|Running order as the race begins|
Let's get straight to the race ...
Note: In the Machinas background, each car is given a canonized name such as "The Sedan of Saint Mercury," but to make it easier to write this report, each vehicle is referred simply by its faction color (red, blue, green and yellow.) The yellow car in this race is human-controlled, all other cars are NPCs.
|Green shoots up Red|
Sure enough, Red does make an attempt to pass Green, but the attempt fails. Instead of letting it go, Green retaliates with guns! Red is unable to line his guns up properly and gets pasted by Green. Red returns to his spot but his speed has been reduced for the remainder of the race.
|Green and Yellow are in position to pass|
on the near turn.
The pack angles their cars into the near turn with Blue still leading, followed by Green, Yellow and Red. Green and Yellow set up to pass but are unable to power themselves around the leaders. The pack comes quickly out of the turn and enters the far straightaway in the same running order. This time, everyone decides to line up, drafting one another to set up for later passes, but the train of cars causes Yellow to panic- he finds himself too close to the Green car ahead and they collide! Both Brother Pilots fight their wheels and the uneven track, but are able to regain control of their cars and continue to race.
The pack comes to the end of the far straightaway. Only Yellow, shaken by the collision, takes a different groove -- and for a moment, Yellow sees an opening and goes for an immediate pass! But he was too slow to react and the opportunity quickly closes.
|Blue rams Green!|
Entering the main straightaway, Green leads followed by Yellow, Blue and Red. Yellow feels it's the right moment and opens up with his guns against Green (in Machinas, a Pass attempt must be won to line up your guns before shooting or bashing.) There is heavy firing from both cars, but neither can get a good hit, so both remain in position, finishing lap 1 of the first heat of the Festival of Saint Machinas!
All the opponents have used the first lap to size each other up. Their hands grip steering wheels tighter, trigger fingers are tensed and pedals are dropped to the floor; Now the real racing can begin!