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The attendance of twenty-
This year has seen quite a few new racers at the Barn and we were delighted to welcome
Bob for his first WHO appearance. There were also some new cars on the grid. Ryan's
It was big field of thirteen Mega-
Hayley and Daniel did a great job on race control, keeping the evening flowing as we worked through the six groups of four racers in the heats. Everyone raced for two minutes on each of the four lanes, with their best three scores counting.
After everyone had completed their first two heats, it was father and son John and
Alex who lead the way, John six laps out front. Mike D was just a tenth of a lap
behind Alex with Ned a further lap back. It was a Ferrigno and Dadson top four, all
The second half of qualifying saw improvements for some and difficulties for others.
Mike moved within a lap of John at the top as the championship contenders qualified
first and second. To win the Nascar trophy, John needed a win in the A final and
Mike to come fourth. Alex automatically qualified for the top final in an excellent
third place, but Ned had dropped to fifth, behind Duncan -
In sixth place, but almost twenty laps behind pole position was the first of the
Paul, Matthew and Hayley lined up in the H final. Paul and Hayley both crashed their
Life Likes early on, which left Matthew defending a slender two-
There was another early crash in the G final. This time it was Deborah and Corey
who took a detour through the scenery. That left Ryan out front and Matthew close
behind. Deborah was determined to make amends for a below-
We were back with first lap crashes in the E final, that tricky turn two catching out Aiden in yellow lane. Neil made his pace advantage count and was almost a lap ahead of Peter at half distance. With twenty seconds to go, Neil lost several seconds in a crash, enough for Peter to grab the lead with the red club car. Under enormous pressure from Neil, Peter held on until six seconds before the end. Peter's car jumped lanes and Neil shot through and put around six feet between them as the chequered flag fell. That was an exciting finish. Oliver beat Aiden by half a lap to end up third.
Jerome had enjoyed an excellent evening, qualifying his new Mega-
Daniel was our first lap crasher in the C final, departing blue lane in turn two.
The three Mega-
Tony stepped up into the B final, so also had a crack at Andy to win the regular
Gen6 Cup race. However, the main battle between Duncan and Ned promised to be a classic.
And it was... Duncan just about controlled the race with his Life Like, but Ned was
snapping at his heels throughout. With twenty seconds to go, Duncan crashed and Ned
took a slim lead. Duncan threw caution to the wind to trim the deficit. As the clock
ran down, both leaders crashed at the same time, Duncan's car took a little longer
to be re-
We ended up with a double father-
It was John who had a disastrous start. Three crashes in the first twenty seconds
put him dead last and three laps back. Mike was leading the way in the inside yellow
lane, Ned following just ahead of Alex. By halfway, John had moved ahead of Alex
and was chasing down Ned, but Mike was surely too far ahead with a three lap lead...
John was putting in some very quick laps and with Ned having an off in the final
moments, he moved up to the runner-
Up front, Mike had been untouchable and he stretched his lead to a four and a half
lap winning margin. With that, he regained the WHO Nascar title he'd last won in
2015. Alex's third place gave him the junior medal, under-
With all the big prizes decided, there was the small matter of the Gen6 Cup winner-
It was a very different shootout to last year -
As the clock ticked down, Keith finally found some rhythm and was putting in the
quick laps without any crashes. He moved up to third and soon had Simon in his sights.
In the lead, Andy was controlling the race and easing off a little, keeping a close
eye on Simon in second and assuming Keith's crashes had put him out of touch. But
suddenly, with less than twenty seconds left, Keith was in second and he was closing
quickly. It looked like Andy had eased off too much -
With six seconds to go, Keith overtook Andy on the outside going round turn four.
Another lap and a half and the race was over, Keith winning by less than three feet.
Delight for Keith, despair for Andy -
Huge congratulations to Keith on his first WHO HO title, making it four champions crowned in one evening and eleven championships decided in the past month. There is just the club championship, two Formula One titles and the junior rookie competition to be fought for in December.
A big thank you to everyone who came along to another exciting championship finale at the Barn. Special thanks goes to Daniel and Hayley for running race control and to all those who came early to set up and stayed late to pack away. Our final HO club night of 2017 is Formula One on Wednesday 6 December, but there are also two WHO/digital events and an HO Saturday to look forward to before Christmas.
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