|This is still the first Rubber Class race of the day.
Two laps after being passed by Jay, Mark Stevens also passes me.
But his technique is, ahem, not quite as elegant...
|We're in third gear again, and Mark Stevens is pulling alongside me. I
make no attempt to block him. That's simply not done.
However I can choose which side of me I'd prefer him to pass on. In this case I simply hold my line on the far right of the straightaway and allow him to come up on my left.
That puts him on the inside going into the hairpin.
|If I remember right, Mark generally prefers to run wide around the
outside of corners, and I've seen him overshoot the apex of this
particular corner on the opening lap of the race when he was forced to
approach the hairpin down the slippery left side of the track.
I'm hoping he'll overshoot again, in which case it's safer for me to make a cautious wide approach from the right edge of the track, and then cut back inside him on the exit.
|To my surprise, and evidently to his surprise as well, Mark has no difficulty in hitting the apex of the corner!|
|For a monent there, I thought he would roll over.
But fortunately the snowbank is soft and his car punches through without rolling.
|Instead he spins sideways!
I hesitate for a moment, hoping he will roll backwards to the right, in which case I could still pass him on the left.
But no such luck. He comes to rest directly bulls-eye on my line.
"You bugger", I say.
Then I stupidly lock up my brakes, after which I probably would have T-boned him square in the door.
|But Mark sees me coming, gets on the gas, and scrambles out of the way.
I'm forced to swing wide to go around behind him on the right, which completely kills my line and my exit speed on this corner.
You won't hear it on the video, but at this moment I have several other choice curses running around in my mind.
|That's twice in this race Mark has spun in front of me in this corner.
Despite all that, he's still ahead of me!
This isn't fair.
|Due to my poor exit speed, the multi-coloured
#92 Chevette passes me too.
And a front-wheel-drive Toyota gets me as well.