Manufacturers 2023 Exhib season 2.
So I went with Nissan once again, in short they suit my driving styles compared to Porsche which I was considering, but ran out of time to fully test other manufacturers.
Despite practicing as I've said a few pages ago with the GT500 '99 and the GTR '18, I ended up going with the seemingly meta '13 model just to give myself the best chance entering my first GT1 category race. (mid A rated)
Ending up with a good TT time 3 minutes before my first race:
--Qualifying: Well, I wanted to take whatever results this race as long as I could give it my all, instead my stupid streak continues and got pole once again:
As an absolute madman, I tend to do some unorthodox strategies compared to most people and decided to start on hard tyres rather than mediums, why?
-Deal with cold hard tyres at the start of the race and be done with them
-I will ahem
end up holding up those behind me which would keep the gap after my pit stop shorter slightly
-It's a lot more fun to chase down people when you're on better tyres rather than to try and run away on hards
A few bumps from being overtaken inevitably at the start but nothing that I was upset about, especially as no one ended up crashing so we could all keep racing. I knew it would happen so no pressure on myself and continued to focus on my own race.
Lap 5 and time to pit for Mediums, gap to leader was just under 7 seconds:
That's how much time i'd have to gain if i were to get ahead of Lehto when he pits. Head down time! Other wise there's always that more risky option to commit to a battle in order to overtake him.
Luckily my efforts were rewarded and managed to just get past Lehto as he left the pits:
The two Italians went onto pit at the next lap so they were out of the way and it was a race to a finish, having given myself the best situation to secure victory:
-Leading after the pit stops
-On better tyres than the competition behind me.
Plus a cheeky monetary reward compared to the usual amount:
Being fresh and mid A rank into the GT1 category, I could only take 192 points. I'm not overly fussed however it's a new record amount received in a Manufacturers race.
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Thanks if you read this!