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1  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1967 F1 Senior - Willow Springs - Feb 16 on: February 17, 2020, 03:15:30 PM +0000
Bit of a crazy, wild finish to our Willow Springs event.  On parking after getting the checker and going to the paddock, I was astonished to see that I was posted as P2 only a tick behind winner, Frank Miele.  I posted at the time, 'HUH?  WTF?'  Only later in scoping the replay cap did I see that Alex and Miguel had shunted off on the last lap to promote everyone following.  Geeezzz...  Bad luck for those two is saying the least.

Off the start, Roberto directly ahead in the Honda was very slow and I easily passed safely on his left.  This left Blue Moose teammie, Evil Clive, just ahead on my right and with a clear path to T1.  I eased off for the corner with not the slightest intention of mounting a challenge as it was clearly Clive's corner.  WAMO!  From my vantage point at the time, it seemed like a lag/ping-related deal as Clive's Cooper seemed to stumble and I couldn't avoid.  From the server cap, it seems that Clive edged down probably believing that the inner lane was clear.  For whatever reason, I am very upset to see my old mate shunted off.  Thankfully, he could at least recover and continue to a good P6 placing.  Without this coming together, well...

In the early laps, it seemed like I could hold the gap to Frank ahead but I had Fulvio giving me fits from behind.  At around 1/4 distance, it seemed like I could finally break away from Fulvio.  By 1/2 distance, he was about 8s behind and Frank only 2s ahead and engaged in a proper duel with Tristan.  By 2/3 distance, we had a nice little train of Tris, Frank and I in close formation.  Tim was long gone in the lead til his tragic disco on Lap29.  Miseralbe luck there, mate.  This promoted me to a tidy P5.  With a couple of laps to run, Tris slid very wide in T2 and Frank pounced and was through for P3.  There was even time for me to slip by for position.  I expected a fierce counter-attack from Tris but it never came.  Got to the flag in an astonished P2 just 1/2s shy of the win.

All in all, a most unexpected result.
2  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1955 GP - Spa - Feb 9 on: February 16, 2020, 03:41:46 PM +0000
A well-deserved victory for Greg.  Great pace and skill that I just couldn't quite match.  Well done, GT.

A lucky P2 pour moi as both Evil and Axel fell to engine woes in the Lancias.  I'd be checking the warranty on those puppies.

Phil a fine P3 after a stirring duel with Dulima that wasn't settled til La Source on the last lap.  Good stuff there, gents.

The early laps were just a matter of hanging onto Evil, Axel and Greg in the slipstream.  This was relatively easy to do and indeed, when Axel's Lancia called it quits, Greg was left alone in the lead on the Masta and I sailed by like he dropped an anchor.  Later in the lap going up the hill after La Carriere, his exit speed there was substantially higher than mine and he retook the lead.  From there to the next lap on the Masta, he inched away to the point where catching the breeze off his Maser wasn't possible.  The tow was broken.  I settled into a comfy pace letting Greg streak away being content with P2 after the shambles of Zolder.

3  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1967 F1 Senior - Interlagos - Feb 2 on: February 04, 2020, 12:33:27 PM +0000
From the OAO web pages...

AlexGPL67 >>> Alex der Gaertner

A competent and reliable competitor.  He and I have sparred a number of times in OAO races.  Good driver and a good guy.
4  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1967 F1 Senior - Interlagos - Feb 2 on: February 03, 2020, 12:12:38 PM +0000
Relax, Ricky(Enrique).  Poo happens.  I haven't seen the server replay cap posted as yet to view but I can tell you that I may have backed off the throttle a touch early for Curva do Sol as I wasn't sure where Dulima directly ahead of me would start to slow.  Perhaps I was overly cautious in that as I didn't want to ass-pound him.  From my replay cap, he gets a great view of the shunt in his mirrors.  Smiley

No paperwork will be filed against you, amigo, and you shouldn't feel 100% guilty by any means.

I rather badly slagged Interlagos in my post above more due to the race result than any true feelings for it.
5  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1967 F1 Senior - Interlagos - Feb 2 on: February 02, 2020, 09:45:21 PM +0000
The best thing I like about Interlagos race today is that I get to take a shower early.

Hate the place.  Always have, do now, always will.
6  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1955 GP - Zolder - Jan 26 on: January 29, 2020, 02:19:33 AM +0000
Link to the server replay cap in post #1 seems to be borked.  No can do.
7  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1955 GP - Zolder - Jan 26 on: January 26, 2020, 09:42:47 PM +0000
Some people on this board better smarten up a ton real fast or you'll be down an entry.
8  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 36 (2020) 1955 GP - Zolder - Jan 26 on: January 22, 2020, 12:56:31 PM +0000
Hi, Phil.  Long time, no see...

Thanks for organizing this.  Looking forward to having some fun in the GP55's.

I think that you might revise my standing to 'Senior' considering that I am, in another universe, Lance deBoyle.

https://gpl-clandestines-trophy.webnode.com/international-trophy/a3%c2%aa-international-trophy/
9  UKGPL / UKGPL Announcements / Re: Season 33 1966 F1 - Registration on: June 20, 2018, 04:52:51 PM +0100
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10  UKGPL / UKGPL Announcements / Re: Season 33 1965 F1 Division 1 - Registration on: June 20, 2018, 04:52:28 PM +0100
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11  UKGPL / UKGPL Announcements / Re: Season 33 1955 GP - Registration on: June 20, 2018, 04:52:05 PM +0100
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12  UKGPL / UKGPL Announcements / Re: Season 33 1967 F1 Graduates Works - Registration on: June 20, 2018, 04:51:36 PM +0100
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13  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 33 (2018) 1966 F1 - Mosport - Jun 5 on: June 06, 2018, 12:59:21 PM +0100
Dave Rainier?  DAVE RAINIER???   Shocked

WOOOHOOO!!!  Hearty congratulations to Dave on a super win.  As a driver whom I think has improved considerably in his GPL skills over the last couple of seasons here at the UK, I bow to a drive that was near-faultless and certainly, had me bested.  Well done, DR.

Great run for Andreas to score P2!  Again, well done.

Frankly, a lucky P3 for me as Tris, Clive & Dean fell afoul of the gods.

I have to say that I had a good laugh on joining the server to find no less than three of us had selected the bone-slow Lotus 33 with Coventry-Climax power.  Did Dean, Cookie and I know something that the others didn't?  No, I suppose not but my rationale was to spend less to amass tokens and take a lesser result on a circuit that I typically do well on.  That should be no surprise.  I was born & raised just 20 minutes down the road in Bowmanville and spent my youth at the 'Happy Track'.

I bungled the start and almost lost a position to Andreas.  Lucky to hold him off.  Up the Andretti Straight on the first lap, I kinda blocked AG somewhat not by design but rather by surprise at just how much faster his Cooper was in a straight line.  I recognized that my Lotus was rather a stone by comparison but by that much?  Geeezzz...  Next lap, Andreas was by comfortably.

I then had Dave nipping at my heals and making serious his desire to pass.  Only by holding to the right up the back straight til we arrived at T8 did I stave him off for many a lap.  Ultimately, though, he got the run he needed and I had little choice but to yield the position.  Nice, workmanlike job on the pass, DR.

Dean then filled my mirrors and considering our recent races, I had to wonder how long it would be before I'd be junked.  Ahem...  Thankfully, a little more restraint on his part allowed us both to continue til his engine went sour.  I couldn't help but hear him rowing through the gears behind me and took some satisfaction in setting up my Lotus to run from a change-up to 3rd gear on the pit straight and being able to hold it all the way down to the Moss hairpin.  Being a lazy old goat has its advantages.  I'm also a firm believer in less is more.  Smiley

The laps reeled off and try as I might, the Lotus was just handcuffed on the Andretti Straight and all I could hope for would be a mistake from Andreas and Dave.  AG did swing a bit wide in the hairpin on a late lap to open the door for Dave and he was through for P2.  I was all set for a P4 finish...and quite satisfied with it all things considered...when suddenly, my pit board was showing me as P3.  Huh  Tris, our runaway leader, lunched his engine to the point that it would barely do 100mph on the back straight.  The BRM power unit is robust but not indestructible, mon ami.

Got down to the last laps and the freight train continued to the flag with the three of us...Dave, Andreas and myself...crossing the line with less than a one second spread.  Great finish!

Fran did well to score a P4.  Billy with very bad luck in shunting off late in the going(and causing the lead serial a serious fright as it was just in front of us!).  Axel a dreadful result after starting from the pits.  Groan...

Once again, grats to Dave!  Smiley


14  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 33 (2018) 1966 F1 - Bremgarten - May 22 on: May 23, 2018, 06:52:00 PM +0100
Cripes, Axel!  Too close for comfort!

Hope that you're back in action soon.

15  UKGPL / UKGPL Races / Re: UKGPL Season 33 (2018) 1966 F1 - Bremgarten - May 22 on: May 23, 2018, 03:02:29 PM +0100
I swear, Clive, that I went through about 20 iterations of gear ratios looking for the optimum.  No, that's a bit too low here.  Hmmm...  That's a bit too tall there.  Sigh...  The torque-less Weslake is always a challenge to dial in.  I finally settled on a 1st gear that was reasonable for the grid and could help me at the Forsthaus hairpin without having the revs go to the moon; for a good 2nd gear at Eichholz(not too low for that corner but hopeless for acceleration off Forsthaus), a 3rd gear that was somewhat tall for exiting Tenni but fed nicely into a 4th gear that peaked for the Wohlenstrasse at the top of the hill and the section beyond.  Top gear was just to keep the revs to 9500 or thereabouts.

Most definitely a compromise and most definitely, the Eagle chosen for token considerations.
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