It was my 1st time in Long beach and I loved the atmosphere, the layout, the city, the weather… Everything was there to produce a great show, but the whole K-PAX with Flying lizard Motorsports team left California frustrated.
Our 45min practice went well with no red flags and therefore we could use the whole session to learn the track and set up the car.
Qualifying was Saturday at 8.30am so there was no grip on the track and hard to get the tires up to temperature. Everybody improved in the last lap while I could not due to traffic. I’m pretty sure that we had the potential to do the pole but P3 was still a great result for us. On Sunday morning we get the notice that my teammate, Thorne, was downgraded to P10 due to an overboost on his fastest lap.
I started the race P2 and we didn’t get the standing start right. I was P5 when the 1st full course yellow came. I did a great restart and could get Eversley on the braking from T1. Then another full course yellow appears, I did the same move on Dalziel during the restart and was up to P3 when another Yellow came.
On this 3rd restart I tried the same move but the Cadillac from O’Connell had too much torque and it didn’t worked out. Johnny passed the Beretta in turn 6 and I was able to benefit from it and passed with him. Heading down to T8, Johnny was in the middle of the track, me on the inside and the Beretta dove in really late to make the move on both of us. He hit me in the right door and I hit the Cadillac. I finished my race in Turn8 as my front left suspension and radiator were broken. I’m really surprised that Olivier tried this move as I can’t imagine 3 cars going through this corner. Two would be already hard enough. The result is still unofficial as a lot of trouble disturbed this race and I hope that the World Challenge official will apply some penalties to the right people.
Let’s see how it goes in Barber in 3 days with maybe some rain which would be welcome from our side 😉