Driving on a Thin Line
If time ain’t going backwards, the 4Fun pilots got towards the second week of the current SRS season, filled as ever of excitement, thrill and even a trial case! A lot of races and also of debate for the 4Fun guys, stuck in the middle of the “Red Bull Ring track limits” case for the Octavia Cup series. The issue is known: in order to keep high speed while turning, lots of racers go wide on the left approaching T1, in most of the cases getting largely out of bounds, since in the game the lap is considered valid. Are they right doing so? Is it OK to go outside the white line keeping two wheels on the kerb or every driver should keep at least two wheels inside the white line? The debate was tight and intense in the SRS community, and 4Fun pilots had their own opinions. While Dario Bucalo, brave defender of the racing laws, decided to stay in the middle of the track to avoid any controversy, Omer Kinay setupped the dampers of the white line in order to make them softer and smoothly outlining the approaching car – he is a genius, indeed. Gianluca Roncaglia was then seen on the track in the middle of the night in a suspicious behavior with a brush and three cans of white paint, but was immediately arrested by the security and spent consequently the rest of the night in the local jail. As for Matteo Venuti, he declared: “I don’t follow the track. The track follows me”, leaving speechless all the debaters and demonstrating once again he is a heck of a racedriver.
Anyway, the show and the races must go on, and the Seat Cupra guys Kinay and Bucalo had the chance to cool off in the icy Tor Poznan track. While Dario Bucalo forgot to wear the skates and had to face sliding problems throughout all the race (only a 20th place for him), Omer Kinay set the tire pressure to 80 psi, immediately melting the tarmac with the tires heat – he is a genius, as you already know – and was able to get a good third place right after the Canadian law firm Bouwmeester & Broomhead. Kinay also got a fifth place with the Octavia, racing with an elegant and smooth pace and with a shining smile by staring the guys before him still debating on the racing lines.
As for Dario Bucalo, he joined the second race of the Panda series in the Circuit of Panama with a new and beautiful livery for his car. After a good practice session he could also do a good race, unfortunately losing a lot of time by stopping every now and then to apply some retouching to his livery, and ended in 15th place. Bucalo had anyway a good week with the Octavia, getting back to the podium (a 2nd place for him) and with some good fights in the other races, although sometimes he had to slow down to browse the Penal Code book while approaching turn 1.
Also a good week for Gianluca Roncaglia, very comfortable with the setup of the Octavia Cup: he could grab four wins and a second place, his best result so far for a single racing week. “Well, the car drives itself”, he declared “and I literally didn’t drive it, saving time for writing my new book, ‘How I Won 4 Races in a Week’. Hey, give me your address, and I’ll send you a signed copy”. Roncaglia also had enough time during the rest of the week to visit all his friends and acquaintances to personally sign them a copy of his book – Maurice Klerken was really happy for the gift since the book it’s a perfect coaster for his beer glasses.
And, needless to say, another good week also for Matteo Venuti, that after designing a new F1 track in his neighborhood and discussing with the FIA about the scheduling (the “Venuti’s Corner” promises to be harder then La Source in Spa and Spitzkehre in Hockenheim) could get a win with the Caterham in Okayama, a win and a second place with the Octavia, a dancing 3rd place with the Mini Cooper at Cadwell Park, a 3rd place in the GT3 Euro series in Nürburgring and a 4th place with the Panda in the Pan(d)ama (© Matteo Venuti) track. Phew! In the future we’ll probably list his results in a zipped file in Google Drive in order to keep some free space on the server. Stay tuned for the next week race report and don’t forget to uphold the law!
Playlist of the week:
Foreigner – Cold as Ice (for Dario Bucalo and Omer Kinay)
Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag (for Omer Kinay)
Metallica – …And Justice for All (for Dario Bucalo)
Julee Cruise – I Float Alone (for Matteo Venuti)
Bob Dylan – Fourth Time Around (for Gianluca Roncaglia)