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Marcelo Paschoalin
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Welcome, race fans, to the traditional San Andreas 400, a short narrow two-lane track race. The lead pack is formed by 8 cars – some of them controlled by fate – and we expect a good amount of action tonight. We heard that we’ll have a 130-lapper pit window and the tires will start to degrade every 60 laps or so: some pit action may point a possible winner, but we never know!

Are you ready? All we are, so…

Gentlemen, start your engines!

After a quick qualifying session and some mechanical adjustments, all the cars are ready to take the field. The positions before the first green flag are #43, #52, #34, #30, #46, #26, #11 and #17.


The first 30 laps are full of position changes and we began to see the decline of the #43, losing terrain as the other cars seem to be faster than him. On the other hand, #52 burns his tires but takes the lead and keeps it by a small margin. The positions are #52, #34, #30, #43, #26, #46, #11 and #17.


We reach the 78th lap and more jockeying for position happens. Some slow traffic begins to hinder some drivers as the slowest are being lapped but the #43 seems not to be able to handle the pressure and reaches the last position of the lead draft. We see now #52, #30, #34, #26, #46, #11, #17 and #43.


Lap 84: #30 takes the lead, followed by #34. As some overtaking takes place and some gaps begin to appear the lead draft seems more fluid. At least this is what we see now. The positions are #30, #34, #52, #46, #11, #26, #17 and #43.


As we expected, the cars enter the pits by the lap 132. There’re many position changes and the highlight is the great pitwork of the #26 pitcrew (16.7s) ensuring the much enjoyed 5 points for leading laps. After the refueling the cars emerge on the track on the following order: #26, #46, #52, #30, #17, #11, #34 and #43.


By the lap 144 the gaps appear again as some cars are not able to draft with the leaders. #52 again makes his move, trying to ensure the 10 points for leading most laps, but the positions seem to be the same. The field order now is #52, #46, #26, #30, #17, #11, #34, #43.


Lap 156 and the first caution! Some crash involving cars ahead of the lead pack mess up with the field and car #26 is not able to pass by them without hitting some debris and moves to the pits. Cars #43, #11 and #34 also go to the pits, but they weren’t involved on the crash. The rest of the lead draft continues on the track and when the green flag shows again they jump into the action. By the lap 186 the field order is #46, #52, #11, #17, #43, #30, #34 and #26.


We reach the mid-race and quickly check the lap count: 246 laps so far. Great gaps are formed now and certainly we may say the lead pack is divided, with car #11 on the front. The field position is #11, #46, #52, #17, #43, #30, #34 and #26.


Ok, now some pit action needs to happen, as half the lead pack needs to refuel! On lap 270 they enter the pits under green flag and they’re lapped! Even the good pitwork from #46 team (17.1s) is not enough to keep him on the lead lap. The positions are now #11, #43, #34, #26, #46*, #30*, #52* and #17*. (*lapped car)


Lap 282 and no new cautions, keeping the lapped cars a long way behind. The positions are almost unchanged, as we see #11, #43, #34, #26, #30*, #46*, #52* and #17*. (*lapped car).


As the fuel shortens to the leading cars they now pit by the lap 330, again with a fantastic work by the car #26 pitcrew (16.4s). There’s no lapped cars now on the first eight positions, but great gaps can be seen. The field order now is #30, #46, #52, #17, #26, #11, #34 and #43.


On the 360th lap the gaps begin to fade and the car #30 lead also starts to disappear. When the lap count reaches 372 the field order is #52, #46, #30, #34, #26, #17, #11 and #43, but the leading cars desperately need a yellow flag to keep the hands on the trophy.


But luck is not on their side! With almost empty fuel tanks some of the leaders enter the pits for a quick refuel abandoning any winning chances with less than 5 laps to go. A new battle emerges when the field position is #34, #26, #43, #11, #52, #46, #17 and #30.


And the last 4 laps have the special contribution of the slowest cars on the field (black cars), messing with some drivers’ chance to struggle for the lead. When the field marshal waves the checkered flag car #34 is the one who receives the glory! We can see on the photo cars #34, #26 and #11 and a handful of slow traffic…


…and this photo shows the rest of the pack: cars #43, #46, #52, #30 and #17.


On the victory lane: cars #34, #26 and #11. It was a wonderful and exciting race and we sure want to see more action soon!


The following cars have lead a lap on this race: #52 (114 laps), #11 (96 laps), #30 (84 laps), #26 (48 laps), #46 (30 laps) and #34 (28 laps).

Race facts:

Laps: 400
Cautions: 1
Laps under Yellow: 6
Lead changes: 9
Official field position: #34, #26, #11, #43, #46, #52, #17, #30


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Eugene Zehner
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Thx Marcello for your review. Did you make the track?

Take Care,

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Marcelo Paschoalin
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Yes. It's for 1/64 cars, so the track is about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide...

I have another one for 1/144 cars, it takes a lot less space.
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Adam Douglas
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Any chance of being able to upload the track for other to be impressed and awed by your handy work?
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Marcelo Paschoalin
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wile wrote:
Any chance of being able to upload the track for other to be impressed and awed by your handy work?


Done:
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Fabio Pellegrino
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Marcelo, can you post the solitaire rules you used? I'd like play a game with 6 friends adding some more cars with automatic movement.
Thanks Fabio
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Fabio,

There's an old topic covering that: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/73440.

If you have 6 players, you could easily give one NPD (non-player driver) to each player (who must use the dice for movent and such) and then you have 12 cars on the field: we did that once with 6 players, and it was a quick way to create "teams" - if the team's "main" car is out of the race, the next time the "second" car pits it becomes the "main" car... during our last race my main car crashed and I needed to use the second car... it was a nice 2nd place finish after all.

I hope this helps.
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Many thanks Marcelo,
The next week finally we will try a race.
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Great race report, Marcelo!
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