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The 1966 Great Archanian Trek


#184

Stage 2: Fazo - Zimbukto

Sector 3 - Sali - Point Nowhere

Still driving through rock desert, also this part is so barren and featureless that even rocks are rare. The underground is hard rock with the occasional sand patch. Fast, but it might catch you off guard.

And we are continuing this Trek, the third sector being very treacherous when it comes to losing control on sudden patches of fine white sand. The first ones to get caught out and stall are the Fins of LSVRT team who act like they are on snow whenever they spot something white. They are, however, not the only ones who let themselves be surprised by the sand, as also the Keika, the Puttzalong, the Rapido Motors, the Caliban, the ACA Roadcruiser, and the KMC Avventurer had their moments. All but the KMC seemed to have gotten away without any damage though, and even for the KMC it looks minor.

Bigger issues are in store for those who get stuck in the deeper sand spots, and as we fly over the sector, we notice the Bogliq standing stationary. Nix and Hind trying to get the car free from fine and deep sand. The Epoch , JHW Sparrow, and the Sinistra are meanwhile also crawling nearly to a halt when hitting the sandy patches, though I am not sure this is due to traction issues or actual technical problems in putting down the power.

Of the cars racing at the front, the BM Feather seems to have the hardest time this sector, bouncing all over the place due to those small wheels and some bad choices in picking paths through the desert. Others are falling further back due to unyielding technical issues: the Ponni Weekend continues having issues after an early crash: the Ardent is having cooling and exhaust issues again, just as those that ended up dramatically in the first stage; and the Sakura Empress simply continues further disintegration – the reliability of that car is frankly abysmal.

At Point Nowhere, which contrary to our first checkpoint is actually somewhere, but just called nowhere, the first cars are arriving. Before we give you a top ten that has already passed, just an overview of the cars we see standing right now in the service area: Team Desert Stars and the Ninomiya Evron are looking like they suffered some damage and are checking their wheel alignment. The Franklin Rhino of Harcourt-Entwhistle - having a very anonymous race so far – is waiting for their engine to cool down after these three sectors at relatively high speed.

In the top ten though are:

BM Feather
Bramble Flint Chert
Bruce’s Loose Nut Jar
Keika I Safari
KMC Avventurer
LSV Buccaneer - Halti Special
Pengting Torra 273
Rapido Motors (RM) Skylight DS
SOCAUT Pyrénées V8
TSR Ultra Rally Safari Edition

For those still following that’s a clear loss of time of the Caliban compared to the opposition. It remains to be seen if this can be gained back.


#185

PAWOON: Well, this POS has been running quite undramatic now for a while.
CHANDAWANG: Yeah, just having some minor issues from the start, I’m sure they are sorted by now.
PAWOON: You have said that before…
CHANDAWANG: Now our offroad abilities will show instead. Look at all those converted passenger cars getting stuck or bouncing through the rocks. This is a real 4x4, some homebuilt crap won’t have a chance even though this one is stock.
PAWOON: But it is slow like…
CHANDAWANG: …you were with the tools when I finally found the propshaft bolts for you that you were too blind to notice? Don’t worry, we should not look in the mirror, there we only see the competition getting stuck, we should look at the beautiful scenery through the windshield!
PAWOON: It’s only rocks…everywhere! Beautiful scenery, right…
CHANDAWANG: More beautiful than a stuck Bogliq or broken KMC anyway!


#186

:cold_sweat:


#187

“This loose sand is killing our speed.” Luke said, sliding and almost coming to a stop yet again in the dusty patch of irritation.

“We’re making a ton of power, Luke. And we’ve got that CV joint that’s threatening to blow up at any moment. I’m not surprised that it’s struggling in the sand. Plus, we’re putting all of our power through two wheels, which isn’t helping our speed any.” Mark replied.

“Well, with any luck, we’ll be able to swoop back in and steal the show again. Or we’ll go out gloriously by trashing the concept car.” Luke said, the brutal 464 cubic inch V8 screaming again as they threw sand everywhere.

However, at Point Nowhere, the Sinistra Savage crawled over the line, looking a little worse for wear, but reasonably in one piece, other than the Crimson Sky red paint looking a bit sand-blasted.


#188

F

If that makes you feel better at that point I think the rocks accepted my Mesaia as one of them

[EDIT] and the fact that OP likes my post after the fact doesn’t reassure me either


#189

Stage 2: Fazo - Zimbukto

Sector 4 - Point Nowhere - Agorgot
Suddenly the land rises up, and so do you, up to the summit of the Agorgot mountain.

It really is an endurance test at this point, ladies and gentlemen, as the cars climb up Agorgot. Some parts are remarkably steep, but even in general the gradient is taxing on the engines. Nearer to the top, all cars will have to use a narrow trail, as the rest of the mountain really is not traversable.

The BM Feather was the first one to miss a corner on this trail, yet luckily get stuck in a crevice rather than tumble down the mountain. That car is also feather-light, so the team can simply carried it back on the track. The narrowness of the trail makes some people rightly nervous, and the TSR Ultra in particular is taking it calm, apparently throttle delivery in that car can be quite sensitive. The Katana Racing Team are avoiding all issues, but they are avoiding also all speed.

There are of course those that never had any speed to begin with, and one of them, Team There and Back Again, are putting the pedal to the metal. They feel themselves falling back behind their Stage 1 finishing place. Even at relatively low speeds this climb is treacherous, and the have a serious two-wheel moment. They manage to escape without any serious mishap however. Not all teams are that lucky, the Sinistra is running hot and manages to shred a wheel on some rocks; the Caliban – in an effort to make up for lost ground – takes the risk of trying an alternate route to the top – unsure who’s idea was that – finds out that the mountain outside of the trail is in fact just about as traversable as advertised, which meant that after struggling to get traction to climb a way too steep incline they have to double back and return to the trail.

The Caliban may have lost out on a few position but is now clawing back as they pass Team Desert Stars standing next their overturned Ninomiya Evron, lying in a small ditch besides the mountainside – damage seems limited though.

The ACA of Team Cops and Robbers stalls due to overheating and blocks the Puttzalong behind it. I am not sure that Contadino and Greco mind the forced break that much; there is some smoke coming from their radiator as well. A bit later the Deer And Hunt joins them as well, allowing the cars to cool down while the teams fraternize.

Some daredevil racing on the narrow tracks up ahead between the JHW Sparrow and the Pengting of NAAC. The Pengting having fallen back on the first part of the climb due to some inopportune direction choices and ending up in a field with rocks larger than the car could handle. Another close race between the Rapido Motors and the KMC Avventurer is cut short when the KMC overheats as well. They are in the middle of the track and hold up the Franklin Rhino, which at this point isn’t overheated, but simply lacks space to pass.

Other issues we have spotted along the way are a flat tire for the FAAL Mesaia, who really isn’t having its best performance this stage, and the SOCAUT of Team Pyrénées having to tinker with something in the engine near the ckeckpoint before feeling confident to continue.

We near the end of the sector and enter the final third of our stage with these cars in the top ten:

BM Feather
Bramble Flint Chert
Bruce’s Loose Nut Jar
Franklin Rhino G&EHE1966
Keika I Safari
KMC Avventurer
LSV Buccaneer - Halti Special
Rapido Motors (RM) Skylight DS
SOCAUT Pyrénées V8
TSR Ultra Rally Safari Edition


#190

Team Savage spent a good chunk of this stage dealing with the 464 cubic-inch engine overheating in the searing heat, the big V8 straining as Luke kept trying to fire the car up the side of the mountain despite having a severe lack of grip.

Mark seemed less than impressed when one of Luke’s lead-footed moments resulted in a bounce, followed by an explosion as one of their tires, the driver’s front, burst on a rock.

“Couldn’t have aimed that one better if you tried, Luke. Don’t turn off the engine, we need the fan turning to cool that radiator or she’ll seize.” Mark said, moving to apply the parking brake and take the car out of gear, so that Luke could focus entirely on changing the tire.

Luke got out the jack and stuffed it under the car, then quickly changed the burst tire. “I think that was a mercy kill. I’m no off-road expert, but I think that’s a bald off-road tire.” Luke said, tossing the dead tire behind the seats. Mark took a look, then nodded. “Worn all the knobby bits off of it, looks like something you’d take to a drag strip.”

With the two major mishaps over with, Luke pushed onward, the Savage running just under the red as they tried to make up lost time again.


#191

Team Tin of Anchovies.

Sector 4.

Joshua: “Alright Alec, I know a shortcut. Take this exit.”

Alec: “Are you sure about this…?”

Joshua: “Yeah yeah I reckon this is the fastest path.”

The spectators of the rally could several minutes later see the same car come back. Some serious yelling could be heard from the outside of the car, muffled by the sound of the car.


#192

PAWOON: I have to admit that I must have underestimated this beast! It’s running like a train now!
CHANDAWANG: Yeah, I told you so. It’s like tailored for this. Maybe not the fastest but it sure can cope with rough conditions. Just look at all the cars we have passed that were either broken down or stuck! I’m sure we will finish this and we won’t be the last to cross the finish line.


#193

Rapido Motors Team

Rajha Mirada - 37
Daniel “Dany” Focada - 34
Car: 1965 Rapido Motors Skylight DS


Stage 2, sector 3&4

R: Ayee! Tis is da speeed section!
D: Let’er rip!

The car flies through the barren desert as fast as it’s 95hp will let it go reaching near 90 mph. The team just enjoying new speed, completely unaware of the sand patches. Then they hit their first one…

The car lurches forward, dropping speed fast as the sand grabs the tires
R: Ohhww!
D: whooow!
Together: Yeeaaahh?
R: Tis not hard dirt, it sand!
D: Whowha… It not like us.
R: We gotta gun through it!

Rajha downshifts into second gear, hoping to have the guts to keep the car moving. It helps for a little bit and they manage to get through the sand patch unharmed.

Dany: Ya, no do that again!
Rajha: Na, we dis avoid da white stuff.

They get through to the checkpoint, (and somehow manage to get in the top 10, according to an official), and move on to sector 4.

Dany: We gat tis. It’a be a walk in te park.
Rajha: Yis, dis car was made for te hill climb, we gonna race tem to te top!

[Ed Note: Recall the bit if info about the government (where RM is located) had a sort of mandate? It was for this exact reason. Hills.]

The team raced up the hill, going side by side with the orange KMC. It was a tough fight…

Rajha: Yiisss, feel de power of de Rapido! Rapido!
The V8 snarls and echos off the side of the KMC. With the KMC’s own i6 hissing back.
Dany: We have ye now! We gots tis good!
Rajha: Ye we show em wit teir modified car tis no match for factory power!
The KMC Avventurer shows signs of overheating as it drops back behind the RM Skylight DS.
Rajha: Whooo! We’dsa show em we gots Factory Power!
Dany: Yee!! It’s victory! For sweet Mother, for Rapido Motors!

The team continues to celebrate their small victory on the hill climb, shouting phrases unrecognizable as English words. They keep themselves in the top 10 for this sector as well.


#194

Stage 2: Fazo - Zimbukto

Sector 5 - Agorgot - Anuman
Down the mountain we go and here we reach sandy desert; though no big dunes yet.

The first part of this sector is a steep downhill race into the big sand desert outstretched below. This is not a part of the Trek for the faint-hearted. The approaches of the teams are different. The Sakura-Mathews America Factory Team is hurling themselves down, trying to make up time lost in earlier sectors. The Fins in the LSV clearly still have braking issues and need to be extra careful. In general everyone is very high-strung during this part of the Trek.

The SOCAUT of Team Pyrénées needs to stop, they need a tire change. At the same time the Sakura Empress is storming down and it doesn’t look like they anticipate others on their route. Oh no! This is going to be a crash!!! Oh… The Empress managed to evade at the last second… They are not slowing down though, this cannot end well.

They are not the only ones to push the car to the limit down the hill, the Ardent barely looks in control, the Rapido Motors car equally speeds down almost out of control. I think it was generally out of control… Rajha Mirada and Dany Focada have stopped the car and are climbing out and standing next to it, both white as a sheet…

And, oh, the accident that was waiting to happen have happened! The Sakura and the Puttzalong came together at high speed and both rolled. I hope the drivers are alright in there… It seems the ACA Roadcruiser was also involved but got off lighter. I am unsure what exactly happened here. That’s the second time the Puttzalong is implicated in a coming together this Trek.

All kind of troubles are pouring in over the radio now: some smoke coming from the Cossack, although it doesn’t seem to be slowing down – anonymous race for team No Name 1 so far; overheating breaks and pending break failure for the Pengting in the mean time, the drivers from NAAC are trying to get them to cool down using… unconventional methods; the Deer and Hunt as well has some issues getting stopped after a while due to stress on the breaks.

Every team is visible relieved when we reach the sand dunes and the way to Anuman oasis is open. No real issues on this part, except the combination of long race (we’re at over 600km far now) and the merciless sun makes a number of victims who need to cool down their engine: the TSR Ultra, the Caliban, the Bogliq, the Franklin Rhino, and the JHW Sparrow; all of them had to spent some time suffering motionless in the unbearable heat.

Worth noting as well is the fuel issues of the Bramble Flint, who are basically begging for fuel at the checkpoint. At that checkpoint the top ten car are:

BM Feather
Bramble Flint Chert
Bruce’s Loose Nut Jar
Epoch M30 3.3 Trek
Keika I Safari
KMC Avventurer
LSV Buccaneer - Halti Special
Rapido Motors (RM) Skylight DS
SOCAUT Pyrénées V8
TSR Ultra Rally Safari Edition


#195

Stage 2: Fazo - Zimbukto

Sector 6 - Anuman - Zimbukto
Final drive through the sandy desert towards the historical city of Zimbukto, capital of the most powerful kings of pre-Archanian times.

Divers are getting tired, I am getting tired. We’ve been out here for well over 7 hours now, and there in the distance in Zimbukto. Drivers will have to reach the Palace of Justice – last used before the current regime came into power, but kindly offered to us to serve as service stop and lodgings.

The end is near, but so is the end of the fuel carried by our teams after so many refuels already. The Katana Racing Team gesturing at locals and being sent to a fuel stop where they can get some extra fuel still. There are some issues with sand in the fuel pump I hear though, so they might lose some precious time there. This could be critical for the outcome of the race considering they have been ever-present in the top ten so far.

But at least the TSR made the city. The Sinistra continued having issues with the fine sand – something they did not encounter on their very successful first stage – and have to dig themselves out even before reaching the Zimbukto slums and outskirts. The Epoch as well – having suffered nearly all race from an engine problem that reduced power – is getting stuck in the small sand hills, with Peter Kleinmann out of the car and pushing.

The FAAL Mesaia is not having much luck this stage either, with both Muellers under the hood somewhere in the slums of Zimbukto, looking to solve ongoing technical issues. The Pengting is plagued by minor issues as well as NAAC is yet again stationary waiting for things to cool down.

The Deer and Hunt meanwhile is hurt, its brakes thoroughly cooked on the flanks of Agorgot. They have to drive carefully and are losing time. Driving less carefully is the Bramble Flint; Moore and Chamberlain clearly frustrated about losing time begging for fuel, I am glad I was not near when they get stuck driving too hasty in the dunes, and run out of fuel again soon after.

It’s not the only car not to like deep, fine sand; the SOCAUT, Ninomiya, Ponni Weekend and BM Feather all have their issues with either traction or overheating the engine from spinning the wheels. No issues in the JHW Sparrow, but Ecurie Crowley suffered some already and had a horrible spell in the first stage, so that’s maybe why they were too concentrated on listening to the engine, rather than navigating Zimbukto. They are simply lost at this point. And they are not the only ones that cannot find their way around this crazy city in the middle of nowhere:Hurry Squad in the Ligrani thought they had found themselves a shortcut, but instead they are lost deep in the slum area.

The IP Brigadeer did not get lost, but is not a fan of the small streets and got a street pole stuck underneat, necessitating removal and repairs at this late stage. The funniest situation though came from the Ardent, with Morgan and Kowalczyk taking half the car apart trying to find what made it stall until Kowalczyk remembered to check the fuel gage. This will have cost them some time, regardless of their decision after this stage to stay in the Trek or take the plane out of Zimbukto.

It’s time to meet the officials at the Court House of Zimbukto and see how the teams did. Who will have won this stage and what has happened to the overall standings?


#196

PAWOON: Yeah, were was we…yeah, I changed my mind, allright, this beast is running like a…
BANG CRUNCH WHACK!
CHANDAWANG: …tourist bus on an offroad trail…


#197

Final Results Stage 2

Congrats for the podium places for Stage 2 of the 1966 TREK

1. Keika Autmotive

2. Ferreira Family Crashing Team

3. Team No Name 2 with the BM Feather

Finishers Professional:

Summary
Position Car Team Status Driver Co-driver Stage 2
1 Keika I Safari Keika Automotive Professional Daniel Chase Jack Williams 07:15,07
2 KMC Avventurer KMC Professional Kevin Michaels Herman Livingston 07:40,34
3 LSV Buccaneer - Halti Special LSVRT team Professional Make Viljami 07:41,46
4 TSR Ultra Rally Safari Edition Katana Racing Team Professional Cole Mendez Takumi Kakayama 07:43,52
5 Rapido Motors (RM) Skylight DS Rapido Motors Factory Team Professional Rajha Mirada Daniel “Dany” Focada 07:54,37
6 JHW Sparrow Panamerica Ecurie Crowley Professional Fred Jones Ken Crowley 08:16,07
7 Bramble Flint Chert Bramble Factory Professional William Moore Robert Chamberlain 08:18,19
8 Puttzalong Inglese Rally PRTF (Puttzalong Rally Team Fruinia) Professional Giuseppe Contadino Arturo Greco 08:24,45
9 Ardent Chesapeake GT Rally The Pride of Ohio Professional Bobby Morgan George Kowalczyk 08:35,09
10 Epoch M30 3.3 Trek Epoch Professional Yale Thomlinson Peter Kleinmann 08:35,44
11 Caliban Thunder ‘Scafell’ Tin Of Anchovies Professional Alec Henry “Insane Josh” Joshua Morgan 08:37,28
12 Deer And Hunt Hawg GAT Team OneShot Professional James Parker Henry Carlson 08:37,29
13 ACA RoadCruiser 440 Police Interceptor Special Offroad Team Cops and Robbers Professional Blake Washington Alejandro Cervantes 08:38,30
14 Sinistra Savage Concept Sinistra Performance Division Professional Luke Sinistra Mark Jasper 08:51,05
15 IP Brigadeer 1900 DX2 4x4 IP Motorsports Professional Chandawang Sangwat Pawoon Khaodai 09:07,22
16 Sakura Empress S (E10) Baja Custom Sakura-Mathews America Factory Team Professional David Mathews Emerton Mathews 11:08,34

Finishers Amateurs:

Summary
Position Car Team Status Driver Co-driver Stage 2
1 Bruce’s Loose Nut Jar Ferreira Family Crashing Team Amateur Bruce Ferreira Buster Ferreira 07:20,51
2 BM Feather No Name 2 Amateur Unknown Unknown 07:34,24
3 SOCAUT Pyrénées V8 Team Pyrénées Amateur Jean-Claude Cassenave André Lacassagne 07:55,16
4 Franklin Rhino G&EHE1966 Harcourt-Entwhistle Amateur Capt George Harcourt-Entwhistle, REME Elizabeth Harcourt-Entwhistle 07:59,14
5 Cossack TT2500 (modified) No Name 1 Amateur Menelaus Daisun Cardiel Megalos 08:05,36
6 Pengting Torra 273 NAAC (North Archanan Automobilist Club) Amateur Jehu “Tripod” Kickoman Sebastianos Kouho 08:18,46
7 Ponni Weekend No Name 3 Amateur Bruno Volponi Enzo Lombardo 08:41,05
8 FAAL Mesaia 152 Team Sechsmötörigewildsaü Amateur Xavier Müller Jean-Martin Müller 08:44,22
9 Ligrani La Follia Hurry Squad Amateur Teodor Bajkiewicz Clive Stetbury 08:49,28
10 Ninomiya Evron Coupe (Custom) Team Desert Stars Amateur Yuuki Akagi Haruto Aiba 09:11,49
11 Bogliq GPDV TREK Car Team There and Back Again Amateur Stephen Nix Christopher Hind 09:41,44

Overall:

Summary
Position Car Team Status Driver Co-driver Stage 2
1 Keika I Safari Keika Automotive Professional Daniel Chase Jack Williams 07:15,07
2 Bruce’s Loose Nut Jar Ferreira Family Crashing Team Amateur Bruce Ferreira Buster Ferreira 07:20,51
3 BM Feather No Name 2 Amateur Unknown Unknown 07:34,24
4 KMC Avventurer KMC Professional Kevin Michaels Herman Livingston 07:40,34
5 LSV Buccaneer - Halti Special LSVRT team Professional Make Viljami 07:41,46
6 TSR Ultra Rally Safari Edition Katana Racing Team Professional Cole Mendez Takumi Kakayama 07:43,52
7 Rapido Motors (RM) Skylight DS Rapido Motors Factory Team Professional Rajha Mirada Daniel “Dany” Focada 07:54,37
8 SOCAUT Pyrénées V8 Team Pyrénées Amateur Jean-Claude Cassenave André Lacassagne 07:55,16
9 Franklin Rhino G&EHE1966 Harcourt-Entwhistle Amateur Capt George Harcourt-Entwhistle, REME Elizabeth Harcourt-Entwhistle 07:59,14
10 Cossack TT2500 (modified) No Name 1 Amateur Menelaus Daisun Cardiel Megalos 08:05,36
11 JHW Sparrow Panamerica Ecurie Crowley Professional Fred Jones Ken Crowley 08:16,07
12 Bramble Flint Chert Bramble Factory Professional William Moore Robert Chamberlain 08:18,19
13 Pengting Torra 273 NAAC (North Archanan Automobilist Club) Amateur Jehu “Tripod” Kickoman Sebastianos Kouho 08:18,46
14 Puttzalong Inglese Rally PRTF (Puttzalong Rally Team Fruinia) Professional Giuseppe Contadino Arturo Greco 08:24,45
15 Ardent Chesapeake GT Rally The Pride of Ohio Professional Bobby Morgan George Kowalczyk 08:35,09
16 Epoch M30 3.3 Trek Epoch Professional Yale Thomlinson Peter Kleinmann 08:35,44
17 Caliban Thunder ‘Scafell’ Tin Of Anchovies Professional Alec Henry “Insane Josh” Joshua Morgan 08:37,28
18 Deer And Hunt Hawg GAT Team OneShot Professional James Parker Henry Carlson 08:37,29
19 ACA RoadCruiser 440 Police Interceptor Special Offroad Team Cops and Robbers Professional Blake Washington Alejandro Cervantes 08:38,30
20 Ponni Weekend No Name 3 Amateur Bruno Volponi Enzo Lombardo 08:41,05
21 FAAL Mesaia 152 Team Sechsmötörigewildsaü Amateur Xavier Müller Jean-Martin Müller 08:44,22
22 Ligrani La Follia Hurry Squad Amateur Teodor Bajkiewicz Clive Stetbury 08:49,28
23 Sinistra Savage Concept Sinistra Performance Division Professional Luke Sinistra Mark Jasper 08:51,05
24 IP Brigadeer 1900 DX2 4x4 IP Motorsports Professional Chandawang Sangwat Pawoon Khaodai 09:07,22
25 Ninomiya Evron Coupe (Custom) Team Desert Stars Amateur Yuuki Akagi Haruto Aiba 09:11,49
26 Bogliq GPDV TREK Car Team There and Back Again Amateur Stephen Nix Christopher Hind 09:41,44
27 Sakura Empress S (E10) Baja Custom Sakura-Mathews America Factory Team Professional David Mathews Emerton Mathews 11:08,34

Automation Sunday Cup - Race 4: Laguna Seca
#198

Team Sechsmötörigewildsaü, in a galaxy far, far away… like Moselle for instance

Clunking sounds.
Both Xavier and Jean-Martin are watchign under the hood to see what the hell has been eating their power up for the last mile or so. Thankfully, the answer was right there.

Two carbs. One cable. The junction between the left carb and the right carb had busted.

Legend says the team finished the race limping, with no shoes on, the shoelaces being used as a makeshift throttle cable, pulled out of the hood and through the driver window.


#199

PAWOON: Aren’t shoes tasty?
CHANDAWANG: HA! We’re not last yet and we won’t be in the end!
PAWOON: I promise to cook them for you, I heard that some ginger and lemon grass could make wonders with old shoes.
CHANDAWANG: I heard that we are two hours faster than the Sakura and that’s enough for me!


#200

Hours, mate :stuck_out_tongue:


#201

Ooops, was probably stuck in the 24h clunker challenge thinking yet… :stuck_out_tongue: Corrected.


#202

Rapido Motors Team

Rajha Mirada - 37
Daniel “Dany” Focada - 34
Car: 1965 Rapido Motors Skylight DS


Stage 2, sector 5&6

The next section was all downhill from here, literally. Rajha was still driving and as they went down hill they noticed the speeds picked up far too quickly…

Rajha: Ahhh, di no good…
Dany: It’s too much, too fast! Slows us down!
Rajha: I cants, sa brakes woll overheat if I dids!

The speedometer climbs past 70 as Rajha puts the car into 4th gear, trying for some engine braking to keep the actual brakes from becoming molten steel.

Rajha: Dis all I can do! It’s no use! We’da be flying now!

Their eyes get wide as the speedometer creeps past 95mph. Rajha desperately trying to avoid the other racers around them and the duo starts screaming at each other in incoherent babbles.

The team had quite a ride down the hill, though the 4th gear was long enough to keep the engine from spinning to oblivion, they watched in horror as the speedometer went all the way up to its max 120mph. But by that time the engine had enough braking power to keep the car from going any faster, and the hill started leveling out again.

When they stopped at the bottom of the hill, neither of them said a single word. They were both wide-eyed and white as a sheet as they stood there for about 5 minutes.

Finally:
Rajha: Yuu Drive! I’m done!
Dany reluctantly gets into the driver’s seat and finishes this sector and the next without any drama.

When the duo got to the end of the stage, they shared nervous laughter when they heard they had snagged 5th place in the professional class.



#203

Corrected that! You are fifth in the professional category for this stage.