Light shields ....enough for bumps and wall scrapes is all. The impact was head on at max..not a chance.
And the award for best race roundup goes to ... Ashnak. Brilliant stuff sir, we shall have to get you to host more races in the future! And I think (as if he hasn't already won enough) we should give a special "most enthusiastic newcomer" award to NWSpacek who probably spent more hours racing this week than most of us have managed this year. o7 and fly fast!The party is over!
This will be the final leaderboard update for "Real Men Race In Lederhosen". But before we get to the interesting part (i.e., the actual final Leaderboard and the winners of the raffle), let me continue in the tradition of all such things and start with the boring stuff.
In August 3306, the people of Bavarigga were in the immediate danger of running out of beer. Not the cheap stuff you can buy at every agricultural station all over the bubble, but real beer. And so, the Buckyball Racing Club rose once again to the challenge: bring at least one of each of a number of rare beers and associated stuff to Bavarigga:
Use a cheap ship and show you're a real man in the Watschentanz class (flying a basic Hauler), become a true working class hero in the Wir Steigern Das Bruttosozialprodukt class (bring your own ship - but no engineering or similar baloney), let your bling glitter in the Schickeria class (anything goes, as long as it impresses the neighbours) or use a chauffeur in the Space Taxi class (fly with style in a carrier).
- Gerasian Geuze Beer from Yurchikhin Port in Geras
- Kongga Ale from Laplace Ring in Kongga
- Buckyball Beer Mats from Rebuy Prospect in Fullerene C60
- Kachirigin Filter Leeches from Nowak Orbital in Kachirigin
- HR 7221 Wheat from Veron City in HR 7221
- Wuthielo Ku Froth from Tarter Dock in Wuthielo Ku
12 pilots from all over the Galaxy accepted this challenge. During the 9 days of the race, they performed 44 timed runs (and left the remenants of countless unsubmitted runs littering the stations along the course), delivering 1328 tons of beer and associated goodies to the small port of Shaver Stop in Bavarigga. They evaded pirate interdictions as well as military inspections, put a lot of new dents into old landing pads, made some very fast spaceport mechanics very rich and tried to bribe carrier owners into scheduling precise jumps. Sometimes, though, just to despair on a special property of Bavariggan time-keeping: in order to prove that they are indeed as good as they think they are, these pilots had to schedule their start times so that they arrived - as close as possible - before the clock struck the half hour. Drop in a couple of seconds too late, and you're lumped in with the next batch, effectively being burdened with a 30 minute penalty for over-confidence. And even so, the first three places in Schickeria class were separated by 10 seconds each.
The effect on the small system of Bavarigga were profound. The leading faction was pushed into boom - and is now facing a hangover for which the word "epic" may be justly applied. When asked for a comment, Senator Miller from the Bavariggan council stated: "Sure, let's do this again. Just... maybe... not within the next year."
I guess you could say that their thirst has been throughly slaked - for now, at least.
Enough of the talk - let's get to the point all of you have been waiting for: the final Leaderboard. All the times, all the embarassment and all the prizes. As promised, the leaders in each class (with the exception of Space Taxi, as this class didn't reach the required minimum of three entries) will receive a genuine Buckyball Racing Club coaster. Unfortunately for the rest of you, CMDR NWSpacek managed to take the lead in each and every class except Space Taxi. With a daring run in Schickeria, he managed to snatch victory from CMDR Shaye Blackwood during the last few hours of the race. To be fair, he is also probably singlehandedly responsible for Bavarigga's economic boom and a few of the more embarassing failures in estimating his run time.
A mere 10 seconds later, CMDR Shaye Blackwood takes second place in Schickeria, followed by CMDR Sulu a further eleven seconds later and CMDR Alec Turner again 20 seconds later on fourth place.
A special mention goes out to CMDR Jude McCullers, who managed to run the course in his Sidewinder True Love II and was able, by omitting everything else, to deliver 12 tons of cargo.
Check the rest out for yourselves - you all did a great job on this race and yes, you really are as good as you think you are.
The green lines denote the winners of the raffle - determined by a set of random numbers from random.org from all valid submissions, minus the first places in each class.
Fly fast, CMDRs!