This was one of the most satisfying simracing experiences I have ever had. After huge struggles with the Formula Mazda, being totally unable to lap this car, I managed to complete a race having only made a single error during the whole event. Even better, during this event – my best race ever in the Mazda – I had a wheel-to-wheel battle with two other drivers.
I hadn’t bothered to qualify. I would rather start at the back in this car so that I am not a burden to other racers. I wound up being iRated as the 8th best driver and would start 9th on the grid.
I got a good start but dropped to 10th within the first few turns. I eventually got in a good position behind the man who had passed me (Georg Naujoks) and overtook him into the final turn. A car soon dropped out and gave me 8th.
I had a good little battle for 7th going on when I clipped a kerb and almost spun out. I fell back down to 10th. On the next lap I was back up in 8th after two cars let me by (one moved over, one spun).
Cars gradually fell off the track and I eventually found myself in a fantastic battle with the 5th (Georg again) and 6th-placed cars. It was the best battle I’ve ever had in the Mazda obviously and one of the best ever battles I’ve ever had in simracing. I wound up finishing in 6th place right behind Georg.
Here are the edited in-car highlights of the entire race:
Here is the battle with the two cars from out-of-car:
I had one incident during the race which is when (on lap 7) I lost control and spun onto the grass. My fastest lap was 1:29.964 – a personal best.