Race report!! (I must be crazy spending my night watching replay and writing this)
Looks like we were 18 on starting lap. All on RB4 except me (9397), MousemanLV, [TCR] P.Butcher, Inlovee and sveinall on XRT cars.
At green light [TCR] P.Butcher did not had any hurry and was maybe drinking coffee or smthing and just idling in his car in the back of the field while others jumped hungry to first lap.
Comradi got good sc1 and was on MTDX-UM21's tails before the bumpy section.
Sainted was sliding after bumpy section had to let Keskitalo#56 (who got blinding sc1) pass him and got 5tag and MTDX-Arska on his tails. When the field entered sc2, [TCR] P.Butcher started slowly his race.
I decided to take very careful sc1 and dropped from 7th to 10th and in the bumps had to stop because of Kucharz and MousemanLV coming full speed almost on me and right into the tyres.
First non-qualifier Riddick with XRT, started from pos 9 but messed in T1 and remained last. It looked like he was first time on this track and struggling in everything. In the bumps he broke his car and before sc3 ended up in the sand and retired.
At the same time more ahead happens: Jay FIN begins to struggle and had nice excursion on the sand just before sc4.
On the long bridge Anici got good speed and had a serious challenge with [WCL]J.A.Katila in 3rd pos anyway taking it careful meanwhile Katila defending strongly his place.
Later in the field Kucharz defending from my overtaking challenge on long bridge, he brakes on me, and after us MousemanLV crashes on Kucharz and spins. Then comes sveinall (who was in troubles with slippery Hybrid tyres) and almost crashes MousemanLV's car in the middle of track.
Last turns of the lap and Sainted got the deadly kiss from MTDZX-Arska and his car turned upside down.
Meanwhile MousemanLV couldnt handle XRT on first dirt hairpin and did 180 degrees spin. His car rear bumper got sadly stucked on the edge of gravel and couldnt move his car and retired.
MTDX-UM21 had created 3.5 gap lead when starting lap 2. Then came near each others Camoradi\1, [WCL]J.A.Katila, Corse\xyx, and Keskitalo#56. Almost drama at the bumps; Camoradi\1 goes wide in the tyrewall and drops 3 positions. [WCL]J.A.Katila gets distracted about that mess and gets passed by Anici. Keskitalo#56 gets good speed to the long bridge, and makes bold move outbraking Corse\xyx who does not even try to defend his position.
Later in the field, Kucharz's increasing struggling during first lap had a sad end on second lap entering the bumps with damaged suspensions. He went into tyres and upside down.
Immediately after that, it was sveinall's blue XRT into barrier after "superspeed" bridge with overheated left rear tyre. The gamble with Hybrid tyres payed its price. Retirement.
At the end of the same sector, Inlovee makes a huge excursion on sand with his XRT but continues back on track.
Bit ahead the tires of RB4 of GenR Mitz are seriously overheated. And it is lap 2 of 35.
In the lead big drama. Keskitalo#58 who had made incredible climbing from pos11 to pos3, was putting serious pressure on Anici who was on second place. Anici distracted and flipped his car on the tight corner before going under bridge. Retirement.
It was the same lap and same corner, but later in the field, in pos 10, 11, and 12 was three XRT's: me, Inlovee, and [TC]P.Butcher. Under pressure Inlovee flipped his car following the example of Anici. Retirement.
The last of the field on pos 13 was Jay FIN who had already demolished his car, overheated, clutch, overheated tyres, damaged suspension, frustrated driver banging in every barrier and finally flipping his car. Jay was another driver gambling with tyres, using Normal tyres.
At this point it was half way of lap 3 there was ten cars remaining and the situation was:
1. MTDX-UM21 with a gap of respectable 8 sec.
3.[WCL]J.A.Katila one second from pos2
4. Corse\xyx at 0.3 from pos3
5. Camoradi/1 at 0.6 from pos 4
6. & 7.: MTDX-Arska with overheated tyres and 5tag battling side by side at 12 sec from pos 5
8. GenR mitz at 6 sec from pos 7
9. The only XRT's left in the race: me (9397) and scary fast [TC]P.Butcher overtaking me on the long bridge (at 9 sec from pos 8)
At the end of lap 3 both MTDX-Arska and GenR mitz have one tyre totally melted and three others overheated, but they continue pushing hard their increasing slippery cars.
GenR mitz was in big troubles since his tyres were like melted cheese. Even I overtaked him. MTDX-Arska had similar problems but continued pushing 100% wich leaded to a flip on sc4 and retirement.
Not a surprise that those who made mistakes on first laps, were racers that joined the event "on the fly" without practising.
GenR mitz managed to the pits at the end of lap4, and after pistop continued half lap behind me. At this point Camoradi/1 had overtaken Corse\xyx and was chasing [WCL]J.A.Katila
Keskitalo#56 increasing gap to 3rd pos but driving 10sec behind leader
Comoradi in 4th chasing Katila in 3rd
Corse\xyx makes his tactical move and without damages or overheated tyres pits from 5th position. He rejoins the race on 6th 6sec after 5TAG.
On lap 9 Corse\xyx closes gap on 5TAG whose suspensions have several damages. 5TAG cuts the deadly corner of sc1 too much and flips his car. He was anyway helped by GenR mitz and managed to get back on track one lap after me. Meanwhile GenR mitz was more laps behind and retired on lap 11.
With everybody finding his place in the field, the race continued and field getting longer while gaps increased between cars.
At lap 18 it was some middle point of race and standing was
1. MTDX-UM21 with best lap 3:05:7
2.Keskitalo#56 gap 19sec best lap 3:06:7
3.Camoradi/1 gap another 19sec best lap 3:07:7
4. [WCL]J.A.Katila gap 40 sec best lap 3:09:1
5. Corse\xyx gap 0.7 sec best lap 3:09:3
6. [TC]P.Butcher with XRT, gap 4.5 sec best lap 3:08:2
7. me with XRT gap half a lap and I was just lapped by the leader. best lap 3:14:9
8. 5TAG some ~10 sec to me but one lap behind me . Best lap 3:10:2
During next few laps 5TAG was closing gap to me wich motivated me to drive more accurate. However on his lap 21 (leader lap 23) 5TAG with tyres consumed and suspensions damaged, he spectated.
Meanwhile much action on lap 18:
[WCL] J.A.Katila makes error on lap18 and Corse\xyx moves 4th
Then Camoradi/1 pits from 3rd pos and joins in front of [TC]P.Butcher and right after Corse\xyx and [WCL] J.A.Katila. At the same time [WCL] J.A.Katila smashes his car in deadly corner on lap 19 and gets front susp damaged. Right after that [TC]P.Butcher passes Camoradi, and Camoradi passed [TC]P.Butcher back on lap 20. Both them chasing Corse\xyx who is lapping 1-2 sec slower.
On lap 21 huge pressure on Corse\xyx, he misses gear and get even bit damage to engine and drops to 5th place. Then Camoradi with the more suitable RB4 begins to create gap on [TC]P.Butcher meanwhile [TC]P.Butcher increasing gap on Corse\xyx.
On lap 27 Keskitalo#56 with a comfortable +30 sec gap to #3 does his pit and joins race 19 sec before Camoradi on pos 3. Keskitalo did not fixed his damaged suspensions on pitstop, and they get worse during the race.
On lap 32 [TC]P.Butcher pits with thin layer of rubber remaining on rear tyres. He is 4th with 13 sec gap to Corse\xyx. Making fast pit he joins race right after Corse\xyx.
So on lap 33(of35), there is one serious battle of 2nd position while Camoradi has closed the gap to Keskitalo and his suspension-damaged RB4 wich is lapping 2-3 sec slower.
Then there is another serious battle of 4th position with [TC]P.Butcher driving XRT and chasing Corse\xyx with slightly engine damaged RB4 (still able to lap 3:10 laptimes). On that lap these four fits in the same screen, because while 2nd and 3rd goes on bridge, 4th and 5th go under bridge. (see photo).
While Corse\xyx surrendes to [TC]P.Butcher after a small battle on sc4 of l33, Camoradi still on tails of Keskitalo on lap 34 but then finds easily way through since Keskitalo's car's driveability reminds a boat instead of race car. Drama happens when Keskitalo pushes like a crazy after being overtaked, and flips his car in the deadly corner, in the beginning of last lap!
Meanwhile MTDX-UM21 was cruising his soverign lead on last lap, laps me 2nd time during the race and had an crazy scary long two-wheel session on sc3 on last lap but survived that with style and went to victory.
(picture of lap 33, 2nd and 3rd on the bridge, 4th and 5th under it)
edit: added more details on lap1&2 + race replay