So just looking back at the result I got in the F1 pro series race at Silverstone and race at Lime Rock in the first round of the American Le Man Series.
Silverstone:(F1 Pro Series)
My main aim was just to finish in the top 10 at Silverstone and just score some points really. During the week I was testing for Silverstone and just couldn't find a perfect balance and was changing stuff in the set up and just couldn't find a set up that I felt comfortable with. Then on Friday night a day before the race I adjust the set up again and found loads of time and a perfect set up that I felt really comfortable with and could keep a good consistent pace. Then race day arrived and I was feeling really confident about my chances of finishing in the points and my main aim for qualifying was just to get in the top 10 but to qualify in the top 3 in 3rd position I was over the moon with, then the race started and I had a bad start as I went to go off the line and the car bogged down for some reason but anyway I got off the line and just started to settle down into a rythem during the race. I made my first stop on lap 21 or 22 (can't remember to be honest)and knew I would need to push on my outlap to try and regain positions and thankfully my plan worked as I made my way back up to 2nd or 3rd after Arunam Racing driver Chris Hack pitted a few laps later and my aim was to stay ahead of Chris as long as I could as I knew I had a really good chance of a podium or even a win as Darren Adams and Tristan Bayless went out due to driver errors.
Then in the last half of the race Chris was leading after I made my 2nd stop and he was 13 seconds in front at one point I think and I just said to myself "don't give up, you can still catch him" so I started to push like crazy to catch Chris as I knew this was my best chance of a victory with Darren and Tristan retiring, with 5 laps to go I seen the gap at 6.9 seconds and started pushing even more and even to the point where I nearly spun in some of the corners sometimes. With 2 laps to go the gap was 2 seconds then heading into the last lap it was still 2 seconds and I pushed even more then heading into the last corner it was down to 1.2 seconds and I pushed like crazy to the line but it was to late and I have to say big congratulations to Chris as it was an awesome drive and great battle and look forward to more battles in the future.
Lime Rock:(American Le Man Series):
So the first round of the Race2Play American Le Man Series arrived at Lime Rock and my main aim yet again was to finish in the top 10 and to finish in the top 3 in LMP2. Qualifying went really well and I was sitting in 1st in LMP2 with 1 minute to go then with a few seconds Frans Visser from UK-NL (?) got pole position in LMP2 and I was gutted but great lap by Frans. Race time had arrived and I got off to a great start and passed Frans into turn 1, then I started pulling away and started building a gap to the other behind as I knew they would possibly pass me.
Half way through the race I was leading LMP2 with a good gap behind me then all of a sudden on the exit of the last corner there was a parked GT car in the middle of the track and I had nowhere to go and picked up damage so had to dash to the pits and change my strategy which cost me the race. After I pitted my aim was just to finish the race and in the end I finished 2nd in LMP2 which I was over the moon with as it has rounded off one of my best weekends in sim racing and looking forward to the rest of the year on Race2Play.
Sorry if this post is to long but I am really happy with my results this weekend and felt it was worth posting and sorry if my grammar and spelling is crap lol.
|Posted by Darren Adams at 09:48 AM on Jul 09, 2012||Comment #3|
Grats Ryan, great racing mate.
|Posted by Chris Hack at 08:51 AM on Jul 09, 2012||Comment #2|
Nice write up Ryan and 2 good drives! How dare you leave out my wonderful overtaking maneuver though!! ;)
You definitely put the pressure on as much as you could at the end which was the right thing to do, nerves could well have taken their toll but luckily I felt I had everything covered!
|Posted by Steve Taylor at 07:20 AM on Jul 09, 2012||Comment #1|
Two great results Ryan....well done. The F1 race was probably one of the most exciting races I have seen at R2P.