Yesterday I hosted one of our scheduled IHSR (Interstate Home Slot Racers) race dates, and after our regular divisional runs, three of our club's most accomplished and talented racers volunteered to stay and conduct the SCITCC proxy at the Miglio di Molfetta.
After a long day of racing, it was decided that each driver would occupy a single lane and stay there for the duration of the race. Each car would run a two-minute heat in each lane giving each of the 31 entrants, 6 minutes of total track time. The tires of each entrant were cleaned thoroughly before the race began and each car checked for loose items or irregularities that would affect its performance negatively.
The groupings of cars were run slowest to fastest according to qualifying times. Since the qualifying times were all within a second of each other, and taking into account the mere six minutes of track time each car would see, it was believed there would be more than a few cars ending on the same lap, so the finishing positions were clearly marked for each car as they finished their third and final heat. This was done so there would be no disputing who exactly finished ahead of a competing car finishing on the same lap.
Below, I've not only included the Race Results in terms of finishing order, but also, the lap times for each entrant in each lane. This should not only show the validity of each car's performance results, but also the consistency and comparable driving abilities of the three drivers who ran the race. It should also show entrants just how good the drivers were considering their "race" times were nearly a second better than my "qualifying" times when I had the track all to myself. Additionally, take into consideration this is also my home track! These three are stellar performers.
Before the results, I just want to add that I realize there are a hundred suggestions that you could make to have run this race in a different manner. I realize that, beginning with a LOT more track time for each car. On my next hosted proxy, I'll dedicate the entire day to the race. But I did try to run a balanced, fair race with an even playing field and quality drivers ensuring accurate results. So before you pummel me publicly for something I could've done better or more to your liking, just consider I'm a newbee to this and did my best on your behalf. Other than the "be gentle" aspect, I'm open to all suggestions.
And now, the results:
The closeness of the results doesn't mean the drivers didn't have a clear favorite. All three determined their car of preference was the #11. Its performance was stellar and superior on the Miglio di Molfetta. All three agreed the #22 was close on its heels and one of our drivers commented that he'd love to own the #55.
They also spoke highly of the #29 and said it topped the charts in terms of smoothness, but could use a tad more speed. I even heard it mentioned that they felt they could have won most of our club's divisional races yesterday with any one of the entrants. That says a lot. Great work, guys.
The race underway:
Parade Laps by all entrants, top to bottom in finishing order:
The podium finishers:
Interview with the winning driver for Team Autorama by Italia24:
The winning car strikes a leisurely pose in front of the abandoned monastery:
Again, I thank kidvoltage for the opportunity and will gladly take your suggestions, putting them to good use next time around.
I'll email Monte the .xls results and if you would be kind enough to let me know the cars' next destination, I'll be happy to get them moving to keep this ball rolling!