Bathurst Enduro Race 1
The much awaited first race of the Bathurst REECCS enduro was expected to be a very exciting race, with the biggest grid yet (40 cars). From qualifying, it looked as if Dacia had the upper hand, with their 3 regular cars in the top 3, followed by some Ladas and Moskvichs. Not even the removal of the restrictors could help the Skodas, languishing down in Wartburg and Trabant territory.
The 3 Dacias pulled away from the pack off the start, looking as if they were going to dominate the race. Meanwhile, back in the pack all* cars (*well almost all cars - Micko Glotch had a quick roll) almost got through the first corner cleanly, but Holowczyc in the Alitalia Polski-Fiat had a tumble at turn 2, which dropped him well down the pack. Jari Kekkonen in the Arrowtech Moskvich passed both Jorma Kalervo and Laurent Seron for second place, while Guillaume Gauthier extended his lead. A bit further down the road was a 5 car battle for fifth involving Mortarhouse, Rick Simpson, Cannon, Frank Montana and Fleet, who quickly caught up to the slowing Dacia of Kalervo. Kalervo fell back to around 14th place at one stage, looking to have some sort of mechanical problem.
Back at the front, Gauthier had an unassailable lead, and Kekkonen had been passed by the hard charging Mortarhouse. Meanwhile, in the mid-pack, Ferdinando Blaszikowski has the strangest roll I've ever seen at the chase, with the car going back on two wheels to the gravel trap, hits the gravel and lands back on four wheels, and proceeds to get stuck behind a tyre wall.
Rick Simpson was on a charge, first dispatching of Ben Fleet and Garri Fomenko, before catching and passing Seron and Kekkonen. The last lap was a thriller for second between Simpson and Mortarhouse, with a massive battle between the two, Simpson gained the upper hand at the Chase, just as Gauthier crossed the line to win. Simpson took second... just. Even closer was the battle for fifth, with Charles Kwan coming from nowhere to steal the 5th place from Seron on the last corner. However, the chaos wasn't over yet, with Phoenix McAllister crashing heavily after the finish, the Lada brought to a halt with an engine fire.
Master of Disaster (awarded to the most chaotic driver): Cal Naughton Jr.
Lolwut?: Ferdinando Blaszikowski
Got beaten by a Trabant on a road course: HWNSNBM, Frank Zimmer
Reject of the Race: HWNSNBM (papayas incoming)
Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race: Charles Kwan
The Daniel Melrose Award: Jorma Kalervo (this will be a -2 points penalty, not a +25 second penalty as previously stated)
The "That's not gone well" award: Phoenix McAllister
Fire in the hole (awarded to any car that catches on fire): Phoenix McAllister
I forgot my GPS (awarded to anyone who gets lost): Ferdinando Blaszikowski
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1. Guillaume Gauthier
2. Laurent Seron
3. Jorma Kalervo
1. Rick Simpson
2. Jonas Mortarhouse
3. Charles Kwan
1. Jari Kekkonen
2. Ben Fleet
1. Tristan Jung
2. G. Ceara
3. Max Patrese
1. Bobo Gigliotti
2. Tom Douglas
3. Samael Meerwick
1. Brucie Kibbutz
2. Zbynek Benes
3. Daniel Melrose
1. Ron Mignolet
2. John Zimmer
3. Micko Glotch