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Our first WHO/digital Saturday of the year saw twenty-
It was a fabulous day of Scalextric digital racing at the Barn -
BTCC Qualifying + Race One
First up was BTCC qualifying -
Matthew led the B final early on, but a stop-
The Civics of Gary and Andy battled for the lead of the feature race on the first
lap, but Gary soon pulled away and Andy dropped back into the pack. An almighty pile-
Gary controlled the second half of the race, finishing ahead of Mike. Andy pipped Oli for the final place on the podium and also grabbed the extra championship point for fastest lap.
Club Car Rotation
Seventeen people took part in a highly-
Mike's big scores were matched by superb consistency, giving him a total of 61 laps and topping the chart ahead of Andy, Jean and Alex S. Newcomer Alex H worked hard to master the digital format and went away with the junior medal and a copy of Slot Car Magazine to read.
BTCC Race Two
The final action before lunch was BTCC Race Two. John and Alex F had joined us for the rest of the day, stretching the BTCC field to fourteen and three finals. Jean had finished dead last in Race One, but stormed through for a comfortable win in the C final, followed by Matthew.
Those two stepped up to the B final and held the top two spots after four laps. Peter had grabbed the lead by half distance, Matthew was second and Jean third. Disaster for Matthew saw him drop off the lead lap and it was Jean that fought back to grab the win, just ahead of Peter. Matthew managed to stay ahead of Alex, Dean and Simon.
The A final was incredibly tight and full of errors. While Andy slipped to the back,
it was Jean who incredibly moved to the front after ten laps -
Simon cooked up a treat for lunch and we devoured his delicious hot dogs and wedges. After a bit of a rest, the track was powered back up and we started the afternoon with some Slot.it Group C racing.
Slot.it Group C
Two 20 lap qualifying heats would see the top three from each go through to a 40
lap feature race. Matthew's new Nissan R89C looked the class of heat one, but technical
issues dropped him to the back -
Oli and Alex started the feature race at the front, having won their heats. Andy and Terry lined up on the second row, with Simon and Mike at the back. Again, it was Oli who stamped his authority on the race with his smooth and rapid Jaguar XJR12. Both Alex and Terry suffered significant car problems, leaving Andy to try and keep in touch with Oli at the front.
Mike had rediscovered some form, but numerous crashes dropped him behind Simon. A single pit stop seemed sufficient to get through the 40 laps on fuel and tyres, but Oli was forced to slow in the final stages, just to make sure. Andy closed in a little, setting fastest lap, but Oli deservedly took the first victory in the new WHO Group C championship.
Goodwood Revival -
Dennis joined Jean for our Goodwood Revival pairs race to debut the fabulous French
Lotus Eleven that is modelled on the exact car Jean's grandfather raced in the early
60s. It might not have been the quickest car, but it was certainly the most eye-
The Eleven was up against six sleek mid-
Simon and Duncan set a mark of 65 laps in their Fly Ford GT MkII, just a lap ahead
of Gary and Ash in Andy's Carrera Ferrari 365P2. However, five teams still had a
heat to come. It was Mike and Peter's E-
Simon and Duncan slotted into third, Gary and Ash fourth, just a lap ahead of Terry
and Rob's Scalextric Chaparral 2F -
BTCC Race Three
We wrapped up the afternoon with the final BTCC race -
Mike led the B final from the early stages, Alex S following close behind. It looked
as if Alex's BMW was heading to the feature race until Gary took advantage of some
Despite an impressive start to the race by Alex F, it was Mike and Gary who drove away from the pack gave us a humdinger of a race in the A final. Alex had fallen back a lap by half distance, with Mike and Gary then swapping the lead and throwing everything they had at each other.
It wasn't the cleanest of races, but it was thrilling to watch. In the closing stages, it looked like Mike had won it, but then Gary somehow managed to slip through to take his second BTCC win of the day.
That was the final action of the regular Digital Saturday schedule, but there was still more to come. Before we started on the evening Tourist Trophy GT race, it was time for a bit of a breather for the race control team and a chance for everyone to grab a cuppa and have a natter.
WHO GT Championship -
Back on track at 5.45-
Gary had taken pole position with the DiSCA Proton Porsche 911 RSR and had paired
up with Ash to reunite last year's Tourist Trophy winning team. Pete had driven the
Rum Bum racing Audi R8 into a superb second place on the grid -
Alex and Andy qualified just behind -
The early stages of the race were close at the front, despite Gary pulling out a lap lead early on with the DiSCA Proton Porsche. Alex and Dean's AST One McLaren were swapping second with the Massive Motorsport Aston Martin, which was attempting a fuel conservation strategy. The Rum Bum Racing Audi R8 was certainly in the mix too.
The RCS64 weather simulation gave us heavy rain and a wet track to start the race,
so everyone was running wet tyres. Long fuel stops came round every twenty-
The first fifty laps were knocked off in just over twelve minutes, Gary leading the
AST One McLaren by two laps, Andy a further lap back in third and Mike a lap behind
in the second Porsche. The Rum Bum Audi and Team Hulk McLaren were a few laps off
the pace -
Teams were free to change drivers whenever they chose, as long as they shared out the racing team as equally as possible. That meant different strategies could come into play as the rain stopped and the track started to dry...
After thirty minutes, the DiSCA Proton Porsche had a big seven lap lead on the AST One McLaren, but with a scheduled pit stop looming. Massive Motorsport, now with Rob at the wheel, had already saved a whole pit cycle and were running neck and neck for second. Rum Bum Racing were back up to fourth.
As the race wore on, some of the cars had technical problems -
At the front, Gary and Ash just kept driving superbly, stretching their lead to Alex and Dean in second. Also keeping things clean, Mike and Matthew's DadoTech Porsche crept up to third place, just ahead of the Audi of Peter, Duncan and Simon. The Aston Martin had closed to just three laps behind the Audi, but John and Alex were now twenty laps back after more car issues. That's how things looked after an hour, with the leaders on 221 laps.
Gary attacked the final laps with finesse, rattling them off in twenty minutes. By that time the gap to Alex and Dean was up to nineteen laps, the McLaren having made two more pit stops. Completing the podium was the DadoTech Porsche, which finished fourteen laps behind the McLaren and seven laps up on the Rum Bum Audi. Massive Motorsport were six laps back, with the Team Hulk McLaren finishing strongly and cutting their deficit to fifteen laps.
And that really was it -
Until next time!