Round 6 and 7 – Lac
La Biche March 2007:
Shortens Championship Weekend:
Lac La Biche, Alberta - The Western Canadian
Championship weekend started off with a bang as 18 of the world’s finest
Chevette drivers challenged for the BIG trophy. For the Chevette owners,
Saturday saw 2 races in Chevette class and 2 races in Non-Stud class. However,
the Sunday races were cancelled due to white-out conditions, combined with
snow. Consequently, the championship was won and lost on Saturday’s race
results (for me, lost...). Sunday, the racers did manage some track time,
competing in a solo-like manner and comparing lap times from 2-lap stints.
The track was wide, fast and technical. There were
many ways to pass and many more ways to screw up a lap. This all added up to
much over-taking and exciting finishes throughout the field. One photo finish
saw Car 79 pull ahead of Car 24 by about 2.4 feet at the checkered flag.
Unsubstantiated rumor has it that driver 24 was lighting up a cigar about to
celebrate finally beating Car 79 when the fateful finish with a flurry
occurred. When reached for comment, driver 24 quickly donned a pair of dark
sunglasses, fake mustache and started speaking in foreign tongue (or was that
the booze talking?)
Other highlights and “low-lights” included:
return of more blue paint to the grid.
return of the Crown Royal sponsored RED BULL girls.
54 parked so high on the snow
bank, they had to use GUIDE DOGS to locate the car.
24 stopping by corner 3 for a cup of coffee during the race (driver 24
actually parallel parked his Vette in a space designed for only ½ a car).
world’s first “door-handle cam” video footage from Car 79.
7, Blain BOUTIN, padded his championship lead and trashed the hopes of
Lolacher, Branco and Bressmer, as he continued his Schumacher-like season,
refusing to make a miscue, wining both races.
bird “foiling” the transponder sender-receiver system and creating havoc
in the points for Saturday (a foil-backed Tweety bird, stuck to the side
window of one Chevette, causing intermittent transponder readings and
resulting in partially jumbled electronic finishing orders).
(timing, scoring and organizing) returned to Alberta race central, tackling the Tweety
Car 29/ Car 77 dual car carrier (Chevette spooning).
favorite, Car 73, organizing and planning the ALPAC and Charity races, was
run off his feet.
certain car put on a technical clinic of “how to pass in spite of yellow
flags”. The students were initially aghast at the “thread-the-needle”
over-taking style, however, it is the opinion of
the author that these students can only learn from their mistakes
(misunderstandings). Some were clearly unsure of the meaning of the
ALPAC race, with a field of 12 cars, was well-driven by the rookies.
Charity event was redesigned as a solo event, with drivers challenging
each other best lap times.
This event is the crown jewel of our race season.
Thanks to the event organizers and sponsors for making this the BIG event of
the year and providing tow money, finish money (top 10 in each class) as well
as fine food and a great venue.
It is heartbreaking that the weather-man spoiled
our Sunday race events after so much hard work and planning. The good news is
that, based on probability theory, next year will be perfect weather!
Thanks to the Lac La Biche organizers and town
folk. Next Up – 2008.