S7 R09 Goodwood June 26/09 - How Was Your Race?
Posted 26 June 2009 - 04:33 AM
Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:49 AM
Green lights and I was second to last, but I could folow the guys in front of me with ease, just wasn't able to pass them, unlass they made some mistake, and so they did. I lost count of cars crashed or spun backwards in the grass, all that with maybe just 1/3 of racing. Lucky me, I was third chacing Dom trying to put some pressur on him.
Then, I think around lap 15th, my cat jumped on my lap right at the last chicane and I missed two gear shifts trying to slap her down at the start/finish strait.
Dom was than some 5 secs ahead, but looked like I was caching him again, when, in the same lap that of a cat juped again on my lap and I lost all concentration and spun coming out of the last chicane.
I straightened my car and than was scrolling trough the hud to see what was going on. Dom was gone some 15 secs an Kimmo some 40s behind closing fas one second per lap.
The pace I could race was good to keep that 3rd place from Kimmo to the end, but I could not close into Dom anymore. I realise I found a good base setup for the car with race fuel and new tires, but with light load and worn tires it doesn't work so much. Than, towards the end of the race Dom crashed and I just focused on finishing.
My best result so far . Though I know only 3 guys finished and probably Sam's hardest time was trying not to sleep at the wheel.
Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:42 PM
Posted 29 June 2009 - 07:42 AM
My qualifying was quite modest and didn't find the balance with the sticky rubber this time , 5th position in the grid was quite disappointing.
Race started out quite well thou , figured that Rob infront of me would suffer a bit with the turbo lag on Renault and managed to slip by him at the start. Dom in my left side had an excellent start but fortunately he decided to aim for the left side of the track so there was enough room for me in the middle. Dom would have taken the position away from me but he got boxed behind Pablo and i could keep the 4th place into the 1st corner.
Took it very easy on 1st lap and overall i had a same kind of a game plan than Leo , just drive safely and see if the race comes to me later on. Almost lost it on lap 5 anyway and that was a final warning to not try any unnecessary risks , Kimmo and Pablo were 0.5-1 seconds faster per lap so there was no point for me trying to catch them.
Noticed from the splits that Pablo was closing on Kimmo and that that could play into my hands later on if they start to fight it out , but then Pablo had an off and soon after Kimmo had to pit for the new rubber so that was it this time... ended up in the top podium by misfortune of others but thats the way it goes sometimes . Kimmo was clearly the fastest man on track (again) but a mishap from the pitcrew cost him too much today , it was an impressive comeback into the podium never the less . Congrats to Leo also for finishing in the 2nd place despite having a problem on his lap (pun intended ) .
Looks like the championship is tightening up suddenly and anything is still possible , but with these challenging cars the situations change so suddenly so better keep both feets on the ground and take it one race at a time. Luckily the next one is going to be one of my all time favorite tracks and i'm really looking forward to it...the ultimate challenge for sure .
Cya there... .