Well, what can I say too
With our 24th place on the grid, we thought we that couldn't aim for anything huge on a conventional strategy, so we decided to go for a 4 stopper. This was definitely risky since only Osku bothered doing a whole 1h12 test-stint, but since we both knew that I am smoother with the tyres than he is, we thought it could well work fine.
As planned with the huge train of cars in midfield, having a large amount of fuel wasn't quite an handicap for first stint. So I still managed to overtake a good amount of teams, taking benefit of the experience of this kind of situations I gained over the years. First SC helped us quite a lot also, since it removed the huge gap made between the two parts of the field, thanks to the early Great White North Racing train. I finished my stint fine and gave the car to Osku, who joined back around 14th. 10 places gained, quite the average when I start 1st stints around the back in GTAL, so that's okay.
Osku did a great stint too, putting us to 9th after stop n°2.
I just got back at the wheel when two SC occured in a row. At the second one(around 2h40) we predicted that a large amount of teams were going to pit, so staying on 4 stops was quite pointless. We decided to pit and switch on 5 stops. Our fast reaction meant that we went into the pits right after the SC message came in, allowing us to leapfrog a few more teams.
This meant that once everyone had stopped we would be back to 4th. Had fresh air and stuff but still couldn't manage to hit so much great times. But I still did good enough to maintain us around the front.
Osku came back for the last 2 stints. It appeared that we were set for 3rd, but a pop-up at the end of his 1st stint made us lose around 15 seconds and drop back to 7th, at the back of a 5 cars group fighting for 3rd. Osku managed to pass TDRT and AMG. He was more or less matching mpower and DRUNK but he just couldn't gain much ground on them.
We finally finished 5th, a couple of seconds behind the mpower-DRUNK duo. Slightly disappointed we missed a golden podium opportunity due to a technical problem, but a top 5 at ky3b is quite awesome for our small bus. We barely were aiming for a top 10 before the start.
Just a small statistic, looks like TEM is the first team after Inferno to pull three top 5 in a row this season. Obviously we're quite disappointed that our first 3 races were that bad for us because of different reasons, we wouldn't be far from the championship lead otherwise. But with a current 7th-8th position, within a very close group from 3rd to 10th, at one (bus-friendly) round to go, still some chances to do very good at the champ for us.