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  1. 11 points
    in 2018 the WSCC is starting a Gimli Motorsport Park road race track asphalt resurfacing project that over the next couple of years is planning to resurface the road race track and add curbing. The total cost will be over $460,000. The initial work planned for 2018 includes corner one and corner three to eliminate the bumps, cracks and excessive abrasiveness of the track surface. The start and completion dates of the 2018 work is still being determined but we're targeting to start as soon as possible. To complete the entire track in the shortest amount of time the WSCC is open to all ideas for raising that amount of funds. Please contact me at president@wscc.mb.ca with your fund raising ideas or if you or your company are willing to donate to the project. Today, the Honourable Jeff Wharton Minister of Municipal Relations for the Manitoba provincial government, met me at the Gimli Motorsports Park to formally confirm that a Community Places Program grant of $30,489 has been approved to assist in carrying out the resurfacing. Thank you Jeff and also thank you to Bev Arden, Dave Cain and Ian Goodall-George at the Community Place Program for their excellent assistance during our application preparation. This funding is an awesome start to the project!
  2. 8 points
    Hi all, This weekend was a bit of a roller coaster weekend for Autoslalom. We attempted to hold a double header where we raced on the skid pad in the afternoon and then run on the road course in the evening. The skid pad event went off without any issue and in fact we finished up ahead of schedule. The road course event got off to a good start but we soon ran into issues with the timing system and as a result Run Group B never took to the track. As a result, Event #5 will not be included in the championship points. An email will be going out to those that attended regarding a refund for the event. Please keep an eye on your inbox. We are investigating what went wrong and truthfully it appears we had more than one issue. I will leave that for a followup discussion including what we will be doing differently going forward. To say this is disappointing is a huge understatement and besides trying to express how sorry I am, I really need to just say THANK-YOU to everyone. Thank-you to the drivers that had to hurry up and wait as we tried to resolve the issues Thank-you to the workers that got to bake in the sun but didn't get to get their timed laps in Thank-you to Josh for handling all the registration stuff, including figuring out worker assignments and handling the aftermath of Event #5 Thank-you to Matt who took the brunt of this as he was trying to hold the crippled system together and find a way to get us times. That timing trailer was a very unhappy place. Thank-you to everyone that was helping us formulate ideas how to get the timing system operational and actively troubleshoot what was going on Thank-you to everyone that even after we made the call to shutdown the event, stuck around and helped tear down the course and repack the trailer And through all of this, with how frustrating and annoying it was, not a single person gave us a hard time. Everyone rolled with it and for that I am immensely grateful as it keeps a stressful situation from getting unbearable. But the thank-yous don't stop there because that was just for the turmoil of running Event #5. There is a tonne of work that goes into the events and without the help, well, the events would never happen. Thank-you to Road Race crew for working with our group during the weekend, coordinating our track crossing and directing people for us, for the use of the radios and for just being great hosts Thank-you to Mat for working with me to facilitate the events and lending me gear to prep for my event and making sure we were properly taken care of. I promise I will find your missing 12 cones and get them to you..they are somewhere in the stacks of 350 cones we brought. Thank-you to Shane and Bryce for hauling the timing trailer between Gimli and St Andrews and to Jim for relocating the trailer between the events. Thank-you to Tim for the use of the Jeep and trailer as a cone hauler during the events Thank-you to the guys that helped get the road course setup in record time Thank-you to Chris for chalking both courses, for organizing the setup of course 2 and the tweaks to the courses to keep them safe and fun Thank-you for everyone that took on tasks that I just randomly threw at you especially when you are doing things I know you'd prefer not to be doing...you guys told me to learn how to delegate, how am I doing? 8-) Thank-you to everyone that helped with set-up, and tear down and all the packing and unpacking the trailer Thank-you to Brian and his wife Judy for all their help (hours and hours of help this weekend) in setting up both courses in the evenings prior to the events, not to mention for running the Drift event Saturday in between all the work I was making you do. And one final note just to prove how much you guys rock...at the end of the day as I was leaving, Mat and I were chatting and he mentioned how cool it was to see how so many people would pitch in and help do whatever was needed to be done to either get the event going or get the event closed. He said it looked like we had an awesome crew...and that made me feel like a proud dad. You guys rock. Shawn
  3. 5 points
    Excellent event. Thank you Ian and Brooke, the Road Race crew and especially all the fantastic volunteers. Absolutely outstanding effort by all with superb results. Even the weatherman ...person, co-operated. I would also like to give some big Kudos to Echlon Wealth Management for sponsoring such a fantastic weekend.
  4. 5 points
    I would encourage everyone to come out and experience lapping at GMP. The amount of tire and brake wear is controlled by the driver. The track surface at Gimli is abrasive. It's old ash-fault, suffering from years of erosion, we are kinda lucky to have it our backyard. It's much the same surface as St Andrews airport. The duration that the tire is under load from cornering is greater at GMP compared to St Andrews, resulting in more heat, more wear. Below are my thoughts on Lapping Days. Excessive wear on the road course occurs primary for two reasons... 1 - You're over driving the car. Most street cars tend to understeer at the limit, carry too much corner speed, primary on entry, you end up plowing your way through. You can feel the front sliding, scrubbing off speed and tire tread. Happens all day long during HPDE events. Corner 1 will destroy tires if you drive like this. 2 - You're actually driving at the limit, using 100% of the available grip, you've done 1000's of laps at GMP you know your car and track. The car is neutral through the corner, all four tires are sliding at their optimum slip angle. You're hitting all, your marks, primary concern is getting the best lap time. Brake, tire and vehicle wear are secondary. Ninety percent of tire wear occurs in corner 1, the right front taking the most abuse as it sees the greatest load and overheats. Overheat a street tire and it will chunk. Every other corner you can be messy, with minimal tire wear, but not corner one. Don't dive bomb corner one, there's so much else you can work on. Slow it down and be smooth, lapping is not racing. I'd suggest rather than trying to set the fastest lap time, concentrate on actually learning something. Lap days are NOT timed events, so slow it down and conserve your car, brakes too. Come out for lapping and learn some new skills, or improve the ones you already have. Learn the proper race line, it will take you at least a hundred laps. Keep your eyes up, you'll see things when your not it the tunnel of trying to go as fast as you can. Practice your brake release, learn to trail brake, get your heal-toe downshifts smooth, and much more. Concentrate on just one thing for a session or two, feel what the car is doing, what do you hear? There's so much you can learn, it will take more than day, perhaps a lifetime. It's all about having fun with your buddies. The amount of wear & tear is completely up to you and your wallet size, so drive accordingly.
  5. 5 points
    Winnipeg Sports Car Club member Dino Calvert is being inducted into the Manitoba Motorsports Association Hall of Fame this Saturday, March 17, 2018. Dino is a long-time member of the Winnipeg Sports Car Club and in addition to his decades of competing in rally and road racing he has spent an enormous amount of time volunteering to organize and officiate Manitoba’s motorsports. Dino has also forever been the club’s regional representative at our sanctioning body, the Western Canada Motorsport Association. Dino’s ability to fairly and consistently apply the rules without making enemies is a gift and is one of the reasons that the club is able to repeatedly attract racers and cars every year from all over Canada and the States due to the quality of the racing. Dino has and does everything from chairing drivers’ meetings, inspecting tracks, discussing rule changes, ensuring safety standards, organizing large race weekends and generously sharing his extensive experience. Dino is the race track go-to-guy and at every club event you are sure to hear someone say "...you better ask Dino”. The presentation will take place at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, 375 York Avenue, during the World of Wheels on Saturday, March 17 at 4:30 pm in the 2nd floor theatre. Please plan to attend and support Dino and his motorsports achievements.
  6. 5 points
    Let’s take this opportunity to train the next generation of volunteers with open arms. The road race crew is looking forward to 2018. A new outlook on how important our volunteers are and how to compensate the massive commitment they make coming out to Gimli and dealing with the various extreme conditions they endure. Scott & Mat
  7. 4 points
    Hi All, I have taken the last few weeks to put together a website to host all of our event results, dating back to 2016 (when I became the Chief of Timing and Scoring). This site also includes updated class and pax standings for the season. It is a work in progress and I plan on adding a few more pages and features to the website. If there are any suggestions, or things you'd like to see in terms of stat tracking etc, please post below. The site is: www.wsccautoslalom.com Thanks.
  8. 4 points
    Events 8 and 9 have been added to the site as well as up to date PAX and Class Season Standings. NOTE: Event 5 has been scratched (Gimli Road Course), so there will only be 8 events displayed on the season standings. @justkickin I have addressed the timing discrepancy between you and Chris. @Curtis I have added your fastest run from event 8 that had mysteriously gone missing. @dark_daku89 I have updated the previous events where you were incorrectly classed, as per your request. If there are any other timing questions/issues please feel free to post them here.
  9. 4 points
    Echelon Wealth Partners Present The Honda vs Mazda Challenge Race Weekend A full race weekend with a Mazda vs Honda feature race each day. 8 Races in total! This is an incredible amount of track time!!! We’re offering a $250 tow fund for any closed wheel driver or $100 for any Time Attack driver doesn’t call GMP home! $750 in Cash prizes for the fastest Time Attack Pax Lap of the weekend. Any Honda or Mazda can compete in the feature. This is a team race in which the winning team will claim the trophy! We’re calling you out Alberta! Come race at GMP for the Echelon Honda vs Mazda Challenge Trophy! https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2018-wscc-rr-3-hl-ta-echelon-honda-vs-mazda-gimli-motorsports-park-244030 WSCC 2018 - Echelon Honda vs Mazda Challenge & Time Attack Shootout Supplemental Regulations.docx Echelon Wealth Partners Present - Honda vs Mazda Challenge Schedule - July 21 22nd 2018 (1).xlsx
  10. 4 points
    Shawn, You couldn't have said it better and you took the time to thank everyone involved in the event. However, there is one thank-you that is missing. Thank-you Shawn!! It's incredible how much effort you put into organizing the weekend events and how none of this would've been possible without your determination to get it done. I can't believe anyone would consider this last weekend as anything other than a success. Well done, and looking forward to helping with the July double-header.
  11. 4 points
    Nish became distressed after realizing that even with an R8, he still couldn't beat me. So he sold the car, picked up his ball, and moved to Ottawa, hoping to try his luck against some less fearsome competition.
  12. 4 points
    Just toured the Gimli Race Track 0.85 Km perfectly placed in front of the hotel and pier. Track was built by grader so there’s nicely sloped gentle banks not harsh brick walls to smash your car up. Even after the sun and temps we’ve had there is ZERO slush or water on the track. We should have some great racing this weekend!!
  13. 4 points
    I found some time to have a thought about Club Class. I'm not completely sold on the spec tire idea. I think it would work if every car was the same, running a true spec class, but we are not that. I would suggest the following three options. 1- The current NASA rule set, exactly as written, running in class PTF. For most PTF would allow a total of 19 modification points, current CCC competitors may be required to remove modifications. 2- Club Class which follows the NASA rule set, but simply limits the points allotment for PTE. (no arbitrary minimum weight, NASA includes base or competition weights for each competitor). 3- No change, NASA rules, full PTE points. $$$ Proposal: Create a Club Class which reduces the NASA points allotment. Reducing the points allowance would eliminate the purchase of expensive motor mods, there is simply no points allowance for it. It solves the issue of unrealistic competition weight, there is no longer unused points available to apply drastic weight reduction. Maintaining the current NASA rules would allow for a more inclusive club class, hopefully a larger group, other makes and models would "fit". Rather than a strict spec class, there is room for some modification, you can tinker, but need to be very selective as your points allotment is limited. If everyone currently in CCC uses a base class from NASA of PTF. This allows a points allotment of 39 to move from bottom of PTF to the top PTE. Everyone should have the WCMA/NASA spreadsheet used to class their car. What if we limit the points total to a maximum of 30? Of which only 11 may be used in PTE class. You would get your full allotment of 19 to use in PTF, at which point you are bumped up one class to PTE where you are allowed a further 11 points. If your car is classed by NASA with a base of PTG (it's a heavy under powered slug), you would use the 19 points for PTG, 19 for PTF, and 11 for PTE. Below I built a model around the CRX Si ('88-'91), base weight is 2174, 205mm tire size with the following modifications. I think the standard setup for all the Honda's with small variations. I set a minimum competition weight of 2174lbs, chosen because it is already assigned by the NASA table of vehicle weights for CRX. If you don't have a CRX and can't get to 2174, you then have a few weight reduction points to use elsewhere. No Club Class car would be allowed a competition weight below 2174lbs. I suspect actually requiring a set lower limit would not be required, as there simply will not be excess points available to apply. Honda CRX Si 88-91 Base Class - PTF Asterisk Points +7 (because you showed up with a CRX, we don't like you) I think NASA rules give CRX +7, because base weight is 117lbs less than 89-91 Civic, 89-91 Civic is allowed to remove 117lbs using a points allotment of +8. A8 - DOT-Approved (non-R-compound) tires with a UTQG treadwear rating of 120-200 +2 Section B - WEIGHT REDUCTION Base Weight 2174 - Min Comp Wt 2174 = 0 lbs reduction = 0 points C4 - Modification of the BTM air intake/box +1 C22 - Modification, porting, or replacement of the BTM exhaust manifold or header(s) (includes any/all other exhaust and catalytic converter modifications) +5 D5 - Added limited slip differential or welded/locked differential +3 E3 - Non-BTM or modified/re-valved shocks/struts/dampers +3 E5 - Non-BTM or modified coil springs, bump stops, leaf springs/spacers/brackets, or torsion bars +2 E7 - Add, replace, remove, or modify anti-roll bars (swaybars - front, rear, or both). +2 E9 - Replace, modify, or remove control arms +4 Total modification points = 28 Honda Civic Si 89-91 Base Class - PTF A8 - DOT-Approved (non-R-compound) tires with a UTQG treadwear rating of 120-200 +2 Section B - WEIGHT REDUCTION Base Weight 2291 - Min Comp Wt 2174 = 117 lbs reduction = +8 points C4 - Modification of the BTM air intake/box +1 C22 - Modification, porting, or replacement of the BTM exhaust manifold or header(s) (includes any/all other exhaust and catalytic converter modifications) +5 D5 - Added limited slip differential or welded/locked differential +3 E3 - Non-BTM or modified/re-valved shocks/struts/dampers +3 E5 - Non-BTM or modified coil springs, bump stops, leaf springs/spacers/brackets, or torsion bars +2 E7 - Add, replace, remove, or modify anti-roll bars (swaybars - front, rear, or both). +2 E9 - Replace, modify, or remove control arms +4 Total modification points = 29 Honda Civic HB 96-00, Classed as Wt/HP Base Class - PTF A8 - DOT-Approved (non-R-compound) tires with a UTQG treadwear rating of 120-200 +2 Section B - WEIGHT REDUCTION Base Weight 2350 - Min Comp Wt 2174 = -176lbs reduction = 13 points D5 - Added limited slip differential or welded/locked differential +3 E3 - Non-BTM or modified/re-valved shocks/struts/dampers +3 E5 - Non-BTM or modified coil springs, bump stops, leaf springs/spacers/brackets, or torsion bars +2 E7 - Add, replace, remove, or modify anti-roll bars (swaybars - front, rear, or both). +2 E9 - Replace, modify, or remove control arms +4 Total modification points = 29 Apply to Spec Miata... Base Class - PTF Asterisk Points +14 (because Miata's are awesome, but everyone hates you, here's some points) A8 - DOT-Approved (non-R-compound) tires with a UTQG treadwear rating of 120-200 +2 Section B - WEIGHT REDUCTION Base Weight 2185 - Min Comp Wt 2300 = 0 lbs reduction = +0 points C4 - Modification of the BTM air intake/box +1 C23 - Any modification to the BTM exhaust piping and/or catalytic converter (includes muffler modification or replacement) +3 D5 - Added limited slip differential or welded/locked differential +3 E3 - Non-BTM or modified/re-valved shocks/struts/dampers +3 E5 - Non-BTM or modified coil springs, bump stops, leaf springs/spacers/brackets, or torsion bars +2 E7 - Add, replace, remove, or modify anti-roll bars (swaybars - front, rear, or both). +2 Total modification points = 30 Apply to 2010 Toyota Matrix Base Class - PTG/PTF Asterisk Points +7 A8 - DOT-Approved (non-R-compound) tires with a UTQG treadwear rating of 120-200 +2 Section B - WEIGHT REDUCTION Base Weight 2770 - Min Comp Wt 2480 = 290lbs reduction = +19 points C4 - Modification of the BTM air intake/box +1 C22 - Modification, porting, or replacement of the BTM exhaust manifold or header(s) (includes any/all other exhaust and catalytic converter modifications) +5 D5 - Added limited slip differential or welded/locked differential +3 E3 - Non-BTM or modified/re-valved shocks/struts/dampers +3 E5 - Non-BTM or modified coil springs, bump stops, leaf springs/spacers/brackets, or torsion bars +2 E7 - Add, replace, remove, or modify anti-roll bars (swaybars - front, rear, or both). +2 E9 - Replace, modify, or remove control arms +4 Total modification points = 30
  14. 3 points
    If you are thinking about going, sign up NOW! There are already 1271 entrants, out of 1350 available spots: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2018-tire-rack-scca-solo-nationals-lincoln-airpark-national-828885 Cancellation fees before August 13 are only $20, so if you think you're going, sign up now before the spots are gone. Entrants list is here: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.status/uidEvent/CF331522-B0C3-254D-4A0E8088E2E888C5#class1-4A2329FE-D031-DC80-FE79C3F92B5CD59B For those that are debating, this is the largest amateur motorsports event in the world. The scale is staggering, the courses are fun, the competition is intense, and the people are great. It's a bucket-list item if you love autocross.
  15. 3 points
    Getting a schedule agreed on and printable and postable is harder in a large event like this coming one for a couple of reasons. if we have more than 33 cars in the largest grid (open wheel in this case) we have to split it because the track is only licensed for 33. At the moment we are right around that magic number with the cars that have registered through MSR. We also always have a few walk-ups on Friday night and Saturday morning. At this point we are preparing 2 schedules and it looks like we'll have to start with the one that runs 3 grids, Open Wheel, Closed Wheel and Vintage Closed Wheel in addition to Time Attack which doesn't change. If attrition takes us permanently below the 33 magic number we may shift to an alternate schedule before the weekend is over as that would give us more interesting racing than watching two dwindling grids of cars parade around. Both of these schedules will be available Saturday morning at the driver's and workers meetings and will be posted at the Concession. No matter which schedule we use the Workers Meeting is at 8:15 and the Drivers Meeting is at 8:30am. The track goes hot at 9 am and racing ends about 6 pm. There is the usual hour of Courtesy Laps after racing on Saturday and the banquet is at 7:30. Our sponsor has organized racer car ride-alongs for a modest fee in the half hour before lunch both days. This should be popular so sign up before it fills up. This means the noon lunch hour will end up about a half hour longer. The usual lunch wagon will be on site. There will be a show and shine featuring vintage sports cars and other exotics near the Concession building and parade laps for these cars both days during lunch hour. A lot of people like to be consulted and critique whatever schedule we put forward. This is more complicated in an event like this where the sponsor has a number of features that need to be included in the schedule, like the Australian Pursuit at the end of the day on Sunday, always a very popular event. We will have suggested times for each event in the printed schedule and the people in the tower will do their best, as they always do, to keep us on schedule. Unpredictable events like crashes are often a challenge for them so we leave them a little wiggle room between races to take up the slack if needed. So, there will be a printed schedule and an alternate schedule by Saturday morning, maybe even Friday night. So don't bug Mat about it as he has an awful lot of other things he needs to get done. Unless of course you want to volunteer to run into Gimli Friday and get copies printed for him. We have an amazing group of people, including Dyrk Bolger, our sponsor in his 20th year, doing an awful lot of work to make this a great event. At this point they've heard enough complaints and only have time for offers of help. See you there. Scott McDonald, Chief Marshal and assistant to the Road Race Director (sometimes misnamed Co-Director)
  16. 3 points
    Hey everyone, thanks so much for coming out! It looked like everyone had fun and learned lots even though it was hot. I was pretty dehydrated by the end of the day, but it's all worth it. A big thank you to Shawn for the behind the scenes work setting everything up, and to Mark at Speedworld for giving the students some free passes.
  17. 3 points
    Good evening everybody! Some exciting news is in the air. For our July 21-22 event, there is going to be CASH prizes! Up to $750 total cash to be given out! Make sure you get yourself registered to secure a spot. You need to be registered for both Saturday AND Sunday to qualify. Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 fastest PAX times for the weekend. Long track will be run Saturday and short track on Sunday. Cash prises for TA event #3 as follows: 1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100 4th $75 5th $50 6th $25 7th $25 8th $25 9th $25 10th $25 Register here: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.dashboard/uidEvent/20D48A2F-B1AA-299A-8BA9F32B440FA30A/uidMember/356036C4-93A8-7E91-09C51A9358AFE68F Also, don't forget that you can have an extra day of fun on Friday for only $50! Select Friday Hotlaps as an extra when registering for the event. See you all soon!
  18. 3 points
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/borishphoto/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2170732569836793 Boris took some pictures on our afternoon runs
  19. 3 points
    Anyone interested in co-driving my Focus RS this Sunday? Looking to partner with a mature, responsible adult. Must have driver's licence, a sense of humour, and enjoy long walks on the beach. Ha -ha, just kidding about one of those requirements. You don't actually have to be "responsible". Send me a PM if you're interested.
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  21. 3 points
    The morning pictures from Saturday's HPDE/Race school are now online. I'll have more up from the afternoon sessions this week. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40991851@N03/albums/72157690762383160
  22. 3 points
    May 4 Test and Tune May 25, 26 & 27th Event #1 June 22, 23 & 24th Event #2 July 20, 21 & 22nd Event #3 August 17, 18 & 19th Event #4 CMW Vintage September 21, 22 & 23rd Event #5 Thursday - Gate opens 7:30pm Friday - Test and Tune / Open lapping - Registration / Tech 11:30am - Track goes hot at 12:00 PM - Time Attack Early Registration 8:00 PM Saturday - Late Registration & Tech 8:00AM - Workers meeting 9:00am - Drivers meeting 9:15am - Track goes hot at 9:35am Sunday - Workers meeting 9:00am - Drivers meeting 9:15am - Track goes hot at 9:35am
  23. 3 points
    As we all know our car count this year has been less than spectacular. We all have challenges to overcome every season in order to participate. Two years ago we were invited back to Portage. The event was fantastic. The welcome we received was unbelievable from spectator turn out to cooperation from the community. There was quite literally thousands of spectators over the course of the two day event. WSCC showed up with full grids and the weekend was a great success. Last year we were welcomed back and I myself along with every member that I was talking with leading up to the event were looking forward to a repeat of the previous year. The weather wasn’t in our favour along with a handful of other unfortunate circumstances WSCC made a poor appearance and by Sunday only a few rubber cars were running. Our club needs to show up loud and proud for the Portage weekend. Reach out to your fellow racers. Lend a part or a hand. Team up with a co-driver. Come out of “retirement”. Dig out that hunk of junk and throw it on a trailer. Whatever It takes to get cars on the track. If you have a concern or a grievance communicate it to the proper people and not leave it to gossip. Let’s show up with two full grids and give WSCC, Portage and Mr. Sharples what they’re fighting for.
  24. 3 points
    I guess I'm the most vocal defender of CCC at this point. Let's swap the content for CCC CCC prohibits the expensive parts in PTE. It can't cost more. Based on learnings from last year: CCC should have a spec tire – we really only had 3 different tires represented last year anyways a minimum weight – just base it on the heaviest reasonably prepped car
  25. 3 points
    I sent this to Don last year to help him come up with his ruleset. I did a bit of research based on a regional PTE champion selling his class-winning CRX a few years ago. I am against an all-out PTE ruleset because of the parts listed below: The prices were sourced last year, so they may be inaccurate now. The total is approximately $5500 CAD (based on cheap tires, no dyno tune, no machine shop costs, no shipping costs) to purchase the parts on this wishlist. Everything will also wear out much faster because we're going faster, so be prepared to buy more wear parts (Hoosier a6 will last a couple races? a day?). Some racers are already changing their Hawks every weekend, better bring two sets now. By contrast, last year I swapped in a $150 MPI salvage motor and raced on it for 3 weekends (it's still alive and strong). All I did was change the oil and bolt-ons. I'll take a $150 single day swap over a $5000 build (+ donor engine) any day of the week.
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