|Series:||GT4 Cup [USA] series|
Congrats Tristan for a nice win!
Some fast times out there and I set my PB as well but it was not enough for the pole. Was a bit unlucky when I had a pole in my sight but I had to lift big time when someone was trying to spin into the right direction in the last corner. Still, second place was a great result with Barry setting a great time in 3rd as well.
Had a normal start, good enough to be able to keep my spot. Observed Barry in my mirrors making a great start behind me and also saw Steve going wide in T1 and in to the sand. Was really cautious on cold tyres and brakes but was still able to stay up with Tristan and even had a nice slipstream on the S/F straight on lap 2, but a pass was impossible. I like this track and I had a good pace but Tristan was just a bit to fast in first part of the race, building up 4 seconds of lead and then just controlling it till the end. Still I'm happy with my performance, not making any mistakes and doing some constant fast laps. Was faster than in my offline testing so I'm happy with that as well. Congrats to Barry for 3rd place finish as well.
|Series:||GT4 Cup [USA] series|
|Track:||Barber Motorsports Park - Short|
Woke up at 3:20 AM so I needed some practice time to open my eyes fully. It sure woke me up when my GTR crashed in the middle of practice which never happened before. Not again I said after "surfing the skies" at the start of my last race with these blue candies. I restarted and hoped for the best. Track seemed to have less grip or maybe it was just me still sleeping a bit.
There were 3 cars in front of me when we left the pits and I had to back down a bit to have some open space. It was not enough so I eventually did my PB despite overtaking a car so I guess those overheating soft tyres did a very good job!
Kent was sitting alongside of me and I knew it will be very hard to stay ahead of him starting the race. I decided to use a button instead of a pedal for my clutch. I've tested it and it seems this suits me better. My start was not bad but Kent was amazing as always so in the first left corner I had the inside line but then came the second right corner and it was his to take with Mike diving in as well. I had to stay wide after hearing Mike's engine very close to me. I gave him a lot of room and tried to accelerate as hard as I could because I knew next corner is mine to take if I stay alongside of him. I even managed to clip the grass a bit exiting turn 2 but I still had enough speed to stay alongside and retake second when braking for the next left hander.
I was runing on medium tyres and Kent must have been on softs with his speed in the first 3 laps. After that my tyres warmed up and I was able to slowly come closer to Kent, observing his lines and trying to find my spot to attack him when I'm close enough. I soon realized this is going to be mission impossible without him making a small mistake and just when I got a bit closer to him he ran wide in the second to last turn and on to the dirt giving me a chance to take over his lead.
From then on it was just a matter of pushing hard and observing the standings (cheering up for my team mate Barry who was in second) and when my lead was big enough I just took it easy with overtakings the lapped cars and brought it home safely.