first the good news: the first two, lowgoods and filur, had a very exciting battle for first for at least 10 laps or so. How do I know? I'll come to that.
First the (first) bad news: unfortunately I had a major crash in the chicane on lap 1. I had slight contact with the guy in front of me (forgot who, but sorry!) and on rebound was pushed into the armco - you know that place, on the entry where the damn curbstone is - following, i highsided probably taking out half the field (soo sorry, guys, but I couldn't help it). I landed on the side but was pushed over and turned around now facing in the wrong direction. So I let everybody pass, turned around and resumed. However, my car was so badly damaged that I had to pit one lap later. I kept going, now at least 30 seconds behind the field. But I knew that what happened to me could happen to anybody. And so it did - partly. Grudd's car was obviously also damaged quite heavily, so I was able to pass him pretty soon. He later pitted but kept going.
I also kept going, soon passing driverX* who was really limping. I passed him alright for the first time. A few laps later (say, ten or so, maybe even less), I came up to driverX again, who apparently already had been lapped by the entire field. I got very close to him in the last turn before start/finish, proceeding to pull up right beside him on the straight. Being on the straight, he could keep up speed better than I would have expected, though, and I therefore overlapped his car only a little going into the tunnel. I wasn't quite sure about the amount of overlap, though, but knowing he was one lap behind me already, I assumed, he would, in case, obey the blue flags and back off slightly to let me take the racing line. What a misapprehension! I came too close to the inside, touched his car and on rebound crashed into the armco and just took off - drilling a major hole into the thin air above South City. I'm sure it's still there, go have a look!
Well, that was the end for me, I landed on the roof and went to spectate the fabulous fight for positions 1 and 2. You really have to admire lowgoods' and filur's consistency and cold-bloodedness. They were always within half a second of each other, yet made not the tiniest mistakes.
cya next race
*I left out the guys name, as I don't want this text to look like a naming/shaming-post. I actually thought, I would file a complaint at first, as I was really pissed. But seeing that I could have avoided the crash by staying further to the outside, I decided that it would be unfair to do so. But still: Knowing he was blue flagged, he should have backed off instead of putting up a fight, I think. After all, I was clearly much faster than him and I had a lot of catching up to do. I'm sure, finishing midfield would have been well possible for me.
I had to get that off my chest, I guess