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Formula One -
The second Formula One round of 2014 kicked off with 21 racers on the grid. We welcomed Keith for his official WHO debut and it was great to see Darren back in action at the Barn.
Alas, we were without the Roses again this month, revision taking priority for Hannah. Good luck to all our racers sitting exams and completing coursework in the next few weeks.
The layout for the race was based on the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit. This was inspired by the two Brad Track routed banked curves on loan over the summer from Eahorc. They really gave a wow factor as people walked through the door. And they were great to drive.
There was a lot of drama about the heats tonight. On previous F1 form, the top dogs
looked likely to be Mike, Andy, Dave and John who'd probably be joined by Darren
and Gareth -
At half way, our top three was Andy, Mike and Richard.
Richard banged in a couple of excellent scores in yellow and blue lanes and seemed on course to fulfil the promise he has shown this season. Tragically it all fell apart and two disastrous heats left him in the E final rather that the A.
As we went through the groups for a second time, Dave had two strong heats which
put him in provisional pole position. In the next group, Andy snatched pole away
with a 21.85 in blue, the best score of the night -
Darren went even better in the penultimate group, with consistently high scores putting
him two laps up on Andy. It was left to Mike, racing his last two heats in the gutter
lanes, to see if he could end up top of the pile. And he did -
The G final saw Mike and Stephen up against Corey -
Mike stepped up to yellow lane and had his second best two minutes of the evening.
Mike beat Tony, who was still getting to grips with the speed of his new Mega-
Up in the E final, Richard looked to get back to the heights of his first two heats.
He ended up in a stunning Mega-
There was more of the same from Neil in the D final. This time he picked off Jonah
to take third. A great performance in a club car, but I noticed he and Corey have
their eyes on the Mega-
The C final was probably the best final of the night with all four drivers in the
hunt. Gareth's Mega-
Gareth stepped up to the B final where he took an early lead in white lane. Maybe
the prospect of a double-
The top final looked tasty. Darren and Mike were the guys with the outright pace
and the middle lanes, but Andy wasn't far behind and wasn't unhappy about having
white lane for the final. Ned -
And it was Mike and Darren who lead off the line. It looked close for a while, but
an off put Darren behind Andy. That battle for second would be the only fight for
the middle part of the race, but it was all about Darren coming off and then having
to overtake Andy -
Congratulations to Mike and Ned on very convincing medal wins. The 160 points puts Mike in the lead of both the F1 and Club championships. Ned's 90 points sees him dominating the junior charts. Duncan hurdles Andrew to lead the Classic Cup table after two rounds and Neil has drawn level with Tony for Rookie of the Year honours at the half way point of the season.
Another excellent night at the Barn. Thanks to everyone who helped set up (it was
a bit more tricky with the Bowman sections to fit together) and to those who stayed
behind to pack away. Congratulations to Mike and Paul for finally figuring out the
puzzle of fitting the banked turns back in their box! And a big thanks to Mike McCann
who anchored Race Control for the evening and suggested using the banked curves for