The second race of the Automation GT Challenge continues with the 20 cars duking out a 12 hour long battle on the corners of Sebring. All the teams have assembled and the pit boxes are alive with anxious buzzing, betting and praying. Will the WSD domination continue? Could one of the DNFers from the previous race bung a major spanner into the works? Half a day fueled by pure adrenalin, petrol fumes and the smell of rubber will see the outcome of the second round of the AGTC.
Wheeling out the cars for qualifying, the plethora of engine notes cut harshly through the air to the backdrop of aircraft moving about in the airport. Tyres squeal as drivers flick their cars into corners to build up heat. Slowly the variegated caterpillar of cars build up speed and rack up lap after lap.
The lap times are announced, in seconds. While the Borch twins ran seriously quick times, they will still be just as much at the mercy of luck, fuel economy and the reliability of their cars when it comes to the race. GBF brings in a surprise top 5 finish, just half a second quicker than Nohda who round off that group. The Erin does indeed seem to be lacking pace a little, while the Torana is also a little outclassed. Sinistra's monster doesn't appear to have been tamed yet either, struggling to string together a clean lap.
Now, onto the real thing.
- Lap time = raw lap time in Kee which we call the qualifying time
- The single character wide column to the left of the purple is the number of fuel stops made
- Purple is the number of errors made by the driver
- The column with the cut off heading “pit” is the amount of time your car spends in the pits refueling
Again the cars that heavily rely on turbocharging seem to be that much harder to control and therefore lose out in the long run, the only outlier to this trend being Smooth who has risen from the depths of DNF to secure an impressive 2nd place. The average number of mistakes made by drivers in turbo cars this time was around 92 or 93 whereas racers behind the wheels of naturally aspirated screamers only mucked up 83 times. The Sinistra continues to hold up it’s reputation of being untameable with the driver making over a hundred mistakes over the course of the race.
Borch #1, the WSD, stretches it’s legs for Sebring and takes home another win, with the previous race’s #2 being pushed out by the Smooth. Montrouge, Cavallera and Nohda are the remaining 3 in the top 5. In the middle of the pack were the interesting cars, the other Borch for instance. When on the track it simply breezes past everything as long as the driver has everything under control but loses out by not allowing that performance sustainably. Team Zabhawkin seal another race with an average result. Scarab seems to have suffered some misfortune and drop back to 9th place. And even more unfortunately, the Torana doesn’t seem to have seen the end of troubled times having crashed out, but surprisingly the only one to do so. Sinistra and Stryker have both got their act together, but only one fares well with the Scimitar ending up in a respectable 6th while the Sinistra struggles to cling on. The Erin is either off sightseeing at the rear of the pack or just way out of it’s league.
At 321 laps completed @strop has yet again taken first place.
However, others are not far behind, seeing as the WSD is only 3 laps ahead of 2nd place, the Smooth, this time. 3rd, 4th and 5th both finish about 7 laps after that and 10 laps down on the first Borch. The bottom half of the top 5 seems to be most hotly contested category with all three cars finishing less than a lap between the trio.
Congrats to @strop, @AirJordan, and @EnryGT5 for finishing on the podium!
Seen here, the pretty GBF spotted in action.