New equipment for ABRA to make sure everyone's running legally
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ABRA has all new computer equipment for the race officials on-site for 2007. "Believe it or not, we're moving to Windows and getting out of DOS," joked Sam Cole, ABRA chairman.
The new equipment will be in the hands of the officials and monitor fuel flow in the engines and other regulatory functions. "We'll be better able to make sure everybody's running properly and officially," he said.
Fuel flow is checked for every boat after every race to make sure everybody's playing on an even playing field. Running over the maximum amount can give an edge to a team, but it's not legal.
According to the ABRA rulebook: "A fuel flow violation is judged to have occurred when a turbine-powered boat exceeds 4.3 GPM for more than five seconds. An N2 speed violation is judged to have occurred when the maximum N2 RPM of 110% is exceeded for more than five seconds."
Cole was only half-joking - the equipment was at least a dozen years old and really was running the older Microsoft Disk-Operating-System software instead of Windows.