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A highly competitive year at WHO handed us another championship showdown in Formula
One. Going into the race, Darren, Mike or Clive could clinch the F1 crown with a
Just to ramp up the tension, the start of racing was delayed by 30 minutes after electrical gremlins hit red lane. Thanks to everyone who helped diagnose and solve the problem and to everyone else for their patience.
So, at 7.30pm, nineteen racers took to the grid and the final heats of the year begun.
The track looked tricky, but once racers got into a laid-
When everything shook down, it was going to be a duel between Clive and Mike for the championship, with Callum and Andy joining them in the ‘A’ final to try and snatch the race win.
The ‘E’ final saw three different chassis. Tonight was Mike’s first outing with the
Micro Scalextric and, by the end of the night, it was a match made in heaven with
a storming win against a hard-
Another new Micro racer featured in the ‘D’ final with Stephen having put in an excellent
20.25 lap heat in blue. He couldn’t repeat that in the final and came second behind
The ‘C’ final was an all-
Darren’s championship dream had imploded when he ended up in the ‘B’ final. Further frustration followed when his car was taken off early in the final. He made a strong comeback from last place to finish just behind Andrew’s Micro, with Gareth’s SRT third ahead of Robin’s spare car. Andrew’s return to form won him the first F1 Classic Cup and Gareth gave the SRT a decent send off – it won’t be included in the class next year.
That just leaves us the ‘A’ final – the last 2 minutes of racing for the 2012 season.
Nerves were very evident off the line as our two championship contenders spent as much time off the track as on. We’ve seen this before from Mike and a disaster looked on the cards. Callum – in his first WHO ‘A’ final – disappeared up the road and threatened to take his second momentous win of the week.
Perhaps nerves got to Callum too, as a spate of crashes dropped him back behind a recovering Clive. As it stood, coming up to half distance, the F1 trophy would be spending the year in Wiltshire. However, Mike was getting in the groove and leaving the other three for dead round the twisty part of the circuit.
Mike pulled back the gap and then overtook Clive. There were still plenty of crashes, but the pace was incredibly fast – both drivers really wanted that trophy. With fifteen seconds to go, Mike had a seemingly comfortable lead of lap and a half, but Clive kept the pressure on.
The chequered flag came down with Mike just half a lap ahead of Clive – a brilliant battle right to the end of the season.
Huge congratulations to Mike on his race win and his championship trophy. Commiserations to Clive on just missing out. A great performance too by Callum who picks up a clean sweep of Junior championships in 2012.
That is the end of our third season. Thanks to everyone for racing, helping with
setting up and packing away and for contributing -
I can’t wait to the first race of 2013 – that’s Wednesday 9 January