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With the monsoon season well and truly hitting the south coast, we did not expect
many to brave the elements for an evening of racing at the Barn. Staying home and
building an ark seemed a much better idea. However, we were very pleasantly surprised
to welcome twenty-
The track for the third round of the 2017 Nascar championship was a variation of
the Pocono 'Tricky Triangle'. Turn two was particularly tricky, with possibly the
first appearance of an extra-
Most people were racing the AFX Mega-
The speed through the heats ramped up nicely, with the quickest two cars -
The second set of heats started in some style -
Aiden qualified top of the G final, chose blue lane and took off into the early lead.
Joe followed close behind, enjoying racing the white club car. The two youngsters
left Mike McCann and Hayley's Life Likes way behind. Aiden gradually stretched out
the lead and Joe had to settle for a hard-
The first lap of the F final saw both Aiden and Steve have big crashes at that tricky turn two. Oliver followed in their tyre tracks a few laps later. That left Matthew heading off down the road with the white club car. A little down on power and in the outside lane, the KFC Ford was easy to drive and Matthew made the most of it! Meanwhile, Aiden and Steve were making up for lost time after their early excursions. A huge battle ensued. Matthew kept his head and preserved his lead to take the win, Aiden binned it late on to gift Steve second place and Oliver brought the red club car home in fourth.
There was a definite increase in pace as we reached the E final. Terry's Super-
Ash had surprised everyone by choosing yellow lane in the D final. Yet he was off the line first and stretched his lead to over a lap in the first thirty seconds. Behind him, Rick was pushing hard in white lane, whilst Mike R and Terry were in their own personal battle for third. Ash still lead by a lap at the halfway stage, but there was no room to ease up. Both he and Rick were racing flat out and Rick gradually chipped away at the lead. With ten seconds to go, Rick had pulled up and inched past Ash. Then Ash crashed in turn two and that was it. Mike came in third, some distance back, a lap ahead of Terry.
Rick moved up to yellow lane in the C final to face his brother, Duncan, plus Keith and Deborah. So there were a couple of tasty grudge matches going on to add to the excitement. Duncan's Life Like was going well and he leapt into a two lap lead at half way, followed by Deborah and Keith, very close together. Keith wasn't having the best of evenings, none of his cars suiting the track quite as much as he'd hoped. But with thirty seconds to go, he passed Deborah and finished the race just under a lap ahead. Duncan was well up the road by then, finishing with his first 40+ lap score of the night.
There was another first lap crash in the B final, both Duncan and Stephen misjudging
turn two. That let Alex and Simon get away, with Duncan pushing hard to get back
on terms by halfway -
Alex stepped up into a WHO A final for the very first time. He had yellow lane and
his dad had chosen white. In between them, Mike D picked blue and Andy had red. Alex
was tripped up early by yellow lane, but persevered and was determined to enjoy his
first A final experience. Ahead, Mike and John's Super-
The race settled back down and Mike was on a charge. He comfortably moved back into second, but was just too far back to challenge John. As the chequered flag fell, John's margin of victory was two and a half laps. Mike had the consolation of the fastest lap.
Huge congratulations to our winners. It's not the first time John and Alex have taken home all the medals, but it was the first time they'd raced together in the A final. Probably not the last time though. And Alex is still only eleven... To round off the other championship business, Andy took a third Gen6 Cup win and Terry finished as top rookie.
A very big thank you to everyone who ventured out in the torrential rain and made it another fun night of Nascar racing at the Barn. Special thanks goes to Stephen for running race control so brilliantly, despite his voice having packed up by the end. And equally huge thanks to all those who came early to set up and stayed late to pack away. It was such a slick evening, we were all on our way home by ten o'clock.
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