First to Board Master ...
Christina Hancock qualified for the
Final but 2011 champ Tim Carnahan did not.
Kevin Keller is on his way to his
third title as defending champ Terry Schultz watches.
Italian Fabio Pellegrino won twice
in the preliminaries at Jack Beckman's expense.
Bruce Rae, Mark Kennel, Don Tatum
and Jimmy Fleckenstein watch the far turn.
Over three days at WBC, 28 drivers competed to qualify for
the big race on day 4. Qualifying heats were split into two
different tracks, with the top qualifiers from each track advancing.
There were a lot of familiar faces, and a couple new ones as
well, all vying for the title, but in the end it was the veteran
Kevin Keller who took home first place, becoming the first person
to win the WBC Speed Circuit title three times.
The first qualifying heat's tracks, Montreal and Sao Paolo,
were fast and tight with a lot of carnage. Montreal, in particular,
saw only five finishers out of the 11 who began the race. The
second day's tracks were Sepang and Yeongam, where position changed
often and unexpectedly. The last qualifying heat saw some old
favorite tracks, Spa and Silverstone, and again the dice gods
reared their heads and sent the unwary packing.
In the end, Fabio was the only racer who won twice, but Mario
and Jim managed to double-qualify with a second and a subsequent
win as well. The bigger oddity of the week was that most of
the third place finishers from each race either qualified later,
or had already qualified. In the end, this meant that because
we had double-qualifiers, virtually all of the third place finishers
qualified. Even more unusual was that one of the fourth place
finishers, Phil White, also advanced, after we had dropped all
the way to the 6th tie-breaker to determine who would get the
The Final was played on a relatively new track, New Delhi,
and it was a very challenging course which allowed for a number
of racing styles to flourish. Jim bid high for pole, and then
rolled a chance in the second corner to run off away from the
rest of the pack in the early lead. Fabio, Mario, Kevin, and
Phil made it through the first two corners after Jim and became
the chase pack.
Chris L. got shut out of the first corner by Phil and began
slow-playing the first lap, which caused him to fall back several
positions while he sat and waited. Randy stalled off the starting
grid which forced him into the back pack, with Bruno, Tim and
the Hancocks. Doug, who was trying to catch the chase pack got
pushed off his line several times which forced him to spend more
By the second lap, Chris L. rolled chance in the same spot
Jim did the turn before to catch back up and find himself in
the chase pack. Jim was not having as good luck at this point
in the race, with the Italians having now caught up to him, forcing
him to make bad decisions. He eventually rolled a chance in
the middle of the second lap, spun, and chose to pull off the
track at that point. Fabio and Mario, now in the lead, fought
each other at every turn, but always spent their wear carefully
and traded the lead several times.
Phil, Chris L, and Randy were now the chase pack and officially
caught the leaders by the last lap. Coming down the fast straight
with lots of company Fabio over-plotted and had to late-brake
ahead of the corner. Unfortunately, the dice were not kind and
he broke his brakes which caused him to lose a wear. Since he
was planning to spend that in the corner, he was now forced to
roll a chance he hadn't palnned. That roll went poorly as well
and he crashed off the course. Amazingly though, none of the
four racers behind him got caught in his wake, and everyone else
successfully navigated the corner.
The four leaders immediately ran into further trouble when
Randy attempted to force pass around Mario. Mario blocked his
way and Randy's roll failed with collision which caused Mario
to spin out since he was out of wear at this point. Behind them
Christina and Tim, with wear waiting to spend, had met up with
and passed Phil and were looking ahead to the leaders.
Kevin, now in the lead, had been playing his typical race
- holding position, not wasting wear, and waiting for his moment
which had now come. He found himself in the lead with wear left
to spend and little competition behind him to stop him. He flies
into the big loop, corner #6, at maximum speed with Chris L.
drafting behind him for some advantage.
Kevin finishes out the corner, leaving the rest of the racers
in his dust, and on a solid line to win easily. Meanwhile,
Randy has recovered from his failed forced pass and used his
wear advantage to catch back up to Chris on the way out of corner
#6. The two of them proceed to fight for second through the
last three corners, but Randy's wear advantage makes the difference
and he takes the blue wood with Chris right behind him in third.
Christina and Tim have passed everyone else by, but run out
of wear in the process, and no longer have quite enough to pass
Chris and Randy. They finish in fourth and fifth place, respectively,
while Phil takes the last of the laurels in sixth place. Mario
crosses the line in seventh leaving Chris H. as the last finisher
in eighth place
Jack Beckman, Gregory Smith,
Randy Needham, Tim Mossman and Russell Harley try to quaify in
By Email 2014
Tim Mossman moved into 7th place in the BPA Speed Circuit
laurels standings by winning the 2nd PBeM tournament over
a field of 26. He came from the back of the pack with a late
forced pass and a successful chance dice roll to seal the win
on the New Delhi track. It was the first tournament win for Mossman
who finished sixth in last year's contest and has finished 3rd
or 4th at WBC three times. Rob Kircher, fresh off his March
Madness PBeM title, racked up more offseason laurels with
a second-place finish. Michael Aubuchon doubled his laurel totals
with a third place finish, fading from the early lead as his
tires wore. Martin Burgdorf of Germany finished fourth followed
by Doug Schulz and Curt Collins in the laurels. Rounding out
the finalists in order were: Canadian Bruce Rae, Robert Runf,
Chris Hancick, Jeff Cornett, William Kennard and Buck Karpowicz.
A third PBeM tournament will be starting after WBC again using
two heats to qualify 12 finalists. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org