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GT1 and Can-Am at STR on 8/26/19

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#1 rvec


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:20 AM

Nine slot heads showed up to race GT1 and Can-Am at STR on 8/26/19. The track started out quite loose but tightened up as the evening wore on. Some had traction issues due to the loose track. Both races were very close with first and second place separated by at most two sections.


The race was a shoot-out between Bob and James. Both cars ran fast laps in the low 4.9 second range while others were at least .2 seconds per lap slower. The battle for supremacy came down to Bobs final heat. James was in the barn with 93.2 laps. Bob needed a 23+ lap total to overtake James. Both finished with the same lap and section totals, however, Bob edged out James for the win.

The battle for the bottom step of the podium was between Rich, Mark and Joe. All turned fast laps in the 5.1 second range. The result was decided in the final heat. Mark was in the barn with 88.5 laps. Rich needed 21+ laps to overtake Mark. Joe was about a lap down from Rich. In the end, Rich ran 22+ laps in the final heat to overtake Mark for the third place slot. Joe finished fifth behind fourth place Mark.

An observation is in order. Joe complained that his Enzo was quite loose. After the race, some weight was moved from the front to the rear of the side pans. This improved handling immensely and in some practice laps, Joe was able to run in the low 4.9s. It will be quite interesting to see how Joes Enzo performs against other GT1s in the upcoming race at Electron.



Bob, James and Joe all broke the magic five second barrier. Bobs Lotus was quickest, turning a blazing 4.837 seconds. Joe had a poor first heat nearly two laps off the pace of the leaders. This put him out of contention for the top two spots. The battle then became a two man race between Bob and James. Bob was first in the barn with 92.7 laps. James had a shot at overtaking Bob but fell short by only two sections.

After a poor first heat, Joe ran three fine 23+ lap heats to finish third. Others were at least three laps behind Joe.

A few observations are in order. Rich and Nick both selected Gran Sport cars for the Can-Am race. Rich chose a Porsche 906 while Nick Selected a Chaparral. Both cars will be able to compete in the LeMans trials at Electron Raceway. The Gran Sport cars are at a disadvantage to the Can-Am rides because the Gran Sports are about one quarter of an inch narrower. That being said, both will be formidable competition for LeMans Trials honors where Lotus Can-Am cars are excluded.


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