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Thursday, April 15th, 2004

Time Event
10:13p
UGPLOL Race Report -- Final Round!
The final race of the season took us 24 laps around Kyalami, South Africa. This was the original layout first used by Grand Prix cars for the opening round of the 1967 season. The modern Kyalami track is completely different. This original one had a lot of fast but tricky corners, and a long cresting front straight which was the scene of the most gruesome racing accident ever caught on film, when in 1977 a marshal running across the track with a fire extinguisher was struck by the car of Tom Pryce at probably close to 200 mph. Trust me in that you do NOT want to go looking for that piece of film. I had the misfortune of seeing it once and really wish I hadn't. Not only is the marshal destroyed in the most hideous way, but the fire extinguisher he was carrying smashed in Pryce's head, killing him as well.

Anyway, enough about the track's infamy. It is nevertheless considered one of the classic circuits in Grand Prix history, consigned to memories like so many great motor racing circuits. But when we've got it in Grand Prix Legends, we at least get an idea of what it must have been like to race there. And tonight coming into this final round, we had four drivers within six points of each other vying for the championship.

So, who won the UGPLOL Season 8 championship?

Season 8 final standings
Points awarded to top six finishers: 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 -- plus 1 point for pole position and 1 point
for fastest race lap.
 
Driver    Pts PP FL Wins Aint Sz74 Zelt Good Oran Sn64 Adel Mnco Monz Silv Port Roue WG48 Mila Soli Kyal

O'Dell     82  2  4  4    3    2    7    5    1PF  3    4    1    6    2 F  3    2    5    1PF  5    1 F
Kaynakli   77  6  2  4    6    8P   1PF  8    3    6    2    3    7    1P   6    1PF  3    2    1P   2P
Niemczyk   76  2  1  4    2    3    6    1    4    1P   3         1    4    1PF  6    2    4    3    5
Voeller    71  2  4  2    4    6    5    2 F  2    8    1PF  2    5    3    2    7    1PF  3    2 F  4
Parlee     32  2  2  2    1PF  1 F  2    3P                                                         
Diamond    29  1  1       8    9    9   10         4    6    5PF  2    6    8    4    4    6    4    3
Cousin     23             5    5   10    9         5    7    4    4    7    4    3    6    5    6    6
O'Kerry    16     1                 3    4              5         3 F  5    5         7             
Morgan     12  1          7    4    4    6    6    9    8    6    8P   8    7    5                  
Hudson      7     1                      7         2 F  9                                           
Black       2                  7    8         5    7                                                

NOTES:
* Voeller had his points taken away at Zeltweg for using the incorrect car.
* O'Kerry had his points taken away at Portland for using the incorrect car.

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