At first glance, a 6-hour regularity relay seems weird. You have around fifty cars on a race track at once, not going as fast as they can. That’s the thing though, speed not getting you anywhere is the charm, it’s about calculating, managing, and mitigating risk. You nominate a time as a driver and try to score some points for your team. If you nominate a time too far away from your ability you don’t get close enough to score anything meaningful. On the other side, if you nominate a time that is too achievable you’re at risk of running over and getting hit with massive penalties. Just to add to that, the scoring system is brutal with a single penalty halving your score.
I spent the weekend with the Sushi and Sauerkraut team, putting together the best of German and Japanese engineering onto the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The team brought together an eclectic group of drivers and crew with different day to day lives who combined their skills and passion for motorsport to tackle this year’s event.
A 5 lap penalty in the first stint for overtaking under a yellow was handed out, essentially pulling the team out of contention. However, it did not stop the drive to go for the bonus laps.
Whilst penalties inevitably became the downfall attributing to the final result near the bottom of the pack, the team are determined to tackle the event next year with more of an idea of how the machine works.
The best part about the ruleset of this event is the large variety of cars you see on the grid. Just to give you an idea of what its like, just on the walk to pick up some jam donuts from the cafeteria I walked past an R31 Skyline with no radiator fan, at least 3 teams made entirely of Mazda MX-5s, then a team that had a Mercedes AMG GT fully kitted out with a cage. Each of these cars can be just as competitive as the next, it just comes down to the ability to keep yourself in check. The Sushi and Sauerkraut guys definitely had some of the coolest kit on the tarmac. Check them out here.
1998 Porsche 911 Carrera
Profession: Structural Engineer ( www.4site.com.au )
Nominated Time: 2.02
1979 Porsche 911
Profession: Accountant ( www.affinityaccountants.com.au )
Nominated Time: 2.06
1999 Mitsubishi Evo VI
Profession: Language Teacher ( https://lcfclubs.com.au/ )
Nominated Time: 1.57
1977 Porsche 911
Profession: Architect ( http://www.aych.com.au/ )
Nominated Time: 2.06
Stay tuned for a video of the action from the weekend.
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