(Disclaimer: not griping at anyone, just describing the race
That was a confusing start. Not quite sure what was going on, but I gather not everyone was being put onto the grid?
Started a bit slow and lost two places, then a third. Three laps in Malcolm picked an "interesting" place to attempt a pass, hit me in the right rear wheel and bent something. Car wouldn't turn under power after that.
Fillneuve was warping in and out of view behind me, and got by when I dropped a wheel off on L7. Spent the next two laps trying to guess where his car was. I lost track of how many times I went through his car, but on L9 GTR2 decided to make it a bit solid. Went straight through on the back straight, and the car just shuddered a bit, then rear ended his just before the braking zone, then a third time under heavy braking I went straight through again. GTR2 decided the back of my car had hit him, throwing the rear end two feet straight up in the air. Needless to say, this hindered my attempt to get the car slowed down for the turn and I went off into those fraking hay bales some sadistic soul placed right where you'd end up if you braked too late. Bounced off the hay-bales, then off the fence, continuing to do interesting things to my wheel alignment.
The rest of the race was pretty much trying to not drive off into the hay-bales in the esses. Lousy drive off the turns as well, until I caught Lade towards the end.
My apologies for slamming into the back of you on that straight. The timing was perfect. You lifted right when I was in the center of your smoke trail. At high speed it got so thick I couldn't see your car at all. By the time I saw you coming at me there was no time to move or slow. I slowed down and waited for you, letting Kimi by, before I saw you listed as a DNF and sped back up.
End result: A bit more creative wheel alignment, slightly slower car.
I have no idea how I finished up as high as I did. I'm amazed at the amount of punishment the Cobra took and kept going. All that abuse and the wheel never got stuck in the bonnet (for those of you that have not discovered it while "jumping" the car on a hilly track, this is a bug of the Cobra
Still, all in all, it was a fun race. Thanks all!