End of the Mini-Streak ...
Nearly 70 drivers came to Lancaster, Pa to compete in the
2014 Formula De tournament. The event was contested over
three heats, culminating in a Final race. We had thirteen unique
race winners in the heats, but it takes more than just a win
to qualify for this Final. There has been consideration of adding
a semifinal round, however our numbers do not quite justify that
level just yet.
Zandervoort was the track selected for the Final. It is a
rarely raced circuit due to being long out of print. Drivers
customize their cars for three laps on the Final by assigning
20 wear points across six car stats. The majority of drivers
invested heavily in tires, with six being the minimum. More
investment in the Engine and Suspension categories would have
yielded more benefit.
With less than half of the first lap completed, eight damage
markers littered the track. Body Damage and Engine Wear decorated
the straight after the first corner. Six damage markers completely
blocked the raceway, forcing drivers over them for the second
and third laps. This meant that there were no clear lanes and
every car had the potential to be eliminated no matter how safely
~The first victim claimed by the track was Carolyn, retired
in just half of a lap by a blown engine.
~Barry suffered the same fate soon afterwards.
~Bill fell victim to traffic, eliminated by the loss of his
last bodywork point.
~Engine troubles struck again, forcing Josh into early retirement.
~Eli was a victim of his own aggression, excessive speed causing
him to overshoot a corner.
~RJ was making a push for the lead when he fell victim to
~Bruce, drafting on RJ's bumper, met the same fate.
In the end, only three of the ten finalists were still moving.
Bill Beckman was able to survive to claim third place. Curt
Collins drove a solid second. Young Alex Metzger, playing for
his first time in the heats, maintained a lead and drove to victory
in the 2014 Formula De Tournament.
GM Joshua Githens and his poor insurance
risk finalists. Only three would cross the finish line.