After a bit of a meh weekend at Norisring, I was really pleased with the way things went at Hockenheim. Did a 54.3 in qualli which is pretty quick for the Lancia. I had a couple of laps where i thought i might break the 53's but couldn't quite hold it together in the final sector. I thought i'd just managed to finish ahead of Arthur in the other Lancia but he nailed the final lap with a 53.7. Awesome lap just when it counted most. Grats Arthur! Race 1
Definately the highlight of the event for me. I was totally powerless to fight against the Porsche and Capri's but the conering ability of the Lancia meant a great cat and mouse battle with Arthur, Birdski and Henny. Occasionally i'd get past through the corners only to be nailed on the straights and have to start over. Awesome fun but pretty intense for almost the whole race. The only break came near the end when we found a backmarker coming into the stadium section. We were already three wide and ended up tripping over each other sending cars skittling across the track. I recovered quite quickly and spent the next few laps trying to hold the gap. Coming into the last lap i was quite pleased with my third place and told myself to slow down a little and just hold position. Of course the inveitable happened and i completely overshot the first RHer into the stadium
I could only watch from the grass as Bird and Henny flew past. Limping home with my tail between my legs, i couldn't help feeling slightly vindicated when i saw Bird stuck in the barrier at the very last corner. That made me feel somewhat better and gave me a 4th place finish. Thanks Bird! Race 2
The start was messy but i somehow made it through in good shape. I tried to hold off the flood of Porsches as long as possible but eventually the inevitable happened and i didn't put up too much of a fight. After that i just concentrated of keeping smooth and clean and inherited a few positions as others weren't quite so lucky. I eventually found myself in third place being hunted down by an angry warthog. The last two thirds of the race i just concentrated of nailing the twisty sections as that was the only place i seemed to have an advantage. I had a string of very quick and consistent laps in an attempt to hold off the inevitable as long as possible. Luckily Pumbaa made a couple of small errors so i was able to hold on until the very last lap when he was almost on my bumper. Somehow i managed to fight him off until the final straight into the stadium. I knew that final braking zone would be his last chance so i tried to brake as late as possible as he took a lunge up the outside. Sadly for Pumbaa he ran out of road giving me the space to hang on and take third place.Race 3
Once again it was pretty tricky at the start but i had another dose of luck and came out pretty unscathed. Not much you can do in 6 laps so it was just a case of holding on and seeing what came out the end. Again, i was pleased to put in a string of clean and fast laps. No real drama's or excitement until the final lap when i noticed Pumbaa was slowing - it wasn't until i got past him and nearly crossed the line that he said he'd run out of fuel. Pumbaa - if i'd known earlier i would have given you a push. Hard luck.
Two fourth places and a third was about all that was possible today so i was very pleased with the outcome. I was also surprised just how hard i could push the Lancia through the corners. Turned out to be much more competitive than i expected here. No idea what will happen at LM though.
Grats to Ahmad, Rob and Pumbaa for some amazing driving. Thanks to Birdski for some awesome racing - and Arthur for showing me just how fast the Lancia could go in qualy
A really fun event. Can't wait for LM.