2019 McLaren M8D Round 3 Results

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McLaren Round Three: Tires and Temperature

By Lotus Jr.  – A warmer track room of 75 degrees should have made for the quickest McLaren race of the series. It proved to be the opposite. Traction apparently packed up and went on Spring Break. Seven drivers came to the grid with Russell being the class of the field at 223.89 laps. Dave had quickest time at 3.766 but several de-slots put him in second with 220.2 laps. Alejandro with his yellow/gold custom painted entry, brought it home 3rd with a strong 218.4 lap run. John fought traction issues, but ran 1st B at 208.73 laps, followed by Steve at 202.48 and Randy at 194.75. Mark had a lead wire come loose in his first round. He quickly repaired it while the lane was checked for a possible spent fuse and came back to run 194.22.
Analysis of a Win:  Did Russell’s tire choice of F22s make the difference in his victory? Possibly. Here are some interesting stats:

    Driver Lap Differences between Round 2 and Round 3:
  • Russell: +2.82, Dave: -5.29, Alex: -3.89, John -8.34, Steve: -7.59, Randy: – 9.25, Mark: -7.66.
  • Russell’s car was lightest at 59 grams, but only by one gram. Other entrants ranged from 60 to 67.
  • His mag force only tied for fourth highest at 13. The field varied from 10 to 14.
  • While the tires certainly could have contributed, Russell’s smooth and consistent driving style on a slick track probably was the biggest factor in a well earned win.

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