2001 Western Canadian Ice-Race Championship

Rubber Race #1 - Pass #92

Saturday, March 3, 2001

Still the first Rubber Class race.  Won't this disastrous race ever end?

With only a lap and a half to go, I do get ahead of #92 Chevette...

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Track Layout
Track Layout

 
Back to Map 01 Having successfully repelled my previous passing attempt, #92 now takes a defensive line exiting the hairpin and places his car toward the middle of the track. 

It's a wasted move, since we seem to be accelerating at the same pace.  I'm not closing on him at all, so I'm really not in a position to challenge him at this point.

Back to Map 02 However, by crowding left to defend the inside line into the left hander, #92 has screwed himself.

He approaches the curve from too shallow an angle, whereas I come at it with the usual wide approach starting from the far right edge of the track.

He slides wide, and I simply cut inside him.

Back to Map 03 That was a gift.

For one ugly moment I thought I might be sticking my nose into a trap.  What if he spears across to the left and hits me again?  Surely he wouldn't dare pull such a stunt twice within the same lap.

Well, not this time anyway...

 
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  I started this Rubber Class race from 19th on the grid of 26 cars, and finished 17th.

I don't remember legitimately passing anyone, other than this #92 car.  All I remember is people either blowing past me, spinning directly in front of me, or hitting me.  This was not a good race for me.

If this is the way things are going to go all weekend long, I might as well say goodbye to my return air ticket to Ottawa.  Jim Graham is holding my ticket hostage until I return his car to him in a "generally rectangular condition".  At this rate, I'll be walking back to Ottawa for sure...

 

Naturally I got hit two more times right away in the opening two laps of Chevette Race #2...

 
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