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WHO Mod -
Summer is here and school is nearly out, so what better to do than pop down to the
Barn for some scorching-
Notable among our racers were Matthew, making his WHO debut after following us online for quite a while and Oliver, Ryan and Steve making their first WHO Mod appearances. Notable by their absences were a poorly Tony (get well soon!) and Stephen, who was vacationing in the States with Daniel. It was questionable whether we'd cope without Stephen running race control, but we'd give it a go.
Simon's track was huge, fast and flowing -
Although we'd managed to get a gentle breeze drifting through the Barn and the new
'subdued' LED lighting kept things cool, some of the electronics weren't happy. The
race control laptop crashed (a loose lead was diagnosed) and we lost the data for
the second heat. That surely wouldn't have happened with Stephen on the controls?
Anyway, we carried on and the four drivers would be dropped into empty slots through
the evening to re-
One of the missing heats was Keith's run in yellow. On the re-
Keith got faster and faster and two more red hot heats of 27.75 on blue and 28.35
on red comfortably placed him at the top of the pile -
Brothers Ryan and Oliver would battle for fraternal one upmanship in the G final.
They were joined by Aaron, whose Mod Turbo would surely be too quick for the brother's
club cars... Ryan has two AFX Endurance Championship wins to his name already, but
a little too much adrenaline gave him a crashy start. Oliver built a little lead
in the blue club car, driving smoothly to keep Aaron at bay. More crashes for Ryan
and for Aaron weren't the only reason for Oliver's win -
Oliver stepped up into yellow lane in the F final, where he'd face his father, Steve, plus debutant Matthew and WHO veteran Rick. It was Matthew who took the early lead until a crash dropped him down the order and left Rick and Oliver dicing for the win. The gap remained less than a second with both drivers focussing hard. Then, with twenty seconds to go, everyone crashed apart from Rick, who disappeared off down the road to the chequered flag. Oliver was less than a lap behind in second and improved on his best score of the night. Steve was third and Matthew fourth... Maybe he shouldn't have picked that red lane, but an impressive debut nonetheless.
Rick stayed in white lane in an all-
When Mike McCann gets his Mod cars running, they are quick. The only problem is that
often it takes all four heats and part of a final for things to click. He was on
it from the start of the D final, looking quick and smooth. So was Duncan, and the
two of them lapped in formation with a steady gap of between a tenth and three tenths
of a second. As the clock ran down, Duncan's GT40 took some air over the first bridge
Mike joined Deborah, Jamie and Aiden in the C final. Both Jamie and Aiden had driven
very well in the heats, Jamie borrowing Neil's spare car and soundly beating him
with it. The race started fast, but early crashes for Aiden (on the first lap), Deborah
(on lap two) and Mike (lap three) left Jamie in the lead. While Mike and Deborah
tried to get back into the race, they could not match Jamie's pace and ended up crashing
all over the place. It was Aiden who settled into a consistent pace and was there
to pick up the pieces if Jamie had problems. He didn't -
It has become unusual to see Mike D in a B final. And it was going to be a tough
ask to beat Ned and Corey and have a crack at the race win. The race had only just
started when Jamie, and then Corey, crashed. Ahead, Mike had a small gap over Ned,
but the younger Dadson inexorably moved back up and overtook his father. The gap
remained very tight until Mike suffered two offs in a lap and the rear axle of his
car popped out. A quick repair got Mike back on track, but Corey has slipped through
into second. That's how it stayed, Ned taking a big win -
That left an A final of Keith, John, Andy and Ned. Sometimes WHO A finals are pretty
scrappy, but this one wasn't. Keith, John and Ned got off to an incredibly quick
start, Andy dropping back a few yards to get into a rhythm. Soon the race settled
into two neck-
Then John made a tiny error, crashed, was marshalled quickly and dropped down to
fourth, nearly a lap back. Andy's refurbished Viper seemed to be getting quicker
as the final went on and gradually pulled away from Ned to keep the pressure on Keith.
That pressure was intense. Could Keith win his first ever WHO A final? Keith couldn't
afford to ease up, he had to go at the final laps with 100% commitment, risking disaster.
It was all or nothing. The chequered flag fell, Keith had finished half a lap ahead
of Andy. Ned finished on the same lap as the top two, just ahead of John -
Huge congratulations to Keith on that all-
Thanks to everyone for coming along and making it such an excellent evening at the Barn. Thanks to those who came early to set up and stayed late to pack away. Although not as slick and professional as Stephen, a big thank you to the race control team of Simon, Andy, Ash and Duncan for getting us through the evening. Hopefully UK Border Control will allow the McCann twins back in to the country in time for our WHO Nascar race in August.
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