Sunday, May 11, 2008

FormulaSL Race #3- at Snowpeach

Lovely Snowpeach raceway , modeled after Brands Hatch in the UK . 25 racers gathered today to contest round 3 of the FormulaSL series. I had some hopes thru the week , always being fast here. But in the end my fortune wasnt good , i qualified 6th for a 2nd unlucky time this season sticking me on the pole for the group B race.

Group D and Group C races but went ok depsite the high amount of contact considering this is the smallest venue we race at . Fox Tammas won a convincing Group D race , but had troubles in the C race. The story of C group was Motorato and rookie Caz Freschi, Moto dominated most of the race but in the end Caz was able to nose ahead for the win and berth in group B.

Group B started well enough , Jafo qualified 7th , so he was beside me on the grid , he was quicker out of the blocks and beat me to turn 1 , somewhere in there i was able to get by and cross 1st lap 1 , but my luck was short lived , coming around to cross for lap 2 i struck a car under caution , and fell to 4th place, pretty much putting the win out of my reach, Ram led for a bit , but Jafo was able to overtake him for the Group B win , ending my 7 race podium streak with a 8th place overall finish.

Jafo advanced to Group A and this race promised to be a good one and they didnt disappoint, the early stage of the race was a neck and neck battle between Jafo, Kandy Tommorow and Yamaha Harley. All 3 of them swapping the lead in a back and forth battle.

Lap 9 and Yamaha fell out of the picture , Kandy gained some ground on Jafo and led comfortably for 3 laps untill a few slip ups allowed Jafo and and speedy YumYum Divisadero to come racing back, Yum jumped into the lead lap 13 and battled with Jafo as Kandy fell back a bit and pitted lap 14.

Jafo and Yum held on a little longer pitting lap 16 , a tense moment there and they were both off at same time , but Yum was able to grab the lead again lap 18 after the pit times had been sorted. Jafo fell back and Yum and Kandy battled closely for the lead for 6 laps , Yum crossing in front each lap , but Yum ran into trouble lap 25 , letting Jafo by into 2nd and Kandy leading by 5 seconds.

Jafo ate this lead lap after lap untill they were both battling it out the final 5 laps , Jafo got ahead lap 29 and crossed the line for his first win of the season , the close racing of this Group A race was some of the best ive seen in RaceSL .

In the end , Mas/Archer are able to extend our team points lead, while Kandy moves ahead solo in drivers points, with me a distant 2nd and Jafo close behind me in 3rd. KC Motorsports is in 2nd , with IDK close behind , close behind them is a surging MoR team and the Pure Team in 5th -
Next week will be Race #4 at PSU with a backwards layout , it promises to be another great meeting of this highly competitive field of drivers. Race #4 will also be the first filmed by Epic Studios who will edit together a reel of the race including the live commentation of our own VJ Shojo.

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