Round 6 - XX Großer Preis von Deutschland [Jun 5th] Jun 5, 2022 23:01:30 GMT Alberto Ibanez, Michael Drechsler, and 1 more like this
Post by Juha Bos on Jun 5, 2022 23:01:30 GMT
Second race at the Nordschleife this year, second win. Another one and I'll find myself advocating a VLN series for next year.
I put in quite some practice for this one as it looked to be final big points scoring opportunity. My intended setup was good enough for laps around the 9.05 mark. I then found that a shorter gear ratio would get me below 9 minutes, but it didn't do my engine reliability any good so I settled for the longer gears.
On a light fuel load, the car could do an 8.55, good enough for pole, but it wasn't having any of that today. I only managed 9.02 and started on row 3. I ended up lapping a lot quicker in the race though.
Thankfully my start was a lot better and I quickly moved up to 4th with my teammate David Jundt in hot pursuit. Anders Nilsson and Tim Hille's disappearances moved me up to second behind Brian Janik. However, David was on the shorter gear ratios and continuously harassing me with a car which was faster everywhere except on the straights. On lap 3 he finally overtook me, but I returned the favour. It took him until lap 7 to get by and make a run for it. I reckoned his engine would die soon enough so I let him go after Brian, who was only a few seconds ahead, waiting to pick up any pieces. But his engine just kept going, and so did Brian. By lap 13, I was still in third. Brian had started to fade away and I finally got the better of him, upon which he went off at Karussel and again at Breidscheid, handing me a comfortable margin. The gap to David ahead was 11 seconds. Tempted to go for broke and chase him, 11 seconds isn't much after 2 hours, hoping he'd stress his engine, I settled for second entering the final lap. 6 points would move me into the championship lead and after Brian's excursions I just about had those in the bag. David was also cruising, but I never let the gap grow too much. And then David's engine died. The practice and car preservation had paid off, with some luck.
Next up is Monza, a track not suited to my car, so it will be difficult to salvage useful points there.