The first round of the clubs Thunderslot Proxy race was held this past Saturday. You may ask, “Why run a Proxy race for cars that are all local?”. Austin has seen an increase in Covid cases and many members did not feel safe coming together as a group for fear of contracting the virus. Taking these valid concerns into consideration the club decided to run a series as a proxy with members submitting their race prepared Thunderslot Lola or McLaren. A group of five club members would come together race the race entered cars with three racing and two working as marshals. These members would take all possible precautions to keep themselves and all others as safe as possible.
This proxy race would also be the first time the club would use a Zoom meeting along with a live YouTube feed to provide real time racing video and commentary between those watching and those racing and marshalling. This was the first time we attempted this mix of technologies and it was not without some minor technical difficulties. We learned a lot from this first effort and will have all the issues resolved by our next race on the 25th of July.
The race itself was fantastic with every racer having a great time running cars with different set ups. The knowledge gained from running a well-prepared car can show a racer what level of performance is possible while at the same time, running a poorly set up car can show a racer what to avoid. Every racer came away with a better understanding of the Proxy format and what its like to drive so many different set ups.
The race was won by the best set up car in the group – John’s McLaren. The car was stable and was easy for everyone to not only drive but to push to the limit with ease. It completed a total of 229 laps. The car set the fastest lap with a time of 3.659. It also completed the most laps in one heat running 80 laps. The second place car was Marty’s Lola spyder with a total of 219 laps, fast lap of 3.819 and highest one heat lap count of 75. Third place went to Marc’s beautiful silver and blue stripped Lola spyder. This car did a total of 217.5 laps, a fast lap of 3.812 and a highest one heat lap count of 76.
It was great to have seven club members submit cars to the proxy. There is still time to get your car entered for the next round on the 25th of July. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to the next round where live audio and video will make you feel like you are right there with us.