Changing Name to Racing
Time is running fast and another SRS racing week it’s over, but there’s no space for nostalgia since another one is on the schedule, so let’s start with the last week recap since all the 4Fun guys are ready to take place again on their driving seats – apart from Matteo Venuti, since he never leaves his one.
All the 4Fun guys but Omer Kinay, whose leave from racing is still on and since he is even more busy than usual with his new work as an Unesco World Heritage item. From 9 to 5 Kinay must receive the crowd that every day pays a ticket to visit him – and don’t forget to book yours: Entrance, 2,00 $; a 30 minutes setupping stage, 15,00 $; limited edition setups on parchment personally signed from Kinay are also available at the bookshop. Although honored, Kinay is obviously missing his racing time, and sometimes he looks at the cameras of the visitors and kindly asks if he can setup exposition and focus before they’re taking their pictures. Hold on, Omer, smile and say “cheese”!
Also Dario Bucalo had an extremely busy week, but not related to work or study or being a national monument rather than due to his new modding passion. Starting with getting a hydraulic mod for his brake and throttle pedals, he immediately became a modding junkie and got carried away with it, buying a cellphone magnetic paddle gearshift for browsing his photo gallery and his address book, a load cell mod for his recycle bin pedal and also two little wheels with force feedback in order to replace his cold and hot water shower taps. Being a natural enthusiast, Bucalo is also evaluating to change his name from Dario to Moddario. “I can understand him very well”, declared Omer Kinay “I once thought changing my name to Over Takinay. Passion is passion”. Well, Bucalo also raced this week, but who cares for the results? Modding is the new racing!
Gianluca Roncaglia, anyway, never thought about changing his name – although his teammates suggested him that a Gian-slow-ca should be considered. Instead, he thought all week long on maximizing his practice with the Cupra in the Kyalami track in order to get back to a win, which he was able to grab just in time, in the last attempt, leaving his teammates open-mouthed and speechless. Before that, Roncaglia had to face another week of struggle: in his first race he wasn’t able to take advantage of the fact that the strong Martin Faber fell asleep few minutes before the race – “a half sleeping pills box in his glass of water totally wasted. I’m tempted to ask Faber refunding me the money for it”, said Roncaglia – by performing a superb flying start with a consequent drive-through penalty; in the remaining races he drove like a groggy boxer since he mistakenly mixed the vitamine pills he takes every day with the sleeping pills left. With only one bullet in his gun, Roncaglia prepared then the last race at his best: “One full box of sleeping pills. Per racer”. Well, practice is everything!
Practice is everything for anyone except for Matteo Venuti, of course, although this week his talent and skills couldn’t do anything against his bad luck, forcing him to collect a bunch of second places – don’t worry, no one even slightly considered suggesting him to change his name to “Matteo the Second”. After struggling a lot with his brake pedal, now it was time for his gear paddles to malfunction, causing him constant time losses in an unsuccessful fight for the lead with Mr. Sober Maurice Klerken in Kyalami. Furthermore, during one extra SRS 1 hour race in Daytona, he had to quit due to 2 seconds lag bouts every now and then. Finally, during his last try in Kyalami, while leading with 10 seconds on the pack, he disconnected from the server with only few laps to go. “Well, bad luck happens, there’s nothing one can do about it”, said Venuti stepping out from the car before pulling his helmet off revealing that he was Dario Bucalo. Remember: do not surrender to bad luck, and see you all for next raceweek report!
Playlist of the week:
Rolling Stones – Miss You (for Omer Kinay)
Joy of Cooking – Bad Luck Blues (for Matteo Venuti)
T. Rex – Bang a Gong (for Gianluca Roncaglia)
The Jam – All Mod Cons (for Dario Bucalo)