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Gastel Etswane
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The day was a beautiful sunny warm day on the Mediterranean as the Etswane family lined up their 2012 Formula D racing cars. Winning the pole position was 8 year-old Sune who beat the almost perfect lap by her father Gastel due to a 5-second penalty for being a parent. Also suffering from the 5-second penalty was mother Zap which left the third position to 5-year old Mircea.

The crowd had been anticipating this match-up since the track had been purchased this previous weekend. Since the opening of the track, Sune lost a car-length decision to her father in the inaugural competition while the second competition saw Zap being passed on the final straight by Gastel,in a two-lap extravaganza which had many onlookers saying, “What am I doing in your kitchen, and how did I get here?” and “That looks like a very exciting game.”

Tensions were fuelled just prior to the match when Sune and Mircea were told that it was bed-time right after the race. Before the tension could be relaxed, the gun went off and the cars leapt into motion.

Gastel took an early lead before the first corner, and held the lead through to the beginning of Casino. Some poor timing though saw him have to break hard to prevent an early crash. Zap on the other hand had no luck in the race to the first corner and was only exiting Sainte Devote only as the others were already approaching the difficult two apex turn of Casino. Sune took full advantage of Gastel’s misstep, but dove too deeply into the second half of Casino and came out in a low gear. Both Zap and Mircea rocketed by the two sputtering cars to take Mirabeau beautifully and it was a tactical delight through Loews as Mircea replied to each of Zap’s thrusts to take the lead.

The famous tunnel though is where the action really kicked up a notch as Zap put caution to the wind and worked up to 5th gear late into the Chicane, a tactic which took its toll on the car, but earned her the lead position. Gastel had taken Loews quite daintily, but all for the setup for the Chicane, and he approached the tricky curve in 6th gear and managed to slip in behind Sune. Each driver had the finish line in mind and pushed their cars to the very limits.

Then suddenly, Mircea slipped ahead of Zap as the neared the exit of ‘S’ de la Piscine, which only strengthened the resolve of Zap to push ahead as hard as possible. La Rascasse saw two position changes in as many moves as Gastel and Sune battled for third, but the two leaders were already headed to Anthony Noghes and were preparing for the final straight. But tragedy! Mircea’s final push to the finish line ended just short and Zap saw an opening, and an unlucky (and foolhardy) move later Zap was spinning into the barrier and was out of the race, within reaching distance of the finish line.

There was no stopping her ladies and gentlemen; Mircea showed poise and daring throughout the whole lap and came across as the deserving winner. After a brief celebration and zooming sounds, she was sent to her room for the night, along with Sune. Two brave, but tired, warriors of the pavement.

What stories will this track have yet to tell? Can someone stop the unstoppable Mircea? Will the children awaken with happy memories, or will their enforced cleaning of their rooms dampen their spirits? Only time and the dice will tell.
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