Wet and Windy

It was an insane race of close battles and calculated overtakes last time out in Canada for the Mouseone Racing Pro League where Spicey took his first victory of the season. This time around, we head back to Europe and arrive in France at the latest addition to the calendar, Circuit Paul Ricard.

A dry qualifying saw championship leader Haze take provisional pole after some intense laps. A lot of the drivers got their laps invalidated due to how easy it was to run wide and track extend. A last-minute lap saw Haze take his fifth pole of the season with a 1:28.887 on the ultrasoft tyres, over half a second quicker than Meester in P2. BonelessCigar, Spicey, Getowned and Thyge managed to qualify in the top ten on the supersoft tyres, giving them a strategic advantage for the race ahead. Johan Enberg did not set a lap time in qualifying due to being awarded a qualifying ban after his recent actions were enough for him to be penalised by the stewards.

The beginning of the race saw carnage in the midfield as the Haas of Eiersmijer spun off on the exit of turn 2. The top three stayed out of trouble and held their positions after the first few corners however, GetOwned was quick to make positions as he got himself up 4 places on lap 1. Haze was quick to escape from the rest of the field and built up a gap of over a second on just the first lap. After all the bumps at the beginning it was only Wotmaster who was forced into the pits.  

ViolentSempai was the next driver to pit on the following lap to repair his front wing damage after contact on lap 2. Haze was the first of the front-runners to pit on lap 5 onto a new set of soft tyres, with most of the remaining ultrasoft runners pitting on lap 6. The first retirement was the Toro Rosso of Wotmaster on lap 7 after an incident caused him to retire. Drivers were struggling to cut through the field as the front-runners were unable to get back up to where they were before they pitted, however there was still a lot of battling going on throughout the field.

Suddenly, as the clouds drew in, rain began to pour on lap 14 which saw Windy emerge as the new leader after stretching out his first stint long enough for him to not have to make a pit stop whilst it was dry. Getowned also made a similar strategy work taking him up to P2. Sever stayed out on the supersofts but that was a big mistake as he was locking up and going wide everywhere, eventually locking up and swiping Duxy off the track.

Sever eventually gave up and retired on lap 16. Duxy also retired a lap later due to the damage caused by the incident with Sever. Klauuiii was forced to pit on lap 17 after sustaining a lot of front wing damage as the Toro Rosso driver continued to struggle in the challenging conditions. Lap 25 saw the retirement of Brogan after an incident with Klauuiii, with the latter being the final retirement of the race on the final lap.

Windy took his third victory of the season, finishing 13 seconds ahead of Haze who extends his gap at the top of the championship to 38 points ahead of Spicey. Getowned rounded off the podium in P3, finishing just under a second behind Haze. Meester’s P4 was enough to see him take advantage of Yeltnebamus’ absence, taking fifth place in the standings.

Next time in the MouseOne Pro League in Austria, Haze will be looking to extend his commanding lead at the top of the championship but who knows what the rest of the pack are capable of.

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