Totally unsure of car choice for this race. Jumped in the Lister as it seemed smaller than the others. Never driven the car before so a big thanks to Fane
for the setup
. I used it to qualify, but I could not all week for the life of me get into the 1.28's. I changed the setup quite a bit for the race (online Fane if you want to try it). Needed something a bit more stable to get through an hour without stuffing it into a barrier.
In qualifying just tried to get as low in 1.29's as possible. Qualified P15 which is about where I expected to be.
Into the race and I was a bit slow off the line, managed to pick my way through the first corner incident and was still P15 going up the hill. After a couple of laps was running P10 through passing others that had come to grief. GearChange
was hot on my heels. Tried not to worry about that pressure from behind and just concentrate on keeping it all together.
We caught up with Geordie
and for next few laps I tried to keep him on his toes while at the same time trying to keep Greg
at bay. Was absolutely no where to pass. This track took more concentration than all the others put together (didn't even have a chance to grab a swig of my can). Greg lost it in the last corner which took the heat off. We lapped Karlos
in the tunnel. Geordie
finally made a mistake just before the tunnel next lap and I managed to squeeze by.
Clear track, now to try and get some speed up. Karlos
had got through as well and was pressuring me (he must have had an incident to be lapped, as he was all over me like a rash). Then, luckily for me, he clipped the barrier in last corner. Pressure off, running P7.
Lap 14 in for my pitstop. Had decided early in week on my strategy. Early as possible for my stop so that I might be able to take advantage of any traffic queues on the track and close the gap before others pitted. I knew my med front and hard rears would last 24 laps so filled her up to the finish.
Exited pits P8, which surprised me, thought I would have been further back. Was on my own now for quite a few laps until Oppis
loomed large in my mirror. That livened me up a bit and I managed to pull away.
Rest of race quite quiet really. About 10 minutes left I was running P4, 30 seconds behind P3 and a minute in front of P5. So then decided to settle for P4 and conserve my tyres, engine and fuel to get me to the finish line.
Best finish I have had so well happy with that, especially from P15 on grid. Kept it clean (ish) which was my main concern.
Well done to Jay Ezza
and to all the guys that turned up and raced