Grats to the podium guys and thanks for selecting such a fun circuit.
As usual, I only did a few laps on the server on Tuesday evening to check that I had the correct circuit etc. and just grabbed the Abarth as something to run around. I knew the track layout from GPL races, so nothing too scary.
I had intended to get onto the race server early and try out a few more cars,( maybe the Volvo?) but real life got in the way, so with only about 10 mins of qually left I bit the bullet and stuck with the little Abarth. I was concerned about the lack of raw power to get up those long hills, but figured that as it was such a benign car I ought to get to the finish?
Without a proper lap I started last on the grid and immediately caught a warning as I had to go into the pitlane to avoid the rear of the car ahead!! Following the pack the lack of horses under the bonnet was obvious as they all pulled away on the straight.
I feel here that I should apologise to Bill2. He must have wondered what the hell I was doing as we approached the beginning of the downhill switchback and I shot past him on the inside, only to hit the bank and spin.
Well....for me the section before that from T2 onwards was absolutely flat out in the Abarth with no lifts. My ideal line into the twisty section was a late downshift and barely touch the brakes until the first real hairpin. I discovered that Bill's method was different and he was braking where I was merely downshifting. As a result I was suddenly closing at an alarming rate on the expensive rear end of a Ferrari 250 GTO. So I threw it down the inside hoping that I could keep the little tin box on the tarmac and avoid taking Bill out of the race....it almost worked, but the tighter line required defeated the grip of the cold tyres and the rest is history.
I made too many mistakes to ever challenge the main pack and most of my race was run on my own. I did pick up a few places from others misfortune and also lost a couple when I discovered that taking a tight line on that final corner put the entire Abarth to the wrong side of the white line and gained me a SnG!!
But, that Abarth was HUGE fun around this track. Throwing it down the hill through the series of hairpins at stupid speeds, then from the bottom of the valley it was flat out all the way up the hill ( at least, as long as there were no abandoned Volvos parked on the track
At the end of the Race I was catching Bob's Alfa and there might have been a chance of gaining another place, but by then the tyres were reaching the end of their useful life and I asked just a little too much of them. Yet another spin dropped me back too far and I cruised to the finish in 7th(?) place....with a big grin on my face.