For the Very Track Itself ...
Roderick Lee deals with a Fast
& Furious intimidator.
GM Levine presents the new champ
with a copy of the Final course.
Formula De attendance rebounded in 2015 with three heats yielding 13 winners. No one won more than once during the preliminary races so tiebreakers were used to determine ten finalists. Only nine of those and none of the alternates appeared so the Final on Nevada Ride took place with only nine cars. The starting grid was Vien Bounma at pole followed by Glenn McMaster, Scott Sirianna, Josh Coyle, Haakon Monsen, Walt Collins, Dan Harthan, Jonathan Wyatt, and John Schoose. Vien earned pole position due to a
win and a second finish in two of the preliminary heats. Unfortunately, the person who beat him was Scott who was sitting two positions behind him to start the Final. Another pair of familiar adversaries occupied the fourth and fifth positions; Josh had finishedthi third to Haakon in their race.
The Final used the new Nevada Ride track which was to be awarded to the winner as a prize from Asmodee games. All of the street rules were in effect, including a new pit rule as well as hazards.
At the start Vien hit the first turn all by himself putting him a turn ahead in the early going. Both Haakon and Dan had fast starts by rolling a 20 and surged ahead to gain position. Lap 1 saw John Schoose use the big blue die 6th gear die (affectionately known as the golfball) to do a double slipstream and then redline into the Grand Canyon turn to shoot from last to third place. Unfortunately for him, his stay there was all too brief. On his next roll he had no breaks left and couldn’t triple downshift so he was forced to go in 4th gear and crashed while overshooting the turn. That was the first of many crashes and John returned to his ninth place starting position for good.
Later in Lap 1 Dan missed going over the jump and landed in the Colorado River. This caused him to have to drive up the cliff to get back into the race. Then Walt crashed while overshooting Wild West Corner to take 8th place. Lap 1 left carnage all over the track and our remaining drivers would have to navigate the debris during Laps 2 and 3.
At the beginning of Lap 2 the Flamingo turn was so full of debris that Glenn had to make a triple suspension check on his way through it. He failed two of his three rolls, lost his suspension completely and crashed in the Flamingo turn in 7th place. Josh had little time to celebrate his demise since he ran over some debris in front of the Grand Canyon turn when he needed to redline into it on Lap 1. Unfortunately for him, this time he needed to make a suspension check and failed it causing him to crash for 6th place. Jonathan ignored the yellow flags and sped into the same Grand Canyon turn, rubbing bodies and suffering so much body damage that he also crashed in 5th place. The Grand Canyon turn had claimed three victims via three different methods.
As the four remaining cars headed into Lap 3, Vien had a three-turn lead on Scott and Haakon. After taking a dip in the Colorado River on Lap 1, Dan was eight turns back. Haakon took the risk of going for the casino pit (in which on a 1-6 he would have gotten a new car in perfect condition) and failed the roll so he wasn't even able to get tires if he went into his regular pit. Dan, being so far back, also tried the casino pit and was rewarded with a new car. He now felt he could go hard to try to catch the racers in front of him since he already had a plaque since the worst he could do was fourth. He had nothing to lose.
Lap 3 is where things got interesting. Vien was extra cautious heading into the Grand Canyon turn as he saw three cars already crash there. So instead of rolling big blue to guarantee the turn with a chance of overshooting if he was too fast, he rolled the purple 5th gear die and missed the turn instead. Then he was forced to downshift and head through the Grand Canyon turn in a lowergear than he wanted. This mistake caused him to splash into the Colorado River just as Dan had done during Lap 1. Because of this mistake, that three-turn lead on Scott and Haakon looked like it was going to evaporate. Since Dan was racing hard to make up his eight-turn difference he had to try to run through debris and by the time he got the Red Rock turn he had ruined his suspension and crashed in 4th place. He was the first plaque winner, but the real race was still ahead.
Now all three drivers were near one another and due to good rolls for Scott and Haakon coupled with Vien’s summer bath, they both made it into Wild West Corner at the same time as Vien. As they exited Wild West Corner, Haakon took the lead away from Vien for the first time. All three cars used tires to overshoot out of Wild West Corner and they all had one tire left. All of them were exactly eight spaces away from the Las Vegas Strip corner. Haakon went first and rolled an 8 exactly. He took the inside lane and was feeling good. Vien went second and rolled a 7 but had two engines left so he redlined into the corner in the middle lane. Scott went third and also rolled a 7 and had to
use an engine to redline into the outer lane of the corner as well. This meant that all three drivers were now down to their last engine as well as their last tire. There would be no more redlining and anyone's engine could blow as they were exiting the last turn of Las Vegas Way. The upcoming roll would decide the race.
It came down to a 5th gear roll. Haakon went first and rolled a 14. He knew he was in trouble as either or both of the other two were likely to surpass his with a ceiling of 20. Vien went next and rolled a 15. It wasn't enough to pass Haakon outright, but being in the middle lane Vien was able to use an extra space in the turn and place his car directly behind Haakon and then slipstream Haakon to take the lead on the final homestretch. Scott now needed a 17 or a 20 to either slipstream or pass Vien. Scott only rolled a 12 and had to settle for third. Vien breathed a sigh of relief and
took home his first WBC shield after the most dramatic finish yet.
GM Jason Levine and his finalists.