Round 5 – Sunday Feb. 15th, 2004:

Much Improved Track for Round 5 Brings 3 Different Winners

 

 

 

The Round 5 track, located at the west end of Telford Lake, was much improved over the original track we used in Rounds 1 and 2.  While Rounds 3 & 4 used a slightly widened track 2 design and brought more room for passing and racing, the Round 5 design was best yet.  Hats off to track designer Barry MUNSON for bringing a wide, technical and challenging track to the racers for Round 5. The Chevette drivers were making use of the front and back straights to reach speeds of about 100 km/h. The back straight brought us a hair-pin corner and challenged our braking points and apex control. The kink at Corner 1 was a tester for flat-out driving even when the traction gave away (lap 4 or so…). The right-hander in the back section upset a lot of cars that were balanced for left-only turns. Unfortunately, the lesser skilled drivers from the OTHER classes managed to collectively roll 4 cars this weekend, causing a few delays. Since driving a Chevette makes one learn patience, the wait wasn’t long.  

 

It was “musical drivers” for Car 55 and 24.  Car 24 Team Boss STEVENS was away and used Rent-a-driver SAKALUK to fill his BIG shoes for the Chevette races. Car 55 Team Boss McKernan took over the driving duties of the slightly wrinkled 1979 Pontiac Acadian 4-door and scored 2 victories in Rubber as well as top points for the Round 5.  Then, while driving Car 24, SAKALUK earned 2nd for the weekend. Sounds like a conflict of interest when we have the #1 driver for Team 55 driving for Team 24 as a fill-in. So that makes 7 race wins for SAKALUK – 6 with Team 55 and 1 with Team 24.  The points go with the car not the driver.  Car 36 took a weekend off from the slopes and took the first race of the day.  Seems it is easier to win when starting from the front, eh, Colin? Car 78 had a flat tire in race #2 and took pole for Race #3, repeating the ‘win from the front’ theme.  Car 24 had a forward grid position in Race #2 and easily grabbed the checkered flag.

 

I managed to snag the lap times from scoring for the event. For the statistician, it is very interesting and there are many rationalizations possible. Below are the lap times for Car 24 for the 3 Chevette races. Race 1 saw Car 24 in a lot of traffic early. Note that his fastest lap wasn’t until lap 3, 4 and 5, after sawing through some traffic in laps 1 and 2. Race 2 saw Car 24 grab the lead early with minimal traffic and, as a result, the fastest lap time of the day was scored in Lap2 while traction was maximized.  I didn’t count lap 1 in the average lap times as the standing start on lap 1 makes this lap time misleading.  The last few laps always see a dramatic increase in lap times, Car 24 adding about 10 seconds per lap compared to the first hot lap.  Historically, lap times traditionally increase by 1 to 2 seconds per lap throughout the race.  Not surprisingly, with minimal traffic, Race 2 saw Car 24 with the fastest average speed for the race at 65.7 km/h. This compares well with the 65.0 km/h average speed for Car 78 in Race 3, going wire to wire in the lead with no traffic. As a reference, the 9th place car averaged 60.6 km/h for race 3.  Car 78 changed a flat in Race 2 and added 3 minutes to THAT lap.  Anyone interested in lap time data can contact me, Car 78. 

 

Race #

1

2

3

Lap     /   Car #

24

24

24

1

01:29.8

01:19.4

01:12.7

2

01:28.3

01:17.1

01:23.6

3

01:20.9

01:19.4

01:22.6

4

01:22.2

01:20.9

01:25.8

5

01:22.6

01:23.8

01:24.8

6

01:27.9

01:24.8

01:25.8

7

01:35.2

01:25.7

01:29.4

8

01:29.6

01:28.3

01:30.3

Ave. Lap

01:27

01:23

01:26

Best

01:20.9

01:17.1

01:22.6

Ave. km/h

66.7

70.0

65.4

Race Time

11:36

10:58

11:14

Race Ave.(km/h)

62.1

65.7

64.1

Car 24 lap times for Round 5 (driver, Kevin SAKALUK).