Quadrant Class 1: Race 3, 2017

Introduction

Ministry of Speed came into the third race of the championship eager to extend their championship lead in what has been a dominant start by the team. Unusually the race was on a Friday but there was still a strong turn-out. An individual who was absent, however, was the lanky twat who writes the race reports. Completely unaware it was a Friday race, he was busy sat in his office with his feet up rather than enjoying watching grown men chase each other round in circles.

Race 1

Forever Enemies were the highest placed class 1 team on the grid in fourth, with Top Guns seventh. With the majority of their rivals further down the order and needing to battle their way past the class 2 teams, this gave them a great advantage.

Forever Enemies led for the opening seven laps before Top Guns masterfully nipped past both them and leading class 2 team Jammy Dodgers to take the lead. Over the next few laps, they built a small cushion over their rivals. Forever Enemies soon came under pressure from Ministry and Tanked Up and had to concede to their superior pace.

Despite their best efforts, Ministry and Tanked Up couldn’t quite catch Top Guns and they crossed the line over 5 seconds clear. Tanked Up received a one place penalty for cone abuse but it was still a great result by both to come from grids 20 and 13 respectively.

Race 2

Tanked Up were allocated grid 2 for the second race and Top Guns once again found themselves in a strong position in third. It was a terrific race long battle between these two teams. Both had stints in the lead but it was ultimately Top Guns who nailed it, taking the lead back with two laps to go and making it two wins from two races. Ministry were some way back in third but ahead of Forever Enemies who had to fight their way up from grid 14. GT Academy were unable to make much of an impression and came home last in class.

Race 3

After a lacklustre result in race 2, GT Academy were looking to make amends and take full advantage of their pole position grid slot for race 3. With all of the key players starting way down the order, they had every chance for a good result.

The pole sitters led for 22 laps but sneaking up on them, slowly but surely, were Ministry and Top Guns from 11th and 19th respectively. Almost inevitably they dispatched the long-time leaders. Tanked Up, who had started even further back in 20th were now on their tail but ran out of laps. It was a very close run thing, however, with Ministry finishing barely half a second clear of the on-form Top Guns who, in turn, finished half a second clear of GT Academy. It was exciting stuff – well I assume it was but I wasn’t there so I’m really making all this up.

Anyway, with two wins and a second place from the first three races, Top Guns had all but sewn up the overall victory.

Race 4

Ministry were the highest starting class 1 team for the final race, in second. However, rather than pulling out an early lead and building a gap, they found themselves under pressure from behind by the likes of Overdraft and Tanked Up. The latter in particular were on a flyer and gained the lead on lap 9. The ensuing battle between them and Ministry saw the lead change several times over the course of the next few laps. Overdraft were right up their chuff and ready to pounce. They waited until the closing stages before making their move, taking advantage of the frantic battle to nip by into the lead on lap 33. Managing to hold off Tanked up to cross the line less than a second ahead. Ministry dropped back a bit but came home third. Meanwhile, Top Guns had worked their way up to fourth in class but had a quiet race. Despite setting the fastest lap of the race, Forever Enemies couldn’t make much of an impact and finished ahead of GT Academy.

Final Result

So with 2 wins and a second, Top Guns took a popular first victory to break the dominance of Ministry, who finished second. Tanked Up were third with Overdraft fourth, Forever Enemies fifth and GT Academy sixth.

The next race is at the splendid Llandow circuit in Wales. The race reporter will be absent from that race as well due to the imminent arrival of a baby but look out for some more completely made-up race reports (mind you, what’s new?)