I was using the default setup for the L88 Coupe. In fact, it was only the second time that I have ever driven the car. It didn't take me long to realise that I had to brake nice and early, and not to try turning corners before the car wanted to!
After setting a fast time in qualifying, I decided to start from the back of the pack. It was fun moving up through the field, and I was soon in 3rd place behind Laverda. At that time, I was pulling some consistent laps, and I had a pretty good rhythm. Laverda was a more difficult proposition though. I had to wait until he made an error before I could get past, and start thinking about Lui up ahead.
I steadily closed the gap between myself and the Ferrari, and then Lui made it easy for me by making a real mess of the approach to T3 (something that I had done two or three times in qualifying
). I slowed down at that point, hoping that he would be able to recover quickly, so that we could continue the battle. However, I realised that Laverda was rapidly approaching, so I accelerated away.
Unfortunately, I seemed to lose my consistency at that point. It might have been a slight tyre issue, but I'm really not sure. I just know that I wasn't as smooth as I had been. I managed to maintain the gap between myself and Laverda.....until I approached the tight right hander after the downhill section through the trees. I tried to brake a bit more gently than normal, but unfortunately this involved too much "gentle", and not enough "braking"!!! I turned the steering wheel to the right.....and the car completely ignored me
After a brief play in the sand, I got back on the track, but Laverda was a reasonable distance ahead by then. However, he clearly slowed down on the S/F straight, so that we could have a bit of a fight.
At that moment, I knew that I wasn't going to win the race. The fact that Laverda had waited for me was enough to convince me that he deserved the win, even if I had
managed to get past him. Well done, mate