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It was another big night at the Barn. Not only did thirty racers line-
The night may have been big, but the track was small. We like a wide variety of tracks
and formats at the Barn and some short-
With the 28-
It was a good time to pause, take stock and hand out some medals and certificates. Congratulations to all the racers who did so well in 2017. Then it was back to the action...
There was not doubt that yellow lane was the trickiest to master. Those racers who'd
struggled in yellow in the first round of heats mostly improved their positions on
the grid. But there were some who did pretty well in the inside lane. Alex did struggle
on yellow, but bounced back with a huge 72.85 on blue to claim his first ever WHO
pole position. Mike set the top score on yellow -
That left the qualifying order as Alex, Mike D, Keith, Andy, Mike McCann and John.
With four rookies on the grid, Jerome was top in twelfth -
Rachel, Sharon and Terry lined up in the J final. Rachel crashed at turn four on
the first lap, but was soon ahead of her mum and chasing Terry. At half distance,
there wasn't much in it -
Terry stepped up to yellow in the I final where he came up against Oliver, Steve
and David. Oliver had borrowed a Super-
It was Oliver's turn to take on the challenge of yellow lane in the H final, up against
It was Ryan who had chosen yellow lane for the G final, so big brother Oliver stepped up into red. Daniel and Ollie made up a youthful quartet. This was an extremely close race at the start, Ollie leading Oliver by a quarter of a second after thirty seconds, with Daniel on the same lap and Ryan hanging on. Oliver moved into the lead before some mid race carnage saw cars all over the place. When things settled down, Oliver led Oliver by a lap at half distance. A heavy crash for the lead car saw the rear axle pop, dropping Oliver to second, but right behind Ollie. A frantic final twenty seconds saw Oliver move back into the lead, Ollie crash and lose his axle and then Oliver binned it with only seconds to go... All the while, Daniel had lapped consistently and he took the lead as Oliver's car was being marshalled. A finish full of drama, euphoria, despair and disappointment.
Daniel had dashed Oliver's hopes of a third step-
Five gone, five to go -
Ned had the chance of a third step up in the D final. He was up against yellow lane
as well as Duncan, Neil and Jerome. He was very quickly defeated by the lane and
the other three disappeared into the distance in very close formation. Duncan held
the early advantage on his first WHO appearance of 2018, his Life Like on good form.
The gap covering the top three stretched out to a lap at half distance, Jerome sitting
in second. Things then got much tighter, Neil moving ahead of Jerome and the top
three covered by just over a second. It was anybody's race -
That gave Jerome yellow lane in the C final and he was determined to put on a good
show. It was a very close opening twenty seconds. Jerome had kept up with the other
three, but he was first to blink, followed soon after by Simon. After thirty seconds,
Gareth lead Deborah by half a second -
After a wonderfully clean couple of races, the short-
Would we get back to clean racing in the A final? Alex looked supremely focused as
he lined up in blue lane for probably the highest pressure race of his slot car career.
That's what pole position is all about -
There was something not quite right with John's car and after a big three-
Congratulations to Mike and Alex on their first HO wins of 2018. Keith grabbed the first Gen6 Cup win of the year and Jerome finished top rookie. And, of course, there were some brilliant performances right the way through the field.
Many thanks to everyone who came along and especially to those who came early to
set up and stayed late to pack away -
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