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Computing Challenge - 25 Jan 2000 - Aldershot

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One of the Fugitives' Finest Hours, this one.

The Team was:

  • Gil Williamson
  • Duncan Macey (new recruit)
  • Joe Czirbesz
  • John Farr

We were given a fine kart in this 15-team race. It would drive past anything, even with Gil's considerable weight on board. In the practice session, we were 0.75 seconds quicker than our nearest rivals, and we were on pole position. It was a rolling start, too, which always favours Gil.

Since we were one man short, Gil took two sessions - the first two - and we ended up, after an hour, with a lead of 6 laps over the closest competitor, Lucent Looney Tunes. Modesty forbids me making too much of this. The kart was really remarkable. Well, a small pat on the back wouldn't go wrong.

Duncan took over, fresh from his triumphal rolling of a Midget which he'd spent many years restoring to its mint condition, but he completed his session, still 6 laps ahead, without rolling the kart even once, showing the aptitude we require of a Fugitive - executing all infringements out of sight of a marshal.

Joe then took the wheel, and, in an unfortunate incident, which was absolutely no fault of his own, he assures us, some other competitor managed to break our lovely kart. The new kart they supplied to him threw its chain at each corner, so he bravely staged a red-flag strike until they gave him another. This other kart at least kept going, but painfully slowly, and Joe gratefully handed over to John Farr, and returned to the team to receive their rousing congratulations... or something.

John then nursed this sick kart for what seemed like four days, and managed to stay in the lead, though he was lapped three times by the best teams on the track. At the end, we were still three laps up on the opposition - the Water Rats - a redoubtable opponent, who were, themselves, just a lap ahead of The Chippies.

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