A podium with the Honda was something that never crossed my mind.
I thought a couple of top 5 finishes alone are really nice. So this result came as a pleasant surprise, but a far share of luck was definitely involved.
I qualified eigth, though technically it should be ninth if you account Roy's severe misfortune in the session.
My start was pretty good. The Brabham before me sort of stalled on the grid and I had the open space to brake later than Tristan for T1.
Things got quite hairy there, and I think I was very lucky to get out unscathed.
Running in P7 now, Iestyn did not have the best getaway and I was able to get an attempt on him on lap 3 in turn 1.
As it would turn out, we battled side-by-side for half a lap, but I felt the need to retreat at the treacherous T4 as I felt luck would run out if I kept fighting.
Iestyn got by Tristan and pull away.
Meanwhile I kept up my pace but gradually got closer to Tristan.
I had a few chances to overtake, but he was late and bold on the brakes as where I was a bit cautious and aimed for consistency and keeping it clean.
After a few laps, Iestyn struggled and dropped behind me.
Tristan was beginning to pull away until he disappeared in front of me along with Dag, prompting me to a podium position.
Iestyn behind me was pushing, but could not position himself to get a move done.
After a while he made more mistakes which allowed me to have some air, but I needed to keep pushing because Roy was playing catchup.
However, he retired with a few laps to go and at that point third place was sealed.
This race was really about survival and staying out of problems, and luck as well.
If I look at what I have written, I would have been P7 if it weren't for all the problems my competitors had.
This race I seemed to have been immune to bad luck, everything just went in my favour.
This I better not take for granted. Before you know it, I might end up destroying my Honda.
And Syracuse is next, so uhh... yeah, there's that. Better make sure I prevent my car from a visit to the garage. So far so good.
Congratulations to all the finishers, and my fellow Dutchies on the podium
Commiserations to all the DNFs especially the victims of a freeze.