The Lineup: 109 points Opera Performance S2000 (288hp, 930kg) Nismo GT-R LM Road-Going Version (321 hp, 1580kg) Spoon Intergra Type R (231hp, 1080kg) Opera Performance 350Z (368hp, 1340kg) Spoon Civic Type R (228hp, 820kg) DMC Delorean (279hp, Sports ROM, NA Stage 2, S1 tyres) Hour 1 Battle into 2nd at the end of lap 1. The Opera Performance runs and hides to the tune of 7.8seconds by the end of the first lap. The 350Z also slices its way through the field and is right behind me. The rest are already battling for the minor placings. Do a 2:19.1 on lap 2 and close the gap to 5.6s. 2:18.3 on lap 3 and the gap is 3.1s. The 350Z is strangely dropping back. Take the Opera Performance on lap 4 and pull away. I get the gap out to almost 14s, but the Opera starts closing the gap and by lap 10 I am ahead by 12.1s. The 350Z had been gaining on the Opera and almost got up to his tail, but has dropped away again to be about 20s behind me. The is the first to pit, from last place, on lap 12, a lap or two away from being lapped. The Civic is next to pit, from 5th, on lap 13. My tyres start to go off on lap 14 and all of a sudden I am doing 2:19s instead of 2:16/2:17s. The Opera closes up really quickly and passes me on lap 17. I decide to swallow my pride and pit for new S1s and a splash of fuel. I rejoin in 3rd as the 350Z also passes me. I rejoin 25s behind the Opera and set about trying to make up for those last three laps on worn tyres. I post a 2:15.336 and pass the 350Z on lap 23 for 2nd. The 350Z pits at the end of that lap. At which time I am 21s behind the Opera. When will he pit??? The hour ends on lap 26, and I am still 19s adrift of the Opera. The 350Z remains in 3rd. The Nismo and the Civic are 1 lap down. The Intergra is 2 laps down. Hour 2 Waited and waited for the Opera to pit, and he doesn't!!! My tyres gave up the ghost and I pitted on lap 33 and rejoin about 44s behind. The Opera finally pits the next lap but at the same time I lose it on the tight right-hander before the Dunlop bridge and end up in the sand-trap!! Idiot! End the lap 19s behind. The Opera, on cold tyres, takes a whole lap to lap the Nismo, and a slice a massive 8s out of his lead on lap 36. Now only 7s behind. What if I didn't have that off on lap 34. Dammit. Close to within 3.6s on lap 37. I regain the lead by passing him just before the Dunlop Bridge on the next lap! I'm flying and I want to extend this lead to at least 20 seconds before I pit again. But it won't be easy, especially when the Opera's tyres finally start to warm up. I push really hard and drive well and post a few laps in the low 2:15s (fastest lap 2:15.076) before pitting at the end of lap 49 with a lead of 23s, my tank almost dry. Incredibly, I rejoin side-by-side with the Opera into turn 1!!! I win the corner and slowly edge my lead up to 2.2s at the end of the 2nd hour. What a race! Hour 3 Gradually extend my lead to about 14s at one point. The gap is reduced to 8.8s before I pit at the end of lap 66. I guess I'm about 0.8s to 1s a lap quicker than the Opera when we are both at peak performance. The Opera pits at the end of lap 68, and while he warms his tyres up, I stretch my lead out to 39s by the end of the 3rd hour. The 350Z is now a lap down. Hour 4 The lead is 35s as I pull into the pits on lap 84 for stop no.5. I rejoin with a 10s lead and we have a see-saw battle between two very evenly matched cars for the next 18 laps. I am now lapping in 2:16s and 2:17s with the odd lap in 2:18s. Not pushing as hard as I was earlier. The lead is cut to 6s at a couple of stages before the Opera gets stuck momentarily behind lapped traffic. In the end the Opera pits first, on lap 102, and I carry on very gingerly for a final lap on very worn tyres and pit on lap 103. I realise now that the Delorean can handle 18 laps max on S1s. I end my outlap with an 18s lead as the 4th hour comes to an end. Hour 5 Pit from a 42s lead on lap 120. Rejoin with an 18s lead which is 17s by the end of the hour. Which happens to be almost the exact same gap that I started the hour with, having done one stop to the Opera's none. The 350Z is now two laps down. Hour 6 Back on it again after celebrating my birthday last night. The Opera pits on lap 136, and I do so on lap 139, two more laps after I should have, but what the hell? I wanted to practice my driving skills on worn front tyres. I resume with a 40s lead which I extend to 49s after turning on the car stereo and cruising the rest of hour. The Opera had a lot of trouble lapping the 350Z this hour and thus lost a lot of extra time.