I must say anything 2:20 and below is spectacular and probably almost too fast. It's going to really come down to who can drive around the track 25 times without a sudden loss of grip!
I agree. 2:19's require some risk taking and will inevitably lead to mistakes. I can manage 20's and 21's pretty consistently once in a rythm and the aim will be to get a clean start and try to stay out of trouble.
Matt doesn't finish often, but when he does, he completely blows the competition out the window! Impressive win Matt. I had fun and I appreciate everyone sticking around and keeping with it dispite the fact the car wasn't ment for this circuit😬
I had my 5 or 6 spins with a couple close calls, ended up damaging my car the only time on the pit wall while coming into my pit stop, also killing the engine again😖. The clutch on the 38 is extremely touchy and this event was the only major use we'll get out of it.
More tough luck for Team Zipanol tonight as both drivers had to retire. Only 1 more event with this monster and then we'll be in a car that's ment for those types of tracks and easier to drive imo.
Keep at it gents!
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This was probably the toughest race.. such a hard track and car to get comfortable with and no matter the gap to the car behind I never felt as though I was able to relax. A very strange one as well though in so far as for the first dozen laps I was pretty comfortable and made no real errors and was happily sitting in second place taking it nice and easy with pretty consistent laps times and the main issue I was having was staying within those safe boundaries and not pushing harder to close the gap to Boothy. My times were in the 22's and 23's which was about 1-2 seconds inside the times I knew I could comfortably manage but while I was keeping Tyler 2-3 seconds behind me I was happy to stay with that pace. I could see that my acceleration out of the corners was better so I suspect Tylers’ first gear was longer than mine, and so he would have to out brake me into a chicane to get past which is a very risky manoeuvre in this car, Then once he had an incident and fell 17 seconds back I relaxed a little and then he had another couple which put him 35 seconds behind. It was then that things started to go a bit screwy for me. I had a spin in sector 2 and then with the tyres struggling for grip (even though temp wise they were fine) I drifted off at the stadium hairpin and picked up a little suspension damage when I touched the wall. Tyler was then within 5 seconds and on lap 13 another stadium section slide cost a further 5 seconds and then two laps later I came across my team mate coming back from an off track excursion and then having a moment into the third chicane. Instinctively jumping on the brakes and locking up I then followed him off and we almost had a coming together and Tyler squeezed past. Having lost another 20 seconds I decided to take my pit stop and was surprised to see Tyler being held there as I drove off after a quick stop. I had a 19 second gap to Tyler by the time he re-joined the track and I just opted to take it very carefully over the final 5 laps and drove 22, 23, 22, 24 and 24 second laps. Tyler closed down as a result but I knew that gap was too much to close unless I had a big spin so I took the discretion instead of valour option lol.
Tough but fun race…. Looking forward to Texas which will be a very different challenge.