Seems like I'm gentle (i.e. slow) enough for those tires to last the whole race distance comfortably, which resulted in a 4th place even though I briefly was in last position after a slight T1 incident. Was nice racing you guys – I'll be back in the RSS 1990!
Freezing my ass off in a leaky tent in the rain and mud of Watkins Glen in 1979, I never imagined that someday I'd be driving Mario's Lotus in the sunshine of the Osterreichring against a field of 20 other humans in glorious virtual reality; it would've been considered the stuff of black magic or science fiction…
Finally it was a great race for me. Only good moments with everyone, very clean driving around me. And with Jack I had so many good moments already at Suterday - great racing. I want some more.
Those good moments are exactly what I hoped for by racing in THR. Thank you Rolf! Excited for more good moments on track!
Congrats to the winners and podium finishers of the race!
And many thanks to every participant. It was a pleasure to have you on track! (There are some open incidents which might inflict the results afterwards.)
What a start to the new THR Formula 1 World Championship.
The first race with the 1975 F1 cars took place on the historic 1972 Imola circuit. 22 drivers in 9 different cars went to the start. Maddie Shepherd, Emil Andersson and margar started from the first 3 places.
The first cars got away well at the start, but a big accident occurred in the back field.
After that an exciting race developed.
Throughout the race, groups of cars fought against each other. Imola is very fast and requires high concentration of the drivers.
As the race progressed, the lapped cars made made mostly a good job in letting the leaders pass.
At the end of lap 36 (about 6 minutes before the end of the race) Maddie Shepherd was in the lead ahead of Emil Anderson, margar17, pitman and Nat Stevenson.
And then the race got crazy. Nat Stevenson had chased pitman for about 20 laps and closed the gap. Before it could come to a real duel, pitman made a small mistake and came little sidways out of the Rivazza curve. Nat took the chance and overtook pitman.
1 lap later, a car spun in the Aqua Minerale and Maddie had no chance to avoid the car. The accident damaged her car so much that she had to pit.
In addition, Emil also lost his place because his gearbox was broken due to two wrong shifts.
He also had to pit and Margar took the lead and Nat and pitman moved up to positions 2 and 3.
Then on lap 40 Nat made a small mistake, drove a little too fast into Acqua Minerale and spun. pitman took the chance and got his position back.
2 laps later margar crossed the finish line first, followed 24 seconds later by pitman in 2nd place. Nat secured 3rd place.