Sorry guys, had a manic few weeks since the last race, and this event just completely passed me by, sorry I didn’t let you guys know I wouldn’t of been able to make it, thats poor from me. I won’t be able to make Daytona as I’m in Spa for the F1, and at the moment I don’t have a working wheel either, thats just one of the things that went wrong, hopefully I’ll have it working by Laguna Seca for the last round.
Q5 R1 Wasn't expecting to win this one after seeing my pace compared to the others. Tried to keep it clean at the start and was planning on holding back for the first couple laps to see how things shook out but then i ran into the wall trying to avoid contact. lol ah well, it was great to come back out and still be on the lead lap though, so great work to the SC (micko). thanks. After the repairs i found myself chasing Peter for quite a few laps. Couldn't get close enough to make a move, but he wasn't pulling away much either. I found my pace was better than his nearer the end of the stints and tried to over cut him on one of the stops but my pit crew let me down and dropped a wheel nut. Peter had a bit of an issue later on and i moved ahead of him and started chasing down Tyler. We were on different strategies and i thought if i could keep it clean i would over take him in after the last stops, but then i hit some debris with about 15 laps to go and that put us closer together again. I guess he couldn't really push though due to his engine issues and i managed to keep a gap of about 9 seconds for most of the final laps. It was a great race all-in-all. And it was great to see Micko up at the front at the beginning keeping Tyler in check.
Well, what an interesting and tough race for all on Saturday!! As has already been said this track just gives no moments respite, try to take a breather and it bites you hard.
Quali: That was a fun and close session.. maybe the closest we’ve had outside of an oval. Great job from Tyler to grab the pole and that extra 5 points but oh so close for Micko.. A touch earlier on the throttle or later on the brake anywhere around the circuit and that pole would have changed hands lol.
I was more than happy with my session with a 1:15.980 being my first time lower than 1:17 so that was a big leap. I actually had enough to improve on my last two runs but on the first I came around the bend to turn 1 justr as Tyler was exiting the pits an d I had to take avoiding action to not clatter into the back of him lol and after a quick jump back to the pits I tried to take it a bit too tight to the outside leading into turn 1, caught the dirt and got pulled onto the gravel so that was my lot. Great fun though.
Race: After the restart I was tucked up under Tyler as he tried to get past Micko but after a few laps I decided to ease off a bit, give my tyres a bit of a breather and allow some space in case of any incident in their battle which I would have undoubtedly been caught up in if I stayed on their tails. How prophetic was that… at the end of lap 15 they had their coming together with an ailing Dave and I was able to nip between them and claim the lead spot with Karl 7.5 seconds behind me now in second place. I seemed to start losing my pace around this time though and think maybe I get too cautious when leading with a gap behind, especially a decent sized one like I had to Tyler after his pit stop to repair damage. Karl had halved my lead by the time I pitted on lap 22 and at that point things started to go a bit screwy for me. I made my stop without a hitch but then as I was coming down the pit lane.. oh so s l o o o w l y I knew I had to get out quick to make sure I stayed ahead of Karl when he pitted but was chatting and then saw the line and bollards across the track and quickly pressed my pit limiter only to immediately realise it was the wrong pit line.. (I assume there are two here for different series :/) pit limiter back on but too late.. 10 second pit lane speeding penalty… Doh!! Anyway I retained the lead by a fraction when Karl came in and also had a 20 second lead on Tyler. What I have not yet worked out is why I had such a poor out lap which was 12 seconds slower than the average of the others I did. I can’t recall any issue but something must have happened to make it so slow.
I stayed ahead until lap 42 when I pitted again but the lead had shrunk drastically and Tyler was now closing fast and was on my tail as I exited the pits. I was on the primes for this stint but not for long….. not quite sure what happened other than I ended up hitting the outside wall on the exit of turn 3 (I think) and lost my rear wing. A struggle back to the pits and long stop meant I dropped over a lap down. I was having some problems (it seems my brake pedal problem has surfaced again) from this point and decided that my best course of action was to settle for third place and aim for that fastest lap to keep Tyler from an extra 5 points that would have closed the gap even further in our battle for second place in the Championship. As a result I pitted half a dozen times for fresh rubber in the second half of the race and thought I had done the trick with my 1:16.959 but I clearly missed Dave’s 1:16.581 so lost out on the bonus :/ lol
Watching my phone replay I see that we could easily make the real IndyCar circuit by carefully moving all those orange skinny cones out of the way like we do at Watkins Glen in the Vinatge F1. Turn 11B is open only blocked off again by the cones.
I did a quick test of this on Sunday night and you are right Tyler.. the only thing I found was that the car exhibited a bit of weird handling as I went through the start of that section that is blocked off. Almost like it knows it's not supposed to be there. It feels a bit like the game takes over for a split second. Definitely think we should go with this layout for next season though providing there are no other problems that are found with more testing.