S7 R12, Silverstone 7/23/09. How Was Your Race?
Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:07 AM
Congrats to Joe on a awesome run, it looks like the top 2 were really having an awesome battle, so can't wait to catch replay!
Cya'll next week, hopefully with a larger field!
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 02:35 PM
Posted 24 July 2009 - 05:11 PM
I was quite surprised with warm up laps. Especially Joe was inspired .
In race, obligatory spin in lap one put be behind leading group. I could start to get closer to Leo and also noticed that I am catching slightly Dom as well. Second spin damaged my front wing and get both of them 10 seconds more in front of me... With damaged front the car was not as quick but I was still able to reduce gap to Leo. Dom was long gone
I noticed that Jonathan is catching up with me, but up to that point he still was far away. I figured that he will get close by the end of race. In slow sections, car was understeering badly but I it was o.k. in fast sections which gave me a hope that I will be able to defend my position when Jonathan comes and also that I will be able to race Leo when I catch up with him. Unfortunatelly, Leo destroyed his car and we never got to reace each other last night.
Smaller mistakes in slow corners I did offten, were bringing Jonathan faster to me that I was anticipating and I figured that if I do no big mistakes we will be nose to tail some 3 laps to go. I went little more conservative with fuel (85 liters) so this was not concern. Left front tyre running up to 120 deg was a concern. Some 5 6 laps to go with Jonathan some 4-5 sec away, I had a third spin in the same chicane and lost fifth. Too bad, it could be interseting, as my car still was quite o.k. in first sector and in other fast ones, so it would be a good racing last few laps. You can imagine that this damn chicane is not my favorite spot in Silverstone. I think track that we originally were supposed to race would not have it...
As always thanx to Gunny and Dom for getting us to race and congrats to Podium. Great pace guys.
With two weeks to the end of championchip, it is time to update standings, so we know who runns for the champ and what are point differences.
Now to two tracks that never in last two seasons were good to me. May be time to change it (finish, finish finish)... Hope many others show for MRC classics.
Posted 24 July 2009 - 09:35 PM
In qualifying Joseph put in a nice lap and i couldn't answer to that , the missing brake markers on T1 were surprisingly disturbing , even thou i know that you shouldn't ever rely on any brake markers that can be taken off , but didn't have enough laps in practice to find alternative braking points this time. Don't think i could have beaten Joseph's time anyway thou and a front row start was ok .
Race started and Joseph had a bit slow launch , so i could grab the lead and build a small gap while he and Daniel were fighting for the 2nd position. Early laps were promising but then Joseph upped the pace and reeled in the gap quite fast , so i had to up my pace also. Had a slight off in T1 and the car dragged over the curbs , slowing the pace so much that Joseph could take the lead. Didn't give up thou and pushed like mad to keep up to his pace and then Joseph did the exact same thing and we swapped the positions again.
There's where the problems started to raise their head , to be able to keep infront i had to push the car over the setup limits and that meant a bit sloppy driving with way too much sliding. Rear tires didn't like that at all but i kept on pushing in hope to see Joseph getting into some troubles but he was keeping the pressure on relentlessly , without any chance for me to slow down and cool those rear tires.
We had some tight wheel to wheel action every now and then and even some slight contacts once or twice, but nothing to worry about..just some hard racing . My problems got worse and worse thou and specially the last turn exit was starting to be really challenging , also had some problems with the 1st turn entry.
Finally after 24 laps the rear traction gave up on the last turn after i had totally ruined the tires and i lost the car on corner exit , even if i was already on 3rd gear there. Car stepped out to the right and when i corrected it , the rear felt really soft and 'greasy' and i went over to the left side and into the grass. Didn't loose so much time there , maybe 1-2 seconds but Joseph got through and did a blindingly fast next lap and really checked out into the distance. Tried to chase him but just couldn't do anything at that point anymore and had to settle for the 2nd position this time.
It was a bit desperate fight overall but i didn't want to give it up just like that and decided to push over the limits rather than just give up and settle for the 2nd without a fight , didn't work out but it sure was an exciting race and a nice battle with Joseph. T-shirt was dripping and had to take a shower after the race thou ,who needs workout when you can just race these great F1 beasts .
Well done Joseph , deserved win after a smooth and consistent driving...Congratulations . Grats to Daniel also for the 3rd place and cheers to all the finishers.
Hopefully we'll get a bit more drivers into the next rounds , 2 classic drivers tracks with awesome layouts .
Posted 25 July 2009 - 10:56 AM
I'm updating here HTML export of standings, if anybody wants to check them before they are uploaded in a webpage.
This time it blew-up really spectacular! When I realised it was about to go, I gave the accelerator pedal an extra kick and shot the revs up to 12,000…just to make quite sure.
Jochen Rindt - Watkins Glen GP 1967