After what feels like an age, it was good to be racing again tonight.
Started near the back of the field, and had an awesome battle with @zephyr
for a decent number of laps, with @MasterOntWolf
just a little way ahead. It was a battle that I think could have gone on longer, but just around the time when I was going to make my first pit stop, @JayCoops435
spun in front of me and I collected him, giving me serious front-end damage.
I thought that was the end of my race, but I was able to limp back to the pits and decided to continue for a bit to see how bad the damage was. It put my steering out by about 45º, and affected my top speed, but I was able to carry on, albeit about 3 seconds a lap slower than I had been previously.
From then on it was just a question of survival. Since I'd pitted when I normally would have done anyway, the accident itself didn't cost me too much time, so I retained an advantage over Will and Rob, which I also managed to hang on to after my second pitstop, although they were taking big chunks of time out of me.
However, with about 30 laps to go I was touch-and go on fuel, and my tyres were getting worn, so I decided to make one last stop just to be on the safe side - and had to 5-point turn my way out of the pit box due to all the abandoned cars in the pit lane! That last pitstop put me last, and with my hobbled car there was no coming back.
I feel like I could have done better if I hadn't picked up the damage, and me, Will and Rob at least could have had a decent battle to the finish. It was a bit of a slog as ultimately I was nursing a broken car for two thirds of the race, but the decision not to retire was vindicated in the end as numerous other drivers crashed out, allowing me to finish 11th
Congrats to @Mr Flobadob
on the win, and I must also say thank you to @KJP93
for the setup help; I think it really helped my performance tonight.
I must also say that, although I didn't enjoy the CruddyCar season as a whole, I did enjoy the oval racing, and I very much enjoyed this event too. It'd be great if we could do it more often than once a year