Race 2 - watkins glen international

In the media this week...

  • Rain Winterson has certainly set the paddock buzzing with an incredible main series debut last week. Her qualifying this week was much more middle of the road, but she's becoming a fan favourite very quickly. She will start in 10th.
  • Boothby Grafoe makes the TV list for two weeks in a row! He takes part, singing, in a national radio phone in show. He'll start in 12th position - a decent result considering his 35th place finish last week.
  • Corky Cadorkian has obviously listened to his team principle telling him to up his game - he'll begin in 6th this week and have a performance boost in his pocket too.
  • Ben Stover manages to damage Flash Finley's car as they re-enter the pits, and the two exchange harsh words. It is still to be seen if there is bad blood - but with Stover in 3rd and Finley starting 5th, this could be a good one.
  • Airen Slipper also is a second time visitor to the TV attention! An excellent week from him will give him a performance boost, and this will certainly help as he begins in 4th.
  • Prichard hosts an autograph signing fundraiser for a local charity that specialises in events on nearby Seneca Lake. He will start the race in 13th - you decide if that is a lucky number or not.
  • Corey Creek rounds off the TV list as another driver with a great week. He completely out-qualifies what you would expect from him, and will begin in 7th with a performance boost ready to spend too.

qualifying results

1st -- Conor Westfall

3rd -- Ben Stover

5th -- Flash Finley

7th -- Corey Creek

9th -- Travis Elford

11th -- Kerry Mackinaw

13th -- Prichard

15th -- Cucumbers Caulfield

17th -- Daniel Burman

19th -- Yokum Schmidt

21st -- A.I. Kraken

23rd -- Victor Lucky

25th -- Oliver Otter

27th -- Hunky Davis

29th -- Stanley Tee

31st -- LA Brick

33rd -- Nathan Dunkleman

35th -- Tim Walker

37th -- Randy Flamethrower

39th -- Manne Love

41st -- Garrad McKinley

43rd -- Aaliyah Stover





2nd -- Jay Wolff

4th -- Airen Slipper

6th -- Corky Cadorkian

8th -- Egil Van Can

10th -- Rain Winterson

12th -- Boothby Grafoe

14th -- Paul Puffin

16th -- Urist Tannhauser

18th -- Vasili Mikhailov

20th -- Leapfrog Jones

22nd -- Emil Ziskie

24th -- Max von Passum

26th -- Tom Reynolds

28th -- Tamauria Spiders

30th -- Cannonball Malone

32nd -- Kiki Roseburg

34th -- Dominic Jackson

36th -- Takumi Fujiwara

38th -- Winter McFish

40th -- Fred Orca

42nd -- Selinia Spiders

Developmental Series

qualifying results

1st -- Varalia Spiders

3rd -- Aaron Slipper

5th -- Gary Gannet

7th -- Valkyr Slipper

9th -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

11th -- Lars Ungar

13th -- Violet Carrick

15th -- Elias

17th -- Sweet Clyde





2nd -- Kieran Easter

4th -- Francis Neumann

6th -- Mason Shelton

8th -- Abnaber Salad

10th -- Juan Solo

12th -- Lem Tables

14th -- Xander Louis

16th -- Franceso Rivera


Both Clyde and Rivera experienced numerous technical difficulties during their qualifying, resulting in their poor placements.

Developmental Series (5 turn sprint race)

WATKINS GLEN SHORT ROAD RACE

TURN 1 - SMART - MIDDLE - Carrick can't make the most of her opportunity to shift up, and no-one else within the group has the quality required to make a shift.

TURN 2 - TV - ALL - A check for everyone as we have no TV drivers in the sprint race. A chaotic section of the race with huge amounts of action. We see positional changes for Sweet Clyde (up to 10th), Xander (to 9th), Lem Tables (to 6th), Valkyr Slipper (to 5th) and Fireplug Fitzpatrick jumps to 4th. Up front there's even more action - Aaron Slipper takes the lead from Varalia, but is then taken in turn by Kieran Easter. Lots of bonus points at the end of the race, with Varalia leading for long enough to qualify, plus these two new! KIERAN EASTER LEADS!

TURN 3 - CONTROL - MIDDLE - Violet Carrick finally gets to make a move stick, and takes 4th place, while being passed all the while by Francis Neumann who leaps all the way up to second place!

TURN 4 - TROUBLE - TOP - It's a big one! All that progress wiped out in an instance as Aaron Slipper and Francis Neumann have a coming together which in turn also wipes out Violet Carrick and Varalia Spiders!

TURN 5 - YELLOW FLAG - Violet Carrick cannot continue and the luckless veteran is our first DNF of the season.

TURN 6 - YELLOW FLAG - At least Violet won't be lonely - Aaron Slipper has also retired from damage suffered. Both Varalia and Francis get back onto the track, but at the back. They'll get points, but it'll be bittersweet considering what could have been.

TURN 7 - GREEN FLAG RACING - SKILL - TOP - Gary Gannet, Lem Tables, Valkyr Slipper and Fireplug Fitzpatrick all have a good go at toppling Kieran Easter who still leads, but they're unable to do anything at all and he takes the chequered flag!

KIERAN EASTER WINS THE WATKINS GLEN SHORT ROAD RACE!

Winner -- Kieran Easter

3rd -- Valkyr Slipper

5th -- Gary Gannet

7th -- Sweet Clyde

9th -- Abnaber Salad

11th -- Lars Ungar

13th -- Franceso Rivera

15th -- Varalia Spiders


Out:

Turn 6: Aaron Slipper (broken rear axle)

Turn 7: Violet Carrick (severed coolant hose)


2nd -- Fireplug Fitzpatrick

4th -- Lem Tables

6th -- Xander Louis

8th -- Mason Shelton

10th -- Juan Solo

12th -- Elias

14th -- Francis Neumann



RACE 2 - watkins glen road race (22 turns)

Remember that each turn is 10 miles, and is represented by the skill being checked and the group of drivers being checked. With regards to groups, 1st - 7th is TOP, 8th - 19th is MIDDLE and 20th and below is BOTTOM.

TURN 1 - REFLEX - MIDDLE - Not a lot of movement to begin our race, but the first ten miles see Urist Tannhauser force Airen to use up his performance boost almost immediately, with the same for Kerry Mackinaw and Corky Cadorkian. Egil Van Can sets his stall out super early, jumping up to 4th position.

TURN 2 - SMART - MIDDLE - Again, a quiet start on this track which rewards smarts, and Urist makes his move up to 7th from 16th, with last year's champion Cucumbers Caulfield heading up to 5th place.

TURN 3 - PROBLEM - MIDDLE - We have a fire! Something goes very wrong with the electricals inside Vasili Mikhailov's car, and he's just about able to get it into pit lane before having to bail out himself. VASILI MIKHAILOV IS OUT!

TURN 4 - SKILL - TOP - Egil Van Can shows that he's out here to win this season, and to provide a boost to his teammate, who he was famously unsure off in the offseason. He forces his way up to first place, then has to fend off attacks from both Jay Wolff (3rd) and Conor Westfall, now in second. EGIL VAN CAN LEADS!

TURN 5 - CONTROL - MIDDLE - Daniel Burman makes a series of fantastic moves over a short three mile stretch, moving his way up from 17th to 2nd. It has to be said that with his current strategy, it is going to be nigh on impossible to get past him with the amount of defensive driving he's capable of today.

TURN 6 - REFLEX - TOP - Cucumbers Caulfield pushes from 6th to 1st, gaining the bonus points for leading, but is almost immeidately deposed by Daniel Burman, who seizes the lead. DANIEL BURMAN LEADS!

TURN 7 - PIT TURN - Rain Winterson has a good stop and release, pushing her up to third. We see fast pits from Daniel Burman, Cuce, Conor Westfall and Egil Van Can: all these performance boosts will make entering the top group very hard. Burman retains the lead as we hit the 70 mile mark.

POSITIONS AFTER PIT 1:

1st -- Daniel Burman

3rd -- Rain Winterson

5th -- Conor Westfall

7th -- Ben Stover

9th -- Flash Finley

11th -- Corky Cadorkian

13th -- Travis Elford

15th -- Boothby Grafoe

17th -- Paul Puffin

19th -- Leapfrog Jones

21st -- Emil Ziskie

23rd -- Max von Passum

25th -- Tom Reynolds

27th -- Tamauria Spiders

29th -- Cannonball Malone

31st -- Kiki Roseburg

33rd -- Dominic Jackson

35th -- Takumi Fujiwara

37th -- Winter McFish

39th -- Fred Orca

41st -- Selinia Spiders

2nd -- Cucumbers Caulfield

4th -- Egil Van Can

6th -- Jay Wolff

8th -- Airen Slipper

10th -- Urist Tannhauser

12th -- Corey Creek

14th -- Kerry Mackinaw

16th -- Prichard

18th -- Yokum Schmidt

20th -- A.I. Kraken

22nd -- Victor Lucky

24th -- Oliver Otter

26th -- Hunky Davis

28th -- Stanley Tee

30th -- LA Brick

32nd -- Nathan Dunkleman

34th -- Tim Walker

36th -- Randy Flamethrower

38th -- Manne Love

40th -- Garrad McKinley

42nd -- Aaliyah Stover

Out:

Turn 3 - Vasili Mikhailov (electrical fire)

TURN 8 - TV - TOP - We're back to racing but it's another uneventful portion of the race. Ben Stover forces Daniel Burman to use up his performance boost earlier than he would have liked, and Rain fails to make her move either.

TURN 9 - REFLEX - MIDDLE - Leapfrog Jones surprises Cuce, forcing him to spend his performance boost, and Airen Slipper's lunge on mile 86 forces Egil Van Can to do the same. Prichard is the man of the moment, pushing from 11th to 2nd overall.

TURN 10 - SKILL - MIDDLE - Flash Finley impresses many as he moves from 16th to 7th, just inside the top group. Ben Stover and Paul Puffin work beautifully together to help each other draft and slingshot up the order - Ben ends up in 2nd from 10th and Paul Puffin in 3rd from 13th as a result.

TURN 11 - STAR - BOTTOM - The bottom group finally get a bit of the attention. Aaliyah Stover seizes her chance, moving from 42nd to 20th, and Nathan Dunkleman moves to 17th from 35th. Takumi Fujiwara shows he won't be outdone, jumping just outside the top group in 9th all the way back from 35th, but the main story is Tim Walker of Harris Motorsports, who goes from 34th to 15th to 4th using his starred quality!

TURN 12 - CONTROL - MIDDLE - Nothing to report within this stretch of the race, as the middle group are all stymied by the considerable defensive prowess of the drivers currently up top.

TURN 13 - TROUBLE - TOP - The quiet is abruptly ended! Something goes very wrong at the front as Daniel Burman's rear end steps out on him, and he collects both Rain Winterson and Cucumbers Caulfield in a minor accident. All three are able to get repaired and back on the track, but it looks like their day is completely trashed. BEN STOVER LEADS!

TURN 14 - YELLOW FLAG

TURN 15 - YELLOW FLAG

TURN 16 - GREEN FLAG RACING - SMART - BOTTOM - We see three major moves, with Selenia Spiders finally showing up and moving from 39th to 14th. Dominic Jackson shifts from 33rd to 18th, and Winter McFish the independent driver takes 11th.

TURN 17 - PIT TURN - We see fast pits from Kerry Mackinaw, Nathan Dunkleman, Travis Elford, Airen Slipper, Corey Creek, Jay Wolff and Egil Van Can. Takumi Fujiwara wins the battle of pit lane and comes out in front! TAKUMI FUJIWARA LEADS!

POSITIONS AFTER PIT 2:

1st -- Takumi Fujiwara

3rd -- Paul Puffin

5th -- Prichard

7th -- Flash Finley

9th -- Egil Van Can

11th -- Airen Slipper

13th -- Nathan Dunkleman

15th -- Winter McFish

17th -- Urist Tannhauser

19th -- Dominic Jackson

21st -- Boothby Grafoe

23rd -- Leapfrog Jones

25th -- Emil Ziskie

27th -- Max von Passum

29th -- Tom Reynolds

31st -- Tamauria Spiders

33rd -- Cannonball Malone

35th -- Kiki Roseburg

37th -- Manne Love

39th -- Garrad McKinley

41st -- Cucumbers Caulfield

2nd -- Ben Stover

4th -- Tim Walker

6th -- Conor Westfall

8th -- Corey Creek

10th -- Jay Wolff

12th -- Travis Elford

14th -- Kerry Mackinaw

16th -- Selinia Spiders

18th -- Corky Cadorkian

20th -- Aaliyah Stover

22nd -- Yokum Schmidt

24th -- A.I. Kraken

26th -- Victor Lucky

28th -- Oliver Otter

30th -- Hunky Davis

32nd -- Stanley Tee

34th -- LA Brick

36th -- Randy Flamethrower

38th -- Fred Orca

40th -- Daniel Burman

42nd -- Rain Winterson

Out:

Turn 3 - Vasili Mikhailov (electrical fire)

TURN 18 - SKILL - MIDDLE - A huge amount of movement in a very busy period of the race. Corky Cadorkian shifts up a little to 12th, and we see numerous performance boosts used: Travis to 4th, Jay Wolff to 9th, Dunkeleman to 7th. Selenia Spiders also makes another move, taking 10th, Conor Westfall heads to 8th, and Egil Van Can sticks up there in 5th.

TURN 19 - SMART - MIDDLE - Dominic Jackson takes 10th from 19th, and Winter McFish continues to punch above her weight, taking 8th from 17th. Flash Finley continues his fantastic race, moving ten places up to 5th. Urist Tannhauser forces Egil Van Can to spend his performance boost but this exposes Egil to a move from Airen Slipper, who pushes past him.

TURN 20 - HEAT - MIDDLE - Kerry Mackinaw uses their performance boost fantastically well, moving from 18th to 5th, and Nathan Dunkleman forces Creek to use one of his two (!) boosts. Corky Cadorkian moves from 17th to 7th, and Airen Slipper from 8th to 4th - but it's that man Van Can again who pushes past all of these usurpers to take second.

TURN 21 - HEAT - BOTTOM - Only two moves to report, but Cucumbers Caulfield finally shows some of that championship calibre driving, moving a staggering 21 places from 41st to 16th, and Boothby Grafoe climbs ten places from 21st to 11th.

TURN 22 - REFLEX - BOTTOM - It looks like Fujiwara is going to take the race as we focus on the back of the pack for our final ten miles: a fascinating scramble into the points positions lies ahead. Last week's winner Max Von Passum finally makes an appearance, climbing into 10th. Cuce moves up from 19th to 15th, and Emil Ziskie tries to match his teammate Egil by heading up to 9th. Jay Wolff moves further up the points from 20th to 12th. Randy Flamethrower breaks hearts by taking 20th then being slid back to 21st by Garrad McKinley, who seizes 14th when the dust settles.

TAKUMI FUJIWARA WINS THE WATKINS GLEN ROAD RACE!

Winner -- Takumi Fujiwara

3rd -- Ben Stover

5th -- Kerry Mackinaw

7th -- Corey Creek

9th -- Emil Ziskie

11th -- Flash Finley

13th -- Winter McFish

15th -- Cucumbers Caulfield

17th -- Tim Walker

19th -- Nathan Dunkleman

21st -- Randy Flamethrower

23rd -- Prichard

25th -- Urist Tannhauser

27th -- Yokum Schmidt

29th -- A.I. Kraken

31st -- Oliver Otter

33rd -- Hunky Davis

35th -- Stanley Tee

37th -- LA Brick

39th -- Manne Love

41st -- Daniel Burman

2nd -- Egil Van Can

4th -- Airen Slipper

6th -- Paul Puffin

8th -- Travis Elford

10th -- Max von Passum

12th -- Jay Wolff

14th -- Boothby Grafoe

16th -- Dominic Jackson

18th -- Garrad McKinley

20th -- Conor Westfall

22nd -- Selinia Spiders

24th -- Corky Cadorkian

26th -- Aaliyah Stover

28th -- Leapfrog Jones

30th -- Victor Lucky

32nd -- Tom Reynolds

34th -- Tamauria Spiders

36th -- Cannonball Malone

38th -- Kiki Roseburg

40th -- Fred Orca

42nd -- Rain Winterson

Out:

Turn 3 - Vasili Mikhailov (electrical fire)

Drivers with an unspent performance chip are Corey Creek.

As a new feature, two awards will be made, with each receiving a chip too:

  • Driver of the Day: Flash Finley - a fantastic day where he drove well above his skill, constantly popping up in the report and securing a solid points result at the end of it.
  • Unlucky Driver of the Day: Daniel Burman set himself up for a fantastic day, secured the lead, then ended up causing a crash. That's twice for the poor guy - lightning can't strike thrice, can it?!

Choices will be emailed no later than Wednesday if their owners have enabled them.

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