CHAPTER SIX: Experienced street racer faces experienced track racer!
Yasmin rushed to her car, excited. She ignited the engine and drove the car to the starting line; people could notice she was looking forward to start by how throttle happy she was, revving the engine like she was trying to test it. Madoka, on the other hand, drove her car to the starting line using just the necessary amount of throttle.
When both cars were perfectly lined up, the drivers got out of their vehicles and walked towards each other. They shook hands. "Name's Yasmin Rodrigues." - Said the younger woman, with an enthusiastic tone. "Madoka Matsusaka. Let's go.", replied the other woman, in a more relaxed tone.
Both drivers got into their respective cars. The engines started growling, unmuffled; people cheered, and the organizer stood once again between both vehicles.
"I'll start the countdown! Nine, eight...!" - Both racers looked at each other, as if they were trying to intimidate the other driver, hoping it would affect their concentration. "Four, three...!" - Madoka got her right hand ready to press the upshift paddle; on the other hand, Yasmin pressed the clutch and set the gearbox to 1st gear. They were ready to launch. Any second now. "Two, one...!". Yasmin slowly started releasing the clutch.
"GO!". Both cars launched really hard; most of the people attending the event hadn't seen anything close before. As Yasmin banged through the gears and Madoka pressed the upshift paddle, the acceleration advantage in a DCT showed, giving Madoka the upper hand before the first corner.
Yasmin's car was no joke, however. She kept up with Madoka; both entered the first corner, squealing the tyres all the way through the turn and fighting the oversteer their machines induced. They then entered the second corner, still carrying most of their speed. They both gripped the second corner, and were now approaching the first hairpin.
"I read she has track experience. Explains why she has been able to keep up with me." - Thought Madoka, while she pressed the downshift paddle, braking to get ready to enter the hairpin. "Looks like this is not going to be easy. She has skill." - thought Yasmin. She started braking, and as soon as her revs dropped, she heel toed her way into 2nd gear.
Both cars took the first hairpin using the late apex technique. As soon as they got out of it, they applied gas and pushed their way through the high speed corners towards the second hairpin.
As soon as they reached the second hairpin, Madoka located herself on the outside of the road to take the corner. She look at her rear view mirror; Yasmin remained on the inside of the road. "What is she trying?" - Thought the Airborne driver. "Our lines are going to cross!". The Airborne started turning despite how risky the Gamma's move was.
Yasmin started braking as soon as she saw that Madoka was not changing her line. "Dammit, she did not fall into the trap." - She heel toed and gripped the road as much as the tyres allowed her. Madoka looked at the rear view mirror, nervously. Why did she try that? She could have caused an accident!
They entered the first high speed section; Yasmin drafted and kept putting pressure on Madoka, who on the other hand defended her position with great expertise. As the section went on and the third hairpin got closer and closer, the drivers started letting off the gas, and a few seconds later they started braking and rev matching their way into lower gears.
Meanwhile, at the summit, people kept silent, only talking when it was absolutely necessary. The news that the people there receive were that both drivers were neck to neck; both were doing their best, be it defending the position or trying to overtake. Tension was noticeable.
Back at the road, both had already entered the third hairpin. Yasmin tried to push on the outside; however, Madoka avoided her attempt to overtake by clutch kicking and drifting her Seishi. Yasmin gritted her teeth. It was the first time someone managed to survive her overtaking attempts that long. Where did this woman come from?
Things did not change much by the fourth hairpin; both drivers kept gripping to the road and using the late apex technique. However, even if Yasmin wasn't able to overtake Madoka, Madoka was not able to leave her rival behind; they had kept neck to neck so far.
The second high speed section went pretty fast, and they soon found themselves in the high speed corners leading up to the fifth hairpin. Madoka looked through her rear view mirror; Yasmin was steering her car towards the right side of the read. No way she would willingly be overtaken; she steered to the right as well.
However, a few fractions of second later, Madoka looked at her rear view mirror again and; Yasmin was not there. She turned her head to the left: Yasmin was overtaking her by the left side of the road. "She tricked me!" - Thought Madoka as Yasmin passed her.
Yasmin turned into the hairpin as soon as she could, blocking Madoka; unable to do anything to prevent it, she had to brake to avoid crashing into Yasmin. She gritted her teeth: How could have she pulled that off?
They pushed their way through the last high speed section. Even if Yasmin could not widen the gap between Madoka and her, she kept her position. Madoka tried to overtake her two times during the section, using the same technique Yasmin had used; however, she was unable to.
"Dammit, I can't make her fall into her own trap. I'll have to try something else." - Thought Madoka. She had to overtake Yasmin, but how? Wait. They'd have to face the five consecutive hairpins now. Maybe she could try something there...
Both cars braked their way into the first consecutive hairpin. Madoka gripped the road; whereas Yasmin drifted to block any attempt to overtake her. She repeated the proccess in the second hairpin.
However, third hairpin would be different. Yasmin braked way too late, and Madoka got her car into the inside part of the road. Yasmin looked at her right - she made a terrible mistake! She looked at Madoka's car, overtaking her as they exited the corner. Madoka defended her position for the rest of the consecutive hairpins.
They were approaching the last hairpin. Yasmin knew it: if she wanted to recover, it was now or never. She drafted behind the Seishi. Yasmin tried to overtake Madoka once again using the late apex technique; however, she failed doing so, as her rival drifted to block her attempt once again. Dammit. She would have to try something at the last section...
At the finishing line, people were putting their attention into the sounds of the tyres squealing and the engines growling. They would be here soon.
Both cars entered the last turn. Madoka started turning to right, only to find out Yasmin diving into the corner and braking late. "Dammit, I'll have to brake now!" - Thought Madoka.
The late braking technique Yasmin used was succesful. She got on the inside of the road and pushed outwards, getting in front again. The cars appeared in front of the finishing line, the Gamma Surge crossing the line first and the Airborne Seishi second. Neither could believe what had just happened; the race was intense at the very least.
Back at the summit, people packed up; the organizer told everyone that the following day races would start at 22:00PM as usual. Madoka and Yasmin shook hands again; it had been a great race after all.
To be continued.