Banco Santander Carrera Turismes de Catalunya

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Banco Santander Carrera Turismes de Catalunya
Event 2 of 8 in the RRR Touring Car Championship
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Date 1st September 2011
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
National Circuit
Course Purpose Built Racing Facility
1.85 miles
Entrants 13
Races 2
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The Carrera Turismes de Catalunya (English: Catalan Touring Car Race), sponsored by Banco Santander* is the second event of the second season of Really Rubbish Racing competition.

The event takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya, outside the city of Barcelona in the the Catalonia region of Spain. The layout used is the National Circuit, which cuts short the first sector of the full circuit lap with a hairpin two-thirds of the distance along the start/finish straight. This then re-joins the circuit at the left hand flat-out kink that is turn 6.

* Not actually sponsored by or at all affiliated with Santander

Sprint Race

Sprint Race
Round 3 of 16 in the RRR Touring Car Championship
track map
Distance 11 laps 20.35 miles
Fastest Lap
Driver/Team Tomcheesey CheeseyRug Racing
Time 1:18:357
Podium
First Flavoury CheeseyRug Racing
Second Rumbly RumbLee Racing
Third Hertfordshire Ajokay POWA
Independent Winner
First Smifaye Black Cats

Summary

Race summary.

Teams Trophy

Insert summary

Independents Trophy

Everyone got away cleanly from the line and it was a battle to see who could make the first corner first. There was some contact between new boy OpenedAutumn58 and Original 8 member Javaguy360. Both drivers were sent into a spin and their races were difficult to recover from that point. This left a leading pack of Dan Thorn, Umack84, Smifaye and C R Welsh85.

Dan Thorn was leading the race with Smifaye closing the gap. Smifaye made use of his top speed advantage to close the gap with Dan being quicker in the twisty downforce dependent part of the track. Smifaye then was close enough to make a move going down the start finish straight. Smifaye moved over to show himself in Dan's mirrors, Dan then braked too late which let Smifaye into the lead.

The last few laps were extremely tense with Smifaye out in the lead with Dan Thorn closing the gap lap by lap. By the last lap the drivers were nose to tail. Dan then made a last effort into the last chicane making contact with Smifaye, the two drivers were side by side going into the last right hander then Dan ran wide giving Smifaye his first win in the championship.

Race Classification

Pos No Driver Team Car Class Laps Time/Retired Points
1 29 FlavouryRug CheeseyRug Racing Honda Civic Type R T 11 14:39.638 10
2 69 RumblyLizard RumbLee Racing Seat Leon Cupra R T 11 +1.423 8
3 23 Hertfordshire Ajokay POWA Renault Megane RS250 T 11 +3.420 6
4 55 Smifaye Black Cats Racing Team SEAT Leon Cupra R I 11 +7.976 10
5 20 Tomcheesey CheeseyRug Racing Honda Civic Type R T 11 +8.077 4
6 7 Mr Flobadob RumbLee Racing Seat Leon Cupra R T 11 +10.289 3
7 802 Kernow Dan Thorn Kernowsport Vauxhall Astra VXR I 11 +10.549 8
8 84 Umack84 T-C Collaboration VW Scirocco GT I 11 +12.152 6
9 172 C R Welsh 85 Drive Angry Honda Integra DC5 I 11 +17.370 4
10 71 Bookoi POWA Renault Megane RS250 T 11 +25.777 2
11 04 Mr E 004 Shout-E-Motoring VW Scirocco GT T 11 +30.764 1
12 53 Javaguy360 Lime GP Acura RSX I DNF Timeout 3
13 99 OpenedAutumn58 Autumn GP Renault Megane RS250 I DNF Timeout 2

Image Gallery

The cars navigate the New Holland chicane for the first time as Tomcheesey sheds some excess window weight
At the first corner, Bookoi makes the last of the late brakers look early...
...but parks up nicely between the cones
The battle for the lead begins to hot up at half distance
Flavoury gets alongside Rumbly for a drag down the main straight
Ajokay watches on from third as the Honda takes the lead during the penultimate journey through the stadium section
The Independents line up on the grid at Catalunya
Umack84 runs wide allowing Dan Thorn past
Dan Thorn makes a last lap attempt for win

Feature Race

Feature Race
Round 4 of 16 in the RRR Touring Car Championship
track map
Distance 22 laps 40.70 miles
Fastest Lap
Driver/Team Flavoury CheeseyRug Racing
Time 1:18:117
Podium
First Tomcheesey CheeseyRug Racing
Second Flavoury CheeseyRug Racing
Third Smifaye Black Cats
Independent Winner
First Smifaye Black Cats

Summary

Race summary.

Teams Trophy

Race summary

Independents Trophy

C R Welsh85 started on pole position for the feature race and got away cleanly. Umack84 got away best and was up into second by the exit of the first corner. Umack then ran wide at turn 2 which let Smifaye get past on the outside of turn 3. Smifaye then made a most ambitious move on the outside of the track against C R Welsh85, both drivers squeezed into the following tight chicane. C R Welsh85 then ran wide at the right hander after the tight hairpin which let Smifaye past into the lead. Smifaye then set about setting some fast laps and working out when the best time was to pit.

First into the pits was C R Welsh85 of the Angry Racing Team. C R Welsh85 was fitted with fresh tyres and could notice the difference instantly. Smifaye used this useful piece of information to pit just a few laps later and made use of the fresh tyres. Dan Thorn chose to stay out longer to try and feed back into first place but rejoined the race in 2nd place. Smifaye then maintained the gap to Dan Thorn of around 11 seconds to take his second win of the season, and 7th of his Really Rubbish Racing career.

Race Classification

Pos No Driver Team Car Class Laps Time/Retired Points
1 20 Tomcheesey CheeseyRug Racing Honda Civic Type R T 22 29:38.329 10
2 29 FlavouryRug CheeseyRug Racing Honda Civic Type R T 22 +0.471 8
3 55 Smifaye Black Cats Racing Team SEAT Leon Cupra R I 22 +5.816 10
4 23 Hertfordshire Ajokay POWA Renault Megane RS250 T 22 +6.049 6
5 69 RumblyLizard RumbLee Racing Seat Leon Cupra R T 22 +7.926 4
6 802 Kernow Dan Thorn Kernowsport Vauxhall Astra VXR I 22 +20.039 8
7 7 Mr Flobadob RumbLee Racing Seat Leon Cupra R T 22 +41.352 3
8 84 Umack84 T-C Collaboration VW Scirocco GT I 22 +42.963 6
9 71 Bookoi POWA Renault Megane RS250 T 22 +47.984 2
10 172 C R Welsh 85 Drive Angry Honda Integra DC5 I 22 +50.234 4
11 04 Mr E 004 Shout-E-Motoring VW Scirocco GT T 22 +1:10.445 1
12 53 Javaguy360 Lime GP Acura RSX I 22 +1:27.624 3
- 99 OpenedAutumn58 Autumn GP Renault Megane RS250 I DNS Connection

Image Gallery

When four drivers try to share the same stretch of tarmac, things go wrong!

Championship Positions after the Event

Drivers' Championship standings

Pos Driver Points
1 FlavouryRug 32
2 RumblyLizard 24
3 Hertfordshire Ajokay 22
4 Sodamn Insane 6 16

Teams' Championship standings

Pos Team Points
1 CheeseyRug Racing 46
2 RumbLee Racing 35
3 POWA 35
4 Shout-E-Motoring 20

Independent Trophy standings

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Smifaye Black Cats Racing Team 20
2 Kernow Dan Thorn Kernowsport 16
3 Umack84 T-C Collaboration 12
4 C R Welsh 85 Drive Angry 8