24 Heures du Mans, Part 2 (or Deux)

17:15: Alright, we have just jumped ahead 3-4 hours. The Audi #1 is still in first, with the Toyota #7 in second. The big news was the Toyota #8 got clipped by a Ferrari GTE Pro car, with both cars flying (in a very literal sense for the LMP1 Toyota) into a tire/metal barrier, approximately 30 meters away. (Ed. Note: I have no clue of what a meter consists of.) They talked to the team of the Ferrari (which was clearly and dubiously in the wrong) and they were defensive and short, leaving quickly. … The #79 class-leading GTE Am Porsche received a ton of damage and now is in pieces in the garage. Too bad, as I was pulling for the American-based Flying Lizard Team. … The #3 Audi (LMP1) crashed into a wall, wrecking the front suspension, but has fixed it all and is back on the track. … Overall, there is a full-course caution, meaning that all cars are going minimal speeds, as they fix the wall that the air-born Toyota took and Ferrari out with extreme prejudice.

17:45: Took the dog for a walk, Drink: poured a glass of wine and am ready for the next stretch.

18:09: The caution flag is raised (after an hour + break) and it takes no time for the Toyota #7 to make an aggressive move, attempting to move around the Batmobile, clipping it and the Deltawing darts into the wall. The #7 stops for a pit, replacing its rear wing, and loses a bunch of time. The status of the Batmobile’s ability to serve up justice is questionable.

18:22: The #7 is in third. I need to pick up my pace on this wine. I think beer is calling my name after this bottle of cabernet.

18:26: The #7 is in the garage, getting suspension work. It looks glum for Toyota. Audi is even more in the catbird’s seat. The rich get richer, just like the 1%ers. Damn capitalism!

18:39: Drink: Poured the final glass of cabernet (yeah, no 4.5 glasses per bottle for me). This experiment is hitting me harder than I calculated. I wonder what kind of hieroglyphs my will break into in the later hours.

18:48: Dusk is settling in. This night period will be tough on yours truly.

19:04: Dark has blanketed on the course. As this is not a track course (rather, made it is made up of civilian roads), the lighting on the route is sparse. It makes for some interesting/questionable racing, with the car providing their own illumination.

19:07: The Batmobile is officially out – too much damage on the front and rear suspension to repair. Crime will run rampant for the last… shit, how many hours are left? 16+ heures. Je suis fatigue.

19:18: Speed Network did a complete lap from the driver’s view in the #73 Corvette (GTE Pro) car. It confirmed everything that one would think was batshit crazy about running a car 200 mph (at times) on an unlit track. The lights of the vehicle do not reach too far ahead on the road and I imagine that memory of the route becomes the driver’s best friend. It was by far the most amusing coverage of the race, thus far – beating out a Toyota experiencing a brief take-off and landing.

19:24: The Toyota #7 is done. Japan may never get over the tsunami.

19:30: Drink: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

19:51: The #7 is back on the track! …and in 47th place overall, many laps behind any class leader. At this point, they are kind of just doing it for funzies.

19:58: Cool. Totally found out I could get the White Sox-Dodgers game on my second flat screen. Alex Rios just batted in a run! White Sox are up, 4-0!

20:03: Its funny that every time they have a break, they come back to their standard intro. It is a queer practice, as their major talking points in the intro are Toyota competing against Audi and the Deltawing/Batmobile, both of which are long extinct stories.

20:11: Drink: I did a shot of Wild Turkey Rye to wrap up this heures’ drink in a timely fashion.

20:15: The feed that we get is from French television and apparently, they take most of the night off. So there are few cameras available during the night heures.

20:16: The Dodgers came back and tied.

20:19: Another break in the coverage. One can only guess how many cars were jacked up when coverage resumes…

About Judas Pato

Just another hard working member of the press, covering the Chicago Bulls and nonsense - often both, simultaneously.
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