P5 for both races, put out my best lap on this circuit while following mike around for some inspiration.R1:
Messy T1, battled @ajokay
for a fair bit of the race, very close racing and I managed to get ahead but all the fighting made my tires go a bit, my setup getting very understeery beacuse of it, which pushed me into mistakes. Matt showing up and overtaking me into the chicane didn't help things as it put me in the back foot and right back into Alex's clutches. Couldn't really find a way to respond after that, I did my best but I noticed that my understeer was getting worse so I counted my blessings and settled into the position. P5R2:
Alex overtook me early in the race (again!) but this time around I got him one better and retook my position and built a bit of gap. Not having to fight as much helped me stay on pace for most of it. With two laps to go I was feeling confident in bringing home another P5, @shaxberd
ahead with a comfortable gap to me, but unfortunately he had a bit of a hiccup with his connection it seems, making him go off at the chicane, giving me the opportunity to go past him. I feel there was a cheeky rejoin attempt being made but I manage to squeeze by, finding myself in a very intense fight to the lights for the last couple laps. Super fun, and stressful! P4R3:
I had a lot of fun with this one but it has a bittersweet undertone as I ruined @craighypheno
race. I was far behind but I felt that if I nailed the execution I could try and follow bjorn's narrower line and get past craig quickly and get Matt off my ass, but I couldn't control the car and ended up sending him over.
That aside I felt it was a fun race. I was pretty happy with my start, I got around T1 rather well making 2 positions on one go, coming out there 3 wide with Bjorn and @Arwyn
. I had Mike breathing down my neck for a few laps, and although he was not trying apparently, I was positioning my car to not really give him any easy chances. A few laps later I made a move to try and get past Alex (again!! noticing a theme here) but I overshot the brakes which I think did a number on my confidence as I never quite felt comfortable on them after that, which was where I felt I was making the difference today. Got tangoing with @lazaros18
for a few laps, where we overtook eachother a couple times and it felt mental and really fun. Then I fell off, got into another fight with bjorn and his little train. He got me one better, Matt following me for a lap after that before the incident with Craig, cruising it home in P10
To be honest, I'm just happy to be racing at this level. I'm fighting where I wanna be fighting, getting super close and in there, avoiding contact rather well but still putting the elbows out when needed. I'm literally getting my best laps every weekend in qualy, which is amazing. It's just, a very good feeling. It felt like a very mature race for me, things just worked and I felt in control of the car, which perhaps made me a bit overconfident trying to make certain move sticks like the one with Craig, but I had been driving my wheels off (maybe literally; I'm looking at you front left) up to that point in that race. Mistakes happen, unfortunate it costed someone other than just myself.
But yeah, it's one thing to have one good result, but being able to perform to this level week in and out in these cars just feels very good and I'm quite proud of myself. Need to carry these good vibes into other cars now. Cheers and good racing everyone!