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Triathlon at Electron Raceway - 12/19/18

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 09:49 AM

Six slot heads showed up to race a Triathlon at Electron Raceway on 12/19/18. Track conditions were good and some personal records were set. Racing was close as usual.


Rich, James, Mark and Ron turned competitive lap times and all were in the hunt for a podium finish. James took an early lead, with Rich about a lap down due to an early unforced error. Although Rich was able to close the gap, James pulled out a win with 89.9 laps with Rich in second place only four sections behind. Ron ran a fine race and personal best with his gray 69 Camaro to finish third with 88.7 laps. Mark and Joe battled it out for fourth position. In the end, Joe edged out Mark by about a lap.




Mixed Race

Rich (GT40) and James (Ford GT) were the only two competitors to turn laps in the low 4.9s. Ron (Ford GT) was not far behind with a 5.043. James took a half lap early lead with Rich in second place. Ron managed to stay within a lap of the leaders. James maintained his lead in heat number two. My recollection is that James had a few issues in heat number three and turned only 21.7 laps. Rich on the other hand re-entered the fray in heat number six on his favorite lane, red, and turned 23.4 laps to take the lead and held on in the final heat to win the race. So it was Rich with 91.1, James with 89.8 and Ron with 87.3 for first through third respectively





Very early in the first heat, Ron crashed just ahead of the start/finish line taking Rich out. At that point there should have been a track call, but instead the cars were marshalled. Had there been a marshal close to the wreck, the cars could have been marshalled efficiently. Instead much more than a lap was lost. James kindly suggested that the race be restarted and the cars lined up again.

James and Rich battled it out in the first two heats and were within a section of each other at the end of the second heat. Again, the pivotal heat was number six when Rich, on red, managed to establish a four section lead over James. In the final heat, James pushed hard to catch Rich but made two unforced errors putting him out of contention for the win.

Meanwhile Joe, Mark and Ron battled it out for the bottom step of the podium. Joe finished with a personal best of 89.8 in his red Enzo, enough for a third place finish. Mark was fourth only one section ahead of fifth place Ron. So, it was Rich, James, Joe, Mark and Ron for first through fifth respectively.






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