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Formula One -
A smaller field than usual assembled at the Barn on Wednesday to race on the longest
track yet seen at WHO. The four-
We also saw the return of Andrew's superb scoreboard software and screen, which ran
with absolutely no glitches -
After a very useful practice session and some essential tune-
Sure, it may have been a small field, but is was an extremely strong field. At the start of the night we had six overall race winners and four junior medal winners on the grid. By the end of the night we'd added two more.
The cars on the grid also show how things are changing at WHO. For the first time,
With the Tyco runners including Robin, Andy and top junior Will, it was going to
be interesting to see how competitive the older car can still be. Plus Matthew would
be racing a Tomy Turbo -
One more landmark was that none of the club cars turned a wheel all night. Never forget that at our first couple of F1 races, everyone used the club cars. Everything changes…
So what would happen tonight? Could the Tycos hold up a light to the Megas? Which juniors would shine? And would the Martechs rule the world?
The heats were breathtakingly fast. By the end of the first rotation, when everyone had raced two heats, it looked a case of just which four Martech cars would be in the 'A' final. John, Darren, Gareth and Mike lead the way.
With Simon's fifth Martech Mega-
The very top scores over three minutes had been 26s and 27s. Both Mike and John had managed three such scores, but John sneaked the pole by 0.1 of a lap! Darren qualified in his customary third place, taking top scores in red and white.
The four finals lived up to the promises of the heats.
The D final finished as per the qualifying the order with junior championship contender Ashley beating Rick, and last month's junior winner Ollie beating Matthew, who had learned to drive his Turbo very smoothly and with supreme patience.
Will had only managed to qualify in twelfth and was left with white lane in the C
final. Up against Tyler and Jonah with their Mega-
The B final had three 'A' final winners -
The battle for the win in the 'B' final was intense, with Gareth and Simon slogging it out for very nearly the full three minutes. The lead swapped back and forth as the two cars were separated by less than a second. Gareth was the one to keep his nerve and took the spoils ahead of his fellow rookie. He was happy now.
The 'A' final was also a mighty showdown. With the best heat score in white, Darren
inexplicably chose to run in yellow in the final. With Darren on white and Andy on
yellow, it might have been a four-
Mike and John's slugfest was simply awesome. Again, two Mega-
The power was cut as the chequered flag fell. Mike and John's cars were separated
by less than three track pieces or 0.05 of a lap. Were they on the same lap? Mike's
smile said it all -
So, huge congratulations to Mike and to Callum on their first medal wins. And thanks
to everyone who made it such a good night -