Rain, Rain go away! Storm clouds threaten in Australia, and had many competitors frustrated. 3 lining up, PSW missing his flight due to NSGPOC presidential commitments or NYE or something....
Rodney, Spin and Prz resume battle at Albert Park!
Lap 1. Well this is interesting! Prz and Spin have opted for the Soft Tyre to start, but runner-up Rodney is starting Hard, and it seems fueled longer! Strategy time, will the sturdy tyre lead to a more consistent race? They're off! And wow, Rodney makes those Hard tyres sing with the early lead, pulling up .063 ahead of Prz. Oh dear, another slow start for SpinDizzy, nearly a second off the pace! Has age caught up with the veteran, or are these Webber-like starts a tribute to his fellow F1 countryman?
The speed of the Soft Tyres starts to tell. Prz takes the lead on lap 2 and with a stunning 27.119 as the fastest lap of the race, SpinDizzyshoots into second place, only a quarter of a second off the leader. Rodney's holding in there, only .6 off the lead and knowing that his tyres will go deeper than these brash soft kids.
Lap 6 - oh no! Prz has made a mistake, a 28.5 lap a full second off the pace, and drops to third. SpinDizzy takes the lead, although Rodney's times are ominously good considering he's on the option tyre....
Lap 8 - Pit for SpinDizzy and Prz! Rodney speeds off to a five second lead, will it be enough? And more tactics! Prz has a poor in lap and loses time, so has come back on the Soft Tyre, but Spin has gone to the Hard Tyre! Three racers, all on different tactics, this is gonna get interesting!
Lap 10 - Rodney is in the pits! Lap 9 had a 6.5 second lead, is it enough to get in and out in the lead? It's close.... it's..... Spin by a nose back in the lead with a .068 advantage. Both on the Hard, anyone's race. Prz is 2 seconds behind, but those fast tyres willl keep him in contention.
Times at Lap 10 end
SpinDizzy 10 H 4:45:310
Rodney 10 H +0.068
Przemek 10 H +2.199
Lap 14 - Spin has those Hard tyres working well, and has pulled away to a 1.5 second lead. Przemek is battling with the tyres and the conditions, erratic conditions meaning erratic times, still trails Rodney by .3 seconds, but those tyres must be getting rough - the Softs haven't had the same value on the second run.
Lap 17 - Przemek pits! A fine effort on the Softs, Prz makes them last 9 laps and manages a scorching 27.006 fastest lap on lap 16 to come in slightly in front of Rodney. Soft Tyres again! Wow, a 3 pit strategy, who'd have picked that in Australia? But a lot of work to do in this section, as he's now almost 8 seconds off the lead. Spin still holds a 1.2second lead on Rodney, but that pitstop must be due soon!
Lap 20 - Rodney Pits! So it's a 10-10-10 for Rodney, again coming out on the Hard Tyres. Prz shoots into second place, but he's less than a second in front. Not enough considering he needs another pitstop unless he can pull something amazing out.
Lap 22 - SpinDizzy pits! Wow, an epic 14 lap stint on the Hards there, with clear signs that the tyres were dying at the end. But he's come out on the Softs for the final stint! Has that epic run set the stage for a storming finish? Przemek takes the lead by the barest of margins (.032 seconds) and Rodney is a fraction over a second away.
Lap 22 times
Przemek 22 S 10:27.281
SpinDizzy 22 S +0.032
Rodney 22 H +1.023
Lap 25 - Przemek pits! The 3 pit gamble hasn't paid off - Prz pits from the lead, but is only .4 seconds ahead of Spin, and the in lap is a total disaster, a 40.070. He emerges over 12 seconds from the lead, interestingly on the Hard tyres. Spin has 1.5 seconds lead and better tyres, but will they last? Or will Rodney's conservative tyre choice and consistent skill with the hard set win the day?
Lap 27 - Rodney posts his fastest race lap, a 27.482. But the gap is still 1.5 seconds.....
Lap 29 - Disaster for Rodney! Trickles of rain become apparent on his dash, and a rain warning emerges. The slip[periness of the track costs him a full second against Spin.But Spin's tyres a re looking rough, can he hold on?
Final Lap Standings
SpinDizzy 29 S 13:39:924
Rodney 29 H +2.791
Przemek 29 H +13.067
Final Lap - Rodney composes himself and posts a strong 28.013 with conditions turning. Spin's tyres are gone! A poor final lap on 29.407, but there's enough of a lead that he cruises through as the winner of his home GP. Przemek pulls in some 10seconds off the pace, the high risk Soft tyre strategy not coming off this time.
SpinDizzy 30 S 14:09.331
Rodney 30 H +1.397
Przemek Kolowski 30 H +11.035
Przemek Kolowski 27.006
SpinDizzy 25 + 2 = 27
Rodney 18 +1 = 19
Przemek 15 +3 = 18
Again, Przemek scores fastest lap, but inconsistency and strategy cost him here. A special mention should be made to Rodney, he submitted a time that would have won this race, but the .csv was corrupted and as such could not be accepted. Still a top race, tyre and pit strategy really coming to the fore. Join us in 72 hours for the next installment!
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