VRAA

At The Ring

 

Qualifying & Race

Results

 

The VRAA container arrived and all eyes were now focused on the Ring.
Scheduled on the same weekend with Ringwood XIII and other support races Director Fritz Stroebl along with track staff and the R32 crew would be breathing, eating and sleeping racing all weekend long. Up until 4am last night Stroebl and his team made sure to inspect every arrival and ensure the track was ready to host without incident.
Instructions from VRAA headquarters were reviewed together with staff. State of the art safety barriers, including straw bales and in some areas tire stacks were piled around hazards like hidden tree stumps. No expense or effort would be spared - and all in the interests of driver safety. Camera film crews set up around the track. Spectators scrambled to find the best vantages. Vendors prepped their grills and coolers for the lunch hour rush. As the early morning haze burned away those near the paddock could hear and see the 2.5L VRAA teams bring their cars to the inspection stand. The cars were each carefully inspected by Technical Director Jurgen Bittner. 

Up next the 1.5L class...

Apart from the usual race wear and tear every car looked in order - some unfortunately had a portion of one number decal missing and several had accumulated battle scars and scrapes on helmets and bodies. As far as routine maintenance - braid on each entry needed to be cleaned using lighter fluid in the customary R32 method... and the need to do so was self-expanatory... 

All cars looked to have more than adequate lubrication so nothing further was done on that front. Tires were then rubbed clean as is customary and all VRAA entrants were now ready for a few shake down laps prior to qualifying...

Qualifying

Random draw for each class would determine qualifying order. Qualifying was for 1 minute on the middle (yellow) lane and best lap time determined final rank. Track pro driver Dieter Rindt would qualify the VRAA entrants. Good luck!

2.5L Qualifying Results:
1. #22 - 7.102 seconds
2. #14 - 7.273
3. #69 - 7.426
4. #32 - 7.569
5. #26 - 7.615
6. #20 - 7.987
7. # 5 - 8.054
8. #16 - 8.136
9. #34 - 8.705

1.5L Qualifying Results:
1. #11 - 6.924 seconds
2. #28 - 7.016
3. #18 - 7.272
4. # 6 - 7.358
5. #16 - 7.384
6. # 4 - 7.502
7. #69 - 7.527
8. # 9 - 7.538
9. #10 - 7.574
10. #47 - 7.586
11. #17 - 7.724

General Note on the Fields: Gearing was the biggest culprit that spread out the VRAA fields - especially in the 2.5L class. Overall the cars each performed very well. The #69 Vanwall was the exception and proved more unpredictable around tighter corners - usually lifting a wheel during cornering or bicycling when power was applied on exit. All of the other entries were predictable and some could be raced very deep into all corners. 

2.5L Qualifying Pictures from Turn 5
1.5L Qualifying Pictures from the front straight

2.5L Race

And they are off!
...and where they finished on track - 2.5L Race Over!

2.5L Race Results

1. #22 - 97.83 Laps (6.948 Fastest Lap)
2. #14 - 96.39 (7.063)
3. #26 - 92.52 (7.439)
4. #32 - 90.86 (7.444)
5. #69 - 87.86 (7.242)
6. #16 - 85.84 (8.017)
7. #20 - 85.31 (7.815)
8. # 5 - 84.73 (7.998)
9. #34 - 81.86 (8.415)

1.5L Race

...and they are off!
...and where they finished on track...

1.5L Race Results

1. #11 - 99.87 Laps (6.900 Fastest Lap)
2. #28 - 98.56 (7.003)
3. #16 - 96.65 (7.234)
4. # 6 - 94.79 (7.337)
5. #47 - 92.87 (7.502)
6. # 9 - 92.57 (7.418)
7. #10 - 92.25 (7.552)
8. # 4 - 92.06 (7.511)
9. #18 - 91.39 (7.304)
10. #69 - 89.17 (7.523)
11. #17 - 88.09 (7.737)

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