VRAA

2017

At The Ring

 

Qualifying & Race

Results

 

2.5L Qualifying

2.5L Qualifying Results (60 seconds - middle lane):
  1. #22(2.5) - 6.929 sec. 

  2. #14(2.5) - 7.055

  3. #69(2.5) - 7.244

  4. #4(2.5) - 7.301

  5. #8(2.5) - 7.321

  6. #38(2.5) - 7.415

  7. #7(2.5) - 7.479

  8. #20(2.5) - 7.497

  9. #26(2.5) - 7.507

  10. #2(2.5) - 7.724 

  11. #28(2.5) - 7.750

  12. #19(2.5) - 8.170

  13. #10(2.5) - 8.240

1.5L Qualifying

1.5L Qualifying Results (60 seconds - middle lane):

  1. #22(1.5) - 7.030 secs.

  2. #28(1.5) - 7.080

  3. #16(1.5) - 7.088

  4. #4(1.5) - 7.098

  5. #69(1.5) - 7.115

  6. #47(1.5) - 7.159

  7. #6(1.5) - 7.161

  8. #8(1.5) - 7.184

  9. #9(1.5) - 7.220

  10. #11(1.5) - 7.267

  11. #5(1.5) - 7.611

  12. #61(1.5) - 7.707

  13. #7(1.5) - 8.140

With the grid set for each VRAA class Herr Stroebl now directed his attention to the drivers, marshals, track workers and other support peeps. After his meeting with support and maintenance workers he spoke with track announcer Jurgen Konig who had tested the new loudspeaker system earlier in the week. Topics included race call etiquette and periodic reminders for spectators to refrain from crossing the circuit during the races. Jurgen is a favourite of the Bayern Munich crowd and it was quite a coo that Fritz lured him to The Ring to provide commentary for the VRAA. Rumour has it that Jurgen owed Herr Stroebl a favour dating all the way back to 1945 – something to do with the pending Russian occupation and facilitating transport to Austria...

Nevertheless things were looking good for race day, except the weather. It would be cold and wet with a chance of flurries. So what is new this time of year?

At the drivers’ meeting Herr Stroebl stressed to the younger pilots just how dangerous the conditions were and that they must exercise caution on their first lap. He knew that despite his advice he might never see one or two again but it was a business and each pilot accepted that risk.

 

The crowd was large considering the blasphemous weather – many colourful umbrellas and raincoats lined circuit hotspots. The crowd wanted a show and this time boy did they get one!

With seconds left the 2.5L VRAA entries rolled up to the grid. The flagman waved them off as Jurgen did his best to scream out positions through the cloud of smoke. A straggler but they were all away without incident.

By the half way point of the race (7 ½ min.) the order was:

Car #:   Laps:   Pos:

#22(2.5)  60      1     

#14(2.5)  58      2     

#4(2.5)   58      2     

#8(2.5)   57      4     

#26(2.5)  56      5     

#28(2.5)  56      5     

#20(2.5)  55      7     

#38(2.5)  55      7     

#69(2.5)  55      7     

#2(2.5)   54      10    

#19(2.5)  53      11    

#7(2.5)   53      11    

#10(2.5)  51      13

Mid-pack saw some hustle and tussle between spirited entries which had opposite performance characteristics. The fight for seventh place raged on. #4 was charging to the front...

 

 

Eventually they all crossed the line after 15 min. without significant incident to take the chequered flag.

 

 Herr Stroebl confirmed the final results as follows:

Car #:   Laps:   Pos:  Segment:  Fastest Lap:

#22(2.5)  121     1      .77     6.979 sec.

#14(2.5)  118     2      .42     7.160

#4(2.5)   116     3      .62     7.377

#69(2.5)  115     4      .86     7.181

#8(2.5)   114     5      .26     7.404

#26(2.5)  113     6      .37     7.604

#28(2.5)  111     7      .86     7.687

#20(2.5)  111     8      .70     7.595 

#38(2.5)  111     9      .51     7.573

#2(2.5)   110     10     .93     7.582

#7(2.5)   109     11     .37     7.495

#19(2.5)  106     12     .88     7.905

#10(2.5)  102     13     .85     8.265

The 1.5L VRAA entries then took to the grid. It was time for the second part of this feature presentation… The green flag waved and they too were off. Jurgen had lost his voice by now and the crowds were on their own. All of the old wives’ concoctions couldn’t bring it back. But the world waits for no one and so the field sped away, this time bunched much closer than expected. This was going to be a burner…

The front row Lotus and Brabham pulled away from the rest of the field. Again, the mid-pack gaggle would settle in to fight for third place.

 

By the half way point of the race (7 ½ min.) the order was:

Car #:   Laps:   Pos:

#28(1.5)  62      1     

#22(1.5)  62      1     

#6(1.5)   60      3     

#16(1.5)  60      3     

#69(1.5)  59      5     

#4(1.5)   59      5     

#47(1.5)  59      5     

#8(1.5)   58      8     

#11(1.5)  58      8     

#9(1.5)   58      8     

#61(1.5)  56      11    

#5(1.5)   55      12    

#7(1.5)   52      13    

 

An epic duel between the pilots of #22 and #28 continued right up to the last lap of the race with each having had the lead only to lose it to the other a lap later. Several other dogfights took place further down the field. Nevertheless those with smoother handling would prevail. Fastest lap times would confirm just how close they ran. Over the crest onto the finishing straight to take the checkered flag was a green coloured blur, followed by another.

After 15 min. the final order was confirmed as follows:

Car #:   Laps:   Pos:  Segment:  Fastest Lap:

#22(1.5)  123     1      .82     6.983 sec.

#28(1.5)  123     2      .185    6.983

#16(1.5)  120     3      .84     7.127

#4(1.5)   119     4      .55     7.139

#6(1.5)   118     5      .58     7.112

#69(1.5)  117     6      .66     7.133

#47(1.5)  117     7      .25     7.207

#8(1.5)   116     8      .21     7.357

#11(1.5)  115     9      .58     7.317

#9(1.5)   115     10     .38     7.273

#61(1.5)  113     11     .37     7.622

#5(1.5)   109     12     .53     7.726

#7(1.5)   105     13     .03     8.058

 

YES!!! And Herr Stroebl couldn’t believe that the fastest lap times of the top two were identical! Half of the field within a quarter of a second… Fritz double checked with the timekeepers and confirmed the scoring. What a race!

Cheers from The Ring control tower… over to you…!

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