Great videos guys! I saw Magffrey’s in my subscription feed when I logged onto YouTube this morning, now I feel like an idiot for posting that comment as I see you guys had already made that joke!
I love that video Silverkeg! Great music too. Your inlap was terrific, I thought. ;) But if you look carefully, that’s Steve spinning on lap 15! I actually had to go back and look at my video because I was thinking “I seriously can’t remember spinning there”, but my race was so awful I assumed I had and then forgotten about it!
Here are my onboard highlights:
(I’ve gone to bed with the video uploading, so if it’s not up when you’re reading this, it should be soon. Be sure to check back.)
My race was pretty disappointing to be honest. I ran a fuel simulation race to see how the car handled over 22 laps, but I think qualifying took too much out of the tyres and the car felt completely different in the real thing. I also think Steve and I had bad setups as Magnificent Geoffrey and Ed were able to pull away with ease.
I only planned on doing a single lap in qualifying and then another if that one wasn’t good enough, as I had wanted to go longer on my first set of options, which would mean I’d have to be conservative in qualifying. I waited until the end, but forgot to change my fuel load, so I ended up putting in two reconnaissance laps before my flying lap. My flying lap wasn’t too bad, except I accidentally cut a corner coming into the hotel section which I felt pretty bad about, and the lap time wasn’t particularly special either. I crossed the line and went for another lap, which was much smoother and quicker (I think I was about half a second up on my previous lap) before I ran out of fuel right as I was going under the hotel. I felt a bit silly to have been beaten by guys on primes!
My race start was much better this time, as I’d learnt in Melbourne that not having enough revs is costly. I held position into turn 1, but ran wide to leave everyone space in the hope we’d all get through cleanly. I felt guilty about doing so, however, when I looked behind and realised how much time I had gained by doing so. Steve got a poor exit out of the hairpin, which allowed me to get into his slipstream. I was a bit annoyed by that as I knew I wasn’t as quick and I couldn’t see a lot of point in passing him, because he’d surely have the position back within the next few corners. I tried my best to stay behind him without losing too much time to Magffrey by going side-by-side with him down the back straight and braking early so he could stay ahead, which seemed to work, luckily.
Steve made a mistake (I wish I could say uncharacteristic error :P) and let myself and Geoff past, before the Sauber got a run on me down the back straight and passed me with ease. I tried to get a good exit to take the position back, but in my panic, I stepped on the noisy pedal with a bit too much force and lost out to Steve.
I was slow over the next few laps and Electrolite was able to close the gap and make a pass on me down the back straight. As we exited that clumsy corner at the end of the straight, I saw a car going slowly and I honestly thought it was a Lotus. Alas, it was my team-mate, and Electrolite managed to get a slipstream and sweep around the outside of him at the end of the second back straight. Electrolite pitted while Steve and I stayed out, only I made a stupid mistake on the next lap and spun, allowing Ads21 through. Luckily for me, he made a mistake in the final sector and allowed me straight back through.
I pitted for primes and had a terribly boring middle stint, in which I was horribly off the pace of the leaders and struggling for grip for some reason. There was also a moth buzzing around the TV screen annoying me! :P My engineer told me to pit at the end of lap 15, but I’m pretty rebellious and I ignored him and stayed out an extra lap… I was very surprised to see Steve in the pits as I had assumed he was miles ahead and there’d be no chance of us having to queue. But unfortunately, the mechanics took a while to finish releasing Stephen, which meant I lost about 2 seconds. It didn’t count for anything in the end so it didn’t bother me.
I was happy with my final stint and I switched to fuel mix 3 to try and catch someone. I had no idea if there was any way to catch them but Electrolite was my target. My low fuel load, high revs and fresh options helped me close the gap, but it was no-where near quick enough to catch him before the end of the race. I’m not sure what happened to him in the last 2 laps, but the gap went from about 20 seconds to 5 seconds in a few corners, and I very nearly caught him on the last lap. I was disappointed to fall just short, but Electrolite’s 500 hour penalty meant it didn’t matter so much! It was quite demoralising to see Ed had finished the race while I was just exiting the hairpin, too…
My race was disappointing really. I think I made a mistake with the setup and didn’t have as much downforce as the top 2 finishers. My mistake and the pit stop mess-up didn’t help, but a combination of other things warranted my poor result, not those two incidents.