2001 Western Canadian Ice-Race Championship

Rubber Race #4 - More Hairpin Shenanigans

Sunday, March 4, 2001

This is the second lap of Sunday's first Rubber Class race.

It turns out I was right not to trust the Honda CRX...

#5 #4 #3 #2 #1
Track Layout Track Layout
Track Layout
Track Layout

Back to Map 01 Ahead of me in the hairpin are the four Chevettes of #3 Colin Lolacher, #24 Mark Stevens, #14 Bob Mathieson, and #78 Jim Graham.

I'd like to start turning left now, but can't.  Just off to my side you can see the shadow of Nick Burnett's #28 Honda CRX.  Nick prudently waited for the traffic to thin out and the blowing snow to dissipate before starting his charge up through the field.

As we ran down the long straight starting the second lap, the CRX easily powered up alongside me, and is now taking the inside line into the hairpin, preventing me from turning left earlier.

Back to Map 02 I had to delay my turn in because I didn't dare cut across the nose of the Fwd CRX.

And it's a good thing I waited.

Once again, taking the typical front-wheel-drive approach for turning into the hairpin, the CRX, um, doesn't turn into the hairpin!

Back to Map 03 Instead, the understeering CRX plows off in a straight line and exits the picture stage right.

I would have preferred to try a path inside and left of Colin's #3, but I'm way too late turning in and am forced to run wide around the outside of the hairpin.

Meanwhile, what happened to #14 and #24?  Where'd they go?

Back to Map 04 #14 and #24 must have tangled, as both of them are now way off line into the deep snow.

Colin takes advantage of their mistake and easily slides his #3 Dale Earnhardt car ahead of both of them.

I'm nowhere near close enough to force my way past from here, and I'm not really sure yet where those two will go from there.

Back to Map 05 Both of them recover from their mishap, and manage to get onto the straight ahead of me.

So I haven't actually lost or gained any positions in this corner.  But Colin has moved ahead two places, just like that.

Is that a fresh dent in the door of Mark's #24?

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Here is the video clip;
Rubber4b.asf (1.1M)
Up next, a first lap collision in the just-for-fun special event Relay Race...

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