As I posted last friday in the Round-Up, the Super TC2000, the touring car racing series from Argentina, attempted to break the national maximum speed and average laptime records on the 2.8 miles Rafaela oval circuit.
The oval is bigger and faster than Indianapolis (less banking angle, tho), and has hosted an USAC race back in the 70s (won by Al Unser). Only once has the TC2000 series raced at the oval (back in 2005), and it was superb.
But now, with the new Radical V8 engines and some aerodynamic work on the cars (no mirrors, no wipers, carenated rear wheels and other gimmicks), they tried and suceeded to break the records.
Facundo Ardusso, on a Peugeot 408, got the fastest average speed, 264.8 km/h average.
And then Gabriel Ponce de Leon (3 times champion), broke the speed record on the main straight in his Honda Civic. A whooping 306,383 km/h ! And right after, he crashed.
Why, you might ask, they tried this on probably one of the worst oval circuits ever? Well, it’s the only oval in Argentina. And, yeah, it’s in very very bad shape, but that’s all we got!
PD: don’t miss it, @BasCB ! ;)