I'm honestly seeing more people get screen freezes in this game than in the previous one, it's quite ridiculous that despite selling so well the game stability is still .Well another crazy and frustrating race for me that started by being hit once, then twice and ending up in the wall before I'd even got to Eau Rouge.
At this point I was losing about 2 seconds a lap due to missing down force and also a loss in engine power. I didn't have any engine damage but presume the front damage effects air intake or something as people were breezing past me on the straights and I was nearly 20k off my expected speed at the end of straights. Although I knew I was losing time I didn't want to pit until I could put enough fuel in to get to the end of the race.
So after a painful few laps I entered the pits, took on fuel to get me to the end, and spent 8 or so seconds fixing my damage. I emerged from the pits in 17th at the start of lap 8, less than a second in front of @Murph. The car felt so much better straight away and I started to increase my pace back to normal. For the next 20 odd laps I had a great battle with @Murph, changing positions and always within a second or two of each other. I'd settled into a nice rhythm and despite the issues at the start of the race had made my way up into 4th and was even starting to pull a gap to @Murph. @ZeroStefan was 40 seconds ahead and flying but @WMDRMartin was only 25 seconds ahead so I felt very confident I'd be in 2nd after the pit stops were done.
Then on lap 27 coming into melmedy I had a slight freeze in my rift. Nothing too serious and I felt the rear slide so countered and slowly left the track on the left. A slight graze of the wall and all was looking good with zero damage. I turned to ease back onto the track, lost the back end, rejoined the track, left the track on the opposite side, hit the wall and picked up 30 suspension damage and 17 front.
I got going again in 5th but the damage was too much. @Mattster came past straight away and by the time I got to the pits @eaZed neptune had made up 4 seconds on me and was on my tail. 27 seconds of repairs later I rolled down the pit lane with more anger than I've ever felt in a race. My accident had cost me about a minute so I decided to throw caution to the wind and drive it like I stole it.
I guess the only consolation was 2 laps later I got the fastest lap with a 2:19.7 , then 2 laps after that @dopey401 emerged from the pits in front of me. @dopey401 sorry if I was a little aggressive for the last few laps. I was totally triggered and didn't have a calm head on! I probably overtook @dopey401 4 or 5 times, only to fly off the track at the next corner. This carried on until the end of the race and at least gave me a few laps of enjoyment.
@Insulaventus Well done for managing to solo commentate for so long. Really enjoyed watching the stream back. Also sorry for sneaking in the pits early. I wondered why you sounded so confused when I said I'd thrown away 2nd place
Congrats to @ZeroStefan for the win and to @TM Touring for being so damn fast all race!!!! Really unlucky you had that incident on the first lap.
Cheers man, but it just seems luck (technology wise) has not been on my side at all this season but I congratulate you on getting the fastest lap cause 19s where very hard to get in that race