Pittsburgh finally let buggy have a nice dry course for the weekend, so CMU stepped up and provided the torrents of water on Sunday. Thanks CMU! Saturday was sunny, 40-45 degrees, and over 2 hours long thanks to the end of day light savings. Sweepstakes got through the roll order 3 full times despite a fair number of stoppages. The first 40 minutes of Sunday went smoothly, but then Porter Hall decided to burst and spew disturbingly brown water out onto hill 3. In just minutes the sidewalk, hill 3, and the outside of the chute were thoroughly flooded.
Mini-raceday is next weekend!
- CIA – Conquest, Firebird, Renaissance
- AEPi – Kamikaze, Zephyrus
- DTD (Sat only) – Bethany
- SAE (Sun only)– Rubicon
- SigEp – Barracuda, Pandora
- Spirit – Seraph, Fuko
- SigNu (Sat only) – Skua
- PhiKap – Schadenfreude, Svengali, Celerity
- SDC – Malice, Psychosis, Envy, Rage
- PiKA – Zeus, Wyvern, Nemesis
- Fringe -Banyan, Bedlam, Blizzard, Bantam
Observations (full Saturday gallery here)
- >Zeus went wide and hit the outer bales pretty hard, but the doubled up bales did their job. The driver had a bit of cut lip, but was quick to say she was fine. Zeus was rolling with the Zero Error wheels seen on Knightfall last week at the time. Perhaps new wheels/compound created an understeer problem?
- DTD had a rough day, going 1 for 3 on rolls. On their first roll they were going a bit quicker than usual and the driver cut it in too quickly and pulled a clean 180 in the middle of the chute without hitting anything. On their 3rd roll, she had helmet related visibility problems shortly after the transition flag. She tried to hit the breaks but in that effort she jerked the steering left and the curb ended up doing the stopping for her.
- SDC had an April fools caliber “spin” in the chute. Someone said over their org radio channel “Psychosis spun in the chute” which caused their follow car, their flagger, and the sweepstakes car all to jump into action racing to the aid of the buggy. Only thing was, Psychosis actually made it through the chute fine and was on its way up the back hills. The result was a lot of frantic searching for a buggy that seemingly crashed so badly that it vanished.
- Spirit’s Fuko blew a tire on the mild asphalt patch just past the apex of the chute. Seraph stopped like a champ right at the chute flag even though the hill 3 pusher had already moved Fuko to the side of the road.
- Despite very professional and much improved flagging, a car managed to sneak on to the course between orgs. Apparently it had been parked in the driveway behind the Schenley park visitor’s center. The safety chair (who hangs out in the chute during rolls for faster response) quickly jumped in his own car and confronted the intruder as they approached the chute.
- SDC, Fringe, and SigEp look like the only teams on the course that are getting ready for a race. Perhaps the rainy weather has slowed down driver training, but with mini-raceday just a week away, most orgs are going to have to switch modes quickly to put together a semi-realistic lap. CIA was actually rolling faster than SigEp, but SigEp was putting together some solid looking push teams. SDC and Fringe were clearly the fastest rolling teams on the course this weekend. PiKA is obviously the salient omission from that list. They did have some decent rolls a couple of weeks ago, but they seem to be wrapped up in some elaborate testing / experimentation routine that involves pulling cards from a deck to determine which buggies from the garage to roll each weekend.
- PhiKap brought out Celerity for the first time in quite a while. According to PKTracing.com, it last raced in 2004. Anyone know if that was when it last rolled? Interesting that PhiKap is dedicating the resources to bringing out a third buggy, but they do have 4 drivers caped, so maybe they’re just trying to find a ride for all of their ladies.
- Fringe’s Bantam was rolling on a white tire compound, possibly for the first time. Bantam’s front and rear fairings make it tough to glean too much more about the tire during rolls, but that white is high-contrast and hard to miss. Perhaps the same white compound that SDC has been rolling on since last March?