After an abysmal quali, I had a really exciting race. I was promoted to 3rd due the first corner shenanigans, however I couldn’t quite keep on Valver’s pace in the early going and a couple of errors on my part didn’t help. The shape of Shark’s Ferrari inexorably grew larger in my mirrors and although he was clearly faster than me we had a good tussle for a few laps. However, I found hard racing and trying to sort out pit requirements too difficult and decided to let him through at Hislop’s lest a lose concentration.
After my stop, I came out of the pits behind Winky and we had a good tussle and I finally got the overtake done into Lodge Corner. However, with the cooling temperatures my off side tyres were well under pressure for the rest of the race - I even thought I had a puncture at one point.
My battle of the day was then with Valver, making up 5 seconds to hassle him for well over 10 laps. It was a really good fight, each of my laps hindered by my ponderous way of taking the Britten’s chicane. Two laps from the end I got a really good run through Old Hall Corner and down through Cascades. I also think that Valver needed to be a bit hesitant on the throttle and I was able to make the pass on him going through Island Bend. However, that wasn’t then end of the drama, as I then got an unexpected low fuel warning. This slowed my pace whilst I tried to sort out the maths and Valver had a bit of a go into Hislop’s, but he was too far back to make it stick. To come home in 4th was more than I was expecting really, and the racing was excellent.
Discord booted me just prior to the start, was everyone else ok?