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Post 03 Jun 2020, 1:31 pm

The starting grid is set and we're ready for 12 engines to roar to life!
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Post 05 Jun 2020, 2:02 pm

8 drivers push the start but only 7 pass, the leader barely.

Turn 1 summary:

Peeples comes off the line at 120 with his big 3-skill chip, which he needed.
Burnett at 100 falls in behind him.
Miller gets to 120 to maintain P3.
Bauska pushes to 40 but with all the big start speeds behind him ends up losing five positions.

Kennard pushes to 120 and falls in behind Burnett.
Kennington is happy with his 100 start speed, staying on the green car's wing.
Baker and Brandt stay in formation with 100 moves, swapping sides of the track.

Schulz at 120 makes it 3-wide already.
Brown pushes as well, getting to the gray car.
Blizzard misses the shift and has to start at 40.
Haskell pushes to 40 to keep to the outside of the pink machine.

Next deadline: turn 2 due Monday, June 8 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 08 Jun 2020, 1:04 pm

Everyone negotiates corners 2 and 3 safely...so far.

Turn 1 summary:
Peeples, Burnett and Miller all run the 60s at 100 for two wear; Peeples choosing to finish outside.
Kennard is slightly more conservative as he runs the 80s at 100 shedding one wear.

Kennington follows the leaders through the 60s at 100 dropping two wear and grabbing P4.
Schulz breaks out of the 3-wide at 140 then late brakes to 120 with two skill, finally scrubbing off two wear in the 80s.
Baker plots 120 and wanted the 80s also. With Schulz there he moves out to the 100s for one wear.
Brandt at 100 drives hard into the inside lane peeling two wear off.

Bauska keeps on Brandt's wing at 100.
Brown does 120 to pull even with Bauska.
Blizzard pushes his acceleration to get to 120 but a loud bang gives him the bad news.
Haskell stays within his engine specs at 100.

Next deadline: turn 3 due Wednesday, June 10 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 10 Jun 2020, 1:06 pm

The pack breaks into 3 groups.

Turn 3 summary:
Peeples sheds two wear in the 100 and starts the line into Tosa.
Burnett is able to stay with him at 120 and one wear thanks to a slip.
Miller drops to third in the 120 space at speed.
Kennington pushes his engine for 160 and it carries him to the approach of Villeneuve.

Kennard exits the corner and follows the dark blue machine at 160.
Brandt is paid for a 120 through the 80 space.
Schulz, likewise, is paid for the same move and stays right with Brandt.
Baker slows to 80 through the 60, wear already paid.

Bauska punches through the 60s at 100, shedding two wear and fitting in between Baker and Brandt.
Brown follows the gray car through the 60s at 80, dropping one wear.
Blizzard attacks the 100s at 140 for two wear.
Haskell is into the 80s at 100 scrubbing off one wear.

Next deadline: turn 4 due Friday, June 12 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 12 Jun 2020, 1:06 pm

Things get tight on the approach to Tosa

Turn 4 summary:
Peeples drops two more wear on the Tosa line at 100.
Burnett dives to the inside at 80 shedding two wear.
Miller careens into the 100s at 140 also leaving two wear behind.
Kennington slows to 100 and starts the line behind the front group.

Kennard leans hard on the brakes, they respond and he's able to follow the dark blue machine on the line.
Brandt gets the initiative at 140, scrubbing off one wear in the 120 and grabbing the green car's wing.
Schulz holds a steady 120 around the outside of Villeneuve for free.
Bauska takes the 100 for free and uses the bonus to pull even with Schulz.

Brown punches through the 100 at 140 for two wear and has just enough room to make it three wide.
Baker conserves wear at 120 on the outside of the corner.
Blizzard slows to 100 into the 60 for already paid wear.
Haskell, also, has paid to run the 80s at 100, losing touch with Blizzard.

Next deadline: turn 4 due Friday, June 12 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 15 Jun 2020, 1:03 pm

Corner 7 collects a lot of wear and a lot of cars, but all safely so far.

Turn 5 summary:
Peeples is out of Tosa at 140 picking up the next line.
Burnett maxes his acceleration to 120, wear already paid, but loses a length to the leader.
Miller is locked at 100, shedding two wear in the 60.
Kennington is next to deposit two wear on the racing line at 100.

Kennard follows in the tire tracks of the dark blue car but at 80, adding one wear to the racing line.
Brandt also does 80, diving to the inside for two wear and P5.
Schulz starts at 100 then late brakes to 80, following Brandt on the inside for two wear as well.
Bauska remains at his plotted 100 around the outside for free.

Brown is surprised to find the line clear for his 100 move, trading two wear for two positions.
Baker starts the line into the corner.
Blizzard drops one wear on the 100 space of Villeneuve at 120 and grabs the end of the line.
Haskell does 120 holding the inside lane.

Next deadline: turn 6 due Wednesday, June 17 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 17 Jun 2020, 1:07 pm

Seven of the eight 100 start speed cars occupy the top seven positions.

Turn 6 summary:

Peeples takes the Piratella line at 100 for free.
Burnett follows the leader through also at 100.
Miller is next on the line at speed.
Kennington was hoping Miller would spend some wear so at 120 he's forced outside for one wear.

Brandt has the initiative at 140, starting the line behind Miller.
Kennard also covers the short straight at 140 finishing inside Brandt.
Brown finishes the Tosa line at 100.
Schulz can accelerate to 120 but he needs to push to get there.

Bauska slows to 60 to finish the corner, the exit lane blocking the racing line.
Baker anticipates that situation and slows to 60 as well, taking the line for free.
Blizzard finds the line blocked and moves outside at 100 shedding two wear.
Haskell approaches Tosa on the line at 100.

Next deadline: turn 7 due Friday, June 19 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 19 Jun 2020, 1:05 pm

An easy, quiet turn.

Turn 7 summary:
Peeples slows to 80 around the Acque Minerall racing line.
Burnett drops one wear on the line in order to clear it behind the leader.
Miller runs the short straight at 120 and starts the line.
Kennington finishes the 100s at 120, wear paid, and starts the line

Kennard gets the initiative at 120 looking for the Acque line, but with it blocked he runs the Piratella 100s for one wear.
Brandt takes the line for free and keeps side-by-side with the green race car.
Schulz tracks the line through Piratella at 100 for free.
Brown follows in Schulz's tire tracks.

Bauska comes out of Tosa at 120 and starts the next racing line.
Baker is also at 120 and with the slip moves inside for P9.
Blizzard maxes his damaged engine to 140 and takes up the line behind Bauska.
Haskell brakes to 60 around the Tosa line for free.

Next deadline: turn 8 due Monday, June 22 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 22 Jun 2020, 1:07 pm

One position change as the chase pack winds through Acqui Minerall

Turn 8 summary:
Peeples maxes his acceleration to 120, keeping to the inside.
Burnett has paid to finish the racing line and keeps tucked in behind the leader.
Miller slows to 80 to take the line for free.
Kennington is at 100, shedding one wear in the 80s with Miller on the exit of the line.

Kennard's inside position gets him in Acqui Minerall on the line behind Kennington.
Brandt also does 80, swinging to the outside of the corner for free.
Schulz runs into the corner on the line at 100 trading one wear for P6.
Brown follows at 100 but gets no slip; he approaches the corner on the line.

Baker gets the jump on Bauska with a 120 plot, shedding one wear through the outside of Piratella.
Bauska takes the line at 100 for free and keeps even with Baker.
Blizzard also stays with the pair in front of him at 100 on the line.
Haskell starts the Piratella line at 120.

Next deadline: turn 9 due Wednesday, June 24 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 22 Jun 2020, 1:09 pm

Almost 40mph span from fastest to slowest
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Post 24 Jun 2020, 1:04 pm

Nine cars spread across three three-car battles

Turn 9 summary:

Peeples gets a gap on the chasers with a 100 move through the chicane, dropping one wear in the 80s.
Burnett follows the leader through the 80s at speed for free.
Kennington blasts into the chicane at 140 shedding two wear in the 100s.
Miller also is two wear lighter after hitting the 80s at 120.

Kennard cautiously approaches the corner at 120.
Brandt pulls even with the green race car at 140.
Schulz continues his wear on the line and ducks to the inside.
Brown comes around the racing line at 80 for free.

Baker starts at 100 then brakes to 80 before the corner, on the line for free.
Bauska stays with his 100 plot scrubbing off one wear in the 80s and swapping places with Baker.
Blizzard slows to 80 on the line behind the pair in front of him.
Haskell spends one wear to take the Piratella line at 120.

Next deadline: turn 10 due Friday, June 26 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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Post 26 Jun 2020, 1:00 pm

Things tighten back up behind the leader.

Turn 10 summary:
Peeples gains another car length at 140.
Burnett uses all his acceleration to get to 120.
Miller has inside position as he finishes the 100 space at 140.
Kennington does the same to keep the two of them side-by-side.

Kennard runs hard through the chicane at 120 dropping two wear.
Brandt slows to 80 through the 80s for free.
Schulz is also at 80 but a slip from the green car brings him even with Brandt.
Brown sheds two wear in the 80s at 120.

Bauska and Baker drag race to the chicane at 140.
Blizzard pays the wear to break the racing line and takes a slip from Bauska to stay on his tail.
Haskell takes Minerall at 80 on the line.

Next deadline: turn 11 due Monday, June 29 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
NOTE: July 4 is a holiday in the U.S.A. Since it is on a Saturday, most people are off of work on Friday. I will set Friday as a soft deadline next week.
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Post 29 Jun 2020, 1:04 pm

The leader is prepared to stretch his lead on the main straight, and two apparent mis-plots.

Turn 11 summary:
Peeples takes both racing lines through the combination dropping three wear total but clearing the second corner.
Burnett grabs the line on approach to corner 14.
Miller is able to pull down to the inside and into P2 for the moment.
Kennington anticipates the two abreast in front of him, slowing to 100 onto the line behind the orange machine.

Kennard also feathers the throttle to 140 and grabs Miller's wing.
Brandt hits his top speed of 140 to maintain his gap with the group in front of him.
Schulz may have a transmission problem as his race car only does 100 around the kink. (Apparent mis-plot)
Brown really wanted to do 160 but he's already in the corner on two wear which limits him to 120. (Another apparent mis-plot)

Bauska is first through the chicane at 100 dropping one wear.
Baker follows at a safe 80 for free.
Blizzard negotiates the 100s at speed.
Haskell covers the short chute at 140 and prepares for the corner 11/12 combination.

Next deadline: turn 12 due Wednesday, July 1 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
NOTE: July 4 is a holiday in the U.S.A. Since it is on a Saturday, most people are off of work on Friday. I will set Friday as a soft deadline next turn.
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Post 01 Jul 2020, 1:07 pm

Mea Culpa: Schulz did not mis-plot last turn. With his 20 accel he went as fast as he could safely.

The corner 14/15 combination attracts quite a crowd.

Turn 12 summary:

Peeples finishes the corner 15 line and reaches the final chicane all alone.
Miller gets the jump at 80 shedding one wear in the 60s then grabbing the next racing line.
Burnett slows to 60 taking the corner 14 line and the outside lane in 15.
Kennington plots 120 then uses a wear and dice to get to 80, dropping another wear in the 60s.

Kennard wants to blast through at 100 but there's nowhere to go. He spends a wear to get to 80 and another taking the 60s.
Brandt is on the corner 14 line at 80 scrubbing off one wear.
Schulz holds steady at 100 and chooses the inside lane.
Brown also slows to 100 and starts the line into the corner.

Bauska at 140 catches the pair in front of him.
Baker is eligible for a slip at 140 but has no place to use it.
Blizzard takes all his crippled engine has to get to 140, maintaining a two length gap on Baker.
Haskell leaves one wear in the 80s at 100.

Next deadline: turn 13 due Friday, July 3 (soft), Monday July 6 (hard) at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
NOTE: No reminder will be sent on Friday
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Post 03 Jul 2020, 1:01 pm

The corner 14/15 combination causes no one grief this turn.

Turn 13 summary:
Peeples is through the Variante Bassa 60s at 80 for one wear and bears down on the start/finish line.
Miller approaches the final chicane at 120, clear in P2.
Burnett uses all his acceleration to get to 100.
Kennard scrubs off two wear in the 80 space at 120 and pulls even with Burnett.

Kennington wanted the line at 100 but there's no room to finish that move, instead dropping one wear in the 80.
Brandt holds at 80 through the second racing line for free.
Schulz surrenders one wear through the 60s at 80 and clears the next corner on the racing line.
Bauska is two wear lighter after running the 40 space at 80 and moving outside to clear the next corner.

Brown taps the brakes to 60 across the racing line for free.
Baker wanted the line at 80 but with Brown's conservative move he taps the brakes to 60 and follows the yellow machine.
Blizzard grabs the line on the approach to corner 14.
Haskell finally reaches Blizzard, starting the line right behind him.

Next deadline: turn 14 due Monday, July 6 at 4pm EDT/8pm UTC
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