(Started writing this on the 17th of October) Well, I am now back home and as an overall experience, what a trip. Not only was this overall a great experiences but my first time outside of my homeland on my own but I think I managed to get round pretty easily when I had to. I have had time now to reflect and think over from when I left Norwich airport to arrive home and to carefully dissect many crucial or important points of the trip. Some are good, some are bad so lets start on a good note and go positive first. Positive: - The treatment from Mercedes Benz throughout the whole trip was great. Hotel was nice, accommodation was wonderful and the hospitality at the track was amazing. - The high quality of the event itself, the professionalism was beyond anything I had ever been apart of. It felt like it was on the same level, if not above when I went to GT Academy in 2014. - The racing we watched throughout the weekend combined with the awesome seats made it perfect to watch everything. - All the finalists I was with were very friendly and made for a warm environment and it was great to finally meet some of the guys i race online, does not happen too often but it was great to put some faces to the voices - Met and chatted with a few DTM drivers, including DTM commentator Dave Richardson and that was one of my highlights for sure. Catching up with Daniel Juncadella after we raced as teammates 9 years ago was also very nice. - The travel was easy for me to get to grips with, for my first time flying it felt no problem when on the flights so all good. - Despite what had happened on the Sunday, Robert Wiesenmuller was very helpful and comforting and Axel (He works for AMG Mercedes) treated me very well, drove 309 kph on the autobahn in his Mercedes AMG so that was an eye opener and quite the adrenaline rush - A big thanks to not only Mercedes but also Robert and the rest of the RaceRoom team for making this whole event possible. It was something special to be apart of. Now, we have to get to the negatives, some you will be able to know what they are before I say but lets get into it. Negatives: - In the briefing before the big event on Friday, Robert alerted us all that "some" of the wheels are faulty and I happened to get one of the bad ones but, even if I didn't I still would not have been happy as no one deserves to have that happen to them once you make it this far into the competition. - Tim, Tim and Tim.. oh and a faulty Fanatec wheel. Why is this guy able to race when everyone knows very clearly, racing with him is nearly impossible. It's never clean and it seems to be the same story with anyone else. Look at all the penalties he picked up in the regular season so to have what eventually happen and for him to win was a joke but what made it even worse was that he came over to me and said sorry (which if he was sorry he would of dropped back during the race and dropped behind me) But also he admitted that his wheel was faulty also. When I had people behind me after my wheel had packed up halfway through, did I battle anyone? No, I just let them go but he raced tooth and nail and with a faulty wheel he was weaving when next to me and takes me out. The guy who racked up so many penalty points, got a race ban and still wrecked on Friday to win gets to take home the prize while I who had amassed over 2 race wins worth of a points lead and going into the event gets to leave with absolutely nothing because of Tim and a wheel which went haywire. What made this even more annoying was that the stewards deemed that the incident was "not clear" as to whose fault it was, well if your not sure on who out of Kevin and Tim (Who were behind me/on my left rear quarter) then you penalize them both! You can't just let them get away with it. It was a total joke. So the event was great, but having a big drive off with dodgy gear is a no no especially when we all worked so hard to get there. - I lost my hat - The travel on my way home on Sunday was botched. Even though I got on all the right connections to frankfurt airport (and actually my train arrived at the airport ahead of my printed schedule) The plane was near to take off that I was supposed to get and the person at the desk would not let me on despite being 5 minutes late. "There is nothing I can do" The old bag said to me, yeah there was, let me on the plane! So I got my flight rescheduled for Monday afternoon and that went off without a hitch. Robert, as usual, was brilliant at getting things organized and Axel got me sorted out that night so no problems after that, but KLM...tsk.