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Formula One -
Coming out the other side of some unseasonable arctic weather on the south coast,
we were a select bunch of just sixteen racers for the first round of our 2018 Formula
One championship. A combination of exams, illness and traffic mayhem on the A27 meant
a dozen or so WHO regulars were unable to join us at the Barn. Nonetheless, it was
a memorable evening on a great track and we witnessed two dominant performances that
delivered two first-
A big thank you goes to the set-
After some big fields and busy evenings so far this year, it was a far more relaxed
race night -
The second round of heats really ramped up the pressure. Mike went in the first group
Now it was down to Keith, in the fourth and final group, to close out another pole position. A decent, but not sensational 22.8 laps in red really put him on the spot for his final run. He'd need something special in white to beat Deborah and 22.25 laps was nowhere near enough. It was a tense and tetchy two minutes and dropped Keith a third of a lap behind Mike D and very nearly into fourth behind Andy. However, although he missed out on pole, Keith was safely in the A final.
We had five full finals tonight, with the E final the scene of the F1 Classic Cup
showdown. Duncan -
Duncan stepped up into blue lane in the D final and was up against Mike McCann's
What had been a very close and tidy race suddenly turned into utter mayhem as we moved into the final 30 seconds. Three of the cars came together in the tight loop section and, crucially, Ash managed to slip through. The other three seemed to spend an age off the track and, when things settled down, the order was the same, but Ash had a two lap lead over the bunch. And that's how it ended.
Simon had chosen blue in the C final, which meant Ash moved up to white. The only
With ten second to go and still less than a foot apart, it was time for Neil to make
a move for the win. Going into the loop section and lining up for the fly-
After securing his first junior medal as well as the top rookie honours, Jerome stepped
up to blue lane in his first ever B final. Andy powered off into the lead, followed
closely by Terry. Daniel crashed on the first lap and Jerome settled into a steady
rhythm. That's pretty much the story of the first half of the race. Terry was gradually
chipping away at Andy's lead and, with around forty-
By chasing down Andy, Terry had a very comfortable four lap lead over Jerome, who
was another four laps ahead of Daniel. As the chequered flag fell, that gave our
2017 WHO rookie of the year his first ever A final appearance -
That just left us the small matter of the A final. As the lights went green, Keith's car failed to leave the line. A quick push from the cameraman had him on his way, trying to chase down the other three. Deborah had the lead and Mike was having to push really hard round the quick sections to make up time lost through the slower bits. Mike had two early offs, which put him back in last place. After thirty seconds, Deborah was three seconds ahead of a rapidly recovering Keith.
Deborah didn't have the quickest car, but she was driving better that her rivals.
The only thing holding her up was getting involved in other people's accidents. Fast
and efficient marshalling saw her on her way again without too much drama. Mike got
into a groove and was eating up the gaps to his Mega-
Getting on the power just a millisecond too soon coming out of the final corner,
It was a night of excellent performances through the field, with Terry and Jerome
really standing out -
Deborah became the first woman to win a WHO A final in eight years. No-
A big thank you goes out to all sixteen racers for making it a very enjoyable evening at the Barn. We even had time for an extended testing session, before we packed away and were on the road by ten o'clock. Of course we missed all those who weren't able to join us and hope the various heath, study and traffic issues don't get in the way of you racing next time at the Barn.
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