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I left the track a few hours ago.  There was a major snafu with some of the transponders and much of the scoring was being done manually.  Great racing conditions, though a bit windy.  If they have not got it back up on Race Monitor it is probably because they will not be able to fudge the manual data into Race Monitor to show accurate standings (that is just my guess) and do not want to confuse people at the track.  They have a good PA system there so probably making announcements.  But you know that Florah, cause you are there, so I guess this post is for everyone else who is wonderin.


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I left the track a few hours ago. There was a major snafu with some of the transponders and much of the scoring was being done manually. Great racing conditions, though a bit windy. If they have not got it back up on Race Monitor it is probably because they will not be able to fudge the manual data into Race Monitor to show accurate standings (that is just my guess) and do not want to confuse people at the track. They have a good PA system there so probably making announcements. But you know that Florah, cause you are there, so I guess this post is for everyone else who is wonderin.

According to my team they aren't making announcements so everyone is just racing the track. One team went through three transponders. I understand there are issues and I would rather the Chump staff concentrate on getting the manual data right.

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Just want to say thank you to all the chumps at Thunderhill this weekend.  Team 51-50 had a great time and got to meet a bunch of nice people.  We ran a pretty good race minus a small over sight on Sunday not having much in the brake pad department.  Running the new course without being able to use much of the brakes will really teach you a thing or two.  LOL! Hope everyone made it home safe and sound! Looking forward to our next race. I personal had a blast going at it with the yellow Ford Focus team.  They are great people and good drivers.


 


Thanks again and wishing everyone the best,


 


Rod & the 51-50 crew. :D


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Thank you, fellow Chumps, for a clean and friendly race. And to ChumpCar for the opportunity to run the epic 5 mile track. One more check mark on my bucket list!

There's no doubt our team had A LOT of luck on our side. Right off the bat we had a 2-3 minute advantage being the second car to see the green. I don't remember hearing the egg timer go off when I left the pits, so we probably got a break there too. And if the chequered flag had flown even one lap later, we never would have made it to the finish. The ignition flaked out after the finish leaving me stranded in 8 west. The car had run perfectly right up to that point before immediately turning to a pile of poo which extended into Sunday.

We peddled clean and hard, and had perfect pit stops, but without all the lucky breaks, this race would have run right down to the final seconds. Huge props to the other podium cars for running such a tight race. It was great to see Canadians at the top both days!

See all y'all in Seattle.

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Thank you, fellow Chumps, for a clean and friendly race. And to ChumpCar for the opportunity to run the epic 5 mile track. One more check mark on my bucket list!

There's no doubt our team had A LOT of luck on our side. Right off the bat we had a 2-3 minute advantage being the second car to see the green. I don't remember hearing the egg timer go off when I left the pits, so we probably got a break there too. And if the chequered flag had flown even one lap later, we never would have made it to the finish. The ignition flaked out after the finish leaving me stranded in 8 west. The car had run perfectly right up to that point before immediately turning to a pile of poo which extended into Sunday.

We peddled clean and hard, and had perfect pit stops, but without all the lucky breaks, this race would have run right down to the final seconds. Huge props to the other podium cars for running such a tight race. It was great to see Canadians at the top both days!

See all y'all in Seattle.

You guys have an awesome E36.  Very well sorted, clean, beautiful car.  Make's my E36 look like, well, a Chump.  Nice job.

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Sundays Final results are in!


You can view them online at


http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1110610


or for download in detail at 


https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3sE_eBHunfsT2RrRjJNLS1kWG8&usp=sharing


BE WARNED


There were quite a few of you that had malfunctioning transponders, if you were given a replacement transponder you will be missing the lap times up until when you were given a replacement. We compensated the laps missed taking everything into account. Thank you for your understanding.


 And Thanks for the great racing at the beautiful and fun Thunder Hill racetrack!


Looking forward to the Pacific Raceway event in my home town!


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Even with transponders the lap count can be off. I try to keep a manual count of our laps and compare that every so often with the official count during the race. We had a couple of dropped laps but in that race we were many laps down so it didn't matter.


 


The problem with waiting until after the race is that you only have 30 minutes to make your case and get the lap count corrected and things tend to be a little busy for the race officials at that point.


 


There are several lap counters that allow you to track your car live and you can even do live telemetry during the race.


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Participant awards for everyone!

I don't claim to have won but we ran the neon better than twelfth.

Is there a transponder setup that makes it so you can track your own car live?

We watch live timing like a hawk during a race. When our car goes by, and we don't see it register on live timing, we trot straight over to the timing trailer. This happened to us twice at the Ridge. I will give Ben in the trailer HUGE CUDO's. Both times, he was already aware, and in the middle of fixing it. It is really easy to spot on live timing, first you will notice you did not register a lap, then next time around, you will register a lap exactly twice the time of a "normal" lap. Nothing is perfect, but the transponders do work better when they have a full charge.
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We will be getting my own hardwire unit.

I imagine with so many cars having trouble they must have been issued without a full charge.

Probably shouldn't make a fuss because it was a mess that they did their best to fix and it was a fun mess anyway.

The way it looked they probably have the top two right anyway.

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We will be getting my own hardwire unit.

I imagine with so many cars having trouble they must have been issued without a full charge.

Probably shouldn't make a fuss because it was a mess that they did their best to fix and it was a fun mess anyway.

The way it looked they probably have the top two right anyway.

I'd like to race there someday, sounds like a cool track. I'm sure it was no fun being the new guy in charge considering the challenges with timing. Were the trophy's cool? We get a lot of comments on our Chump Trophy's, whoever makes them sure does a great job.

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Wow, what a track.  Awesome ChumpCar event as always.  On day one we had the old and new tracks linked together and day two we just did the new track.  The old track is more of a classic really challenging one of everything with off-camber/blind crests/blind corner/fast sweepers whereas the new track rachets it up a few notches with throwing everything at you twice as fast and not a level surface anywhere.


 


On day one I was out first and near the front when the green flag flew, unfortunately I got motion sickness after a while which was not too big of a deal as I managed to hold on long enough that we wouldn't have to take an extra pit stop.  Fireball hopped in next and put in some solid laps to get the car into first place and getting the sixth fastest lap of the day.  JJ was in next keeping the race lead, at the end of his stint I called him in as he passed by us to pit the next time around then unfortunately he radioed back about 15 seconds later saying he ran out of gas - damn it.  We agonizingly waited for a tow then fueled as quickly as we could and put Knuckles in the driver seat.  After pitting I checked the standings and we dropped down to 8th place but some cars still had to pit for their last stop.  A short while later I checked again after all of the pits were done and we moved back up to fifth.


 


With less than an hour left Knuckles was gaining 2-4 seconds a lap on the Flying Scotsmen BMW E30 so we could potentially climb back to fourth - go, go, go!  After he made that pass next up was what looked like a wounded Los Cerdos Voladores Neon and catching them by ~20 seconds a lap but there wasn't much time left.  With two laps to go Knuckles was one second behind at the start/finish line and made the pass right in front of us.  At that point they invited everyone to the wall to salute the racers as they finished their last laps.  We were at the wall jumping and waving as we climbed back to third to finally collect a trophy as Knuckles came by waving back but lost concentration and went off the end of the track on the front straight - YAAAAAAAAAAAAY..... NOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Luckily he went off sideways only 3-4 car widths and managed to gather it back up to maintain position and finish in third place, we have now instituted a no waving rule for the driver.  We finished the race with the sixth fastest lap.


 


Day two started with Knuckles in the car, unfortunately the green flag flew just after he passed the start/finish line putting us in last place and we would have to lap the entire field just to get the lead.  The live timing was also down so we couldn't check anything during the day until the very end.  Next up was JJ as we worked through the standings.  Then Fireball was in the car to put in the third fastest lap of the day.  I was up last and thought I would try the seabands and happy to report that they did work.  Unfortunately with my poor concentration on the first day I didn't know the track that well so it was like seeing it for the first time.  The live timing was finally up about an hour from the end and we were in the lead.  The Yellow Jackets ZX2 was chasing me down as well as Das Idiots Jetta.  I managed to hold on and we took the win on day two with the top three cars on the lead lap.  We also took the class win as 5150 ran out of brakes.


 


A big thank you to Western Motorsports for all of their help in building an awesome car... time to order some new parts again as our car needs some repairs.


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Wow, what a track.  Awesome ChumpCar event as always.  On day one we had the old and new tracks linked together and day two we just did the new track.  The old track is more of a classic really challenging one of everything with off-camber/blind crests/blind corner/fast sweepers whereas the new track rachets it up a few notches with throwing everything at you twice as fast and not a level surface anywhere.

 

On day one I was out first and near the front when the green flag flew, unfortunately I got motion sickness after a while which was not too big of a deal as I managed to hold on long enough that we wouldn't have to take an extra pit stop.  Fireball hopped in next and put in some solid laps to get the car into first place and getting the sixth fastest lap of the day.  JJ was in next keeping the race lead, at the end of his stint I called him in as he passed by us to pit the next time around then unfortunately he radioed back about 15 seconds later saying he ran out of gas - damn it.  We agonizingly waited for a tow then fueled as quickly as we could and put Knuckles in the driver seat.  After pitting I checked the standings and we dropped down to 8th place but some cars still had to pit for their last stop.  A short while later I checked again after all of the pits were done and we moved back up to fifth.

 

With less than an hour left Knuckles was gaining 2-4 seconds a lap on the Flying Scotsmen BMW E30 so we could potentially climb back to fourth - go, go, go!  After he made that pass next up was what looked like a wounded Los Cerdos Voladores Neon and catching them by ~20 seconds a lap but there wasn't much time left.  With two laps to go Knuckles was one second behind at the start/finish line and made the pass right in front of us.  At that point they invited everyone to the wall to salute the racers as they finished their last laps.  We were at the wall jumping and waving as we climbed back to third to finally collect a trophy as Knuckles came by waving back but lost concentration and went off the end of the track on the front straight - YAAAAAAAAAAAAY..... NOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Luckily he went off sideways only 3-4 car widths and managed to gather it back up to maintain position and finish in third place, we have now instituted a no waving rule for the driver.  We finished the race with the sixth fastest lap.

 

Day two started with Knuckles in the car, unfortunately the green flag flew just after he passed the start/finish line putting us in last place and we would have to lap the entire field just to get the lead.  The live timing was also down so we couldn't check anything during the day until the very end.  Next up was JJ as we worked through the standings.  Then Fireball was in the car to put in the third fastest lap of the day.  I was up last and thought I would try the seabands and happy to report that they did work.  Unfortunately with my poor concentration on the first day I didn't know the track that well so it was like seeing it for the first time.  The live timing was finally up about an hour from the end and we were in the lead.  The Yellow Jackets ZX2 was chasing me down as well as Das Idiots Jetta.  I managed to hold on and we took the win on day two with the top three cars on the lead lap.  We also took the class win as 5150 ran out of brakes.

 

A big thank you to Western Motorsports for all of their help in building an awesome car... time to order some new parts again as our car needs some repairs.

Very cool, Ron. I was out in my shop (as I always am on the weekends!), and followed your progress closely on Race Monitor. I wondered what happened to you when you dropped to 8th, out of gas, what a bummer! Man you guys charged back hard, though! If you had a few more laps, you could have gotten second! I was so intent staring at the screen of my phone waiting for the next lap to register, I didn't notice that the race had ended. Great racing. Hope to see you at a track someday soon.

Andy K

The Mad Greek

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I do agree that the race was great and learning two new track configurations was awesome.


 


Also not having properly working transponders makes it very difficult to get it right.


 


  I also dont claim to have won  but i know we ran better then 20th place. With only three pits stops and no major off road  excursions and running within 2-3seconds of everyone???????


 


But I do have have one question about the transponder not working correctly.  We do not even show a registered lap until 11:29am ,did it take that long to notice a malfunctioning transponder?  If anyone has any insight please share.


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By the way, what the hell did you guys do to my friends in the 240Z. I understand they were run into 4 times, the last time hard enough to bend the front sub-frame, and knock them out for the weekend. Like all race related contact, I'm sure there are two sides to each story, but holy moly, it was their first Chump race. Nice way to welcome them.

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