Congratulations to Terry on a dominating victory! In a class of your own. Well... Mostly... Juan was also dynamite last evening but I believe in checking the replay cap that he was disco'd in pit lane. His car froze just after the chicane section and that was that. Cruel luck to put it mildly.
A bit of a strange race perhaps brought about by the lack of a pit lane speed limit. This had the potential to change everything. I quite liked the feature. Your thoughts, gents? Also, I did like the venue. Very fast.
Arturo scored a useful P3 and Lee a distant fourth with a busted Shell car.
The race seemed overly long to me. Round about Lap35, I was ready to call it quits. I found the race quite fatiguing. Maybe it was just me on the night. Dunno...
I ran a conservative strategy with the object to get home for a change and not frag the engine. I could have run significantly faster and still held to just a three-stopper but with my luck of late, I wasn't going to take any risks. That said, I don't know if I could have kept up with the flying McMahon Brothers or not. They were on fire!
I'm going back to Silverstone '88 in the next couple of days to work on T3. I seemed to be losing a lot of time there. In some pre-race trials, I had a bugger of a time to stay on the road in the fiendish corner and as a result, adopted a conservative early turn-in technique that seemed much safer. Not happy with that.
In the closing laps, I was well aware of the danger of being lapped by Terry so I upped the boost and maintained a gap that would get me into the 52nd lap.
Below, the highlights from the replay cap, gents!
00:38, Lap01 > The Start! Doni leads away from the pole! But not for long! Juan guns him down going into T1 to take the lead. Terry quickly passes Arturo for P3 and soon passes Doni to take over P2. And we're only 1/2 a lap in, fans!
02:04, Lap02 > Terry clips brother Juan's tail going into T1 and swings WAY wide. Doni siezes the moment to re-take P2. But again, not for long! Terry surges by again on the Hangar Straight and Doni makes it two-wide in Stowe. Great action!
08:56, Lap07 > Arturo eases up and lets Lee pass for P4. ???
10:26, Lap09 > Artie goes for a skate through the grass on the outfield of T1 and loses several seconds.
15:26, Lap14 > Juan sets to make for the pits but half-spins the ICI car. Terry take advantage of this miscue and passes for the lead in pitlane. Seconds later, it would appear that Juan is disco'd!
All other runners also drop in for service. Arturo finds a cramped pit stall as Doni is still being gassed up by the AAR crew. Crucial time lost!
26:44, Lap22 > Lee runs a little wide in T3 and before he can get back up to speed, Arturo surges by for P3.
28:20, Lap23 > Lee has a big off in Club but saves it!
29:12, Lap24 > T3 strikes again! Lee has a minor off.
30:08, Lap25 > Lee misses T1 badly and ricochets off the outfield guardrail. Damage for sure.
30:19, Lap25 > Again, T3 claims another as Artie has a half-spin. A treacherouos corner if ever there was one!
31:14, Lap25 > Arturo heads pit side.
31:35, Lap26 > Half Distance. Here's the situation as Terry hits the S/F line to mark 26 laps complete.
> Terry leads.
> Doni runs P2 some 27 seconds behind.
> Lee is P3 a whopping 62 seconds back of Terry.
> Arturo runs in P4 about 91 seconds(about 1-1/3 laps)behind Terry. Arties's stop on Lap25 is key here.
33:49, Lap28 > Terry arrows into the pits. He was within a handful of car lengths of lapping Lee.
34:21, Lap28 > Ditto Doni.
35:01, Lap28 > Ditto Lee.
38:13, Lap31 > Lee eases up and lets Doni through to go a lap ahead. TY, Lee.
41:20, Lap34 > High Drama! Lee gets messed up on braking for T3 and gives Doni a solid hit to the RR. Both continue. A close call.
50:44, Lap42 > Terry calls in for service for the last time. Or is it?
52:55, Lap43 > Doni pits.
53:13, Lap42 > Lee pits for a final top-up.
53:21, Lap43 > Arturo goes pit side for the final stint.
53:49, Lap45 > As Artie and Lee get pit service, Terry flashes by on the pit straight to put Art down one lap, Lee two.
62:31, Lap51 > T3 is still hungry for more victims. Arturo loops off into the infield and gently nudges the barrier.
63:03, Lap52 > Terry about to cross the S/F line for a convincing victory! Doni cruises in on the last lap 1m12s later for P2.
63:50, Lap51 > Safe in P3, Arturo scores his last lap in pit lane.
And the replay cap >>
S24_Silverstone 1988.zip 7.27MB
"Or is it?"
Just trying to add a little suspense to the mix, gys.