|Series:||GT Masters series|
A very demanding race for me after signing up very late and not doing enough testing + I was driving quite sick and with a fewer. Almost decided to park it half way through, but I just love this cars so much and it's been so long since I drove them, I just couldn't quit, so I continued till the end.
My qual run lasted for only 2 laps and then my engine started to overheat. After one fast lap I decided it was good enough and parked it to save some strengths for the race.
My start was a bit hectic since I had to avoid the car in front of me who was very late off the line. Still everything ran smooth from then on and after a couple of laps I settled behind Heinz. He was sideways a couple of times and I managed to sneek up behind him until he eventually ran wide and gave me the spot.
I kept my advantage until my pit stop where I decided not to change tyres but looks like it was a mistake, since I lost a lot more time driving with very worn front tyres for the closing laps of the race. I was more or less a sitting duck for the guys with fresher tyres so I didn't cause to much troubles to them except to Heinz who brought along Christi and Pablo.
They were on my tail and I did some defensive driving, shutting the inner line going into the chicane but than ran a bit wide and had to cut the chicane. Decided to give the spot to Heinz so I blipped my lights to him and he went inside approaching Melbourne (see screenshot) and Cristi was trying to pass me on the outside as well. Great racing and we survived that three wide situation but it was just a matter of time before I was passed by Cristi and Pablo as well. I continued in 7th and got my tyre warning 3 laps before the finish so I just nursed it back home and saw Cristi slowing down as he ran out of fuel on the last lap giving me 6th place.
It was very tough to keep my concentration in the last couple of laps, my vision started to go away and I was really driving with my last atoms of strength. Still it was worth it... a great exciting race and a big congrats to Ari for wining it.