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For the 2017 Season 1 I'll be focusing my iRacing energy on the Aussie SuperSkips League. I won't have the time to really give it my all, I'll be using the 40 minutes of practice at the start of the Sunday night sessions as my only preparation. With that in mind, my goal is simply to get involved with some clean mid pack racing and gain more experience in the Skip Barber Formula 2000 car.
As I was away from home on Christmas / New Years holidays for the first outting, race 2; 30 laps at Summit Point, was my first run in the series. I did sneak on for a few laps of practice on Saturday and I happy to bank a 1:20.3 fastest lap. I compared that with times set by guys I'll be competitive with, based on knowledge I picked up during the test races in late 2016, and found that I was a few tenths quicker.
Come Sunday and things were a bit different. During practice I struggled to get down into the low 1:21's and it wasn't until the last possible lap during qualifying that I was able to set a 1:21.0 to take 18th on the grid out of 29 starters.
I had a good start and stayed out of trouble during the early laps, climbing to 13th after 9 laps when many of the front runners started to pit. My fuel strategy was to start with the maximum and stay out as long as possible before coming in to take the spash required to get to the end. This saw me climb all the way up to 4th position after 17 laps.
I pitted on lap 25 and came back out in 11th. I was in a 3 way battle for 10th, 11th and 12th and was fortunate to safely get around my KRF team mate Joseph when he locked his brakes and spun on the 2nd last time.
All in all I was very happy to finish in 11th.