Nations was a true rollercoaster race. I started 2nd but got bogged down off the line, dropping to 5th. I quickly returned to 3rd thanks to one guy ahead getting a penalty for punting someone off at T1, and caught the other napping into the chicane. A few laps later, I took 2nd as I got a better run out of the hairpin. I stayed out for an extra lap when the leader pitted on L8 and kept the Overtake button pinned out whenever I was in 2nd-4th gear, but that wasn't the crucial bit. The crucial bit was switching to new Softs. Immediately, I cursed my mistake, but then noticed that pitstops only cost about 4 secs. As the original leader had switched to Mediums, I was able to win the battle of wills into T1, and began running away to build up enough of a gap for a 2nd pitstop. The gamble paid off, I pitted in at the end of L15 and this time picked the Mediums, and bar a Code Brown moment when all 4 wheels went over the line between the Degner curves, I didn't put a foot wrong, picking up 1,320pts in the process. I'll give Tokyo in the Typhoon a miss.