CHAPTER TWELVE: Orbistani legend.
A slav-looking man emerged from the crowd. He walked towards a brown O.K.B 1000, and got into it; he drove it to the starting line, where Yui had already stopped her car, and lined it up with Yui’s.
Yui didn’t know what to think of the car. She walked towards the driver and shook his hand. “Yui Takeda, nice to mee-” “I AM ORBISTANI LEGEND. THREE TIME TIME RALLY CUP WINNER. NICE TO MEET YOU.” - As the man said this with energy and determination, Yui raised an eyebrow. “Oh, well, a rally driver; seems like this race is going to be a challenge.” - Thought Yui, before getting into her car. The Orbistani racer did the same, strapping himself to the seat, igniting the engine and gripping the wheel.
The organizer stopped between the two. “Get ready to race, racers! Nine, eight, seven…” - The Orbistani and the Japanese racer looked at each other one last time before launching.
Both racers started pressing the upshift paddles as the cars launched, fighting an acceleration battle during the first straight. Yui won it, taking the lead and entering the first corner at vertiginous speeds followed by the Orbistani racer. She also noticed her engine sound drowned Daniil’s; looks like she wouldn’t be able to use that to keep track of her opponent.
“Alright, me, let’s avoid looking through the mirror, I need to concentrate on the road.” - Thought Yui, who turned her rear view mirror away from her line of sight. She would now need to concentrate 100%. The Seishido gripped its way through the second corner, and so did the OKB.
Yui focused on the first hairpin. She braked into it and started drifting by letting go of the gas sharply; the car started sliding and she controlled the drift, carefully caressing the throttle. She got out of the corner, and floored it again before the second hairpin, where she repeated the proccess. The spectators near the turn cheered; this was a great show of skill after all. The OKB handbrake-drifted it.
She floored it and entered the first high speed section. But something felt off; she didn’t quite know what, but something did not feel right. However, she didn’t let that overwhelm her mind and braked to enter the third hairpin, which she gripped to avoid wearing her tyres too much, using the late apex technique. The OKB gripped it too.
A few seconds later she was gripping the fourth hairpin. During the second high speed section, she started feeling something was off again, but she kept focusing on the road. Maybe her opponent was just trying to break her morale to overtake in the least expected moment. As soon as the high speed section ended, she late-braked and entered the fifth hairpin, which she drifted to block any attempt to overtake from Daniil. She floored it once again as soon as she exited the hairpin.
Something was feeling really off, though! “Alright, after the five consecutive hairpins I’m going to check what’s going on. This doesn’t feel right.” - Thought Yui. She entered the sixth hairpin, gripped it and once she exited it, floored it on her way to the five consecutive hairpins. She arrived without Daniil attempting anything, and she gripped her way through the five hairpins, dropping her wheels into the gutters, and tidying her lines by left-foot braking. She exited the last hairpin.
“What? Why did the Orbistani not try anything?” - Thought Yui. She adjusted her rear view mirror again and…nobody was chasing her. She looked at her right, at her left and checked the rear view mirror again. He wasn’t there. Did she lose him?
Yui drove her way to the finishing line, where people were waiting for her. She stopped, and turned the car around. After 40 seconds, the OKB finally appeared. She waited for the car to cross the finishing line and followed it to the summit. She looked at Daniil a few times, with a completely neutral expression.
They finally got to the summit, where people remained mostly silent. Yui and Daniil got out of their cars, and Yui walked towards Daniil. “Uuuh…mind if I check your suspension later?” - Daniil raised an eyebrow, but he nodded.
“Alright people, round 1 has ended! Round 2 will start tomorrow, so I want you to be here at 20:30PM for the races to be announced! See you tomorrow, people.” - After the organizer said that, people started packing up. The last two people to leave, however, where Yui and Daniil.
“Daniil…how do I say this?” - Said Yui, after checking Daniil’s car. “Your suspension…” “Yes?” - Replied Daniil. “What wrong with suspension?”. Yui looked at him. “It is set up for rallying…”.
To be continued.