Gotta say, two days before the race, after I had checked the live timing for the first time and realized I had made some very bad setup decisions, I was willing to call my testing pace a fluke and settle for minor points as a target - thankfully that bit of shock forced me reconsider stuff and come race day the speed was back there
Quali was solid, with P8 and P7 starts. There was one more lap in me that could steal a further tenth or two, but final two attempts ended on spins on the out laps while negotiating traffic on timed laps, so there's that
R1 was all about just keeping it on the black stuff and keeping out of trouble. Not much happened, but the consistency was enough to pick up four places and end P4, a little off the leading trio.
R2 was more eventful - ran wide fairly early on in the double righthander section while defending from @KJP93
, car really felt like swapping ends, fortunately recovering from such situations is ridiculously easy with FWD power, so I got back on track by means of flooring it and Initial D-grade powersliding. Spent next couple of laps looking for a way past the damaged car of @fjordnet
- eventually elbowing my way through on the T1-2 outside. Once that's been done I built a bit of a gap @lazaros18
was very keen to close, but the race length worked in my favour and I just held on to P5.
R3 start was messy, admittedly the lagging happening around and a lot of dust being kicked up distracted me more than they should. Dropped to P10, but kept myself within the @Lemm314
train. Started to regain places among the crashes and spins again, copied the T1-2 move (this time on @nea
iirc), saw myself as high as P3 and still very much on the offensive, chasing after @Mike Bell
in P2. Ran out of overtaking opportunities and laps to do so, finishing just 0.2s behind, but a podium finish is always appreciated!
Overall that's some very encouraging momentum! Hopefully I can carry it on throughout the season.