Apologies for the delay folks, been moving out of my uni accommodation and haven't had time to sit down and write this up.
Would you believe it, Howler won once more, followed by the Chullu of SmoothRacing and the battered Komodo Taipan of Yudi Tan. He'd been fighting with the Scarab, who ended the race equally bashed up, with both cars clipping one another throughout the race. Not to be outdone in terms of action, the Zavir pestered the two constantly, even managing to over take them a few times too. The ErinSport Merna could only look on as it failed to keep up on this technical circuit.
Sachiuri had their best finish of the season after a great run, with Chekal Sung-ho showing class and skill having struggled quite a lot during the previous races. Juha Makinen's Infinity was bested by the Anikatian luxury saloon, but only just, with both cars repeatedly coming in to close contact. The Baltazar and KHT Merna joined in on a number of occasions too, as well as the IDSport Carthage, including a moment on lap 8 when all five cars traded places at least once.
The Cranked Up Dummies sadly couldn't quite match their early season success on this close course, though they did managed to stay ahead of the Teuton of Bamtech Sport, who was more occupied with fending off the MSR Prova of Sobong Yeong-ho, which he did successfully. Still, Maesima did managed to push Gamma out of the points, along with the STF Blade which was amazingly fast for the first half of the race, but became bogged down by the sweeping bends of the track and large of amount of traffic, caused by how short the circuit is.
Andrew Robson's Merciel and Bogliq's Loan Fierar were at each other's throats all race in one of the fiercer duels of the season so far, with the distinctive Moldovan compact coming off slightly worse overall. Shinjiro Ikeda of ZMD Eurosport had a hard time this race and remained pretty much alone, save for the occasional contact with traffic. It was a similar story for the Kimura, which sadly just couldn't cut this deceptively simple track.
The Vinson-Ares Solo Beaver led the rear of the pack, pulling out a healthy lead over those behind it by the half way point. The Ecamobile was comparatively quick compared to Rayyan Rawat's Sabre Ardent, yet the Sabre CEO drove almost flawlessly all race. One suspects that he might have actually had some previous experience at this far flung race circuit. Contendiente brought up the rear, but only just, only being bested by Rawat's sheer skill.
The standings after Race 5 are as follows.