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Triathlon at Electron Raceway on 6/24/19

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 05:54 PM



This section of the race report summarizes the results. Details of the Trans-Am, Sports Car and GT1 races are described in their corresponding sections. Many images of the cars and tabular results have been included (simply cursor down to the appropriate detail section to view).
  • In the Trans-Am it was Rich, James and Bob for first through third respectively
  • In Sports Car it was Rich, Bob and James for first through third respectively
  • In GT1 it was Rich, James and Bob for first through third respectively
This event was the second in a series of three Triathlons. Point totals for each participant through the second event are shown in the table below. Rich has a comfortable lead of 26 points and will be very difficult to dethrone. The battle for second and third is close with Bob at 89 and James at 84 points respectively. The battle for fourth and fifth is even closer with Ron only two points ahead of Joe.


About a month has elapsed since the first race of the series. This did not dampen the enthusiasm for the race. Seven slot-heads showed up to participate in a Triathlon at Electron Raceway on 6/24/19.


The Trans-Am grid looked pretty much the same as in race #1 of the Series. The exception was that Ron selected his 67 Camaro instead of a Mustang. Ron managed to post a personal best of 88.7 laps and was in the hunt for a podium finish turning a fast lap of 5.025 seconds; within a whisker of the top finishers. Unfortunately, a relatively poor heat on the red lane (20.2 laps) put Ron out of contention.

Heat #1 featured three of the top four seeds. Bob and Rich finished within a few inches of each other, both turning 22.1 laps. James had an unfortunate off and fell a full lap behind.

As is the case in most of the Trans-Am events, it all came down to the final heat. Going into the final heat, Bob was in the lead with 68.1 laps. Rich was only two sections behind Bob with 67.9. James was in third place with 67.2 laps. Ron was in fourth place about a half lap behind James.

Rich and Bob battled it out for supremacy in the final heat. Bob made an unforced error as both Rich and James passed. That is the way it ended. Rich won with 91.1; James was second with 90.8 and Bob was third with 90.2 laps


Sports Car

Again, the grid looked pretty much like the last event. The exceptions were that Ron ran his Ferrari 458 rather than his McLaren and Nick ran his OSCAR based Corvette instead of his OSCAR based Ferrari F50.

Rich led from wire to wire finishing first with 91.0 laps. It was not an easy win, however. Bob challenged Rich but fell a bit short finishing second with 90.2 laps. James finished third with 88.3 laps




After winning the first GT1 contest with his Nissan R390, Rich selected his Jaguar XJ220 for the latest race. Bob forgot to install a new motor in his Enzo. Instead, Bob ran an Enzo loaned to him by Ron. The top four drivers all turned fast laps from 4.775 seconds (James) to 4.870 seconds (Joe), so all three podium slots were up for grabs.

In heat #1, Rich (on the black lane) took the early lead with James (racing on the yellow lane) on his tail. Rich pushed hard to stay ahead of James but realized that James ride was a bit quicker. Rich slowed to let James pass. Late in the heat, James made an unforced error and Rich regained the lead. At the end of the first heat it was Rich with 23.2 laps; James only two sections behind and Bob about a lap down from Rich.

Heat #2 pitted James and Rich against each other. James caught up and passed Rich to take the lead by nearly a half of a lap. Going into the final heat it was James in the lead with 71.4 laps. Rich was about a half lap behind James and Bob was about a lap and a half behind Rich. The final heat featured Rich on one of his favorite lanes, yellow; James on his least favorite lane, red and Bob on black. In the end, Rich won the race with 94.8 laps. James was second, about a half lap down and Bob finished third about a lap behind James.



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