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It was a cracking evening at the Barn with 37 people coming along and 29 racing.
The new AFX Mega-
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. Plus there are loads more pictures
on Flickr and a video of the night’s action over on YouTube -
After some nice local press coverage, it was great to welcome a bumper crowd to the
Barn for our first AFX Endurance Championship team race. We had thirty-
Seven newcomers were making their WHO racing debuts -
For the new championship, it was fitting that the beautiful AFX Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
Le Mans prototypes were racing on a big, 22 metre-
Segment one: 0-
It was no surprise that the two teams starting in blue lane led after 15 minutes.
Top of the pile were Finlay's Skeleton Crew -
Best of the rest were the Hot Rods, who'd done great in white, just behind Power
Wheels. In fourth -
Segment two: 15-
The Oreca Matmut car on blue lane continued to drive superbly. The Hot Rods -
A gap of nearly twelve laps had opened from third to the Power Wheels in fourth.
Von Ryan's Express moved up to fifth with an excellent 127 laps in white, ahead of
Don't Steal My Team Name v.2 despite their own superb score of 112 laps in yellow.
Daemon Hill -
Segment three: 30-
The race was getting interesting and the captains were very aware the standings could
change significantly, depending on what lanes their team had left to run. Oliver's
Hot Rods did everything they could by stretching out a ten lap lead over Donald Trumped.
They'd used up the best three lanes and were left with yellow -
The team in third after the third fifteen minutes were Von Ryan's Express. Ryan, John, Sharon and Stephen had slipped under the radar, but after solid scores in yellow and white, they'd jumped up the leader board with a 141 lap stint in blue. Daemon Hill had bettered that with 144 laps and moved up to fourth. Both would finish on red lane.
The two teams who'd driven the third segment with the Renault-
Segment four: 45-
The Barn is a particularly wonderful place when it is full to the rafters and we've
got the finale of a team race looming. The atmosphere for this last segment was electric.
What was going to happen? Well, the first things to happen were two big scores for
teams in the first group. Daemon Hill hit the front with 141 laps in red -
In that first group, team Donald Trumped had flopped at the last hurdle in yellow, managing just 95 laps and dropping behind DSMTN v.2. Power Wheels recovered with a good 118 laps in white and waited to see how the second group got on...
The pressure was mounting on the Hot Rods, holding the lead going into the final
fifteen minutes, but facing that tricky yellow lane. Team captain Oliver took responsibility
for the first three-
After Oliver's strong start, the Hot Rods wobbled. Andy took over last and had a
lot to do. The Hot Rods ended on 105 laps, falling three laps short of Daemon Hill.
Meanwhile, John had taken over for the Von Ryan Express. A strong, consistent performance
from the entire team over all four lanes had put them in a nail-
Finally, the official results were announced. In seventh were Power Wheels on 456
laps. Sixth were Skeleton Crew, a strong final run in white lane not quite enough
to put them ahead of Donald Trumped in fifth. The two of them were on 488 and 485
laps. In fourth were Don't Steal My Team Name v.2 on 498 laps -
Third were the Hot Rods on 508 laps. We know Daemon Hill were three laps up the road,
but were they first or second? Daniel put us out of our misery -
Huge congratulations to Ryan, John, Sharon and Stephen. I'm not sure many would have
backed them as winners at the start of the evening, but it was only Ryan who didn't
have a WHO team race medal -
A big thank you goes to everyone who came along and made it such an exciting and fun AFX Endurance evening at the Barn. Special thanks go to Daniel and Stephen who ran race control so well and to all those who came early to set up and stayed late to pack away.
The first AFX Endurance Championship points have been allocated, with the four Von
Ryan's Express team members top of the table. There are three more races -
Next up in the championship is the Easter team race on Wednesday 19 April. We'll
be racing on an 88 foot version of the Circuit of the Americas. Yee-
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