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21/09/2003 This is the first ISA/IRC track where Alan Rotoi's unbelievable strike came to an end! Alain was the fastest this time, who later was announced as "Man of the Race" for his great result and desire to win. |
The race started well for Alan Rotoi with the best beginning (CP1; view all). Bonzai Joe, Alain, Akoss Poo and Juank 23 followed him like a shadow. Another group with CTG, Zak, Krys Toff and Mingva was a little bit slower, but not far enough to be out of a chance to battle for the podium. Last four had already lost any possibility to win single point because of too low speed in elevated corners: satanziege, Dabuek, Leo Ramone and Schila.
The 2nd part, with its divided roads, was the key of the track. Thats where Alain overtook Alan Rotoi (CP2), reaching power gear on the second cork. He wasn't the only one who did it, but he reached it earlier and kept it maximum time. Also in this section Juank 23 lost any chances to get on a podium, and stayed less than half a second ahead of team mate CTG. So, there left only 4 drivers fighting for the top3 places.
Next part started with a sharp corner on the hill where the weakest drivers lost 1.5-2 secs to leaders! Really impressive. Then followed a pipe with boulevard at the end. It wasn't difficult interval and all drivers passed it with almost the same speed. But not satanziege and Leo Ramone. Somehow they managed to lost additional 1 sec there. Alan Rotoi was the best in this section, but Alain remained leader with a short advance of 0.2 sec (CP3). Bonzai Joe and Akoss Poo were now more than one second behind them and could only fight for the 3rd place. Juank 23 proved that he deserved the 5th place on Asuncion.
Then we climbed to a hill again, turned in a corkscrew and made a jump in order to reach power gear for the fast finish in the banked corners. Alan Rotoi was a little bit slower there and let the victory to Alain definitely. Bonzai Joe controlled Akoss Poo in order to keep his 3rd place (CP4).
In the final rush time difference between first nine drivers was only half a second. Dabuek was 1 sec slower. Nevertheless he was also 1 sec faster than remaining three drivers. The most interesting thing, he was able to overtook Leo Ramone near finish line! And only terrible performance in S2 prevented him from 10th place.