Chalk one up for the "Grey Comets" who came to relieve me "of the burden of life for her glory."
This is a very different race from the Black Riband 1.0.
Sadly, it's proving hard to run, as I'm estimating a 3 hour runtime, and have been sick and travelling this week, but hopefully there will be another attempt soon!
Ouch! I misread your post and thought you said chalk up one Grey Comet - in my defence I'd just got up at 5:30am, so my eyes were a bit blurry!
How quickly did Nuk's Grey Comet psycho buddies spawn? When I made a test run through Halley Terminal, I was inside the tunnels before anyone spawned, but that was in an engineered DBX (I'm starting to like flying The Darkside).
Anyway since your run has been ended at Halley Terminal, and just so that your 3 hour estimate doesn't scare off everyone else, to the best of my knowledge CMDR Bruski was making an awesome and audacious attempt to take the Black Riband, Classic, Cobra Classic, Cobra Challenge and the Zammo Memorial with his first run.
So I'm still sticking with estimate of one hour for an optimal run. I think that the optimal ship is probably a Krait Mk2 with a class-5 FSD booster (closely followed by a similar Python), but it could easily turn out to be a DBX or Asp-X.