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Triathlon at Electron Raceway - 1/31/19

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 11:42 AM

Seven locals showed up to race True Scale Trans-Am, Mixed and GT1 at Electron Raceway on 1/31/18. Track conditions were good as the course had been cleaned and sprayed prior to the race. Mark was conspicuously absent due to some prior commitments (we missed you Mark). Terry decided it was time to crack out the True Scale cars and run at Electron. Welcome back Terry.

It had been quite some time since the last Triathlon held on 12/19/18. As a consequence, there were more pile-ups and unforced errors than usual. No new track records were set. Joe ran OSCAR spec Trans-Am and Mixed race cars rather than his True-Scale because of worn True-Scale tires. He did quite well in both classes. Next time others will seek revenge as Joe returns to his True Scale cars.


The bottom line for the Trans-Am race is that consistency pays off. Bob won by running a very high consistency of 95.45% even though his car was about .1 seconds per lap slower than the fastest car in the field. The race was punctuated by several wrecks and stopped twice as motors were jarred out of position and needed major adjustment. Going into the final heat, Bob was ahead of James by almost a lap. James pushed hard and had a few offs giving Bob the win. Rich entered the final heat two laps behind James. Although Rich ran a very good final heat, he could not make up the deficit and finished third.

A few observations are in order
Ron ran a personal best lap time of 5.007. A dislocated power plant and other incidents kept him from placing higher.

Scott shattered his previous personal best fast lap by a huge .2 seconds. His cars were better prepared and I can see that his driving is smoother.





Mixed Race

James won the mixed race with his Ford GT. Although the car was not the quickest; a bit slower than both Richs and Bobs Ferrari 458s. James won the mixed race wire to wire by running very consistently (96.30%). He stayed out of trouble and avoided unforced errors. Entering the final heat, Bob was about a lap ahead of Rich. Although Rich closed the gap, unforced errors gave Bob a second place finish while Rich had to settle for third.
Ron driving his True Scale Ford GT and Joe driving an OSCAR spec Lola T-70 had a battle royal for fourth position. In the end, Ron edged out Joe by a single section.

A few observations are in order
Scott, driving a well prepared Ford GT, managed to win a heat running a fine 22 laps on the black lane. He shattered his personal best lap in a True Scale sports car by nearly .2 seconds per lap and beat his personal best lap total in True Scale Sports car by more than a lap.

Rons Ford GT is quite capable of challenging for a podium finish. He ran a fine 22.7 lap total on the black lane. Unfortunately, a 21 lap total on the red lane kept him out of contention for a podium finish






Rich driving his Nissan R390 won the GT1 race leading from wire to wire and finishing with 95.8 laps, three laps ahead of his nearest competitor. Rich managed to run a clean and consistent (95.52%) race.

James and Bob battled it out for the second step of the podium. James entered the final heat with a half lap lead on Bob. James widened his lead to a full lap by the end of the race. Bob finished third.

A few observations are in order
Joe ran a good race finishing with a personal best of 91.3 laps with a pretty good consistency of 92.12%. His fast lap of 4.843 seconds was quite good. Look out guys, Joe is learning the nuances of the Electron Raceway!

Scott ran a personal best fast lap of 5.154 seconds.





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