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Post 25 Feb 2022, 11:43 am

The dice gods are raging today...

Turn 29 Summary

Long hurtles towards the Jackie Ickx at 160. Miller, still trying to get up to decent speed, pushes the engine to 100 (natural 10). Uh oh...will the engine hold out for another lap?

Baker runs down the straight at 140. Welage tucks in at 120.

Rae gets the initiative by pushing to 160 (natural 7). He's now sitting in a podium spot with double digit tires. Rund attempts to push to 140 (natural 12). The engine sputters and smokes. At least the bonus is procured.

Fritz, at 80, drops two wear on the outer rail. He blocks the line. Beckman is forced to the outside at 80, also burning two wear.

Peeples slows to 40 and clears the hairpin for free.

Puddifoot pulls up to the hairpin at 100 on the line. Schultz is back in contact at 160 and is sitting large in John's mirror.

Turn 30 Deadline: Monday, February 28th @ 7 a.m. EST
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Post 26 Feb 2022, 7:47 pm

Turn 30 Summary

Long nicks a tire at 100 through the Jackie I.

Baker and Rae clear the Jackie Ickx at 120 costing two wear each.

Welage pulls up at 100. Rund decides to go into the corner at 100 with the bonus and a wear.

Miller stays behind the #18 at 100.

Beckman pushes the engine hard to 160 (natural 4/6 for acc/top). Fritz's big engine has no problem matching that.

Peeples is out in the straight at 100.

Puddifoot drops a wear in the hairpin at 60. Schultz plots 80 then late brakes before the corner (natural 8). He burns a wear and stays behind the #2.

Turn 31 Deadline: Tuesday, March 1st @ 7 a.m. EST
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Post 01 Mar 2022, 6:12 am

The white flag is out - one lap to go!

Turn 31 Summary

Long is first across the S/F line at 160.

Baker & Rae keep the pace, also at 160.

Rund is out of the Jackie Ickx at 100 with wear already paid.

Welage conserves at 80. Miller stays on the wing of the #18, also at 80.

Beckman knocks down a wear at 100. Fritz clears Jackie Ickx at 80.

Peeples pulls up to the corner at 140.

Puddifoot slams on the gas pedal to hit 140. Schultz pulls even at 140 and the bonus.

Turn 32 Deadline: Thursday, March 3rd @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 03 Mar 2022, 5:58 am

Turn 32 Summary

Long clears Earste at 100.

Baker and Rae, both at 140, swap places - the former is on the line and the latter, inside.

Rund scoots into lap 3 at 140. Welage does the same, also at 140.

Beckman has the initiative at 160. The engine coughs a bit on the push but does comply (natural 9). Miller eases the compromised engine up to 100 and takes the bonus space.

Fritz flies out of the Jackie Ickx at 180 after tossing some dice (natural 5). Peeples takes an RM plot of 80 (NPR #1 - Warning) to clear the corner.

Schultz gets the initiative at 140. He taps the brakes to 120 (natural 7) and drops two wear in the Jackie Ickx. Puddifoot clips a tire at 100 to clear.

Turn 33 Deadline: Monday, March 7th @ 7 a.m. EST
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Post 07 Mar 2022, 9:49 am

A mis-plot may create some havoc in the chase pack...

Turn 33 Summary

Long pulls up on the approach to Observatory at 100.

Rae runs the outer rail in Earste at 100 for free. Baker takes the racing line at 100 and tucks in between the other two Chevies.

Rund clears Earste at 100 on the line.

Welage mis-plots 160 - that puts him into the corner for 2 wear and chance roll w/ 2s (modified 9). He spins and will be able to exit at 60.

Fritz is next at 140. He can't get into the corner and must late brake to 120 (natural 5). He takes the line. Beckman has the inside at 120.

Miller strolls along at 120. Peeples pushes the engine to 160 (natural 6).

Schultz gives the engine a nudge past his top speed (natural 4) and flies into lap 3 at 180. Puddifoot has no problem keeping up with his big engine at 180.

Turn 34 Deadline: Wednesday, March 9th @ 7 a.m. EST
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Post 09 Mar 2022, 12:00 pm

Turn 34 Summary

Long and Baker cruise around Observatory on the inside at 80.

Rae goes outer rail at 100. Rund dives into Observatory on the outside at 120 for a wear.

Welage sees the writing on the wall and pulls his Toyota off the track.

Beckman sheds a wear at 120 on the outside of Earste. Fritz runs the line at 100 for free.

Miller continues to enjoy a traffic-free pocket at 100.

Peeples burns two wear on the Earste line at 140. Schultz gets the initiative at 140. He late brakes to 120 (natural 8) and grabs the Earste line for a wear.

Puddifoot pulls up at 120 and has the Earste line.

Turn 35 Deadline: Friday, March 11th @ 7 a.m. EST
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Post 11 Mar 2022, 7:17 am

A quiet turn at the Belgian GP...

Turn 35 Summary

Long is around the Channel at 120. Baker pulls up alongside the leader at 120 and the bonus.

Rae is a car length back at 120. Rund is clear of the Channel at 120.

Beckman and Fritz take turns through the Observatory 100's at the speed limit.

Miller burns a precious wear at 100 via the 80's. Peeples gets pushed outer rail at 120 for a wear.

Schultz dumps two wear in the Observatory 80's at 120. Puddifoot clears Earste at 100 on the line.

Turn 36 Deadline: Monday, March 14th @ 7 a.m. EST (12 noon UTC)
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Post 13 Mar 2022, 5:37 pm

Without chicanes & hairpins, the first 1/3 of the course lets the drivers relax a bit...

Turn 36 Summary

Long runs Bianchi on the line at 100. Baker goes outer rail at 100 and sets up behind the leader.

Rae is hung in Bianchi mid-corner at 100. Rund is the only car to lose wear this turn - he drops one at 120 on the Bianchi line.

Beckman and Fritz trade paint down the straight at 120 each. Miller tags along, also at 120.

Peeples & Schultz are clear of the Channel, both at 120.

Puddifoot saves his wear at 100 through Observatory.

Turn 37 Deadline: Wednesday, March 16th @ 7 a.m. EDT
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Post 16 Mar 2022, 5:01 am

Steady as she goes with half a lap to go...

Turn 37 Summary

Long is out on the back-stretch at 160. Baker loses pace at 140.

Rae is out onto the straight at 100. Rund pulls alongside the fat-tired Chevy at 120.

Beckman drops a wear at 120 on the Bianchi line. Fritz burns one on the outer rail, also at 120.

Miller scrapes through Bianchi for free at 100 and the bonus.

Peeples clips a tire on the Bianchi line at 120. Schultz is into the corner, on the line, at 100.

Puddifoot brings up the rear at 120.

Turn 38 Deadline: Friday, March 18th @ 7 a.m. EDT
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Post 17 Mar 2022, 11:20 am

The leader's tires are looking thin...

Turn 38 Summary

Long is through the chicane at 100, costing 2/3 of his remaining wear. Baker pulls up at 100.

Rae is alongside the '00 at 160. Rund tucks in on the #5 at 140.

Beckman pushes the little engine that could to 160 (natural 5). That's still not enough to keep Fritz at bay, who powers down the straight at 180.

Miller is out on the straight at 120. Peeples stays on his bumper, also at 120.

Schultz loses pace at 100. Puddifoot clears Bianchi at 100 on the line.

Turn 39 Deadline: Monday, March 21st @ 7 a.m. EDT
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Post 21 Mar 2022, 5:12 am

Turn 39 Summary

Long is over the rise at 160.

Rae has initiative at 100. He scrapes two wear and starts his way up Sacrament Hill. Baker slows to 60 and runs the chicane for free. Rund drops a wear in the Kliene chicane at 80.

Beckman tosses his last two tires in the chicane at 100. Fritz also burns two at 100 and still has a couple left.

Miller pulls up to the Kliene at 120. Peeples comes alongside at 140.

Schultz drops the hammer to 180 with an engine boost (natural 5) and uses the run-off lane to go three-wide. Puddifoot drops the hammer to 180, no boost required, to make up some ground.

Turn 40 Deadline: Wednesday, March 23rd @ 7 a.m. EDT
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Post 22 Mar 2022, 6:16 am

Wow... just wow.

Turn 40 Summary

Long is into Terlamen at 120. Rae makes up some ground at 160.

Baker and Rund make the trip up Sacrament Hill side-by-side at 120.

Fritz comes out of the chicane like a rifle shot at 180. He attempts a forced-pass on Rund, who is blocking.* The dice come up 3+3, putting 2w of damage on the blocker. Rund only has one left so he loses that and spins out. Beckman, at 160, also goes for the forced pass on Rund but this time he can't block (natural 5).

Peeples knocks down two wear in the chicane at 100. Schultz does the same to keep astride the red machine.

Miller tempts fate at 80 with a chance roll (natural 10). This does not end well but Kal escapes from his fiery wreck, unharmed. Puddifoot drops two wear in the chicane but must pass a crash avoidance test in the process. Defaults have him use 2s and the roll gets an additional -2 (modified 0).

*Note: Fritz had criteria for whom to pass in the event both cars were blocking, which they were.

Turn 41 Deadline: Thursday, March 24th @ 7 a.m. EDT
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John's wear should show 4 remaining.
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Post 23 Mar 2022, 5:10 am

Turn 41 Summary

Long clears Terlamen at 120. Rae, still holding on to his tires, clears both Terlamen corners at 120.

Fritz runs the Terlamen(a) line at 120. Beckman does the same and pulls even with the bonus.

Baker follows the blue machines into Terlamen at 120. Rund recovers from his spin at 40.

Schultz drops the hammer to 180 (natural 3). Peeples tucks in behind the #15 at 160.

Puddifoot races up Sacrament Hill at 180 and is fortunate not to replicate his fellow countryman's fate as he comes over Butte and finds a much slower car (see Villenueve, Gilles).

Millers car gets the Mater treatment because who doesn't love a Mater sighting?

Turn 42 Deadline: Friday, March 25th @ 7 a.m. EDT
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Turn 42 Summary

Long approaches Bolderbergh at 120 on the line. Rae pulls into Chris's exhaust at 160 and the pressure is on.

Fritz and Beckman take turns at 140 through the Terlamen(b) 140's.

Baker clears Terlamen at 120.

Schultz takes both parts of Terlamen at 120. Peeples stays on his bumper at 120 before taking the bonus to challenge.

Puddifoot gets the initiative at 120 and is through Terlamen(a). Rund pushes the engine to 100 (natural 7) and tucks in on the #2's bumper.

Turn 42 Deadline: Monday, March 27th @ 7 a.m. EDT
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Post 24 Mar 2022, 6:19 am

The cars are bunching in front of the hairpin... again.

Turn 43 Summary

Long rubs off his last wear at 60 on the hairpin line. Rae plots 100 before late braking to 80 (1w). He burns another two wear on the outside.

Fritz plots 120 and late brakes before the corner (natural 10) and snags the line. The crunching sound is not good - he takes a wear of damage although the brakes are still plenty robust. Beckman slides in at 100.

Baker pulls in behind the #24 at 120.

Schultz plots 160 then late brakes to 140 (natural 5). He takes the inside of the '00. Peeples, at 160, really has no room to maneuver. He late brakes to 120 using a wear and the dice cup (natural 5).

Puddifoot careens through Terlamen at 160 for two wear and joins the party. Rund eases around Terlamen at 120 and the bonus.

Turn 44 Deadline: Monday, March 28th @ 7 a.m. EDT
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