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Post 05 Aug 2020, 5:30 am

Brake lights in the pack...

Turn 26 Summary

Kubala eases through Rivazza at 80 for free.

Dygert rounds both corners in Rivazza for free at 60. Harley takes the first line at 80 for a wear and exits the corner in the 80.

Harrington grabs the Rivazza line at 100.

Hoyt pulls to the inside of the #32 at 140. Schipper plots 140 but has no place to go. He late brakes with 2s (modified 6) and settles on the line.

Kay grabs position on the red machine at 120 and the bonus. Puddifoot keeps the pace, also at 120 and the slipstream.

Walling releases from the chicane at 140. Bernhardt burns a wear at 100.

Ricaud clips a tire at 100 on the Minerali line.

Turn 27 Deadline: Friday, August 7th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 07 Aug 2020, 5:46 am

... and then there were ten little racers. All cars on the track are now guaranteed GP points... if they finish.

Turn 27 Summary

Kubala drops a wear in Variante Bassa at 80 but does not clear. Dygert rolls out of Rivazza at 100.

Harley red lines his engine at 140 (natural 10) and has to pull off the course.

Hoyt turns dice into wear. At 80, he takes Rivazza #1 in the 40 for 1 wear and 1s (modified 6). Barely keeping the car on the track, he finishes Rivazza #2 on the line for free. Harrington, at 80, burns a wear on the first line and runs outside in Rivazza #2 for free.

Kay clips 2 tires in the 40 before taking the 2nd line for free at 80. Schipper is the fourth car to clear Rivazza at 80, using 1 wear on the line and the outer rail in Rivazza #2.

Pudifoot saves his tires at 60 on the Rivazza #1 line.

Walling plots 100 before late braking w/ 2s (modified 7). He has the line. Bernhardt, at 140, pulls into the exhaust of the #46.

Ricaud pulls up to Variante Alta at 120.

Turn 28 Deadline: Monday, August 10th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 10 Aug 2020, 5:39 am

Variante Bassa keeps the chase pack stacked.

Turn 28 Summary

Kubala finishes out Variante Bassa at 80. Dygert takes the slow route through Bassa at 80.

Hoyt pulls up to the chicane at 100. Kay pulls alongside the blue machine at 120.

Harrington, also at 120, has no place to go and must late brake for a wear. Schipper joins the pack at 120.

Puddifoot burns a wear in Rivazza #2 at 100.

Walling saves wear, finishing the Rivazza corners at 60. Bernhardt clears Rivazza at 80 for a wear.

Ricaud clips a tire, running Variante Alta at 100.

Mater delivers Harley's racer to the paddock.

Turn 29 Deadline: Wednesday, August 12th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 10 Aug 2020, 6:58 am

Walling over 6mph faster than next fastest through sector 2
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Post 12 Aug 2020, 5:50 am

Kubala has the white flag - one lap to go!

Turn 29 Summary

Kubala is looking ahead to Traguardo at 120. Dygert joins the leader in the final lap, also at 120.

Kay knocks down a wear at 80 in Variante Bassa and moves up to 3rd place. Hoyt slows to 60 and tucks in behind the black machine.

Harrington drops a wear in the chicane at 80. Schipper runs the 60's for free.

Puddifoot burns 2 wear in Bassa at 100 (60/80).

Walling pulls up to Bassa at 120. Bernhardt slides in behind him, also at 120.

Ricaud grabs the Rivazza line at 140.

Turn 30 Deadline: Friday, August 15th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 14 Aug 2020, 6:20 am

The chase pack is in the final lap.

Turn 30 Summary

Kubala knocks down a wear in Targuardo at 80. Dygert pulls up to the corner at 120.

Kay crosses into lap 3 at 120. Can the wear leader catch the race leader with one lap to go?

Harrington has the initiative at 140 to pull even with the black Toyota. Hoyt keeps the pace at 120 and the bonus, creating a 3-wide on the track.

Schipper slams the gas pedal w/ 1s (modified 4)and gets a bonus at 120. He tucks in behind the #96. Puddiffoot pulls in behind the red Chevy at 140.

Walling burns 2 wear in the chicane at 100. At 80, Bernhardt drops 1 wear and falls a car length back on the black Chevrolet.

Ricaud dives into Rivazza at 100. He scrapes off his last wear and goes to the dice cup for a chance roll (natural 8). A spin!

Turn 31 Deadline: Monday, August 17th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 17 Aug 2020, 5:23 am

Bit of a mess, this one.

Turn 31 Summary

Kubala hits the accelerator to 140. Dygert clips a tire at 80 in Tarquardo.

Hoyt gets initiative at 120. He careens into the Tarquardo 60's for 2 wear and a chance roll (naked 11). Crash!

Note: Both Kay & Harrington have to attempt a crash avoidance test at -3. Without specific instructions or personal defaults in place, maximum skill is put on the roll. Schipper also attempts a test but has defaults in place for 2 skill.

Kay burns 2 wear at 100 in the Targuardo 60's (Crash avoidance w/ 3s = 4; pass). Harrington knocks down 1 wear in the Targuardo 80's (Crash avoidance w/ 2s = 5; pass).

Schipper races into Targuardo at 100 w/ 1w and 2s on the chance table (modified 6). He also passes his crash avoidance test w/ 2s (modified 3). Puddifoot pulls up in front of the corner at 100.

Walling tests top to hit 160 w/ 2s (modified 7). Bernhardt crosses into lap 3 at 140.

Ricaud finishes out Rivazza on the line at 60.

Turn 32 Deadline: Wednesday, August 19th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 19 Aug 2020, 8:32 am

Phil gets bold...

Turn 32 Summary

Kubala eases his way through Villeneuve at 100.

Dygert pulls up in front of Villeneuve at 100. Kay puts the pressure on at 140.

Schipper finishes out the Tarquardo 60's at 100. Harrington continues on the 80's at 100 and tucks in behind the red machine.

Walling careens through Targuardo at 120 on the 60's, using 2 wear and 3s on the chance roll (modified 1). He's through and moves up the leader board! Puddifoot slows to 60, taking the corner for free.

Bernhardt rams his car through Targuardo at 100 to reach an exit row for 2 wear. Ricaud pulls up to Variante Bassa at 100.

Mater pulls Hoyt's wreck off the track. Mike was reportedly mumbling in the ambulance "it's not my time, Ayrton...", an apparent reference to Ayrton Senna who was tragically killed on the same part of the track 26 years ago.

Turn 33 Deadline: Friday, August 21st @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 19 Aug 2020, 9:44 am

Interesting video of the Senna crash.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1sf3s6
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Post 19 Aug 2020, 1:14 pm

I just watched a documentary on F1 that was mostly about the evolution of safety in the sport: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2518788/

I've also been watching the Netflix F1 show. Just finished the episode when Nike Lauda died (2019 season). The documentary above had quite a bit about him - his fiery crash, his retirement from the race that gave Hunt the championship, and his safety advocacy. All the history and the personalities in the sport have become quite fascinating to me.
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Post 21 Aug 2020, 7:16 am

Sorry, no write-up for this very busy Friday. Nothing very interesting on the track anyway...

Turn 34 Deadline: Monday, August 24th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 24 Aug 2020, 3:09 am

This race just got a lot more interesting...

Turn 34 Summary

Kubala pushes his engine w/ 2s, not a very risky roll with a 97% success rate. The dice gods say no (modified 10), he replots to 120, and takes some engine damage.

Dygert burns a precious wear on the Tosa line at 80. Kay follows on the line, also at 80. Can he leverage all that wear into a win?

Walling dumps half his wear into the Tosa 40. Schipper pulls up at 60 and takes the line.

Harrington rolls outside at 100. Puddifoot tucks inside of the red machine at 100. Bernhardt, at 120, goes wide in Villeneuve before setting up the Tosa line.

Ricaud makes it into lap 3 at 120.

Turn 35 Deadline: Wednesday, August 26th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 24 Aug 2020, 3:48 am

Kubala had opened up his lead at the line, that was before the engine damage.
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Post 26 Aug 2020, 3:47 am

A bold move from Bernhardt comes up just short...

Turn 35 Summary

Kubala runs the Piratella line for free at 100.

Dygert pulls up to Piratella on the line at 120. Kay pulls alongside at 120 and the bonus. He's in 2nd place and is ready to stalk the leader.

Walling increases speed to 120 in Tosa with wear already paid. Harrington slows to 60 and continues on the outer rail for free.

Puddifoot goes inside on Tosa for a wear at 60. Schipper takes the Tosa line for free at 60.

Bernhardt, at 100, drops to the Tosa 40, burns 2 wear, and puts his big chip into a chance roll (modified 7). He almost makes it around but for one less pip on the dice. For what its worth, he would've made the forced pass in an incredible race move.

Ricaud pulls up to Targuardo at 80.

Turn 36 Deadline: Friday, August 28th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 28 Aug 2020, 6:06 am

Two more cars now running on bald tires, one intentionally, one not.

Turn 36 Summary

Kubala burns his last tire at 100 Acque Minerali.

Kay drops a tire in the Piratella 80. Dygert runs the Piratella line for free at 100.

Walling takes the line at 100 for free. Puddifoot grabs the line at 120.

Schipper pushes his engine w/ 1s (modified 11). An unpleasant noise and a bit of smoke comes out of the power plant leaving him at 100. That means Harrington goes first at 120 and grabs the line. Unfortunately, this was an RM plot (NPR #2) so he takes a 1 wear penalty, his last. Schipper now goes at 100 and takes the slip to maintain position.

Bernhardt recovers from his spin at 60. Ricaud eases his way through Targuardo at 60.

Turn 37 Deadline: Monday, August 31st @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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