This was a disappointing end to an otherwise disappointing day. I mean, when you let the cookies burn in the oven, this is a sign of a bad day...
Then, when I joined the practice session, I noticed something was a little off. For whatever reason, I lost some of the force feedback in my G27 wheel. I wasted time trying to find a solution and only made one flying lap in the qualification session. Not only was it slow, but I couldn't get the force feedback back.
I started 7th and made a great clean start, despite a light contact in the first lap. I was 5th and traling the guy in front of me (can't remember who he was). Kobayashi10 was too far behind and I had no pressure.
However I went a little wide at Copse and Reno passed me, so I was in P6 for a couple of laps. Then at the start of Lap 3, Reno entered The Loop a little slower than I expected and I tapped him at the apex, but it was enough to spin him, costing him three positions. Sorry about that Reno!
Indeed, I made a mistake exiting Turn 1. The driver in front of me went off-line and, instead of focusing on my driving, I just followed him. As a consequence, I missed the apex in the following corner. I regained control right before the Loop but I saw in my mirror that you had closed the gap and I knew what was going to happen... Honestly, I made a rookie mistake and indirectly paid for it. This may be your fault but I won't be holding any grudge against you. That's just a racing incident, this kind of things happen.
The race just got worse after I restarted 8th. I closed the gap on 10@ and sneaked inside when he ran too wide (I think it was the last corner). But I didn't see he was still on the outside at the exit and he clipped my left rear... and I spun again. A wonderful 360° that should be rewarded with a freestyle bonus point Anyway, another racing incident that made me stumble down to 11th or 12th.
I managed to finish 8th thanks to... whatever happened on the track in front of me. I could have cracked a top 5 finish... or not, considering the impredictable aspect of racing
Too bad I couldn't compete in the MP4/4 event last month. I qualified for the main event but I was at work on race day. Yes, even on Sunday!
I look forward to the WTCC events. I played a lot of Race 07 with the SEAT and I hope to be more competitive to play with you again, guys!