Thanks for posting Josh. Regarding the SDC C DQ ... on raceday I remember thinking there were only 3 reasons that would make sense to me for a DQ in this case: 1. The SDC C hill 1-2 being faster than the SDC B hill 1-2 - 2. If the SDC C driver had a chance to choose to pass on the right side instead of left she should have taken it - 3. If she had a chance to brake she should have taken it.
Has anyone timed the hill 1-2's? I generally agree the team rank is a crappy rule unless its blatant and both SDC B and C are just plain fast but I was curious what the facts are. I didn't like how much faster the Pika C hill 1-2 was than the Pika B 1-2 in 2001 when they went up against our A-team, it seemed sketchy but nothing came of it then either.
I think the video shows clearly how SDC C got pinched by Pika's line and the curb making point 2 irrelevant. Suggestion: Paint a passing lane in this corner to let inside buggies have room .... this pinch happens a lot it seems.
Both bumps and any curb contact seem to happen so close together that the window for the proper reaction to brake for safety is miniscule ... some leniency here would have been more sporting and a re-roll would have been fair ... I disagree with the committee's choice to DQ SDC C. I know they tell the driver to brake for safety but is it a rule for the following buggy to hit the brakes once there is contact? Should there be?
On raceday when I watched this on the Jumbotron, I thought the contact adversely affected Pika's speed more than SDC. It looked like her tail went out a little, but I can't really tell watching the replay. The poly on SDC/fringe/sigep seems to have better grip than pika's tires and could have had something to do with this.
(should this post have gone in the other thread? is there a way to do that sam?)
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