|This is still the first Chevette race of the day.
It's five laps later, and I've finally caught up to Lionel again...
|Up ahead is Gord McKay in #15, Lionel McKernan in #55, and
Mark Stevens in the #24 "Jeff Gordon" car.
These guys must have tripped over each other somewhere, because I've been plodding around for the last five laps without gaining an inch on Lionel. Now all of a sudden he's within range again.
Note the completely different lines being taken around this hairpin turn. Gord and Mark like to hang the tail way out, shooting up lots of snow, while running wide and riding the berm, whereas Lionel and I prefer to slow down tight to the apex then accelerate wide on the exit.
The different lines seem to make no difference whatsoever. Lionel entered the turn right on Mark's tail, and exited still right on Mark's rear bumper.
|I made a mess of the left/right turn on the back straight and lost
some ground, while Mark and Lionel both passed the #15 car of Gord McKay.
The video clip starts here as we're approaching the tight left hander at the end of the back straight.
|All four of us screwed up this corner. Only three
managed to get away with it...
Running a wide line again up front, Mark gets his car even further sideways than usual, nearly spins, but keeps it going.
Unusual for him, Lionel runs wide of the apex. Then seeing Mark slow down broadside in front of him, Lionel is forced even wider off his normal line, where he loses all momentum and thus is unable to profit from Mark's error.
Gord McKay in #15 runs even wider than the others, dangerously hanging his rear wheels onto the slick ice outside of the berm.
I also run too deep under braking, and must resort to yanking the handbrake again in order to get this understeering car to point into the corner at all. I miss the apex by a mile, but I'm still safely inside the berm.
|Mark and Lionel head off to the left to continue their chase.
Ahead of me, Gord in #15 slews sideways as he's scrambling for grip.
I recover okay and try to cut left back to the proper line to pass Gord on the inside.
|I would still prefer to be going to the left of him, but Gord spins sideways and stays on the
throttle which drives him square into my line!
Now I have to change course to pass behind him.
There is absolutely zero traction over here.
Again, I watch in frustration as Lionel disappears into the distance...
|With just one more lap to go, Lionel did manage to pass
Mark Stevens. We finished this race 10th,
11th, and 12th respectively.
Jim Graham, Landon Goudreau and Kevin Sakaluk, who each started the race just ahead of me, finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th behind winner Jay Esterer who had the advantage of starting 4th on the grid.
As usual, it's the better drivers who always find their way to the front of the field. The rest of us either make too many mistakes of our own, or put ourselves into a position where we get caught up in someone else's mistake.