Race Week 7...
with a somewhat early local 1.33.1 (3 in a row) and a 1.32.968 within 35 laps, the week looked promising. Once again
with the plan to get the pole on the very last day, i accidently found myself in a good lap in a session, where i just tried to pretend i could only reach a low 1.33.0, so Top2 don't have to worry. Having driven the 1.32.88x i instantly thought i'd end up in 3rd place and that's what happened :E
trying to get the pole anyways, i not only saw the pity news of having ridiculous warps in LVP2, 4 and 5, no...also B took the pole -.-
This time i only told that i used 87.25-83.64% fuel in my tests, so Badeend should see that 88% is safe and that i had likely more testraces, 87% noneco, 84% mucho economico
. B took 91% unfortunately and still drove a 1.00.46.x totalracetime, which i think is pretty amazing, considering my local mistakeless pace (with safe lines around the stuckzones) was only 1.00.49.x. Maybe best race by Badeend, so far? And this in a track with multiple "B-Corners" (the ones he liked to get stuck into so often in earlier races)....
: over 13 warps, unfortunately bumped into early braking Tijny, causing B to be the laughing 3rd :E. Eyerolling -.-
I coulda let more space maybe, drive inside, dunno - but warps were killing me - minimum 2 weird wide curves in lap 1 alone.
About 4 seconds or maybe more i lost in stint 1 by going offroad or very wide due to warps. And probably a decent 2-3 sec due to the bad pace, trying to handle the warps each lap. ~58f and 56b warps in first half of race. But it was also warpy partly, when there was no "f/b" added.
Place 3 or worse seemed to be a sure thing for me during the very first seconds in lap 1, realizing the warps did not stop for the race, this time.
End of stint 1 or middle of stint 2 i managed a more safe line, where the warps won't kill me so much anymore. Said to myself: "handle the warp! BE the warp!"
mister miagi style... and got a laugh attack^^.
But i somehow started to hope for T/B fighting and getting stuck in the front, giving me another chance for place 2.
unfortunately i hold up T to catch B, even though i planned to let him pass earlier, due to championship standings. Sorry for that - i went wide in the first curve and got bumped in the back or side a bit, causing T to finish rest of race with slightly damaged car, giving me a little hope on the other hand to come back hunting him with fresh tyres.
no master fails by T to give me hope for 2nd place...so the last laps went supersafe, just to make 100% sure, i will not run out of fuel.
Lap 37/38 (last curve):
F2 stats showing twice "???", but no "disconnected?" - +- 5 seconds of trying to do something, then hit escape and came back, hoping that i maaaaybe still make it to 3rd place, having over 20 sec lead to Whiplash. But...if you disconnect on fullspeed, the trouble was programed: 1.x% left for last lap - not gonna make it. Mikonnection trolled me again. But 3rd or 13th place did not matter for the season, i think. The 2nd cup place is lost to Badeend, who showed another amazing steady fast pace in a fuelheavy car.
weird irony: during stint 3 i thought about: what would i do, if T or B would run out of fuel in last lap? Would i go ahead and try to push them over the finishline, no matter the damage i'll receive? If yes, what if place 4 would catch up? Would he overtake? Or would he help?
I placed my car in a way that people would still realize i ran out of fuel and most likely due to the disconnection. So they could decide if they would try to hit me into the finish. I didn't expect someone doing it though, unless i would have been easily hittable short before the finishline.
Forgot to mention, the somewhat only real mistake (offroad) in the race: i did in stint 1 or 2 when trying to check T/Bs laptimes. Lost 1 sec there -.-