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Post 13 Nov 2019, 2:11 pm

There's a new leader as the majority of the field begins the final combination.

Turn 27 summary:
Rae is first through corner 11 at 80 scrubbing off two wear on the inside and into the lead.
Pellegrino takes the racing line at 80 for one wear.
Brandt slows to 40 around the inside then fades into the middle lane.
Polcen wants the racing line at 100 but Brandt sitting on the line forces him into the 60s shedding two wear.

Brown uses his big brakes to get down to 60 and drops one wear in the inner 40.
Kennington approaches corner 11 on the inside at 140.
Rando starts the line at 120.
Swaine does 120 and tucks in behind the dark blue race car.

Kellison catches the group at 160 settling to the outside of Swaine.
Haskell lets his big engine roar down the straight at 180.
Schulz maxes his engine at 160 and holds to the inside.

Next deadline: turn 28 due Friday, November 15 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 15 Nov 2019, 2:11 pm

A few position changes as the field snakes through corners 11-14

Turn 28 summary:
Rae continues through the middle 80s and drops to the inside out of the corner.
Pellegrino takes the outside of corner 13 and inside through 14 at 80, keeping with the leader.
Brandt follows the Italian through the combination also at 80.
Brown runs the inner then middle 80s at 100 shedding one wear to clear the corner.

Polcen drops one wear at 100 through the inner then outer 80s, also clearing the corner.
Rando attacks the racing line at 100 for two wear and carries into the middle 80s for another.
Kennington slows to 60 and takes the inside path around corner 11 scrubbing off one wear.
Kellison plots 100 then late brakes to 80 for a wear and two more around the inner 40.

Swaine drops to 80 and swings outside into the 60s knocking off one wear.
Haskell reins in his engine and approaches the corner on the inside at 120.
Schulz holds it open at 160 and catches Haskell's wing.

Next deadline: turn 29 due Monday, November 18 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 17 Nov 2019, 6:28 am

Pellegrino and Kellison far outpaced the field through sector 2
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Post 18 Nov 2019, 3:33 pm

The leader is clear while the rest of the field continues to negotiate the final corners.

Turn 29 summary:
Rae careens around the inside of the final corner at 100 shedding two wear.
Pellegrino takes the outside at 100 for free.
Polcen shoots off of corner 14 at 140 but Pellegrino took his line away. He hits the brakes hard and swerves to the middle lane shaking two wear off his tires and picking up three spots to P2.
Brandt follows the purple race car to the outside at 100 for free.

Brown also wanted the outside lane but there's no room for that move. He shifts to the middle lane dropping one wear at 100.
Rando continues his wear through the 13/14 combination landing on the inside.
Kellison is the next-to-last driver to drop into single digit wear knocking off two through the middle and inner 80s at 120.
Kennington backs off to 80 and follows Kellison as far as he can.

Swaine takes the in/mid route through at 80 at no cost to his tires.
Haskell leaves one wear point on the inner 40 of corner 11 at 60.
Schulz runs the inner 40 at 80 trading two wear to pull even with Haskell.

Next deadline: turn 30 due Wednesday, November 20 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 20 Nov 2019, 2:11 pm

Rae takes the white flag. The top seven are clear of the final corners.

Turn 30 summary:
Rae grabs high gear and begins lap 3 at 160.
Polcen finishes the 80s, wear already paid, and has P2 clear for now.
Pellegrino completes the 100s and moves to the inside.
Brown follows the purple machine out of the corner but he hugs the outside like a teddy bear.

Brandt also comes out of the 100s at speed and is wise to Brown's move, hanging on to the yellow race car.
Rando drops one wear through the 80s at 100 to clear.
Kellison, also at 100, dives to the inside, shedding two wear and picking up two positiions.
Kennington takes the 100s for free.

Swaine runs the mid/in 80s for free and leads a line into the final corners.
Haskell scrubs off one wear in the 13/14 combination and becomes the meat in the sandwich.
Schulz conserves his wear around the out/in 80s, finishing on Haskell's wing.

Next deadline: turn 31 due Friday, November 22 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 22 Nov 2019, 2:01 pm

The mid-pack gets into a group around corner 1.

Turn 31 summary:
Rae starts the line at 160.
Polcen keeps pace at 160 moving to the outside to shed any slip attempt. (None came)
Brown also reaches 160 as something is seen flying out of his cockpit; a water bottle, or a teddy bear?
Pellegrino maxes his engine at 140 and tucks in behind Brown.

Kellison uses his inside position to move at 160, but no slip since Pellegrino only did 140.
Brandt does 160 and gets the slip he was looking for from Brown, moving back up to P4.
Rando comes off the final corner at 160 and sets up at the tail of the pack.
Kennington finishes the 100s at speed and fades to the inside.

Swaine sheds one wear in the 80s at 100 clearing the 15/16 combination.
Haskell drops two wear at 140 through the 100s and also prepares to accelerate down the main straight.
Schulz plots 120 but with the corner exit blocked makes a naked late brake roll and dives down to the 60s at 100 for two wear.

Next deadline: turn 32 due Monday, November 25 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC

NOTE: Looking ahead, Thursday, November 28 is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Friday the 29th will be a soft deadline for turn 34. The hard deadline will be Monday, December 2.
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Post 25 Nov 2019, 2:04 pm

Rae's lead is cut in half as the chase pack attacks corner 2.

Turn 32 summary:
Rae slows to 100 then late brakes to 80 (naked roll), taking the line for free.
Polcen runs hard into the corner 2 line at 120 shedding his final two wear.
Brown taps the brakes to 140 and starts the line behind the black race car.
Brandt also drops to 140 and takes the curb lane.

Pellegrino maxes at 140 and takes a slip to make it three wide into the corner.
Kellison also approaches at 140 on the line behind Brown.
Rando, at 140, keeps to the inside.
Kennington lets his engine roar at 180 making up two car lengths on the group ahead.

Haskell, not to be outdone, pushes his power plant to 200 to the delight of the main straight crowd.
Swaine asks his engine for a little oomph to get to 180 and falls into line behing the orange machine.
Schulz finishes corner 16 at 100 for already paid wear and sets his sights on the start/finish line.

Next deadline: turn 33 due Wednesday, November 27 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 27 Nov 2019, 2:35 pm

The dice send Swaine to the garage early for the second straight race.

Turn 33 summary:
Rae hugs the curb into corner 3 at 100 for free.
Polcen tucks in under Rae's wing after finishing the corner 2 line for already paid wear.
Brandt drops one wear on the inside of corner 2 at 80.
Brown traverses the racing line at 80 for free.

Pellegrino sheds one wear in the 80s at 100 and picks up P4.
Rando starts at 80 then late brakes to 60 , taking the inside route for free.
Kellison follows the yellow machine around the racing line also at 80.
Kennington runs up to the inside approach to corner 2 at 120.

Haskell pulls even with the dark blue machine at 140. (NOTE: He asked to finish inside. Since Kennington is inside he must move out to the middle lane, but he is NOT established on the racing line.)
Swaine's big 180 move last turn means that he must test his brakes either this turn or next. He chooses to do it now, and comes up boxcars! (I suspect if we ever play ftf he will NOT let me roll his dice). This being his second brake failure, he manages to nurse his car out of the racing groove and will await assistance.
Schulz pushes his engine up to 180 with a succeful roll and makes up a couple more car lengths.

Next deadline: turn 34 due Friday, November 29 (soft), Monday, December 2 (hard) at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
I will NOT be sending a reminder out Friday. IF I have all moves I will adjudicate. Otherwise it will be Monday.
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Post 27 Nov 2019, 2:54 pm

Kellison, as expected, was fastest in sector 3 and the lap.
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Post 02 Dec 2019, 2:08 pm

Again the corner 3/4 combination bunches up the chase pack.

Turn 34 summary:
Rae completes the 100s at speed and is clear of corner 4.
Polcen follows Rae through the 100s also at 100.
Brandt covers the tire tracks of the black machine two lengths behind.
Pellegrino takes the middle lane at 120 for free.

Brown was looking for the middle also but is forced outside at 120.
Rando's NPR move is full acceleration to 120, following Pellegrino into the middle lane.
Kellison swings to the inside at 120 shedding one wear and picking up two positions.

Kennington rounds the inner 60 at 80 dropping one wear and moving inside.
Haskell flies the corner 2 line at 120 for two wear and keeps to the middle after passing Kennington.
Schulz clears corner 2 on the line scrubbing off two wear at 120.

Next deadline: turn 35 due Wednesday, December 4 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 04 Dec 2019, 2:04 pm

Quite a variety of moves break up the mid pack somewhat.

Turn 35 summary:
Rae hits the gas out of corner 4 and grabs the corner 5 line at 160.
Polcen must finish the corner at 100 but still holds P2.
Brandt also is locked at 100 and finishes inside.
Pellegrino, likewise, takes the corner 4 100s and tucks in behind Brandt.

Kellison holds steady at 120, finishing the 100s for already paid wear and picking up another position.
Brown is poised to attack the straight after finishing the 100s at speed.
Rando was looking for the 100s but settles outside the yellow race car at 120.

Haskell fies through the 100s at 140 shedding two wear but is forced to the 120s to finish the move.
Kennington saves wear, taking the 100s for free.
Schulz squeals two wear off his tires at 160 into the 120s.

Next deadline: turn 36 due Friday, December 6 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 06 Dec 2019, 2:10 pm

And the chase pack is back in a bunch; two car lengths separate P2 and P8

Turn 36 summary:
Rae eases around corner 5 on the line at 100.
Polcen follows into the corner also on the line for free.
Brandt and Kellison drag race to the corner at 120; Brandt taking the inside and Kellison on the racing line.

Pellegrino gets a slip from Brandt and slots himself in between Brandt and Kellison.
Rando comes off of corner 4 at 160 but the three wide ahead has him hard on the brakes. He keeps to the inside.
Brown anticipates the jam up and does 140, starting the line behind the silver machine.

Haskell can reach 160 since he paid two wear last turn. He completes the box formation at the corner approach.
Kennington finishes the 100s at speed and chooses to stay in the middle lane.
Schulz keeps at 160 for already paid wear, grabbing P9 and denying the slip to Kennington.

Next deadline: turn 37 due Monday, December 9 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 09 Dec 2019, 2:01 pm

The pack catches Polcen. Kellison makes a big move.

Turn 37 summary:
Rae is careful around the corner 6 racing line for free.
Polcen finishes the corner 5 line and starts the line into corner 6.
Kellison flies through the corner 5 line at 120 dropping one wear and moving into P2 on the inside.
Pellegrino scrubs off one wear in the inner 80 at 100 and slots into P3.

Brandt saves wear around the inside at 80 and tucks in behind the silver machine.
Brown is first out of the back three wide at 100 around the line for free.
Rando slows to 80 taking the inside of the corner and holding the inside lane.

Haskell hits the brakes hard to get to 80 and follows Rando around the corner on the inside.
Schulz approaches corner 5 on the line at 100.
Kennington retakes P9 on the inside lane at 120.

Next deadline: turn 38 due Wednesday, December 11 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 11 Dec 2019, 2:02 pm

Five wear spent this turn leaves all with two or three with the exception of Polcen's worn out shoes.

Turn 38 summary:
Rae stretches his lead. It looks pretty secure at this point.
Kellison runs hard around the inside of corner 6 at 100 scrubbing off two wear.
Pellegrino drops one wear on the inside at 80 and a line starts to form behind the silver machine.
Polcen nurses his race car around the line at 80.

Brandt finishes behind Pellegrino after shedding one wear on the inside at 80.
Rando pops out at 120 then leans on the brakes before taking the line at 100 for one wear.
Haskell and Brown both hit the corner at 80; Haskell on the inside for one wear and Brown on the line for free.

Schulz runs the corner 5 line at 100 then dips to the middle lane
Kennington holds P9 and that one precious point around the inside at 80.

Next deadline: turn 39 due Friday, December 13 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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Post 13 Dec 2019, 2:05 pm

Another driver down to zero wear while the mid-pack stays intact.

Turn 39 summary:
Rae exits corner 8 at 100 and keeps to the outside for the back stretch run.
Kellison attacks the corner on the inside at 120 dropping his remaining two wear.
Pellegrino starts the racing line into corner 8 at 120.
Brandt moves into P3 on the inside approach at 140.

Polcen continues to slide back at 120 grabbing the line behind the purple machine.
Haskell takes advantage of Brandt's aggressive move, taking a slip and making it three wide.
Rando accelerates to 140 off the corner and joins the inner string.

Brown is locked at 80 finishing the racing line.
Schulz is into the corner on the line at speed.
Kennington slows to 60 on the inside to hold P9.

Next deadline: turn 40 due Monday, December 16 at 4pm EST/9pm UTC
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