CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's Racing vs Top Guns

Éric Gilbert - motorsport.com On the left, Canada's Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighter jet delivering 7,300 kg of thrust, piloted by captain Patrice Hervieux, and on the right, the Player's/Forsythe Racing Reynard-Ford Champ car, delivering for ...

Éric Gilbert - motorsport.com

On the left, Canada's Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighter jet delivering 7,300 kg of thrust, piloted by captain Patrice Hervieux, and on the right, the Player's/Forsythe Racing Reynard-Ford Champ car, delivering for the occasion more than 1,000 bhp, driven by Patrick Carpentier.

The race was held at 12:00 today (10.June.2000) at the Canadian Force's Base Bagotville (Quebec), for the opening of their annual air show, in front of more than 20,000 people. The race was run over a 3,000 foot distance, from a standing start.

Although we have to see this race as a pure show, it was nevertheless very impressive. The Ford engine of the Player's car was boosted to 1,000 bhp, and it showed: even though CART race cars never do standing starts, its acceleration was really awesome, especially compared with the jet-propelled CF-18. Patrick really accelerated like there was no tomorrow and blew the CF-18 away in the first 2,000 feet. And even though the CF-18 tried to make up for lost ground in the last 1,000 feet, it wasn't enough and the Reynard-Ford was first at the finish mark, with something like a 100 foot advantage.

Something that really surprised the spectators, and Patrick, is that the jet got off the ground in a really short distance, not even a thousand feet. Said Patrick in front of TV cameras: "I was happy to see my early lead, but when I saw the CF-18 taking off the ground after just a few hundred meters, I thought that I was in deep (stuff), but even then I was able to stay in front!"

The end of the race was a bit confusing since judging the winner when one competitor is on the ground and the other a few feet behind but up in the air is a tough call. Photo-finish cameras had to come to the rescue and the Player's Racing car was declared the winner.

Canada's Air Force wants to appeal the decision :-)

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Series Drag , IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier