Driving With or Without a Car
The current SRS season came to its turning point as the third racing week is ended. Springtime it’s also approaching, and the season change plus work and study duties are fatiguing the very tired 4Fun guys – except for the unflappable Matteo Venuti of course, since he is not disturbed by any cold or hot, strain or labour at all. He is a racer and he races, that’s all, and moreover he only has two facial expressions: with car, and without car – in fact, he’s the Clint Eastwood of racing. By the way, Venuti finally solved his racing wheel issues and got his usual bunch of wins by driving with his keyboard: directional keys for steering / upshifting / downshifting; A and Z keys for throttle and brake and the Q key for uncorking the bottle of champagne when on the top step of the podium. After the end of the week, anyway, Venuti had to buy a new keyboard since his Q key had malfunctions due to an excess of solicitations.
Although being as cool as Venuti, Omer Kinay was anyway still unable to do even a single race this week, since in the small Caribbean island he bought with his Cupra setup royalties where he now lives there is no Internet connection at all – well, of course Kinay doesn’t have to prove anything to the racing community, right? If he races, he wins. Nevertheless, in order to preserve him in this times of absence from the track, the UNESCO World Heritage Center decided to include him in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, only debating if for the “driving” or the “setupping” category. Well, of course the best choice would be both.
For an Omer Kinay that would like to race but cannot, there’s a Gianluca Roncaglia that races but should not. For the second time in the Cupra series Roncaglia ended the week without a win – only three second places for him. Can we name it “crisis”? The whole 4Fun team deeply analyzed the car setup and performances, the air and track conditions and the full telemetry of Roncaglia’s races, sentencing that “he is simply damn too slow”. “Well, of course I can accept my skill limits”, said Roncaglia “but what it’s hard to endure is seeing Maurice Klerken racing at double speed than me – as soon as he stopped drinking. I also tried to, with encouraging results: now I only drink beer before and after, but not during the race”. With this iron will results will come for sure, if thirst won’t come first!
And for an inactive Kinay and a poorly active Roncaglia there was also an on duties overwhelmed Dario Bucalo, who studied while working and worked while studying and also found some time to help Roncaglia with Excel, although Roncaglia needed almost a week only to learn spelling the name “Excel” correctly. As for the racing practice of the week, Bucalo just looked at a Most track layout picture to see how it looked like. Anyway, he was able at least to race in some whirligig races, also collecting a remarkable third place; and having later a little more time to rest and recreate he also did a long trip with his road bicycle on the Tuscany hills also reaching his favorite Mugello track, doing a couple of laps with the bike and beating some of his personal bests of the track. Fast biker or slow racer? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, stay tuned for the next timely raceweek report!
Playlist of the week:
Queen – Bicycle Race (for Dario Bucalo)
Howlin’ Wolf – Goin’ Down Slow (for Gianluca Roncaglia)
Montellas – Protection (for Omer Kinay)
H.P. Lovecraft – The Drifter (for Matteo Venuti)