how my pace fared compared to everyone else. Realised quickly that I didn’t have the pace on hards, so I came in for options, just before I saw @CommonMonsoon post a 1:33.6xx. My first lap on options, and I was immediately 3 tenths up on Damon in the first sector, though I messed up the second degner. My second sector wasn’t quite as good, but I was still in with a shout of provisional pole with a tidy final sector. However, this was when I encountered a slow moving McLaren in the form of @Brooksy007 (No hard feelings, mate :) ) and had to come back into the pits, as my lap was compromised. Even better though, was that I was handed a 10 place grid penalty (Which turned into +20 for some odd reason). My next attempt wasn’t quite as good. I was 4 tenths down on Damon in the first sector, with his new time, though I gained quite a bit back in the second sector, surprisingly, but it was only enough to put me in third…and then 14th.
Race – 2nd
I have to say that this was one of the best races I’ve ever had. A lot of fun battles, and although there were a couple of mistakes here and there, and collisions, it was still absolutely great.
I overtook three cars on the start line as I headed into turn 1. I tried to keep my head with a lot of cars around me. I think a few cars made some mistakes, because I was up to 7th as we came up to the end of sector 2. I had a tow on @Sato-113 and I certainly have to commend him for his driving here, I went around the outside, and managed to secure the place, but that would not have been possible without his fair driving. I hope he enjoyed that tussle as much as I did!
Jonny made a mistake into turn 1 on the second lap, allowing me through into 5th…something I certainly hadn’t expected so soon!
I set about chasing @Alfie, who would be a thorn in my side for a long time :P. I was right up with him on lap 3, and he went wide coming out of the esses, which let me through on the inside going into the first degner. I think I was braking a little earlier than he was into the second one though, as I got a bit of a shunt straight into the gravel, and back down to 5th :P
I caught back up to him by the end of the second sector on lap 4, thanks to another mistake, and with a tidier chicane, a double helping of KERS and DRS, I was able to pass him on the straight!
I set the fastest lap whilst chasing down Shyguy, and caught him in the esses going pretty slowly, which was then he vanished and disconnected, but not before getting a penalty and almost spinning out (You’ll see why in the video). This then let Alfie back through lol, but what was worse was that Damon had disconnected as well :(
I was still right up with Alfie going into the hairpin, but coming out of it, he turned in on me and spun me into the wall, which then let @Sato-113 through (Thankfully my car had ghosted). I caught back up to him and passed him at the beginning of lap 8 with kers and drs. I then pitted on lap 10 for primes and set about catching Alfie…again.
By the beginning of lap 16, I was back with him, but couldn’t quite pass with the DRS, but I was able to get passed on the ‘straight’ after the hairpin. However, on lap 18, I made a mistake at the second degner, which allowed Alfie back through, then after the straight, I was down the inside and then the Ferrari just went crazy, and vanished, I slowed down and tried to wait for him and allow him back through but there was no sign of him, and all of a sudden I had to worry about @Electrolite.
The rest of the race was just about keeping clean and making sure Electro didn’t get DRS, and I was able to set a couple of fastest laps on the way :P
Like I said before, great race! Congrats to Steve as well :D
I believe this puts me 26 points clear of @CommonMonsoon going into the final round, which is a little bittersweet, but I’m absolutely thrilled!
VIDEO COMING SOON!