Part 1 [7/9/12]
The first race was to take place on the circuit called Cape Junk. Roughly rectangular in shape, the track was twisty so it wasn't all just straight lines. The competitors were all in position, and so it was over to the race box.
"Hello, and you join me here on Cape Junk, within the Zincite Circuit, for one of the first races of this latest Zincite Storm Cup." The announcer for this track was a female. She was one of the few female race announcers in the circuit. "And we have Cobri Da'mine and Adam Dane, the rivalry that ended up so bad in the last Zincite. We also have Nix Macam, a new racer for this tournament. Luke Dorin, Bree Frish, Solo Nahm, Graham Daultry and Itania Poof also return."
The cars pull onto the track for their warm up lap, and the announcer runs through the positions of each person and the specs of their cars.
"And the racers get to their starting positions, and the lights flash red. They now turn amber. One turned green. Two turned green. The third one is green and they are all off as the race starts."
I knew that it would be difficult, beating both Dane and all the other racers out from the line. What I didn't count on was the new racer being fast and quick in acceleration. So fast in acceleration it was as though it had been shot out of a gun. Immediately I knew that this was the racer who had been wrecking havoc on all the racetracks on racer island.
Dane wouldn't do so well with all these corners, so it was for me to get second and hope that the mystery racer would have rubbish handling. However, if he had ten points for both speed and acceleration, he wouldn't need no airtime stats to help him get through the air. So it comes down to whether he wants high end stability, brakes or handling.
Of course, I could be completely wrong.
Part 2 [7/9/12]
Two laps into the race, and Cobri had made several attempts to overtake the leader. Dane was right behind him however, proving that Cobri's assessment of his new car was completely wrong.
Dane had elected to keep his former stats, but used a chip available only to Custom Interface's to add five more points to his stat list. And as such, he had added more to his handling, brakes, and acceleration.
Cobri races as fast as he can, going full out at one hundred percent speed. The only reason Dane hadn't overtaken was unknown to Cobri, but he put it down to the corners.
Looking down on the map, Cobri sees that all the other racers are having a party, trying to overtake and stall each other, not realising they need to concentrate. Or maybe they knew they wouldn't win anyway, and so weren't bothered to try.
Two more laps had past, and the leader had started to pull ahead, but Dane had overtaken Cobri. Cobri was almost directly behind Dane, so it wasn't much of a loss. The next corner came up, and Dane slowed the slightest bit, allowing Cobri access to overtake on the inside of the corner. The effort was wasted however, as Dane accelerates again. Cobri stays right behind him, waiting for the one mistake that could come at any time.
The last lap, and all top three racers were almost side to side with each other.
"Hey!" Dane calls on the link. "I'm the winner, huh."
Neither Cobri or the other racers respond verbally. All they do is accelerate forward. Dane accelerates as well, but then goes further a bit more. Cobri and the other racer respond.
Suddenly Dane decelerates quickly, and both other racers push their top speeds to the max. The other racer blasts away, leaving Cobri wondering why he would play with them instead of going for an all out win.
On the last corner, the other racer fails a turn and overloads his engine. His car is limping slowly to the line. Looking down on the map, Cobri marks his position, but then sees Dane coming up behind him.
At the turn, Cobri blocks Dane's car, and drives by looking out of the rear view mirror, so as to keep Dane from overtaking no matter what. It works.
But then Dane slams into him as Cobri grabs second place over the line.
Part 3 [21/9/12]
Cobri quickly turns out of the resultant crash as he accelerates quickly. Dane follows, but then strafes the opposite way to then crash into the side of Cobri's car and smash him into the outside of the first turn.
Dane then slams into the other racer's car, making it spin. Dane then accelerates away from the carnage he has made.
Cobri manages to restart his engine and chases after Dane as quick as he can. The engine dies again on the first corner. Rescue trucks head out to the first corner as the other racers reach the last.
"And that mad move by Adam Dane could disqualify him from the tournament," the announcer of Cape Junk circuit says. "If we watch the replay, it clearly shows that Da'mine has already got second, and that Dane's crash was purposeful. And even if it wasn't, the crash on Macam definitely was. And as Da'mine and Macam get pulled back into the pits, the rest of the racers finish the race. The points will be tallied up once the matter of Dane has been discussed."
It was an outrage at the pit of Cobri. All of his crew were swearing and saying nasty things about Dane and the obvious attack.
"He shouldn't be allowed to compete any more!"
"He should have his license revoked!"
"The filthy, slimy ba-"
"Hey!" Cobri says loudly, to stem all the comments. "I'm as angry about it as you lot are. But as long as the case is argued properly by our chief, then Dane will be banned from any more races. And even if not, we need to get this car back in working order."
That stopped the loud protests, but mild grumblings still persisted.
"The points still stand," a news reporter was saying as she walked around the pits. "The case was cleared an hour ago and Dane's points still stand. In this group of eight, he is third and stands a chance of getting through to the finals."
"Even though he's a dirty great cheater," the cameraman says. "All the arguments counted for nothing in the face of a lawyer working on Dane's crew. Said lawyer knowing more about racing loopholes and tactics than anyone in law should."
The news reporter coughs. "I think that's enough, but that was true. All we can hope for is Cobri and Macam to get their cars back to working order for the next race."
Part 4 [11/10/12]
The damage inflicted on Cobri's car wasn't as bad as first thought. It was with great satisfaction, then, that he pulled into the number two spot of the starting grid. To his right, Nix Macam. Behind Macam was Dane, who was feeling irked and smug at the same time.
Bell Circuit was the only racetrack with had multiple routes that could be used in one race, and as such, was less likely to present a problem if the two front runners could keep away from Dane.
The starting klaxon sounds and race begins, with Macam and Cobri getting of to a great start. Up a small straight and round a bend, then two forks presented themselves. Macam took the right and Cobri took the left. Dane stayed right on Cobri's tail, but seemed to be having trouble with his engine, as it would suddenly decelerate - creating the effect that it was jumping.
Both routes of the track followed the same path, but in opposite directions, so when it came to join back up for the next straight, neither side had earned the advantage in track length.
As Cobri came to the joining of the two paths, Macam was nowhere in sight. Not sparing a glance at the tracking screen, he accelerates even harder. Passing the joining, he looks in his rear view to see Macam speeding into the joining, smashing into the side of Dane's car, forcing it several centimeters leftwards, then pulling away from the side of Dane's car to put an immense acceleration in effect and speeding off down the straight, past Cobri and slows down for the next corner.
"And that was some move pulled of by Macam," the announcer says, "but it wasn't as bad as what Dane pulled off, and so he is more likely to be let off. And as we can see as the race continues, it is clear that Dane might not be continuing with the race, or in fact, the entire tournament. That engine must be screaming for a rest."
Nine laps in and one to go, Cobri was falling behind Macam, but nearly everyone else was behind him. Dane had overtook him three laps back, and had somehow stayed ahead of him.
But from listening to reports from the announcer, who had all the details of the cars racing, he could tell that Dane wouldn't last much longer.
Turning the final corner and speeding down the straight, he saw Dane limp into the pits. Risking a glance at the tracker, he sees that the car belonging to Macam had stopped in the right fork of the first split.
Reaching that split, Cobri takes the left side and runs across the turns to the joining. Looking back down, he sees that emergency vehicles are out on the track. The feeling that he might just win the race, since it was the last lap, crept into his mind. Keeping his speed in check, he took the right fork of the second split and turned the final corner into the last straight, activating his radio as he crossed the line.
The cheer from his crew deafened him as he slowed down . He had won a race. He couldn't thank Dane's engine problem more.
Part 5 [15/10/12]
Dane had managed to find a new engine for his car, and was to be found in the last position for the next race, much to Cobri's enjoyment. The fact that he was in last position meant that he would be stuck behind everyone else and wouldn't get a good start as normal.
The race was taking place on the third track of the day, Slichete Kick. While not as complex as the Gamma Circuit, which all racers would be racing on over the next two days, some of the corners were still quite difficult.
"And so, after the two accidents, and did not finishes, the points totals were docked by two, so Cobri, our new leader of this group, earned six points on his last race. The others also get two points lower, but Macam and Dane don't get any for not finishing.
"And it looks like the race is about to begin. Dane will nee-"
Cobri switched the commentary off as he sped away into a wide bend left. Most of this was comprised of corners with the design something like an oddly twisted hand, and featured only two other straights apart from the finishing finger, as it was called. He couldn't allow either of the other two to get ahead of him. If they did, then they would also go through to the highest racing pod of the tournament, and he didn't want that to happen.
Taking a 180 degree turn left, then the same again right, he reached a 45 degree turn right where he saw on the first 180 degree turn Macam and Dane fighting through the others to reach him. Smiling to himself, Cobri turned into the next corner, a 270 degree left into the first straight. As long as, within these ten laps, they didn't overtake the others, he would stand a chance of winning the second race as well.
On the second lap, they hadn't managed to get through, although there were some close tries. The third lap, however, Dane had managed to slip through, closely followed by Macam, who then overtook Dane on the next straight. Over the next two laps, both racers had closed the gap between them and Cobri, then, on the sixth, Macam overtook, and so did Dane.
On the seventh lap, Macam overtook Dane and shot away on the longest straight then pulled into the pits when he arrived. By the time he got out, Dane had just reached the second corner and Cobri had just started his eighth lap.
With Dane now in the lead, it eventually transpired that he would win. Macam would be in second and Cobri in third. There was no way, each would be able to overtake the other. And with the remaining two laps over, that was how the results came in.
Part 6 [17/10/12]
“And so the final scores are coming in,” Sam Cubrock, now the main commentator of the Zincite Storm Cup as the only track left to be raced on was the Gamma Circuit. “And first off to race tomorrow are the last two of each group. And while one of those groups has still to be finished, it cannot be confirmed who exactly will be racing at this time.
“While I agree that Adam Dane should have been disqualified during that crash, all we can hope for is that Cobri, a personal favourite of mine, as well as Ma- Macam. Nix Macam, who has been a rising star all this year. Which one of those three will rise to the top, only time will tell, but we won’t find out until the day after tomorrow, when the final race of this tournament will take place.”
We’ve done well, I think. It might have been through luck, mostly, but at least we’ve done well. Much better than last time, and these accidents that have been happening with Dane’s car might continue on this last race, though I can’t bet on it, since we all have a full day to prepare for the race, and I’m sure that engine of his will be fixed by then.
But still, I can but dream.
The day followed with preparations, with the next day spent revising tactics and the track at large. Again, it would be ten laps, and again, each lap would take more than six minutes to complete. But soon the time came to start the race. Joining Cobri, Dane and Macam would be Haz Buggem, Rune Riett, Ele Jipana, Ryan June, Haydn Maule, Cristiana Roland, Sky Green, Dan Detrii, and Zafira Boon. The racers started warming their tyres, then reached the position on the grid they were set. The race then starts.
Part 7 [18/10/12]
As soon as the race began, I stormed out of the pack. Macam and Dane were stuck in the middle of the pack, meaning the start was all mine.
Well, it would have done, but I hadn't counted on the other racers being as fast as Dane. They were level with me, then they were past me. The pack had split up so much that Dane and Macam had got past me by the second corner. I knew that if I wanted to stay in the race, I'd have to push my speed to the max, keep it as close to the max as I could in the corners, and hope that some accidents happened between now and the final lap.
"And so it comes to speed in this race, something which Cobri lacks in stats, but pushes with all his might," Sam Cubrock says from the announcers stadium. "So maybe he might have a fair chance. Meanwhile, a furious race seems to have taken place between Detrii, Boon and Dane up front, with Macam hoping to join."
Two laps in and Cobri had seen the fall of two racers already. One of them had fallen spectacularly over the second jump, crashed into the barrier, and with a half load of momentum still available, pushed the barrier and bent it. The other one had crashed into the outside barrier of the next turn, watching the other racer crashing rather than where he was going.
Cobri could just see the tail of the racer at the back of the front pack, which consisted of both Dane and Macam. How he would love to be in front of them!
Looking down at the tracker, he sees one of the racers veer wildly to avoid Dane, who in turn was avoiding Macam. The result being that all of them slowed for a while to recover. All of them then gunned it forwards, but not before Cobri had managed to catch up.
Now just behind the others, he was in the danger zone. And it was dangerous. Zigging and zagging round each other, the other racers didn't seem to notice that Cobri was there. Or maybe they just didn't seem to care. As the first jump came, two cars failed to make it.
One, Cobri was pleased to see, was Dane. But as the second jump was coming up, Cobri couldn't fail. Another car did, however, and that racer then just seemed to give up.
Three racers crossed the line and onto the next lap with Cobri close behind, and Dane and the other racer speeding to catch up.
Part 8 [19/10/12]
By lap seven, nothing had changed in the positions of the racers, except that Dane was becoming increasingly desperate to get past. Indeed, he was trying almost anything - overtaking on corners, overtaking on straights, and bashing the other cars in front.
Unfortunately, Cobri was the one getting hit the most, so he was trying to get past the others as well. But using more technique, he was able to get to the front, for a while at least. But when he got to the front, each time the other racers would become more determined to overtake him, and so again he would end up at the back of the leaders getting bashed and scratched by Dane again.
This procession was happening all the way along the track, and by the time they had reached the jumps, the battle was getting more furious. Cobri knew he had to cross the jumps successfully, but also knew that he would be less likely to succeed if there were a lot of other cars trying to do the same thing.
Lowering his acceleration, he let Dane pass him, then sped up again for the jump when he was sure Dane had got ahead. Getting over the first, he then succeeds at getting over the second.
Sparing a thought to look at his tracker, he sees that two of the leading pack had failed either jump. That meant it was just Macam, Dane and Riett at the front. Accelerating as hard as he could, he makes it around the final corners and onto the eighth lap. Most other racers had just given up, what with the difference between the leaders and the rest, or else they had failed the jump and didn't want to.
Speeding along the first straight, Cobri catches the leaders up, and slowing down hard near the corner, managed to get around it and onto the next part directly behind them.
On the next corner however, disaster struck in an unusual way.
Part 9 [21/10/12]
Riett slowed down too early to take the corner, meaning that Dane and Macam swerved wildly in different directions. Dane overcompensated and tried to correct it, and wildly, so that he crashed into Riett. Macam managed to get through but failed to make the turn, and smashed into the outside barrier.
Cobri slowed right down, praying for his brakes to slow him in time. At ten percent speed, he was able to navigate the carnage of the two cars, and pass Macam. Speeding up again, Cobri realises that no matter what now, he would win.
Through the rest of the lap, he sees the rescue cars pick up the three racers on the tracker, and take them back.
"That was unexpected," Sam Cubrock announces, "and means that only Cobri will be winning this time. In fact, he seems to be the only one now on the track."
A disturbance then erupts as the door bangs open. "Sorry! Sorry!" Manic Max says, disgruntled but with a smile on his face. "Bad traffic, and then I slept in. What have I missed?"
"Er, quite a lot." Sam then switches the mic off, and whispers "Shouldn't you be down in the pits!" to which Max replies "What's the point?" and activates the mic again so Sam couldn't argue the point.
"And so, as Cobri makes his way to the finish, Macam, Dane and Riett all find themselves in the pit, from what I can see. And so, it seems, is everyone else. Boy, what did happen while I was sleeping in the services?"
Cobri wasn't bothered about what speed he was going now. He had already won, and since there was no-one else to overtake him, the only time he had speed up was during the two jumps.
This gave him time to reflect upon what he was going to do once he had got the money from winning. Sure, he had won. The thing he had always dreamed of doing. But it was one thing to be winning in the heat of battle, quite another to have a win handed over to him. Only two options presented itself to him. Continue with racing in the Zincite, or swap to another tournament.
Of course, entering for another tournament meant paying for the new license into that tournament, but as he had already thought, it was one thing to win in the heat of battle, quite another to have it handed to him. The Zincite would offer him that challenge more than any other tournament.
Before he crossed the line on the final lap, he turned the team radio on to the loudest roar of cheering yet.
Part 10 [22/10/12]
Once Cobri had parked up in the pits and collected his money, several things happened of great importance.
The first was Adam Dane challenging him to a one-on-one race on a track of Dane's choice.
"No backing out of it either," Dane said, already turning around and walking away. "If you do, you're to give me half of that money you've won."
"And what if I turn up and win?" Cobri shouted at Dane's retreating back.
"I think you've already won enough money," is all Dane replied, not even turning around.
The second was the fact that the news press crowded round him to get interviews and thoughts of the race. Cobri answered as best as he could to all questions, and people started asking for signatures, much to the amusement of his crew.
Third off was a conversation with the two announcers. This turned out to be a very interesting conversation.
"You did great, Cobri!" one of them said. "Sam Cubrock. I'm a big fan of yours and have been hoping to speak with you for a long time." He was tall and had a deep cracked voice. But no way did he look old. His features were young and youthful.
"Err. Thanks," Cobri manages to get out, shocked by this greeting.
"And I'm Manic Max," the other one says. This one was shorter and a bit more rounder, with a bit more edge on his face. "And, if you are willing, would be glad to have you for an international team."
"But I only won from luck," Cobri says.
"No, you didn't. You won because of me. And also because of the fact I wanted to get revenge on what Dane said to me last year."
"It's- It's been you who's been wrecking havoc on the racetracks on racer island!"
"Getting in some practice. I'd be glad to have you any time, either here or the international circuit."
"You don't like Dane then?" Cobri asks.
"Do you? After what he's been doing and saying to you?"
Cobri thinks about this well into the fourth thing that happened. Which was a massive party for all the spectators, racers and other staff. Some, like Dane and his crew, hadn't attended, but Cobri was so spirited from winning he had gone to it.
Weighing the pros and cons of each choice, he then reverted back to what he said before. It's better to win in the heat of battle, rather than have it handed to him. And so with that, he headed off to find Sam and Max, and tell them he would accept the offer.
He would become a challenger of the international circuit.