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Grand Prix Championship Launches!

2012-05-31 18:12:28 - Posted By: Colin MacLean
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Welcome to the ISRA Grand Prix Championship! Over the past several months a lot work has been put into developing a highly competitive Grand Prix experience. Utilizing the most technically advanced vehicle in the iRacing line-up, the FW31, the International Sim Racing Association wants to invite you to join the GPC as we start the inaugural season.Starting June 6th the GPC begins pre-season testing. June 20th marks the official start to the season with the Australian Grand Prix to be held at the picturesque Philip Island Circuit.

As with real world Formula One racing, team work is paramount in delivering the strongest results possible from race to race. The GPC wants to emulate that thinking. Create a team with a friend or we’ll pair you up on a team. Either way working with your teammate is the only way you will be able to take home the Team Championship trophy and all the glory that goes with it!

You will be able to sign up for the series by going to www.israleague.com/series If the signup is not yet available, please keep checking back, it will be available in the coming hours today (05/31/12).

There is also a rule book that accompanies this series, which will be posted in the Rulebook section under the general ISRA forum. Westrongly recommend that all drivers read through this, there are a few new rules that drivers may not be used to seeing (e.g. Car liveries, and passing rules).

We also ask that once you sign up for the series you send a quick email to: gpc.commission@gmail.com (or a PM to Ryan Cornes or myself) that has your team name and the two drivers on the team. Please make sure to read the rule book on Team Liveries. If you do not have a team, you can sign up to be randomly assigned with another driver and create your team that way. Also, drivers may run without a team and only compete in the driver's championship, but we strongly suggest starting a team, as they may play an even bigger part in this series in the future. Plus, where's the fun in only competing in one championship?!? 

In summary, we are very excited to bring back the F1 Grand Prix racing experience to ISRA. The Williams F1 car is great to drive, and we think that there will be some great racing in this series. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ryan or myself ANYTIME through the PM system here in the forums, or preferably email: gpc.commission@gmail.com

Thank you for your time, and we hope you enjoy the Grand Prix Championship!


Site Changes

2010-12-17 08:12:37 - Posted By: PJ Losey
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Over the next few hours you will see many site changes. Some things may not work temporaily and graphics and more will change.  This should only take a few hours and then we will have the new build up.

Bare with us for a bit.

Thanks
The ISRA Staff


Barn Burner at Road Atlanta

2010-12-16 01:58:53 - Posted By: PJ Losey
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Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia has been the scene of many epic races through the years.  How could anyone forget Allan McNish’s charge to victory in the 2008 Petit Le Mans having started the race one lap down after wrecking on the warm-up lap?  Or any number of the fantastic SCCA Runoffs races that were held there for 24 years?  Round Three of the O’Neil PC Systems Grand Touring Championship (GTC), while taking place on a virtual representation of the real track, certainly rivaled any past race for real drama and excitement!

Qualifying took place over three hot laps on an empty track.  By this, the third online race of the season, most sim racers have worked out a solid qualifying strategy of bagging one safe lap and then pushing hard on the second and third laps to try and pick up a few tenths and a few vital positions on the grid.  In the GT class, the V8 Supercar of Kevin Savoie clinched pole just ahead of  the Ford Falcon of arch rival David Sirois.  Fellow Canadian Andre Michaud rounded-out the top three.  In the GS class, the Mustang of Mike Young laid down a dominating lap well ahead of those of Randy Wolfgram and Jaymz Mynes.  In ST, no strangers to the real Road Atlanta, Eric Foss and Colin MacLean claimed the first two spots on the Mazda MX-5 class grid hotly pursued by Daniel Graulty.

 

Bourdon, Voigt and Jury make it 2 wide through turn 6.

Bourdon, Voigt and Jury make it three wide into Turn Six.

34 drivers sweeping through Turn 12 nose-to-tail is always a glorious sight: This was no exception.  The green flag waved early and they were off!  The story of the night was in the GT class.  Savoie and Sirois waged an absolute war on the track that lasted from the first lap to the checker.  The V8 Supercar is a real handful at Road Atlanta and these two drivers were the class of the field as they ran a hard, clean race with no mistakes.  At the green flag Savoie took point with Sirois hot on his heels.  Sirois tucked into the draft and ran a close one-two and pulled away from the rest of the pack.  Sirois had a great opportunity to study Savoie’s race line and his study would pay off on Lap Eight when Savoie ran wide exiting 10A and got a slow run out of 10B.  Sirois showed the nose into Turn One and a slightly distracted Savoie slid wide, almost losing it on the grass.  Gathering it up he slotted in behind Sirois and worked hard to return the favor.  Savoie was really on his game tonight and was back on his tail within half a lap.

Road Atlanta can be a tough multi-class track as there are sections of the track, primarily the Esses, where a V8 can lose huge chunks of time snared behind battling Mustangs and MX-5s.  Running such close times it was always going to be traffic that created passing opportunities.  Unable to make the pass on track Savoie elected to dive into the pits lap 21.  The strategy was to pit early and turn hot laps to leapfrog Sirois in the pits.  Savoie may have left it too late though as he lost time on the in-lap to slower traffic.  Reacting to his pit-stop Sirois brought his racing car in Lap 22 for his stop.  As Sirois rejoined it was nose to tail again with Sirois still in front!

With three laps to go it was time for Savoie to make his play.  He was on Sirois’ bumper and would not let him get away.  As they weaved their way through traffic Savoie knew he had to jump on any opportunity that presented itself.  On the penultimate lap, Sirois caught Jim Mcleish’s Mustang right at the apex of Turn Five.  Savoie, eager for the opportunity, powered through the turn giving him enough momentum to swoop round the outside into Turn Six taking the lead!  Through Turn Seven, Savoie got a little loose and allowed Sirois to make a run down the back straight.  Braking into 10A, Sirois on the outside, Savoie defending to the inside, inches separating them, Sirois laid down a masterful move and took the position back round the outside.  Great driving from both!

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Graulty and Ulleri get together on the back straight right in front of the GT class leaders.

Onto the final lap where Savoie likely thought his moment had passed.  Yet as they exited Turn Five, the two combatants faced an absolute swarm of MX-5 and Mustangs fighting for position in Turn Six.  As Sirois entered the turn he was balked by a Mustang and Savoie swept under him and into the lead.  So there they went again, side-by-side down the back straight on the last lap with it all to play for!  Ahead the MX-5s of Daniel Graulty and Alex Ulleri argued over a section of road sending both careening into the wall right in front of the leaders!  Sirois, avoiding the MX-5 carnage, defended to the inside, kept his nose ahead and took the checkered flag inches ahead of Savoie.

What a memorable battle and a fantastic fighting performance from both drivers.

Sirois was reflective after the race.  “This time, I won but it could have gone one way or the other,” he said.  “I think I should have pushed a bit more and kept a bigger gap with Kevin.  But it is easy to say afterward and anyway, it would have been another story.”

Waiting in the wings for any mistake from the two leaders Chris Damron rounded out the podium in third place less than ten seconds behind.

In the ST class Foss took a flag to flag victory closely followed by MacLean and Graulty.  The GS class victory went to Young ahead of Chuck Chambliss and Jaymz Mynes.

The next outing for the GTC is to historic Watkins Glen for a one hour and thirty minute Enduro fature race.  The virtual racers will need to be on their toes to keep out of trouble for so long!  Multiple pit stops, hundreds of passes and a high level of competition will be on display.  Log on to inRacingNews for the full story next week!

Visit http://www.israleague.com to get involved and to get in line for a highly sought after race seat.  There are always one or two slots open at each race so sign up to the waiting list and 15 minutes before the race starts you will receive a “fill the grid” notification.  You can then join in what is rapidly becoming the premier iRacing hosted multi-class racing series.  See you on track!




GTC down under

2010-11-24 09:01:27 - Posted By: PJ Losey
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The Ford Falcon V8 Supercar, if it could pick a home, would probably choose Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia.  The track suits the V8 perfectly with its long sweeping corners and incredible top-speed, making racing here a joy for the V8 drivers.  Home to the L&H 500, a premier Australian endurance race, it would serve as the host for ISRA’s O’Neil PC Systems Grand Touring Championship (GTC) Round Two.  Always a popular track in iRacing, this online race would not disappoint with entries from 37 sim racers all eager for a great result.

With such tight competition qualifying can be crucial.  Although the races are over an hour long a poor qualifying performance will almost certainly ruin an otherwise promising race.  The top six V8 Supercars representing the GT class all qualified within one second of each other.  Most V8 drivers have lots of track time here, and it showed!  Pole position would go to David Sirois with a 1:32.924 to claim his second consecutive pole of the season.  The GS class order was a little more evenly spread out.  The victor at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Marc Payne claimed the pole in his Mustang FR500S with a 1:45.1.  In the ST class, iRacing veteran and professional racing driver, Eric Foss put his Mazda MX-5 on the pole with a 1:51.5 ahead of Round One winner Colin MacLean.

With 37 cars on the grid it takes a whole lot of co-operation and respect to pull-off a clean race start but the GTC drivers always seem to perform brilliantly in these conditions.  Blasting into Turn One everyone left room, drove smart and the result was a clean run to the hairpin.  Unfortunately for the three Mustangs of Jim McInnis, Randy Wolfgram and PJ Losey, the race would only last one lap as a spin by McInnis caught-up Losey and Wolfgram ending their race in the hairpin.  Their early exit opened up the GS race, putting their second and third spots up for grabs.  Previous seasons have shown that literally every point counts and these drivers will have to work hard to make up the lost points.

Avoiding the incident in the hairpin, Payne was able to pull away for a dominating win.  With the absence of previous series champions Mike Young and Jaymz Mynes and the early exit of his closest competition, Payne’s only goal was not to make a mistake and throw away a certain victory.

“Wow! That was amazing seeing 37 cars on the grid at this picturesque track and congrats to all the finishers and podiums,” said Payne.  “The ISRA GTC really is special to get these fields of cars racing every week.  I look forward to seeing how the championships unfold and good luck everyone!”

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37 Falcons, Mustangs and Mazdas put the "mixed" in mixed class racing at Phillip Island.

With Payne driving off into the distance the battle was for the remaining podium spots was on!  Gilles Mourette led the rest of the pack with Lance Snyder hot on his heels in third.  It didn’t take long for John Roussetos to catch them up and join in the fun.  While watching the cars ahead Roussetos was quickly reeled-in and passed by Chuck Chambliss, who had been delayed in the first lap incident.  With damage to his suspension it was all Chambliss could do to keep the car on the track.

On Lap Seven it all went wrong for Mourette in the long and challenging Turn Two.  Entering a little hot he put two wheels on the grass, which was enough to relinquish the second and third spots to Snyder and Chambliss.  Clawing his way back to contention with some fast laps Mourette put the move on Chambliss into Turn One on Lap 10 to reclaim third place.  Chambliss had no answer, as his damaged car would not perform at 100%.  Collecting his thoughts and dialing in his damaged car, Chambliss began a methodical push for the front.  Mcleish and Snyder would make their pit-stops on Lap 18.  By this point Chambliss was hot on the tail of Mourette and elected to make a pit stop on Lap 19.

Once the pit-stops shook out the big winner was Mcleish who vaulted ahead of Chambliss and Snyder into third.  His fastest laps of the race came immediately following the pit stop which allowed him to make the pit lane strategy work for him.  By Lap 30 Mcleish had closed up to Mourette and then joined the fight for second place.  Mcleish was the quicker car at this stage of the race and pressured Mourette hard for the position.  With two laps to go Mcleish attempted the outside pass into the hairpin.  Although he got his nose ahead, Mcleish left Mourette plenty of room to reclaim his position with a better exit.  Mcleish knew he had the pace and kept the pressure on.  It was not to be though.  Mourette defended his position hard and Mcleish had to settle for a hard-fought third place behind Mourette and Payne.

The ST class MX-5s were extremely close in qualifying, as less than a second covered the first six cars.  Needless to say the drivers all knew any mistakes on the opening lap would spell disaster, as you could go from first to sixth and never regain the positions running with cars whose pace was within hundredths of of second of your own.  That also meant, however, that any places gained on the opening lap could be held for the remaining 36!

As the green flag fell, fourth staring Daniel Graulty, got an absolute flier to catapulting himself past Jerry Knitter and second fastest qualifier MacLean to slot in behind Foss into Turn One.  MacLean had no intention of letting Foss, an old SCCA Club Racing competitor, get away and dived under Graulty into Turn Two.  Graulty pushed hard for the remainder of the lap and almost made it past but MacLean held him off.  Foss, MacLean and Graulty hooked up at the front of the field and started to pull away from the rest of the pack.

Working through Turn Two, Alex Ulleri got a great run on Knitter who was forced to defend into the hairpin.  Ulleri ran the wide line and pulled ahead of Knitter.  Mike Kelley was a big beneficiary of the Lap One incident in the hairpin and worked his way up to fifth behind Ulleri.  Lap Four saw Kelley get a great run out of the final turn and use Ulleri’s draft to slip by into Turn One.  Ahead of Kelley, Graulty was pushing as hard as he could to keep-up with Foss and MacLean.  As the V8s closed in to lap the Mazdas, Graulty moved offline and was collected by a crossed-up, sliding Chris Damron Jr. who was doing his best to avoid a collision.  Although he didn’t receive any damage, Graulty was nonetheless knocked way down the order making a podium finish a tough proposition.  A great battle would then develop with Ryan Cornes leading the pack with Graulty, Knitter, Gerry Moersdorf, Gary Miller and Daniel Quaroni all within inches on the track.  Under intense pressure from Graulty, Cornes would eventually run wide into the grass and relinquish his hard-fought fourth position.  The MX-5 pack battled hard for many laps, putting on a great show for the GT and GS cars that were passing almost every lap it seemed.  Ahead, Ulleri had caught up to Kelley and was fighting for the position.  In an attempt to relive the pressure, Kelley brought his MX-5 into the pits on Lap Nine with the intent of running in clear air without the pressure of another MX-5 bearing down.

 

SCCA Pro Eric Foss nipped Alex Ulleiri in a fierce battle for honors.

SCCA Pro Eric Foss nipped Alex Ulleiri in a fierce battle for ST class honors.

At the front Foss was pulling a gap to MacLean who was beginning to formulate a pit strategy that would bring him in and out of the pits ahead of the leader.  When Foss pitted from a sizable lead on Lap 20, MacLean knew he had no option but to make a fast pit stop and not take tires or fuel.  MacLean had to build up a gap to Foss in order to exit the pits first.  The magic number was 25 seconds but Foss returned to the track only 20 seconds behind MacLean.  MacLean pushed as hard as he could but couldn’t gain the required five seconds.  He exited the pits a scant five seconds behind Foss but that was enough of a gap for Foss to carry it to the finish.

“Eric is a very fast and consistent driver who had my number today,” said MacLean.  “I knew my best chance was for an aggressive pit strategy and it almost worked!”

Foss took the win in his stride.  “Great fun everyone!” he said. "The mandatory pit stop made for some great strategy.  I look forward to the next race!”

Behind the leaders Daniel Graulty was working as hard as he could to try and build up the gap to Kelley while battling with Ulleri.  Graulty and Ulleri pitted together on Lap 21 and exited the pits five seconds behind Kelley.  This was too much of a gap to overcome so the two settled into a fight for fourth place as Kelley drove his MX-5 home for a well-earned third place.  Graulty bided his time and on Lap 23 made the pass.  Graulty tried his best to catch Kelley but it was not to be.  An entertaining race for him for sure!

In the GT class an exciting race was almost a foregone conclusion with the top five drivers all in the 1:33s, a rapid pace indeed.  Throw in 26 slower Mustang and MX-5s and you have the recipe for an incredible mental challenge.  Timing the passes and not giving up any time to your close opposition is the name of the game for the V8 drivers.  Sirois was determined to avenge his defeat at the hands of Kevin Savoie in the first round at Laguna Seca and made no mistake getting off to a clean start.  Savoie slotted in behind Sirois with Andre Michaud and Damron close behind.  Damron quickly realized he could not let the leaders get away and pushed hard — t00 hard — into the hairpin, turning Michaud around and letting Martin Dube slip by into third place.  Luckily Michaud and Damron both got away without any damage.  Damron would quickly catch up to Dube and again there was slight contact with Dube’s rear bumper, just enough to spin Dube as Damron passed into third.

The intensity would soon ratchet up as the V8 leaders caught a massive gaggle of Mazdas on the front straight on Lap Six.  With seven MX-5s spread all over the track, battling nose-to-tail for position, the leading V8 drivers had to make some quick decisions as a 40mph closing speed does not give much time for reaction or indecisiveness.  Dean Ayer, deep in the MX-5 pack, didn’t see Savoie in his blind spot and in an attempt to resume the racing line unfortunately pulled directly into the path of the Falcon who was doing 160mph.  Savoie had nowhere to go and absolutely annihilatied Ayer’s car, ending his day.  Luckily Savoie’s car received only relatively minor front-end damage and he was able to continue albeit slightly shaken.

“I tried to drive it but it was super tight and I was losing time to Chris and Andre,” he explained.  “So I decided to short pit and hope I could get ahead far enough to stay there.  Pitted on Lap 12 and leap-frogged into second hoping to have a big enough gap. It was not to be. "I finished the race with the right-front tire worn to the cords.  That said, I’m happy I was able to get a third place finish.  It could have been a whole lot worse.”

Savoie’s incident opened the door for Damron and Michaud to apply the pressure and push the wounded Canadian.  Savoie immediately ran wide in Turn Two as he got a feel for the damage to his car which let Damron and Michaud grab the two podium spots.  Savoie had no option but to gamble on pit strategy and pitted for an extremely early stop on Lap 12.  The V8 is notoriously hard on rubber, so Savoie would have to be gentle on his tires if he wanted to have any hope of passing and holding Damron and Michaud behind him for the full race distance.

Life for Savoie and Damron would get much easier on Lap 14 as Michaud made a mistake exiting the final turn onto the front straight and spun, making hard contact with the inside wall which launched him across the track right into the path of Damron who barely missed him.  Incredibly Michaud’s suspension received no damage and he continued on.  However, the incident took him out of contention for the podium and that battle would play out in the second half of the race.  Exiting the pits on Lap 20 Damron found himself five seconds behind Savoie.  Damron knew Savoie not only had race damage from his incident but was also nursing tires that he changed on Lap 12.  Damron guessed that a mistake was just a matter of time so did not take any risks with a pass and sure enough Savoie went wide in Turn One giving Damron the second podium spot.  That’s how the GT class finished, the first win of the season for Sirois, a second place for Damron and third for Savoie who definitely earned that spot after a tough night behind the wheel.

“Starting from pole, after six laps, everything was looking good. I was not pushing too much - especially under braking - and I think tire wear was looking good.  Then, Kevin had his contact.  The rest of the race was pretty quiet,”- said a composed Sirois

“I kept a good pace, taking care of my tires and keeping an eye on the gap with André and Chris.  Nice race everyone!”

Road Atlanta is the venue for Round Three of the series; a track much better suited to the MX-5s and Mustangs than the V8 Supercars.  Road Atlanta is a difficult track which does not tolerate any mistakes: its concrete walls have claimed their fair share of cars and all drivers need to be on their toes if they don’t want to add to the tally.  Visit inRacingNews for the full story next week!

Visit http://www.israleague.com to get involved and to get in line for a highly sought after race seat.  There are always one or two slots open at each race so sign up to the waiting list and 15 minutes before the race starts you will receive a “fill the grid” notification.  You can then join in what is rapidly becoming the premier iRacing hosted multi-class racing series.  See you on track!



Williams takes Road America

2010-11-20 11:17:39 - Posted By: PJ Losey
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With its picturesque rolling hills in beautiful Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Road America is the perfect track to kick off the ISRA GP1 Championship.  The track and setting seem almost purpose-built for the newly-released iRacing Williams-Toyota FW31.  You have every possible corner to challenge your ability to focus for over 300 kilometers: The Carousel, The Kink, Canada Corner, Turn Five and Hurry Downs just to name a few.  35 brave sim racers took the challenge running full length online races against some of iRacing’s fastest drivers such as Shawn Purdy, David Williams, Marc Payne, Russell Hodgson and Rene Cornella.

Canada’s Team Orion driver Purdy, the fourth place finisher in the iRacing.com World Championship Road Racing (iWCRR)  is one of the favorites to take the ISRA GP1 Championship.  His sheer speed can dishearten even before the grid forms.  Purdy laid down 1:34s in practice and could not be touched.  Speed isn’t always the key to winning races however.  Any small mistake on track or in strategy choice can put victory just out of grasp.  Purdy qualified on pole and looked like a shoe-in for victory.

When the green flag flew Purdy got off the line cleanly with My3id’s Williams and Payne’s Podium Assault entry running side-by-side fighting for second place.  By Turn Five it seemed as though Williams had second place all to his own, but he ran wide letting Payne into the position.  The following lap Williams pushed wide again in Turn Five and let two other drivers through, Pablo Lopez Padin and Nolan Scott.  Williams, second placed driver in last season’s Team Challenge and an up-and-coming iWCRR driver revealed his strategy with his car struggling for grip: one stop.  At the front Purdy and Payne on a two stop strategy were pulling away.  With heat now in his tires, Williams had reeled-in Scott.  Under heavy pressure from Williams’ Williams, Nolan touched the grass, sending his car spinning.  He would rejoin in 13th position and spend the rest of the race fighting his way back to an eighth place finish.

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Purdy was in dominant form at Road America.

 

On your best day Road America’s notorious Turn Five can be a source of elation with a textbook pass.  On your worst day it can be source of virtual twisted metal and real dispair.  On this day Cornella made an ambitious pass attempt on Markus Gunzelmann, missed his braking point by 50 feet and collected an unsuspecting Hodgson.

“I did something totally strange and tried to out brake the guy in front of me into Turn Five,” explained an apologetic Cornella.  “I have no idea why I though this would be safe to do. He was too far in front of me to do that but somehow I had a total blackout. Because of my move to the left I misjudged my braking point totally and took Russell out of the race.”

With a local yellow flying in Turn Five the pit window was opening.  At the end of Lap 17 Purdy was the first to dive into the pits.  Immediately he was flagged for speeding down pit lane and was to be held in his box.

“My pit limiter didn’t work at all. I have no idea why,” said a frustrated Purdy after the race.  “My race was pretty much going to plan until that happened. I lost at least 25 seconds from that.”

Payne pitted right behind Purdy and overtook him in the pits.  Williams, meanwhile, had taken the lead with Bryan Carey coming through as well.  This now set things up for an interesting finish with Payne ahead of Purdy and Williams running the longer, slower stints.

 

It all went wrong for Payne in Hurry Downs.

It all went wrong for Payne and Gunzelmann in Hurry Downs.

Payne’s excitement would end on the next lap.  Exiting the pits right ahead of the battle for fifth between Byron Daley and Markus Gunzelmann, Payne suddenly found himself trying to pass the lapped car of Roberto Carabajal.  Payne lost momentum when catching Carabajal at the awkward Turn Six.  Daley took advantage and placed himself on the inside leading to Hurry Downs.  With nowhere to go, Payne lifted but Gunzelmann, right behind Payne, did not react in time and speared Payne’s gearbox, sending him into the tire barrier.  Payne’s race was over while Daley’s move secured him third on the podium.

With the pit limiter problem, all Purdy could do was push and push, but Williams was too smooth and ran a faultless race to win the season opener.  What could be more appropriate for a guy named Williams to win the first round of a series featuring the Williams-Toyota FW31?

“I’m very happy to get the win in the first round of this championship,” said the My3id driver. “The car is really demanding to drive, as you’d expect. That increases the focus and fun in races. I opted before the race to try out a one-stop strategy, which in hindsight wasn’t a good decision. The car was terrible to drive on such high fuel, and I lost places during the first few hectic laps. Still, I think I managed to get the most from the strategy and it somehow paid off by the end.”

For the next race the series heads oversees to historic Silverstone.  Visit http://www.israleague.com to get on the waiting list for this incredible series.




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