Sending Postcards from the Track
Welcome to 2021 and to a new thrilling SRS season for all the 4Fun pilots, that will be engaged in many series in the next six weeks. So, it’s time to wear the helmets on (except for Matteo Venuti, since he never pulls his one off) and to get back on the track! But the early days of the first season week were as usual devoted to liveries design: while Venuti created all the cars’ skins for the series he will be in – including an astounding “Italian style” Panda one –, running two times out of green paint and finishing just in time after starting the work in 2018, Dario Bucalo closed himself in his secret shelter in Antarctica to create his masterpiece – “my masterpiece among masterpieces”, he said – with the Seat Cupra livery, a shining piece of skin design, and was also able to transform a shoes box with wheels – the Skoda Octavia Cup – in a cyan classy car.
After all this hard work – while Omer Kinay and Gianluca Roncaglia were relaxing on a hammock with a drink – finally the 4Fun gentlemen started their engines, and immediately with good results for the team. Kinay raced with the Cupra in Brands Hatch gaining a third place with no scratches – Bucalo’s work is in good hands – after a close fight with the flying Canadians Broomhead and Bouwmeester, and they ended just in time to see a Raptors game together. After watching the entire NBA playoffs, Kinay was also able to join the final race of the week with the Octavia, getting an easy win with his world famous nonchalance.
Dario Bucalo was also in Brands Hatch for the Seat Cupra series but there was no race for him, since he had to personally sign all the cars with his livery in front of the worldwide press – but we will probably see him at full speed in Tor Poznan for the next round. Dazzled by photographers’ flashes and besieged by reporters and livery design factories managers, Bucalo had to compress his training time throughout the week, but was able at least to race two times with the soapy Octavia in Most (a fifth place as a best result for him) and in the Slow Wreckfest Race in Monza with the Panda 900 along with Matteo Venuti. After a sort of Tetris blocks framing race, Venuti and Bucalo ended respectively in 11th and 20th place with CENSORED total incidents, but will for sure have they revenge, at least if they’ll have the opportunity to race in an airport runway-wide track.
Meanwhile, after checking and double checking the new racing schedule considering thousands of racing options, Gianluca Roncaglia opted for doing only the Octavia Cup series – he cannot walk and chew gum at the same time, and more than one series at the time would be too much for him. Starting as usual his racing week lately (he fell deeply asleep on the hammock, waking up just in time), Roncaglia worked then in close contact with Omer Kinay on the car’s setup – that means, Kinay did the setup and Roncaglia prepared the drinks – and after a slow start and a couple of unwanted drifts on the track could end the week with three wins and two second places, spotting the top places of the ranking. Since his friends and acquaintances blocked his phone number after his redundant Audi TT reports, he spent the rest of the week sending postcards in order to make them aware of his brilliant results – no matter if against their will: truth must be spreaded.
Matteo Venuti is also extending his amazing results streak with a rocket start in the new series. After hiring a dozen of editorial assistants it’s now possible to enumerate his impressive list of results of the week: two wins (out of two tries) in Most with the Octavia, a win in Barcelona on the GT3 series, a second place with the Caterham Academy in Brands Hatch and a second place with the Mini Austin Cooper S in Magione. Really a great season start for Venuti, which also received a postcard from Roncaglia with “A heck of a racedriver!” written on it. Stay tuned for the next week report, and check also your mailbox in case it arrives by mail!
Playlist of the week:
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone (for Gianluca Roncaglia)
10CC – Art for Art’s Sake (for Dario Bucalo)
Dire Straits – Setting Me Up (for Omer Kinay)
Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire (for Matteo Venuti)