Qual: 5th Finish:5th
After preparing mainly in the C5R and becoming very happy through the week in it,i do an old classic trick of mine,,,,and suddenly change to another car late on saturday afternoon :confused:,i really must stop doing that,the lister is an ok car,but not quite my cup of tea,anyhoo,im sure your all really interested in that.......
Once again the front pack that i most fortunately found myself amongst this time behaved perfectly all through the first lap
,i started working my way backwards through the field down to my own mistakes,eventually getting settled behind APEXTECH,and a fast approaching Digital homing in on me,i was able to carry more speed into the slower stuff than APEXT,who was clearly struggling slowing the fast vette down and getting the nose pointed in,i had a couple of heart stopping moments sure i was going to clatter his back end
, but phew,,avoided,but i did sadly end up tapping him round at the slow right hander,a mixture of him having a bit trouble at the apex and almost coming to a halt,and me getting a good wide run in hoping to get alongside on the exit of im lucky,i duly waited to let APEX have his rightfull place back in front me,regardless of the places it cost,,,a process i had to repeat later for him....sigh,,,not happy about this at all
,,after all the nudging at then letting past again nonsense from me has stopped we get settled down to some good close racing with Digital now benefiting and ending up in front of me and APEX,but as the stint goes further and tyres start to wear Digi loses it in the tight part of the final sector,and me and APEX get past,i am now being chased by Digital again,and he is all re-composed and faster than me,now this is where im glad i checked the replay before posting!,because at the time,when i got this nudge it felt terrible and cynical,,and all those kind of things
,but then i look at the replay,,and omg!,its more or less a pure 50-50 ball racing incident,in my honest opinion you should not be expected to give that place back,the fact you slowed up and gave me that place back,should prove,if proof were needed you are indeed here in the spirit of "fun racing",do you race close and fiercely hard?,,err cha' Hell Yeah!
keep it coming i say,i would actually urge you all to watch this incident and tell me you wouldnt have gone for a try at a pass there?,i also watched Digi's race from the start (something i tend to do when contravery springs up),and i notice some points where he is on the recieving end of some very bullish and rough treatment,so we really must all have a sort of "swings and roundabouts" mentality to a certain degree,i also like to think of myself as one the drivers in this league who take the making no contact side of this more important than the final finishing place,but there are factors involved that makes mistakes more or less inevitable,it makes my heart sink when i tap the back of another car and watch as the back end spins round and they come to halt
,the fact is the pace and closeness we all run,mixed with the varying ability and skill levels,its going to happen,sometimes it takes carefull studying of the replay to see that actually no one is out there being a Banzai Deliberate Wrecker.
Right,,,down off soapbox now and back onto the final phase,which mainly consisted of watching a flying Burny closing me down,this is another driver i watched some of his replay from the start,quality driving all the way,lessons to be learned for all there on how to go about this properly
,after Burny cleanly breezed past me on the first open door invitation he got from me,it was a lonely drive home to finish an amazing 5th place,i was expecting outside the top 10 at a few points through the race,,,,now off to prepare for the next race,and hopefully get over this slump in form.
Looks like Jay is back racing.......its easy to tell,,just look at the standings at the finish,look up top at the first place spot,and you will see the name JayBlue........end of.
Herr Berger has a fine finish in 2nd place (i wonder when his first win will be) ?,,,note the use of the word "when",,,not "if".
And brother Fane rounds out the podium with 3rd,,is this the start of a new illness for the guy?,hmmm maybe "Podiumitis" ?.
More thanks to Karlos and NGR for once again getting out the empty bog roll tubes and sticky-back plastic,and constructing a beautifull thing from it :p
Edit Footnote: APEXTECHUSA actually said sorry to me in the after race chat for in his words "holding you up McDanger" !!! i promptly put him in his place and reminded him me being faster at that point in the race,and behind him,is not actually his fault or concern,its all on me to pass him fairly and cleanly,so respect to you dude,and your general attitude is spot on! .