January 11, 2004

2004 Formula Dé season kicks off

by Ed Rozmiarek

The third season of racing for our Formula Dé league kicked off today with our race at Hokenheim, Germany. With the arrival of three new comers this season, the league has swelled and we fielded a full grid of ten cars today. Although this resulted in a much longer race then the previous seasons (clocking in at 3 hours and 40 minutes), everyone seemed to have a great time and the racing was close.

Highlights from today included:

  • First time racer (but experienced Formula Dé player) John Clark's attempt to run the full three laps without pitting. Even after spinning out just before the pits on lap 2, he ran the third lap with no tire, brake or fuel points. After spinning out again on the first corner of lap 3, he cruised home in low gear. However, he came in ahead of Doug who crashed on the next to last corner of lap 3.
  • Kevin's mistake of rolling the 6th gear die without noticing the corner he was heading to was completely blocked. He barely survives by using three brakes and three tires (his last points of both of those) to screach to a stop and avoid a nasty pileup.
  • Another "Which die did I roll?" opps, this time by Roxana as she rolls a 5th gear die by mistake going into the final corner of lap 3. With a 14 or higher (70% chance) she crashes and lets Ed coast home for second. Instead she rolls a 12 and avoids spinning out allowing her to keep a slim lead over Ed and finishes second for the day.
  • 2003 points champion Jon starts the new season off by winning yet again. OK gang, repeat after me... Get Jon!

See our Formula Dé webpage for the detailed results of today's race or visit the picture gallery for the pictures from the race.

Posted by Ed Rozmiarek at January 11, 2004 9:27 PM

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