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So I practiced last night for awhile. I'll be ok. But my teammate is right I need to somehow soften the car..............Piriano where are you!?
Great racing with you last night @Kermit_2142 and great finally having you with us on the grid. That was one heck of a race we had in Race 1 that ran to the finish line...great stuff and what this series is all about....very close, stressful, and competitive door to door racing...80 minutes of constant challenge. I'm glad you enjoyed the racing and the format, and very much hope to have you back on the grid again when you are able and available.Well what a great nights racing that was!!! Thanks all for having me, I knew it was going to be good but I wasn’t expecting it to be that good.
Extra kudos to @llNovall for his bop work. During the course of the evening I felt like any one of the drivers on the grid could have won the race. That is a great and unique feeling to have whilst racing and a credit to the work Nova has put in.
What a gem of a car too, the sound is fantastic when following another car with the pops and bangs on the over run and although the brakes don’t really fill you with confidence the way the car allows for weight transfer gives it a playful and lively attitude that really allows you to have fun with it.
Race 1 was brilliant. I got a little swamped and caught out of rhythm at the start. You guys really come at it hard straight off the bat 👍. After a little back and forth in the midfield I settle into a 3 car battle with Nova and No1needs2perish. Nova was on the defence with Perish constantly attacking. Still finding my feet a little I was just able to keep tabs on them but was really struggling to work out a way to get by both of them cleanly. As we passed the mid point we closed together with us nose to tail for quite a few laps. When Perish managed to hit the front of our little group I knew he would be looking to pull away quickly. Sadly for him we weren’t going to let that happen and he was now having to defend. This was allowing me to get really good runs on Nova pretty much every corner and he was forced to attack and defend at the same time. Finally I managed to get a good enough run that I was able to to get on his inside into t1. T1 hadn’t been my most confident corner entry all race so it wasn’t my first choice of an overtaking manoeuvre but sometimes we have to just take what the racing gods give us and so I just hit send. I didn’t think I was going to stop it but somehow in the last few meters she decided to hall up perfectly onto the apex and saved me from being “that guy” . I knew Nova would be wanting his spot back pretty sharpish and he was much better on the brakes that I was so I had to push on as fast as possible. Perish made a mistake in the Schumacher S giving me a monster run on him into the tricky left hander. He chose the inside early and knowing this was probably my best chance I decided to chance it round the outside. Side by side we go and I take to the outside curb as Perish was able to carry more corner speed than I was expecting. Knowing I was on the inside for the next corner I knew I could keep it in and hopefully carry a better line onto the back straight. Sadly for Perish he lost the rear and spun off to the left but what a great bit of racing . I was just about able to hold off Nova for p5 but it was a real struggle with the fronts seeming to die off in the final laps. One of my best races on GTS, I’m really looking forward to watching that replay.
Race 2 was a little more challenging and I think fatigue was starting to show up as I made a few big errors. I had some good little battles with a few others who were also having issues so not all was lost.
Thanks again for having me along, I had a lot of fun .