Results as posted by Chris at the Speed Circuit Facebook page:
DMV Racing - Race 4 – Classic Monza – April 21, 2018
The inaugural DMV Racing season continued with race number four at one of the original Speed Circuit tracks, Monza. Monza is very fast – so fast that two of the drivers opted for a top speed of 200. The track is also wide and combined with a small field, five drivers, it was a track that would allow the come-from-behind strategy. Since most of the drivers were “seasoned” fellows, more than a few of us were well familiarized with this classic circuit. However, things have changed. The car setup is different than the original Speed Circuit design chart and cars are faster, handle better, and drivers are – apparently – more skillful, as evidenced by the addition of driver skill chips!
As noted above, Monza is one of the original tracks, but some of us needed to rethink our strategies because of changes in car design.
With only five cars, we didn’t know what to expect. As it turned out, there were no two identical car designs. Here are the ACC DEC and TOP for all five cars:
Mike 40 40 180
Chris 80 60 200
Don 40 60 200
Joe 60 60 180
Jonathan 60 40 180
Mike bid heavily and took the pole position, followed by Joe, Chris, and Jonathan, who edged Don in a roll-off after both bid one skill.
The DMV Racing league seems to have an unhappy tradition – someone always fails the start. This time it was Jonathan, and on a very fast track, it was definitely a huge setback. While he didn’t stall, the -20 penalty, combined with his 20 start speed left him in his start space while the field took off for the first corner.
Mike jumped out to a lead, but Chris’s 80 Accel quickly closed the gap and the two nipped and tucked around for the first two laps of the three lap race. Mike and Chris were, with Tim’s absence, the only drivers who could still mathematically win the DMV Championship. Joe lagged behind, but late in the third lap briefly took over second place. As Chris and Mike ran out of wear, Chris’s stronger car categories (improved at the expense of wear during the build) proved more than Mike could keep pace with.
But suddenly… there was Don. Where did he come from?
Gaudily brandishing two wear when the rest of the field had none, Don raced into the hairpin and gained a space on Chris on the last lap. But, again the 80 Accel came in handy as they left the hairpin and headed for the last, fast turn on to the main straight. Neither opted to chance the corner and Chris ended up winning, by virtue of a sprint to the finish line.
Adding points to the current standings gave Chris the championship with point totals as follows:
1. Chris B - 43 + 25 = 68
2. Mike P - 40 + 15 = 55
3. Tim M - 31
4. Brian D - 30
5. Don T - 12 + 18 = 30
6. Kevin K - 26
7. Joe P - 10 + 12 = 22
8. Tim C - 19
9. Jonathan F - 6 + 10 = 16
The next DMV Racing Season will start up sometime this summer. We’ll race 1/64 scale F1 or Indy cars all year, keeping the same liveries all year for ease of identification. We’re planning to expand from four races to five, but in the upcoming season drivers will be able to drop their worst two finishes instead of just one.
For more information or to join us please contact me at:
cbrandt300 <at> gmail <dot> com