What a night.
Not sure I want to carry this race on for another round.
Rodney took it by two laps over Ricks entry followed by Bruce and then Régis in 4th.
The breakout was pretty much what I expected after testing all the cars.
What I didn't expect was found out in the first heat.
In the first heat we had Régis, Jairus, Don and Nicolas Cavoleau's car running.
Don's car beat the other three by one lap at 11 total with the rest running almost a dead even 10 laps. It was almost magical watching all those hand made vintage F1 open wheeled cars magically power sliding through the turns they were that close together.
But.... the magic went poof pretty quick.
Second heat Bob got the Maserati 250f on the red lane and busted it.
The Rogues gallery of drivers......
Left to right: Bob Schafer my nemesis, Paul Painter the builder of this track and heck of a nice guy, Lightning Larry who builds vintage 1/1 racing cars (with his finger up his nose), and Dave Smith who has been in this hobby since... well, forever!
Yes, Bob rolled my car three times on the banked turn. Didn't matter that I warned him time and time again to BE CAREFUL!!!
So... my car got a DNF... but it took him three wrecks to knock off the wheel. But it can be fixed and no major damage to the body other than my pride.
Ran better than I expected anyway.
On to the performance.
Bruces car was very predictable as were the Rod and Rick entries. (no surprise)
Nicolas Cavoleau's machine handled way better than I expected. The motor just didn't have the power to overcome that vintage machine Don found on eBay for some reason.
That darned vintage #7 car ran really well! I really expected it to bomb.... but it drifted with smooth prediction and was blistering down the straight.
Régis' #22 had a great sound as it ran the bank. I could almost hear that open header in-line 4 crackle as it passed....
Okay.... the damage.
Jaak's #77 lost it's drivers head and the mirror which were saved and will be in place upon return or the next race, whichever comes first.
We also had a bit of a problem with the wheel and tire choice Jaak picked.
Seems they had a nasty habit of popping off the rim. Really effected the lap times I think.
Of course there were a few times when the cars traded paint......
No noticeable damage to #7, #22 or #11.
So... do we want to continue to race or is everyone satisfied?
I have another race scheduled for Monday the 27th at a local club track. Smaller venue with no long straight this time. Same drivers... and all cars will be repaired by that time.
But I already have a buyer ready to take the Maserati 250f off my hands provided I can fix it...
So I am happy with the results so far and I await the response of the other 7 entrants.
Let it ride or.... do we quit?