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Post 18 Jan 2021, 8:04 am

Builds are in with plenty of fast cars in the bunch.

Starting bid deadline: Wednesday, January 20th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 20 Jan 2021, 6:13 am

Bids were generally low with a lot of tie-breakers. A 20 up front is always entertaining!

Turn 1 Deadline: Friday, January 22nd @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 22 Jan 2021, 8:15 am

The lights go out, the green flag drops, and we are racing... boogity, boogity, boogity!

Turn 1 Summary

Row 1: Caldwell leaps out front at 80 w/ 2s (modified 3) and grabs the line. Kubala eases past the start line at 20.

Row 2: Costa pushes his start w/ 1s (modified 9) but with a mis-shift only comes out at 40. That allows Harley to go before him at 60.

Row 3: Walling pushes to 40 w/ 2s (modified 6). Puddifoot tucks in at 20.

Row 4: Schipper safely pulls into traffic at 60. Harrington spends 2 skill to go 40 (modified 1).

Row 5: Bernhardt attempts 40 w/ 2s without a problem (modified 7). Hoyt tries for 40 the hard way and just makes it (natural 8).

Row 6: Dygert joins the throng at 60. Kay finds breathing room in the back at 20.

Turn 2 Deadline: Monday, January 25th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 25 Jan 2021, 5:41 am

The early traffic jam continues...

Turn 2 Summary

Caldwell slows to 80 as he takes the line through Corner 1.

Harley, at 120, had designs on the line but finds it blocked. With no other options provided, he has to divert to the outer rail.

Costa grabs the line at 100. Kubala goes inside at 100.

Walling stays inside at 100. Schipper heads out to the line at 100.

Puddifoot stays inside at 100. Harrington goes to the line at 100.

Bernhardt takes an RM plot (NPR #1: Warning) of 120 and finds a hole in the crowd.

Dygert can't find a place for his car at 120 and must late brake w/ 1s (modified 7)*. He goes middle to set up the line. Hoyt dives inside at 100.

Kay picks up speed to 80.

* Note that if Larry had not submitted personal defaults, he would have used wear here.

Turn 3 Deadline: Wednesday, January 27th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 27 Jan 2021, 5:42 am

Plenty of action this turn. Costa moves up 2 positions, Dygert 3, and Harrington 4. Schipper drops 3 but I doubt anyone is crying for him after his legal, yet ethically dubious move.

Turn 3 Summary

Caldwell set up the big left turn on the line at 100. Continuing on the outer rail, Harley burns 2 wear at 100 and tucks in behind the orange machine.

At 80, Kubala drops a wear. Costa clips 2 tires on the line at 120 and weaves through traffic into 2nd place.

Walling slows to 60 and goes inner rail for free. Schipper slows to 60 and sits on the exit row.

Harrington has the initiative at 100. He rolls inside, punches 2 tires, and dodges a few cars to move up four positions on the leaderboard. Puddifoot squeezes through the inside rail at 80 for a wear. Bernhardt gets pushed outside for free.

Hoyt has no place to park at 100. He late brakes with 1s (modified 2)* and goes outer rail. Dygert also has issues at 100 so he late brakes with 1s (modified 4)* and drops to the inside for a wear.

Kay pulls up to the corner on the line at 120.

* Personal defaults for unexpected braking.

Turn 4 Deadline: Friday, January 29th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 29 Jan 2021, 6:59 am

Please note the addition of corner #'s for you to use as reference points.

Turn 4 Summary

Caldwell slows to 60, taking T2 for free on the line.

Costa, at 80, rolls through the middle lane for a wear and scoots back to the inside rail. Harley, at 60, runs the T2 line for free.

Kubala eases through T2 on the line at 60. Harrington, at 100, finds an exit row in the middle lane and tosses 2 tires into the hopper.

Walling burns 2 wear at 120 on the outer rail. Puddifoot pulls up at 80 on the line.

Dygert dives inside at 100. Schipper grabs the line at 80.

Bernhardt slows to 60 to avoid wear expenditure then blocks the line. Hoyt also taps down to 60.

Kay is locked into the middle lane and scrapes a wear at 80. He moves into the points to solidify his promotion.

Turn 5 Deadline: Monday, February 1st @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 01 Feb 2021, 5:49 am

Rough day to be in a small car...

Track note: The lines in Turns 3 & 4 are mutually exclusive but the entire complex is one corner for wear purposes.

Turn 5 Summary

Caldwell putt-putts his way up the track at 100.

Costa hits the gas extra hard with 1s (modified 4). He zooms past orange at 160 and onto the line. Harley, at 140, drops in front of Jeff's machine.

Harrington has initiative at 160 and pulls up next the the #27. Kubala, at 140 and the bonus, makes it a three-wide going into the T3/T4 complex.

Walling finishes out T2 at 120 with wear already paid and finds a pocket of air.

Puddifoot drops a wear in the middle lane at 80. Schipper runs the T2 line for free at 60.

Kay clips a tire at 80 on the T2 line to clear. Bernhardt gets hung in the corner at 80, middle lane.

Hoyt pulls up to the corner on the line, at 80.

Turn 6 Deadline: Wednesday, February 3rd @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 03 Feb 2021, 5:58 am

Serious battling going on in Baku... even for last place!

Turn 6 Summary

Costa runs the T3 line for a wear at 100 then skips the T4 line (?), goes outer rail, and ends inside.

Harley, at 120, bumps 2 wear in the T3 line and ALSO skips the T4 line (?) to go outer rail.

Harrington has to take plan B at 100. He runs the T3 80's and sets up the T4 line with 1 wear into the kitty. Kubala runs the T3 line at 80 for free before getting pushed to the outside in T4.

Caldwell, the eternal optimist, posts 120. He knocks down 2 wear on the T3 line then pulls off a FORCED PASS w/ 1skill on the #22 car! (no block - modified 6)

Walling, at 120, rolls into T3 on the outer rail for a wear.

Dygert and Puddifoot both plot 140 and flip-flop on the track as the former grabs the racing line.

Schipper uses his big engine to hit 140 down the straight. Kay also manages 140 and tucks in behind the McDonald's Chevy.

Bernhardt slows to 60, avoiding wear expenditure in T2. He pokes Hoyt in the eye by blocking the line. Hoyt, at 60 and the line blocked, goes middle lane for free.

Turn 7 Deadline: Friday, February 5th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)

The promotion battle is another aspect of this race to watch. Kubala, as of now, has the tie-breaker over Walling.
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Post 05 Feb 2021, 7:09 am

A new leader emerges from the battle in Turns 5 & 6!

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Turns 5 & 6 at Baku. Don't hit those people!


Turn 7 Summary

Harley plots 140 for the initiative. He late brakes down to 100 with a wear and 2 skill on the dice roll (modified 4). Another 2 wear come off in the T5/6 complex. At 100, Costa can't clear the corners on the line. He late brakes to 80 (1 wear) and gets half-way through for another wear.

Harrington, at 100, burns 2 tires in the outer rail of T5. Caldwell runs up to the T5/6 complex on the line at 60 and the bonus.

Kubala finishes out T4 and grabs the T5/6 line. Walling drops to 100 and runs the T4 line with already paid wear.

Dygert has the initiative at 100. Two tires come off in the T3/4 60's as he weaves his way around traffic to move up the board. Puddifoot, at 80, drops a tire in the 60's.

Schipper goes line-to-line in the T3/4 complex for free - just as nature intended. Kay runs the T3 line at 100 for a wear before getting pushed to the outer rail in T4.

Bernhardt pulls up to the T3/4 complex on the line at 140. Hoyt loses some pace at 120 but has clean air, more than most can say right now.

Turn 8 Deadline: Monday, February 8th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon GMT)
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Post 08 Feb 2021, 5:41 am

Traffic jam in downtown Baku...

Turn 8 Summary

Harley gets some separation at 100. Costa finishes the line at 80.

Harrington escapes the T5/6 complex at 100 and dives inside. Caldwell runs the complex on the line at 60 for free.

Dygert burns 2 wear in the T5/6 40's at 80 to move up the board. Kubala takes the racing line for free at 60.

Walling gets the initiative at 80. Seeing the traffic jam ahead, he taps the brakes with a skill (modified 5) and takes the line for free. Puddifoot, at 60, grumbles as he gets pushed outer rail.

Schipper picks up the line at 80. Kay, continuing at 100, goes inside.

Bernhardt takes the T3/4 line combo at 80 for free. Hoyt, at 100, uses the same route for a wear.

Turn 9 Deadline: Wednesday, February 10th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 10 Feb 2021, 5:49 am

The lead cars round Turn 7. It is tighter in here than... [fill in your own off-color comment].

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Turn 9 Summary

Harley runs T7 at 60 for no charge.

Costa, at 80, drops a tire on the line and catches the bumper on the #27. Harrington scrapes a tire at 80 as well.

Dygert flies into T7 at 100 on the outer rail. Caldwell eases up to the line at 80.

Kubala pulls in behind the orange machine at 80. Walling finishes out the T6 line at 60. Puddifoot goes inside at 60, via the 40 spot for a wear.

Kay knocks off a wear at 60 through the 40's. Schipper, at 60, can't use the line. He burns off speed in T5 before cutting into the 40 spot in T6 for a wear.

Bernhardt enters T5 on the line at 80 for a wear. Hoyt, at 80, sets up the line for the T5/6 complex.

Turn 10 Deadline: Friday, February 12th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 12 Feb 2021, 8:27 am

One of the most visually interesting corners you'll find in F1, Turn 8 is also one of the narrowest.

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Harley will be out by himself for a while...

Turn 10 Summary

Harley hits the gas, drops 2 wear in T8 at 100 then another 2 on the the T12 line.
Costa slows to 60, putting a stopper in T8.

Hoping to squeeze into T8, Harrington plots 80. He has to grab the dice cup and puts 2 skill into a late brake (modified 4). Dygert slows to 80 and pulls astride the purple car.

Caldwell and Kubala both round T7 on the line at 60 for free.

Walling dumps a wear in T7 at 80 on the line.

Puddifoot sets up T7 on the line at 80. Kay tucks in behind the Miller Lite Ford at 60.

Schipper joins the traffic jam at 80. Bernhardt finishes out T6 at 80. Hoyt runs the T5/6 line for free at 60.

Turn 11 Deadline: Monday, February 15th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 12 Feb 2021, 3:05 pm

Only 4 drivers average 100+ mph through sector 1
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Post 15 Feb 2021, 6:46 am

Here's a shot from T12, looking back at the Castle Corner...

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Turn 11 Summary

Harley takes off with a big lead at 160. Costa downs 2 wear on the T12 line at 100.

Harrington clips a tire in T8 at 80 before clearing T12 for another. Dygert, also at 80, burns a tire in the castle corner before getting pushed outside and hung up in T12 for a 2nd wear.

Caldwell eases his way around the castle at 60. Kubala is into the corner at 60 for free.

Walling is convinced 2 cars will fit in the castle corner, so he plots 100 and force passes (2 skill) the blocking Kubala. With a '1' and a '4' showing on the dice, he proves the doubters wrong but at the expense of some damage from the kerbs.

Puddifoot, at 60, can only say 'wow' at the chutzpah of the black car that just disappeared into the corner.

Kay runs the T7 line for free at 60. Schipper slows to 40 to squat on the inside rail.

Bernhardt at 60 gets pushed outside. Paul is sad. Hoyt pulls up to T7 at 80 on the line.

Turn 12 Deadline: Wednesday, February 17th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 17 Feb 2021, 5:44 am

Just as the cars get up a head of speed, they have to brake down for Turn 15, a tight & narrow left-hander.

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Turn 15: rear view


Turn 12 Summary

Harley pulls into T15 at 100. Costa jumps on the gas pedal at 160.

Harrington fires up the engine to 140. Dygert finishes out T12 at 80.

Caldwell deposits 2 wear on the T12 line at 100. Walling does the same, also at 100.

Kubala clips a tire on the T12 line at 80. Puddifoot meanders his way past the castle at 60.

Kay enjoys the scenery at 60. Schipper wisely plots 60.

Bernhardt finishes out T7 at 60. Hoyt, denied the line at 80, rolls outside in T7 for a wear and gains position.

Turn 13 Deadline: Friday, February 19th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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