Hello from under the table, here´s the voice that had to announce this remarkable weekend.
You can believe me that this was THE anti-climax ,
because not only the racers and spectators look(ed) forward to the Nitros, but this is my annual highlight as commentator.
I won´t do a long text because much has already been written here,
some posts with insight, some with -understandable- anger, some with both.
As much as I want to forget this "NitroParalympX on a handicapped track" [(c) S.T.],
I need to reflect more and -try to- do some talking with guys in the upper regions of the orga,
because I hope that this never happens again.
In the last years the traction had been fine,
especially when you know that this is a "once in 365 days" track,
last year even the Friday times were up with the usual european standard.
Yes I know who was in charge for prep in 2011 and would like to see this man back doing his job,
but I think that even he could not have performed miracles on 10 grit sandpaper within 10 days.
( OK so last year the Jet Truck ruined half the track on Saturday night but that is another story in the Hock book)
This year I returned from the "Public Race Days" s
tuation and wondered if I should pray for 3 days of r ?
Well, I (desperately) hoped that the track crew would do their best and that the track would eventually come around.
I was proven completely wrong, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
What everybody should keep in mind is the fact that the man who´s name is written in the startline area
is still the FIA DRag Racing repesentant of germany´s DMSB (pendant to the MSA),
and I think that he will do whatever is in his power to get the track back to usual performance.
After all, it still is Rico´s "Sweetwater" (One Upon a Time in
and even though he is not involved with the orga anymore he was there and witnessed the desaster.
What´s the Hock future ?
I don´t know, once the dust has settled I hope for constructive talks between the parties involved.
I hope for a FIA (classes) return,
but it could also be a race to win the "Transcontinental Golden Pineapple"
for some years until the track reputation comes back, I´ve seen that before.
I will pack up and leave tomorrow for Drachten/NL Drag Race,
no Pro Classes there but good sportsman racing, hopefully a well prepped track and some frustration relief.
My vacation for the Finals @ Santa Pod is already booked,
now where is that 3.2A-20 suit for the pitwalk........