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Our final AFX Endurance Championship race of 2019 took place in October half term.
Nineteen drivers took part and gave us another nail-
You can study the results by clicking on the tables to the right. All the pictures,
tables and diagrams enlarge if you click on them. A video of the night’s action is
on YouTube -
Our October half term AFX team race fell on the day before Halloween. We welcomed
Cris and Mark for their first tastes of racing at the Barn. Jack also came along
for his first full evening. Nineteen racers were split into five teams of three and
one team of four. With the AFX championship to be decided, the top four were each
in a different team, plus two family teams -
Race One -
The six teams ran in two groups of three, the two main championship contenders -
The second group of teams scored well. It was Beardy, Beard & Smoothy who were top
of the pile after 15 minutes, having scored big with 149.15 in red. Ryan, Keith and
Race Two -
Ash & Evil Dead were the first team to race the blue car and put in a solid 142.8 laps. The Three Reeds had the shock of going from the best lane (red) to the most tricky (yellow), but they stuck it out well, scoring 120.9 laps. Enduro Uno moved from yellow to white and were reasonably happy with their 132.7 laps.
Again all those scores were eclipsed by the teams in the second group. Bad Omen jumped into the overall lead with a huge 149.8 in blue. WHOOOOO! managed a 136.25 in white, which kept them in fourth overall, but with the best two lanes still to come. Beardy, Beard & Smoothy's 123.6 in yellow saw them drop from first to third, Ash & Evil Dead slotting in to second. At the halfway point, the top four were covered by 33 laps.
Race Three -
Ash, Terry and Simon were the first team to break 150 laps, with a massive 157.05
in red -
Dylan, Gareth and Cris went four laps better in white, scoring 121.8 and that would be the final action of the evening for the white car. For the first time in the race, Bad Omen on red and WHOOOOO! in blue failed to match the scores from the first group. Maybe championship nerves were starting to show? However, Bad Omen's score of 152.8 was better than WHOOOOO!'s 143.05. That left Bad Omen top, seven laps ahead of Ash & Evil Dead and 28 laps ahead of WHOOOOO! Enduro Uno were not completely out of it, a further five laps back. Enduro Uno and WHOOOOO! would be in red, with Bad Omen and Ash & Evil Dead in yellow. The other two teams would fight for fifth place, both in blue lane.
Race Four -
Ash & Evil Dead did what they could in yellow, scoring an excellent 130.1 laps despite
the controller breaking during Simon's stint. Enduro didn't manage to overhaul them
with their 148.15 laps in red. The Three Reeds finished with 126.55 in blue -
So the race win and the championship was all down to the final fifteen minutes. Keith needed his team to finish in the top three to win the AFX title. To win the race, WHOOOOO! needed to score more than 154.45 laps to beat Ash & Evil Dead and outscore Bad Omen by 28.1 laps. However, it was Beardy, Beard & Smoothy who led in the early stages, with Ryan keeping Matthew firmly in his sights. This was looking good for Bad Omen. After four minutes, Gareth was leading Matthew by two seconds and Ryan by four laps.
The first driver change saw Deborah take over from Matthew and Ryan hand over to
Steve. Deborah was soon adding laps to her lead over Steve -
When Keith grabbed the controller from Steve and Deborah handed over to Oliver, the
gap of sixteen laps and five minutes looked comfortable. However, Oliver was driving
brilliantly. The gap grew and grew -
Any thoughts of celebration were premature. The gap stuck at twenty-
Huge congratulations to Ryan, Keith and Steve on their win. That also confirmed Keith
as our 2019 AFX championship winner, Matthew as the runner-
A big thank you to everyone who took part in the final AFX Championship race -
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