Eleven three-lap preliminary
races such as this one of the multi-faced dice game were held
during two heats to qualify for the ten-player Final on Saturday
Finalists (left to right) Doug
Galullo, William Kendrick, Robert Hahn, Jason Levine, Roderick
Lee and Dave Rohde gather around the Brazil track.
Formula De continued its strong tournament appeal in
2006 with 62 racers competing in two heats. 11 preliminary races
were run, including Spa, Portland, Melbourne, Netherlands #1
and #2, Portugal, Long Beach, Australia and Brazil. FDE has become
a veteran event, and perhaps for this reason no one was present
for the demo. Any inexperienced players certainly did not hold
back the veterans, as no heats ran overtime.
Despite the perception that FDE favors those who roll the
best dice, the Final once again featured many former champions
and laurelists. Using the new standard MESE ranking system, finalists
started in the following order: 1, William Kendrick; 2, Bob Runnicles;
3, defending champ Jason Levine; 4, David Rohde; 5, Paul Murphy;
6, Doug Galullo; 7, 2001 champ Roderick Lee; 8, Tom Vickery;
9, Robert Hahn; and 10, Chris Hancock, who rounded out the field
as an alternate.
Brazil was chosen as the track, as it is fast and challenging.
The race started uneventfully, with Levine pulling out to an
early lead. Halfway around lap 1, Runnicles' car lost an engine
point, leaving a road hazard in its wake. Vickery's car lost
its last suspension point running over this hazard, and he became
the first casualty. Murphy was next to go; his car suffering
a blown engine early on lap 2. Hahn crashed on the tough "S"
curve on lap 2. As a sign of the high skill of the finalists,
his was the only car lost in a crash, despite the high speeds
typical of this track. And in a first, Rohde's car lost its last
engine point just as he was entering the pit. The GM ruled that
since destruction occurs at the end of the car's move, and repair
occurs after the move, there was no chance to repair the car
in the pit.
Meanwhile, Levine's early lead evaporated, and it became a
three-car race between he, Runnicles and Galullo. The latter
two fell back late in the third lap, and Levine became the first
player to repeat as FDE champion. Runnicles and Galullo took
the second- and third-place plaques, respectively, while Kendrick,
Lee, and Hancock in that order rounded out the laurelists.