The Number of the (Track) Beast
Spring finally came so it’s time to put the last winter SRS season in the closet near our coats and sweaters and to wear our t-shirts for the new one approaching! (Except for Omer Kinay, of course, he is still wrapped in scarfs shoveling snow somewhere in cold Canada.) But first let’s take a look at what happened in the last SRS week to the 4Fun guys, hard at work on organizing the second edition of the SRS Team Championship and planning also a SRS Slow Teams Championship, since all the nice guys who joined the competition are also damn fast and the 4Fun guys wants to win!
Last week in his Caribbean island for Omer Kinay, that as soon as he heard that a new daily series with his cherished Nissan Primera was on the schedule – 25-1-0, please note this number – went back to Canada by swimming in around three hours and started shoveling snow as mentioned above. Kinay hurried up in order to save time to work on a new setup for the car, so it took him one hour and a half to free all Ontario from the snow; then he took his old setup papers out from his strongbox, breaking the Unesco World Heritage seals with a “25-1-0” imprinted on it and starting to write down new ideas on getting to further perfection his perfection, while a bunch of SRS racers as soon as the news of Kinay back on the track with the Primera spreaded decided to race in the F3 series or not to race at all. May the Downforce be with you, Omer!
For the first time since a while also Dario Bucalo didn’t race this week: a new season approaching means new liveries, and Bucalo decided to take a break from the track working night and day in his atelier to his new creations. Since he doesn’t like easy paths, although he already designed in the past the Nissan Primera liveries he decided to delete all the files in order to start from the beginning – and he did exactly the same livery again. “Well, apart Omer Kinay with his setups, it is impossible to get to further perfection the perfection”, said Bucalo. Admiring his renewed masterpiece, Bucalo decided to add an artist’s touch and called his close friend Banksy to paint a “25-1-0” in Kinay’s car (its score in the previous Primera championship, so the secret is unveiled). Well, Bucalo didn’t really call Banksy: some of you may not know, but Bucalo is Banksy. Bucalo/Banksy also thought to paint a pattern with his own results in his livery, but dropped the idea since didn’t want his Primera recalling a pearls necklace with a long line of 0-0-0 around the chassis. [Editor’s note: This is just a joke. Everybody knows that Bucalo had his first win on SRS with that car.]
Given all this, only Matteo Venuti – of course, he’s a racer and he races – and Gianluca Roncaglia were on the track this week. Roncaglia had a lot of overtime at work and could only race four times; and Venuti completed the 4Work team picture being also busy, so he could only race 23 times instead of his usual 25. The big news of the week is the renewal of the challenge between Venuti and Michal Janak: everytime one of them subscribes for a race, the other is attracted as iron filings from a magnet. Wanting to add more challenge to the challenge, Venuti and Janak decided also to compete off track: Janak proposed to compare their FIAT models collections (he who has more models wins), Venuti suggested to compete in archery, but they couldn’t find an agreement so far. Energized by this match-up, Roncaglia also wanted to join it and got into a Cupra race in order to challenge Janak, but he was only able to challenge his exhaust fumes, coughing all the time. Among other good results, Venuti had a one shot-one kill win with the Cupra. Asked why he only raced once with that car, he replied: “ZZZZZZZZZZ… Uh? Sorry, I fell asleep overwhelmed by boredom after the Cupra race. Can you please repeat your question?” Boredom, or Martin Faber’s influence? Stay tuned for the upcoming season first week report, and good night!
Playlist of the week:
Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4 (for Omer Kinay)
Procol Harum – Boredom (for Matteo Venuti)
The Chocolate Watch Band – I Ain’t No Miracle Worker (for Gianluca Roncaglia)
Arnold McCuller – Nowhere to Run (for Dario Bucalo)