Jamie Sedler took the AVRO championship when two other participants in the Division 10 Cycle event decided to play chicken, with neither backing down. The resulting head-on collision came just points short of confetti-ing both participants, and left the unmolested Sedler free to finish them off at his leisure.
Jamie's Custom Cycle: Hvy cycle, Hvy suspension, Cycle windshell w/ 10 pts. armor, 2 PR steelbelted tires, 2 10-pt. wheelguards, 100 cid gas engine, 3-gallon HD gas tank w/10 pts. component armor, MG front, Single weapon computer, No-paint windshield, 17 pts. sloped armor. Top speed 120, Accel. 15, HC 2. Personal equipment: Hatchet, grenade launcher, sling, 7 grenades, 2 thermite grenades, 1 concussion grenade, 3 impact fuses, Duellist's shades, Body armor, Armored battle vest. $9,999.40, 1299.25 lbs.
Montreal's M.A.G. reported that Thierry Tremblay took their Club Championship, but didn't provide any details of the mayhem.
The AADA's most rabid club, Omaha's NOVA, weighed in with a Division 60 (!!) duel in their Aksarben Arena. Defending Club Champion Chris French had the nastiest combination of firepower and duelling savvy to successfully defend his title. "Where the hell is the challenge in Division 60?," a disgruntled French said afterward. "Absurdism battleships rumbling around dragging enough firepower to gut a city? Whatever idiot decided on the format ought to be shot."
Chris' CFI Z-95 Headhunter: Lux, CA frame, X-hvy chassis, Hvy suspension, Sport powerplant, 4 solid tires, driver, 2 linked X-ray lasers front with Hi-res single-weapon computer, radar. Armor: F65, L60, R60, B65, T1, U10. Accel. 5, Top Speed 115, HC 3. 6,460 lbs., $59,992.
Advancement for all events will be determined by the number of participants, but the winner of each heat is guaranteed to advance. There are no victory points - advancement and placement will be based solely on the car's speed and ability to complete the course.
Smoke and paint are allowed, all other dropped solids and liquids are forbidden in all rounds. Tire shots are banned in all rounds, and any attempt to target an opponent's tires is grounds for disqualification.
The At-Large Qualifier will be held in two different time slots. Those who fail to advance following the first qualifier will be allowed to try again in the second session. The qualifiers will use pre-designed vehicles, and they will be available for inspection at the Soldiers & Swords booth before play begins. The Semi-Final will also use pre-designed vehicles with a number of customizing options available to the players.
The finals will be a Division 60 race; all vehicles will be Sprint cars. Starting positions will be determined by elapsed track time taken from the semi-finals, and the defending World Racing Champion, Mike Garrity, will be automatically seated in the pole position, if he attends GenCon to defend his title.
There will be no other advanced seedings for the Racing Championships. Clubs are encouraged to hold their own Club Racing Championships, and organize Racing Regionals; SJ Games will provide a one-year subscription to Pyramid and $20 in SJ Games merchandise to all club champions, and regional racing champions will receive an additional $40 in SJ Games stuff. Hope to see you all at GenCon!