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Micro Scalextric team races are a real highlight of the calendar at WHO and our Easter event did not disappoint.
It's also great to welcome new racers to the Barn, so for Owen, Ethan, Jules, James, Josh, Rob, David, Russell and Jude to walk through the door was a brilliant start to the evening.
With the nine rookies making the most of an extended practice session, those of us with a vague grasp of mathematics divided up the racers into teams. We plumped for five teams of three and two of four.
Seven of our juniors -
Once team names had been decided, we were off racing -
The early pace-
One noticeable feature of the racing was more crashes and less laps than last time. Certainly having more rookies on the grid was a factor. And we know that those Micro Scalextric braids don't like crashes. But it made a very interesting race, especially as the newer racers started to bed in...
At half way, Team Ash Wheels had extended their lead to 22.5 laps with The Cool Winners
up to second. James had Duncan and Tony in his team and they'd put in a big score
of 195 laps in red lane to leap up from sixth place. Toxteth O'Grady had gone the
other way -
During the third segment, everything changed and the result seemed set. The Cool Winners put together an awesome fifteen minutes on white lane with Tony showing the rest of the field how to run on the tricky inside lane. His teammates followed suit. The 193.75 laps put them 32 laps in the lead over Jules' Jewels, who'd gone ahead of Team Ash Wheels with the first 200 lap stint of the evening.
The top three had daylight -
Whatever the answer to those musings, the hard fact was that Jules' Jewels and Team Ash Wheels needed a minor miracle to overhaul The Cool Winners in the final fifteen. The extent of that miracle was 32.25 laps for Jules' team and 36.25 laps for Ash's trio. And James' team had a very decent yellow lane to defend from.
Before that final showdown, we had the battle for the minor places. It was a fierce
one, with Toxteth O'Grady just coming out on top, overtaking Blockbusters -
With the clock ticking, the top three teams took to the drivers' rostrum...
The first trio to step up were Jules, James and Josh. The youngest of three, Josh, found blue lane tricky and slipped back, leaving Team Ash Wheels, the early leaders, out of contention for the win. Jules and James both did well, with James comfortably defending his team's 32 lap lead, giving away just a couple of laps.
With five of the last fifteen minutes gone, The Cool Winners looked like they would live up to their name.
At the first driver change-
With John's progress in that middle stint, Dave had the belief that he could do the same. The task of defending those precious 15 laps was left with Tony, the guy who'd done so well in white lane. Dave needed to take back three laps every minute and Tony had to stop him.
Both started strongly, but after two minutes the gap had shrunk to 11 laps. Not quite enough for Jules' Jewels to win. Dave would need to push harder.
And he did, relentlessly setting fast times and lapping the car in the yellow lane. With 90 seconds to go, seven laps were needed to overhaul The Cool Winners. The heat was on.
With 40 seconds to go the gap was three laps, but a rare crash from Dave let Tony
escape again. So at 30 seconds, three whole laps were still required. It took another
15 seconds for Dave to get that next lap -
It was all or nothing for Dave -
Remember the gap Jules' Jewels had to make up? Yes, it was 32.25 laps. That quarter
of a lap put both teams absolutely level after 60 minutes of hard racing. A tie was
It was an incredible tussle in that final 15 minutes of the evening. Congratulations to Jules, John and Dave for a magnificent comeback. And congratulations to James, Duncan and Tony for standing firm and defending their lead in the face of that onslaught.
Well done to everyone who raced, marshalled and made the evening so enjoyable. The
event wouldn't have happened without all those who helped set-
We have to wait until the end of the summer holidays for our next Micro Scalextric
race on Wednesday 20 August. However, we do have a Scalextric digital day on Saturday
24 May and we have our regular club nights on the first Wednesday of every month
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