As we reach the midpoint of the TSA F1 Championship, the 5th race finds us in North America at Montreal, Canada. As I predicted in last week’s results, there were several encounters with the Wall of Champions through a trio of enjoyable but very tough and eventful races.
For the overall standings, you’ll want to be heading to the F1 Championship thread in the forums. This weeks results follow below:
A gloriously sunny Montreal greeted the 12 racers as we went out for Qualifying, and right off the bat, Beelzie was down in the 1:15 range, with others trying to match and surpass it. With near ideal conditions, though, it wasn’t long before it was bettered, and Spoofer took 1st with a 1:14.353, Manorhowze and Camdaz not quite able to string it together and beat him, a few tenths behind.
So we got going, and straight away we had carnage. Beelzie and Teflon both ran wide, as Camdaz tapped Manor’s rear left but ended up spinning himself out. Then as we all rounded the 2nd corner, SpikeyMikey got together with the tentative Teflon, who managed to recover the spin, but inevitably most of the field streamed past him. The first chicane had Gazo and James touching and spinning off, but Gazo’s car did a Webber on him, and careened first into DaywalkerLiam and then Teflon, who again managed to recover and carry on. So quite the eventful first lap!
It had started somewhat as it meant to carry on, and Matty met the Wall of Champions on the 2nd lap, before Teflon did too on the 3rd (The 3rd video in this post), James (in for Aerobes) pitted for a new front wing and SpikeyMikey had to do the same twice, whilst at the front Spooferbarnabas’s bottom was tapped into the last chicane by Camdaz, knocking him down the order. All of which let Manorhowze escape to a close win over Camdaz, who dogged him the entire way, but spun out at the final corner…again!
- Manorhowze – 25
- Camdaz – 18
- Beelzie14 – 15
- Heedbaw – 12
- Spooferbarnabas – 10
- Aerobes – 8 (James_m2603 racing)
- Reck46 – 6 (Freezebug racing)
- Daywalker – 4
- Gazo – 2
- SpikeyMikey – 1
- Teflon – 0 (DNF)
- Matty – 0 (DNF)
Having put an absolute barn stormer of a time at the start of Qualifying, AshGraham comfortably sat himself on Pole with a 1:14.386, with JamboGT over a second behind, and nobody really able to better their early times as the rain started to fall.
Thankfully, the race day was nice and sunny and we got underway with only a couple minor scuffles at the first corner, with Gernboes spinning, and Cubsmug spinning wide and letting Teflon (née DJKaty) and Yogdog through. At the big hairpin Michi ran much too deep trying to get past Rob for 3rd, and ended up losing a pair of places, coming back on track on Yogdog’s tail (ha!). That particular squabble saw Michi and YD come together into the final chicane a lap later, with Michi escaping unharmed, but YD span out and unintentionally blocked Josh’s path.
At the front, Ash and Jambo were running with cunningly disguised tyres, which will hopefully be banned for the 2011 season, and both tried to out pit the other, ending up coming in on the same lap. Yogdog’s day got worse as he met the Wall of Champions on the 7th lap, letting Teflon sweep past. Jambo also lost his front wing at one point, making him pit a second time, and lost numerous places, having to fight back from 7th to gain a place from the spun out Michi, pull a textbook move on Freezebug, wait for Josh to pit (who then had a fight with Freezebug and won 5th) and then simply drive past the deteriorating driving of Teflon to get into 3rd. All the while, AshGraham led to win by 27 seconds, and Ro6afc11’s solid race earned him 2nd.
- AshGraham – 25
- Ro6afc11 – 18
- JamboGT – 15
- DJKaty – 12 (Teflon racing)
- Josh653 – 10
- Freezebug – 8
- Michi-Tomoko – 6
- CubsMug – 4
- AG2297 – 2
- yersal – 1
- Gernboes – 0
- Duncanuaz – 0 (DNF) (Yogdog racing)
After a qualifying session in heavy rain which was plagued by people getting 5 place grid drops from pit lane speeding, the race got underway with Colin in the lead, and with Squalje stalling at the start. Colin quickly disappeared off into the distance after Icuyesido gently knocked Tonyyeb off the track, and AshGraham (in for DJ_Judas) and Lfc-Gaz were both clattered into. All of which caused a fair amount of disruption in the pack. Icuyesido paid the ultimate price for his transgression, as can be seen very clearly in this video clip.
Lap 2 had a few more happenings, as Squalje and Matty both came out of turn 4 messily, and Matty damaged his front wing in the process. Though he was able to fight back somewhat and had a long running battle with Wick15 for 5th over much of the race. The Wall of Champions nearly had another victim too as Baconsarnie got the final chicane wrong and ended up spinning out and losing position in what was a bad race for him.
At the front, though, AshGraham (in for DJ_Judas) recovered from a bad start and had a solid race, watching those in front of him spin out, getting himself up to 3rd by the time Colin and Baxteros pitted for their Primes. Ash, with SuperJag not far behind, were both on longer strategies. When it came time for them to pit, Ash was able to come out ahead of Colin, whilst Jag didn’t quite have the gap, and in the end could only manage a 4th place behind Tonyyeb and Colin. So it was AshGraham for the second race this week that won it.
- DJ_Judas – 25 (AshGraham racing)
- Colinbarr66 – 18
- Tonyyeb – 15
- SuperJag86 – 12
- Baxteros – 10
- Wick15 – 8
- Stingraz – 6 (Matty1209 racing)
- Baconsarnie – 4
- Sympozium_666 – 2
- Lfc-Gaz – 1
- Squalje – 0
- Icuyesido – 0 (DNF)
So congratulations to Manorhowze, AshGraham and AshGraham for their wins. The F1 Championship thread is, as mentioned above, the place to head if you want the current standings. As this season’s been progressing, the tech on hand has too and now several racers are uploading videos of the on track antics. This week’s post-race vents of frustrations start here and continue for a few pages, whilst the brand new repository for F1 2010 videos is here.
The next race in the calendar was revealed last week as Valencia, Spain. Yet another street circuit, and a favourite of several players here at TSA. The dusty track definitely has plenty challenging corners and chicanes, linked together by a few long straights, and one heck of a slingshot at the end that packs a lot of pace if you can get it right. The following week will then herald the beginning of the end with a trip to Silverstone, England; a track that poses quite a few major challenges to the driver, and one that I’m personally dreading (I suck at it).
Sadly, I couldn’t cover everyone’s story in this post, and I don’t half like talking about my own and fake-DJKaty’s amazing exploits. So tell us, how was that Championship race for you? Do you fancy your chances in Valencia? Any predictions on the next winners? Let us know in the comments below.
Also as Z day approaches, you should really be keeping tabs on the Community, Competitions and Meets sections of the site, as well as following @thesixthaxis and @TSACom on twitter for more good times.
This post was written and submitted by Teflon.