|Results (27 laps)|
|1 Gelsthorpe, Lotus|
|2 Posta, Brabham|
|3 Smith, Brabham|
|4 Mellor, Lotus|
|5 Solazy, Cooper|
|6 Howlett, Lotus|
|7 Westlund, Lotus|
|8 Vermeersch, Cooper|
|9 Evans, Ferrari|
|10r Rubensson, Honda|
|11r Stenning, Lotus|
Congratulations to Scott on leading from start to finish. A
thoroughly enjoyable race for me with a lot of position changing and
no major incidents; marred only by a couple of lapses of
concentration and one case of forgetfulness; on a track I'm not
really comfortable with.
I'd qualified 7th on the grid with a 1.25:53. Over a second off my
best here but not too bad I thought since I had Nick and Magnus by
me. I got a good start, in fact I think everyone got away cleanly.
Ricardo pressured me for a couple of laps but I watched in my
mirrors as he spun after turn 2 leaving me to see if I could catch
Leffa & Jani's bump after the Moss hairpin on lap 3 let Jonny and me
get closer.My 360 on lap 4, though, saw Magnus close on me before
Leffa's spin after the crest let me into 5th (me! 5th! amazing!).
The crest seemed to be the trouble spot as there seemed to be
many 'offs' there.
At the end of the 9th lap, I got the "keep it going, you're in 3rd"
signal from my pit crew member (who should have been studying for a
physics test). But 3rd? Never! Could I be 3rd? Wait I started 7th,
nobody passed me and I've passed 3 maybe 4. Perhaps I am in 3rd,
wow. How long left? Too long.
I knew it. I lost a bit of concentration and got on the grass. Roo
knifed past me. I fell off again two laps later as I tried
desparately to make some ground back on him, Leffa caught me and
Ricardo literally shot past us both on the main straight but lost it
after the crest.
On lap 16 I was still chasing Roo with Leffa behind when the
antivirus software tried to download an update, froze my screen
momentarily and locked my controls. What an idiot, I'd forgotten to
shut it down. I crashed. Leffa, Ricardo and Nick hurtled past,
putting me in 7th with Timo trying to introduce himself from 8th for
3 or 4 laps.
I finished in 6th, which is my best of the season, so I'm happy with
that. If I hadn't forgotten the software thing I think I'd have done
better. I had a few seconds on them but who knows if I could have
held off Leffa, Ricardo and Nick for 9 laps? I'm particularly
pleased to have registered 21 on track laps out of 26. Can't wait
until Season 4.
An interesting race it was. I was pleased with my qualifying time and
grid position. I expected Scott and Leffa to be ahead of me but Roo's
pole position surprised me a bit.
Start went well, I settled behind Leffa in position 4. And surprise!
Leffa was so slow in the middle section (down to and at the Hairpin)
that I felt he hold me up... In lap 1 I ran off the track to avoid him,
in lap 2 the same happened nearly, and in lap 3 we collided. (Sorry for
the touch, mate!) Up till that we gained a few seconds so I was able to
let Leffa back to position and we continued our race - but this costed
us about 10 seconds... In the next lap Leffa spun off at Turn 8 and I
passed him :P
Two laps later I could pass Roo at the same place and from that time it
was a race against the track. Once I went off at T3 but that manouver
costed only 4 secs and no harms to the car. Scott was in 16-22 secs
distance ahead, and I had no chance to catch him.
After all 2nd position is good enough, but I wanted to end this season
with a victory :)
Scott, this was your third win in row. Congratulations, but now I'm
sure in Spa paddock you stole and copied my magic "consistency helmet"
Haha! The consistency helmet. It is true actually, now
its the end of the season I will have it forwarded on
to you even though it looks like your helmet sponsor
provided one or two extra for you Jani!
Mosport is a very tricky track for me. It's probably
2nd to the ring for me in terms of concentrating on
turn in points. So many critical blind crests but
after a while it clicks.
I broke my golden rule of not messing with a known
green-lap set-up before the race. I found that on some
laps after the crest at turn 8 (?) I would lose the
back end under braking very quickly and that was with
a 56% brake balance. It happened in the Div 2 race a
couple of times and was happening in the practice for
D3. I lowered the rear ride-height to 2.75 so that it
matched the front and it made a vast difference. It
also helped my tyre temps. Didn't get any yellow temps
all race which was amazing.
The race. I got a good start and pipped Roo to turn 1.
He kept within 1 sec of me for around 6 laps until he
had a moment at turn 2 I think. After that, I just
wanted to set a consistent groove, only beaten on
lap-time consistency by (you have guessed it) Jani,
and that's with his traffic issues!
Once I started to lap people, I held back more than
usual as I know how nerve racking it can be when the
blue flags start waving but fair play to everyone,
they drove like true gentlemen. I was glad to see the
My season has been a rollercoaster. At the start of
the season my gplrank was +48 and it's now -10. I'm a
little annoyed that my mid-season was blighted by
having to use a dial-up connection that disco'd a few
times. D3 has been a great experience and the spirit
of the driver's is exemplary.
Congratulations to JP for his championship win. It was
thoroughly deserved. A special thanks to Pete for
taking the time to put this all together and I hope
that you bring that rank down as I want some more of
those battles we used to have!
An absolutely wretched race for me last night started quite well, with a few laps running in
fourth and third. But then my lack of practice kicked in good and proper! I was off every
three or four laps, and started to not enjoy myself in the slightest :o(
I was sorely tempted to park it and quit, but I could see Nick running in an inspirational
third after his disastrous start, and thought I really should see the race out - even if it was
my worst finish of the season.
We've had a great season, though, guys. I've really enjoyed it - in particular the spirit in
which we've all raced: good pre race banter without ill feeling is always the order of the
Well done Jani, on a simply masterful performance all season, Leffa too, for being way too
quick for our own good, and a big hand to Scott - you git ;o) - for doing the pippiest of
pipping (since Pippi Longstocking spat out the pips of a Cox's Orange Pippin) at the post
for a hugely deserved third podium place.
Can't wait for the next installment!
What a great race!
I must thank all of you that helped me troubleshoot my latency
problems in the run up to the race. Fixed by cutting out the ethernet
switch. This was a big part of my enormously surprising Quali' pace
(my 1st 1min 22) to snag pole, which quickly turned to fear of
causing a 1st corner pile up !
I got a decent start but put a wheel off track approaching T1 & Scott
took the lead. I decided to just try to keep up with him whilst
holding off Leffa for as long as possible.
Leffa spun on Lap 3 relieving some pressure, only for me to lose it
big time at the Crest on Lap 5 putting me 4th behind J.Evans' Fezza
who then ran wide at T2 two laps later & kindly let me pass him again.
Another off at the Crest on Lap 9 let Spiny past but I managed to
force him into an error at T3 a few laps later. I had a couple more
spins, Crest & T2, but held position until Lap 21 when another spin
at T2 put me back to 5th. At this point I called my pit crew for some
F4 tyre temp action as the car just didn't seem to grip anymore but
no excuses there, they were ok. Turns out suspension damage from my
many off's was the culprit.
Yet another off at the Crest (I hate that thing!) let Leffa & Ricardo
past but I managed to re-take 4th on Lap 24 when Ricardo ran off at
T2 & nursed my way to the finish line a lap down but happily scoring
points in my maiden league race! Now I'm itching for the new season
Thanks guys, you're all Gents!