Good speed on the podium, there!
I put in 10 races in this comeback week, and while I eventually sort of found my speed and consistency (only one self provoked error, and that race I still won), three of my races were ruined due to car contact. Usually I am quite good at avoiding contact, and I did indeed spot a dive bomber before the dive came, but the three contacts I don't know how I should have anticipated:
1. Leader had severe damage. Out of caution, I stayed behind through the twisty part, and then eventually tried to pass on the following straight. Before I had completed the pass, he lost control and hit me. I keep wondering if he was planning on entering pits and didn't know I was next to him.
2. In a tight pack, with me in 3rd, 2nd place has a moment exiting the last turn and I get a run on him. He quickly moves to cover the inside, so I take the outside. I am slightly ahead approaching the braking zone for T1, but since he hasn't backed off, I go deep and take the outside line. Slowing down more wasn't really an option, since there was another driver 2-3 tenths behind me, and that could have gotten ugly as well. Anyhow, the driver on the inside slightly overshoots the corner, goes into a spin and hits me. In the sharp end of the field, with drivers right behind as well, you kind of have to trust the inside guy to do his job...
3. In yet another tight pack in a high SOF race, with me in 4th, 2nd place makes a move on 1st place in T1, but goes wide. He rejoins the track in the latter part of the turn (known an T2), while 3rd place passes him. I also almost get by. While I am slightly ahead on the straight leading up to T3, I am now on the right, and the rejoined car slightly behind on the left - then he simply moves over and into me, like I wasn't even there. He apologizes and explained he hadn't actually seen me (spotter malfunction as well? Mine announced him, at least).
So, with these unfortunate incidents, I ended up losing iR, instead of gaining - and this was the week I had big hopes for finally breaking into 5k after months of being so close
One unfortunate race really punishes the rating when you're up high.