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The last HO event at the Barn was 25 months ago. It has been a long wait – and the pandemic isn’t over, just safer… but 21 racers ensured a memorable return. Steve, Isaac and Kevin all raced at WHO for the first time, having got in touch during our prolonged break. They had the prospect of racing the slower WHO Tuners class alongside the Modified cars that are the fastest things we see whizz round the Barn. In total, there were thirteen Mod cars and eight Tuners.
Simon’s track was very fast, but deceptively tricky – pretty much what we’ve come
to expect from his designs. Although most people favoured the outside yellow and
red lanes, qualifying would rely on getting good results across three of the four
lanes. On race control, Ash and Andy introduced WHO to Race Coordinator software
– visible to the room via a massive 50-
The system got the thumbs-
Jerome needed 30.4 laps on red lane to jump ahead of Deborah. He was totally fired up – he knew he’d be second, even if he blew it… but it was a brilliant run, the best of the heats by some distance – a 33.50. Deborah did have the fastest lap – 3.171 seconds – and another lap time decided the difference between fourth and fifth. Keith and Ryan were tied on 88.55 laps, Keith getting fourth place with a faster best lap – 3.333 to 3.645 seconds. They’d see each other in the B final.
Kevin and Isaac lined up against fellow rookie Harry in the G Final. Kevin got off to a great start in yellow lane, leading the first four laps… then a painfully long 10 seconds off track dropped him to second. Isaac took the lead from his dad and never looked back. A great performance in red lane improved on his heat score, finishing on 20 laps, 3 laps ahead of his dad, with Harry having battled with the unfavoured blue lane.
Isaac stepped up into that dastardly blue lane for the F Final, joining three more
Tuners class Mega-
Alan’s reward was blue in the E Final – which also featured our top two Tuners and
a first WHO Mod car. That Mod car was Laurence’s – and he was certainly the favourite
in yellow lane. However, Duncan’s top-
The D Final was officially WHO Mod country – Laurence joining Mike D, Ned and Pete. There was no messing in this one – Pete led from start to finish, making up for a poor set of heats. Behind him, Mike kept things clean, but couldn’t match Pete’s pace. The battle was between Ned and Laurence. Ned had chosen blue lane, which looked to be a mistake as Laurence got in front and stayed there through half distance. However, a string of errors for the Brighton man gave Ned an opportunity – and he took it, finishing half a lap (2.381 seconds) ahead.
Pete was up to the C Final and had the pleasure of blue lane. Andy in yellow and Terry in red were off like the clappers – an enthralling chase that saw them never separated by more than a second. Andy led the first 16 laps, until he binned his Viper, letting Terry through. Remarkably, Pete had remained close in third and briefly led, but Terry’s pace and consistency paid off in the end – he won, Pete was second, Andy third and Mike McCann fourth.
The B Final was looking tasty – Keith, the Walker brothers and Terry all fancying
their chances of a place in the A Final. Keith looked super-
Ryan was delighted to step up to the A final and into a nest of Vipers with his rather
outdated BSRT G3. And he’d be guaranteed the junior medal – Jerome is now sixteen,
although still eligible for junior championship points in this extended 2020-
Jerome pegged Deborah back a little around the halfway point, finding pace that had
eluded him in the early stages. The gap was big enough – about half a lap -
Huge congratulations to Deborah on her fourth WHO A Final victory and to Ryan on
only his second HO Junior medal – I suspect there may be more silverware for both
this year. A big thank you to all 21 racers – and to Simon R and Max, who popped
in to say hello. Special thanks – as always – to the hard work of the set-
We’re back with another HO night next month on a Nascar oval. In two weeks, we have our first WHO/digital race for 25 months. Hope to see you for one or both of those Wednesday evenings.
The updated championship tables are on the 2020-
You can see more images of the evening on the SlotRacer Online report and on our
Facebook page. A highlights video -