Sunset Grand Prix

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Sunset GP
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Date 22nd January 2012
Location United Arab Emirates Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Course Yas Marina Circuit
5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Entrants 13
Race Distance 55 laps, 305.470 km (189.805 mi)
Winner United Kingdom Smifaye
Pole United Kingdom Shouty 1:35.016
Fastest Lap United Kingdom Mr Flobadob 1:36.122
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As Night Falls - this driver won the Sunset Grand Prix special event

The Sunset Grand Prix was Really Rubbish Racing's sixth Special Event, and the first to cover a 100% race distance (akin to real-life Formula One races). The race was held at the Yas Marina Circuit, the track used for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The unique feature of the race was that the race started under normal light conditions and then the light started to fade and the race ended under floodlights. It was also be the first time an officially sanctioned RRR event lasted well over an hour.

The event took place on 22nd January 2012 during the RRR F1 off-season as a warm up to F1 Season 2. Smifaye won the race after an hour and a half of racing.

Event Format

The grid was decided by a 15 minute qualifying session. Normal F1 rules apply so the top 10 qualifiers started on the same tyres they set their fastest lap on.

The race was at 100% race distance meaning it lasted well over an hour.

Regulations

  • Tyre simulation will be on
  • Fuel simulation will be on
  • The Safety Car can be deployed
  • The weather will be clear
  • Traction Control is not permitted
  • ABS is not permitted
  • Racing line is not permitted
  • Brake assist is not permitted

All other assists are allowed. This decision has been made as it has worked incredibly well in F1 Season 1.

Entry List

The 16 drivers who entered are as follows:

Chassis Team Driver No.
MP4-26 United Kingdom Forza Noelinho United Kingdom Slevmeister 3
150° Italia United Kingdom LH Racing United Kingdom Mr Flobadob 7
C30 Greece SpyroTechnimata Greece Icthyes 12
MGP W02 Soviet UnionConcordskii Motorфлот United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 16
R31 Kent Feta Motorsport United Kingdom Tomcheesey 20
United Kingdom JayCoops 17
STR6 United Kingdom Peachy-Bee Grand Pree United Kingdom STR TommyB 33
RB7 Hawaii Goteki 45 Republic of Ireland PJTierney 45
United Kingdom Tuor12 #
FW33 United Kingdom Black Raptors United Kingdom Smifaye 55
United Kingdom RumblyLizard 69
MVR02 United Kingdom Pudding GP United Kingdom Bookoi 71
United Kingdom Butler258 258

Event Summary

Qualifying

Butler258 set his usual provisional pole early on in the session but was soon usurped by Shouty who held onto provisional pole until 5 minutes from the end. Smifaye set a time of 1:35.467 but was quickly knocked down the order by both STR TommyB and Shouty once again. Shouty took a stunning pole position with a time of 1:35.016.

Race

The race started under a bright blue sky with Shouty not getting away well, allowing TommyB through into first. Smifaye had a look down the inside but thought better of it. Mr Flobadob got his nose stuck in and took third from Smifaye which quickly turned into second after getting past Shouty at turn 3. There was chaos in the midfield with Butler258 in the heart of the action and drivers facing the wrong way, this left the front four to battle it out for themselves. Smifaye set about chasing down Mr Flobadob and got past on the second lap. On the next lap he was within a second of leader TommyB and was able to use DRS down the back straight which propelled him into first place. The next lap was extremely close between the two drivers with TommyB looking for a place to get past but foolishly made a move just before the DRS detection zone and DRS was once again given to Smifaye who used it to pull away down the back straight. TommyB then locked up in the braking zone at the end of the straight and bumped into Smifaye making himself spin and down to 4th position.

Slevmeister meanwhile had started on a contrary strategy to the rest of the field after having decided to not set a qualifying lap to save tyres for the race. This paid off big time after he made his way through to 1st position after Smifaye pitted from the lead. He retained his lead until he pitted later in the race. Shouty had dropped off his qualifying pace and was languishing in the midfield battling with Bookoi, and Butler258. The two Pudding GP drivers having their last battle as team mates.

At around lap 30 the light started to fade and on lap 43 the floodlights took over and the battle went into the night. By this time Smifaye had gained a comfortable lead to chasing driver TommyB and was on his last stint using the prime tyres. Smifaye managed to hold onto the 1st place after a worrying few laps towards the end of the race, including two spins and a rather worring moment when both Bookoi and Butler258 unlapped themselves down the back straight.

The race finished in pitch black after over an hour and a half of racing with Smifaye taking the Special Event victory for the Black Raptors team.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos Driver Team Time Grid
1 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 Soviet UnionConcordskii Motorфлот 1:35.016 1
2 United Kingdom STR TommyB United Kingdom Peachy-Bee Grand Pree 1:35.364 2
3 United Kingdom Smifaye United Kingdom Black Raptors 1:35.467 3
4 United Kingdom Mr Flobadob United Kingdom LH Racing 1:35.666 4
5 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom Pudding GP 1:36.429 5
6 United Kingdom JayCoops United Kingdom Feta Motorsport 1:36.756 6
7 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Pudding GP 1:37.205 7
8 Republic of Ireland PJTierney Hawaii Goteki 45 1:39.448 8
9 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 1:39.515 9
10 United Kingdom Tomcheesey United Kingdom Feta Motorsport 1:42.252 10
11 United Kingdom Tuor12 Hawaii Goteki 45 1:48.089 11
12 United Kingdom Slevmeister United Kingdom Forza Noelinho No time set 12
13 United Kingdom RumblyLizard United Kingdom Black Raptors Disconnected DNS

Race

Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 United Kingdom Smifaye United Kingdom Black Raptors 55 1:33.24.665 3
2 United Kingdom STR TommyB United Kingdom Peachy-Bee Grand Pree 55 +30.824 2
3 United Kingdom Mr Flobadob United Kingdom LH Racing 55 +45.234 4
4 United Kingdom Slevmeister United Kingdom Forza Noelinho 55 +1:12.641 12
5 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom Pudding GP 55 +1:28.437 5
6 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Pudding GP 55 +1:31.778 7
7 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 Soviet Union Concordskii Motorфлот 55 +2:03.756 1
8 United Kingdom JayCoops United Kingdom Feta Motorsport 54 +1 lap 6
9 United Kingdom Tomcheesey United Kingdom Feta Motorsport 53 +2 laps 10
10 Republic of Ireland PJTierney Hawaii Goteki 45 52 +3 laps 8
11 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 52 +3 laps 9
12 United Kingdom Tuor12 Hawaii Goteki 45 47 +8 laps 11