Last night another good racing night. 6 of us this time (Jan is up in the far North).
We did the usual 10 min practice to warm up the cars and in this case clean the track.
All the work that I have done on the carrera track LCs (removing some material on the cover for making room for the sensor board) and drilling the hole in the scaleauto metal chassis has left a fine layer of dust on the track.
By the time the practice was over the grip was back on track (sorry I could not resist ;-)).
Mike D just joined us in time for qualify. The track was a bit slower than previous week...maybe the grip was not up to scratch yet.
Notice team I-Team - that is Ian - in yellow with the slowest qualy time. More on this later
Once the grid was set to go, we started the first race.
However, while I was using the marshal tool to reinstate some damage points, I hit the wrong button and ended the race halfway.. Just after I had my pitstop and was battling to gain back the lead of the race. NOOOOOO!
We moved on to race 2 and this are the results. The last three drivers (let's say that they are in the AM category) all within the same lap but Ian came first. I should have taken a pic of their positions on the track.
But I was too keen to move to race 3 in dusk conditions.
Grid for Race 3 in dusk conditions. You can notice the difference with the full dark condition by looking at the pic in the previous post.
The dusk race is far the best race for us. We always do most of the laps in this condition.
In the PRO category, Alex (A-Team) and Mike D (Orakei Driver team) neck to neck. and just few laps behind G-Team.
Again I-Team in the AM category takes the lead this time with a substantial two lap gaps.
Finally, Race 4. We didn't start in reverse grid (forgot) and Alex and I were side by side on the first line.
However, in the heat of the moment he started before the lights went green....and a stop and go penalty was issued.
He lost 2 laps in the process but he did recover pretty well and minus some minor issues in the pitlane (controller brake button not responding) we finished in the same lap. Mike D not to far behind.
In the AM, again Ian took the win.
Why I am overemphasizing Ian's 4 wins in the AM? Because the three AM teams are racing NSR 997 all equally prepared by me.
However, Ian's power profile is not 100% as the rest of the AM teams but a bit lower set at 95%.
Although he is not putting down fastest laps over 14 min racing he managed to keep the car on the track for most of the time (very low damage points) and implemented a good racing strategy.
Of course he is aware that he is running with this profile. The main reason I switched for him was that at low fuel he could not keep the car on the track.
During yesterday qualy, he asked whether I could reinstated the 100% power which I refused....Now also Mike T (Kombi Team) wants less power.