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Friday's race results can be found in the table below and the thread here
Also see this thread
for the race video, complete with some frankly awesome graphic overlays courtesy of Fernando (aka shakaxd), preview below:
Race report (thanks to Ferrari Man 009):
Season 2 has finally arrived, and what better place to start at than Laguna Seca. This challenging circuit in warm, sunny California is the perfect backdrop to start what should be a great season of Multi-Class action.
In qualifying, Fernando showed why he is still the favorite for the URL1 championsip with a time of 1:16.661, a whole second faster than Edgecrusher. Following those two were Raider, John Sportelli, BigFudge, Tibone and Chronus.
In the URL2 category, it was closer between Scotty and Nocunox, with only 0.4 seconds separating them. Zkarz was 3rd, ahead of Mansell, Sparkie, Ferrari Man, Kraygon and Alex Rhaan.
At the start, Fernando and Edgecrusher were side by side into turn 1, with the Brazillian leading. All cars got away well, and the only incident was between Kraygon and Zkarz, with the latter car being pushed off the track. Corkscrew was always going to cause incidents, and it didn't take long. Tibone amongst the spinners on Lap 1.
Over the first 5-10 laps, it was very close between Scotty, Mansell, Nocunox and Sparkie at the front of the URL2 class, with the other 4 URL2 drivers all struggling at Corkscrew and other parts of the track.
In the URL1 class, Fernando was building a nice lead over Edgecrusher, with John Sportelli, Raider and Big Fudge fighting for 3rd.
Lap 4, and a HUGE Multi-Class crash, Alex Rhaan hit the wall and spun into Tibone, who crashed into the URL2 driver. Tibone recovered to the pit, while the Hendriks driver retired. At the same time, Zkarz also retired thanks to an Engine faliure.
Between Lap 5 and Lap 9, the race settled down, with the only main battle being between Raider and John Sportelli, which ended when the Pacwest driver spun on the 3rd to last corner, handing the place to the Englishman. During this time, Mansell had over-worked his tyres and pitted for fresh rubber, dropping him to 5th in class behind Nocunox, Sparkie and Ferrari Man.
Lap 11, and John Sportelli suddenly retired for an unknown reason. Meanwhile, Tibone was at war with the Corkscrew, with the corner winning as Tib went for another trip through the gravel. Chronus also retired around the same time also for an unknown reason.
Lap 13, and Fernando with an 8 second lead collides with Kraygon and damages his car in the process. Edgecrusher manages to reduce the gap and has the Brazilian in his sights. This also forces Fernando into an early stop for repairs, which cost him dearly towards the end.
As we approached the half way stage and with drivers racing with worn tyres, the errors grew in frequency. Mansell, Kraygon, Big Fudge amongst those who took trips through the gravel.
Further down the field, Ferrari Man's stop has dropped him 35 seconds behind Mansell and 5th in the URL2 class.
Lap 17, and Edgecrusher pits, but his stop took a lot longer than Fernando's which enables the Brazilian to extend his lead.
Lap 21, and Kraygon goes off at Corkscrew and, as he rejoins, crashes straight into Fernando, who will have some damage at the front of his car. The handling issues as a result of this will have given Edgecrusher a lifeline.
Lap 26, and Fernando locks up at the Corkscrew, goes straight on, and loses nearly 10 seconds to Edgecrusher. The Denso Driver was now right behind Fernando and the Grandstand finale was set. For the next 5 Laps, he would try to pass the Brazilian, who sucessfully resisted his attack every time.
At the end of Lap 32, Edgecrusher passed Fernando into the last corner, however, the Brazilian wasnt finished yet, and with a brave move up the inside of Turn 1, re-passed Edgecrusher and resumed the lead. Turn 4, and Edgecrusher put a bold move on Fernando, surely a sign of intent for the season as the Denso driver went up the inside of his West rival and ran the Brazilian out of room. It was a great overtake, and one that could prove decisive in the championship.
It was a fantastic win for Edgecrusher, with Fernando only 5 seconds behind him. Raider, 72 seconds behind Edgecrusher, was the only other driver to go the distance in 3rd. Big Fudge was 4th, a lap down. 5th to 9th places were earned by the URL2 drivers, with Scotty winning, meaning Team Denso took both wins in America. Nocunox was 2nd, ahead of Sparkie, Mansell and Ferrari Man. Tibone was 10th in the URL1 (5th in class), with Kraygon completing the finishers.
John Sportelli, Chronus, Zkarz and Alex Rhaan all failed to finish.
Last edited by scottydog; 25 January 12 at 14:25.