This was my race yesterday
qualify: i did several errors, disturbed by my brother asking me things when i was in the fast lap..... I was able to sign my PB in 1:41.2, really faster than the few laps i was able to drive in the past days. 10 position
R1: slow start to avoid crash ad a small error in the T2 in the first laps. i remember some battle with Zardin: making some regular laps i was able to catch him, he did an error and i passed him. He followed me for some laps ad after disappeared. I finished 4th, but the last laps where really good.
R2: some strange things happened. The lap counter remains on 10/10. I changed the tyres, refuelled and went on track for the warmup.1 lap without issues and came back on pit when more than 100s were missing for the start. Waited a bit, but the "goto grid button" were not on my screen..... Houston, we have a problem..... i tried to exit from the box when less than 10s were missing, but ..... netkar gave me a jump start .... boh! I waited the penality time there and started some seconds after the last driver. The lap conuter was 10/10, in the first lap 1/10 and i drove 10 laps full of fuel, thinking the server it was setted only for 10 laps..... when i passed the 10th lap, the counter continues with 11/10, 12/10 .... 23/10.
For the race, i was very regular and i gained the 3th position due to errors of the other drivers. Ulusanour was more than 20s behind me and i was confident to finish on the podium. Barba exited from the box and remained more than 2 laps in front of me. I was faster, but i tried to avoid a crash so i waited to have space to pass him clean. In the meantime i lost a lot of seconds to Ulusanour. After a lot, Barba had a spin very close in front of me and i was able to pass, but Ulusanour was in the back and passed me after less than 1 lap. To be honest, he was really faster than me, but it was a pity to loose a lot of thime and concentration only due to a driver not able to respect the blue flag rules..... Attilio, we had the same problem in Adelaide: look at the position in race and at the blue flags.
Due to the fact that Dellera finished the fuel less than 1 lap before the end, yesterday it was for me a concrete possibility to finish 2th, without the problem with Attilio. It was a pity.
I'm a virtual driver from a lot of years (Microprose GP... do you remember and after few races with GPL), but this was the first championship for me. I've found several things in "radiators champ":
- a lot of friends, starting from Giancarlo, who made my fantastic skin, Andrea Lojelo, who explained me the rules, Gek, who gave me good suggestions to improve my times
- all of the drivers are gentlemans: they do errors and sometimes didn't respect the rules (mainly ESC rule). Also for me it was hard at the beginning to wait 5 laps in the box after a crash from the back, but rules are rules
- adrenaline, when the red light shut off, high sounds of other real drivers around me (normally in front of me....), a few millimeters between the cars, studying the other drivers and the time chart in red on the left to understand if i'm faster or the other faster than me, i was tired at the end of the race evening
Due to my work and of my family i had no time to prepare all the race and learn the tracks, it was a pity, but it's ok.
Thank you to all of you for this great experience. Now i need a pause, waiting the next release of netkar: when you'll start in the Trento-Bondone, look on the right the timeskeeper wood home: i was there for more than 10 years, in the real race, to give the green light to the drivers.
Marcello "McHallo" Gabrielli
the fast "bradipo"