April 9, 2004

Formula Dé April Race

by Ed Rozmiarek

Time flies. It's already April and time for our fourth race of the season. This past Sunday found us racing at Nürburgring in Germany. The track does not have many long straights and did not offer many chances for fifth gear. There was a lot of corner to corner racing.

Today turned out to be "Ladies Day" at the track. Susan and Roxana were one/two in pole position and never let any of us guys to get past them. In fact, Roxana took the lead from Susan in the first corner of the race and then lead for the rest of the race, taking her first league victory.

Highlights from this month's race included:

  • The fourth race of the year was on the fourth day of the fourth month of 2004. Too weird.
  • Sunday was Roxana's day for the hot dice. I don't think she missed a corner all day.
  • A truely brave (and many would say fool hearty) sixth gear roll by Doug on the back straight during the second lap. It turned out to be a great move as he made the 3-stop Veedol-S corner and had time (and fuel) to geardown and still make his three stops. This allowed him to catch up to the pack and he went on to finish a strong third, almost catching Susan.
  • After hitting the the 3-stop Veedol-S corner with a high fifth gear roll Kevin barely made his second stop. This caused him to gear gear down to first and in truely evil fashion, pulled in directly ahead of Robert hoping to block him. But he left a gap where Robert could get around.
  • No crashes. :( We we're hoping to enact a new house rule we heard about recently (from Angela Gaalema). If someone crashes, you roll the black die and that's the number of spectators that die from the crash. It really makes the black die the "Die of Death". Maybe next time.
The point standings after Sunday's race are very close, with Roxana and Ed tied at 25 with Jon and Mark just behind with 24 and 22 points. Looks like a good close race this season.

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 April 9, 2004 10:11 AM

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