Eat, Sleep, Race, Repeat
Time for a new week recap – not the real from Matteo Venuti, just the dumb one – after seven days of hot races in the middle of a cold winter. And again, the fifth week of the current SRS series was stunning for the 4Fun guys, which being on fire were not afraid of icy tracks and could get a second parade with Gianluca Roncaglia and Dario Bucalo, that freezed their opponents’ ambitions with their Skoda Octavia’s boiling exhaust fumes in Grobnik and – okay, enough with those silly “cold/hot” jokes.
Roncaglia got also a third place in a race joined by all three Octavia series leaders won by Matteo Venuti: the 4Fun guys sandwiched Andrea Giusto, not very comfortable on playing the role of a slice of ham. “It was a nightmare”, said Giusto after the race. “Venuti’s exhaust pipe was pouring mayonnaise, and in the front lights of Roncaglia’s car there were mozzarella cheese slices. Really frightening.” “Well, the race was fun and tough, and I’m really hungry now”, declared Roncaglia “I’m gonna go for a couple of hot-dogs and a gallon of beer with Maurice Klerken as soon as he ends his Tatuus race. If he didn’t crash, of course – otherwise it will be only beer”. “Eat, sleep, race, repeat”, concluded Venuti while sipping from a glass of gasoline.
Meanwhile, Dario Bucalo continued his placements pileup – three second places for him – although the longtime coveted second SRS win is still missing. To relieve his jangled nerves Bucalo decided to relax watching some TV, only to destroy the screen with his VR helmet as he zapped on a channel where Samuel Fuller’s “The Big Red One” was on air. “I’m seriously considering to change the team’s name from ‘4Fun’ to ‘4Win’”, said Bucalo “with the motto ‘fast, fair and first’. Maybe it will help. Anyway, Omer Kinay would prefer ‘fast, fair and fine tuning’, we’re still discussing about it”.
Also the weekly Panda and Mini series had another amazing time of insane velocity, as the racers were allowed to push their cars on foot in order to increase maximum speed. While Matheus Nolli is confirming his slow dominance – he discovered that by eating a light salad instead of pizza before the race was able to gain +5 km/h on straights -, Matteo Venuti is still aiming at the top places although unable to lift his personal “Goodwood Curse”, a track where he always struggles. “Well, it’s good to go to the wood, and I’m good to go”, said Venuti, whose sentences are not to be understood, rather to be believed in.
As for Omer Kinay, he couldn’t practice a lot throughout the week after spending a couple of days to the hospital due to photophobic disorders after staring for 20 minutes from the second place at David Broomhead’s psychedelic Cupra livery in his Monday race in Lausitzring. Anyway, he was able to join the last race of the week with the Octavia and achieved a 2nd place behind Andrea Giusto, with Venuti and Roncaglia staring at his Steam’s stream and sharing his view. While a frantic Roncaglia couldn’t contain his enthusiasm and behaved as a yelling rally co-driver – “hard left, easy right, well, no, easy left, don’t cut, flat foot, flat left, straight hairpin, throttle braking, take off, three-pointer… Touchdown!” – being consequently arrested for disorderly conduct, Venuti didn’t lose his temper, only calmly saying at Kinay’s ear “Second is good, but first is better. Go faster”. “Uh, well, it was an, er, interesting experience, and I will happily repeat it again”, declared Kinay after the race, right before uninstalling Steam from his desktop – “for hard disk storage issues, of course. What else could be the reason?”. Stay tuned for the final week report, and remember: for your self esteem, stream on Steam!
Playlist of the week:
Elio e le Storie Tese – First Me, Second Me (for Dario Bucalo and Gianluca Roncaglia)
Bon Jovi – Seat Next to You (for Omer Kinay, Matteo Venuti and Gianluca Roncaglia)
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors (for Omer Kinay, featuring David Broomhead)
Britney Spears – (Hit Me) …Baby One More Time (for Gianluca Roncaglia)
U2 – One (for Dario Bucalo)
America – Walk in the Woods (for Matteo Venuti)