Throwback Club - Race 2 (Fuji)
Lap 98, Oliver is sweating as he tries to nail the lines through the track. He loses focus for a second, victim of tunel vision; the radio suddenly beeps.
Flores: “Careful, careful, inside, inside, INSIDE!”
Oliver corrected, just barely missing the ERA he seemed to be destined to crash into. Braking into the next corner, Oliver recovers the racing line before letting more time be wasted.
Oliver: “That was close. Didn’t see him. Tell Mountain Pass this is my bad.”
The two last laps were mostly uneventful, without Oliver being able to get anywhere near Williams. He crosses the finish line in second place after a final sprint at the last straight. After a enthusiastic celebration at the podium and congratulating Williams and Faulkner for a great race, Oliver returned to the pits, hugging and celebrating with his teammates. After the morale had died down, Chen started checking the championship standings.
Chen: “You went from last to sixth in the championship standings in just one race. Great job out there, Oliver.”
Oliver grabbed a towel to clean the sweat in his forehead.
Oliver: “Thank you. What’s next?”
Chan: “New Zealand. The Automation Test Track.”
Oliver: “We better get ready, I’ve heard it’s not precisely an easy one…if you excuse me, I’m gonna pay Mountain Pass a visit and apologize for nearly hitting them.”
Chen: “Sure, don’t take long though, we’re gonna start packing up soon.”
Oliver put his beloved cap on, before walking down the pits. As he walked past the CSM pits, he saluted Charlie and his crew friendly before resuming his stroll. He was soon in front of the pits chosen by Mountain Pass.
Oliver: “Hello. Who’s Andrew?”
One of Andrew’s teammates gestured towards the driver, who was helping pack up for the day.
Oliver: “Hey, I’m the driver of the Sagitta…sorry about what happened out there. Tunnel vision almost made me crash into you.”
To be continued.
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