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Post 19 Feb 2021, 7:22 am

The race leader has company...

Turn 13 Summary

Harley slows to 60, saving wear in T15. Costa, at 100, goes outer rail (?) for 2 wear and finds himself near the leader's wing.

Harrington goes outside in T15 at 100.

Dygert pushes the engine with 2s (modified 5) and hits 160 on the straight. Caldwell tucks in at 140.

Walling drops the hammer to 180, hits the DRS, and moves up the leader board. Kubala, at 160, catches the exhaust on the #99.

Puddifoot clears T12 on the line at 60. Kay, at 80, burns off some speed before entering T12 on the line for a wear.

Schipper drops a tire at 80 then burns off some speed to grab the T12 line.

Hoyt and Bernhardt both plot 60 with the former maintaining the preferred lane, the latter outside.

Turn 14 Deadline: Monday, February 22nd @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 19 Feb 2021, 1:12 pm

So far the lap record is in no danger
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Post 22 Feb 2021, 5:52 am

The dice gods have a case of the Mondays...

Here's a look at the medium-speed Turn 16 at Baku:

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Turn 14 Summary

Harley clears T16 on the line at 100 and is cleared for take-off. Costa, also at 100, hangs himself in the corner.

Harrington slows to 60 to save wear and in doing so, will lose four positions. Yikes.

Dygert tosses 2 wear at 100 and sets up the line. Walling has to over-brake to 100 (natural 10). He hears a crunch and the brakes are feeling real squishy. 3 wear total - 2 for the corner and one for brake damage. He opts for position over the line.

Caldwell clips 2 tires in T15 at 100, as does Kubala.

Puddifoot hits the gas pedal to 140. Kay pulls even at 140 and the bonus.

Schipper runs the T12 line at 60. Hoyt and Bernhardt both clear at 60.

Turn 15 Deadline: Wednesday, February 24th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 24 Feb 2021, 6:14 am

Y'all picked a bad week to mess with the dice gods...

The waist of the track coming out of T19:

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Turn 15 Summary

Harley jams down on the gas pedal with 1s to hit his top speed of 180 (modified 1). He has cleared the final turn. Costa finishes out T16 at 100 and sets up the green line.

Dygert gets initiative at 140 and drops 2 wear on the T16 line before tucking in on the red machine. Walling, at 100, burns a wear on the inside and hops into the conga line.

Caldwell runs the T16 line for a wear at 120.

Kubala follows the orange machine into the corner at 120, also for a wear. Harrington dumps 2 wear on the inside and takes back a few spots on the leaderboard.

Puddifoot runs the outer rail of T15 for free at 100. Kay, also at 100, clips 2 tires in T15 to clear.

Schipper hits the straight at 140. Hoyt attempts to keep up by grabbing the dice cup but the engine sputters as the dice gods say 'not today' (natural 10). Bernhardt brings up the rear at 140 to pull even with the smoking blue car.

Turn 16 Deadline: Friday, February 26th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 26 Feb 2021, 7:50 am

Turn 16 Summary

Harley races towards lap 2 at 160 with the horde behind him.

Costa keeps the pace at 160 through T19. Dygert, at 160 and the bonus, pulls alongside the #7. At 180, Walling runs the T19 line.

Harrington gets the initiative at 180 and takes the line for free. Caldwell stays inside at 160 and finds a bumper.

We find out what that big engine of Kubala's can do. He slams down on the gas pedal and rockets through T19 at 200.

Kay dumps two wear in T16 at 140 to clear. In conservation mode, Puddifoot slows to 60.

Schipper slows to 80 and burns a wear in T15 on the inner rail. Hoyt, at 120, rolls outside for a wear. Bernhardt brings up the rear at 100 and follows the blue machine into the corner.

Turn 17 Deadline: Monday, March 1st @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 01 Mar 2021, 6:18 am

Whoa!

Turn 17 Summary

Harley is in lap 2 at 160 and grabs the line.

Costa pushes his engine w/ 1s (modified 1) to put his nose into lap 2. Dygert, at 160, grabs his bumper.

Walling, at 160, is more than happy to take the double slip and move up one position.

Kubala thrills the spectators in the grandstand when he drops the hammer to 220 (modified 0). Whoa! Harrington grabs a tailpipe at 180.

Caldwell takes advantage of the double slip and, at 160, pulls even with his benefactor.

Kay fires up his big engine to 180 and is through the final turn.

Puddifoot clears T16 at 100. Schipper pulls up to the turn on the line at 100.

Hoyt slows to 80 and readies the T16 line. Bernhardt drops 2 wear in T15 at 100 and keeps the line as an option.

Turn 18 Deadline: Wednesday, March 3rd @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 03 Mar 2021, 5:59 am

They're stacked & packed in front of Turn 1.

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An aerial shot of Turn 1 and the waterfront.


Turn 18 Summary

Harley runs the T1 line for 2 wear at 120.

Kubala gets the initiative at 160. He dives into the outer rail for 2 wear and sits in 2nd place. Costa goes next at 140, late brakes to 120 with a wear, and grabs the T1 line. Walling goes from 140 down to 120 (naked 8) and slots to the inside.

Dygert, at 120, stays on the inner rail.

Caldwell gets the initiative at 160 and takes the only lane open to him. Harrington gets the line at 140.

Kay enjoys the clean air at 180. Puddifoot stomps the pedal and runs T19 at 180 on the line.

Schipper rounds T16 on the line at 100.

Bernhardt has the initiative at 140 and burns 2 wear on the line. Hoyt drops a wear at 120.

Turn 19 Deadline: Friday, March 5th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 05 Mar 2021, 8:13 am

Costa gets caught pulling the dice cup out in T1. That one skill saved him from a Lance Stroll, crashing here on Turn 2 at Baku:

https://www.formula1.com/en/video/2019/4/FP2__Stroll_crash_brings_out_the_red_flags_in_Baku.html

Oh wait, Turn 2 is coming up - you could still do that, Joe!

Turn 19 Summary

Harley burns a wear at 80 in T2 and maintains his lead.

Kubala finishes out T1 at 100 with already paid wear. Walling drops a wear at 80 on the inside rail.

Costa, at 120, clips a tire and grabs the dice cup with one skill for an early chance roll (modified 9). He spins!

Caldwell is locked into the outside lane and, at 100, tosses two wear.

Harrington has the initiative at 100 but with a blocked line, he gets pushed to the outside for 2 wear. Dygert knocks down a wear at 80 on the inside.

Kay rolls towards T1 at 160 and parks on the line. Puddifoot passes pit row at 180.

Bernhardt has the initiative as he adds even more horses to his big engine. With one skill on the roll (modified 8) he careens around T19 for a wear at 220!

Schipper runs the T19 line for free at 180. Hoyt pulls astride the red machine at 160 and the double slip.

Turn 20 Deadline: Monday, March 8th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 08 Mar 2021, 8:13 am

Turn 20 Summary

Russ goes full throttle at 160.

Kubala eases around T2 at 60 for free. Walling follows and clears, also at 60.

Dygert speeds up for the initiative to go outer rail at 120 for 2 wear. Caldwell gets hung in the middle lane at 80.

Harrington, at 100, goes outer rail and is into the 80 portion (1w) after the bonus.

Costa recovers from his spin at 60 and leaves the knife sheathed. Kay gives a friendly wave to his competitor as he drops 2 wear on the unblocked line.

Puddifoot grabs the racing line at 160. Bernhardt continues to show off his big engine at 200.

Schipper and Hoyt trade paint down the stretch at 180 each, both putting their noses into the 2nd lap.

Turn 21 Deadline: Wednesday, March 10th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 08 Mar 2021, 9:14 am

Almost an 18.5mph spread for the lap times
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Post 10 Mar 2021, 9:14 am

At the end of a DRS zone, turn 3 (pictured) is a good place to pass.

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Turn 21 Summary

Harley, at 100, tosses a tire on the double lines in the T3/4 complex. Kubala zips up the straight at 140.

Dygert gets the initiative at 160 and pulls even with the yellow machine. Walling, at 140, tucks in behind.

Harrington finishes out T2 at 100. Caldwell remains at 80 and must drop a wear to complete T2.

Kay clips a tire on the T2 line at 80. Costa does the same.

Puddifoot scrapes off a wear at 100 on the T1 line. Bernhardt plots 140 then late brakes before the corner with 1s (modified 1). He burns 2 wear* on the line and has a bumper.

Hoyt gets initiative at 140. He takes all of into the corner for 2 wear and 1s on the chance roll (modified 9). He manages to avoid the barrier but does spin out in a most inopportune location.

Schipper pulls up to T1 on the line at 120. Unfortunately, he is locked into that lane next turn and will have to attempt a forced pass on the recovering blue machine. He will also lose the line.

Turn 22 Deadline: Friday, March 12th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)

* There is no notation on the 2 wear but Paul's total wear count is correct.
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Post 12 Mar 2021, 7:34 am

Missing your line in the T5/6 complex can put you off pace or put you into the far wall...

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Turn 22 Summary

Harley drops to 60 as he prepares for the tricky T5/6 corners.

Kubala runs the T3 and T4 lines in succession at 80. Dygert, also at 80, gets the T3 line but has to go wide in T4. Note: Larry's plot is an over-brake. His default is one skill on the dice (modified 5). I'll correct the chart next turn.

Walling plots 100 then late brakes before the corner (natural 6). He runs in on the line for free.

Harrington grabs the racing line at 120. Caldwell gains position on the purple machine at 120 and the bonus.

Kay and Costa roll up the straight at 140 each with red tucking in behind black.

Puddifoot clears T2 on the line at 80 for a wear. Bernhardt, at 100, spends a wear and hangs himself in the corner.

Hoyt recovers from his spin at 20. Schipper pulls off the unblocked forced pass w/ 2s (modified 4) and drops a wear at 80.

Turn 23 Deadline: Monday, March 15th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Turn 23 Summary

Harley eases his way through the T5/6 complex at 60.

Kubala set up T5 at 80 on the line. Dygert pulls in behind, also at 80. Walling continues at 80 on the line and grabs inside position.

Harrington has the initiative at 80 and runs the racing line sequence for free. Caldwell slows to 60 to stay inside for free.

Kay, at 100, opts for the 80's in T3 and the line in T4 for a wear. Costa runs into T4 at 80 on the line for free.

Puddifoot releases the horses to hit 160 down the straight. Bernhardt drops to 80 with an RM plot. This is NPR #2 and comes with a 1 wear penalty.

Schipper clips a tire on the line in T2 at 80. Hoyt picks up a little steam at 60.

Turn 24 Deadline: Wednesday, March 17th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 17 Mar 2021, 5:05 am

Mostly slow and easy this turn...

Turn 24 Summary

Hoyt sets up T7 at 80. Kubala, at 60, runs the line in the T5/6 complex.

Dygert has initiative at 60 and clears T5/6. Walling slows to 40 to occupy the T5 entrance.

Harrington, at 60, gets shoved to the outer rail. Caldwell sets up the T5 line at 60.

Kay dives inside at 80. Costa picks up a the T5 line at 80.

Puddifoot drops a wear on the T3 & T4 lines at 100. Bernhardt sets up the T3 line at 140.

Schipper takes an RM plot of 160 (NPR #1: Warning). Hoyt eases his way through T2 at 60.

Turn 25 Deadline: Friday, March 19th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 19 Mar 2021, 7:20 am

A pre-race picture of the tight and slow Corner 7. Also, a good place to stop for your jewelry needs.

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Turn 7 @ Baku


Turn 25 Summary

Harley scoots through T7 on the line at 60. Still no company...

Kubala pulls up to T7 on the line at 80. Dygert joins him on the inside at 100.

Walling runs around the outer rail at 60 and squats on the line. Harrington continues his trek on the outside at 60 to clear.

Kay moves up two positions at a cost of one wear in the 40's at 60. Caldwell's preferred path on the line is blocked at 60 but his personal prefs allow for a wear expenditure to clear the corner.

Costa is forced to the outside of T5 at 60. Puddifoot pulls up at 80.

Bernhardt runs the T3/4 complex for free at 80. Schipper comes in on his bumper at 100 using the same route for a wear.

Hoyt enjoys the local scenery at 100.

Turn 26 Deadline: Monday, March 22nd @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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