This was my second race with KERS, and in the previous races (that there are no reports for), I had finished OK, usually just outside the points. But today was going to be different… I was determined to get a good finish, I had my strategy worked out, and things were looking good, until it started raining. That’s right. This was my first wet race, and it put me well down the starting grid.
Somehow though, I started to gain huge amounts of time, and I quickly figured out that my drivers have really good wet weather driving skill. On every stint I was gaining, and I had intended to pit every 10 laps. This worked great until lap 40, when I decided to switch strategy and run hard tires until the end of the race, not stopping on lap 50 like I had planned to.
But then, on lap 50, came the rain again…
I was forced to pit for wets, and lost enormous time because I had been on cold hard tires, and full of fuel for 10 laps, I effectively wasted those laps and that stint, and that’s what dropped me out of a points finish.
On wets, I was flying. Over the last 10 laps I gained a lot of time, but not enough for a points finish. But I did feel I had a good wet weather driving team… Maybe next time?
I began my gaming journey via the family Commodore Vic-20, then later with my own C-64 and Amiga A600. These systems kept my attention until I moved up to PCs around the Windows MS-DOS Pre-Windows 95 era, which means I never really got into the console gaming market in a big way.
My parents spent a significant amount of time sharing my early gaming experiences, and this really helped foster my interests. I discovered racing games and space games for the first time, and those are still my main genres of interest to this day.
These days I use gaming to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch, and enjoy the social interaction with viewers and other gamers.
Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.
He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.