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Post 22 Mar 2021, 5:00 am

The Baku Khan's Palace (really, the fortified outer walls) makes for an interesting spectacle on the track. The winding street features four different corners of the track, only one of which is counted as a corner for CFR:

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The corner rounding the tower is #10:

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Corner 10 from vantage of corner 9


Turn 26 Summary

Harley rounds the tower and stays a turn ahead at 60.

Dygert, at 60, rolls outside in T7 for free. He ends inside, leaving the knives sheathed. Kubala regains 2nd place at 60 on the line.

Kay and Walling switch places at 80 each, with Kay on the line.

Caldwell and Harrington also flip spots at 80. Caldwell has the line.

Costa finishes out T5 via the 60's. Puddifoot pulls even after rounding the T5/6 complex at 60 on the line.

Bernhardt dumps a wear at 80 on the T5/6 line. Schipper pulls up at 60.

Hoyt is into T3 for 2 wear on the line at 120.

Turn 27 Deadline: Wednesday, March 24th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 24 Mar 2021, 5:08 am

Real-life traffic moves opposite of F1 traffic...

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Thank you Google maps!


Turn 27 Results

Harley clears T12 at 60 and ready to accelerate.

Kubala is around the tower at 60. Dygert approaches the tower at 60.

Walling rounds T7 at 80 for a wear and tucks back inside. Kay finds the line open at 60. Everyone playing friendly here.

Harrington goes outer rail for free at 60. Caldwell, also at 60, uses the line.

Costa plots 100 before late braking to 80 w/ 1s (modified 7). He grabs the line. Puddifoot slides inside at 80.

Bernhardt was hoping for space at 100. Nope... and then his luck worsens as he late brakes w/ 1s (modified 10). A loud crunch means brake damage.

Schipper clears the T5/6 complex at 60 for free. Hoyt continues at 120 and dives into T5 for 2 wear and a chance w/ 1s (modified 3). I'm not sure if this is advisable in real life but Hoyt don't care!

Turn 28 Deadline: Friday, March 26th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 24 Mar 2021, 12:22 pm

Over 40mph spread the second time through sector 1
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Post 26 Mar 2021, 5:06 am

Here is a pic of Turn 13. On Doug's track, it's the little kink that Russ just passed through. You can get a glimpse of one of the three Flame Towers.

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Turn 28 Summary

Russ throttles his powerful engine up to 140.

Kubala and Dygert clear T12 at 60 apiece, ready to slam down on the gas pedal.

Walling & Kay take turns through T8 at 60.

Caldwell is into T8 at 60 with Harrington right on his bumper, also at 60.

Costa gets initiative at 80 and burns a wear on the T7 line to pull even with the #32. Puddifoot dumps a wear in the 40 spot at 60.

Bernhardt rounds T7 for free at 60 on the line.

Schipper pulls up to T7 at 80 and opts for the racing line. Hoyt continues his wild odyssey at 120 to find himself NOT in last place!

Turn 29 Deadline: Monday, March 29th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 29 Mar 2021, 4:48 am

Turn 29 Summary

Harley burns off some of his 100 speed on the outside of T15.

Kubala fires up the big engine to 140. Dygert keeps up at 120 and the bonus.

Walling runs the T12 line at 60. Kay, at 80, drops a wear on the outer rail to clear.

Caldwell plots 100 and the only way to use it without late braking, which he specifically says to avoid, is to attempt the forced pass w/ 1s (permission given in the plot). He squeezes through (modified 6) and coughs up 2 wear for the corner.

Harrington pulls up on the line at 60. Costa goes inside at 60.

Puddifoot is through T8 at 60, as is Bernhardt, also at 60.

Hoyt lops off 2 wear at 80 on the inside. Schipper slows to 40(?) on the line.

Turn 30 Deadline: Wednesday, March 31st @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 31 Mar 2021, 4:55 am

Here's a great view from Turn 14. On Doug's track, it's the 2nd little kink before you hit the speed limited Turn 15. A very interesting contrast between the old city and the modern Flame towers.

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Turn 30 Results

Harley slows to 60, saving his near-bald tires for the final lap.

Kubala follows the leader's route into T15 at 100. Dygert pulls up to the corner at 80.

Walling and Caldwell trade paint through the T13 kink at 140. Kay leaves a few horses in the barn at 120 but keeps the pace with the bonus. He selects the bumper on orange.

Harrington is out of T12 at 60. Costa goes wide at 60 to clear.

Puddifoot finds an open line at 60 and is in the straight. Bernhardt also uses the T12 line to clear at 60.

Hoyt sets up the T12 line at 60. At 80, Schipper clips a tire in T8 and regains contact with the field.

Turn 31 Deadline: Friday, April 2nd @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m UTC)
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Post 31 Mar 2021, 5:57 am

Hoyt made up some time through sector 2
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Turn 31 Summary

Harley clears T16 at 100 on the line and is ready to fly next turn.

Kubala brakes down to 60, taking it easy on the tires. Dygert bumps a wear at 80 and pulls even with the yellow machine.

Walling, expecting a challenge, posts 120. He late brakes to 100 with the dice (natural 7) and rolls outside in T15 for free. Caldwell, with the wear advantage, takes no issue with the maneuver and clears T15 on the inside for 2 wear.

Kay pulls up to the corner at 80.

Harrington throttles up to 120. Puddifoot pushes his already large engine w/ 2s (modified 8) to pass the slower Ford at 160.

Bernhardt takes an RM plot of 140 (NPR #3, 2 wear penalty). Costa comes out of T12 at 120; no slip was requested.

Hoyt and Schipper both clear T12 on the line at 60.

Turn 32 Deadline: Monday, April 5th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 05 Apr 2021, 4:46 am

As you drive through Turn 18 (the little kink right before 19), look to your left and you'll see a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, you'll probably be driving a bit too fast through this stretch to get a really good look at the Maiden Tower.

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Turn 32 Summary

Harley fires up the engine to 160 and through T19.

Kubala clears T16 on the line at 120 for a wear. Dygert takes the same line at 100 for free.

Caldwell pulls up on the line at 100. Walling slows to 60. Kay burns a wear at 80 in T15 to pull even with the black Chevy.

Puddifoot tosses two wear at 100 and tucks in behind the #46. Harrington spends one wear at 80 and is hung in the corner.

The black flag comes out for Bernhardt. With his 4th NPR of the race, the marshals call him off the track. Costa pulls up to T15 on the inside at 100.

Hoyt's damaged engine gets him to 100. Schipper, at 140, waves as he passes the blue machine.

Turn 33 Deadline: Wednesday, April 7th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 07 Apr 2021, 4:34 am

Turn 33 Summary

Harley continues at 160 and remains alone... for now.

Kubala drops the hammer to 200 on the green line. Dygert maxes his car out at 160.

Caldwell runs the T16 red line at 100.

Kay gets the initiative at 120 and goes red line for a wear. Walling, at 100, follows the same path for free.

Puddifoot drops 2 wear at 120 through the T16 80 and picks up two positions.

Harrington finishes out T15 at 80. Costa clears the corner at 60.

Schipper takes an RM plot of 100 to clear T15 for 2 wear. His 2nd NPR of the race incurs a one wear penalty. Hoyt brings up the rear at 100.

Turn 34 Deadline: Friday, April 9th @ 7 a.m. EST (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 09 Apr 2021, 5:41 am

The entrance to pit row, pictured here, is actually further down the track on the inside. The exit is on the other side of Turn 1.

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Turn 34 Summary

Harley crosses into lap 3 at 160.

Kubala eases up just a bit on the gas at 180. Dygert continues to lose pace to the yellow machine at 160.

Caldwell keeps his engine in check at 140.

Puddifoot drops the hammer at 180, taking the green line in T19. Kay does the same, setting up a three-wide in the straight.

Walling, also at 180, settles in on a bumper.

Harrington plots 100 and asks for the line - that's not possible from his position, so he's taken outside for free. Costa runs the line at 120 for a wear.

Schipper sets up the T16 line at 100 and goes in with the slip (pre-set prefs). In tire conservations mode, Hoyt slows to 60.

Turn 35 Deadline: Monday, April 12th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Turn 35 Summary

Harley loses half his remaining wear at 120 on the T1 line. Kubala slows to 140 and rolls up to the T1 line. Dygert gains back a little pace at 160.

Puddifoot and Kay have the initiative over orange. They trade paint down the straight at 180 each.

Caldwell tucks in on a bumper at 160. Walling, at 180 and the double slip, moves up three positions and back into a promotion slot.

Costa pushes his engine to 180 with 1s (modified 3). He takes the green line for free. Harrington also pushes his engine to 180, 2s (modified 4). He incurs the wear cost for being off line but has the priority.

Schipper finishes out T16 at 100. Hoyt clears T16 on the line at 120 for a wear.

Turn 36 Deadline: Wednesday, April 14th @ 7 a.m. EST (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 14 Apr 2021, 5:05 am

Here's a nice shot of the city with the grandstands and paddock in the foreground.

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Turn 36 Summary

Harley approaches T2 on the line at 100. Kubala scratches a tire on the T1 line at 100. Dygert clears T1 on the line at 100, also chipping in a tire.

Walling pulls up to T1 on the line at 140. Puddifoot dives inside at 160.

Kay, at 140, tucks in behind the white machine. Caldwell, takes his 160 to the racing line.

Harrington drops the hammer to 180. Costa tucks in at 160.

Schipper slams down on the gas to hit 180 (you just gotta love that 80/180 engine). Hoyt rolls through the final corner at 160.

Turn 37 Deadline: Friday, April 16th @ 7 a.m. EST (11 a.m. UTC)
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Turn 37 Summary

Harley eases his way through T2 at 60. Kubala scrubs a wear at 80 and gives the leader some company for the first time since Turn 14.

At 100, Dygert addresses T2 on the line.

Puddifoot spits out two tires at 100 and grabs the bumper on the Chevy. Walling, at 100, burns a wear on the T1 red line and queues up behind the Miller Lite racer.

Kay clips two tires on the inner rail at 100. He gains a position. Caldwell rounds T1 on the line at 100 for a wear.

Harrington eases up on the gas pedal at 140 and claims the line. Costa takes an RM plot of 160 (NPR #1 - warning).

Schipper keeps his foot hard on the pedal at 180. Hoyt matches that, also at 180.

Turn 38 Deadline: Monday, April 19th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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