Stage 3 - 1400cc-2199cc Class - Report
And they are off, the Barricada V-8 2000 in particular is going for a first stage without a roll.
It quickly becomes clear there are three big groups of cars. The fastest group involving the Wisconsin Motors, Eagle, Barricada, ACS, BAM, Bogliq, and the old 1939 Montes running close behind. While at the rear, the Epoch Race Spec is having a bad start (the other privately modified Epoch is fairing better), as are the Tannberg, LLA and Birmingham.
The old Noda truck cannot really follow the tempo, and the FM Cerberus is having issues with all of the tight turns.
A second sector with a few incidents, now as the driver of the FM Cerberus is continuing to struggle keeping the car under control under heavy braking and tight turning. The Bowen bumps slightly into a concrete barrier near the slums, and the Juggernaut Hurja is fishtailing dangerously on throttle.
Meanwhile the Ardent clearly lacks power to be competitive on the climb towards the Squarelli slums, and the Barricada is having to let the leaders go.
The Birmingham is making up for its bad start, and the Epoch Race Spec has caught up with the privately owned one.
A bit of a wiggle for the Barricada on the faster sections towards San Giulia, they are not making the most of their run in this sector.
That earlier bumps against the wall from the Bowen must have damaged something in the steering. Twice the car loses control on a high speed descent. The second time is the time too many, wrecking the car out of the race.
It’s with very high speed that the ASC 2000 blasts through this section, and this really divides the top three from the rest of the field now, with the Wisconsin Motors AeroMouse in second and Eagle leading narrowly still in front.
Behind the leaders, some fierce fighting between several pairs, Montes vs BAM, the two Epochs, Bogliq gaining on the wasteful Barricada, and The Juggernaut Hurja with the Bramble, to name the closest.
A bit of a moment again for the FM Cerberus, as it spins out and hits the wall in front of a warehouse going backwards. Damage is minimal and it can continue. But this is not a good run.
Bad news for the Bramble Envoy as it gets lost between the warehouses of the Fostina, losing time to get back on the correct route.
Horrible crash from the Tannberg Apollon as the rear comes round and turns the front into a construction unit, flipping the car over. Drivers are shaken, and it takes a while before the car can limp on, desperate to at least finish.
The Ardent has put in a very good last sector sprint to make up a few place towards mid-pack, and the LLA has broken up the fight between the two Epochs, buffering them from each other. Meanwhile at the front, it’s extremely close, but not as close as the finish between the Bogliq and the Barricada.