S20 MosprainIrma makes it to Canada
Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:18 AM
Well, unrelated to all that, I was put out of my misery mid-way through the first lap when my engine blew up after the Hairpin. I don’t think that I was abusing the engine before that but it looks like at that moment that it blew I hit high revs. Or maybe it was just one of those random events in GPL.
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:42 AM
Just like my brakes can't decide if they want to NOT actually brake (sorry for the mess that happened when I got lapped, guys, just went long, I don't know what happened exactly) or outright don't work at all and send me straight into the fence. It has to be said that I got a little distracted by the Ferrari parked on the side of the straight, but I got the braking point like the laps before. They just don't want to work :/
Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:07 AM
Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:10 AM
And that's Mosprain for me. I was so close to doing so well, right up until the point that I saw the sign that said "Girls! Girls! Girls!" What can that mean, I wondered, the reptilian brain kicking in at 145 mph, sending me off into the weeds on the final two laps and losing three places in the process. Girls, indeed. Damn them . . .
Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:23 AM
Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:27 AM
track: i like mosport, ask my wife (we 'almost' stopped there once) but i don't like Moss hairpin. not in GPL anyway.i don't think its that sharp/deep a cut. anyone verify? otherwise, its ok.
qual: i was surprised to be in the top 5 ..oh, i wasn't top 6 then. close times and i expected trouble on opening lap. my time was about what i expected.
race: Mick ahead on grid and Bob S behind... a well behaved start (haven't watched replay yet) and off we went. nice ~!
Mick started to build a gap, but i was being very cautious and also aware of BobS close behind.
suddenly there was nothing in my mirrors and had to look up at Pribluda because i thought a mass disco had occurred! nope, S/F line shows Tames now back 3s or so. where'd Bob go? i wondered.
then i see a smoking car off to the right a lap later and its Mick! ohhhh no we had done some fabulous practice together, i really thought he'd be on the podium. so i'm now 5th
and from there, other than backmarkers i saw no one. couldn't come close to Roberto (+38s at one point near finish) and i was able to build a small gap to Tames.
in fact, the backmarkers made this interesting as the challenge to overtake here, REQUIRED their attention and cooperation. got both from each and every one... fabulous!
it was quite lonely for 90% of the time, more like an extended practice. but in the end, very happy to finally relax my shoulders/back.. very tense. pleased w/ p5
grats to Alex/podium
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:47 AM
During qualifying I went off and Ed crashed into me since he had nowhere to go, sorry about that Ed.
All in all a great race as in my opinion. Great to be back missing out on the last few races. Congrats to the podium! On to Monza!
For those interested, tomorrow after the formula 1 race Badgers are training online.
Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:42 AM
I can't make Monza.
Edited by Ronnie Nilsson, 16 September 2017 - 11:43 AM.
Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:57 PM
So the race started, managed to pass a couple of cars on the first lap, things were going okay by lap 12 or 13 I was in 7th place having started 11th so was doing my usual trick of starting down the grid and making places, then the engine blew, but as they say, and if you read my posts, I say quite a lot, that's racing, so we, The Privateers, now have an Eagle, and 1 and a 1/2 Brabhams, anyone want to buy 1/2 a Brabham, special offer, Ok just my sense of humour, Monza awaits.
P.S. love this track, really a great challenge.
Posted 16 September 2017 - 05:15 PM
As a few have already mentioned those who were lapped did an outstanding job here and the little bit of patience shown by those at the front waiting for a sensible place to pass made for a really clean race overall.
Congrats to Alex, I had no answer to your drive today, and Ed for the final Podium spot along with Roberto for making my life a little uncomfortable towards the end.
On to Monza.
Fast, Cheap, Reliable. Choose any 2.
Beat it to fit, paint it to match..
Posted 16 September 2017 - 07:24 PM
As always, I practice and Qualify with a full fuel load, so I knew I would not start anywhere near the front here. I figured the first lap would show a few offs at T1 and Moss, but no we all made it through quite well. Well done is deserved to all for that. The front runners and cars being passed all did a great job here.
I started in 14th and decided to just drive conservatively and stay on track. I did stay on track the whole race, and moved up as people slid off, or blew engines. I followed Pepe for the last 15 laps and tried to decide if I should push to catch him, but was getting odd numbers from the leader board and didn't want to slide off track so I just kept to my pace. I was saddened to see Pepe lose it with a few laps left. Pepe, I know the feeling well.
So finishing 7th with no offs made my day. This could be my best ever finish in oAo. I doubt with the quality of the drivers here, I'll get any higher.
Thanks to all for the great drive we had today!
Posted 17 September 2017 - 10:08 AM
In the first laps I was behind Ed, we were very close, but there was no possibility to overtake. If I was able to take the flag 3rd, it would be a great result.
Instead I made a mistake in underestimating the difficulty in lapping a car approaching the T3R. In principle I could wait for an easier zone to overtake (but where is an easier zone at Mosport wet ?), but having seen the two ahead had taken a certain margin, I decided to anticipate the lapping on the external even because the car ahead looked well tight to the internal and the speed gap comfortable.
Unfortunately we touched so I went off the track. But I was lucky to not damage the car and to continue, leaving the position to John. Following that I made my best to recover the gap so at the and I was just behind Ed.
However despite the inconvenient it was a very fun race:
Congratulation to Alex for the brilliant win unbeatable here, John for the very fast and effective driving, Ed king of drifting
Thanks to all
To Monza then