I was so close to a 3:18 in Qually but I ran wide at La Source and ruined it, still P4 was a decent pace to begin from, the top 3 could not be touched in a Brabham.
As for the race itself the off at Les Combes angered me, I was driving on Roy ahead of me but carried just too much understeer to make the bend, did a few somersaults, lost at least 15 seconds and was dead last. But like at Zandvoort I soldiered on as the landing seemed to not have caused any damage at all that was fortunate to say the least. The mistake made me gritty and drive all out to catch up lost ground, the cars ahead seemingly like the red lap for a bull. Pace wise I could barely do any more, I was just holding back slightly in places to go through in 4th instead of 5th on the full tank for consistency.
Quickly passing several cars the grit made me feel like I had found a groove. Having passed Iestyn and Peter I had not seen cars ahead of them so I thought P6 would be the best possible then. However after passing him I started to see the group of Yannick, Greg and Gerd ahead, so suddenly a podium seemed to still be possible.
However I then had a second lengthy off at La Carriere as I just touched the left bank an inch and it sent the car into a slide I could no longer keep. Iestyn was by and another 16 seconds lost getting up to speed again
Now really P6 seemed the best possible, and after getting by Iestyn then again there were cars ahead (Yannick and Greg) visible again, so I focused on making them closer once more. I did a whole string of 3:20s and reeled them in again when I saw yellows at Blanchimont, and hoped it would not be Yannick but unfortunately it was. Tough luck as that corner can tighten real quick when having some understeer or a slightly wider line. I inherited his P4 as a result.
Greg was now seeing Gerd ahead of him too so P2 was visible although I doubt anything could realistically be done about it unless they made mistakes. I did try to push as hard as I could, maximum attack and some 3:19s later there was still a chance but then again a small slide at La Carriere made me have to give up a podium. Still turned my quickest lap at the last lap to cap off what was an interesting and eventful race, but by losing 35 seconds in incidents it really should have been much more quiet boring drive to P2. It had it's charms to put up a fighting drive after such embarassment though, so keeping positive
Congrats to the podium finishers, and I hope Roy finds the spirit over the summer break. Take some good time to find your bearings again and focus on your inner voice. You'll be fine mate
Special thanks to Greg for the fix for the GPU clock, without which would have given me additional fps woes in 36fps mode. ClockBlocker works a charm
Edited by Michiel Pompert, 10 June 2017 - 01:24 PM.