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Triathlon at Electron Raceway on 3/9/20

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Posted 11 March 2020 - 07:44 AM

Seven competitors showed up to race a Triathlon at Electron Raceway on 3/09/20. Initially, I planned to have only two races, but it was only 8:30 p.m. when the two were completed even though there were a few wrecks (see below). I suggested we have and additional race, and, after some discussion settled on Econos. Scott failed to bring one so Mark was kind enough to provide a loaner.

For races at Electron, I have added a couple of new reports. One report shows laps and partial laps as cumulative totals while the other shows the results on a heat by heat basis.


Mixed Race

Although a mixed race allowed competitors to select True Scale Sports cars or Gran Sport cars all chose to run historic Trans-Am rides. The grid was filled with five Camaros, a Mustang (Ken) and one Firebird (Scott).

Heat number one featured three of the top four seeds. Rich took the early lead finishing with 22.3 laps with Bob about a half lap behind. Bob battled back in heat number two and took over the lead by two sections at the end of the second heat. Going into the final heat, Rich was about a half lap ahead of Bob. Both ran identical lap and section counts in the final heat. Neither made unforced errors. So it was Rich finishing with 90.9 laps and Bob about a half lap behind with 90.4 laps.

Meanwhile, Mark and Joe were involved in a heated battle for the bottom step of the podium. Both cars were evenly matched with less than three hundredths of a second difference in fast lap times. As third and fifth seed, Joe and Mark ran in the first heat. Joe started the race on the red lane and was first in the barn with 85.9 laps (21.5 lap average). Mark, as third seed started the race on white lane, had three sit outs and re-entered the race on red in heat 5. Going into the final heat Mark had completed 64.3 laps (a 21.4 lap average) and needed 21.8 laps to overtake Joe. Mark ran 22.1 laps in the final heat to edge out Joe for the bottom step of the podium.



Bobs Enzo was the class of the field turning a fast lap time of 4.728 seconds. He ran a consistent race and led from wire to wire finishing with 94.7 laps.
Although, Joe challenged Rich finishing close behind in heat number one, Rich went on to run 23+ lap heats to finish second with 92.8 laps. Joe was third with 89.4 laps.

Scotts Porsche 962 was running well but a broken lead wire forced him to switch back to his 68 Firebird. The 962 was competitive and he was involved in a couple of battles with other GT1s before the swap.


Richs GTO outdistanced the field, winning the race with 85.9 laps. This left Bob, Joe and Mark to battle it out for the remaining spots on the podium. All three finished within a lap of each other. In the end it was Bob, Joe and Mark for second through fourth respectively.


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