Clermont-Ferrand is ranked as one of my favourites
so I did have pretty high hopes for this one.
Driving the Brabham it is the first race this season driving a car in the 'competitive four',
and just also happens to suit this circuit quite well.
And while I felt pretty good out there, there was one catch on this bumpy circuit:
my tires get hot very easily, so I had take it into account in the race.
For qualifying I went for one full stint and gradually better my times.
In the end I got the fifth time, a good 0.8 behind Dag's Lotus, but I still had the feeling I would not be too far away from the pack in front of me.
So through lap 1, I actually felt quite comfortable before the tires got temperature.
I felt I could go easily go faster than Dag, but there was no space to pass and the top-3 were pulling away.
In lap 2 I went for an audacious move at Le Belvedere trying to get through the inside, but collided with Dag, who did take the short stick in this.
Not my proudest moment.
My apologies, Dag.
Putting that aside, I had clean road ahead of me and thus got in pursuit of Roy, Iestyn and Robert.
Roy got it wrong at the third sector and crashed, and Robert to no avail tried to take a shortcut at La Belvedere in lap 3.
Both G8 drivers were gone in a flash, and as it turned out, made it me the fastest man on the circuit, as I got closer to Iestyn each lap.
By the time I was within a second of him, his engine gave out at Charade and prompted me into the lead.
Sorry for stealing your fastest lap
I could have cruised to victory but I was so much in the zone that I didn't really slow down my pace
until the finish flag, having a cozy 30 second lead.
I'm quite ecstatic about the win, though it could have been someone else's if I didn't pass by means of force.
Congratulations to every who finished on this difficult circuit.
Have a nice summer break!
Edited by GrandPrixYannick, 16 May 2020 - 11:21 AM.