Give the guy a break. He's excited.that is the longest race report ever
[DOUBLEPOST=1488824218][/DOUBLEPOST]No idea why that just quoted, ignore meRACE REPORT
QUALI-P1: 1:35.630 (Supersoft)- A good lap, pretty much slap bang in the middle of what I was doing in practice. Banker was poor, cut 2 corners and just made a lot of mistakes so I knew I had to go again. Dropped about a tenth and a half to my PB (a 35.478) through losing the rear too much in S3 and missing the apex at T1. Still, 7th pole of the season and a pretty big gap to 2nd (and a McLaren front row, very nice)
RACE-P1: 51:22.558 (Supersoft>Medium>Soft)- Super nervous because I knew @mazais5727 and I were close on race pace and the battling could be pretty severe, but I also knew I had the capability to win this one. Got a shite start as I always do here and went wide into T1 to make sure both McHondas got through safely. Swooped through S1 and quickly utilised the slipstream on the back straight to retake the lead.
In the first few laps the top 3 pulled away a lot and me and Maz made a run for it in 1st and 2nd. I managed to keep him behind me and we'd just gone into T1 when the safety car came out. Annoyed that I'd missed the opportunity for a free stop and then having to drive like a grandma through the Esses to stay under the delta time, I opted to box under SC for mediums in order to stay ahead of the cars who had managed to pit when the SC came out. I knew the tyres would go to the end I was just worried about the amount of traffic I'd have to deal with.
In the end, only @khayesthe3 got ahead of me due to his free stop and I set about carving up the field from 12th when the race resumed. I made some great passes on @xXVik-StarRxX and @baba99jaga as I got on well with the fresh rubber. I caught Hayes fairly quickly and passed him pretty easily in the DRS zone, promoting me into a net lead. Mazais pitted and then a lap later @bor44 pitted and I was back into 1st. I then set about cruising round on my mediums, ensuring they'd make it to the end.
Then the 2nd SC came out (much like the RD race, for a reason I couldn't really gather) and I opted for Softs to keep me going to the end for definite, and to give me good pace if the cars behind didn't stop. Thankfully, the others did stop and I retained the lead. THEN, on L17, coming into the triple right hander, the game totally froze. The force feedback jammed all the way to the right (clearly inspired by the President of the country we were racing in ) and I could do nothing. I had to close the game, reset my wheel and rejoin, all while praying my points, podium and win streaks were still gonna be intact. By some MIRACLE I could do Codemasters' rejoin thing and, although now dressed as the Fonz, I somehow retained the lead (was unsure I'd still be on track as it felt like I'd hit the wall on my FFB).
When the safety car came in I stuck it in rich and legged it, pulling out a nice gap in the last few laps and getting the fastest lap as well. I had seen a glitch where the game forgets you'd used mandatory tyre when you rejoin and was worried it'd bite me in the ass after my previous salvation but thankfully I made it home scot-free, and with my teammate retaining his 2nd place
Overall, a fun race that could have been an awesome intrateam battle for the win that turned into a fight through the field and a dollop of luck from Codies. GG to @mazais5727 and @bor44 on the podium positions, what better way to celebrate a constructor's title than with your 4th 1-2 of the season? Can't believe the title is now just one win away. Onto Mexico!
(also GG to @khayesthe3 , @oo7_pROF3SSIONAL , @DatWallDoe and @Malaske for your home race Top 10 finishes, great stuff (sorry @zWoody ))
I don't really even consider this my home race because this track is over 2,000 miles from where I live. I am much, much closer to Montreal.
Not sure if you've ever heard of Monticello raceway .... it's a smaller race track but a lot of club races there and that is actually even closer to me.The Glen is a fun one, not one I'd like to see return to F1 though as they'd totally butcher it to make it conform to FIA standards.