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#1 wipassana

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 15:04

I found some info on the net. I saw a 12h time
1 6 Stephen Young VK - Vodka Kick 1:08.726 17 012.25
2 21 Chris Hyman Serco 1:09.113 0.387 16 101.67
3 36 Steve Warburton 1:09.150 0.424 16 101.62
4 3 Gideon Cresswell QAS Systems Ltd 1:09.179 0.453 17 101.58
5 7 Tim Whale Tulip Technologies Inc. 1:09.260 0.534 17 101.46
6 1 Paul Warren Red Devil Energy Drinks 1:09.471 0.745 17 101.15
7 12 Juan Barazi 1:09.582 0.856 15 100.99
8 5 Rob Lofting Specsavers Opticians 1:09.652 0.926 17 100.89
9 2 Ben Lewis Building Environmental Se... 1:09.672 0.946 14 100.86
10 99 Chris Harris 1:09.880 1.154 16 100.56
11 4 Howard Spooner Leopard Clubs 1:09.947 1.221 17 100.46
12 69 Ross Stonefeld Audi North America 1:10.047 1.321 15 100.32
13 9 Stuart Prior glassholdings.com 1:10.324 1.598 15 99.92
14 11 David Joseph Access Computing 1:10.642 1.916 16 99.47
15 45 Bernard Thear Refrigerated Vehicles (UK... 1:11.249 2.523 17 98.62
16 15 Ted Tuppen Enterprise Inns 1:12.523 3.797 16 96.89
17 8 Natalie Butler ENG 1:12.976 4.250 16 96.29

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#2 Jhope

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 15:11

HA!!!!! Number 69!!!!

Good luck. hope you are having a great time.:up: :up:

#3 condor

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 15:15

Well done Ross - that's a pretty good time for someone that doesn't really know the car or the track:up:

#4 wipassana

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 15:17

The times where from Qalification race 12.
Here the results of race 11
Race Results
Round 11: Sunday, 14th October 2001
Snetterton (15 Laps)
Pos No. Driver Sponsor Time
Gap
Laps mph
1 3 Gideon Cresswell QAS Systems Ltd 17:33.690 15 100.03
2 2 Ben Lewis Building Environmental Se... 17:34.220 0.530 15 99.98
3 21 Chris Hyman Serco 17:35.503 1.813 15 99.86
4 6 Stephen Young VK - Vodka Kick 17:37.770 4.080 15 99.65
5 36 Steve Warburton 17:43.089 9.399 15 99.15
6 5 Rob Lofting Specsavers Opticians 17:47.826 14.136 15 98.71
7 1 Paul Warren Red Devil Energy Drinks 17:51.454 17.764 15 98.37
8 7 Tim Whale Tulip Technologies Inc. 17:58.069 24.379 15 97.77
9 4 Howard Spooner Leopard Clubs 17:58.280 24.590 15 97.75
10 11 David Joseph Access Computing 18:08.999 35.309 15 96.79
11 45 Bernard Thear Refrigerated Vehicles (UK... 18:11.174 37.484 15 96.60
12 12 Juan Barazi 18:14.171 40.481 15 96.33
13 9 Stuart Prior glassholdings.com 18:21.394 47.704 15 95.70
14 69 Ross Stonefeld Audi North America 18:26.462 52.772 15 95.26
15 15 Ted Tuppen Enterprise Inns 18:43.764 1:10.074 15 93.79
16 8 Natalie Butler ENG 18:05.734 1 Lap 14 90.61
DNF 99 Chris Harris 6:07.090 DNF 5 95.71
Fastest Lap
21 Chris Hyman Serco 1:08.668 102.33

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 16:38

Here are the results for race 12, I noticed another rookie called Juan Barazi - also a newbie at this race. What is it about fast rookies called Juan! (except the DNF here in race 12)


Race 12 Results

1 36 Steve Warburton 17:38.794 15 99.55
2 3 Gideon Cresswell QAS Systems Ltd 17:39.337 0.543 15 99.50
3 6 Stephen Young VK - Vodka Kick 17:40.019 1.225 15 99.44
4 21 Chris Hyman Serco 17:40.676 1.882 15 99.37
5 7 Tim Whale Tulip Technologies Inc. 17:42.027 3.233 15 99.25
6 5 Rob Lofting Specsavers Opticians 17:44.481 5.687 15 99.02
7 4 Howard Spooner Leopard Clubs 18:08.667 29.873 15 96.82
8 11 David Joseph Access Computing 18:13.948 35.154 15 96.35
9 45 Bernard Thear Refrigerated Vehicles (UK... 18:22.267 43.473 15 95.62
10 9 Stuart Prior glassholdings.com 18:30.826 52.032 15 94.89
11 1 Paul Warren Red Devil Energy Drinks 18:39.317 1:00.523 15 94.17
12 15 Ted Tuppen Enterprise Inns 18:44.753 1:05.959 15 93.71
13 69 Ross Stonefeld Audi North America 18:44.859 1:06.065 15 93.70
14 99 Chris Harris 17:57.107 1 Lap 14 91.33
15 8 Natalie Butler ENG 18:04.814 1 Lap 14 90.68
DNF 2 Ben Lewis Building Environmental Se... 7:17.563 DNF 6 96.35
DNF 12 Juan Barazi DNF 0
Fastest Lap
5 Rob Lofting Specsavers Opticians 1:08.872 102.03

#6 tifoso

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 16:52

I can't wait to hear from Ross about his experiences.

#7 schuy

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 17:49

ciao,
car 69, i drove this one.
i hope, they solved the technical problems.
i mentioned it to them.

ciao,
liran biderman.

#8 Sammyed

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 17:54

:cool:

On race 11, got 14th place, and on race 12 gets 13th place..one place going up per race... How many races remaining??

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#9 BuzzingHornet

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 19:10

Nice one Ross :up:

#10 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:13

Some highlights...

In qualifying i was .347 seconds faster than the pole lap in ONE corner, the chicane. I was *ultra* comitted over the kerbs, 4 wheels up on them. Ask LB, he showed up :p Unfortunately I was losing out in the high speed corners because im not used to aerodynamics yet :(

The clerk of the course eventually said I couldnt use the kerbs anymore, at least not to that level, so I lost my mega advantage in the passing zone. Something about cutting the corner, even though I wasnt putting wheels in the grass. I was using the first half to get the car to jump and flick into the left hander. It was the quickest way through and the fans seemed to enjoy it.

Had a massive massive crash in final qualifying in a really fast sweeper. I ****ed my turn in and got dirt all over my tires as iwas running wide and mid-way through the corner the turn tightens and goes off-slope so my car couldnt take it and I snap spun and backed straight into the wall. I *destroyed* the tire wall. Just like F1 i threw the wheel out, vaulted the fence and spritned for the pits. I stopped after about 200feet when i realised there was no spare car


Race 1 - I started in second gear because it has an odd gearbox layout :( The field was braking for turn 1 by the time i got to the start line. By the end of lap one I was allready trying to pass somene. Natalie Butler went down the inside to block, I tried passing around the outside of the chicane and overshot and looped it, which forced her to come to a complete stop :cool: I did a wicked dougnut and went smoknig up the pit straight. Later on that race going through turn 2 I rode up on the kerb and my hand shook on the wheel and I accidentally flipped the boost on. So when i got on the throttle I had 50extra HP which meant massive wheelspin and I started to go around so I kept my foot in it, did a 360 and kept going down the straight without stopping :p


Race 2 I was okay, I got a bunch of guys in turn 1. At the start of lap 2, approaching turn 1 at 140mph I confused my foot work (I left foot brake some corners, right foot the other). At any rate I put the clutch in instead of applying the brakes and I went flying off the road at like a 45 degree angle at full bore into a turnip field. I practically made it to the highway that parallel's the circuit. Based on my digital display, I spent a minimum of 34seconds traversing the turnip field. I was so far out I couldnt see the track anymore and had to look around for fans and marshall posts. The clerk of the course said I was one of the farthest explorers ever into the turn 1 field ;)


Even with all the problems I was able to run down a few people in the races. I was driving so hard and it was just biting me.

Normal tire pressures are 18 when the tire is cold, 22 at race speeds. When we got to parc ferme my right rear was reading 4

At one point, I think in one of the practices I was within a second of the provisional pole, which isnt too bad. I was pretty frustrated because I could have gone a lot faster

*shrug*

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:18

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
....Just like F1 i threw the wheel out, vaulted the fence and spritned for the pits. I stopped after about 200feet when i realised there was no spare car


:lol:

Brilliant. It seems you had a lot of fun, and you did something most of us can only dream of doing.

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:19

LOL Ross is a Verstappen type :lol:

#13 coyoteBR

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:23

Great tale, Ross.
...now, everybody here is wondering about your car number...:p

Congrats! Congrats!

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:25

:up:

Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

Our hero even has his own page at the FPA site: here.

Not too much information yet. And no picture either :)

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:27

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
... Just like F1 i threw the wheel out, vaulted the fence and spritned for the pits. I stopped after about 200feet when i realised there was no spare car...

....put the clutch in instead of applying the brakes and I went flying off the road at like a 45 degree angle at full bore into a turnip field. I practically made it to the highway that parallel's the circuit. Based on my digital display, I spent a minimum of 34seconds traversing the turnip field. I was so far out I couldnt see the track anymore and had to look around for fans and marshall posts. The clerk of the course said I was one of the farthest explorers ever into the turn 1 field ;)



Freakin' priceless!!

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:29

:lol:

Now..seriously, setups are tough things to learn...only with experience after experience you will get them..and if you are tough, I´m pretty confident you´ll kick some arses over there.

*shrug*



:up: :up: :up: Keep moving UP !!

#17 A3

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:32

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
Normal tire pressures are 18 when the tire is cold, 22 at race speeds. When we got to parc ferme my right rear was reading 4


4 or 40?? :confused:

Oh well, glad you had fun ! :D





mot, up yours !! :evil: :drunk:

#18 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:38

4psi :( It was majorly flat

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:44

:eek: You can say that again ! I'm surprised you were able to race with a tyre like that.

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#20 ForzaF1

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:46

Way to go Ross... sounds like you had a great time!

#21 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:46

Might have been a slow puncture, might have picked stuff up going through the pits post-race. There was some serious debris in the chicane but I wasnt avoiding it because I wanted the quick line. Tire didnt blow up during the race so I guess I made the right call

#22 A3

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:55

I get the feeling you're not quite happy with your overall performance. True?

#23 Williams

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:55

Wait to go Ross, a true racer's effort. :D Bet it got you noticed !

#24 TheD2JBug

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 22:58

Attaboy russ !!! not too bad for a first experience ..

#25 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 23:00

Well I go into everyrace convinced I can take pole and the win, rain or shine. Its not very realistic but I still try. I could have had a top 6 grid slot no problem so im quite ticked that I didnt get my act together. I think I was just trying way too hard to make something happen and its not a car that enjoys it with all the aerodynamics

#26 Jhope

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 23:08

Tied for 24th in the points standings. :up:

Ross the Boss!:up: :up:

#27 ehagar

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 23:11

Well you made it there, now hopefully you can get enough seat time to figure out winged cars... how big was that Audi expense account?

Congrats for making it to Snett.

#28 HighTower

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Posted 14 October 2001 - 23:39

Great news Ross, I enjoyed reading of your exploits.

So where to now?

Will Audi North America continue to back you?(Did you spend all their money?)

HT

#29 EdwRom

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 00:05

Congrats Ross! I hope that this is just the start a successful racing career.

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 00:36

Well done Ross :up: -- sounds an eventful weekend indeed, hope this means the start of many more --

#31 Mr. Salty

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 01:17

Good job Ross. :D

#32 nichotj

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 11:37

Nice one Ross :up:

Keep us informed of any future races.

And your race report is fantastic :lol:

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 11:44

I like it already Ross :up:

No one can blame you for being a boring racing driver at least.

When is your next race and what is happening now ?

that was some great racereport - keep it up (and the only way IS up ;) :p )

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 11:57

Ross the Boss:up: :up: :up:

You brake with your right foot?????:confused: :confused: :confused:

Oh, you have a foot clutch??
Well, that will explain it.
The hand clutch rules! Not that i ever use it :blush:

I'll inform everyone of my performance on Saturday.

#35 palmas

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 12:01

Well done :up:
keep us posted!

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 12:01

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
In qualifying i was .347 seconds faster than the pole lap in ONE corner, the chicane. I was *ultra* comitted over the kerbs, 4 wheels up on them.....The clerk of the course eventually said I couldnt use the kerbs anymore.....Something about cutting the corner, even though I wasnt putting wheels in the grass. I was using the first half to get the car to jump and flick into the left hander. It was the quickest way through and the fans seemed to enjoy it.


That's a load - if you weren't on the grass, then you must have been on the track

Had a massive massive crash in final qualifying in a really fast sweeper.


MH had a big one at Snetterton when he was a wee lad, so atleast now you have something in common. IIRC, you also have something in common with DC, so you should be getting a call from Ron anytime now.....

The clerk of the course said I was one of the farthest explorers ever into the turn 1 field.


Doughnuts, 360's and this. Can we call you "Ross the Toss"?

:stoned:

Seriously, congrats on establishing a relationship with AudiSport NA. It should be worth a lot and I hope you get a fulltime drive somewhere.

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 12:30

Ross :up: :up: :up:

so what's next?

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 12:59

Jeez Ross,

Sounds like you put on a great show. Maybe someday we'll all get to see you race...from a safe distance away! :lol: :lol:

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 13:12

Damn, just saw this thread after I posted on the original "I got the Call" one - still, good going, Ross!!

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 13:17

Great stuff Ross! :up:

Looks like you had a good time, and you just need a little more practice.

Now, let's all write to Audi to tell them how mightily impressed we are at that Stonefeld boy, and how much they should give ya a contract for next year!;)

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 13:19

The Ross thread on the FPA forum is amusing to say the least....
http://www.formula-p...ubfpa/forum.htm
(entitled: After Sunday..the racing world will know )

:lol:

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 13:51

Originally posted by FordPrefect
Ross :up: :up: :up:

so what's next?

Well I got a back lawn which needs mowing, sounds like Ross might be just the man for the job!! :lol: :lol:;)

Ross you kill me! Sounds like you had fun though, in the end, and hey ain't that what life's all about?!;) :up: :up:

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 14:13

keep it cool dude, try all you can to keep it cool and finish in the top 6. Maybe boring, but at least it will guarantee you an ongoing drive for next season. Look at Kimi, he will get a Mac next year because of consistence. So, next year, he will really be able to have fun.

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 17:31

Give them hell Ross :up:

And if you don't make it at the racing you'd could try the writing! :D

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 18:23

As you may have read I was privaledged to see the racing debut of Ross at Snetterton. i had been sent down to Birmingham on the saturday by my work and i though since I had the sunday off I would wonder over..

Firstly I would like to thank him for his generousity and friendliness shown to two people ( Myself and Comma) that he had only met in chat and on the board before. :up: Especially as he had just met us about four mins after stuffing the car but more on that later.

Now for the Snetterton experience. We missed first practise having watched the GP in the B&B in the morning. We arrived for the second session and watched in awe as Ross attacked Russell lap after lap right on the edge and actually looking faster through than anyone else. Spectacular just doesn't describe his style enough, he was certainly attracting comments from the sages of the russell banking.

Towards the end of the session he was just a little too spectacular has he lost it at Coram and made a major rear entry hit into the tyre wall. I just caught the impact and it was a relief to see him step out and then run towards the pits.. ( though the congratulatory handshake with the marshall was quite funny. )

I met Ross just after that ( probably not the best time to say hi Ross, I'm LB :D , but hey..) and to his eternal credit he chased around the paddock for us and got us some hospitality passes. This going on while his cars suspension, rear wing and sidepod were replaced by the palmer audi team.

After a few cups of coffee we went back to the watch the support races from Russell, after a couple of saloon races ( and a championship win from Graham Wait sponsered by a local garage to me , congrats mate! ) It was the first Audi race. We couldn't see the start so I missed the first ever standing start for Ross ( which I gather was a bit too much standing ;) as he explained. ) but by 3/4 of the way round the first lap he had caught the pack. He attempted to pass Natalie Butler around the outside at Russell but lets say it didn't quite work... he ended up broadside to the track right in front of me with Miss Butler literally inches from T boning him.. a 'quick' doughnut later he was away again. From then on he picked off the stragglers and was catching Car 9 quite substatiually only to spin again out of my view , but he finished the race, unlapped despite two time consuming offs.

After the race he again took a little time to discuss with me what had happened and it was then I found out about the start and the other spin, though I had already guessed as he had dropped back from Young a fair distance on one lap. But he certainly was value for money alone.

After a couple more races Ferraris looking expensive ( save the two that collided (oops) ) and Minis looking absolutely spectacular !! three abreast into russell :eek: He was up again. Lap one and it was looking good Warren had gone agracultural and Barazi was clouted by Harris at Russell and Ross was about 9th after a decent start. Lap 2 er no Ross. dum de dum twiddle de dee. still no Ross.. hmm finally he came out of Corum back in 14th place with only Harris and Warren behind him. ( that was obviously the turnip field..) a bit of overtaking on Butler and Tuppen and a spin for lewis ahead had him back up to 11th , however he look to be struggling handling wise in the later stages and he was passed by the recovering Warren and then by Tuppen on the last lap. However he was hardly disgraced.

Unfortunatly we had to go after that and I missed Ross after race two, ( Sorry mate, but i had to drive back to Scotland :D) but congrats on driving anyway its more than most of us armchair know it all do.

Speaking of armchair know it alls - you looked faster on the exit of Russell after the bollocking from the stewards for the four wheel specacular "how the heck did he hold that" every lap style you had before.;) ( hiding behind the net is a wonderful thing)

Anyway It was a good enjoyable meet and i hope you can make it back to entertain the fans next year.

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 18:30

f*ckin great :lol:
We should have a UK Atlas day out to watch Ross race :D

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 21:29

Ross, May I ask what driving experience you had before this race? I am also curious (clueless!) as to how/where you got the car & pit crew, etc.??? I mean like, could I just call up Audi and ask for an expense account and go race these things or is there more to it? :confused: Yes, I am confused! :lol:

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 21:34

ciao andy,
hey mate.
Ross and I, have been to a racing track called the Bedford autodrome, which is home to the FPA series.
it is run by Jonathan Palmer.
he runs the cars, and, if you want to race, you can just pay for the whole championship, and you get everything, from transportation of the race car, to pitcrew.

ciao,
liran biderman.

p.s. if you have any questions, you can send me a PM.

#49 jetsetjim

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 21:37

Hey Ross.... Well done on your first race with FPA... How did you find the car?

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 21:50

That is undoubtedly the funniest race recap I have ever read, especially the part about the foray into the turnip field. Too bad most of us can't watch you race, it sounds like you are entertaining as hell win or lose :lol: