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Post 01 Mar 2021, 5:48 am

Starting bids are in with three ties. I didn't consider what to do about tie-breakers so we begin the game, ironically, with dice rolls :laugh:

Turn 1 Deadline: Wednesday, March 3rd @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 03 Mar 2021, 5:28 am

The lights go out...

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The start at Paul Ricard.


Turn 1 Summary

Peeples leaps out front at 120 using 3 skill. Fritz tucks in on his bumper at 100.

Tatum finds space at 60. At 20, Puddifoot lets him go.

Walling gains a spot at 40 with 3s. Brandt stays on the #2 at 20.

Harley maintains his position in the 20 mph conga line. Kennard moves up the board at 40 with 3s. Rae pulls out at 20.

Turn 2 Deadline: Friday, March 5th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 04 Mar 2021, 1:44 pm

Paul Ricard is very confusing to look at from an aerial view, especially with all the psychedelic blue and red lines. The picture below shows the part of the track you are entering (the starting line is in the bottom right). I drew a circle around the Verriere corner. Honestly, I'm not sure which route you're taking through it...

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Turn 2 Summary

Peeples is through Verriere on the green at 140. Fritz pushes to 140 and pulls even with the bonus.

Tatum is still all alone at 120.

Walling pushes to 120 and grabs the racing line. Puddifoot, also at 120 goes inside rail.

Brandt eases up the track at 100.

Kennard pushes to 120 and is astride the M&M's car. Harley tucks in at 100.

Rae brings up the rear at 80.

Turn 3 Deadline: Monday, March 8th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 05 Mar 2021, 5:56 pm

We have our first challenge (or slot) pass, creating a 4-wide on the track!

Turn 3 Summary

Peeples and Fritz take turns knocking down 2 wear at 120 in the chicane. FYI - that corner is named Virage de l'hotel after the Grand Prix Hotel & Restaurant sited on the other side of the runway. Yes, Paul Ricard has it's own airport!

Tatum moves towards the chicane at 140.

Walling gets initiative at 160. He burns a wear through the esses de la verriere and grabs the bumper on the black #1. Puddifoot saves his wear at 100 and unbeknownst to him, will form the foundation of a very interesting track blockage.

Brandt and Kennard take turns on the Verriere green line at 140 and re-set to form a three-wide on the track.

Harley, at 140 and the bonus, decides to make room in the three-wide with a challenge pass (1 skill). Oh, this will be interesting...

Rae enters the esses at 140 on the line for free.

Turn 4 Deadline: Monday, March 8th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 07 Mar 2021, 12:18 pm

Turns 5 and 6, known as Saint Baume, is the jumping off point for the long straight.

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Turn 4 Summary

Peeples runs the St. Baume 80's for a wear at 100. Fritz, also at 100, spends a wear and gets pushed to the outside.

Tatum knocks down a wear at 100 in the Virage de l'hotel 80's and sets up St. Baume on the outside. Walling, at 120, burns 2 wear in the Virage for inside position and 3rd place.

Harley is determined to get initiative at 160 and indeed he does. He late brakes to 120 with a wear and 2 skill then drops another wear in the 100's.

Brandt goes next at 120, spending 2 wear i the Virage de l'hotel 80's. Kennard, also at 120, sees no great options. He late brakes with 2 skill before spending a wear in the Virage 80's.

Puddifoot, at 100, rolls into the Virage 100's for free.

Rae, at 140, watches events unfold in front of him with interest.

Turn 5 Deadline: Tuesday, March 9th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 08 Mar 2021, 2:04 pm

L'ecole is just a notation on Doug's track - you're in full throttle and the kink doesn't slow you down coming out of Saint Beaume. Here is the view from l'ecole towards the Mistral. Note that we do not use the chicane jutting out to the left so you can blast right through those orange cones.

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Turn 5 Summary

Peeples maxes out his engine at 160 through l'ecole. Fritz pushes his engine to 140 with 2s and still can't keep up with the leader.

Walling burns 2 wear on the inner rail of the St. Beaume complex at 100. Tatum, at 100, drops a wear before tucking in on the #46.

Brandt stays inside on St. Beaume at 100 for 2 wear to clear.

Kennard, at 100, clips a tire via the 60 in the chicane (he banked one last turn) then two more in the St. B. 60. He ends on the outer rail but can accelerate next turn. Harley drops to 100 and finishes Virage via the 80's. He then deposits 2 wear in the St. B. 60 spot. He can also accelerate next turn into either lane.

Puddifoot conserves wear by dropping to 80 in the Virage de l'hotel. Rae, at 80, clears the chicane for free.

Turn 6 Deadline: Wednesday, March 10th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 09 Mar 2021, 6:35 pm

Another view down the Mistral...

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Turn 6 Summary

Peeples & Fritz high-tail it down the 1.8 kilometer straight at 160 each.

Walling is up to 160 through l'ecole. Tatum stays attached to his bumper at 160, waiting for the DRS zone.

Brandt drops the hammer to 180 and pulls in on the conga line.

Kennard ramps the engine up to 140 with wear already paid. Harley stays inner rail as he bumps to 120, also with wear paid.

Puddifoot drops a wear at 100 in the 80's. Rae tosses 2 wear in St. Beaume at 120 to pull even with the white machine.

Turn 7 Deadline: Friday, March 12th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 10 Mar 2021, 8:18 pm

The cars are flying down the Mistral straight towards Signes. Fortunately for some, it's a fast corner.

Turn 7 Summary

Peeples and Fritz continue run one length apart at 160. This time I docked Brent the 2s for top and the 2s from last turn.

Walling kicks into high gear at 180. Tatum, also at 180, uses the double bonus to fly past his benefactor. Also getting the double at 180, Brandt flies up alongside the #46.

Kennard pushes to 180 with 2s. Harley maxes out his engine at 200 to pull even.

Puddifoot and Rae, both at 180, race side-by-side like Cole and Rowdy at Daytona.

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Cole & Rowdy at Daytona (right before the big crash)


Turn 8 Deadline: Monday, May 15th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 12 Mar 2021, 10:19 am

Ayrton Senna going into the fencing at Signes after his engine leaked oil onto his back tires (I am not foreshadowing... not yet, anyway):

https://youtu.be/22JYbtncS1w

Turn 8 Summary

Peeples dives into Signes on the line at 140 for a wear. Fritz grabs the Signes line at 140 and is soon to be gobbled up by the big engines.

Tatum goes inside at 180.

Walling, at 180 and the double bonus, moves into 2nd place. He opts for the outer lane. Brandt, at 180, cedes the line in favor of a bumper.

Harley gets the initiative at 200. Kennard pushes top again for 2s and, at 180, tucks in behind the #27.

Rae pushes top to the absolute CFR limit of 220 w/ 2s and creates space from his countryman. At 180, Puddifoot is surprised to find himself all alone.

Turn 9 Deadline: Monday, March 15th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 14 Mar 2021, 9:05 am

A three-wide sets up in front of the toughest corners on the track...

Turn 9 Summary

Peeples finishes out Signes at 140. Walling burns a wear at 160 on the outer rail.

Tatum drops two at 140 to pull alongside the #46. Fritz, also at 140, clips a tire on the line and sets up the aforementioned 3-wide.

Brandt cruises through the Signes 120's for free at 120 and the bonus.

Harley deposits a wear at 140 on the Signes line. Kennard, at 140 and the bonus, dives into the middle lane for a wear.

At 180 each, Rae and Puddifoot set up the Signes line.

Turn 10 Deadline: Wednesday, March 17th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 15 Mar 2021, 10:52 am

A great shot of a McLaren rounding the big, double apex of le Beausset.

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Le Beausset


Turn 10 Summary

Peeples keeps a strong pace at 120 through the Beausset 80's at a price of 2 tires.

Walling plots 140 then late brakes to 120 (2s). He keeps some pressure on the leader by scraping off 2 wear in the 80's. Fritz is next at 120, burning a wear in the middle lane. Tatum goes last out of the 3-wide at 100. He lops off a wear in the 80's and maintains relative position.

Brandt dives into le Beausset at 120 for a wear.

Harley and Kennard finish out Signes at 140 apiece.

Rae and Puddifoot maintain their relative spacing at 120 each, both running the Signes line for free.

Turn 11 Deadline: Thursday, March 18th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 15 Mar 2021, 5:59 pm

Bendor is another challenging corner with a switchover and a late apex.

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Bendor


Turn 11 Summary

Peeples drops another wear at 100 to clear Bendor. Walling keeps the pace, also at 100 for a wear, but only makes it halfway.

Tatum continues at 100 and dives inside for a wear. Fritz maintains 120 and goes outer rail at a cost of one wear.

Brandt finishes out le Beausset at 120.

Harley clears the Beausset 80's for free at the speed limit. Kennard punches it through Beausset at 120 via the shortest route he can find; two wear into the kitty.

Rae rides into le Beausset at 100, inner rail for a wear. Puddifoot dives in behind the red machine at 120 and burns two wear for the privilege.

Turn 12 Deadline: Thursday, March 18th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 16 Mar 2021, 12:41 pm

Turn 12 Summary

Peeples rounds Village & Tour at 120 to set up the final corner. Walling continues at 100 with already paid wear.

Tatum gets behind the #46, finishing Bendor at 100. Fritz, maintaining at 120, pulls into the conga line.

Brandt clears Bendor at 100 for a wear.

Kennard gets initiative at 120 and is docked a wear in the outer lane. Harley follows his racing partner into the outer rail at 100.

Rae and Puddifoot end side-by-side in front of Bendor, the former at 100 & the latter, 120.

Turn 13 Deadline: Friday, March 19th @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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Post 17 Mar 2021, 9:14 am

The Virage du Pont, the very tight, final corner of this beautiful track.

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Virage du Pont


Turn 13 Summary

Peeples clips a tire in the du Pont 80's at 100.

Walling slows to 80 and burns a wear on the inside of du Pont. Tatum drops 2 wear at 120 on the outer rail.

Fritz plows into the du Pont 80's at 120 for 2 wear, no slip or challenge pass authorized. Brandt pulls up to the Virage du Pont at 120.

Kennard and Harley finish out Bendor by maintaining their respective speeds, 120 and 100.

Rae blows by Harley at 120 after punching out 2 tires in the 80's. Puddifoot plays it conservative at 80 on the inside.

Turn 14 Deadline: Friday, March 19th @ 12 noon EDT (4 p.m. UTC)
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Post 19 Mar 2021, 8:11 am

We say goodbye to Brent as he pulls off into pit row:

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Pit Row


Turn 14 Summary

Peeples opens lap 2 in the lead at 160.

Tatum gains a space on the leader at 180. Walling loses pace at 140.

Fritz rolls off the track and into the pits. Brandt runs the du Pont at 80 for free.

Kennard drops 2 wear in the Virage du Point on the inside at 100. Oh look... a bumper! Rae clears du Pont on the outer rail at 120 for 2.

Harley pulls up to the last corner at 100. Puddifoot joins him at 120.

Turn 15 Deadline: Monday, March 22nd @ 7 a.m. EDT (11 a.m. UTC)
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