Champions of the 2018 season, African Elephant Racing had been absent all season due to a bike accident at a beach in late 2018. Their driver had to get a prosthetic left leg and was present for this last round of races – with the prosthetic leg! With the time he set during practice, he showed he still had it. We called him the cyborg racer.
With our driver trailing 4 points behind the leader in the driver’s championship and only 2 races to go, we arrived at this ultimate race weekend for 2019 RoadX season with one thing in mind – obtaining the best possible result for our team. In order to win the championship, we would have to win the last two races and hope the championship leader finishes at least 4th in one of the races. Kind of like how Nigeria always qualifies from group stages in football tournaments – Mathematics.
We were 4 points behind the lead in the championship standing before this Race5/6.
As we had done all through the season, we qualified P2 and the Championship leader qualified on pole (P1). The race started and we maintained our position through out laps 1 and 2, albeit running a little slower than P1 and giving him an advantage.
From lap 3 however, our driver seemed to have woken up and really put the gauntlet down as we made a succesful move to take the race lead at Turn 2 in lap 6. We now led the race, but it wasn’t for long as an overzealous late braking at Turn 3 forced our car into a spin. It proved impossible to chase down the new race leader as we entered into lap 19 still in P2. But in a dramatic turn of events, the race leader’s car had fuel issues about 100ft from the finish line and we were able to zoom past the finish line in P1 as he pushed his car across!
We made a succeSsful move to take the race lead on the inside through Turn 2 in lap 6
We had done the first part of trying to win the championship. We would have to hope for a miracle the next day, as winning that last race would not be enough to win the championship unless Throttle Heads Racing finishes 4th – which is highly unlikely, seeing as both our cars were the most competitive on the grid.
L-R: Jack of Throttle Heads Racing, Robson of Fast Lane Racing and Bamidele of African Elephant racing who had been absent all 2019 season due to a bike accident at a beach in late 2018 but came back to keep racing even with his prosthetic leg
Race 6/6 held the next day and was unbelievably way more dramatic!