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In Topic: S22 - Mt. Panorama

11 March 2019 - 08:23 AM

I didn't have much of a race, so I have little to report. The mistake I made entering the "tunnel" before Conrod Straight was one that I made several times during the first week of training, but not in the second. So I thought I had mastered the corner. But all it takes is one moment of inattention ... and that was the end of my race. Extremely disappointing, as truth be told I did not expect to qualify as high as 4th, especially with a time >4/10s off my PB. I don't know whether I could have stayed with Yannick, but the potential for a decent day was there. But I blew it on Lap 1.

Congratulations to all finishers. Tough track. See you in East London.


In Topic: And Another! Argentine

27 February 2019 - 10:46 PM

Welcome, Marcos!
I had a feeling that you would join us one day.


In Topic: S22 R2 Punta Fria

25 February 2019 - 02:37 PM

There are those who say that Punta Fría is not appropriate for the Grand Prix cars that we are driving. Certainly it does not allow these cars to showcase what they do best, but I don't think that's really relevant. It is a fact of life that sometimes race cars race on circuits that are less than ideal for them. I would argue that Monaco is just such a place, too. Like Tucumán, I had never heard of Punta Fría until it was released for GPL. I am glad to have had the opportunity to race on both circuits.

Anyway, Q6 with a time 0.01s away from my personal best was a little disappointing, if I'm honest. I had hoped for a better starting position. But then, as I did at Tucumán, I made a blistering start and passed not only Frank in Q5, but somehow entered Turn 1 slightly ahead of Iestyn in Q4. I didn't really plan it that way, but after braking a little too early and hard for Turn 1, I realized that I had more space to Michiel and decided to close up on it rather than increase the risk of being hit from behind. That put me ahead and inside of Iestyn, which wasn't really where I expected to be.

Now at a moment like that -- when you find yourself in a spot where you're not sure whether the guy near you knows that you're there -- all you can do is hold as tight a line as possible and hope that he stays wide either because he knows that you're there or because he merely suspects that someone might be there. I held my breath in hope, but unfortunately it didn't work out. I'm sorry we made contact, Iestyn. It started the decline of what might otherwise have turned out to be a good day for you.

By Turn 2 of Lap 2, after the Roy/Robert contact shuffled Roy to mid pack, I found myself in a surprising 3rd, with front and back gaps to Michiel and Frank respectively growing to several seconds. Predictably, Roy displaced me from 3rd in his assault from mid pack : a position that I reclaimed after Michiel started making mistakes in what looked like a uncomfortably tail-happy Ferrari. All that was left by the end was to not delay Robert as he lapped me with about 5 laps remaining.

On this tight course, traffic was stellar. I hope I minimized my disruption to your battles, of which there were plenty. As Bruce noted, a good workmanlike job by the field to have so many finishers. And two weeks from now we will meet at what must be the polar opposite of Punta Fría: Bathurst.


In Topic: S22 R2 Punta Fria

25 February 2019 - 01:52 PM

View PostMiguel Palud, on 25 February 2019 - 10:30 AM, said:

I do not understand your question, how do I feel today?
That's just Doni's sense of humor, Miguel. On the one hand he says that he holds no grudge, but on the other hand he shows a Voodoo doll (representing you) with pins sticking out of it. If you're not familiar with the purpose of a Voodoo doll, see here for a brief explanation/definition.

Doni has been with us for years -- so we know when he is only joking.

And I will add my voice to what others have said -- this is only one race. As with all races, learn from your mistakes and leave this race behind you. Sincerely, we all know that you are better than Saturday at Piriapolis.


In Topic: Up Helly Aa

29 January 2019 - 02:25 PM

Am watching the live cast right now. Looks like a lot of fun.

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